Happy St. Patrick's Day!
First Church News & Updates - March 16, 2018
St. Patrick's Day

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you 
Wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing

Happy St. Patrick's Day tomorrow! If you have some time on Saturday, come to the church campus at 9 am and join us in our spring clean up day. Don't forget to wear green!

Enjoy this First Church News!
This week in worship...
Sermon Series

Lenten Sermon Series: Metamorphosis
At the touch of Christ, lives change - spiritually, emotionally, physically and relationally. Sometimes our lives change quickly and sometimes slowly over time, but the difference is often striking. With that in mind, during the Sundays of Lent and Easter, we will be preaching from the miracles of Jesus, culminating in the difference the cross and the resurrection makes for us personally and for the whole world. The goal of this series is for each of us to have a metamorphosis of our own...so that we become witnesses of Christ's life-changing power.  Metamorphosis  will be a series you won't want to miss!

Sermon: "Straighten Up"
Scripture:   Luke 13:10-17

Dr. Will Cotton will preach at the 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am worship services. Dr. John Clifford will be the liturgist at 8:30 and 11 am.

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).
Saying farewell to Rev. Dr. Beverly Jones
Rev. Beverly Jones Reception

Introducing Rev. David Johnson
Rev. David Johnson
Effective July 1, David K. Johnson will be serving as one of our new associate pastors at First Church. He was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, where he was part of St. Mark's United Methodist Church. He graduated cum laude from McMurry University with a BA in Business Administration in 2002. After 3 years in human resources and development in two different hospitals in El Paso (2002-2005), David became a lead advisor and then senior counselor at Texas Tech University (2005-2012). He went to seminary at Perkins School of Theology at SMU, graduating with a Master of Divinity in 2015. While in seminary, he was a chaplain for SMU campus ministry. For the past three years, he has served as the pastor of First United Methodist Church in Haskell, Texas. He is an ordained elder and has served for the past year on the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Northwest Texas Conference.
David is known for his creative and effective preaching, his great way with people and his passion for reaching young adults and families. Accompanying him will be his dog, Mia, a rat terrier dachshund mix. Be in prayer as David says goodbye to a congregation that has deeply loved him and prepares to say hello and begin his new adventure with us at First Church.
Spotlight on...Retired Clergy-in-Residence
Retired Clergy
Retired Clergy-in-Residence are Bridging the Gap!
We are blessed to have several retired clergy who call First Church home and they are stepping up during this time of transition to support and fill many pastoral responsibilities such as pastoral support in the office, assisting and officiating during worship, hospital/homebound visitation, and clergy connection to various church ministries. Retired clergy include Rev. Van Dickens, Rev. Kathy Clark-Dickens, Rev. John Clifford and Rev. Marion Childress-Usher.

Let's see how Dr. John Clifford and Rev. Marion Childress-Usher will be assisting.

Dr. John Clifford will share his prodigious gift of writing as he authors some of the liturgy for services and continues as one of our writers of The Source. He will also be assisting with or officiating at worship services and funerals. John serves as the clergy connection for JOY fellowship. 

Rev. Marion Childress-Usher shares her gift of compassion and hospitality as she serves as the  clergy connection for Stephen Ministry. She will also assist in worship services as needed and assist with Holy Communion for groups.

We appreciate the gifts and graces that John and Marion share with First Church. 

When you see these retired clergy, please take a moment to thank them!
Experience Holy Week at First Church
Holy Week

Ministry Focus
Children's Ministry
Resurrection Celebration

Save the Date...Resurrection Celebration is coming up on Palm Sunday, March 25
Resurrection Celebration has become one of our Holy Week traditions at First Church. It is an opportunity for children, accompanied by parents, to experience five events that occurred during Holy Week.The celebration will begin in the courtyard with Lewis the Donkey at the Palm Sunday station.  Volunteers will be at five stations in costume and in character portraying someone who was present during Holy Week. It will be a busy morning, but Resurrection Celebration will have start times from 9:30-11 am. To assist you with planning and to help avoid wait times, please sign up for a start time on the church website. Completing all five stations of Resurrection Celebration will take approximately 50 minutes. Sunday School will still take place in regular locations from 9:40-10:40 am and every worship service will have special Palm Sunday elements as well.
New this year! We are asking families to sign up for a time to begin their Walk through Holy Week. We hope the sign up will decrease the amount of time spent waiting in line outside of stations. Do allow 50 minutes to visit all five stations.  Sign up for your time today! 
Twin Oaks Cafe
Children's Ministry will be staffing the Twin Oaks Cafe in April
The Twin Oaks Cafe is staffed by a different ministry/mission group each month and April is the month for Children's Ministry. All proceeds from the cafe will benefit Vacation Bible School 2018. We need some volunteers. If you can spare a couple of hours on a Sunday morning, we would love to have your help.

More from Children's Ministries...  
Student Ministry
Camp Eagle

It's not too late to sign up for Camp Eagle!
We have had openings come available for our High School Camp Eagle! This session was full but now we have 2 male student spots and 1 female spot available. Contact Jodi Marfell if you would like to reserve space for your student! We also have 1 male student spot available for our Middle School Camp Eagle and can request additional spots for female students.

  • High School: July 22nd-27th (Sunday-Friday) 2 Male Spots, 1 Female Spot. Cost: $420.
  • Middle School: August 3rd-8th (Friday-Wednesday) 1 Male Spot. Cost: $345. 
What is Camp Eagle?
Camp Eagle is a unique summer program geared to inspire and transform lives towards a deeper relationship with Christ.  Read more...
Adult Participants
We would like you to consider the opportunity of joining us at Camp Eagle! We will need two adults for every ten students. Each adult participant is asked to pay $200 as well as drive students to and from camp. You can download our Adult Registration Form and fill it out and return to the Student Ministries Office. Join us for the adventure!
More from Student Ministries...  
Adult Ministry

Sharegiving While Caregiving...a New Support Group for Caregivers 
Are you a caregiver for a loved one...a parent, spouse, sibling or other? Sharegiving while Caregiving is for you! This group will be a place to find support, exchange information, and express your needs. The initial meeting will be this Sunday, March 18 at 12 noon in Bldg. 5-122. A light lunch will be served. Three more sessions are planned and future sessions will be decided by the group. Please contact Wanell Soslow, 512.255.3336 or wanell@fumc-rr.org, for more information or to register.
More from Adult Ministries...
  • Plenty Good Room Lenten Series: Sundays at 9:40 am in Bldg. 5-136; an in-depth look at Scripture, American history, and the music of six African American spirituals.
  • Believing God: Tuesday Women's Bible Study began February 27
  • Uninvited: Wednesday Women's Bible Study began March 7
MIssion Focus
Heifer Project

Progress report on the Heifer Project

Our Elementary Sunday School classes all selected an animal as their goal to purchase during this spring mission and are working steadily toward their goals. Many thanks also to generous donations from congregation members who have given to support this Children's Ministry mission.

Heifer Project

Click to learn more about how the  Heifer Project empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity.
Other Mission Opportunities...
Scrub-a-dub Days today and tomorrow!

Scrub-a-dub Days

Scrub-a-dub Day
It is Spring Cleaning time! During the month of March, several 4-hour clean up shifts (9 am - 1 pm and 1 pm - 5 pm) will be offered to complete a variety of projects on the church campus. Last Saturday,  16 youth and adults helped weed, trim small trees, transplant ornamental grass, plant new bushes, and spread 79 bags of mulch around the church's Courtyard and Columbarium areas. Special thanks to Diana, Steve, Gloria, Doug, Juan, and Jyotsna for their leadership! 

Sign up online or just join in the fun and fellowship by reporting to the Sanctuary foyer for your special assignment. Click for more info and to sign up!
This week at First Church
Saturday, March 17 -  Happy St. Patrick's Day
  • 9:00 am - Spring Scrub-a-dub Day, Church campus
  • Williamson County Genealogy Seminar, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 6:30 pm - Bridge Club, Bldg. 5-127
Sunday, March 18
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship Services
  • 8:30 am - LifeGroup-Spiritual Growth, Bldg. 4- Rm 2
  • 11:00 am - Life Groups, Bldg. 5-124, 148, & 222
  • 11:40 am - Alleluia Chorus Children's Choir, Bldg. 4-2
  • 12 noon - Sharegiving while Caregiving, Bldg. 5-122
  • 5:00 pm - Youth Choir, South Suite
  • 6:00 pm - FUSION, Bldg. 3/FLC
Monday, March 19
  • 4:00 pm - Kids of the Kingdom Bells rehearsal, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 6:00 pm - Venture Crew, FLC/Bldg. 3, East Cry Room
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 7:00 pm - Communications Team, Bldg. 5-124
March 20
  • 8:30 am - UMM Tuesday Breakfast group, Ju├írez Restaurant on South Mays
  • 8:45 am - Ring of Joy 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
  • 7:00 pm - Community Bible Study, Bldg. 5-223/224
  • 7:00 pm - Finance Committee, Bldg. 5-124 
Wednesday, March 21
  • 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 Bell rehearsal, North Suite
  • 7:15 pm - Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite
Thursday, March 22
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
  • 12 noon - Mom Life, Bldg. 5-122
  • 1:00 pm - Scrub-a-dub Day
  • 6:30 pm - Emergency Preparedness Committee, Bldg. 5-122
  • 7:00 pm - Council Oak Bells rehearsal, North Suite
  • 7:00 pm - Orchestra rehearsal, South Suite
Friday, March 23
  • 8:30 am - Round Rock Helpers, Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage, Rm 2
  • 9:30 am - Ministry of Motherhood (MOM), Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4
Saturday, March 24
  • 9:00 am - Spring Scrub-a-dub Day, Church campus

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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