Godspeed to our Choral Union and Community Choir as they travel to France.
First Church News & Updates - June 1, 2018

We are blessed to have Dr. Saida Kafarova as a pianist at First Church. Enjoy  Carillon from several weeks ago.

January 7, 2018:
January 7, 2018: "Carillon" - Dr Saida Kafarova, PIanist

Enjoy this First Church News.
This week in worship...
Holy Communion

Holy Communion will be served at all services this Sunday. 
Dr. Van Dickens will be preaching at all three services Liturgists include  Brad Thorne at 8:30 am and Rich Thompson at 11 am. We will c ommissioning the High School Mission Team at 9:40 am. Click here to read The Source.

Please join us in worship this weekend...Sunday at 8:30 am (Sanctuary), 9:40 am (Family Life Center) or 11 am (Sanctuary).
Words from Will...
D-Day Concert

We are on our way to France for D-Day!
While we are in France with the choir, First Church is privileged to hear from two fine preachers who have been serving us well during this time of transition. This Sunday, we will hear the word from Dr. Capt. John "Van" Dickens, recently retired as a chaplain with the US Navy. Van and Kathy have been giving us extra support in the area of pastoral care and Van has been a regular participant in services as liturgist and occasionally as preacher. This will be Van and Kathy's last Sunday with us as they are moving to Iowa to be near their grandson. The exciting part is that due to his experience in ministry with the great people of First Church, he is talking to the Bishop and District Superintendents there about taking a pastorate. We know that when that happens, Van and Kathy will be a great blessing, just as they have
Dr. Will Cotton
Dr. Will Cotton
been to us.

On June 10, the preacher will be Kevin Karschnik. Kevin is not only a United Methodist Lay Speaker, he makes his living as a motivational speaker. He is the co-owner of iSpeak Inc. and has co-authored the book, Corporate Ovations: Your Roadmap to More Effective Presentations. During the last two years, he served as an interim pastor in Dripping Springs. You will appreciate his vibrant faith and approachable style as he shares the gospel.

Then, on the evening of June 10, our Annual Conference delegation will officially meet Rev. David Johnson, our next Associate Pastor. We are already planning the summer preaching schedule and you will be glad that David is coming our way. He moves into the parsonage on June 22. The Trustees are doing some work (light carpentry, painting, landscaping, etc.) to get the parsonage ready for David. If you can lend a hand, please contact David Riskind, david.riskind@gmail.com and/or 512.567.6256. 

On that same day, Tina and I will travel to San Antonio for the retirement ceremony for Col. Dr. S. Patrick McCain, our associate pastor who will join us in September.

So, lots of things are happening. I sure hope there won't be a shipwreck! Actually, there will be, as that as the theme for our two weeks of Vacation Bible School this year. See you when we get back.

Sincerely in Christ,
Will Cotton Signature
Dr. Will Cotton
Senior Pastor
Spotlight on...Music Ministry
Summer Choir
Join the Summer Choir 
Are you interested in singing with one of our choirs on Sunday mornings but don't know how to get started? Here's your chance! Summer Choir is an opportunity to experience leading in worship from the choir loft in a very different way. In July and August, the choirs will not have weekly Wednesday rehearsals, but will still lead in worship on Sunday mornings. The choirs will not wear robes and will sing music that is accessible with minimal rehearsal time prior to the services. 

This is a great time to try singing in worship from another viewpoint and to meet new people in our church. The choirs are covenant groups who share in the love of Jesus Christ through their music. We'd love to have you be a part of this incredible ministry! If you have questions, please contact Michael Rosensteel, Director of Music Ministry, at michael@fumc-rr.org, or 512-255-3336 (ext. 140).
Calling all handy helpers
Parsonage volunteers

Calling all talented volunteers to help us spruce up the church parsonage
Do you think sawdust is a condiment? Are you handy with a hammer and saw? Do you measure twice and cut once? Are you a skilled painter like Picasso? Do others marvel at your green thumb? Do you possess great attention to detail?

If you answered  Yes! to any of the above questions, you are a strong candidate to help prepare the church parsonage for our new Associate Pastor, Rev. David Johnson's arrival on June 22! We need painters carpenters, caulkers, cleaners, gardeners, etc.

If you are willing and able to assist with any of the above opportunities, please contact David Riskind at David.riskind@gmail.com and/or 512.567.6256 to learn more about your assignment(s). Click here for more details...
Ministry Focus
Worship Arts
CrossRoads CD
Chime Camp
Children's Summer Chime Camps 
are Coming Up!
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. 
Register your child today! 
Children's Ministry

Shipwrecked VBS is coming to First Church!
While registration is closed, we do ask for your prayers as we make final preparations for over 430 children, plus volunteers and youth assistants to be on our campus June 18-22 and June 25-29! Get a preview here.
Student Ministry
Summer Youth Events
High School Mission Trip
More from Student Ministries...  
Adult Ministry
Acting Boldly
5 week Sunday School Series begins on June 10, 9 :40 am in Bldg. 5-148
As a more in-depth follow-on to Bishop Lowry's recent Pentecost sermon, this study is intended to take class discussions and considerations into uncharted territory...the wilderness if you will. Lead teacher Sam Kyzar (assisted by Ted Keller) will use Bishop Lowry's new video series, Acting Boldly: How the Acts of the Apostles Can Guide Today's Church Through the Wilderness. This study offers practical insights on how we as the church and individuals of faith can gracefully and boldly step into today's world and remain fully faithful to the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. All are welcome, no registration needed.
Summer Bible Study
Summer Bible Study begins June 11
Join us for a six week Bible Study entitled Does It Make Sense To Be A Christian? Hear the evidence that backs up your faith and how that evidence helps you to both defend and proclaim the reason for your hope in Jesus Christ. Topics include: 
  • The book of God's words. 
  • The book of God's works. 
  • What do the gospels say about who Jesus was? 
  • Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? 
  • Was the resurrection essential? 
  • Grace.  
Orientation is Monday, June 11 with study sessions from June 18- July 30, except July 2. Register on the website or contact James Lehrmann at jameslehrmann@sbcglobal.net.
A Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance Class to Begin July 12
Do you have concerns about falling? Join us for a fun, informative class on managing falls and increasing your activity level. If you are 60 or older and are interested in improving your balance, flexibility and strength and learning to reduce your fall risks at home and view falls as controllable, register for this free 8 - week class. Thursday mornings at 10:00 am beginning July 12.

Click here to register or contact Rae Frenette at 512-255-3336 or rae@fumc-rr.org. 
More from Adult Ministries...  
  • Love Wins - New study begins May 13, 9:40 am in Bldg. 5-136.
  • Women's Book Club - June 5, 11:30 am in Bldg. 5-127. Book selection is The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith.
MIssion Focus
Mission Month
Do you have time and talents to offer but you're unsure how to get involved? 
Whether it's world travel or web development, construction or coordination, the many missions at First Church want to get you engaged! The Villages team is hosting Mission Month every Sunday in June in the common area next to Payne Cottage in between services. Each week, different active missions will have volunteers and information available to help you learn about the many awesome things our church is doing locally and internationally and providing an easy way for you to get engaged.

On deck on June 3...Military & First Responders Network, Heart to Heart Quilters, Greater Round Rock Village, Disaster Response Team, Children's Ministry, Footprints, Kairos Prison Ministry, and the Parking Posse.

Please stop by and find your passion!
Mission Luncheon
On Sunday, June 24, we will focus on our international missions, with representatives from Mission Panama, Children's Ministries, UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) and Sierra Leone. You read that right: we'll have a representative from Sierra Leone...our own Katie Meek will be here! Join us in welcoming Katie for a taco bar lunch after the 11 am service. We'll hear a little about Katie's work as missionary to Sierra Leone. Cost is $10 per person. Click here to register.  If you prefer not to use the computer or a credit card, you can come into the church office during the week (9-4 Monday - Thursday, 9-3 Friday) and register using cash, check or credit card.
A Finance Snapshot...
Finance Update
  • Year to date Revenue: $901,282.40
  • Year to date Expenses: $938,843.59
  • 2018 Budget: $2,481,067.63
This week at First Church
Saturday, June 2

Sunday, June 3
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship services
  • 8:40 - LifeGroup "Be Awesome", Payne Cottage
  • 11:00 am - LifeGroups, Bldg. 5-124 & 222
  • 11:00 am - High School Mission Trip meeting, Bldg. 5-232/234
Monday, June 4   
  • 1:30 pm - JOY Planning meeting, Bldg. 5-124
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Bldg. 3/FLC
Tuesday, June 5
  • 8:30 am - UMM Tuesday Breakfast group, Ju├írez Restaurant on South Mays
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted
  • 11:30 am - Women's Book Club, Bldg. 5-127
  • 6:30 pm - VBS Crew Leaders meeting, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 7:00 pm - Military & First Responder Network, Bldg. 5-122
Wednesday, June 6
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, & devotional, FLC/Bldg.3
  • 6:00 pm - HeartSong Choir rehearsal, South Suite
  • 7:00 pm - Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite
Thursday, June 7
  • 9:00 am - VBS Work Day, Bldg. 5-122, 136, 211, 215 & 218
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
Friday, June 8 
  • 8:30 am - Round Rock Helpers, Bldg. 4-2
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4
Saturday, June 9
  • 5:30 pm - Journey in Faith Class social, 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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