Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!
First Church News & Updates - November 16, 2018
In case you missed it, our Jubilation Handbell team performed this beautiful piece recently... African Alleluia by Cathy Moklebust.
Dear Lord, we beg but one boon more: Peace in the hearts of all men living, peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving. Joseph Auslander

Happy Thanksgiving!
Vision 2025 - Experience Love. Spread Hope.
This Week in Worship
Sermon: "Underrated!"
Scripture: Ephesians 4:7-16
Dr. Will Cotton will be preaching at all three worship services.

Please join us in worship this weekend. The 8:30 and 11 am services will be in the Sanctuary. The 9:40 am service will be in the Family Life Center.
I promise...
Words from Will...
Dr. Will Cotton
The Joy of Gratitude
This Sunday is the one before Thanksgiving, which is always a special one for me. Even though it is more of a national than religious holiday, it sums up the primary motivation for why we serve one another and our world in the name of Christ.

Dr. Pat McCain shared with us last week that anyone with an income of more than $34,000 is among the wealthiest 1% in the world. At the same time, we are among the least happy of nations in the world. While that validates the old saying “money can’t buy happiness,” it also says that somehow we have missed the motivation of gratitude.

The advertising industry tells us continually what we deserve, which is to have the products they have for sale. But the secret to life is not getting what we deserve, but rather responding to everything good that comes our way as a gift of grace. Then when we give and we serve, it is joining God in passing grace along.

This Sunday, we will have a second opportunity to make our financial commitments for the coming year. I ask that all of our individuals and families take time to prayerfully consider what God is leading you to give. I wake up each morning feeling like I am one of the most blessed people on the planet. I am surrounded by grace on every side, even on the most challenging of days. It is out of that gratitude that Tina and I are making our commitment, and it is our joy to do it. I hope you will join us in making that commitment.

See you Sunday for a wonderful Thanksgiving Sunday service.

Sincerely in Christ,
Will Cotton Signature
Dr. Will Cotton
Senior Pastor
A Finance Snapshot
Year to date Revenue: $1,835,854.48
Year to date Expenses: $1,960,201.69
2018 Budget: $2,481,067.63 
Upcoming Churchwide Events
Ministry Focus...
Children's Ministry
Registration is now open for Wonderfully Made, a class for 5th and 6th graders and their parents. Wonderfully made is a class on human sexuality, from a Christian perspective. Topics covered are anatomy, puberty, reproduction, sexual health, relationships, boundaries and spiritual practices. Participation in Wonderfully Made will help parents and tweens to better communicate about sexuality and other life issues now and in the future.  Register online.
Student Ministry
Our First Annual Turkey Bowl
Sunday, November 25, 3 - 5 pm at CD Fulkes Middle School
Come with your family and enjoy flag football and a snack dinner as we start a new tradition. Click here to RSVP so Taylor can work on building teams!
Adult Ministry
New Grief Support Group begins on Sunday, November 25 at 5 pm
If you've lost someone and are struggling with grief, join us for GriefShare, a 12 week curriculum which helps you walk through this difficult experience. Each session is an hour and a half and includes video and discussion. Don't go through your grieving alone. Sign up on the website or call Rae at 512-255-3336 if you want more information.
Mission Focus...
First Church is baking cookies to be sent with love to the troops overseas for Christmas! Instructions, boxes and everything you need to package your cookies will be available for pick up on Sundays, December 2 and 9. Take a box home and bake basic, sturdy and delicious cookies that will last for the trip to the overseas troops. Click for more info...
This week at First Church...
Saturday, November 17
  • 7:00 pm - Bridge Club, Bldg. 5-127 

Sunday, November 18
  • 8:40 am - Life Group - Be Awesome, Bldg. 4-2
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship services
  • 11:00 am - LifeGroups, Bldg. 5-124, 148, & 222
  • 11:00 am - Becoming a Girl of Grace, Bldg. 5-223/224
  • 11:00 am - CrossRoads Friendsgiving, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 11:40 am - Alleluia Chorus Children's Choir rehearsal, Bldg. 4-2
  • 4:30 pm - Youth Choir rehearsal, South Suite
  • 5:30 pm - Pastors' Bible Study, Sanctuary foyer and south suits

Monday, November 19
  • 8:45 am – Ring of Joy, South Suite
  • 6:30 pm – Jubilation Bells rehearsal, North Suite
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Bldg. 3/FLC

Tuesday, November 20
  • 8:30 am - UMM Tuesday Breakfast group, Juárez Restaurant on South Mays
  • 9:30 am -Women’s Bible Study, Bldg. 5-122
  • 12:30 pm - Brown Bag Theologians, Bldg. 5-122
  • 6:00 pm - HeartSong Choir rehearsal, South Suite
  • 7:00 pm - Council Oak Bells rehearsal, North Suite
  • 7:15 pm - Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite

Wednesday, November 21 - Church office will be closed
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, & devotional, FLC/Bldg.3

Thursday, November 22 - Happy Thanksgiving, church office will be closed.

Friday, November 23 - Church office will be closed
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4

Saturday, November 25

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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