Gather 'Round and the Cantata this Sunday!
First Church News & Updates - December 13, 2019
There is beautiful Christmas music all around us. The Chancel Choir sang "Mary Did You Know?" last Sunday. This Sunday will be another special musical day with "Have You Heard Celtic Cantata" and "Gather 'Round".
Enjoy this First Church news.
Experience Love. Spread Hope.
This Week in Worship...
Cantata
Gather 'Round
Words from Will...
Dr. Will Cotton
Christmas Eve...the wondrous gift is coming

Into the brokenness of our lives, into the struggles of our world, the wondrous gift of God’s love in Christ is coming. On Christmas Eve, experience the beauty and joy of that night that has changed the world forever. 
  • 4:00 pm: Christmas for Children and their Families (Sanctuary). Experience the singing of our children and youth, and hear them share the Christmas story. This service will surely speak to the child in all of us! LED candles are provided for younger children. Please note the new time – 1 hour earlier this year.
  • 7:00 pm: Traditional Christmas (Sanctuary). You will be blessed and inspired in this service of 1,000 lights, led by our Choral Union and Orchestra. Don’t miss this powerful time where we sing the favorite carols of Christ, hear God’s Word and celebrate the child of Bethlehem!
  • 9:00 pm: Contemporary Christmas (Family Life Center). Led by our Crossroads Band, this service blends familiar carols and newer songs along with a dramatic reading of scripture. Experience the hope and the closeness of God’s love in this beautiful service.
  • 11:00 pm: Jazz Christmas (Sanctuary) Led by a Jazz Ensemble, this is a warm and laid-back Candlelight Communion Service, where we join to usher in Christmas morning. This service finishes at midnight.
 
Christmas Eve joy is too great to keep to yourself. Bring family and friends with you. It is going to be wondrous! 

Sincerely in Christ,
Will Cotton Signature
Dr. Will Cotton
Senior Pastor
Christmas Eve
This Week at First Church
Don't miss A Walk Through Bethlehem on Saturday...a come and go interactive event for children and families as they experience what the village of Bethlehem might have been like on the night of Christ’s birth. There will be bakers, blacksmiths, tax collectors, angels, shepherds, Wise Men, and the Holy Family.
Ministry Focus...
Sunday School
In order to allow our Sunday School teachers and volunteers some extra time with their own families during this special season, most Sunday School classes 
will not meet on December 22 or 29.

There will be no Children's Sunday School, Bible Buddies, or Youth Sunday School. There will be care for children 2 years and under on December 22 only. Most adult Sunday School classes will not meet. Check with your class leaders.
Adult Ministry
Mission Focus...
A note from Lori Wright, SPRC Chair
Staff Appreciation Gift
We appreciate our church staff! They work hard on our behalf and during this Christmas season, we’d like to offer them a small token of our church’s appreciation for all that they do. There are boxes in the Sanctuary and Family Life Center for cash donations. The money will be divided evenly among our administrative and support staff. This does not include the Pastors. The Staff Parish Relations Commitee thanks you for your contributions.
This week at First Church...
Saturday, December 14
  • 10 am – 3 pm: Walk Through Bethlehem

Sunday, December 15
  • 8:30, 9:40 & 11 am – Worship Services
  • 9:40 am – Sunday school for all ages
  • 4:30 pm – Youth Choir, South Suite
  • 5:30 pm – Student Ministries Christmas Party, Bldg. 3/FLC

Monday, December 16
  • 7:00 pm – Boy Scouts Troop #157, Bldg. 3/FLC

Tuesday, December 17
  • 8:30 am – UMM Tuesday Breakfast Group, Juarez Bakery
  • 9:30 am – UMW Deborah Circle, Bldg. 5-232
  • 9:30 am – Tuesday Women’s Bible Study, Bldg. 5-122

Wednesday, December 18
  • 6:15 am – UMM Breakfast, fellowship, & devotional, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 6:00 pm – HeartSong Choir, South Suite Sanctuary
  • 7:15 pm – Chancel Choir, South Suite Sanctuary

Thursday, December 19
  • 11:30 am – JOY Senior Fellowship, Bldg. 5-232
Friday, December 20
  • 8:30 am – Round Rock Helpers, Payne Cottage, Bldg. 4-2 
  • 8:00 pm – Narcotics Anonymous, Payne Cottage, Bldg. 4

Saturday, December 21

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!
Blessings,




Betty Robertson
Communication
First United Methodist Church Round Rock
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