What a Feeling - POPS 2018 is Saturday evening!
First Church News & Updates - May 4, 2018

The Torch Be Yours concert last Sunday was awesome, inspiring, moving...you choose the superlative! More great music is on the way this weekend. What a Feeling - POPS 2018 will be on Saturday in the Family Life Center with a packed house. The POPS concert is a benefit for Boys to Men of God & Daughters of the King, a Christian organization that exists to provide mentorship in a family group setting to children between the ages of 6 and 12 who have experienced the absence of a father figure in their lives. Great music for a great cause!
Enjoy this First Church News!
This week in worship...
Sermon Series

Sermon Title: "One Bread, One Body"

Dr. Will Cotton will preach at the 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am worship services. Liturgists include Dr. Van Dickens at 8:30 am and Dr. John Clifford at 11 am. The Ministry Moment will feature drops of graceKids of the Kingdom Bells will provide special music in the sanctuary services.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at all services. 

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).
Words from Will...
Holy Moments
One of the things I said in last Sunday's sermon is that our growth in grace makes us more aware of holy moments. Some of those moments you expect. Sunday night's The Torch Be Yours concert, a joint presentation by the Round Rock Community Choir and our Choral Union was one for the ages, beautiful and moving. Many, many people shared how much that evening of remembrance, faith and hope meant to them. I expect we will experience more holy moments in the What a Feeling! - POPS 2018 concert this Saturday night with our Handbell Ministry. I said to Tricia Gossett on Monday, "It's too bad we don't know how to do major productions here!" We both laughed. It's one of our niches for ministry in our regional area that we need to maximize. People will catch new faith or renewed faith in Christ as we do. Special thanks to Michael Rosensteel and Carla David for leading a host of musicians, tech folks, and organizers to make these events happen.

Some sacred moments catch us by surprise. Mine hit during Christian Believer, facilitated by Keitha Wilson and assisted by Rae Frenette and myself. As Keitha led us in our closing, she presented completion pins to all the participants and prayed over each of us individually. Then we celebrated Holy Communion together, a culmination of 30 weeks of learning, growing and loving in the name of Christ. I was having trouble reading my part in the service for the tears in my eyes - blasted allergies (lol!). I've read that Communion liturgy hundreds of times, but it was new in that holy moment. This experience will be repeated during the next few weeks in each of our DISCIPLE classes. 

Then I walk into an Outreach Meeting and people are giddy with laughter over answered prayers. They really believe that stuff! And so do I! Those are just three holy moments in the last few days. The fact is this is a normal week. But you know, I can get so busy and overwhelmed with the different hats I wear that I miss the holy moments. Put on your spiritual spectacles...holy moments are happening all around you. Some will await you this Sunday...some expected and some by surprise. See you there.

Sincerely in Christ,
Will Cotton Signature
Dr. Will Cotton
Senior Pastor
First Church Crafters Spring Fling Craft Sale is this Sunday
Craft Sale
The First Church Crafters Spring Fling Craft Sale is this Sunday. Come and shop!
First Church Crafters invite you to join us for our annual Spring Fling on Sunday, May 6, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm in Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage. From beautiful jewelry to gorgeous crosses to colorful posies, we have something for everyone. Each and every creation has been crafted by loving and caring hands from recycled and repurposed items just for you. Since all proceeds from our sale go to local, national and worldwide missions, we know that you will want to take a few minutes to browse and shop with us. We hope to see you there!
Ministry Focus
Worship Arts Ministry
POPS Concert

Children's Handbell Recital

Children's Ministry
Kids for Christ Council
Join us this Sunday for KFC
T he Kids For Christ Council (KFC) is a task force of parents interested in serving in children's programming along with the Children's Ministries Team. The mission is to offer guidance and support for ministry to families with children ages birth through fifth grade.

The next KFC meeting will be this Sunday, May 6, at 11:15 am in Bldg. 5-122! We invite new members to join our council and would ask 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.
J-Team end of year party is 
this Sunday, May 6, 2-4 pm.
Calling all 3rd to 5th graders to our end of the year Splish Splash Party! Please join us May 6 from 2-4 pm for games, snacks, and fun. You will even be able to take the first jump of the season into a swimming pool! Feel free to bring a friend!
  • Location: Blackhawk Amenity Center, across from Rowe Lane Elementary. 3111 Speidel, Pflugerville.
  • Cost: $2.00. 
Please RSVP Tammy@fumc-rr.org.  Parents may drop off children at 2 pm and pick up at 4 pm. All participants must have a current registration form.

In case the rain predicted for Saturday does not arrive until Sunday, we will meet at the church in Building 5, room 232-234.
Student Ministry
Welcome Party

Calling all 5th - 8th graders...Welcome Party May 11-12
The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and that means that it is almost time to welcome our new middle school students! All of our current Middle School students as well as current 5th graders are invited to this fun night of celebration to officially welcome the 5th graders into Student Ministries. The overnight party starts in the Family Life Center at 9:30 pm. After worship, games, fellowship and fun, the students will head over to Spare Time (transportation provided by RRISD buses) for a night full of pizza, soda, laser tag, mini golf, bowling, video games and sleep-deprived fun. We will return to the church for Round Rock donuts, just in time for you to pick up your students at 6:00 am. Click here for more info and to register for the Welcome Party.
Senior Recognition
Congratulations to our High School graduating seniors!
Join us on May 20 as we celebrate this milestone in the 11 am worship service.

Following the worship service, Student Ministries will host a reception for the seniors and their families in the Family Life Center. If you would like your student to be included in this celebration, please fill out the form online or contact the Student Ministries Office.

Don't forget...the deadline to submit scholarship applications is May 8 at 5 pm.
More from Student Ministries...  
Adult Ministry
Love Wins Book Study
New study begins May 13
In his book, Love Wins, Rob Bell addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith - the afterlife, arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever? Bell puts hell on trial and his message is decidedly hopeful - eternal life doesn't start when we die; it starts right now. Join our discussions, longings, desires, and insights as we explore questions about "who God is and what God is like and how Jesus fits into any of it." 
Where/When: Sundays at 9:40 am, Bldg. 5-136. Contact Debby Utley (debbyfaeu@gmail.com) for information. All are welcome. No registration needed. Just come! 
Life Truths
It's not too late to join this popular study!
Discovering Life-Truths Analogies from Nature Scenes meets on Sundays at 9:40 am in Bldg. 5-148. The study is led by First Church member and acclaimed photographer, Ted Keller. It will be based on his devotional book,  Fifty Feisty Photos for Daily Encouragement. 

Ted says,  "As a nature photographer with a 'glass-half-full' outlook, I began to recognize visual analogies of motivational life-truths in my images as I recalled relevant Bible verses. Since the level of optimism in our attitudes and self-concepts affects our ability to cope, heal, grow, and excel in life, these energizing reminders can empower and strengthen us in all situations."   Please join us!
More from Adult Ministries...  
  • Class study: Half Truths by Adam Hamilton. Sundays at 9:40 am, Bldg. 5-136.
  • UMW Lydia Circle meets on Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 pm in Bldg. 4-2.
  • Summer Bible Study, Does It Make Sense To Be A Christian? begins June 11.
Caring Ministry
Compassion Fatigue
Compassion: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
Our Stephen Ministry, in partnership with the Friends and Seekers Sunday School Class, will host this session on Sunday, May 6, at 9:40 am in Bldg. 5-232.

Conrad Sloat, First Church member and Licensed Counselor will be leading this one-time class for those feeling the fatigue of compassionate caregiving. It is also for those feeling overwhelmed by recent natural disasters and current diagnoses of family and friends. All are welcome. 
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 wanell@fumc-rr.org 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 Update
4.29.2018 Update:  Children's Ministry is celebrating the incredible progress of the Heifer Mission! Every grade has achieved at least their first, if not their second goal! Way to go!
A Finance Snapshot...
Finance Update


  • Year to date Revenue: $737,205.51
  • Year to date Expenses: $760,826.55
  • 2018 Budget: $2,481,067.63
This week at First Church
Saturday, May 5
  • 5:30 pm -  What a Feeling!  POPS 2018 Concert, Bldg. 3/FLC
Sunday, May 6 - Spring Fling Craft Sale, Bldg. 4/Payne Cottage
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship services
  • 8:45 am - LifeGroup-Be Awesome, Bldg. 4- Rm 2
  • 11:00 am - Life Groups, Bldg. 5-124, 148, & 222
  • 11:00 am - Nicauragua Mission Trip meeting, Bldg. 5-234
  • 11:15 am - Kids for Christ Council, Bldg. 5-122
  • 11:30 am - Alleluia Chorus Children's Choir, Bldg. 4-2
  • 2:00 pm - J-Team, off campus
  • 6:00 pm - Fusion , Bldg. 3/FLC 
Monday, May 7
  • 1:30 pm - JOY Leadership planning meeting, Bldg. 5-124
  • 4:15 pm - Kids of the Kingdom Bells rehearsal, Sanctuary
  • 5:00 pm - Revelation Ringers Rehearsal, North Suite
  • 6:00 pm - Board of Trustees meeting, Bldg. 5-124
  • 6:00 pm - Children and Youth Bell Concert, Sanctuary
  • 6:00 pm - Venture Crew, Bldg. 3/FLC East Cry Room
  • 7:00 pm - Boy Scout Troop #157, Bldg. 3/FLC
Tuesday, May 8
  • 8:30 am - UMM Tuesday Breakfast group, Ju├írez Restaurant on South Mays
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted
  • 12:30 pm - Brown Bag Theologians, Bldg. 5-124
  • 6:30 pm - UMW Lydia Circle, Bldg. 4-2
  • 7:00 pm - LEADFirst, Bldg. 5-122
Wednesday, May 9
  • 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 Bronze, Sanctuary
  • 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
  • 7:15 pm - Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite
Thursday, May 10
  • 9:15 am - Council Oak Preschool Mother's Day Tea, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
  • 12 noon - Mom Life, Bldg. 5-122
Friday, May 11
  • 8:30 am - Round Rock Helpers, Bldg. 4-2
  • 9:15 am - Council Oak Preschool Mother's Day Tea, Bldg. 3/FLC
  • 9:30 am - Ministry of Motherhood (MOM), Playground area
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4
  • 9:30 pm - Middle School Welcome Party, Bldg. 3/FLC
Saturday, May 12

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