"a person's a person, no matter how small." Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
First Church News & Updates - July 28, 2017

Family Camp was a lot of fun last weekend. Some of our young handbell ringers performed at the talent show. There will be a Winter Family Camp early next year. Watch for details!
Headwater Handbells at Family Camp
Headwater Handbells at Family Camp

We hope to see you on Sunday. 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 30

Sermon Title:  "Notice Me, Horton"
Scripture:   Luke 10:25-37
Dr. Beverly Jones 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
Please join us in worship this Sunday at  8:30 am (Sanctuary), 9:40 am (FLC), or 11 am (Sanctuary). 
Capture the Vision 2017...A message from Dr. Will Cotton
Capture the Vision 2017
Capture the Vision 2017

Have you reserved your photo session?
September Photo Sessions are now open online!
Photo sessions begin next week...August 2 - 6. We still have a number of openings next week and the September 13 - 17 sessions are now open also. The Wednesday - Saturday sessions will be in Bldg. 5-223/224. The Sunday sessions will be in the Sanctuary North Suite (Handbell Suite).  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.

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 the Family Life Center east foyer.

Volunteer opportunity
We need a few people to help host the photo sessions. Volunteers will greet and check in families and assist the photography staff as needed. It is a relatively easy job and is a great time to visit with many of your First Church family and friends. Click here to read more and to volunteer! Questions? Contact Betty Robertson, betty@fumc-rr.org.
Mission Panama is coming up soon!
Mission Panama
We are passing the chicken buckets & collecting medical supplies this Sunday
We are quickly approaching the date when our Mission Panama team returns to Panama. 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 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 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!
Ministry Focus...
Children's Ministry
Family Movie Night
Family Movie Night: August 10
Children's Ministry will be hosting a Family Movie Night on  Thursday, August 10 . We will gather at  7 pm  on the back patio, facing the playground. We will be serving popcorn but feel free to bring a snack to share, if you wish. 

We will have a few minutes to gather and socialize. Showtime is at  7:30 pm !  We hope to see you there!

What movie?  We may surprise you but watch for updates!
Other Children's Ministry Info...
  • Kids for Christ Council - Sunday, August 27, 11 am
Student Ministry
Serving the Food Bank
Service Day at the Central Texas Food Bank 


On  Tuesday, August 15, we are have a service opportunity for students in grades 6-12. We are going to head to the Central Texas Food Bank in Austin to help them in their warehouse sort and box food donations. 

We will meet at the church at  8 am so we can carpool for our shift which will run from  9 am-12 noon. After serving we will stop for lunch on the way home, so you will need to bring money for lunch. We will return to the church around  1:30 pm.

This is an opportunity to serve locally and support a great organization that is helping to serve the community. To sign up, click the link below. Spots are filling up fast and only a few are left so sign up today! If you have any questions you can email Dan Hunter at  dan@fumc-rr.org


Other Student Ministry Info...
  • FUSION Fall Kickoff - September 11
Adult Ministry
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. 
Lydia Circle
I scream, you scream, we all scream 
for ice cream! 
The Lydia Circle's August meeting will feature ice cream and sorbet in Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage on  Tuesday, August 8, at 6:30 pm.  

Program: Dr. Beverly Jones will speak about her recent trip to Norway on behalf of the United Methodist Church, working on the vision of the church as directed by the General Conference.

Join us and meet some wonderful ladies of our church. All women in the church are invited.
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.

Caring Ministry
Care Caller Ministry Looking 
for Volunteers 
"Thank you for calling me!  It means so much that someone from the church would call about my mother." 

This is a typical response for a Care Caller, our church's newest Care Ministry. Volunteers call those in the church who have expressed a concern for a loved one, offering a caring ear of support and touching others in the name of Christ who touched the lives of countless souls. Most conversations last only a few minutes, but in that simple, brief phone visit, a lot of love is communicated.
Would you like to be a Care Caller? All you really need is a phone, a computer, and the willingness to reach out. The time commitment is normally less than an hour per week. For more information, contact Van Dickens, Retired Clergy-in-Residence at  louisianavan@gmail.com or Beverly Jones, Associate Pastor, at  beverly@fumc-rr.org,  512.255.3336).
Mission Focus...
Backpack Project
Calling all Backpack Project Volunteers...
Join us on August 6
Whether you are new to the First Church Backpack Project or have been around, served at Bluebonnet or Wells Branch or volunteered at the Backpack House...let's get together, Sunday, August 6!

There's lots of new ground to cover and new things to introduce. Come to Payne Cottage (Bldg.4) after the 9:40 or 11 am worship service. If you can't be there but need information, email: kathyford03@yahoo.com .
Round Rock Helpers
Round Rock Helpers are ready to serve!
Did you know that First Church has its very own group of handy people whose mission it is to help seniors, disabled and others with minor home maintenance and repairs? 

Round Rock Helpers exists to provide services (typically 3 hours or less over a couple of work sessions) with a focus on safety.  If you or someone you know needs some help, or for more information, please call Fred Clark at 512-450-4398 or contact the church office.
Kairos Prison Ministry
Fans and Yarn for Kairos Lockhart

Can you imagine not having A/C or even a fan during these hot Texas summers? Well, our KAIROS prison ministry team would like to provide fans for those at Lockhart who are unable to purchase them. Any small electric fans, 9 inches, in white or clear (no black) are wanted. In addition , yarn is needed for a craft class. All colors, kinds and amounts (even small amounts left over from projects) would be appreciated!  Find the boxes in the Sanctuary and FLC foyers (or in the church office) and drop off a fan and/or some yarn. Questions? Contact Cheryl Glasgow, 512.709.7009 or cherylglasgow@mac.com
Other Mission & Outreach Info...
News from Council Oak Preschool
Council Oak Preschool
This week at First Church
Sunday, July 30
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship Services
  • 4:00 pm - Mission Panama 2017 Team Meeting, Bldg. 5-127
Monday, July 31
  • 7:00 pm - Monday evening Bible Study, Bldg. 5-127
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Bldg. 3/FLC
Tuesday, August 1
  • 8:30 am - UMM Tuesday Breakfast group, Ju├írez Restaurant on South Mays
  • 9:00 am - Children's Chime Camp
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted
  • 11:30 am - Women's Book Club, Bldg. 5-127
  • 6:30 pm - Outreach Team, Bldg. 5-122
  • 7:00 pm - Military/First Responders Network, Bldg. 5-124
Wednesday, August 2
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, devotional - FLC/Bldg. 3
  • 9:00 am - Children's Chime Camp
  • 2 - 9 pm - Pictorial Directory Photo Sessions, Bldg. 5-223/224
  • 5:45 pm - Heartsong rehearsal, South Suite
  • 6:30 pm - Disciple Facilitator's Training, Bldg. 5-124
  • 7:15 pm - Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite
Thursday, August 3
  • 9:00 am - Children's Chime Camp
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
  • 2 - 9 pm - Pictorial Directory Photo Sessions, Bldg. 5-223/224
Friday,  August 4
  • 2 - 9 pm - Pictorial Directory Photo Sessions, Bldg. 5-223/224  
  • 7:00 pm - Sister Act presents Beauty & the Beast, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4
Saturday, August 5
  • 10 am - 5 pm - Pictorial Directory Photo Sessions, Bldg. 5-223/224

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

First Church exists to share the love  of God in Jesus Christ.
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