The Blessing of the Quilts is this Sunday
First Church News & Updates - October 19, 2018
My goodness...what a week of weather we have had! Please join us in praying for our neighbors who are affected by the continued flooding in our area.

Meanwhile, it seems like a good time to sit back and listen to our Jubilation Handbell Team ringing "Greet the Rising Sun" by Sondra Tucker.

Enjoy this First Church E-News.
Vision 2025 - Experience Love. Spread Hope.
This Week in Worship

Sermon: "Passing the Mantle"
Scripture:  I Kings 19:19-21

Rev. David Johnson will be preaching at all three services. Special music includes the Youth Choir at 8:30 and 11 am. Revelation Ringers Tins (6-8 graders) will ring at 8:30 am and Revelation Ringers Bronze (9-12 graders) will ring at 11 am.

The annual Blessing of the Quilts will take place in all three services as we celebrate the ministry of our Heart to Heart Quilters.

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.
A note from Dr. Pat McCain...
Dr. Pat McCain
I cannot begin to express to you and thrilled Monica and I are to be at First Church! Thank you all for making us feel so welcome and at home with you. We have especially enjoyed meeting so many of you and hearing your stories. Please keep introducing yourselves to us—again and again—and please keep praying for us.
I thank God for surrounding me with such amazing people at First Church—laity who model the servant heart of our Lord, staff who live for the sake of others, and godly pastors who love you more than you can know. I know you sense that God has brought us all together—laity, staff, and clergy—for a very special purpose and mission. Thanks for leaning into God’s heart with us as pray boldly, share boldly, invite and welcome boldly, and live and love boldly so that others might know Jesus, the Hope of the World. 
We have very special things in store for us during the next couple of months. You’ll find in this newsletter opportunities to learn and grow in your faith in our many classes. You will see ways that you can join us in loving the children and families around us (like volunteering at our annual Trunk or Treat Fall Festival next weekend!). You will find opportunities to care for those in need in our community, like our Angel Tree project and Thanksgiving bags. Please let us know how we can help you find your place to belong, grow, and give back!
I am so excited about this coming Sunday morning! In addition to the awesome Sunday School and worship services, we will be blessing the quilts. These beautiful quilts are made by our Quilting Ministry for young people who have been through trauma in their lives. They will be displayed in the sanctuary and Family Life Center —a stunning sight! Our prayer for these quilts is that same prayer we offer for our own lives—that God would help us to wrap others in His love so that they might know the comfort, hope, and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Can’t wait to see you all! 
Pat McCain
Dr. Pat McCain
Associate Pastor
Staff Opening: Facilities Supervisor. Full time position.
Our new associate pastor, Dr. Pat McCain will serve as Executive Pastor, thereby streamlining the broad responsibilities of the Operations Manager. If you are interested in the position of Facilities Supervisor, please send your resume to Dr. McCain at Staff-Parish Relations Committee in partnership with Scott Reid, Trustees Chair, is working on the full job description.
A Finance Snapshot
Giving this week: $43,565.50
Year to date Revenue: $1,666,167.75
Year to date Expenses: $1,800,272.54
2018 Budget: $2,481,067.63 
Honoring those who served...
Veterans Day
Upcoming Churchwide Events
Trunk or Treat/Fall Festival is next weekend...October 28, 4-6 pm
We have made it super easy to donate candy. Just click on this Amazon link , choose an item to donate and it will be shipped to the church. (Choose Jodi Marfell's gift registry address for shipping.) Or purchase locally and bring wrapped candy to the Youth Office by October 25. Sign up online to volunteer for a short shift.

Bring the entire family (minus pets) in Halloween costumes to celebrate at this free Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival at First Church, Included in the Fall Festival are interactive games, inflatables, live music, hotdogs, snow cones, popcorn, a trackless train and much more!

Although the event is free, families are asked to bring food item donations for our Thanksgiving Bags Mission. Items include: canned fruit, canned corn, canned green beans, sweet potatoes, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, corn bread mix, brownie or cake mix, instant potatoes or a monetary donation.
Ministry Focus...
Student Ministry
Saturday, November 10, 7am – Sunday, November 11, 12:30 pm
  • Serving in San Antonio with Sleep in Heavenly Peace
  • Spending the night at FUMC-San Marcos
  • Cost: $40 before October 21 / $50 after October 21(No cost for Adult Volunteers)

Adult Ministry
Mission Focus...
Early Response Training is coming up on October 27
Terry Crain and Dave Scott will be teaching a class on how to become an Early Responder for Central Texas Conference United Methodist Church (CTCUMC) on October 27, 2018 at Hutto Discovery UMC.

One of the primary ways the Central Texas Conference responds to disasters is via our Early Response Team (ERT). Our CTC ERTs respond to disasters within the conference, as well as to help other areas facing disasters. The mission of an Early Response Team is to provide a caring presence in the aftermath of a disaster, under very specific guidelines that enables a team to be productive and caring while causing no further harm or being a burden to the affected community.

If you are called to serve as a member of the CTC ERT, you must register and participate in one of the trainings taught throughout the year. These trainings are taught by “authorized” UMCOR trainers, and team members are given authorized ERT ID badges from UMCOR as evidence of completing the training. The topics covered in the class include the who, what, when, where and how of doing disaster response ministry, as well as some hands-on experience in the specific tasks that Early Responders are expected to accomplish in the face of a disaster.
Click here for more information and to register . Questions? Contact Dave Scott,
Mission Panama 2019 - June 22-30, 2019
Our next Mission Panama trip is on the calendar! If you're interested in getting more information about this life-changing ministry, join us for an informational meeting on Sunday, November 4 at 12:15 pm in Bldg. 5-127. Questions? Contact Jennifer Glasgow,
Do you have some unused Christmas cards?
Kairos Texas Prison Ministry is currently collecting unused greeting cards (English or Spanish) to distribute to the inmates at Lockhart Correctional Facility. Please leave any cards you would like to donate in provided boxes in Santuary foyer or Famiy Life Center so that some may send Christmas greetings to their loved ones this holiday season. Thank you for your support and God Bless!
This week at First Church...
Saturday, October 20
  • 7:00 pm – Bridge Club, Bldg. 5-127

Sunday, October 21
  • 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, & 115 Winsted
  • 11:00 am - Becoming a Girl of Grace, Bldg. 5-223/224
  • 11:40 am - Alleluia Chorus Children's Choir rehearsal, Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage
  • 5:30 pm - Ignite Snack Supper, Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage
  • 5:30 pm - Pastor's Bible Study, Sanctuary Foyer and South Suite
  • 6:00 pm - Ignite Middle Shool, Bldg. 5-2nd floor
  • 6:00 pm - Ignite High School, Bldg. 3/FLC

Monday, October 22
  • 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, October 23
  • 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
  • 10:00 am - A Matter of Balance class, Bldg. 5-148
  • 12:30 pm - Brown Bag Theologians, Bldg. 5-122
  • 6:30 pm - Community Bible Study, Bldg. 5-223/224
  • 7:00 pm – Church Council, Bldg. 5-124

Wednesday, October 24
  • 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, North Suite & FLC
  • 6:00 pm - HeartSong Choir rehearsal, South Suite
  • 6:30 pm - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 6:30 pm - Jubilation Bell rehearsal, North Suite
  • 6:30 pm - Wildfire MS Bible Study, Bldg. 5-222
  • 7:15 pm - Chancel Choir Rehearsal, South Suite
  • 8:00 pm – Wildfire HS Bible study, Bldg. 5-223

Thursday, October 25
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
  • 12 noon - Mom Life, Bldg. 5-122
  • 7:00 pm - Council Oak Bell rehearsal, North Suite

Friday, October 26
  • 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, October 27

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
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