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First Church News & Updates - March 31, 2017

Great Day of Service
Tomorrow is our Great Day of Service...a day when people of all ages from First Church will be out in the greater Round Rock community serving others. We appreciate all the volunteers and look forward to seeing you Saturday morning.

Enjoy this First Church news!
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.  
"Watch the Lamb"
Sermon Title: "Jesus, Remember Me"

Scripture:     Luke 23:32-43

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. Our newest handbell team, Ring of Joy, will be ringing at the sanctuary services.  The Source , our weekly devotional guide, is available on the church website

Holy Communion will be celebrated at all services.

In case you missed it last Sunday, Michael Rosensteel, Director of Music Ministry, sang Watch the Lamb. Listen and enjoy. 

Please join us in worship this Sunday at  8:30 am (Sanctuary), 9:40 am (FLC), or 11 am (Sanctuary). 
Holy Week at First Church
Holy Week

Holy Week at First Church

Palm Sunday, April 9
  • 8:30 am: Blended worship in the Sanctuary
  • 9:40 am: Contemporary CrossRoads worship in the Family Life Center
  • 11 am: Traditional worship in the Sanctuary
  • 9:30 - 11:30: Resurrection Celebration...a walk through Holy Week for children and families. See details below.
  • 5:00 pm: Confirmation service for 43 confirmands in the Sanctuary
Maundy Thursday, A service of Communion,  April 13 at 7 pm

Join us for a dramatic retelling of the Last Supper. We will see Jesus' last meal with his disciples, hear testimony from modern-day and historic people of faith, and share together in communion and song. Childcare will be available in Building 2, Pod C.

Good Friday, A service of Remembrance and Contemplation,  April 14 at 7 pm

Join us as we gather outdoors at the Twin Oaks Deck under the canopy of the oak tree for readings, prayers and music recounting the last hours of Jesus life. Then all will be invited to continue in a spirit of remembrance and contemplation at five stations around the church campus.
  1. Journeying to Jerusalem via the labyrinth prayer walk
  2. Encountering the means of mockery and death
  3. Contemplating Jesus' Seven Last Words
  4. Contemplating the stones that shout out
  5. Contemplating the darkness of Jesus in the tomb.
Childcare will be available in Building 2, Pod C.

Easter Sunday - April 16
  • 8:00 am: Traditional worship in the Sanctuary
  • 9:30 am: Traditional worship in the Sanctuary
  • 9:30 am: Contemporary worship in the Family Life Center
  • 11 am: Traditional worship in the Sanctuary
In order to offer families the opportunity to worship together, there will be no Bible Buddies or Children's Sunday School on Easter Sunday. Childcare for 2 years and younger will be in Building 2, Pod C at the 8:00, 9:40 and 11:00 am services. There will also be no Sunday School for youth and adults. The Twin Oaks Cafe will not be open on Easter Sunday.

Yes...We will have a Flowering Cross!

Everyone is invited to bring fresh, cut flowers on Easter morning to create our Flowering Cross. The cross will be prominently placed outside the church so that flowers can be placed on the mesh frame, as a sign and witness to the joy and beauty of our Easter proclamation, "Christ Is Risen!"

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 third podcast will be posted on Friday. You can subscribe through  iTunes  or by following us on  Soundcloud . You can also find information at 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 . Resurrection Celebration will run for two hours so your family will have options on when you would like to attend. Please allow 50 minutes to visit all five stations.
Mission Focus...
Diaper Drive
A very successful Diaper Drive
Children's Ministries teamed with the Ministry of Motherhood for a mission for Austin Diaper Bank during January and February. The Austin Diaper Bank provides diapers to any family in need of diapers in Central Texas. We applaud the children and families who contributed 2109 diapers for this mission! Over $160 was also donated through children's  Sunday  School offering.

Thanks to all who contributed!
Other Mission & Outreach Info...
Ministry Focus...
Children's Ministry
We're going bowling!
J-TEAM, for children in grades 3 - 5, is this Sunday, April 2. We will meet at the Bass Pro Shop in Round Rock from 2-4 pm. Please plan on joining us! We will have 4 lanes of bowling fun, a devotional, and pizza. Cost is $10.

Please RSVP to

Don't miss this fun event!
Other Children's Ministry Info...
Student Ministry
Join us for Fusion this Sunday 
Fusion this week will be from  6-8 pm  for all students grades 6-12. It will begin with our Baptism and Communion Service for the Confirmation Class in the Family Life Center from  6-7 pm . Everyone is invited to celebrate this special day for our student's being baptized!

Afterwards we will be cooking hot dogs and playing outdoor games such as 9 square, gaga ball, volleyball, etc.  It is going to be a fun night we hope your student will join us!

Other Student Ministry Info...
Adult Ministry
United Methodist Men
United Methodist Men invites you!
United Methodist Men (UMM) promotes the spiritual growth of men through effective discipleship, and models the servant leadership of Christ in our daily lives. We have two UMM groups at First Church.
  • The Tuesday group gathers between 8 & 9 am at The Egg and I restaurant in LaFrontera for food and fellowship. Contact: Rich Thompson at 512.694.6729, or Ben Watson at 512.623.0025.
  • The Wednesday group meets for breakfast and fellowship at 6:15 am on Wednesdays in the Family Life Center. Contact: Steve McCord,
Both groups participate in UMM special events and activities. Several times a year, they spend the weekend cooking either brisket, chicken, or chili and then showing up on Sunday morning to sell them during worship services...all of the proceeds to benefit the ministries of First Church. All men are welcome to join one of these groups or launch a new group of United Methodist Men.

Coming up this spring...
Round Rock Express Season opener: An evening of fellowship and fun at the ballpark.

Spring Retreat - April 26 - 30: All men (and their sons, nephews, etc.) are invited to the UMM Spring Retreat at Willow Point Resort on Lake Buchanan. In addition to great fellowship and food, there will be fishing, dominoes, and lots of rest and relaxation. Come for all or part of the retreat. More details are on the church website, Contact: Steve Oltmanns, or 512.636.6299.
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If you are like many of us, you shop at Amazon or Amazon Prime. If so, you could help First Church by going through Amazon Smiles. Click here and you will select First Church as your non-profit to receive a donation. It is a small percentage (.5%) of the purchase, but if we all remember to do this with each purchase, it could add up. Many of us already support a non-profit through Amazon Smiles. You can choose the non-profit of your choice for each purchase. Give it a try!
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 .
This week at First Church
Saturday, April 1
  • 8:00 am - Great Day of Service
Sunday, April 2
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship Services
  • 11:00 am - Youth Leadership Team, Bldg. 5-223
  • 11:40 am - Alleluia Chorus rehearsal, Bldg. 5-234
  • 2:00 pm - J-Team, off campus
  • 4:30 pm - Youth Advisory Committee, Bldg. 5-222
  • 6:00 pm - FUSION, Bldgs. 3 & 5
Monday, April 3
  • 2:00 pm - JOY Leadership planning meeting, Bldg. 5-124
  • 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
  • 6:00 pm - Trustees meeting, Bldg. 5-136
  • 6:00 pm - Greeter training, Bldg. 5-124
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Bldg. 3/FLC     
Tuesday, April 4
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted
  • 9:30 am - Tuesday Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-124
  • 11:30 pm - Women's Book Club, Bldg. 5-127
  • 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 - Military/First Responders Network, Bldg. 5-122
Wednesday, April 5
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, devotional - FLC/Bldg. 3
  • 9:15 am - COP Chapel, Sanctuary
  • 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, April 6
  • 9:15 am - COP Chapel, Sanctuary 

  • 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,  April 7
  • 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 8
  • 9:00 am - 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! 

Betty Robertson
First United Methodist Church Round Rock

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