Happy Father's Day!
First Church News & Updates - June 9, 2017
 

As a followup to our news about First Church member, Tom Lough, in the June 2 E-News, we just learned that Tom placed 5th in the 1500 meter race at the National Senior Games last Sunday. He said, "This is the first Senior Games in a long time that everything has been working," he explains. "My pacemaker is working; I don't have any strain or sprain, or ruptured muscles or tendons. My cancer is in remission, so I might as well get out here and do it. It's wonderful, it's fabulous!" We love a positive attitude like Tom's.

Happy Father's Day on Sunday.  Enjoy this First Church news!
This week in worship...
Traveling Mercies

New Sermon Series...Traveling Mercies
Summer is here, travel season is on! 'Tis the season to leave home and find life in unfamiliar places and people. Using the lens of scriptural characters' experiences of leaving home, this series explores ideas of going outside ourselves, outside our normal patterns, and seeing what there is to teach us. Sometimes we leave and find that there are things from home that no longer serve us.  Sometimes the time away gives us renewed perspective and helps us to reevaluate life. Both physically and spiritually, it's good to leave the comfortable and commonplace to experience God anew.

Sermon Title: "Abram Leaves Home"
Scripture:  Genesis 12:1-4 
 
Dr. Beverly Jones will preach at the 8:30 am worship. Rev. Katie Meek 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). 
Stephen Ministry News
Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministry will be hosting Q & A sessions on Sundays, July 9 and 23 in Payne Cottage, Bldg. 4-3. It is a great opportunity to find our more about what Stephen Ministry is, how you can get involved or how you can benefit from Stephen Ministry. Stephen Ministers will also be hosting the Twin Oaks Cafe during July and invite you to stop by for your Sunday morning coffee, donuts and tacos.

All aboard the First Church Express!
Sunday Shuttle
The United Methodist Men (UMM) are multi-talented
Sometimes they cook. Sometimes they fish. Taking a cue from Uber, they are now providing rides.  Does that make them UMMer drivers? They are  offering non-stop trips to and from the north and south parking lots to the main sanctuary, FLC and Adkins Education building from  9:15 am - 12:15 pm  each Sunday. Come catch a ride with one of the UMMers during these hot summer months!
Safety First!
Let's be courteous, safe and legal on the First Church campus!
We have a beautiful church campus, and on most days there are many people driving in and out, and parking for various programs and events. Sometimes we need to be reminded of a few guidelines:
  • Drive slowly through the church's campus.
  • Be observant of pedestrians, especially young children and other vehicles.
  • Use caution backing out of parking spaces and entering cross sections.
  • Avoid leaving children unattended in a vehicle even for just a brief period.
  • Lock your vehicle and store valuables out of sight (or leave them at home).
  • Don't in fire lanes or block access to fire hydrants...it is unsafe and illegal!
  • Don't park in designated handicapped parking spaces without appropriate tags or licenses...even if you are just running in for a minute. 
Thank you!
Ministry Focus...
Worship Arts
Summer Choir
Summer Choir!
Have you ever been interested in singing from the loft with the choir during worship service? 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
Camp Triumph
Camp Triumph Sports Camp returns to First Church this summer. Sign up today!
  • June 19 - 22: 12 noon - 4 pm 
  • July 24 - 27: 8:30-11:30 am. 
Camp Triumph Sports coaches will pick your child up in the sanctuary following VBS. Camp Triumph is an indoor camp, located in the Family Life Center (building 3). Each day bring:
  • Snack (No peanuts please)
  • T-shirt (you will be given this on the first day of camp)
  • Water Bottle
  • Sack Lunch (No peanuts please)
Make sure you have an ID when coming to check out. All adults picking up children must also be on the approved pick up list provided at registration.

Registration is open for a few more days. Don't miss out! Click for more information...
Other Children's Ministry Info...
  • Water Day -  Monday, July 17, 9:30-11 am
  • Family Movie Night - Thursday, August 10, 7 pm
Student Ministry
Movie Night
Night at the Movies - June 20 at 5:30 pm
Join us for Cars 3 RealD 3D at Cinemark 14 in Round Rock (behind outlet mall). Tuesdays are discount days and the tickets are only $8.45! Tickets do sell out fast so we encourage buying your tickets ahead of time, as there may be no tickets available at the door.  Buy Tickets Here . We also encourage everyone to show up early, we would like to sit together! Dan and Jodi will be there at 5 pm. Families are welcome or students may attend on their own and meet Dan or Jodi out front of the theater. Bring money for snacks and drinks.
Schlitterbahn!
On Tuesday, June 27, we are headed to Schlitterbahn for a day of fun in the sun. This event is open for students entering 6th through 12th grade.
  • Cost: $45 and that includes your ticket for the day. You will need money for lunch and for dinner on the way home. You can also bring your lunch with you to the park in a cooler. If you're an adult that can drive students you will go for free. We will need adults to drive students so let us know if you can.
  • When & Where: We will meet at 9 am outside the Student Ministries Office and head to Schlitterbahn so we are there at 10 am when the park opens. We will leave Schlitterbahn at 4 pm and get dinner on the way home. We will be back at the church by 6 pm.
  • Registration: Come by the Student Ministries Office to register and pay or send an email to dan@fumc-rr.org.

It's going to be a lot of fun, we hope you will join us!.

Other Student Ministry Info...
Adult Ministry
Methodism 101
Methodism 101
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 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, 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 Cliffordjayefsee@gmail.comClick here to register.
Disciple Bible Study
Methodism 101
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...
Cookies for Kairos
Cookies needed for Kairos Prison Ministry in July
Can you help support our own Tanja LaNoue (Student Ministry admin) as she participates in a Kairos weekend at Ferguson Unit in Midland, Texas July 5-9?  We need 100 dozen cookies to be distributed to the inmates!  Please bring 1 dozen homebaked cookies in a ziplock bag on Sunday, July 2.  For more information, contact Tanja at the church office, 512-255-3336 or tanja@fumc-rr.org .

What is Kairos Prison Ministry?
Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (Kairos) is a lay-led, interdenominational Christian ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ's love and forgiveness to prisoners and their families. 
The Kairos programs take the participants on a journey that demonstrates the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Click here to learn more about Kairos.
Other Mission & Outreach Info...
This week at First Church
Saturday, June 17 
  • 7:00 pm - Bridge Club, Bldg. 5-127 
Sunday, June 18 - Father's Day
  • 8 am - 12 noon - Disciple Bible Study Information, Twin Oaks Deck
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship Services
  • 9:40 am - Handbell Rookie Training Camp, North Suite
Monday, June 19
  • 9:00 am - Maker Fun Factory VBS
  • 12 noon - Camp Triumph, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 6:30 pm - Communication Team, Bldg. 5-122
  • 6:30 pm - Family Camp Planning meeting, Bldg. 5-124
  • 7:00 pm - Monday Evening Bible Study, Bldg. 5-127
Tuesday, June 20
  • 8:30 am - UMM Breakfast, First Watch restaurant, La Frontera
  • 9:00 am - Maker Fun Factory VBS
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted
  • 12 noon - Camp Triumph, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 6:30 pm - Stephen Ministry Supervision, Bldg. 5-123,126,127
  • 7:00 pm - Finance Committee, Bldg. 5-124
Wednesday, June 21
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, devotional - FLC/Bldg. 3
  • 9:00 am - Maker Fun Factory VBS
  • 12 noon - Camp Triumph, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 6:30 pm - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-127
  • 7:00 pm - Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite
Thursday, June 22
  • 9:00 am - Maker Fun Factory VBS
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
  • 12 noon - Camp Triumph, Bldg. 3/FLC
Friday,  June 23
  • 8:30 am - Round Rock Helpers, Bldg. 4-2
  • 9:00 am - Maker Fun Factory VBS
    8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4
Saturday, June 24  


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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