We are worshiping in the Family Life Center this Sunday
First Church News & Updates - September 7, 2018
Worship Services location
One more Sunday in the Family Life Center for all services. The new sanctuary compressor and parts have arrived in central Texas! Installation, weather permitting (it has to be dry), will begin Monday. So this Sunday we will still be in the Family Life Center. Thanks for your patience and thanks even more to the leadership of our Trustees in this effort. 

Please join us in praying for all those affected by Hurricane Florence and other storms.

Enjoy this First Church E-News.
Vision 2025
You are invited to the Vision 2025 Launch Lunch
Sunday, September 23 from 12:15 to 2:30 pm in the Family Life Center
In worship services in upcoming weeks, you will be getting snapshots of the Vision, but this lunch gathering is where, after a light lunch and main presentation, you will have opportunity to ask questions and even sign up to be part of one of our implementation teams. This will be an exciting, informative and holy gathering.

Please register so that enough food is provided. Click here to register.
This Week in Worship
Sermon title: "I Belong!"
Scripture:   Acts 10:1-16

Dr. Will Cotton will be preaching at 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am.

We will be launching Vision 2025. The Vision Core team has been working for about 18 months. What is the vision?

Please join us in worship this weekend...Sunday at 8:30, 9:40, or 11 am. All services will be in the Family Life Center.
Words from Will...
Dr. Will Cotton
The Roll-out of Vision 2025 Begins
Late last summer, we began with 31 days of prayer. That was followed by a survey of our congregation to hear our hearts about the direction of our church. It was exciting to discover that the survey results revealed that the priorities of the Core Vision Team and the congregation were overwhelmingly similar. In the months since, the Core Vision Team has worked on broad initiatives that will shape the direction of our growth in ministry through 2025. It is an exciting and ambitious plan that focuses the church’s energy and resources to boldly offer Christ as never before.

Sunday morning, the Core Vision Team will present the first set of initiatives as we further develop Intentional Community through:
  1. enhanced and expanded worship,
  2. invitational events that happen on our campus to build relationships,
  3. full development of a process to help people move from being guests to full involvement in our congregation, and
  4. the launch of LifeGroups (a network of home-based small groups) through Williamson County and North Austin.

We are confident that these initiatives will reach people for Christ in a powerful way and that First Church has the gifts and passion to carry them out. It will take several teams, which you can become part of.

Join us Sunday as we “Experience Love… Spread Hope.”

Sincerely in Christ,
Will Cotton Signature
Dr. Will Cotton
Senior Pastor
Pastors' Bible Study
A Fresh Approach to Revelation begins Sunday evening!
5:30-7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
The pastors had a major planning meeting for this study and guess what we discovered? We come from different viewpoints!

We have over 70 registered for the class and it’s not too late for you to sign up. We believe the class will stretch, inform and bless you. If you haven’t signed up so far, please do and let us know how many of you are planning to eat so there is plenty of food. Click here to register.

One of the great books we have read in preparation for the course is Reading Revelation Responsibly by Michael J. Gorman. If you want to scoop the pastors, you may want to get a copy for yourself.

A feature of the class is participation in a private Facebook page for sharing of questions, insights and resources. Enjoy the food, enjoy the presentations by our pastors and enjoy the learning and growth in small group discussion. We hope you will join us!
In case you missed it...this is how you install a pastor
A Finance Snapshot
Year to date Revenue: $1,469,176.47
Year to date Expenses: $1,568,298.73
 
2018 Budget: $2,481,067.63 
Save the date!
Other Events Coming Up...
Ministry Focus...
Children's Ministry
Kids for Christ Council meets this Sunday, September 16 at 11:15 am
Are you interested in Children's Ministry? We welcome your input at the KFC meeting this Sunday in Bldg. 5-122. Fall Festival is at the top of the agenda, but we will be talking about the calendar for this school year for events for children and families.  Click for more details...
Student Ministry
Adult Ministry
This week at First Church...
Saturday, September 15
  • 7:00 pm - Bridge Club, Bldg. 5-127

Sunday, September 16 - Welcome reception for Pat and Monica McCain
  • 8:40 am - Life Group - Be Awesome, Bldg. 4-2
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship services
  • 9:45 am - Methodism 101, Bldg. 5-222
  • 11 am - Kids for Christ Council, Bldg. 5-122
  • 11:40 am - Alleluia Chorus Children’s Choir, Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage
  • 4:30 pm - First Church Youth Choir, South Suite
  • 5:30 pm - Pastors’ Bible Study, Sanctuary Foyer
  • 5:30 pm - Ignite Snack Supper, Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage
  • 6:00 pm - Ignite, MS – Bldg. 5 upstairs, HS – Bldg. 3/FLC

Monday, September 17
  • 8:45 am - Ring of Joy rehearsal, North Suite
  • 3:45 pm - Kids of the Kingdom Chimes, East Cry Room, FLC
  • 6:30 pm - Disciple Romans study, Bldg. 5-122
  • 6:30 pm - Communications Team, Bldg. 5-124
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Bldg. 3/FLC

Tuesday, September 18
  • 8:30 am - UMM Tuesday Breakfast group, Juárez Restaurant on South Mays
  • 9:30 am - UMW Deborah Circle, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 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
  • 6:30 pm - Stephen Ministry Supervision, Bldg. 5-123, 126, 127

Wednesday, September 19
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, & devotional, FLC/Bldg.3
  • 9:30 am - DISCIPLE Bible Study classes, Bldg. 5
  • 9:30 am - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 5:00 pm - Revelation Ringers, North Suite 
  • 6:00 pm - HeartSong Choir rehearsal, South Suite
  • 6:30 pm - Disciple Bible Study, Bldg. 5-127
  • 6:30 pm - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 7:00 pm - Jubilation Bell rehearsal, North Suite 
  • 7:15 pm - Chancel Choir Rehearsal, South Suite

Thursday, September 20
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
  • 11:30 am - JOY Fellowship and Lunch, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 7:00 pm - Council Oak Bell rehearsal, North Suite

Friday, September 21
  • 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, September 22

 
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
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