It's all about Advent!
First Church News & Updates - November 24, 2017

Happy day after Thanksgiving...whether that means shopping, football, travel, naps or enjoying time with family and friends. This issue of E-News is all about Advent...sermon series and special events. Save the dates and plan to participate in this wonderful season. 

We appreciate the many folks who have already made their financial commitment to First Church for 2018. This Sunday is our second Commitment Sunday. You are invited to bring your commitment card to worship. You can also make your commitment online at myFirstChurch . Thanks for your part in the life-changing, world-changing ministry of Christ at First Church!

Enjoy this First Church news.
This week in worship...
Advent Sermon Series

The Rose: Cultivating Hope
The theme for our Advent sermon series is  The Rose: Cultivating Hope. In light of Hurricane Harvey and horrifying violence, which happened not far from us, we gather to draw on and proclaim hope. We celebrate the often-overlooked, developing, joyous hope we have in Christ. Jesus came to a broken and hurting world on that first Advent and Christ still comes to us today.  People will choose to cultivate lots of things this Advent: fear, anger, revenge, despair, hate. We choose to cultivate hope - a hope that is true and lasting in Jesus Christ!

Sermon Title: " "The Unattractive Stump"

Scripture:   Isaiah 11:1-9

Dr. Will Cotton will preach at all three worship services. 

The Source , our weekly devotional guide, is available on the church website .

Please join us in worship this weekend...Sunday at 8:30 am (Sanctuary), 9:40 am (Family Life Center) or 11 am (Sanctuary).
Mark your calendars...lots of special events coming up in Advent!
Cookies with Santa...December 2
Cookies with Santa
Join us for Cookies with Santa on Saturday, December 2
10 am - 1 pm in Payne Cottage
First Church Ministry of Motherhood and Mom Life groups invite you to a special event supporting Brown Santa. Please bring one unwrapped toy or book. Visit and take a picture with Santa (bring your camera). Enjoy cookies and punch before or after seeing Santa.
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming: Ring Noel 2017...December 2
Ring Noel

It's a Saturday Event! Mark your calendars for December 2!
The very popular annual  Ring Noel  benefit presented by the First Church Handbell Ministry will take place in the church sanctuary at 7 pm the evening of Saturday, December 2. This is the first time this concert has taken place on a Saturday. Please mark your calendars for a magnificent start to your 2017 Advent season! Doors will open at 6 pm. Revelation Ringers Bronze, our high school ringers, begin pre-show music at 6:30 pm. It will be a beautiful evening !

Ring Noel is a fabulous show which combines spoken word with the sounds of handbells, voice, keyboard, strings and wind instruments. This year's concert will feature Mary, mother of Jesus, as she tells of the anticipation and birth of her son Jesus. Her story will be laced with the beautiful sounds of the season. No ticket is needed to attend. However, audience members are encouraged to bring lots of canned goods as this event is always a benefit for the  Round Rock Area Serving Center. A free-will offering will also be taken for this very worthwhile agency.
Children and Youth Handbell Recital...December 4
Holiday Recital
Gather Round: A Christmas Special...December 10
Gather Round
The Winter Rose: Christmas Cantata...December 10
Christmas Cantata

Please join us on December 10 at 8:30 and 11 am in the sanctuary as our Choral Union and Orchestra present, The Winter Rose.
From the earliest Christian time, the rose has been a symbol of divine love, echoing through our sanctuaries in the melodies and texts of many beloved carols. It brings to life the beautiful visions of biblical prophets and the hope of early Christian pilgrims. Today, the rose remains an expression of love and peace both inside the church and the outside world. Its appearance in the garden is a treasured harbinger of the coming of spring's abundance. As a gift, its delicate beauty is usually reserved for the most meaningful expressions of the heart. No flower holds our dreams of love more beautifully. It is in the same spirit that this musical work was conceived and written.
A Nativity Experience for Families...December 17
Nativity Experience

Children's Ministry invites families to join us for a Nativity Experience for Families
This brand new Christmas event will be at 3 pm on December 17 in the Family Life Center.  During the program, families will hear from Mary, Joseph and the Angel.  Families will also have the opportunity to make their own children's nativity to take home, one per family. Paint clothes are recommended.  To reserve your family's spot, and ensure we have plenty of supplies, please click here register .  Share the word with your friends!
Christmas Eve Worship Services
Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Worship at First Church
We invite you to join us in worship during this Holy season. On Sunday, December 24, we begin with One Great Morning Service at 10 am in the Sanctuary. In the evening we will have worship services at 5, 7, 9 and 11 pm. Each is a unique and beautiful service of music and message.
  • 5 pm: A candlelight service led by children, centered on children and families, Sanctuary
  • 7 pm: A traditional candlelight service with choir and special musicians, Sanctuary
  • 9 pm: A contemporary candlelight service led by our Crossroads Band, Family Life Center
  • 11 pm: A quiet candlelight communion service closing at midnight to usher in Christmas Day, Sanctuary
This week at First Church
Saturday, November 25

Sunday, November 26
  • 8:309:40 and 11 am - Worship Services
  • 8:40 am - LifeGroup-Spiritual Growth, Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage 
  • 11:00 am - LifeGroup-Parents & Families in Transition, Bldg. 5-124
  • 11:00 am - LifeGroup-Putting Your Faith in Action, Bldg. 5-222
  • 11:00 am - LifeGroup-Young Parents, Bldg. 5-148
  • 11:30 am - Alleluia Children's Choir, Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage-Room 2
  • 4:30 pm - Youth Advisory Committee, Bldg. 5-222
  • 5:00 pm - Youth Choir, Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage-Room 2
  • 6:00 pm - FUSION, Bldg. 3/FLC-$3 snack supper 
Monday, November 27
  • 4:00 pm - Kids of the Kingdom Bells, Bldg. 3/FLC East Cry Room
  • 6:30 pm - Vision Core Team, Bldg. 5-127
  • 7:00 pm - Adult Christian Education, Bldg. 5-122
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Bldg. 3/FLC
Tuesday, November 28
  • 8:45 am - Ring of Joy Bells rehearsal, North Suite
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted
  • 9:30 am - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-122
  • 12:30 pm - Brown Bag Theologians, Bldg. 5-122
  • 6:00 pm - Stephen Ministry training, Bldg. 5-126
  • 7:00 pm - Church Council, Bldg. 5-127
  • 7:00 pm - Council Oak Bells rehearsal, Sanctuary 
Wednesday, November 29
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, devotional - FLC/Bldg. 3
  • 9:30 am - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 5:00 pm - Revelation Ringers Ensemble, North Suite 
  • 5:00 pm - Revelation Ringers Tins, FLC East Cry Room
  • 5:00 pm - Revelation Ringers Bronze rehearsal, Sanctuary
  • 6:00 pm - Heartsong rehearsal, South Suite
  • 6:30 pm - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 7:00 pm - Jubilation Handbells rehearsal, Sanctuary
  • 7:15 pm - Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite
Thursday, November 30
  • 9:30 am   - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
  • 7:00 pm - Orchestra rehearsal, South Suite
  Friday,  December 1 
  • 8:30 pm - Round Rock Helpers, Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage
  • 9:30 am - MOM Weekly Gathering, Bldg. 5-232/234   
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4
Saturday,  December 2
  • 10:00 am - Cookies with Santa, Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage
  • 7:00 pm - Ring Noel, Sanctuary
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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