Happy Friday!
First Church News & Updates - January 26, 2018

We are pleased to host the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast next Thursday, February 1, 7 - 8 am in the Family Life Center. Our United Methodist Men will be there to greet you and serve coffee and juice. Come and join Mayor Craig Morgan and your fellow citizens for a light breakfast and a time of prayer. 
Round Rock Mayor's Prayer Breakfast
Round Rock Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

Enjoy this First Church news.
This week in worship...
Sermon Series

Winter Sermon Series: The Biblical Guide to Relationships
If you think that the Bible will give you examples of perfectly developed relationships with proper priorities, you will be severely disappointed. Instead, the Bible testifies to relationships that look a whole lot like ours: love and competitiveness, joy and brokenness, grief and new beginnings, loss and reconciliation. Our need to claim the grace of God for our relationships is described from cover to cover in scripture. 

Sermon:  "Rewriting History"
Scripture:   Philemon 8-21

Dr. Will Cotton will preach at the 8:30 and 9:40 am worship services.  Rev. Dr. Beverly Jones  will preach at the 11 am worship service.

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...United Methodist Men
United Methodist Men

United Methodist Men...cooking up some Super Bowl Chili and Tamales
The UMM will be selling their famous Super Bowl Chili and Tamales on Sunday, February 4, so stop by and purchase some on your way out of church. A 28 oz container of chili is $10. Six tamales are $6. The special is two  chilis and 12 tamales for $30. All proceeds will benefit First Church missions and ministries.

Carl Schomburg
In memory of Carl Schomburg...
Also on Sunday, February 4, the UMM will mount a plaque in memory of Carl Schomburg near the BBQ pit area adjacent to the FLC. The dedication will be after the 11am worship service. Carl was a long time UMM member and one of their chief cooks for their breakfasts, barbecues and chili preparations. 

Save the date: Spring Retreat
The UMM Spring Retreat will be at Willow Point Resort on Lake Buchanan April 4-8. Annual Men's spring retreats are great getaways to do some serious fishing, playing, discussing, reflecting and eating! More details are coming soon.

Would you like to get involved in United Methodist Men?
We have two UMM groups. Both groups participate in UMM special events and activities. In addition to weekly gatherings, several times a year, they spend the weekend cooking either brisket, chicken, or chili, making cobbler, and then showing up on Sunday morning to sell them during the worship services...all of the proceeds to benefit the missions and ministries of First Church. You'll find them serving coffee and juice at the Mayor's Prayer breakfast next Thursday, making breakfast for the youth during their retreats, hot dog lunches for the preschool, taking care of our wonderful church property and more! 
  • The Tuesday group gathers between 8 & 9 am at Juarez Restaurant on South Mays for food and fellowship. Contact: Rich Thompson at 512.694.6729, or Ben Watson at 512.623.0025.
  • The Wednesday group meets for breakfast and fellowship at 6:15 am on Wednesdays in the Family Life Center. Contact: Steve Oltmanns at 512.636.6299.
UMM offers food, fellowship, service and fun. Please come and join us for weekly gatherings and/or special events!
First Church Leadership Retreat
Leadership Retreat

Leadership Retreat is coming up on February 3
Join us for an update from the Core Vision Team on the new directions developing for First Church, be inspired by our guest speaker, Dr. Tommy Darwin from M Group (the team providing guidance in our vision process), and celebrate the great ministries led by our leadership teams. From 1-2 pm, our administrative committees will have their first meeting of the new church year. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Those in leadership positions should have received an evite (please RSVP), but all are welcome to come, hear, learn and envision. Please call 512.255.3336 to let us know you are coming.
Pictorial Directories are here!
Church Directory
New Pictorial Directories are available for pickup
If you had your photo made last fall for the First Church Pictorial Directory, you may pick up your copy this Sunday in the foyer of Payne Cottage (or outside if the weather is nice). We will distribute the directories for four weeks to those who had their photos made. Directories may also be picked up in the church office on weekdays.

We will probably have a few extra directories. If you did not have your photo made but would like to have a copy of the directory, the extras will be available for a small fee in late February. We will provide more information about that at a later date.
Council Oak Preschool registration for 2018-19
Preschool Registration

On Monday, February 12, Council Oak Preschool will begin open registration for the 2018-2019
school year. COP offers part-time preschool programs from 18 months-5 years. Available spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call 512.255.9568 for more info or to schedule a tour.
Job opening at First Church
Nursery Staff

We are in need of additional paid staff to work in our nursery on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Friday mornings. The days and hours are flexible, so you can still attend a worship service or other activities. If you are 18 or older and interested, please email Rhanda Schrank, rhanda@fumc-rr.org.
Ministry Focus
Music Ministry
Make music unto the Lord! First Church Orchestra wants you!
First Church Orchestra is seeking instrumentalists from High School and up to be a part of this ministry. The orchestra provides music at the 11 am service every week, and for other special services throughout the year. No audition is required, just a passion for making music! This is an opportunity for younger musicians to grow in their skills, and for adults to have the opportunity to rekindle their love of making music. High school students can receive community service hours for their service.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Michael Rosensteel, Director of Music, at 512.255.3336 (ext. 140) or at michael@fumc-rr.org.

"Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe." Psalm 150:3-4
Children's Ministry
Kids for Christ Council
Kids for Christ Council meets this Sunday
The Kids For Christ Council, or KFC, is a task force which serves in the areas of children's programming along with the Children's Ministries Team. Its mission is to offer guidance and support for ministry to families with children ages birth through fifth grade. The council meets every other month. Each member of the council is invited to share opinions about Children's Ministry events and assist in planning and implementation.

The next KFC meeting will be Sunday, January 28 at 12:15 pm in Bldg. 5-124. We invite new members to join our council and would like you to prayerfully consider participating in this important part of Children's Ministry. Please join us or call the church office for more information. Contact the church office at (512) 255-3336, ext. 128 or children@fumc-rr.org.
Student Ministry
Fusion: Going for Gold 
Sundays, 6-8 pm
All 6th-12th grade students are invited to join us  on Sunday  nights for Fusion. This is our weekly worship and small group experience for students. Pizza and soda/water are available for $3 at  6 pm  in the Family Life Center. Following dinner we will play games, worship and spend time in small groups. This Sunday we will continue our series Going for Gold, an Olympics themed series. Jodi Marfell will be leading us in "Our Pursuit for Gold: How far would you go?"
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...
Adult Ministry
The Challenge of Paul
New Bible Study: The Challenge of Paul
Begins Sunday, February 4, at 9:40 am in 
Bldg. 5- 148. This 10-12 week study is based on a new video series featuring New Testament scholar and Early Church Historian, Dr. Dom Crossan. Dr. Crossan shares his lifelong search for the Paul of history and offers fresh perspectives on Paul that shed light on why he is as relevant today as ever. The study includes videos, teacher facilitated information, discussion and dialogue among the participants. Click here for more information and to register.
Grief Support
Grief Support Group begins on 2/11  
When a loved one dies we feel it in our hearts, in our thoughts and even in our bodies. The ever-changing emotions we experience can catch us off guard. Our appetite may change; our daily routines may be difficult to re-establish. We may experience distance from ourselves and others we love. It doesn't matter if the loss came suddenly or was expected. When we lose a loved one we are in new territory. Strong emotions, vivid memories and unanticipated decisions come to the fore. In such times, a strong support system can help us to navigate the journey.
A new grief group will meet on Sundays from February 11 - April 8, 5:00 - 6:30 pm. This group will include information and insights about the journey through grief as well as supportive conversation and prayer. The group will be led by Ms. Shevawn Walzel and Rev. Beverly Jones. Childcare will be provided.To register go to: http://fumc-rr.org/support. For more information, please contact a group leader, shevwalzel@austin.rr.com or beverly@fumc-rr.org.  Click here for more information and to register.
More in Adult Ministry...
MIssion Focus
Mission Accepted

Women's Mission Trip to Conroe - February 19 - 22
Make this Lenten season memorable by serving. Join us for a women's trip to Conroe, February 19 - 22, to do quality checks on the health kits that have been gathered for distribution (to either Sager Brown or to be disbursed in the Texas area). We'll leave on Monday morning, stay at the Holiday Inn, eating meals locally (breakfast is provided) and return on Thursday. For more information, contact Patti Ruth at pjruth1@gmail.com or 512.944.5339.
Other Mission Opportunities...
This week at First Church
Saturday, January 27

Sunday, January 28
  • 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 - Chasing Paul in Reverse, Bldg. 5-127
  • 12:15 pm -Kids for Christ Council, Bldg. 5-124
  • 4:30 pm - Youth Advisory Council, Bldg. 5-222
  • 5:00 pm - Youth Choir Rehearsal, Bldg. 4-2
  • 6:00 pm - FUSION, Bldg. 3/FLC
Monday, January 29
  • 4:00 pm - Kids of the Kingdom Bells, Rehearsal, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Bldg. 3/FLC
Tuesday, January 30
  • 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 - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted
  • 12:30 pm - Brown Bag Theologians, Bldg. 5-124
  • 6:30 pm - Invitation to Psalms, Bldg.5-122
  • 7:00 pm - Community Bible Study, Bldg. 5-223/224
Wednesday, January 31
  • 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, February 1
  • 7:00 am - Round Rock Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, Bldg. 3-FLC
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
  • 7:00 pm - Council Oak Bells rehearsal, North Suite
  • 7:00 pm - Orchestra rehearsal, South Suite
Friday, February 2
  • 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, February 3
  • 9:00 am - Leadership Retreat, Bldg. 3/FLC
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! 
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