Get your Super Bowl Chili and Tamales on Sunday!
First Church News & Updates - February 3, 2017

Super Bowl Chili
It is Super Bowl weekend and that means that our United Methodist Men are cooking! They will have chili and tamales for sale on Sunday. Look for them in front of the Sanctuary and in the FLC Kitchen Hallway.
  • 28 oz of chili for $10.00
  • 6 tamales for $6.00
  • Special: 2 chilis and 12 tamales for $30.00   
Don't you love it when you don't have to go home and cook?

Enjoy this First Church news!
This week in worship...February Sermon Series
Sermon Series
Sermon Series: Telling Your Jesus Story
This is a series about the encounter. When we encounter Christ there is something
that happens not only in us but in the world. Faith is a boundary-­-breaking business, especially faith in Christ. How do we let our encounters with Christ change us, challenge us, move us, transform us?
Sermon Title: "Extravagant Love"

Scripture:  John 12:1 - 8 

Dr. Will Cotton will preach at all the 9:40 and 11 am worship services this Sunday. Rev. Katie Meek will preach at the 8:30 am service.   The Source , our weekly devotional guide, is available on the church website . Our Alleluia Ensemble will be singing at the 8:30 and 11 am sanctuary services. The CrossRoads Worship Band will be leading the CrossRoads service.

We will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion at all three worship services.

Please join us in worship this Sunday at  8:30 am (Sanctuary), 9:40 am (FLC), or 11 am (Sanctuary). 
Words from Will...
Super Sunday at First Church
Super Bowl LI is this Sunday between the perennial favorite New England Patriots and the upstart Atlanta Falcons. The hype for the game will be immense as will the sales of snacks and alcohol. Which of the multi-million dollar commercials will be the favorite? What will Lady Gaga say or do? But here is the truth...on February 6, all that will be left are the memories and the clean-up. The one exception to this is where too much alcohol has been consumed. Super Bowl Sunday has more reports of spouse and family abuse than any other day of the year. 

Rev. Dr. Will Cotton
Dr. Will Cotton
But Super Sunday can happen this weekend, regardless of whether your team wins or even made it to the big game. In three worship services, the people of God will gather at First Church to praise God, share the love of Christ, offer ourselves in ministry and share in the Lord's Supper. As we praise God, we will sense the presence of Christ filling our hearts, minds and spirits. As we share the love of Christ we will feel burdens lifted and have healing happen in a variety of ways. As we offer ourselves in ministry both inside and outside the walls of the church, we will follow Christ more closely not just on Sunday, but even more on the other six days. As we share in the Lord's Supper, we will experience the profound mystery of having the love of Christ touch and deepen our walk with God. And here is the truth...on February 6, things are different because we have shared in things on February 5 that last forever. 

The new preaching series is Telling Your Jesus Story.  My guess is you will hear some stories of Jesus like you have never heard them before. I look forward to sharing a Super Sunday with you and with that family member, friend, relative or neighbor you bring with you.

Sincerely in Christ,

Will Cotton Signature
Dr. Will Cotton
Senior Pastor

Council Oak Preschool Registration for 2017-18
Preschool Registration


Ministry Focus...
Children's Ministry
J-Team is coming up on February 12
Third through fifth graders will be leaping, climbing and bouncing at Urban Air Trampoline Park on  Sunday, February 12 from  2:00-4:00 pm!   
J- Team participants will have access to all of the activities including the challenge lanes, warrior course and sea of rings!  Bring a friend and join the fun!

The cost is discounted at 50% to $10/participant.  Cash or check only payable to FUMC staff onsite. RSVP to  Tammy Parks,

Other Children's Ministry Info...
Student Ministry
No Fusion this Sunday
This Sunday we will not have Fusion because it is Super Bowl  Sunday . We hope you enjoy the game, commercials, or halftime show with your friends and family. 

Fusion will return on  Sunday, February 12  from
  6-8 pm. See you then!
Illuminate: DNOW 2017
Illuminate: DNOW 2017
Illuminate: DNow 2017 - February 24-26
Registration is open for DNow 2017 . The cost is $60 until  February 5  and after that the cost will go up to $70. There is a $150 max cost per family. DNow is a wonderful opportunity to meet people, build relationships and grow in your relationship with Christ. Check out this video to get a flavor of DNow. Click here to register. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jodi Marfell at  .
Other Student Ministry Info...
Adult Ministry
United Methodist Men
UMM...we're fishing for more good men.
The United Methodist Men are serious about one of the focuses of our Bread of Life ministries, as the red FLC Kitchen wall says. John 6:35 says it all and we want to share that with you! We are also very serious about our leisure...God wants us to work hard for him, but God knows to fight for Him, we must also rest and have fun in His world to re-charge. Fishing for men is our focus, but we also fish for fish on our retreat each Spring (look for news on this year's upcoming event)...we have fun and, of course, we eat well. 

UMM is trying to be innovative and do things that you may be interested in...just ask us. If you are a man in this church, you are already a Methodist Man. Come by and share how we can meet your needs and our church's needs. We look forward to meeting you!

A little incentive for new prospective members...
Are you interested in getting involved in United Methodist Men? For prospective members, we will host a Men's Only Round Rock Express Season Opening Game on  Thursday, April 6 at 7:05 PM . Watch for more info soon.

Fun Fact: UMM raises approximately $18,000 each year and gives it ALL to great causes in our church, our community, our country and our world ministries.
Dinner Groups
New to the church? Want to know more people at church?   Join a dinner group! 
As a dinner group member, you will host a dinner about twice a year. You select the menu for the evening. It might be burgers on the grill, Tex-Mex, a spaghetti's up to you when you host. The other people in your group will bring the side dishes, appetizer, dessert and everyone provides their own drink.

We have openings for the month of February and are forming new groups all the time.  These small groups have proven to be powerful in forming lasting friendships, expanding the number of people in the congregation that you know. They can also provide important support in times of trouble.  For more information please contact: Patti Ruth, or 512-944-5339.
Methodism 101

What makes United Methodists unique? How are we like other Christians, and yet unlike them since we see some things differently?  
You are invited to a three-week class to explore these questions: our history, our theology, our way of living, and our place in God's work and in our world today.  Led by Dr. John Clifford, Methodism 101 begins on Sunday February 12, and will meet at 9:45 am on Sunday mornings in Adkins Education Building 5-124.  For more information or if you have questions, please contact Dr. John Clifford, . Click here to register.
Other Adult Ministry Info...
Mission Focus...
Mission Panama

Join us for our third Adult Mission Panama trip, August 5 - 13, 2017!
We will return to Santiago, Panama to work with Missionaries David and Cindy Ceballos. This will be a medical mission, open to 20 people. Although we do need a few medical practitioners, you don't need to be one to come!  Application deadline is February 5, 2017.  Check the  website or email Rev. Katie Meek,, for more information.
Backpack Project

We're making Spring Break Kits!
What:  Building kits for students' Spring Break meals.
When:  Saturday, March 4, 9 am-12 pm . We will work until we run out of food, which may be well before our official Noon stopping time.  If you are delivering food, please plan to arrive by 8:30-8:45 am so we can get it organized.

This is a great way to help those children who depend on school lunches and may not have much to eat during Spring Break. Come join us!
Other Mission & Outreach Info...
  • The Villages: read more about our strategic vision for church-wide Outreach and Mission-local, regional, and global.
  • Children's Ministry teams are staffing the Twin Oaks Cafe in January.
  • ABC Literacy Program: Share the gift of reading with our children
  • Plastic Bag Recycling: Did you know that you can donate your plastic grocery and store bags for use at the Round Rock Area Serving Center? Bring them to Payne Cottage (Bldg.4) and leave them in the white barrel in the foyer. 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.
Volunteer opportunities...
Serve First Church

Join the A/V Tech Crew...
Do you have special skills related to computers, photography, video, or running a sound/light board? The audio/video department is looking for personnel to assist with the running of Sunday worship services. No experience is required. We provide on-the-job training. For more information, contact Sean Gossett at

Volunteer in the Church Office
Have you ever wanted to help your church during the week? If you are available between the hours of 1-5 pm on Thursdays or 9 am-1 pm on Fridays, we have an office volunteer opportunity for you! Men and women are welcome. These are weekly assignments but we have some once-in-a-while jobs, too. Contact Wanell Soslow, or 512-255-3336. We want you!

Connecting with First Church...
Social Media

Social Media can be a great way to stay in touch with First Church
You may know that First Church is on Facebook and Twitter, but you may not know that we have a number of different Facebook pages. Based on your interests, you may want to check some of these out:
We are also on Twitter ( 1st UMC Round Rock)  and LinkedIn ( First United Methodist Church Round Rock.

Have you seen our Vimeo channel? We share some videos in E-News and on our website, but many videos are available to watch on our 1st UMC Round Rock Vimeo Channel. 
We're hiring Nursery staff...
Nursery Staff
Love children? We're hiring! Join our nursery staff.
We are in need of additional paid staff to work in our nursery Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings, and Friday mornings. The hours are flexible, so you can still attend a worship service.  If you are interested please email Gloria Perez,
This week at First Church
Saturday,  February 4

Sunday, February 5 - Super Bowl Chili and Tamales for sale!
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship Services
  • 11:40 am - Alleluia Chorus Children's Choir, Bldg. 5-234
  • 1:30 pm - Caring Angels, Bldg. 5-118
Monday, February 6
  • 2:00 pm - JOY Leadership Planning, Bldg. 5-124
  • 3:45 pm - Kids of the Kingdom Chimes, FLC East Cry Room
  • 4:45 pm - Kids of the Kingdom Bells, FLC East Cry Room
  • 6:00 pm - Venture Crew, Bldg. 4-2
  • 7:00 pm - Trustees meeting, Bldg. 5-136
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Bldg. 3/FLC
Tuesday, February 7
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted
  • 9:30 am - Tuesday Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-124
  • 11:30 am - Women's Book Club, Bldg. 5-127
  • 12:30 pm - Brown Bag Theologians, Bldg. 5-136
  • 6:30 pm - Community Bible Study, Bldg. 5-220, 223, 224, 225
  • 6:30 pm - Stephen Ministry supervision, Bldg. 5-123, 126, 127
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout PLC meeting, Bldg.4 -2
Wednesday, February 8
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, devotional - FLC/Bldg. 3
  • 9:30 am - Wednesday Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 5:00 pm - Revelation Ringers Ensemble, North Suite
  • 5:00 pm - Revelation Ringers, FLC East Cry Room
  • 5:45 pm - Heartsong Choir rehearsal, South Suite
  • 6:30 pm - Wednesday Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 7:00 pm - Jubilation Bells, North Suite
  • 7:15 pm - Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite
Thursday, February 9
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted House 
  • 12 noon - Mom Life, Bldg. 5-122
  • 6:30 pm - Paths to Positive Living Curriculum meeting, Bldg. 5-122
  • 7:00 pm - Council Oak Bell rehearsal, North Suite
  • 7:00 pm - UMW Lydia Circle, Bldg. 4

Friday,  February 10

  • 8:00 am - Round Rock Helpers Steering Committee, Bldg. 4-2
  • 9:30 am - MOM Weekly meeting, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 11:00 am - Round Rock Woman's Club Soup & Bread Luncheon, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4
Saturday, February 11

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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