2018...Mission Possible!
First Church News & Updates - January 12, 2018

Next Monday is MLK Day. Celebrated on the third Monday of January, MLK Day is a time when the nation pauses to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and work, but also to honor his legacy by making the holiday a day of community service,  "a day on, not a day off." What will you do to help others on Monday?

Thanks to all who completed the E-News survey last week. It has provided some valuable feedback to use in improving First Church 
E-News. If you haven't yet taken the survey, it will be open a few more days.  Click here to take the short survey.

The Council Oak Preschool and the First Church office will be closed on Monday.

Enjoy this First Church news.
This week in worship...
Mission Possible

Sermon: Mission Possible! - Tom Cruise is not the Star!
Scripture:   Matthew 3:13-17

Dr. Will Cotton will preach at all three worship services. 

The Source, our weekly devotional guide, is available on the church website.

Please join us in worship this weekend...Sunday at 8:30 am (Sanctuary), 9:40 am (Family Life Center) or 11 am (Sanctuary).
Spotlight on...Brown Bag Theologians
Brown Bag Theologians

What is a Brown Bag Theologian?
The Brown Bag Theologians group provides an opportunity for you to gather and enjoy discussions on scripture . You need not be a Biblical scholar. Just b ring your lunch and join Dr. Will Cotton each week to discuss the upcoming Sunday's scripture and sermon topic. We combine lively discussion with prayer time for our First Church prayer requests. Join us next Tuesday. No registration is required, just come. You never know, you may hear one of your ideas in the sermon on Sunday! Brown Bag  Theologians meet on Tuesdays at 12:30 pm in Bldg. 5-122. 
Introducing two new staff members
Rhanda Schrank
Rhanda Schrank is our new Preschool and Childcare Coordinator.
Rhanda and her husband, Kevin, have been members of First Church since 2008. They have two sons, Carlton and Hudson. Rhanda is a Baylor University graduate with an Educational Specialist in School Psychology degree. Rhanda has more than 20 years of experience in education, including education administration and working as a school psychologist. Rhanda has also volunteered in many different programs at First Church over the years. We look forward to the talents and expertise that Rhanda will bring to Children's Ministry.

Taylor Ory
Taylor Ory is our new Associate Director 
of Student Ministries.
Taylor is a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where he majored in Christian Ministry. Taylor and his wife Jess met at UMHB and married upon graduation. Taylor has served the past four and a half years at First United Methodist Church in Quitman, Texas. Prior to serving in Quitman and during his time at UMHB he was the Young Adult Coordinator at FUMC Belton and did numerous internships in the area, including here at First Church Round Rock. Not only are we excited about the gifts and talents that Taylor will bring to our Student Ministry, we will also be blessed by Jess joining as a mentor to our students.
Ministry Focus
Children's Ministry
J-Team is next Sunday, January 21
3rd-5th graders will meet for J-Team on January 21 from 2-4 pm. We will have Games & Goodies on our campus in the Bldg. 5-232/234. Please plan to enter in the doors by the gazebo and come up the stairs.  RSVP ttammy@fumc-rr.org so we can ensure enough snacks and supplies!  Hope to see you there!

J-Team is a once a month social opportunity for 3rd-5th graders, where the children can fellowship and have fun with other kids from church.  
Other Children's Ministry info...
Student Ministry
The Fusion Games: Mario Kart Tourney! 
Join us in the Youth Cafe this Sunday, January 14, for a Mario Kart Tourney at Fusion! Pizza and soda will be available at 6 pm for $3.  Prizes will be awarded to the winners of our Mario Kart tournament... and you will want these prizes!  There will be lots of games to play along with Mario Kart to include board games, Air Hockey and Foosball. Food, games and fellowship...invite your friends to join us! 
D-Now 2018: February 23 - 25 
All 6th-12th grade students are invited to join us for D-Now - a  weekend that is full of worship, spiritual growth, community service, and fun! We will be led in worship by Tyler Murphy. Our speakers are Keta and Edward from Somebody Cares Ministry in Malawi, Africa. On Saturday the students will participate in mission recreation with their host home groups. Click for all the details and registration information...
Other Student Ministry info...
Adult Ministry
Chasing Paul

Register now Chasing Paul in Reverse...a two session discussion of Paul's journey
Last October a group from our church joined others from the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church for a Mediterranean Cruise. The tour followed Paul's Fourth Missionary Journey in reverse, beginning in Rome, cruising down the Italian coast, then to Sicily, Malta, some of the Greek Islands, and ending in Athens. To complement the sightseeing, Conference Bishop Mike Lowry, Reverend John McKeller, senior pastor of White's Chapel UMC, and Reverend Todd Renner, Co-pastor at White's Chapel, provided lectures and sermons on Paul. It was an amazing experience.

On Sundays, January 21 and 28, the participants will share some of what they learned and experienced on the trip. You are invited to join them in Bldg. 5-127 at 12:15 pm for a light lunch followed by fun and entertaining presentations from the folks who participated last fall. Walk with them as they discuss the various sites, sights and experiences of Paul's last missionary journey. So that we will have enough food, please click to register
JOY Senior Fellowship
Celebrate 2018 with JOY!
The JOY Senior Adult Fellowship group invites you to celebrate the beginning of a new year for lunch and program on Thursday, January 18, at 11:30 am in Bldg. 5-127. 

MIke Cox, an elected member of the Texas Institute of Letters and author of 30 Texas-related, non-fiction books, will share tales and legends from his latest book, "Legends & Lore of the Texas Capitol." From its beginning as one of the most ambitious construction projects west of the Mississippi, the imposing red granite Lone Star statehouse loomed large in Texas lore. (Author books will be available for purchase.) $5 donation is requested for the luncheon. Click here to register by January 17.
More in Adult Ministry...
Welcome Home to First Church
Welcome Home

Are you thinking about joining First Church in the New Year?
Join us for Welcome Home on January 21, 2018! Welcome Home is an informal meal and conversation with First Church pastors about First Church's ministries, membership expectations, our church's story, and any questions you may have. It's also a great chance to meet others who are exploring.

The next Welcome Home will be on Sunday, January 21 at 12:15 pm in the Family Life Center. Near the end of the session, there will be an opportunity to join this congregation if you decide you'd like to become a member. An informal lunch is served, so please sign up on the website or in the foyers of the Sanctuary or Family Life Center. Questions? Contact Rev. Dr. Beverly Jones, beverly@fumc-rr.org. 

MIssion Focus
Mission Panama

Have you considered joining our Mission Panama  team? 
We are returning to Panama in August on a medical mission. The trip is open to 20 people. Although we do need medical practitioners, you don't need to be one to come! Application deadline is February 4, 2018. We are having an Information session this Sunday, January 14 at 12:30 pm in Bldg. 5-127. Come and get all of your questions answered!  Click for more details...
Disaster Response Team

Are you following the efforts of our Disaster Response Team?
Trisha Seguin of our Disaster Response Team has posted an update from the Central Texas Conference with information about all that is being done by our church and others in the conference to assist those devastated by the hurricanes last year. Click here to read the full article.
Other Mission Opportunities...
News from Troop 157!
Miro Perez
Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scout!
Congratulations to First Church member Edelmiro "Miro" Perez III on completion of his Eagle Project at the Texas Baptist Children's Home. Miro designed and over saw Scouts and volunteers in the construction of a 9x12 paverstone picnic table pad which took 135 hours. Miro is a Life Scout with Troop 157 and is working to complete his Eagle rank in the near future.

Congratulations to Miro! 
This week at First Church
Saturday, January 13 

Sunday, January 14
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship Services 
  • 8:40 am - LifeGroup: Spiritual Growth, Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage
  • 11:00 am - LifeGroup: Parents & Families in Transition, Bldg. 5-124
  • 11:00 am - LifeGroup: Putting Your Faith in Action, Bldg. 5-222
  • 11:00 am - LifeGroup: Young Parents, Bldg. 5-148
  • 11:30 am - Alleluia Chorus Children's Choir, Bldg. 4-2
  • 12:15 pm - Sunday Ladies of Faith, Bldg. 5-124
  • 5:00 pm - Youth Choir Rehearsal, Bldg. 4-2
  • 6:00 pm - FUSION
Monday, January 15 - Martin Luther King Day, church office will be closed
  • 6:00 pm - Board of Trustee Meeting, Bldg. 5-124
Tuesday, January 16
  • 8:30 am - UMM Tuesday Breakfast group, Ju├írez Restaurant on South Mays
  • 8:45 am - Ring of Joy bell rehearsal, North Suite 
  • 9:30 am - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-122
  • 9:30 am - UMW Deborah Circle, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 12:30 pm - Brown Bag Theologians, Bldg. 5-124
  • 6:30 pm - Invitation to Psalms, Bldg.5-122
  • 6:30 pm - Stephen Ministry supervision, Bldg. 5-123, 126, 127 
  • 7:00 pm - Community Bible Study, Bldg. 5-223/224
  • 7:00 pm - Finance Committee, Bldg. 5-124
Wednesday, January 17
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, & devotional, FLC/Bldg.3
  • 9:30 am - Disciple Bible Studies, Bldg. 5
  • 9:30 am - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 5:00 pm - Revelation Ringers Tins, FLC-East Cry Room
  • 5:00 pm - Revelation Ringers Bronze, North Suite
  • 6:00 pm - HeartSong Choir rehearsal, South Suite
  • 6:30 pm - Disciple Bible Studies, Bldg. 5
  • 6:30 pm - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 7:00 pm - Jubilation Bells rehearsal, North Suite
  • 7:15 pm - Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite
  • 8:00 pm - Ignite, Bldg. 5-220
Thursday, January 18
  • 11:30 am - JOY Fellowship lunch & program, Bldg. 5-127
  • 7:00 pm - Backpack Coalition, Bldg. 4-2
  • 7:00 pm - Council Oak Bells rehearsal, North Suite
  • 7:00 pm - Orchestra rehearsal, South Suite
Friday, January 19
  • 8:30 am - Round Rock Helpers, Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage, Rm 2
  • 9:30 am - Ministry Of Motherhood (MOM) gathering, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4
Saturday, January 20
  • 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! 
First United Methodist Church | Round Rock 
512.255.3336 | newsletter@fumc-rr.org | http:// fumc-rr.org
Stay Connected to First Church: