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First Church News & Updates - February 23, 2018

Church Directory
It's  D-NOW ... a weekend for our youth full of worship, spiritual growth, community service, and fun. Please keep the students and leaders in your prayers for a successful and life-changing weekend.

If you had your photo made for the Pictorial Directory, you can pick up your free copy at the Andrew Ministry desk this Sunday or in the church office during the week.  Beginning Sunday, March 4, any extra copies will be available for sale for $5 for those who were unable to have their photos made.

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

Lenten Sermon Series: Metamorphosis
At the touch of Christ, lives change - spiritually, emotionally, physically and relationally. Sometimes our lives change quickly and sometimes slowly over time, but the difference is often striking. With that in mind, during the Sundays of Lent and Easter, we will be preaching from the miracles of Jesus, culminating in the difference the cross and the resurrection makes for us personally and for the whole world. The goal of this series is for each of us to have a metamorphosis of our that we become witnesses of Christ's life-changing power.  Metamorphosis  will be a series you won't want to miss!

Sermon:  "Blind Man's Bluff"
Scripture:   John 9:1-12

Dr. Will Cotton will preach at the 8:30 and 11 am worship services. Pastor Keta Ngosi, our guest from Malawi , will preach at the 9:40 am CrossRoads service.  The Source , our weekly devotional guide, is available on the church website

Keta Ngosi
Pastor Keta Ngosi, a powerful woman of God who with grace, commitment and passion serves as Associate Pastor at Integrity Family Church as well as Ministry Director for Somebody Cares Ministries located in Lilongwe, Malawi Africa. Pastor Keta is known as a gifted communicator with a unique ability to empower and build up disciples of all ages in leadership for the church.God is using Pastor Keta in her role as Ministry Director of Somebody Cares Ministries (SCM) to provide quality accessible Biblical education to community pastors. In a country where 65% of the population is fifteen years old or younger, Pastor Keta, along with the SCM team, mobilized an 1800 member strong youth program named YAFORCE (Youth Alliance for Change). This program mandated that true generational transformation will only take place when youth are empowered to become leaders for change. We are delighted to welcome Pastor Keta Ngosi to our CrossRoads worship this Sunday.

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...our Children's Ministry Volunteers
Children's Volunteers
A shout out to the men who are brave enough to lead the littles! 
Alex Alvarez engagingly leads music time with our preschoolers most Sundays of the month. Derrick Leach leads the three year olds about 4 months during the year. Thank you to these men and all of the volunteers we have for Children's Ministry. We need more dedicated men and women like these!

We would love for you to volunteer in Children's Ministries. Click here to learn more...
It's time for our Spring Cleanup!
Scrub-a-dub Days

Can you spare few hours to help the church grounds and facilities look their very best this year during Holy Week and Easter Sunday? During the month of March, several 4-hour clean up shifts (9 am - 1 pm and 1 pm - 5 pm) will be offered to complete a variety of projects on the church campus. Sign up online or just join in the fun and fellowship by reporting to the Sanctuary foyer for your special assignment. How will you, your family, your small group, and/or your Sunday School class help First Church sparkle and shine this spring on Easter morning? Click for more info and to sign up!
Ministry Focus
Children's Ministry
Resurrection Celebration

Save the Date...Resurrection Celebration is coming up on March 25
Resurrection Celebration has become one of our Holy Week traditions at First Church. It is an opportunity for  Children, accompanied by parents, to experience five events that occurred during Holy Week.
New this year! We are asking families to sign up for a time to begin their Walk through Holy Week. We hope the sign up will decrease the amount of time spent waiting in line outside of stations. Do allow 50 minutes to visit all five stations.  Sign up for your time today! 
Student Ministry
Disciple Now
Many of our students are involved in D-Now Weekend, so there will be no Fusion or Sunday School this Sunday. During the Sunday School hour, we invite all students to attend Crossroads
in the FLC for a D-NOW celebration!

Join us on March 4 at 6 pm for Fusion 
Olympic Games!
All students are invited to join us for our Fusion Olympic Games. Join us for dinner at 6 pm in the Family Life Center. Following dinner will be our Winter Games Competition. There will be prizes for the winning team. There is no cost for this event and friends are always welcome!
More from Student Ministries...  
Adult Ministry
Women's Bible Study
New Women's Bible Study begins 2.27
Tuesday Morning Women's Bible Study meets  at 9:30 am during the school year in Bldg. 5-122.  The next study will be Beth Moore's Believing God . The bride of Jesus Christ in our generation is nearly paralyzed by unbelief. God is calling His bride to a fresh and lavish anointing of faith. This  in-depth study examines the lives of Abraham, Moses, and others as examples of persons who believed God.  For more info and to register, contact Denise Blomquist at
Walk to Emmaus
Reconnecting with our First Church Emmaus Community 
Have you been on a Walk to Emmaus or related Cursillo? Please join us on Sunday, March 4, at 12 noon (immediately after 11 am worship) in Bldg. 5-127, to discover who else has shared this experience and consider possibilities for future First Church gatherings. 

Contact John Clifford at for more information.
Bible Study
Wednesday Women's Bible Study
March 7 is the start date for a new study in the Wednesday Women's Bible Study group. Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa TerKeurst is a six week study.  
In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences with rejection-from the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father to the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over. Blending personal stories, a wry sense of humor, and biblical teachings, Lysa encourages her readers to live abide, delight, and dwell in God and practice an abundance mentality.

The group meets on Wednesday morning at 9:30 am and Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm in Bldg. 5-232/234. For more information or to register contact Janet Reynolds at 512.255.7198 or
More from Adult Ministries...
MIssion Focus
Food Drive
Backpack Project

Why the Backpack Project?
The Backpack Coalition is a collaboration of area churches, civic and business organizations, including our First Church Backpack Project, designed to meet the needs of hungry children in the Round Rock Independent School District by providing them with nutritious and easy to prepare food to take home on weekends. Each food pack contains a variety of non-perishable and kid-friendly food items. Every Friday the child you sponsor will receive food to take home. This may be the only food that they have for the weekend as many are dependent on the free and reduced school lunch program to meet their nutritional needs. First Church sponsors 95-100 students at both Wells Branch and Bluebonnet Elementary schools. Click here to learn more about how you can volunteer, contribute or sponsor a child.

We distribute these specific, single serve, kid-friendly items to prepare and eat. During the month of February, collection bins are in the entry areas of the Sanctuary, Family Life Center and the Student Ministries Office.

We are collecting all non-perishable items. However, we especially need the following items: peanut butter, Ramen noodles, Vienna sausage, Chef Boyardee individual pop-top cans of ravioli, spaghetti & meatballs, etc., applesauce cups, microwave popcorn packets, snack cracker packs, granola or fruit and grain bars, single serve cups of peanut butter, individual size cereal boxes, 100% juice boxes or pouches.
Any products not needed by the Backpack Project will be donated to the Round Rock Area Serving Center.
Heifer Project

Progress report on the Heifer Project - Kinders met their goal!

Elementary Sunday School classes all selected an animal as their goal to purchase during this spring mission. The children are very excited about their goals and have been working steadily towards them. During Sunday School, the children received (or will receive) a calendar produced by Heifer International. The calendar has a daily educational fact and opportunity to give a small amount based on what is in your own pantry or refrigerator. During the current season of Lent, we hope families will set aside a time daily, like at dinner or bedtime, to devote to the opportunities presented in the calendar. 

Collected so far
$29.69 Chicks - $20
1st Girls $56.87 Rabbits - $60
1st Boys $56.88 Pig - $120
2nd Grade $76.41 Fish - $300
3rd Grade $125.16 Llama - $150
4th Grade $124.26 Llama - $150
5th Grade $202.23 Heifer - $500

Click to learn more about how the  Heifer Project empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity.
Other Mission Opportunities...
Friends of First Church...Footprints Children's Grief Ministry
Footprints Children's Grief Ministry
Spread the word...Support Footprints Children's Grief Ministry through Amplify Austin on March 1
Footprints Children's Grief Ministry is part of
Amplify Austin, which includes Round Rock and Williamson County. Your donations will help us continue to provide classes for children and families in crisis after death or divorce. Click here for more info...

Footprints Children's Grief Ministry will offer two classes for parents and children: Loss Due to Death and Loss Due to Divorce. Both classes will begin March 22. Classes are offered for ages 6 to 18 years and will be 1 hour, 1 day per week for 10 weeks. 

The classes will be meet at 6:30 pm at the YMCA/Chasco, 1812 North Mays, Round Rock. Click here for registration forms and more information,or call 512.705.5194.
This week at First Church
Saturday, February 24 - D-NOW weekend!
  • 9:00 am - First Church Choir & Round Rock Community Choir Boot Camp, South Suite
Sunday, February 25
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship Services
  • 8:30 am - LifeGroup-Spiritual Growth, Bldg. 4- Rm 2
  • 11:00 am - Life Groups, Bldg. 5-124, 148, & 222 
  • 11:30 am - Alleluia Chorus Children's Choir, Bldg. 4-2
  • 5:00 pm - Youth Choir Rehearsal,South Suite
Monday, February 26
  • 4:00 pm - Kids of the Kingdom Bells, Rehearsal, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 6:30 pm - Vision Core Team, Bldg. 5-127
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 7:00 pm - Adult Christian Education, Bldg, 5-124
Tuesday, February 27
  • 8:30 am - UMM Tuesday Breakfast group, Ju├írez Restaurant on South Mays
  • 8:45 am - Ring of Joy handbell rehearsal, North Suite
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted
  • 9:30 am - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-124
  • 12:30 pm - Brown Bag Theologians, Bldg. 5-124
  • 6:30 pm - Stephen Ministry Supervision, Bldg.5-123, 126, 127
  • 7:00 pm - Community Bible Study, Bldg. 5-223/224
  • 7:00 pm - Church Council, Bldg. 5-124 
Wednesday, February 28
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, & devotional, FLC/Bldg.3
  • 9:15 am - Council Oak Preschool Chapel, Sanctuary
  • 9:30 am - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 5:00 pm - Revelation Ringers Tins, FLC-East Cry Room
  • 5:00 pm - Revelation Ringers Bronze, North Suite
  • 6:00 pm - HeartSong Choir rehearsal, South Suite
  • 6:00 pm - Writer's Group, Bldg. 5-126
  • 6:30 pm - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232-234
  • 7:00 pm - Jubilation Bells rehearsal, North Suite
  • 7:15 pm - Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite
  • 8:00 pm - Ignite, Bldg. 5-220
Thursday, March 1
  • 9:15 am - Council Oak Preschool 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, March 2
  • 8:30 am - Round Rock Helpers, Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage, Rm 2
  • 9:30 am - Ministry Of Motherhood (MOM) gathering, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4
Saturday, March 3

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! 
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