Church Mouse Sunday...stop by and "adopt" a college student!
First Church News & Updates - August 25, 2017

It appears that Hurricane Harvey is heading our way. We pray for the health and safety all those in the path of Hurricane Harvey. A special prayer goes with all the Austin area firefighters and first responders who are traveling to the Gulf coast to assist. Stay safe.

Weather permitting, we hope to see you on Sunday. Enjoy this (rather long) First Church news!
Chicken and Cobblers
This week in worship...
Sunday, August 27

Sermon Title:  
"Overcoming Jonah Syndrome"
ture:  Jonah 4:1-11
Mission Moment:  Ministry of Motherhood
Dr. Will Cotton will preach at the 9:40 and 11 am worship services and Rev. Katie Meek will preach at the 8:30 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).
Words from Will...
Creating a Culture of Value
I have a friend in Odessa who said in a leadership conference that leadership was "lifting up the value of those around you." That was 25 years ago. In light of the tensions between races, political parties and
Dr. Will Cotton
Dr. Will Cotton
lifestyles around us, his words have continued to speak to me. In the 139th Psalm, verses 13-14, David cries out,  "For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother's womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

What if we regarded each one around us as those "fearfully and wonderfully made?" The ministry of Jesus accorded value to those who the Roman and religious society did not...the lepers, the disabled, the poor, the mentally ill, and the Samaritans. It is natural to devalue and isolate, it is divine to lift up value and include those we wouldn't naturally. For me, that means praying regularly that God will show me every opportunity to do that. It's a positive move all of us can make that models the love and compassion of Jesus. And I believe we underestimate the difference that can make.

Sincerely in Christ,
Will Cotton Signature
Dr. Will Cotton

P.S.  Pray for the folks in the path of Hurricane Harvey.  

Announcing a special CrossRoads Event...
CrossRoads Event

Help the CrossRoads Band Make an Album!
The long awaited Crossroads album is in our sights. Join us to make it happen! On September 28, please join us in the Family Life Center for a scrumptious catered meal, silent auction, and live music...all to support the creation of a CrossRoads album.
If you've been to CrossRoads worship, you already know how wildly blessed we are by both the musical talent and the spiritual leadership of the CrossRoads Band. It's our vision to expand their reach and impact by putting together a CD of their original compositions. Anything raised over and above will go toward beautifying the worship space in the Family Life Center. Further, the band is donating 100% of the profit from the sale of the CD to the beautification project.

Tickets go on sale on Sundays at church beginning August 27 (and we will accept credit cards)! If you prefer, you can email your ticket request to Terri Bowden at
  • Individual seats: $35
  • Table for 8: $280
We are asking for donations of items and services to place in the silent auction. We hope to raise at least $25,000. Items and services can be anything: restaurant or entertainment gift cards, sports tickets, handcrafts or art, collectible items, themed baskets, excursions, etc. Maybe you have a service to offer, such as hair styling or automotive repair. We are also accepting direct sponsors if you wish to make a cash donation of $500 or more to underwrite the event.  We are grateful for your sponsorship and you can expect to see your name (or company name) in our printed materials on the bid tables, and through announcements during the evening.

If you would like to donate or volunteer to help with the event,
  • Contact Trisha Seguin,, to donate!
  • Contact Kathy Ford, to volunteer!
Ministry Focus...
Worship Arts...Children & Youth begin ringing & singing in September

Children's Choir

Youth Choir

Children's Ministry
Pray Classes
August 27 is Recognition Sunday 
On  Sunday, August 27 , we will be celebrating all children who participated in the  God and Me  and  God and Family  classes last spring. Children will be recognized and receive their pins and certificates during the  8:30 am  service!

These classes are part of the PRAY program which helps youth grow stronger in faith and in service to God. God and Me is about "Becoming Best Friends with Jesus" God and Family focuses on "Growing in God's Love".
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! Join  us in Bldg. 5-124.

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Hall,,  
Other Children's Ministry Info...
Student Ministry
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.

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!
Adult Ministry

LifeGroups will launch on September 17
LifeGroups are small groups that join together for spiritual growth, study and mission. They will have 8-16 members.

These first four groups will meet on Sundays at 8:30 or 11 am and are designed primarily for people who attend the 9:40 am Crossroads worship service. As needed, classes for children and youth will become available. While these groups will take place on Sunday morning, the vision is that LifeGroups will eventually happen during the week all over Round Rock and the surrounding area. Be praying for this exciting development in our ministry!

The first four group offerings include:
  • Spiritual growth through Bible Study and the Spiritual Disciplines. For those who are wanting to develop their personal walk through devotional prayer and study, this is for you. Facilitators: Dr. Paul Berg & Amy Friggle, 8:30 am. Click to register.
  • Young Parents and Building a Christian Family. Parents are still the primary spiritual developers of children, so this study will provide a supportive community for learning how to do that. Facilitators: Scott & Pamela Mallory, 11 am. Click to register.
  • Parents & Families in Transition. For parents of youth in late high school to young adults just out of college, this small group offers support and study. Topics include: Getting Reacquainted after the Kids are Gone, Building New Relationships with Your Emerging Young Adult, and a New Look at Finances. Facilitators: Steve & Peggy Bixler, 11 am. Click to register.
  • Putting Your Faith into Action. This small group will mix study and mission, opening with Bob Goff's Love Does. Open to all ages and stages. Facilitators: Michael & Regina Bohmfalk, 11 am. Click to register.
Registration is open. Sign up today!
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!
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. 
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! Because of the expected rain due to Hurricane Harvey, you can find them in the foyers of the Family Life Center and the Sanctuary before and after the 9:40 and 11 am services. 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 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!
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.
Have you reserved your photo session?
Directory Photos

September Photo Sessions are now open online. It's time to sign up!
We want you to be a part of our church family album.The final photo sessions are September 13 - 17. 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. You will receive one 8x10" photo free of charge. You will have an opportunity to purchase additional photos but there is no pressure to do so.

It is easy to sign up.  Click here to learn more and sign up online. We will be in the Sanctuary foyer this Sunday from 9:30 am until after the 11 am service to assist with sign-ups.

August Photos are here!
If you opted to have your family photo mailed to you, it has probably been delivered. Portraits that were not mailed are available for pick up in the church office during the week and in the Sanctuary foyer on Sundays from 9:30 am until after the 11 am service.
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 or by calling (512) 705-5194.
This week at First Church
Sunday, August 27 - United Methodist Men are selling Chicken & Cobblers
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship Services
  • 11:00 am - KFC Council, Bldg. 5-124
  • 6:00 pm - FUSION Kick-off and Parents meeting, Bldg. 3/FLC
Monday, August 28
  • 6:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Court of Honor, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 6:30 pm - Vision Core Team, Bldg. 5-124
  • 7:00 pm - Adult Christian Educ. Meeting, Bldg. 5-122
  • 7:00 pm - Council Oak Bells rehearsal, North Suite
Tuesday, August 29
  • 8:30 am - UMM Tuesday Breakfast group, Juárez Restaurant on South Mays
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted
  • 3:00 pm - Path to Positive Living Leader Meeting, Bldg. 5-136
  • 6:30 pm - Stephen Ministry Quarterly Meeting, Bldg. 5-222
Wednesday, August 30
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, devotional - FLC/Bldg. 3
  • 9:30 am - Disciple Bible Study, Bldg. 5-136 
  • 5:00 pm - Revelation Ringers rehearsal, East Cry Room/FLC
  • 6:00 pm - Heartsong rehearsal, South Suite  
  • 6:30 pm - Disciple Bible Study, Bldg. 5-122 & 124
  • 7:00 pm - Jubilation bell rehearsal, North Suite  
  • 7:15 pm - Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite
Thursday, August 31
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
  • 7:00 pm - Council Oak Bells rehearsal, North Suite
Friday,  September 1
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4
Saturday, September 2

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! 

Betty Robertson
First United Methodist Church Round Rock

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