Hope to see you at the Dell Diamond tonight!
First Church News & Updates - July 13, 2018

July in Texas...hot and humid! But, we are grateful for the much needed rain. 

We're looking forward to the kickoff of the Play Ball sermon series and hope to see you Sunday. Don't miss the first pitch!

Enjoy this First Church News.
This week in worship...
Sermon Series
This is the first Sunday in the Play Ball sermon series. This will be a fun, intriguing and inspiring series - a great opportunity for you to invite someone to join you and experience the good news of God's love in a fresh and life-changing way. Expect some surprises and fun music! Feel free to wear your baseball jerseys or t-shirts.

Sermon title:  "Show 'Em Your Fastball"
Acts 3:1-10

Dr. Will Cotton will be preaching at 8:30 and 11 am. Rev. David Johnson will be preaching at the 9:40 am CrossRoads service.  

Please join us in worship this weekend...Sunday at 8:30 am (Sanctuary), 9:40 am (Family Life Center) or 11 am (Sanctuary).
Tonight...A Night at the Dell Diamond!
Dell Diamond Event

Two events are scheduled this weekend to welcome Rev. David Johnson  to First Church.
  • Friday, July 13: Watermelon tailgate and baseball game at Dell Diamond. Meet and greet Rev. David Johnson at a watermelon tailgate at 6 pm in the northwest section of the parking lot. The baseball game begins at 7:05 pm. The Round Rock Express is playing Oklahoma City. Friday night fireworks will follow the game. Join us for watermelon, baseball. fireworks, fellowship and fun! Ticket sales are now closed.
  • Sunday, July 15: Cookies and punch reception in the courtyard between services from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Words from Will...
Play Ball!
The ceremonial first pitch is thrown. The umpire cries out "Play Ball." The game begins. 

For the next six Sundays, we will sing favorite hymns and choruses chosen by our Heartsong and Chancel Choirs, as well as hear and sing music rarely if ever sung in church. We will see pictures and film clips - some that will be familiar to adults, youth and children, but others that will be less known. We will hear passages from the Bible that we have heard before with new angles as we preach them through the lens of America's pastime. In short, these services will be fun, informative and inspiring whether or not you like baseball. 

Baseball Glove
Since I grew up near Pittsburgh, I admired players like Willie Stargell, Roberto Clemente and Bill Mazeroski. Those were the days when Grandma could take us to the park and it was an inexpensive day of family fun. I kept the batting averages of all my favorite players on several teams. My first glove was a Carl Yastrzemski Triple Crown glove. Many of you have your favorite players that will often go back to the days of your youth. With our own Round Rock Express and First Church connections to the Ryan family, we have special admiration for Nolan Ryan and his stellar career.
What we also discover from playing and watching the game is that it can teach us lots of lessons about life and faith. Feel free to come casual to worship (the worship leaders sure will), wearing your own favorite baseball or softball t-shirt or jersey (maybe even an autographed one) or hat. 

Our featured mission during the series is Mission Panama. Nineteen from First Church are going, so we will be gathering supplies beginning on July 22 and passing the chicken buckets in mid-August. What a great time to bring someone to church with you! See you Sunday.

Dr. Will Cotton
Sincerely in Christ,

Will Cotton Signature

Dr. Will Cotton
Senior Pastor
Ministry Focus
Caring Ministry
Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry Q & A this Sunday!
If you would like to learn more about Stephen Ministry, please attend a Q & A session on Sunday, July 15 or July 29 in Payne Cottage at 9:30 am. Get your questions answered and hear from current Stephen Ministers about this amazing program.

And...please support our Stephen Ministry program at the Twin Oaks Cafe during July!
Children's Ministry
Team Jesus

New Walk of Faith rotation begins Sunday, July 15
On Sunday, July 15, children will start a new rotation entitled "Team Jesus". We will learn about working together in different sports. Our memory verse is from I Corinthians 12:14 "Indeed, the body does not consist of one member, but of many."

To view the rotation schedule or for more information, go to the Walk of Faith webpage.
Student Ministry

A report from the Middle School Mission trip 
An interview with 4 members of team #1 on our Middle School Mission Trip. We have a team of Middle School Students in Houston this week serving victims of Hurricane Harvey.

July 17:  Schlitterbahn,
  8:45 am - 6:00 pm
Join us as we go to Schlitterbahn and have fun at the Hottest, Coolest Time in Texas. Cost: $45. Click to sign up.
Adult Ministry
Disciple Bible Study

Register today for your next (or first) D isciple Bible S tudy!
Disciple I and Disciple  III will begin on August 29. Short term classes this fall include Invitation to John and Invitation to Romans. Click here for all the details and to register. 
Worship Arts
Summer Choir
Chime Camp
Chime Camp Week 1 was wonderful. It's not too late to register for the August Chime Camp!
These wonderful 3-day camps are offered to all children entering 3rd-5th grades in the fall of 2018. Children learn the basics of ringing chimes from experienced teachers. 
CrossRoads CD
MIssion Focus
Disaster Response Team

Interested in getting more involved in mission?
When disaster strikes, First Church's Disaster Response Team heads out to be the caring Christian presence survivors need. If you are interested in joining in this valuable ministry, there will be a training session on  July 21 in Salado. Registration closes on July 16. Details and sign up are on the   UMCOR website.
School Supply Mission

Spring Cleaning?
Children's Ministry mission for the summer will be donating school supplies! When school is out and your child brings home their backpack and supplies, encourage them to bring any gently used supplies to donate to the Sunday School offering. Right after July 4th, when school supplies go on sale, you can pick up a few extras for Sunday School mission donations. All money donated will also be used to purchase school supplies.
A Finance Snapshot...
Finance Update
  • Year to date Revenue: $1,125,083.45
  • Year to date Expenses: $1,219,585.95
  • 2018 Budget: $2,481,067.63
This week at First Church
Saturday, July 14

Sunday, July 15 - Welcome reception for Rev. David Johnson between services
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship services
July 16
  • 6:30 pm - Communications Team, Bldg. 5-124
  • 7:00 pm - Does It Make Sense to be a Christian?, Bldg. 5-127
Tuesday, July 17
  • 8:30 am - UMM Tuesday Breakfast group, Ju├írez Restaurant on South Mays
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted House
  • 12:30 pm - Brown Bag Theologians, Bldg.5-122 
  • 6:30 pm - Stephen Ministry supervision, Bldg. 5-123,126,127
Wednesday, July 18
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, & devotional, FLC/Bldg.3
Thursday, July 19
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
  • 10:00 am - A Matter of Balance, Bldg. 5-127
Friday, July 20
  • 8:30 am - Round Rock Helpers, Bldg. 4-2
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4
Saturday, July 21
  • 6:30 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! 
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