Welcome Summer!
First Church News & Updates - June 23, 2017
 

We have completed two awesome weeks of Maker Fun Factory VBS. There were 625+ children, youth and adults participating and leading this outstanding program. Read more about what happened at Vacation Bible School below.
Good job!
 
Enjoy this First Church news!
This week in worship...
Traveling Mercies

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: " Traveling Mercies"
Scripture:   Galatians 1:13-24 
 
Rev. Katie Meek will preach at the 8:30 and 11 am worship services and Rev. Dr. Beverly Jones will preach at the 9:40 service 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). 
It's time to update your family portrait!
Directory
 
We are producing a new pictorial directory this year and we want you to be in it!
Time flies! It has been three years since we published our last church pictorial directory. During that time 540 individuals and families have joined First Church. It is time for a new directory!

Each family or individual is invited to come and have a professional portrait made here at church. You will receive a complimentary 8" x 10" color portrait and a free copy of the directory. You will have an opportunity to purchase additional portraits but there is absolutely no obligation to do so. 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.

August and September Photography sessions are open
Photographers will be here on the following dates: August 2 - 6 and September 13 - 17. We hope that the August dates will make it easy to include your college students in your family photo. Our goal is to have 550 families included in this directory so sign up now to reserve your space. 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. Online sign up is available on the church website, http://fumc-rr.org/directory/. When you sign up online, you will receive a $10 coupon for additional portraits with your confirmation e-mail. We will also have people available before and after worship services for six Sundays, beginning Sunday, June 25, to assist you with the online sign up. Look for us in the Sanctuary foyer and both entrances to the Family Life Center.

Expect a call. If you haven't already, you will be receiving one phone call from Will Cotton inviting you to sign up for your portrait session. Those calls will be made next week. After you sign up you will receive a confirmation e-mail and one reminder phone call a couple of days before your appointment.
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!
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
VBS 2017
We are made by God and built for a purpose! 
Children's Ministries is celebrating two successful weeks of Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School, held June 12-16 and June 19-23. We had participants of all ages and it was exciting to see the wide span of generations from preschoolers to grandparents. Almost 400 children, 102 youth helpers and 135 adult volunteers learned that we are made by God and built for a purpose. Each day began and ended with worship in the sanctuary. Participants of all ages enjoyed the music, skits and dancing. Five stations reinforced the Bible points for the day: God made you, God is for you, God is always with you, God will always love you and God made you for a reason.

VBS Missions were Operation Kid to Kid and the Round Rock Area Serving Center. In the two weeks of VBS, children contributed money that will be used to purchase clean water for children in Peru.  In the first week, $1000 dollars were collected, which is enough to buy clean water for 200 children for one year!  Over 1200 of pounds of nonperishable goods were brought by children to donate to the Round Rock Area Serving Center. The food pantry gets bare during the summer months, so they were so grateful for our donations!

Fifth graders focused on a different mission each day. Missions included making dog biscuits for WILCO and placemats for Drive a Senior. Fifth graders also had the opportunity to go serve at the Ronald McDonald House in Austin and Texas Baptist Children's Home, where they made lunch for the families staying there. They visited Wyoming Springs Assisted Living and Hearthstone Senior Center, where they spent time doing different activities with residents. Finally, the fifth graders visited the Round Rock Area Serving Center where they toured the facility and stocked the food pantry with lots of non-perishable food items brought by VBS participants.
 
We are grateful for the opportunity to reach so many children and families!  WOW, God! 
Other Children's Ministry Info...
  • Water Day -  Monday, July 17, 9:30-11 am
  • Family Movie Night - Thursday, August 10, 7 pm
Student Ministry
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
Bible Study
New study on John begins
July 2
The Friends in Faith Sunday School class is starting a new 13 week bible study series on Sunday, July 2. It is the Wesley Bible Studies series on John. 

This book in the Wesley Bible Studies series provides key Scriptures in John and highlights direct quotes from the complete writings and life experiences of John Wesley, along with the poetry and hymns of his brother Charles.

Friends in Faith meets on Sundays in Bldg. 5-123 at 9:40 am.
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 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.
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...
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...
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!
This week at First Church
Sunday, June 25
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship Services
Monday, June 26
  • 7:00 pm - Adult Christian Education meeting, Bldg. 5-122
  • 7:00 pm - Summer Evening Bible Study - Why Did God Do It? Bldg. 5-127
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Bldg. 3/FLC
Tuesday, June 27
  • 8:30 am - UMM Breakfast,
    Juárez Bakery & Restaurant, 1701 S. Mays St.
  • 9:00 am - Council Oak Preschool Summer Camp
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted
  • 7:00 pm - Church Council, Bldg. 5-127
  • 7:00 pm - Nar-Anon, Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage
Wednesday, June 28
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, devotional - FLC/Bldg. 3
  • 9:00 am - Council Oak Preschool Summer Camp
  • 6:30 pm - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-127
  • 7:00 pm - Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite
Thursday, June 29
  • 9:00 am - Council Oak Preschool Summer Camp
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
  • 12 noon - Camp Triumph, Bldg. 3/FLC
Friday,  June 30
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4

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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