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First Church News & Updates - March 24, 2017

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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: "The Cross-Bearer"

Scripture:    Luke 23:26-­31

Dr. Will Cotton will preach at the 8:30 and 11 am worship services this Sunday. Rev. Katie Meek will preach at the 9:400 am service. The Austin Trombone Ensemble will be playing 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). 
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?

The second podcast will be posted this weekend. You can subscribe through  iTunes  or by following us on  Soundcloud . You can also find information at http://fumc-rr.org/podcasts. Subscribe to the podcasts so you won't miss any.
Resurrection Celebration is coming up on April 9
Resurrection Celebration

Resurrection Celebration...a Holy Week Tradition at First Church
The event will be held on Palm Sunday, April 9, 9:30-11:30 am. Children, accompanied by parents, will get to experience five events that occurred during Holy Week. There will be volunteers in costume and "in character" portraying someone who was actually present during Holy Week. They will talk about the importance of each event in terms children can understand. Begin your journey on Palm Sunday with Lewis the donkey, who will be grazing under the Council Oak Tree, near the playground. Children's programming will continue as normal on Palm Sunday, but you will have the opportunity to attend Resurrection Celebration after Sunday School. Please allow 50 minutes to visit all five stations.
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
  • Young children with Parent Serving Opportunties
  • The Caring Place in Georgetown
  • Kairos Prison Ministry
  • Community Garden of Georgetown
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • Vacation Bible School Preparation
  • The Backpack Project 
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 29.

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!
VBS 2017
It's time to volunteer for VBS
VBS registration is currently open to children of volunteers. We want to open registration to all, but in order to do that, we must have more volunteers.
There are many different volunteer jobs...crew leader, station leader and more. You don't have to have children at VBS. We love having grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends as volunteers. You don't have to be female. Male volunteers are great also. Why not take a week this summer to make a positive difference in the lives of our children...and have a lot of fun in the process. Click for more information and to sign up...
Other Children's Ministry Info...
Student Ministry
Youth Summer Missions
Summer Mission Trip Registration is open. 
High School Mission Trip is  June 4-10  to Las Cruces, NM where we will be building wheelchair ramps for those in need. A $100 deposit and registration form is due in the Student Ministries Office by  May 1  to hold your spot.

Middle School is going to Brackettville, TX,  July 9-14. They will be partner with HOPE Outreach. To hold your spot turn in a $100 deposit and registration form to our office by  June 1

It's going to be a great summer, we can't wait to serve these wonderful communities.

Young Adult Ministry
Young Adult Ministry
Come for Coffee and Discussion
Our Young Adult Group (ages 18+) is a wonderful opportunity to meet people your same age and stay connected. Through this group we hope to build friendships and connections through fellowship opportunities.

We meet every Wednesday at 7 pm at different coffee shops in the Round Rock area. We spend time hanging out and catching up on our week. We then begin our study/discussion which is focused on the intersection of Christianity and Culture. Culture influences everything about our lives, as should our faith, so we want to have intentional conversations about different aspects of cultural or social pressures and how we can be in the world and not of the world.

We will also have fellowship nights to enjoy a fun activity or dinner. We will do things such as Taco Tuesday at Rosa's, bowling, Express game, etc.

If you are interested in being apart of this group and want information on where we will meet this week, email Dan Hunter, dan@fumc-rr.org.
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...
Women's Bible Studies
Tuesday morning Women's Bible Study - new study begins April 4
Join us at 9:30 am on Tuesdays in Bldg. 5-124 for Beth Moore's 6 week study Entrusted, a study of Paul's final letter which he wrote to Timothy.  Explore your call and discover what God has planned for you. For more information, contact Denise Blomquist at mommystruck@gmail.com  .
Wednesday Women's Bible Study
Join us at 9:30 am or 6:30 pm, Bldg. 5-232/234. Our current study is  Finding I Am, by Lysa TerKeurst.  For more information contact Janet Reynolds,  jreygma@gmail.com or 512-255-7198.
We will publish our 2017 Guide Book and Directory soon.

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

Thanks so much for the folks who came out last Saturday and helped with tree trimming and more. Our second Scrub-a-dub Day is tomorrow, March 25. 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. 
Friends of First Church
Drive a Senior
Drive a Senior is Gearing Up for Greatness with two fundraising events in April 
  • April 1: 5K Stride for Seniors Fun Run at Bohl's Park in Pflugerville
  • April 6: 14th Annual Swinging for Seniors Golf Tournament, Star Ranch 
Full details on how to register and participate in these fundraising events, or to volunteer in other ways for  Drive a Senior, please visit their website or contact Karah Ricketts at dd@driveasenior.org .
drops of grace

This week at First Church
Saturday, March 25
  • 8:00 am - UMCOR Emergency Response Team Training, Bldg. 3/FLC

  • 9:00 pm - Scrub-a-dub Day

Sunday, March 26
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship Services
  • 11:00 am - Kids for Christ Council, Bldg. 5-124
  • 11:40 am - Alleluia Chorus rehearsal, Bldg. 5-234
  • 4:30 pm - Youth Advisory Committee, Bldg. 5-222
  • 5:00 pm - Paul's 4th Missionary Cruise Q&A, Bldg. 5-127
  • 6:00 pm - FUSION, Bldgs. 3 & 5
Monday, March 27
  • 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
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Bldg. 3/FLC     
Tuesday, March 28
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted
  • 9:30 am - Tuesday Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-124
  • 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 quarterly meeting, Bldg. 5-222
  • 7:00 pm - Nar-Anon, Bldg. 4-6
  • 7:00 pm - Church Council, Bldg. 5-127
Wednesday, March 29
  • 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
  • 7:15 pm - Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite 
Thursday, March 30
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted 
  • 7:00 pm - Council Oak Bells rehearsal, North Suite
  • 7:00 pm - Orchestra rehearsal, South Suite
Friday,  March 31
  • 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, April 1
  • 8:00 am - Great Day of Service
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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