Happy Friday!
First Church News & Updates - July 14, 2017
 
"Holy Manna" arr. Larry Sue

Among the many talented musicians at First Church, this mother/son duo stands out. Nancy and Alex Alvarez rang handbell duets in worship last Sunday. Watch, listen and enjoy this video and appreciate the synchronicity of body, mind and spirit. 
 
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy this First Church news!
This week in worship...
Sermon Series: The Gospel and Dr. Seuss
Last summer, we had fun with  All God's Critters and celebrated the roles that animals played in the Bible. This year, we bring into conversation the teachings of the Bible and the writings of Dr. Seuss in our new sermon series,  The Gospel and Dr. Seuss. You will be surprised at how well they come together. Our children will be doing some of that in Sunday School and it will also become a part of our children's times on Sunday morning.

Will there be a sermon or at least a large part of one be done entirely in rhyme? Will the preachers have any wisdom to spare should they dare to share? And do you have a  cat in the hat hat to wear? Our choirs are working hard on selections from Seussical and the Lorax. Zany series like these have a way of helping us hear the gospel with new ears and allows us another way to invite people to worship services just to experience the novelty of it all.

Sunday, July 9

Sermon Title:  "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think"
Scripture:     I Corinthians 2:6-16
 
Rev. Katie Meek will preach at the 8:30 worship service and Dr. Will Cotton will preach at the 9:40 and 11 am worship services this Sunday.  The Source , our weekly devotional guide, is available on the church website . Holy Communion will be celebrated at all services. 
 
Please join us in worship this Sunday at  8:30 am (Sanctuary), 9:40 am (FLC), or 11 am (Sanctuary). 
Mission Panama is coming up soon!
Mission Panama
First Church takes our third trip to serve the Panama Village on August 5! 
Fourteen people, including ten medical professionals, will be doing four full days of medical care under the leadership of missionaries Rev. David and Cindy Ceballos. Missionaries are Dr. Richard Anderson, Gwen Anderson (RN), Mendy Barnett (RN), Nathan Barnett (Pharmacist), Dr. Paul Berg, Amy Berg (PA), Jennifer Glasgow, Melissa Hamilton (Nursing Student), Justin Hamilton, Mitzi Laramy (RN), Rev. Katie Meek, Diane Scheler (RN), Ralph Snyder, and Terri Ward (RN).

As one of The Villages, this is a church-wide missional partnership. You are a part of this. So here's how you can help from home!
  • Provide Medical Supplies-Please bring the following supplies to church on July 23 and 30: Vitamins (adult), toothbrushes and toothpaste (children and adult), Children's Benadryl (liquid), saline eye drops, travel bar soap, and combs. All supplies must be in their original wrapping. There will be places to drop your donations.
  • Donate-We will be passing the chicken buckets July 23 and 30 to raise money for children's wheelchairs (approximately $1000) and finishing hardware for our sister church, Punta Delgadita Methodist Church. The church was started by our missionaries and is pastored by missionary Rev. David Ceballos. On August 6, we will be worshipping in the new building. The church was started underneath a tree just four years ago and now they have a two-story building with a worship space, a full kitchen to feed local children, and a place for other Methodist Christians to stay while they're helping to plant a whole district of churches in central Panama. We are so proud!
  • Pray-Pick up a prayer bracelet at church on July 23 and 30, wear it while we're in Panama, August 5-13, and use it as a reminder to pray for Panama every day First Church is there serving!
Have you reserved your photo session?
Directory
We are producing a new pictorial directory this year and we want you to be in it!
We have had a few interesting issues with our online signup process, including spotty internet service on Sundays when we tried to sign up folks in the sanctuary and FLC. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Please note this change...Sessions are now open beginning at 10 am on Sunday, August 6.We have photo sessions appointments open August 2 - 6 and August 9. We will also have sessions available September 13 - 17, but those will not be available for signup until more of the August dates are filled.

It is easy to sign up.  Click here to learn more and sign up online. We will also have people available before and after worship services this Sunday, to assist you with the online sign-up. Look for us in the Sanctuary foyer and both entrances to the Family Life Center.
Stephen Ministry News
Stephen Ministry
Interested in becoming a Stephen Minister? Join us for Q & A Sundays, July 9 and 23.
A new Stephen Ministry training class will begin in September. If you would like to learn more about Stephen Ministry come to Payne Cottage on Sunday, July 9 or 23 from 9 to 11 am, come and go. Stephen Ministry is also staffing Twin Oaks Cafe in July, so stop by any Sunday morning to chat with one of us!
Ministry Focus...
Worship Arts
Summer Choir
Sing with the Summer Choir...one Sunday or more than one!
Summer Choir is an opportunity for people to experience leading worship in a relaxed environment.  During July, the choir does not wear robes, and does not have Wednesday night rehearsals. All you have to do is show up in the South Suite at 10:30 am, rehearse the service music for the day, and then lead worship together at the 11 am service.

The dates for Summer Choir are July 16, 23, and 30The choir is full of wonderful people, who share a passion for sharing God's love through music. We hope you will join us!
Children's Ministry
Water Fun Day
Water Day - Next Monday, July 17
Take a break from the heat! Join us from 9:30 - 11 am  on Monday, July 17 for some cool, wet fun! Children's Ministries is hosting a water day! 

We will be outside, but will have lots of WATER to cool us off! Wear your swimsuits and bring a towel and a friend. We may get dirty too! 

Parents of preschool age children, please plan to stay at the event.
Other Children's Ministry Info...
  • Family Movie Night - Thursday, August 10, 7 pm
Student Ministry
Pool Party
All Y
outh Pool Party!
On  Tuesday, July 18,  from  4-7 pm,  we are going to have a pool party for all students, grades 6-12. This will be a fun night to come hang out, swim and enjoy some fellowship time. There is no charge and we will be serving dinner. 

We will be swimming at the Oaklands Pool in Round Rock. The address for the pool is 700 Oak Park Dr. Round Rock, TX. Meet us there at  4 pm  and you will pick up your student at the same place at  7 pm .
Other Student Ministry Info...
  • Round Rock Express Game - August 1
  • Capital Area Food Bank - August 15
Adult Ministry
Disciple Bible Study
Time to register for Disciple Bible Study
Are you ready to dive into Disciple Bible Studies? The following long term (fall & spring) classes are being offered this year:
  • Disciple 1 - Becoming Disciples through Bible Study
  • Disciple 2 - Into the Word, Into the World
  • Jesus in the Gospels
  • Christian Believer
We will also offer two short term classes (8 week) this fall:
  • Invitation to the Old Testament
  • Invitation to Romans

Click here for details, course descriptions and registration links.

Mission Focus...
Kairos
Report from Kairos #63 from Tanja LaNou

Thank you so very much for all the love and support you have shown our Kairos team and me for Kairos #63. Your cookies, prayers, and offering made a great impact to the participants. Many of them shared over and over how they have never experienced a love like this and that it gave them a glimpse and deeper understanding just how big God's love is for them. At the closing our outside team was gifted this beautiful painting from an inmate. The grey represents the Ferguson unit, the black represents the dark places within the unit, and the color filling in represents the Love of Christ we share from the outside. Without you this would have not been possible and I am so very grateful to each of you. 
Middle School Mission
Successful Middle School Mission Trip

Last Sunday, we commissioned 31 students and adults on our Middle School Mission Team as they departed for Brackettville, TX for our 4th year in partnership HOPE Outreach. The work teams built wheel chair ramps, cleared brush, worked in the thrift shop and built picnic tables. When not on our work sites, we spent time with community members. Every year we travel to Brackettville to bless them and find ourselves being the ones blessed. Please check out our Student Ministries Facebook Page FUMC Round Rock Students to see pictures and videos of our team serving!
VBS Mission
VBS Mission Report

The 391 children who attended Vacation Bible School at First Church not only learned about God, but they were also involved in missions for other children. VBS children gave $1562.35 that will be used to purchase clean water for 231 children for one year in Peru and donated nonperishable goods to the Round Rock Area Serving Center. Fifth graders made dog biscuits for WILCO and placemats for Drive a Senior. They also served at the Ronald McDonald House in Austin and Texas Baptist Children's Home, visited Wyoming Springs Assisted Living and Hearthstone Senior Center, and stocked the Round Rock Area Serving Center food pantry shelves with over 1200 pounds of non-perishable food items donated by the VBS participants.
Other Mission & Outreach Info...
This week at First Church
Sunday, July 16
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship Services
  • 9:40 am - Methodism 101, Bldg. 5-234
Monday, July 17
  • 9:30 am - Water Day, Playground
  • Monday evening Bible Study, Bldg. 5-127
Tuesday, July 18 
  • 8:30 am - UMM Tuesday Breakfast group, Ju├írez Restaurant on South Mays
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted
  • 6:30 pm - Stephen Ministry Supervision, Bldg. 5-123, 126, 127
  • 7:00 pm - Finance Committee, Bldg. 5-124
  • 7:00 pm - Nurture Team, Bldg. 5-122

Wednesday, July 19
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, devotional - FLC/Bldg. 3
  • 6:30 pm - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-127
Thursday, July 20
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
Friday,  July 21
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4

Saturday, July 22

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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