Sunday is Pentecost...wear red!
First Church News & Updates - May 18, 2018
Chicken & Cobblers

Good don't have to cook much for lunch on Sunday. Our United Methodist Men will be selling smoked chicken and peach cobbler! $10 each and all proceeds go the UMM Mission projects.

the church office will be closed on Friday, May 25 and Monday, May 28 in honor of Memorial Day.

Enjoy this First Church News.
This week in worship...
Bishop Mike Lowry

Bishop Mike Lowry will preach at the 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am worship services. Dr. Will Cotton will be the liturgist for all services. During worship we will celebrate the success of the Children's Ministry Spring Mission, the Heifer Project. The Alleluia Chorus Children's Choir will provide special music in the sanctuary services. We will spotlight Footprints Children's Grief Ministry in the Mission Moment. At the 11 am service, we will honor our graduating high school seniors.

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...

Pentecost at First Church - Don't Miss It!
I am so excited about this Sunday at First Church! Pentecost is one of my favorite Sundays of the year, as we celebrate God's empowerment of the Church through the power of His Holy Spirit. It is also the 50th anniversary of the United Methodist Church. 

But there is more. We will celebrate with the children the completion of their Spring Mission Project with Heifer Project International, which will include a surprise announcement. We will celebrate the ministry of Footprints our non-profit partnered ministry that serves children who grieve the experience of losing loved ones through death or divorce. We will also honor some 25 members of our 2018 graduating class.

To help us celebrate all that, we have as our guest preacher, Bishop J. Michael Lowry. He has been our Bishop since 2008 and has led us in a marvelous way. He is known throughout the nation for his preaching, teaching and leadership.

This would be a great Sunday to invite a friend or loved one to come to church with you and experience the excitement and power of being United Methodist followers of Christ. I will be serving as liturgist, so I will get to experience all of this right along with you. What a privilege it is to serve such a great and vibrant Church.

Sincerely in Christ,
Will Cotton Signature
Dr. Will Cotton
Senior Pastor
Spotlight on...Military and First Responder Network
Memorial Sunday

Memorial Sunday...May we never forget freedom isn't free.
Next Sunday, May 27, we will share in a very meaningful remembrance of those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom as citizens of our nation. The services will include:
  • Patriotic music by the congregation and an original piece, "Come Take a Walk with God" by Tom Lough (congregation member) sung by Mike Rosensteel at the sanctuary services and by Brian Batch at CrossRoads.
  • A litany of thanksgiving and prayers for peace.
  • A memorial folder placed on the altar with names of those remembered. This Sunday, in the bulletin, there will be an insert on which you can submit the names of people you would like remembered in this memorial folder.
Immediately following the 11 am worship service, we hope you will join us for our Military and First Responder Network hosts our first wreath dedication at the flagpole near the Garden of the Saints columbarium in the south parking lot. You may contribute to the purchase of the 2018 Memorial Day Wreath by contacting Kathy Dance at or 512.255.3336.

We are very grateful for our church's Military and First Responders Network for their assistance in developing this part of our worship on Memorial Day weekend. The MFRN offers community support and care for veterans and first responders along with their families.
Ministry Focus
Worship Arts
CrossRoads CD
POPS Concert

POPS awesome evening of music, feelings and generosity!
A message from Robert Hall, founder of Boys to Men of God & Daughters of the King...
"The Pops concert was absolutely beautiful! And clearly a lot of hard work went into it. We are more than happy with the total monies collected. God is so good! 100% of the funds will be used to start an account that will be used to purchase property. We are not sure what that property is just yet, but we are taking a step of faith and going to trust God that He will give us the perfect place! We thank the Lord and your wonderful ministry. We will never be able to thank you and your ringers enough for your heart to bless these wonderful children."
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
Promotion Sunday
Promotion Sunday is coming up!
Sunday, May 27 is Promotion Sunday for Kindergarten-5th grade children. Children who just finished kindergarten will meet in Pod A, Room 2 at 9:40 am. The Children's Ministry team and volunteers will walk them to  the Walk of Faith Hallway in Bldg. 5-2nd floor. The children will tour the Walk of Faith classrooms and learn about our rotation system. Parents are welcome to join the tour at 10 am or you can pick up your new first grader in Bldg. 5-217 at 10:40 am. All children currently in grades 1 - 5 will move up on May 27.
Student Ministry
Summer Youth Events
Camp Eagle
Have you registered for Camp Eagle?
Camp Eagle is fun, but it is much more than just fun. Each activity is geared to inspire and transform lives towards a deeper relationship with Christ.

Registration for Camp Eagle is open and we still have openings for both males and females in the Senior High Camp Eagle.  In our Middle School Camp Eagle we have openings for females. 

More from Student Ministries...  
  • Sunday, May 20: Last FUSION for this school year. We welcome all current 5th graders as we celebrate their step up into Student Ministries!
  • Don't forget to register for upcoming Summer Mission Trips. Click for details...
Adult Ministry
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
More from Adult Ministries...  
  •  Love Wins - New study begins May 13, 9:40 am in Bldg. 5-136.
Caring Ministry
Are you caring for aging parents, a spouse or loved one?
The Sharegiving while Caregiving support will meet on Sunday, May 20, at 12:15 pm, in Bldg. 5-122.  For more information, contact Wanell Soslow at or 512.255.3336. 
MIssion Focus
Heifer Project

Children's Ministry Mission for Spring is the Heifer Project
For the entire spring semester, all children's Sunday School offerings are going toward the purchase of livestock for needy families. Each class selected a certain animal as their goal to purchase. Heifer International puts faith into action with its time proven principle of passing on the gift. Every family who receives livestock agrees to pass on one or more of its animal's offspring to another neighbor in need.
Heifer Project Update
We have a very exciting announcement to make on Sunday about the Heifer project! Hope to see you there!

Our next mission will be new or gently used school supplies, so save those supplies that come home from school with your child and have been only "gently used!"
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.
Please stop by and find your passion!
A Finance Snapshot...
Finance Update


  • Year to date Revenue: $837,390.06
  • Year to date Expenses: $842,692.05
  • 2018 Budget: $2,481,067.63
This week at First Church
Saturday, May 19
  • Bridge Club, Bldg. 5-127
Sunday, May 20 - UMM Chicken and Cobblers for sale!
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship services
  • 11:00 am - Life Groups, Bldg. 5-124 & 222
  • 12 noon - 2018 Senior Banquet, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 12:15 pm - Sharegiving while Caregiving, Bldg. 5-124
  • 6:00 pm - FUSION, Bldg. 3/FLC
Monday, May 21
  • 6:00 pm - Venture Crew, Bldg, 3/FLC
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 7:00 pm - France Choir Rehearsal, South Suite
  • 7:00 pm - Communications Team, Bldg. 5-124
Tuesday, May 22
  • 8:30 am - UMM Tuesday Breakfast group, Ju├írez Restaurant on South Mays
  • 9:15 am - Council Oak Preschool graduation, Sanctuary
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted
  • 12:30 pm - Brown Bag Theologians, Bldg. 5-124
Wednesday, May 23
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, & devotional, FLC/Bldg.3
  • 9:15 am - Council Oak Preschool graduation, Sanctuary
  • 9:30 am - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 6:00 pm - Heartsong Choir rehearsal, South Suite
  • 6:00 pm - Writer's Group, Bldg. 5-119
  • 6:30 pm - Women's Bible Study, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 7:15 pm - Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite
Thursday, May 24
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
  • 12 noon - Mom Life, Bldg. 5-122
Friday, May 25 - Church office will be closed
  • 8:30 am - Round Rock Helpers, Bldg. 4-2
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4
Saturday, May 26

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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