Don't forget...Chicken Spaghetti & Cobbler Lunch is this Sunday
First Church News & Updates - September 28, 2018
We always are blessed with great music at First Church. Here is "I Shall Not Be Moved" from CrossRoads worship last Sunday. It's a great way to begin Friday!

Question for the day: What if you looked for the good in everyone and in every situation?

Enjoy this First Church E-News.
Chicken Spaghetti & Cobbler Lunch...get your tickets today!
The United Methodist Men are cooking a Chicken Spaghetti and Cobbler dinner this Sunday, September 30.
Join us in the Family Life Center after worship and enjoy a great lunch with family and friends. Click here to purchase your lunch tickets. It is a great lunch for a good cause. All proceeds will benefit Student Ministry Missions.
Vision 2025 - Experience Love. Spread Hope.
What a Great Vision 2025 Launch!
More than 150 attended the Vision 2025 Launch Lunch last Sunday to become better informed about Vision 2025 and the key initiatives that we will be launching over the next seven years. After a preliminary presentation by Rob Putney and Will Cotton, people broke up into five groups to share ideas and ask questions. From those discussions, the Vision Core Team and Church Council are already beginning to see some of the hot spots where people want to be involved. For instance, we know that creating home-based LifeGroups will be one of the early developments as well as enhancing our Communications infrastructure and methods.

There are also leaders stepping forward who want to be part of advancing both program and facilities for Children’s and Youth Ministries, as well as our Leadership Development program. People are talking about new ways of budgeting and stewardship, so that facilities are well-maintained and innovative ministries are underwritten. In Mission and Outreach, the clear developing passion is to become a stronger force for local mission, as a congregation and in partnership with other churches and groups. In other words, things are starting to spiritually pop (picture the first sounds of popcorn). 

Special thanks to LEADFirst for hosting this great event and for the Vision Core Team for their guidance of the whole Vision 2025 effort. This is the socialization stage of Vision 2025, where everyone is getting informed and getting on board.

Where is God stirring your mind and heart?
This Week in Worship
Sermon title: "Children, Go!"
Scripture:  Matthew 28:16-20

Dr. Pat McCain will be preaching at 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am worship services.

Council Oak Bells will be ringing at 8:30 and 11 am, making their debut under the direction of Dr. Chris Burton.

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.
Words from Will...
Dr. Will Cotton
“The Proof Is In the …”
 When I was growing up, I would hear the phrase, “The proof is in the puddin’.” I’m not sure I knew what they meant when they said it, but I sure did like “puddin” (vanilla, chocolate, tapioca, butterscotch, and best of all, banana). As for Vision 2025, the proof is in the people that are reached with the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ and the transformative difference our congregation’s ministry makes beyond our walls. It’s about changed lives and making God’s kingdom present in our hurting and fractured world.

Through intentionally developed community we invite people to discover their sense of place...that they belong. If we do that right, as we intentionally do that for guests and new folks in our church, we will also be better at community for those of us who have been here for a long time. Through superb spiritual formation people are trained in the scriptures for a strong faith and developed as leaders for service in the world. If we do that right, we become a continuous growing movement that is ready at God’s command to meet the world at its greatest need. We belong and we train for a purpose, to be God’s force of saving and transformative love. In the end, it’s not about us, it’s about God and the world God so loves (John 3:16).

This Sunday, we set our sights on what God is calling us to become beyond our walls. Just as we found on the previous two Sundays, this is the next chapter that springs from our congregation’s great missional heart. At First Church, we do a lot! How can we focus what we do so that our missionary work (locally, regionally and internationally) has its greatest impact? How does our work lead people to a life-changing faith in Jesus Christ? Every generation must ask that question anew. This will be an exciting Sunday as Jodi Marfell, Cheryl Glasgow and Pat McCain stir our hearts and minds in this arena – as well as hear and see the report of Mission Panama! 

Sincerely in Christ,
Will Cotton Signature
Dr. Will Cotton
Senior Pastor
A Finance Snapshot
Giving last week: $29,255.49
Year to date Revenue: $1,535,644.49
Year to date Expenses: $1,611,143.91
2018 Budget: $2,481,067.63 
Mark your calendar for these special church-wide events!
Thinking about joining First Church? Join us for Welcome Home!
Don't miss this beautiful concert in our Sanctuary on October 7
The Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will be sharing their passion for music and their love of Christ at First Church, as part of their five-week tour of the United States. What began as an opportunity to share the gospel through music has grown into Music Mission Kiev, a thriving ministry that focuses on evangelism, discipleship, and compassionate care for widows, orphans, and victims of war in Ukraine. The concert is free and there will be a free-will offering. All proceeds will help fund their tour and Music Mission Kiev. 
Women Renewed...Fan the Flame and Find the Fit
This event is devoted to connecting women of all ages together. You will be encouraged, uplifted, and refreshed. You will also support a wonderful UMW Mission...The Prevention of Human Trafficking…the Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC). Click here to read more about the program and the mission it supports, and of course, to buy your ticket!
Trunk or Treat/Fall Festival will be here before you know it! October 28, 4-6 pm
How can you help?
  • Donate candy
  • Provide a decorated trunk
  • Volunteer
This is one of our biggest outreach event of the year and we need your help to make it a success. Click here to read more and to sign up!
Ministry Focus...
Children's Ministry
Student Ministry
Join us for Ignite at the Park - October 7
We will provide the hot dogs and drinks. We are asking you to bring side dishes and come with your families for some fun at the park.
  • Pepper Rock Park
  • 8609 Pepper Rock Park Drive (Pepper Rock and Great Oaks)
  • Austin, TX 78717
Boy Scout Troop 157
First Church charters Boy Scouts of America Troop 157, made up of boys ages 11-17. They meet each Monday at 7 pm in the Family Life Center and go on camp outs one weekend every month. This summer the Scouts traveled to Kia Kima Scout Reservation in northern Arkansas for a week and some older Scouts spent a week at The Summit High Adventure Base in West Virginia.

The Troop has 91 active Scouts. They recently held a Court of Honor and awarded 354 Merit Badges to 67 Boys Scouts which were earned just in the past 7 months. There were 84 different types of Merit Badges presented, which shows that there are many opportunities for the Scouts to learn valuable life skills. Some of those Merit Badges included: Welding, Soil and Water Conservation, Robotics, Programming, Environmental Science, Emergency Preparedness, Family Life, Personal Fitness, and Small Boat Sailing, just to mention a few.

There were 41 rank advancements earned and 34 special awards presented to the boys. Troop 157 also participated in several Eagle Scout projects and countless service projects at First Church, the Texas Baptist Children's Home, Round Rock Parks Department, as well as others out of state. Our Troop is producing the leaders of tomorrow by living the Scout Oath "On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country...."  Congratulations Scouts.
Adult Ministry
This week at First Church...
Saturday, September 29
  • 8:30 am - Education Connections Training, Bldg. 3/FLC

Sunday, September 30
  • 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 - 1 pm - Chicken Spaghetti Lunch, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 11:00 am - LifeGroups, Bldg. 5-124, 148, & 115 Winsted
  • 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, October 1
  • 8:45 am - Ring of Joy rehearsal, North Suite
  • 1:30 pm - JOY planning meeting, Bldg. 5-124
  • 3:45 pm - Kids of the Kingdom Chimes, East Cry Room, FLC
  • 6:00 pm - Trustees meeting, Bldg. 5-124
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Bldg. 3/FLC

Tuesday, October 2
  • 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
  • 11:30 pm - Women's Book Club, Bldg. 5-127
  • 12:30 pm - Brown Bag Theologians, Bldg. 5-122
  • 6:00 pm - Outreach Team meeting, Bldg. 5-136
  • 6:30 pm - Community Bible Study, Bldg. 5-223/224
  • 6:30 pm - Stephen Ministry Supervision, Bldg. 5-123, 126, 127
  • 7:00 pm - Military/First Responders Network, Bldg. 5-124

Wednesday, October 3
  • 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
  • 7:15 pm - Chancel Choir Rehearsal, South Suite
  • 8:00 pm - Wildfire High School Bible Study, Bldg. 5-223/224 

Thursday, October 4
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
  • 7:00 pm - Council Oak Bell rehearsal, North Suite

Friday, October 5
  • 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 6

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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