And what happened then? Well in Whoville they say
that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day! Dr. Seuss
First Church News & Updates - August 18, 2017
  

Solar Eclipse
We're in for a special celestial event on Monday. Click here for interesting information about the solar eclipse in Austin. Don't forget to protect your eyes. Here are safety tips from NASA.
 
We hope to see you on Sunday. Enjoy this First Church news!
This week in worship...
Sermon Series: The Gospel and Dr. Seuss
This week if the final week of our sermon series, The Gospel and Dr. Seuss. Join us as we learn about the gift of a new heart, using How the Grinch Stole Christmas as our starting point.

Sunday, August 20

Sermon Title: "The Gift of a New Heart" - The Grinch
Scripture:  Ezekiel 36:22-28
Mission Moment: Church Mouse program
 
Dr. Will Cotton will preach at the 8:30 and 11 am worship services and Rev. Katie Meek will preach at the 9:40 am worship service this Sunday.  The Source , our weekly devotional guide, is available on the church website
 
Please join us in worship this Sunday at  8:30 am (Sanctuary), 9:40 am (FLC), or 11 am (Sanctuary). 
Ministry Focus...
Music Ministry
Heartsong Choir
New rehearsal time for HeartSong Choir
HeartSong is our smaller ensemble that leads music at our  8:30  am blended service. They rehearse every Wednesday from  6-7 pm  in the South Suite. HeartSong sings a wide range of musical styles including contemporary praise music, spirituals, and traditional choral music. This group is a true covenant group to each other, and love to share their music to glorify Christ. We'd love for you to come and be a part of this wonderful group! 
Want to know more? Contact  Michael Rosensteel  at  michael@fumc-rr.org.
Children's Ministry
Promotion Sunday
August 20 is Promotion Sunday for Preschool Children
All children will go to rooms based on their age as of September 1, 2017. Some children may be moving to a different pod. Talking to your child about change before your arrival can sometimes help with transition. All children will need a  2017-18 registration form.  Please indicate all programs you would like your preschool child to attend. You are welcome to print the form and fill it out before your arrival if you wish.

Kids for Christ Council
Kids for Christ Council will be meeting on  Sunday, August 27th at 11 am
The Children's Ministry Team is looking for volunteers who are passionate about children's ministry and would like to commit to planning for our children for the coming school year! We invite new members to join our council and would like you to prayerfully consider participating in this important part of Children's Ministry!

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Hall,  jennifer@fumc-rr.org,  
Other Children's Ministry Info...
Student Ministry
Fusion Kickoff
Save the Date: Fusion is Back on August 27
On  Sunday, August 27, we are going to kick off a new year of Fusion with some inflatable fun! We will be grilling up some hamburgers and enjoying inflatables such as sumo wrestling and the wrecking ball!! There is no cost for this event. This is a great opportunity to invite friends!

We are also encouraging parents to attend the first Fusion as we will go over information that you will need for this school year. So come out, enjoy a hamburger, fellowship, and have  all of your questions answered!  We hope to see you there on the 27th!
Sunday school kick-off
Sunday School Kicking Off a New School Year on 9/27

On Sunday, August 27, we will be having a kickoff event and breakfast for students in Grades 6-12. Join us as we welcome in a new school year with food, fun and fellowship. 

We will meet from 9:40-10:40 am in the Youth Café on the second floor of Building 5.

Adult Ministry
Financial Peace University
Financial Peace University begins September 6
If you're tired of living paycheck-to-paycheck and would like to manage your money smarter, this 9-week course is for you.  Dave Ramsey, through fun and entertaining videos and lessons, leads us through a process of learning to decide where our money goes, rather than letting it control us. Classes begin September 6 at 6:30 pm. Cost is $93.Childcare will be available by registration if there is enough demand. Click here to register. 
MOM Brunch
MOM...Ministry of Motherhood Kick-off brunch is Friday, September 8
Are you the mother of a young child? Then the Ministry of Motherhood (MOM) invites you to join us for our annual kick-off brunch on  Friday, September 89:30-11:30 am, in Bldg. 5 -232/234. We will have fabulous food, fun door prizes, and information about the Ministry of Motherhood. 

MOM is a group of Christian moms with the goal of providing a positive atmosphere for sharing ideas, discussing the common delights and challenges of raising a family, learning through group studies, and serving the community. Moms interested in learning more about the Ministry of Motherhood are encouraged to attend the welcome brunch. Register on the church website. Childcare will be available by reservation. Space is limited. Register today!
Disciple Bible Study
DISCIPLE Bible Study - Registration for Fall Classes nearly complete!
Most of our long term DISCIPLE classes are full! DISCIPLE I morning class, Christian Believer morning class, and DISCIPLE II evening classes are full to overflowing! There are still a few openings in  the short term class Invitation to the Old Testament (morning), and if you've taken 3 long term DISCIPLE classes, there are still openings in Jesus in the Gospels (evening).  Classes begin in late August and early September.  Click here for details, course descriptions and registration links.
Other Adult Ministry Info...
Caring Ministry
Church Mouse

Church Mouse Adoption Day will be Sunday, August 27. 
A Church Mouse is like a secret pal to a college student who anonymously sends notes, care packages, and prays for that student. Being a Church Mouse is a fun and easy way to support a young person and help them feel connected to his or her church home! Look for us at the Café and come adopt a college student for the school year! 

Church Mouse Program needs your support!
If you want to be a part of the Church Mouse program in a financial way, we give each student a $10 gift card twice a year during finals. This way they can treat themselves to a coffee, ice cream, or other treats while taking a break from their studies. On August 27, there will be an opportunity to donate money towards gift cards. Come see Jodi or Tanja at the Café to make a greatly appreciated donation. This is a very popular ministry among college students and they are very grateful for any contributions. Questions? Contact Tanja La Noue at 254.285.8705 or tanja@fumc-rr.org. If your college student wants to be in the Church Mouse Program, please turn in the information ASAP!
Mission Focus...
School Supply Drive
Ministry of Motherhood August School Supply Drive
Throughout August, the Ministry Of Motherhood (MOM)  will be collecting school supplies to give to students in need within the community. Please consider donating any of the following items and placing them in the MOM tub in the church office: Kleenex; Flash drive; Colored pencils; Backpacks; Pens- blue or black; Crayons; 12" ruler; Composition books; 8 oz. liquid glue; Markers; Binders; Spiral notebooks.  The greatest need is for older kids - grades 6-12. Thanks for your help!
Round Rock Helpers
Round Rock Helpers are ready to serve!
Did you know that First Church has its very own group of handy people whose mission it is to help seniors, disabled and others with minor home maintenance and repairs? 

Round Rock Helpers exists to provide services (typically 3 hours or less over a couple of work sessions) with a focus on safety.  If you or someone you know needs some help, or for more information, please call Fred Clark at  512-450-4398 or contact the church office.
Kairos Prison Ministry
Can you imagine not having A/C or even a fan during August in Texas?  
Our KAIROS prison ministry team would like to provide fans for those at Lockhart Prison who are unable to purchase them. Nine inch, white electric fans are needed. Also, yarn is needed for a craft class. All colors, kinds and amounts would be appreciated! Donation boxes are in the Sanctuary and FLC foyers, and the church office.  Questions? Contact Cheryl Glasgow, 512.709.7009 or cherylglasgow@mac.com.
Other Mission & Outreach Info...
  • The Villages: read more about our strategic vision for church-wide Outreach and Mission-local, regional, and global.
  • The Handbell Ministry is staffing the Twin Oaks Cafe in August.
  • Plastic Bag Recycling: Donate your plastic bags for use at the Round Rock Area Serving Center. Leave them in the white barrel in Payne Cottage. They are picked up weekly.
  • Drive-A-Senior Needs More Drivers: Visit  their website, or call 512-310-1060 to learn more about this community service to our elderly neighbors.
  • Round Rock Area Serving Center:  Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs! New volunteer orientation is on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 4 pm at 1099 E. Main St., 2nd floor conference room.  Call 512-244-2431.
Chicken and Cobblers next Sunday!
Chicken & Cobblers
Have you reserved your photo session?
Directory
September Photo Sessions are now open online!
We have completed the August photo sessions with 203 families being photographed. That is less than half of our goal of 550 families.  

Why is it important to have your photograph made? Consider these situations:
  • You are new to the church, meeting lots of people. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to look up those names and remember the faces?
  • You see a name on the Prayer Concerns list. Wouldn't it be nice to look the name up in the directory and put a face to the person for whom you are praying?.
  • You are a pastor making a hospital visit to a member you don't know well. Wouldn't it be nice to check the photo so you know who you are going to visit?
It is time to sign up! The September 13 - 17 sessions are now open. You can plan your photo to reflect your family's interests. Choose your colors, bring the family dog, musical instrument...anything that you think best represents your family.

It is easy to sign up.  Click here to learn more and sign up online. If you have any trouble with online signup, contact Rae Frenette at 512.255.3336.
Friends of First Church
Footprints Children's Grief Ministry
Footprints Children's Grief Ministry 
Classes Start Sept 14
Parents and children are greatly affected when death or divorce occurs in the family. Footprints Children's Grief Ministry classes are designed to help parents and children with those issues. The next class series will begin on September 14. Weekly one hour classes are offered for children 6 to 18 years old. The class series runs for 10 weeks. Registration forms can be found at www.fpcgm.org or by calling (512) 705-5194.
This week at First Church
Sunday, August 20
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship Services
  • 4:00 pm - FUSION Rally, Bldg. 5/232/234
Monday, August 21

Tuesday, August 22
  • 8:30 am - UMM Tuesday Breakfast group, Juárez Restaurant on South Mays
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted
  • 7:00 pm - Church Council, Bldg. 5-127
Wednesday, August 23
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, devotional - FLC/Bldg. 3
  • 9:00 am - COP Parent Orientation, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 9:30 am - Disciple Bible Study, Bldg. 5-136 
  • 6:00 pm - Heartsong rehearsal, South Suite
  • 6:30 pm - Disciple Bible Study, Bldg. 5-136 
  • 7:15 pm - Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite
Thursday, August 24
  • 9:00 am - COP Parent Orientation, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
  • 12 noon - Mom Life, Bldg. 5-217
  • 7:00 pm - Council Oak Bells rehearsal, North Suite
Friday,  August 25
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4
Saturday, August 26


There is always a lot going on at First Church. Visit the website, find us on Facebook or Twitter, and check the Church Calendar so you don't miss out! 
Blessings,


Betty Robertson
Communications
First United Methodist Church Round Rock

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