Holy Communion this Sunday!
First Church News & Updates - July 7, 2017
"Battle Hymn of the Republic", July 2, 2017 

We hope you enjoyed a happy and safe Independence Day holiday. Enjoy this wonderful rendition of The Battle Hymn of the Republic from worship last Sunday.
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy this First Church news!
This week in worship...
Sunday, July 9

Sermon Title: " What are You Cultivating?"
Scripture:    Galatians 5:16-26
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. We will commission our Middle School Mission Team at the 11 am service as they are leaving on Sunday to travel to Brackettville, TX for the week.
Please join us in worship this Sunday at  8:30 am (Sanctuary), 9:40 am (FLC), or 11 am (Sanctuary). 
Words from Will...

New sermon series begins next Sunday, July 16
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. 

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! 
Dr. Seuss

Sincerely in Christ,
Will Cotton Signature

Dr. Will Cotton
Have you reserved your photo session?
We are producing a new pictorial directory this year and we want you to be in it!
Photographers will be here on the following dates: August 2 - 6 and September 13 - 17. New this year: We will have Sunday photo sessions available. We expect those to go quickly so don't wait to sign up online.

Sign up is easy.  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
Rev. Dr. Beverly Jones will be attending the Stephen Leader's Training Course in Dallas, July 9-15. Beverly will be training with pastors and lay people from across the country to serve First Church as a Commissioned Stephen Leader, using her leadership gifts and caregiving skills in a significant way. Our current Stephen Leaders are lay people, and when Beverly joins the team as First Church clergy, she will provide input  that will help cast a vision and keep Stephen Ministry vibrant and strong. Beverly will help connect people who need care with Stephen Ministers as well as promote the recruitment of Stephen Ministers. Please join our Stephen Ministry team in praying for Beverly while she is at training this week!

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 today or Sunday, July 23 at 9 - 11 am. 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
Summer Choir!
Summer choir has begun! Why don't you come sing with us this Sunday? 

Summer Choir is an opportunity for people to experience leading worship in a relaxed environment.  During the summer, 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 9, 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 - July 17
Take a break from the heat at church. Join us from 9:30 - 11 am 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 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...
Adult Ministry
Methodism 101
Methodism 101 - First Class is this Sunday
What makes United Methodists unique? How are we both like other Christians, and yet unlike them since we see some things differently?  You are invited to a 3-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, July 9, and will meet at 9:40 am on Sunday mornings in Bldg. 5. For more information or if you have questions, please contact Dr. John Clifford jayefsee@gmail.com Click here to register.
UMW Lydia Circle
Join us for potluck salad supper!
The Lydia Circle (the nighttime gathering of United Methodist Women) will be having a potluck salad supper  Tuesday, July 11, at 6 pm  in Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage. The activity will be assembling health kits for relief from flood, fire, earthquakes in the United States and around the world.. All women of the church are cordially invited. This is a great time to meet other women and make new friends. If you have questions please contact: Patti Ruth,  pjruth1@gmail.com  or 512-944-5339
Bible Study
The God We Can Know: Study begins this Sunday
In his book, The God We Can Know, Rob Fuquay explores the "I Am" sayings of Jesus found in the Gospel of John and what they reveal about Christ's identity and purpose. Each lesson will include a brief DVD session filmed on location in the Holy Land, allowing participants to experience the context in which Jesus spoke each "I Am." Join us as we gain insightful ways to know Jesus and that point us to a God who wants to be known. Sundays at 9:40 in Bldg. 5 - 136. For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Beverly Jones (beverly@fumc-rr.org) or Debby Utley (debbyfaeu@gmail.com). All are welcome. 
No pre-registration is needed. Just come!
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...
Youth Summer Missions
Middle School Mission Team leaves this Sunday for Brackettville, TX

We will be commissioning our Middle Schoiol Mission team at the 11 am service this Sunday. They will leave after worship to travel to Brackettville where they will be working with HOPE Outreach and continuing to work with families in the community. They are excited to return to and work with such an amazing organization and community. Our prayers go with them on their journey.
Other Mission & Outreach Info...
This week at First Church
Sunday, July 9
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship Services
  • 9:00 - 11:00 am - Stephen Ministry Q & A, Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage
  • 9:40 am - Methodism 101, Bldg. 5-234
  • 12 noon - Sunday Ladies of Faith, Bldg. 5-124
Monday, July 10
  • Monday evening Bible Study, Bldg. 5-127
Tuesday, July 11 
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted
  • 11:30 am - Women's Book Club, Bldg. 5-127
  • 7:00 pm - LEADFirst, Bldg. 5-127
  • 7:00 pm - UMW Lydia Circle, Bldg. 4-2

Wednesday, July 12
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, devotional - FLC/Bldg. 3
  • 6:30 pm - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-127
Thursday, July 13
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
Friday,  July 14
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4


Saturday, July 15
  • 8:30 am - Leadership Retreat, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 7:00 pm - Bridge Club, Bldg. 5-127


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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