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First Church News & Updates - April 20, 2018
Thanks to volunteers

Today, April 20, is Volunteer Recognition Day...a reminder to appreciate and thank the many tireless First Church volunteers for all of their selfless work. Who are they? Sunday school teachers, student mentors, VBS volunteers, ushers, greeters, musicians, office volunteers, lay leaders, retired clergy, care callers, disaster relief volunteers, and so many more that do tasks large and small to keep First Church running smoothly. They all definitely deserve our utmost respect and appreciation, which is exactly what Volunteer Recognition Day is all about. Thank you!

Enjoy this First Church News!
This week in worship...
Sermon Series

Sermon Title: "Just Say Yes!"
Scripture:  John 3:14 - 17

Dr. Will Cotton will preach at the 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am worship services. Liturgists include Robin Levins at 8:30 am and Taylor Ory at 11 am. The Mission Moment will highlight the The Torch Be Yours, an upcoming choral concert and trip to France.

The Handbell Ministry will be sharing a POPS preview. Council Oak Bells will ring at the 8:30 am service and Jubilation Handbells will ring at the 11 am service.

Don't forget...Our Confirmation service is at 5 pm this Sunday in the Sanctuary. Thirty-three students will be confirmed. This is an important milestone in the lives of these young people and we ask that the congregation pray for these students and join us as we celebrate them! 

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).
Spotlight on...the Church Mouse program
Church Mouse
What is the Church Mouse Program?
The Church Mouse Program is a program in which families in the church adopt college students. They cover them in prayer, send encouraging notes and little gifts. Currently, our college kids are starting to prep for finals and the Church Mouse Program wants to make sure that each student receives a gift card. A great way to participate in the encouragement and blessing of these students is to contribute to funding these gift cards. Click here to participate.
Ministry Focus
Worship Arts Ministry
POPS Concert
What a Feeling! POPS Handbell Concert 
There are only a few table tickets left for Pops 2018. However, there are plenty of  general admission (concert only) tickets available. These are free and allow the audience member a seat at this fun event. Ticket table will be outside the North Suite of the Sanctuary on Sunday, April 22 at 9:30 am.  The Pops concert begins at 6:30 pm on May 5 in the Family Life Center. You won't want to miss it! 
Children's Ministry
We need you to be a VBS Crew Leader!
If you have already volunteered and registered for Shipwrecked VBS in June 2018,  thank you! If you are able to volunteer this summer but have not registered, please register today. In addition to being a fun week in the summer, VBS is a mission! We have opened registration for Kindergarten-4th Grade and the 5th Grade Mission program. Only preschool age children are required to have a volunteer. However, the more adult volunteers we have, the more children we can serve. We would love to have 200 children both weeks! Can you help make this goal a reality? Click here for more information and to volunteer!
More from Children's Ministry...
Student Ministry
Summer Mission Trips

Summer Mission Trips are coming up.
High School students will be travelling to Baton Rouge, LA, June 10 - 16, and partnering with  Revive 225 to provide assistance to those that were impacted by the Red River flooding. Deposits are due by May 1.

Middle School students will be going to Houston, July 8 - 13, to continue our church's Hurricane Harvey response. Depots are due June 1.  Click here for all the details and to sign up.
More from Student Ministries...  
Adult Ministry
Discovering Life-Truths

New study begins this Sunday, April 22
Discovering Life-Truths Analogies from Nature Scenes  begins April 22, 9:40 am in Bldg. 5-148. The study will be led by First Church member and acclaimed photographer, Ted Keller. It will be based on his devotional book,  Fifty Feisty Photos for Daily Encouragement. 

Ted says, "As a nature photographer with a 'glass-half-full' outlook, I began to recognize visual analogies of motivational life-truths in my images as I recalled relevant Bible verses. Since the level of optimism in our attitudes and self-concepts affects our ability to cope, heal, grow, and excel in life, these energizing reminders can empower and strengthen us in all situations."   Please join us!
More from Adult Ministries...  
  • Save the date:  First Church Crafters Spring Fling Craft Sale will be May 6. 
  • Class study: Half Truths by Adam Hamilton, Sundays at 9:40 am, Bldg. 5-136
Caring Ministry
Compassion Fatigue
Compassion: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
Our Stephen Ministry, in partnership with the Friends and Seekers Sunday School Class, will host this session on Sunday, May 6, at 9:40 am in Bldg. 5-232.

Conrad Sloat, First Church member and Licensed Counselor will be leading this one-time class for those feeling the fatigue of compassionate caregiving. It is also for those feeling overwhelmed by recent natural disasters and current diagnoses of family and friends. All are welcome. 
MIssion Focus
Heifer Project

Children's Ministry Mission for Spring is the Heifer Project
For the entire spring semester, all children's Sunday School offerings are going toward the purchase of livestock for needy families. Each class selected a certain animal as their goal to purchase. Heifer International puts faith into action with its time proven principle of passing on the gift. Every family who receives livestock agrees to pass on one or more of its animal's offspring to another neighbor in need.
Heifer Project Update
4.15.2018 Update:  Several classes have reached their initial goal and set a new goal!  Each class has high expectations to reach the goal of purchasing their chosen animal by May 20. The fifth grade could very possibly reach their goal of purchasing a heifer this Sunday, April 22. It will be a cause for a celebration!
A Finance Snapshot...
Spring Forward


  • Year to date Revenue: $641,150.10
  • Year to date Expenses: $674,874.10
  • 2018 Budget: $2,481,067.63
Don't forget about the $pring Forward Challenge. If you can give a little extra in April to keep the momemtum going, it would be greatly appreciated!
This week at First Church
Saturday, April 21
  • 6:30 pm - Bridge Club, Bldg. 5-127
Sunday, April 22
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship services
  • 8:45 am - LifeGroup-Be Awesome, Bldg. 4- Rm 2
  • 11:00 am - Life Groups, Bldg. 5-124, 148, & 222
  • 11:30 am - Alleluia Chorus Children's Choir, Bldg. 4-Rm 2
  • 12:15 pm - Disciple Annual Spring meeting, Bldg. 5-127
  • 5:00 pm - Confirmation Service, Sanctuary
  • 6-8 pm - Fusion , Bldg. 3/FLC 
Monday, April 23
  • 4:00 pm - Kids of the Kingdom Bells rehearsal, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 7:00 pm - Adult Christian Education meeting, Bldg. 5-122
Tuesday, April 24
  • 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 - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-122
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted
  • 12:30 pm - Brown Bag Theologians, Bldg. 5-124
  • 6:30 pm - Stephen Ministry Leaders Quarterly meeting, Bldg. 5-126
  • 7:00 pm - Church Council, Bldg. 5-124
Wednesday, April 25
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, & devotional, FLC/Bldg.3
  • 9:30 am - Disciple Bible Studies, Bldg. 5
  • 9:30 am - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 10:00 am - Round Rock Helpers, Bldg. 4-2
  • 5:00 pm - Revelation Ringers Tins, FLC-East Cry Room
  • 5:00 pm - Revelation Ringers Bronze, North Suite
  • 6:00 pm - Writers Group, Bldg. 5-119 
  • 6:00 pm - HeartSong Choir rehearsal, South Suite
  • 6:30 pm - Disciple Bible Studies, Bldg. 5
  • 6:30 pm - 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 26
  • 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, April 27
  • 8:30 am - Round Rock Helpers, Bldg. 4-2
  • 9:30 am - Ministry of Motherhood (MOM), Playground area
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4
Saturday, April 28

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