Honoring our veterans on Veterans' Day
First Church News & Updates - November 9, 2018
As we approach the weekend with news of another mass shooting, we pray for those affected in Thousand Oaks, CA. It seems like a good time to listen to "The Power and the Glory" sung by the CrossRoads Worship Band recently.
Enjoy this First Church E-News.
Vision 2025 - Experience Love. Spread Hope.
This Week in Worship
Dr. Pat McCain will be preaching at the 8:30 and 9:40 am services on The Real Treasure, Philippians 4:10-20 . We are excited to welcome Dr. Craig Hill, Dean of Perkins School of Theology, to our pulpit in the 11 am service. His sermon title is True Riches, Luke 16:10-15

In addition, it is Veterans' Sunday. We will honor all those who have served our country and have a special ceremony at the flagpole following the 11 am service.

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
Stewardship Campaigns – You Gotta Love ‘Em!
The truth is I don’t. I don’t like fundraising – the games people play around money, the strange looks people give you. I just want people to do what God calls them to do without me having to make a push. But I have noticed that those who lead organizations who are doing great things and making a great impact are quite unapologetic about asking for funds...political campaigns, booster clubs, universities, hospitals, etc. I also know that what we do in the name of Christ is the hope of the world, so why are we so apologetic in asking for support or shamed by fellow Christians when we do?

And I do like what happens to people who discover the joy of being in a receiving and giving relationship with God. Their finances are healthier because of it and their walk with God is more dynamic. And I do like what happens when the people of God become more generous. It results in more daring ventures that reach people, less stress in administrative committees and staff meetings, and the freer and more responsive worship of God.

This Sunday will be the first of three Sundays in which we will be receiving commitments for the 2019 year of ministry. Commitment cards will be provided as you come into worship. You can also make your commitments online at our website. Please be in prayer that God will lead you in your giving. Don’t give 'til it hurts with the sense of obligation and being made to feel guilty. Give 'til there is liberated joy...the sense that God and you are up to something powerful and wonderful. That is exactly what we are about at First Church! 

See you Sunday.

Sincerely in Christ,
Will Cotton Signature
Dr. Will Cotton
Senior Pastor
A Finance Snapshot
Giving this Week: $36,322.86
Year to date Revenue: $1,797,380.17
Year to date Expenses: $1,911,591.91
2018 Budget: $2,481,067.63 
Upcoming Churchwide Events
Thank you to the many who have filled and returned the Thanksgiving Bags. If you haven't returned your bag(s) yet, please bring them on Sunday. We will be delivering bags to families on Tuesday, November 13. We could use more help with set up between 1:30 and 7 pm. Click here to assist with set-up. We also need additional drivers to deliver meals from 6 - 7 pm. Click here to sign up to drive .
Ministry Focus...
Children's Ministry
J-Team is this Sunday! We hope your 3rd-5th grader can join us for pizza in the youth cafe at 5 pm. Our event will be hosted by the Texas Master Naturalists. They will lead us in a Leaf Litter activity. There will be paint involved, so please dress appropriately. The cost will be $2.00 for pizza! 
Student Ministry
Adult Ministry
Marion Jones
UMW Lydia Circle is hosting a special guest on November 13
Marion Jones, the Olympic champion and gold medal runner, is coming to the UMW Lydia Circle on November 13. It is a salad supper to start at 6 pm in Payne Cottage. Please bring a salad to share. Marion will speak right after the meal. The meeting is open to all women of the church and any guest you might like to bring. To help us plan for seating, please RSVP to Patti Ruth at 512-944-5339 or pjruth1@gmail.com.
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...
Ministry of Motherhood
During the month of November, please come out to the Twin Oaks Cafe and support the Ministry of Motherhood (MOMs). MOMs will be running the cafe and all proceeds and donations will go directly to our 2018/2019 mission projects. We will be selling donuts, breakfast tacos, coffee, soda and tea, as well as a variety of baked good made by our very own members!
What exactly does MOMs do, you ask? We are a group of roughly forty moms committed to being strong and positive role models for our children and a bright light within our community. We coordinate monthly play dates and ladies night outs for our group and provide meals for mothers who have just had newborns or surgery. We also participate in monthly missions that benefit many different organizations and people in the greater Round Rock area. This year alone we have collected donation items for STARRY and Dell Children's Hospital, among others. We also perform missions through the act of service to others, as exemplified by our yearly visit to Wyoming Springs and or The Oaks Gracious Retirement Living. In addition to these projects, our members also volunteer at First Church events, such as Trunk or Treat and Vacation Bible School.

2018 is shaping up to be a big year for us. We already have many missions planned. Any money you spend at the Twin Oaks Cafe in November will go towards making these mission projects a success!
The Ministry of Motherhood is blessed to be part of the First United Methodist Church Round Rock community. Thank you for your continued support! 
This week at First Church...
Saturday, November 10
  • 9:00 am - Scrub-a-dub Day

Sunday, November 11 - Veterans' Day
  • 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
  • 12:15 pm - Lluncheon with Dr. Craig Hill, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 4:30 pm - Youth Choir rehearsal, South Suite
  • 5:00 pm - J-Team, Bldg. 5-2nd floor

Monday, November 12
  • 8:45 am – Ring of Joy, South Suite
  • 3:45 pm – Kids of the Kingdom Chimes, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Bldg. 3/FLC

Tuesday, November 13
  • 8:30 am - UMM Tuesday Breakfast group, Juárez Restaurant on South Mays
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted
  • 9:30 am -Women’s Bible Study, Bldg. 5-122
  • 12:30 pm - Brown Bag Theologians, Bldg. 5-122
  • 6:00 pm - UMW Lydia Circle, Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage
  • 7:00 pm - LEADFirst, Bldg. 5-122

Wednesday, November 14
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, & devotional, FLC/Bldg.3
  • 9:30 am - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 5:00 pm – Revelation Ringers, FLC East Cry Room
  • 6:00 pm - HeartSong Choir rehearsal, South Suite
  • 6:30 pm - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 6:30 pm - Jubilation Bells Rehearsal, North Suite
  • 6:30 pm – MS Wildfire Bible Study, Bldg. 5-222
  • 7:15 pm – Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite
  • 8:00 pm – HS Wildfire Bible Study, Bldg. 5-223/224

Thursday, November 15
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
  • 12 noon - JOY Senior Fellowship Lunch, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 7:00 pm - Council Oak Bell rehearsal, North Suite

Friday, November 16
  • 8:30 am - Round Rock Helpers, Bldg. 4-2
  • 9:30 am - MOM Weekly Gathering, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4

Saturday, November 17
  • 9:00 am - Scrub-a-dub Day
  • 7:00 pm - Bridge Club, Bldg. 5-127  

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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