New Year...a time of renewal and change
First Church News & Updates - January 5, 2018
Epiphany
2018...the new year came in with a blast of cold weather!  It is nice to see above freezing temps again.

Saturday is the day of Epiphany.  In The United Methodist Church and many other Western traditions, Epiphany marks the arrival of the Magi from the East who bring worship and gifts of devotion to the Christ Child, revealing his divinity. Read more about Epiphany in this interesting article from United Methodist Women.

A new year is a good time to reflect on what is working well and what could be improved. To that end, we invite you to take a survey to let us know what you think about the weekly 

Thanks and Happy New Year!
This week in worship...
New Year

Sermon: Update and Renew
Scripture:   Matthew 3:13-17

Rev. Dr. Beverly Jones will preach at 8:30 am worship services. Dr. Will Cotton will preach at the 9:40 and 11 am worship services. All services will include the sacrament of Holy Communion and a celebration of Epiphany and the reaffirmation of our baptism.

The Source, our weekly devotional guide, is available on the church website.

Please join us in worship this weekend...Sunday at 8:30 am (Sanctuary), 9:40 am (Family Life Center) or 11 am (Sanctuary).
Words from Will...
Returning Home
It has been a pleasure for Tina and me to enjoy time with my mom and dad in North Carolina during the past week. It was even a little colder there than it was in Central Texas. We ended up staying an extra day because our flights were cancelled due to snow and ice. We enjoyed worship on New Year's Eve
Dr. Will Cotton
Dr. Will Cotton
morning with an outstanding sermon, lots of favorite meals (lasagna, clam chowder, fish, and even some chili cheese hot dogs), bowling (my parents out-bowled me), watching TV, and about 3 1/2 inches of snow (with no local capabilities for treating the roads). Most of all, we enjoyed time sharing stories and further treasuring and deepening our love for each other.

I was raised in Western Pennsylvania. Then my parents moved to New Jersey for 30 years. Now they live on the North Carolina/South Carolina border. It's interesting how, no matter where the location is, we find ourselves at home there. Now we are watching our children and a grandchild discover the same. It's not the place that primarily makes a home, it's the relationships and shared love.

So this afternoon, we board the plane and come home to you. Thanks for being the amazing family of faith that you are to Tina and me. Sunday morning, we will share in a very unique service of Communion and Reaffirmation of Baptism. I hope you will be there and invite someone to enjoy this wonderful celebration of God's love. It will be a great way to begin your 2018.

Sincerely in Christ,
Will Cotton Signature

Dr. Will Cotton
Senior Pastor
Ministry Focus
Children's Ministry
Crossing Point

Beginning January 7, 2018, 5th graders will combine into one Sunday School class, Crossing Point, that will meet in Bldg. 5-202 for the spring semester.  Crossing Point is a class that will delve deeper into the Bible using fun and challenging curriculum. Click to read more.
Other Children's Ministry info...
  • J-Team - Sunday, January 21,  2-4 pm, Bleg. 5-232/234 
Student Ministry
FUSION

The Fusion Games continue this Sunday and they will be out of this world! 
All students in grades 6-12 are invited to join us for Galaxy Games. Free dinner will be served at 6 pm in the Family Life Center followed by Galaxy Games. Students are encouraged to dress up as their favorite planet, an alien, character from their favorite space themed movie and will receive 2 points for their team. Students will also receive 5 points for their team for every friend they invite.
Other Student Ministry info...
Adult Ministry
Disciple Bible Study

Register now for DISCIPLE Short Term Bible Studies beginning in January
  • Invitation to the New Testament explores the writings of the New Testament with Jesus as the starting point and looks at how the early church took shape. Wednesdays at 9:30 am beginning January 10. Click here to register.
  • Invitation to John looks at Jesus differently from the other Gospels. Hear him speak, see his signs, and consider anew what it means to be his followers. Monday evenings at 6:30 pm beginning January 8. Click here to register.
  • Invitation to Psalms studies these ancient texts and invites us to engage them at the deepest level. Tuesday evenings at 6:30 starting January 9. Click here to register.

Read more on the website.

More in Adult Ministry...
Welcome Home to First Church
Welcome Home

Are you thinking about joining First Church in the New Year?
Join us for Welcome Home on January 21, 2018! Welcome Home is an informal meal and conversation with First Church pastors about First Church's ministries, membership expectations, our church's story, and any questions you may have. It's also a great chance to meet others who are exploring.

The next Welcome Home will be on Sunday, January 21 at 12:15 pm in the Family Life Center. Near the end of the session, there will be an opportunity to join this congregation if you decide you'd like to become a member. An informal lunch is served, so please sign up on the website or in the foyers of the Sanctuary or Family Life Center. Questions? Contact Rev. Dr. Beverly Jones, beverly@fumc-rr.org. 

MIssion Focus
Mission Accepted

Make this Lenten season memorable by serving.
Join us for a women's trip to Conroe, February 19 - 22, to do quality checks on the health kits that have been gathered for distribution (to either Sager Brown or to be disbursed in the Texas area). We'll leave on Monday morning, stay at the Holiday Inn, eating meals locally (breakfast is provided) and return on Thursday. Contact Patti Ruth at pjruth1@gmail.com or 512-944-5339 .
Other Mission Opportunities...
We salute the newest Eagle Scout from Troop 157!
Eagle Scout Project
Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scout!
FUMC Troop 157 Boy Scout Jude Alvarado recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout and completed his Eagle Project at First Church Round Rock. His project involved constructing three benches for the Prayer Garden and he built 7 planter boxes by Building 5 for new plants in the spring.

Congratulations to Jude for this high achievement and thank you for your hard work on your Eagle Scout project...a wonderful addition to our church campus. 
This week at First Church
Saturday, January 6 - Epiphany

Sunday, January 7
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship Services 
  • 8:40 am - LifeGroup: Spiritual Growth, Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage
  • 11:00 am - LifeGroup: Parents & Families in Transition, Bldg. 5-124
  • 11:00 am - LifeGroup: Putting Your Faith in Action, Bldg. 5-222
  • 11:00 am - LifeGroup: Young Parents, Bldg. 5-148
  • 6:00 pm - FUSION
Monday, January 8
  • 12:30 pm - UMW Leadership Team Meeting, Bldg. 5-122
  • 6:00 pm - Board of Trustee Meeting, Bldg. 5-124
Tuesday, January 9
  • 8:30 am - UMM Tuesday Breakfast group, Ju├írez Restaurant on South Mays 
  • 9:30 am - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-122
  • 11:30 am - Women's Book Club, Bldg. 5-127
  • 12:30 pm - Brown Bag Theologians, Bldg. 5-124
  • 1:30 pm - JOY Leadership Planning Meeting, Bldg. 5-122
  • 6:30 pm - UMW Lydia Circle, Payne Cottage/Bldg.4-Room 2
  • 7:00 pm - Community Bible Study, Bldg. 5-223/224
Wednesday, January 10
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, & devotional - FLC/Bldg.3
  • 9:00 am - COP Chapel
  • 9:30 am - Disciple Bible Studies, Bldg. 5
  • 9:30 am - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 5:00 pm - Revelation Ringers Tins, FLC-East Cry Room
  • 5:00 pm - Revelation Ringers Bronze, North Suite
  • 6:00 pm - HeartSong Choir rehearsal, South Suite
  • 6:00 pm - Writer's Group, Bldg. 5-126
  • 6:30 pm - Disciple Bible Studies, Bldg. 5
  • 6:30 pm - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 7:00 pm - Jubilation Bells rehearsal, North Suite
  • 7:15 pm - Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite
  • 8:00 pm - Ignite, Bldg. 5-220
Thursday, January 11
  • 9:00 am - COP Chapel
  • 12 noon - Mom Life, Bldg. 5-122
  • 7:00 pm - Council Oak Bells rehearsal, North Suite
  • 7:00 pm - Orchestra rehearsal, South Suite
Friday, January 12
  • 8:30 am - Round Rock Helpers, Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage, Rm 2
  • 9:30 am - Ministry Of Motherhood (MOM) gathering, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4
Saturday, January 13


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