's cold!
First Church News & Updates - January 6, 2017
"Panis Angelicus", January 1, 2017
We hope your new year is off to a great start. After some unusually warm days, the more seasonable cold weather is back. Bundle up and enjoy your weekend. We hope to see you in worship on Sunday!

Jennifer Harvill, our children's choral director, sang "Panis Angelicus" last Sunday. It was beautiful! Enjoy it again today.

Enjoy this First Church news. 
This week in worship...
Sermon Series
Sermon Series: You the Body
Each of us has a God-given set of gifts and talents that allows us to uniquely make a difference for Christ in the world. But the greatness of those gifts and talents is seen only in combination with the gifts and talents of those around us as the Body of Christ. How can we as First Church make our best mark for Christ in 2017 individually and corporately?
Sermon Title: "A Singular Sensation" 

Scripture:   1 Corinthians 12:12 - 20

Dr. Will Cotton will preach at the 8:30 and 11 am services. Rev. Katie Meek will preach at the 9:40 am CrossRoads service.   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...
A New Year's Word of Thanksgiving
Tina and I have been amazingly blessed by the love and generosity of the people of First Church during this Advent and Christmas season! We are several pounds heavier thanks to the many who prepared
Dr. Will Cotton
delicious meals for us following Tina's knee replacement (which continues to recover ahead of 
schedule). We are several steps advanced in our walk with Christ, thanks to your prayers, wisdom and encouragement. Over our first six months with you, you have drawn us into your love and fellowship in ways we could never repay. We saw the candles lit in all our services on Christmas Eve and counted it a privilege to light ours next to yours. 

The year 2016 finished well - thanks to the participation and generosity of each of you. All our mission obligations were paid in full! We now anticipate what God will be up to in 2017. Like most years it will have a surprise or two. But what will not be a surprise is that God is ready to bless our shoes off - just ask Moses! Read Exodus 3, if that joke passed you by.
God  Bless You richly in this Blessed and Holy New Year - blessed and holy because God and you are in it.

Sincerely in Christ,
Will Cotton Signature

Will Cotton
Save the date: Charge Conference on January 17
Charge Conference for Approval of 2017 Budget
On Tuesday, January 17 we will have the annual charge conference to approve the 2017 First Church Budget. The meeting will be at 7 pm in  Bldg. 5-136. The Finance Committee has been diligently working to prepare the budget to reflect the best use of the church's financial resources. Everyone who is interested in the financial workings of the church is welcome to attend.
Welcome Home is coming up on January 22
Welcome Home

Thinking about joining First Church? Join us for Welcome Home.
Welcome Home is an informal meal and conversation with First Church pastors about membership...membership expectations, how the church is meant to help us live out our faith, our church's story, and other topics guided by a Q&A. It is also a wonderful way to meet others who are exploring as well.  Near the end of the session, there will be a short joining ceremony for those who decide to become a member. A meal will be served at this relaxed and informative event.  Click here to register...
Ministry Focus...
Children's Ministry
Join us for J-Team this Sunday
January 8 is our first event of the new year! Please join us at the CHASCO Family YMCA (1812 N Mays). Cost is $4.00 for non-YMCA members. It will be a splashing good time in the pool that you won't want to miss!   Click here to register...

Crossing Point
Crossing Point returns January 8!
Beginning this Sunday, 5th graders will combine into one Sunday School class for the spring semester.  Crossing Point  is a class that will delve deeper into the Bible using fun and challenging curriculum. You will have an exciting new lesson each week that will include Scripture, fun activities and even some mission work! Cassandra Ricks and Stella Roberts will be teaching  Crossing Point . 5th graders will begin meeting in Bldg. 5-202 on January 8. For more information, please contact Tammy Parks,
Other Children's Ministry Info...
Student Ministry
Join us for Fusion this Sunday!
This Sunday we have Fusion from  6-8 pm  in the Family Life Center with $3 snack supper, games, and worship. This is our first Fusion of 2017 so we hope that you will join us!

Fusion is our weekly programming for all students High School and Middle School, grades 6-12, during the school year. It is a great mix of food, fun, fellowship and worship. Click for more information...
Other Student Ministry Info...
Adult Ministry
Methodism 101
Women's Bible Studies
Why not join a Women's Bible Study 
in 2017?
We have groups meeting on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Tuesday Women's Bible Study group meets at 9:30 a.m. Beginning Tuesday, January 10, they will  be studying Beth Moore's Living Beyond Yourself , a 10 week study on Galatians and the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Cost is $20 for the book. For more information and to sign up, please contact Denise Blomquist, .
The Wednesday Women's Bible Study group meets on Wednesdays at 9:30 am and 6:30 pm in Bldg. 5-232/234. 
A new 7 week study beginning  January 11 is Priscilla Shirer's   Discerning The Voice of God on h ow to recognize when God speaks.  For more information or to register contact Janet Reynolds, 512-255-7198 or
Other Adult Ministry Info...
Mission Focus...Caring for others during holidays
Mission Panama

Mission Panama Information Session on Monday, January 23
Join us for our third Adult Mission Panama trip, Aug 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. Come and get all of your questions answered at an information session on Monday, January 23 at 6:30 pm. Contact Rev. Katie Meek ( for more information.
Other Mission & Outreach Info...
  • Student 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. 
New Year's Resolution...Energy Conservation
Stewardship Connection
Good Stewardship...Make the Connection
In the spirit of New Year's resolutions, everyone is encouraged to help First Church conserve energy by turning off lights in meeting rooms when rooms are not in use. Everyone is also encouraged to close meeting room doors to keep the cool air inside the room and the humidity outside (or warm air inside when it is cold outside). Thank you for helping First Church be a good steward of its resources in the New Year!
This week at First Church
Saturday, January 7
  • 8:30 am - Stephen Leaders Retreat, Bldg. 5-222
  • 9:00 am - Created by God, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 10:00 am - Boy Scout PLC meeting, Bldg. 4-2
Sunday, January 8
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship Services
  • 11:40 am - Alleluia Chorus Children's Choir rehearsal, Bldg. 5-234
  • 12:00 noon - Sunday Ladies in Faith, Bldg. 5-124
  • 2:00 pm - J-TEAM, off campus
  • 6:00 pm - FUSION Student Ministry, Bldg. 3/FLC & Bldg. 5
Monday, January 9
  • 2:00 pm - JOY Planning Meeting, 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-Room 2
  • 6:30 pm - Disciple Old Testament Short term Study, Bldg. 5-126
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Bldg. 3/FLC 
Tuesday, January 10
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted
  • 9:30 am - Tuesday Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-124 
  • 6:30 pm - Community Bible Study, Bldg. 5-220, 223, 224, 225
  • 7:00 pm - LEADFirst meeting, Bldg. 5-127
  • 7:00 pm - Nurture Team, Bldg. 5-122
  • 7:00 pm - Witness Team, Bldg. 5-124
Wednesday, January 11 
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, devotional - FLC/Bldg. 3
  • 9:15 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
  • 6:15 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, January 12
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted House  
  • 12:00 noon - Mom Life Group, Bldg. 5-122     
  • 7:00 pm - Council Oak Bell rehearsal, North Suite
  • 7:00 pm - UMW Lydia Circle, Bldg. 4-2
Friday,  January 13
  • 9:30 am - MOM Weekly meeting, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 6:00 pm - Journey in Faith Class Epiphany Party, FLC
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4
Saturday,  January 14

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
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