Rev. Katie Meek's commissioning is Thursday, October 12.
First Church News & Updates - October 6, 2017
Harvest Moon
Did you see the beautiful Harvest Moon last night? It should be beautiful for the next several nights. What is so special about the Harvest Moon this year? Click here to read all about it from the Old Farmer's Almanac.

Enjoy this First Church news.
This week in worship...
Sermon series

Credo...Keeping your faith in unbelievable times.
Ours is a time when people are struggling for faith. People are struggling with what they believe in and how to keep believing. We hear it in our young adults. They want to believe in a God who makes a difference. They know the God that they don't believe in-a God of easy answers, a God tied to a particular political point of view. But they struggle with what kind of God they do believe in.

Sermon Title:  "God-Breathed! - The Relevant Powerful Word"
Scripture:  2 Timothy 3:14-4:3

 Dr. Will Cotton will preach at the 8:30 and 9:40 am services. Rev. Dr. Beverly Jones will preach at the 11 am worship service.  The Source , our weekly devotional guide, is available on the church website

Our Jubilation handbell team will be ringing in both sanctuary services.

Please join us in worship this Sunday at  8:30 am (Sanctuary), 9:40 am (FLC), or 11 am (Sanctuary).
Everybody loves Katie!

Celebrating of the Commissioning of  Rev. Katie Meek  as a Missionary of the United Methodist Church
We hope you can join us for one or both of these two events:
  • Friday, October 20, Come and Go Reception5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Family Life Center. There will be a special presentation at 6:30 pm.
  • Sunday, October 22, Cookies and Punch Reception,  12 noon in the Family Life Center. 
How can you help?
For both events, we will need food and beverage donations as well as people to help set up and keep the tables full. You can volunteer at one of these links:
Please note that each of these signups has 3 tabs at the top: set up/ clean up, donations of food/beverages, and helping at the actual event.

Do you have some good Katie pics?
We will be producing a video presentation for the events and a memory book for Katie. If you have some photos you would like to share, please send them to Myra Schomburg,  
Commissioning Service
Rev. Katie Meek's Commissioning Service is next  Thursday, October 12
The commissioning will take place at the Executive Board of the Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church Annual Fall Board Meeting on October 12 at 3:30 - 5:30 pm CDT at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta, GA. 

You can watch a live stream of the event at:

Welcome Home is coming up on Sunday, October 15.
Welcome Home
Save the date...
Fall Festival
On October 29 we are hosting our annual  Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival . This is an afternoon for children of the congregation and community.They can come trick or treat at the decorated trunks and also participate in our Fall Festival activities. To make this event a success, we are going to need your help. 

How can you help?
  • Donate Candy: We rely on candy donations to pass out to children during the trunk or treat so we are asking for you to help donate candy. You can bring the candy to the Student Ministry Office or on Sunday Mornings there will be a bin in the Sanctuary Foyer.
  • Sign Up to provide a Trunk: Trunk or Treat relies on people signing up to bring their trunk and help pass out candy to children as they come through. You will come with your car, decorate your trunk and then pass out candy, this is crucial to the success of the event. To sign up your trunk follow this link: Trunk or Treat Sign Up
  •  Volunteer for the Festival: There are also opportunities to sign up and volunteer for the festival portion of the event and this will be a huge need as well. This is a great way for youth earn service hours that they might need and its fun to help put on a great event for children!  We will need volunteers to set up, work the booths and clean up!
We look forward to this event every year and hope that you will help us in making it a success yet again.

Thank you all so much!
Last call for the Vision Survey
Vision Survey

Why Take the Survey?
In July, we began a new Vision Effort to discern where God is leading our ministry in the next chapter of First United Methodist Church. This survey gives you the opportunity to share your concerns and dreams for the future for our great congregation.This survey will close soon, so don't delay! It will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. 

Ministry Focus...
Children's Ministry
Balloon Animals
Are you a balloon artist? 
Do you have experience making balloon art? Or are you willing to learn? 

The Fall Festival Committee is seeking persons to make animals & other fun shapes to hand out to children attending Fall Festival on October 29 from 4-6 pm. If you, or someone you know, would enjoy this opportunity, please contact . There may also be opportunities to make some balloon animals before the festival if that fits your schedule better!
Other Children's Ministry Info...
  • J-Team: October 22, Bricks 4 Kidz lego fun  
Student Ministry
Large Marge the Party Barge
FUSION: Large Marge the Party Barge
All 6th-12th grade students are invited to join us for Large Marge the Party Barge on Lake Travis on Sunday, October 8.  We will meet at 4 pm at the church to carpool to the lake, and return at 9 pm.

The cost is $10 and includes a hamburger meal. We will need adults to drive! To sign up e-mail  Jodi Marfell (

Fields of Faith
Wednesday, October 18, 7 pm
All students are invited to join us and more than a thousand other students from the community in worship for the annual Fields of Faith hosted by Fellowship of Christian Athletes. This night of worship will be at Kelley Reeves Stadium , meet at the stadium. Worship begins at 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm. If you are a participant in Impact, our Middle School Mentor program, we will carpool from the church. For more information contact Jodi Marfell,
Other Student Ministry Info...
Adult Ministry
New 6 week adult Sunday School series
Beginning October 8 the Paths to Positive Living class will study  The Creed by Adam  Hamilton. He examines truths that give meaning and purpose to life. He believes that powerful answers to many of our complicated questions are contained in the Apostles' Creed and he explores not only what Christians believe, but also why they believe and why it matters. 

Join us as we examine our own core beliefs and go beyond reciting the Creed's familiar words.  Location and Time:  Sundays at  9:40  in Bldg. 5, Rm. 136. For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Beverly Jones ( ) or Debby Utley ( ). All are welcome. No pre-registration is needed. Just come!
JOY Fellowship
JOY Fellowshi p Day Trip to Homestead Heritage in Waco, TX
Join us for a day trip to Homestead Heritage, an agrarian and craft-based intentional Christian community in Waco, TX. Click here to read more about Homestead Heritage.

Date: October 19, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $15 transportation + $6 for two-hour guided tour

Lunch: Bring your own picnic lunch or dine at the Homestead Cafe. The cafe serves deliciously healthful food in a sustainable organic farming community.

Registration is due by Monday, October 16, 2017. Click here to register.
For more information, contact Ann Bell,
Women's Bible Study
Tuesday Women's Bible Study
Meets Tuesdays at 9:30 am, Bldg. 5-122
Join us on  October 31  as we begin a new study. Lysa TerKeurst's,  Finding I Am  explores the seven I AM statements in John's gospel to help us  trade feelings of emptiness and depletion; to  stop living like a slave to our circumstances and embrace the life-giving freedom God wants for us; and  gain a better understanding of how Jesus' words from 2,000 years ago are so very applicable to the answers we are searching for today. Contact Denise Blomquist,
Other Adult Ministry Info...
Mission Focus...
Holiday Extravaganza

Save the date for the First Church Crafters Holiday Extravaganza on November 12
First Church Crafters invite you to join us on Sunday, November 12, for our annual holiday craft sale. This Holiday Extravaganza will be held from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm at the church gazebo. From Christmas decorations to gorgeous jewelry, we know that you will find the perfect gift for that special someone! Since our creations are handmade and hand crafted from recycled and repurposed items, we believe that you will definitely find unique and exquisite gifts for all. As always, proceeds from the sale will go to missions so please take a few minutes and browse our treasures on November 12. We know that you won't be disappointed.
Other Mission & Outreach Info...
  • Disaster Relief: Donations are still being accepted for hurricane relief.
  • The Villages: read more about our strategic vision for church-wide Outreach and Mission-local, regional, and global.
  • Student Ministry is staffing the Twin Oaks Cafe in October.
  • Plastic Bag Recycling: Donate your plastic bags for use at the Round Rock Area Serving Center. Leave them in the white barrel in Payne Cottage. They are picked up weekly.
  • Drive-A-Senior Needs More Drivers: Visit  their website, or call 512-310-1060 to learn more about this community service to our elderly neighbors.
  • Round Rock Area Serving Center:  Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs! New volunteer orientation is on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 4 pm at 1099 E. Main St., 2nd floor conference room.  Call 512-244-2431.
Sprucing up for the holidays...
Fall Cleanup

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This week at First Church
Saturday, October 7

Sunday, October 8
  • 8:30, 9:40 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 - Young Parents, Bldg. 5-148
  • 11:00 am - LifeGroup - Putting Your Faith into Action Bldg 5-136
  • 11:30 am - Alleluia Chorus Children's Choir, Bldg. 4, Room 2
  • 5:00 pm - Youth Choir, Bldg. 4-Room 2  
  • 4:00 pm - Youth: Large Marge the Party Barge, off campus
  • 6:00 pm - Parenting Seminar, Bldg. 5-232/234 
Monday, October 9 - Columbus Day, Church campus and office will be closed
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Bldg.3/FLC
Tuesday, October 10
  • 8:30 am - UMM Tuesday Breakfast group, Ju├írez Restaurant on South Mays
  • 8:45 am - Ring of Joy rehearsal, North Suite
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted
  • 9:30 am - Tuesday Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-122
  • 12:30 pm - Brown Bag Theologians, Bldg. 5-122
  • 6:00 pm - Stephen Ministry Training Class, Bldg. 5-126
  • 7:00 pm - UMW Lydia Circle, Bldg. 4-2
  • 7:00 pm - Community Bible Study, Bldg. 5-223/224, 220 & 225
  • 7:00 pm - LEADFirst, Bldg, 5-127
  • 7:00 pm - Nurture Team, Bldg. 5-122
Wednesday, October 11
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, devotional - FLC/Bldg. 3
  • 9:30 am - Disciple Bible Studies, Bldg. 5-124, 127, 136 
  • 9:30 am - Wednesday Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 5:00 pm - Revelation Ringers rehearsal, East Cry Room/FLC
  • 5:00 pm - Revelation Ringers Bronze rehearsal, North Suite
  • 6:00 pm - Heartsong rehearsal, South Suite 
  • 6:30 pm - Wednesday Women's Bible Study, Bdlg 5-232/234  
  • 6:30 pm - Disciple Bible Studies, Bldg. 5-122, 124, 136
  • 6:30 pm - Financial Peace University, Bldg. 5-127
  • 7:00 pm - Jubilation bell rehearsal, North Suite  
  • 7:15 pm - Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite
Thursday, October 12
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
  • 12 noon - Mom Live, Bldg. 5-122
  • 7:00 pm - Council Oak Bells rehearsal, North Suite
  • 7:00 pm - Orchestra rehearsal, South Suite
Friday,  October 13
  • 8:00 am - 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, October 14
  • 9 am - Adult Choirs Boot Camp, South Suite

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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