Happy St. Patrick's Day!
First Church News & Updates - March 17, 2017
 

St. Patrick's Day
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here's a St. Patrick's day blessing:
May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.

We're having Scrub-a-dub Days tomorrow. Come and help us spruce up the church campus before Easter.

See you Sunday!
This week in worship...Lenten Sermon Series
Sermon Series
Sermon Series: CrossWalk
The central identifying symbol of our Christian faith is the cross.  While we may cherish "the old rugged cross" and what Jesus did for us there, it also represents a calling to live a certain kind of life that puts us in direct conflict with the values and understandings of those around us.  Combined with beautiful and inspiring music, the CrossWalk sermon series will offer an intriguing and moving view of the Passion of Christ that is sure to prepare each of us for a fresh experience of Holy Week and the triumph of Easter.  
 
Sermon Title: "Son of the Father"

Scripture:   Luke 23:13-­25

Dr. Will Cotton will preach at the 9:40 and 11 am worship services this Sunday. Rev. Katie Meek will preach at the 8:30 am service. Jennifer Harvill will be providing special music at the Sanctuary services. 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). 
Words from Will...
It Really is All About Fran...  
The truth is I first heard about the acronym FRAN (Friends, Relatives, Acquaintances and Neighbors) about thirty years ago. I still like it as a way to practically build relationships so that we can share the life-changing, world-changing good news of Christ - the mission for which we exist. The way we do that has changed as we reach folks in our time. While the role of good preaching and competitive programming for children and youth are still important, the aspects of excellent and relevant music in a variety of styles, building community through intentional welcome and care, and creating authentic friendship and involvement in outreach beyond the church walls have increased. In the end, faith is still
FRAN
shared one-to-one first outside the walls, but now the lead time before those we share with try out the church can be much longer.  Patience is crucial.

So who are the people in your circle that are your version of FRAN? Why not form a prayer list of those persons? As you pray for them, God will sensitize you to their needs and the ways you can build your relationship with them or share faith. It can be as simple as sending a text or e-mail or inviting them to your child or grandchild's baptism, or reaching out to them when you know of a special need. Let it be easy and natural. Genuineness is even more crucial than patience. 

During the days of the Sadducees and the Pharisees, there was another reform group that was flourishing. They were the Essenes. Their key emphasis was a passion for preserving God's Word, many which archaeologists discovered in the community of Qumran. Biblical scholarship is deeply indebted to the work of the Essenes. But they disappeared within a generation. Why? They believed that Christ was going to return in their lifetime, so they decided not to marry or have children. Their passionate faith had no next generation. How will you and I share our faith with FRAN in this generation? The fields have never been whiter for the harvest.   



Rev. Dr. Will Cotton
Sincerely in Christ,

Will Cotton Signature

Dr. Will Cotton
Senior Pastor
New Podcast Series...What Actually Happened on the Cross?
Lenten Podcast

What Actually Happened on the Cross?
Check out the First Church Podcast for a four-week series on what actually happened on the cross. What did Jesus accomplish with his death? How was God's power shown? How do we relate to sin and evil now that the cross has happened? Did Jesus have to be raised for the cross to be complete?
Most people say that Jesus died for my sins. What does that mean? And does that tell the whole story?

Click here to listen to the first in the series. You can access our podcast on iTunes by searching First United Methodist Church, Round Rock. You can also find it at http://fumc-rr.org/podcasts. Subscribe to the podcasts so you won't miss any.
Mission Focus...
Great Day of Service

Save the date! Our annual Great Day of Service...a church wide event for participants of all ages, including children, will be on Saturday, April 1. We will have opportunities to work in many different organizations in Round Rock and surrounding communities. We will kick off the event in the Family Life Center at 8:00 am. You can sign up to work 8:30 am-12 noon, or 12:30-4:00 pm or all day from 8:30 am-4:00 pm.  Here are some of the organizations we will be partnering with during our Great Day of Service:
  • Williamson County Advocacy Center
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • Learn to Fish at Southwest Williamson Park
  • The Caring Place in Georgetown
  • Kairos Prison Ministry
  • Miracle League Baseball
  • Community Garden of Georgetown
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • Vacation Bible School Preparation
Put your faith into action
This is one day that you can get outside the walls of the church and reach out to many others in need. The cost is only $10 per person and $40 family max. The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 26.

UMCOR Training

UMCOR Early Response Team Training for new ERTs
  • Saturday, March 25 at First United Methodist Church, Round Rock
  • Cost: $30 includes class materials, lunch and T-Shirt

Click here to register  

 

What is an Early Response Team?
The mission of an Early Response Team (ERT) is  to provide a caring Christian presence in the  aftermath of a disaster, under very specific  guidelines that enable a team to be productive  and caring while causing no further harm or being  a burden to the affected community.  Early Response Teams respond after emergency  personnel to disasters such as fires, hurricanes,  tornadoes, and flooding to help families with clean  -up, prevention of more damage to homes, and  clean out of homes. A one day training must be  completed to participate in this type of response.  Classes are taught by authorized UMCOR trainers  from our conference, and team members are  given picture ID badges as evidence of training  and required in disaster zones. Click for more information...
Other Mission & Outreach Info...
Ministry Focus...
Children's Ministry
Kids for Christ Council
Kids for Christ Council meets next Sunday
The Kids For Christ Council is a task force of parents interested in serving in the areas of children's programming along with the Children's Ministries Team. Its mission is to offer guidance and support for ministry to families with children ages birth through fifth grade.

The next KFC meeting will be  Sunday, March 26 at 11 am  in Bldg. 5-124. We hope you will join us!
Other Children's Ministry Info...
Student Ministry
FUSION
Fusion...we're off campus this Sunday
After a week off for Spring Break, Fusion returns this Sunday, March 19 with  a cookout plus some kickball and outdoor fun. 

We will meet at Fern Bluff Park, 17829 Park Valley Drive,  from  5-7 pm  for hamburgers and kickball. The event is free of charge but we ask that everyone bring a side or dessert to share. It is going to be a lot of fun and a great night of fellowship so we hope you will join us!
Adult Ministry
Mediterranean Cruise
Q & A Session coming up on March 26
Does the Mediterranean Cruise in October 2017 sound like something you would like to do? The Adult Christian Education Council will host a question and answer session on  Sunday, March 26, at 5 pm in Bldg. 5-127 to answer questions about the upcoming Paul's 4th Missionary Journey Cruise.

The cruise is sponsored by the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church as part of the Azamara Club Cruises.  Rich Thompson has been on other such cruises and will be a host on this one. Come out, have some refreshments, and let Rich answer any questions you may have about the experience. Brochures on the cruise are available in the church office, sanctuary and FLC. Click for more information...
The Network
The Network - Young Professionals Group
The Network is primarily a fellowship group but we've added a conversation about the intersection between faith and life in the 21st century. We'll watch a TED talk (or something comparable) and have some guided discussion. Plus snacks!  

Also, The Network will meet in the homes of group members each month.  Find more information, on our church website or The Network Facebook page.
The group is designed for people 25 - 40, but we are flexible about that. Join us!
We will publish our 2017 Guide Book and Directory soon.
Directory

2017 Guide Book & Directory is coming soon.
We are in the process of updating our annual Guide Book & Directory for the church. This book will contain everything pertinent to our church: the various ministries, organizations, committees, activities, functions and events plus a complete directory of all members. This book is being provided and direct-mailed to each family at no cost to our church, and it is again being subsidized by local businesses that advertise.

More information is on the church website, including
  • How to update your membership information
  • How to opt out if you prefer that your information not be published
  • How to advertise in the directory.
Scrub-a-dub Days...come and help us clean up and fix up!
Scrub-a-dub Days

In preparation for our upcoming Easter celebration, we are sprucing up the church grounds and facilities. A variety of jobs are available both inside and outside: cleaning doors, windows, and millwork, weeding, trimming, and more. Click here for more information and to sign up. 
This week at First Church
Saturday, March 18
  • 9:00 pm - Scrub-a-dub Day

Sunday, March 19
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship Services
  • 11:40 am - Alleluia Chorus rehearsal, Bldg. 5-234
  • 5:00 pm - FUSION, off campus
Monday, March 20
  • 3:45 pm - Kids of the Kingdom Chimes, East Cry Room Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 4:45 pm - Kids of the Kingdom Bells, East Cry Room Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 6:00 pm - Venture Crew, Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage
  • 6:30 pm - Communications Team, Bldg. 5-124
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Bldg. 3/FLC     
Tuesday, March 21
  • 9:30 am - UMW Deborah Circle, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 12:30 pm - Brown Bag Theologians, Bldg. 5-136
  • 6:30 pm - Community Bible Study, Bldg. 5-220, 223, 224, 225
  • 6:30 pm - Stephen Ministry supervision, Bldg. 5-123, 126, 127
  • 7:00 pm - Nar-Anon, Bldg. 4-6
  • 7:00 pm - Finance Committee, Bldg. 5-124
Wednesday, March 22
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, devotional - FLC/Bldg. 3
  • 9:30 am - Wednesday Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 5:00 pm - Revelation Ringers, North Suite and East Cry Rm/FLC
  • 5:45 pm - Heartsong Choir rehearsal, South Suite
  • 6:00 pm - Life Groups Leadership, Bldg. 5-122
  • 6:30 pm - Wednesday Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 7:00 pm - Jubilation Bell rehearsal, North Suite
  • 7:00 pm - Student Ministry Jewelry Fund Raiser, Bldg. 5-123, 124
  • 7:15 pm - Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite 
Thursday, March 23
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted 
  • 12 noon - Mom Life, Bldg. 5-122
  • 7:00 pm - Council Oak Bells rehearsal, North Suite
  • 7:00 pm - Orchestra rehearsal, South Suite
Friday,  March 24
  • 8:30 am - Round Rock Helpers, Bldg. 4-2
  • 9:30 am - Ministry of Motherhood (MOM), Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4
Saturday, March 25
  • 8:00 am - UMCOR Emergency Response Team Training, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 9:00 pm - Scrub-a-dub Day 

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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