Announcements

Our December worship schedule:

December 9 and 16: Worship as usual, 8:30 and 11:00 am in the sanctuary, 9:40 in the Family Life Center.

December 23: Two combined worship services focused on music and carols of the season presented by the First Church Choirs and Orchestra and the CrossRoads Band. 9:30 and 11:00 in the Family Life Center. There will be no Sunday School for children, youth or adults on December 23.

December 24:

5 pm worship – Candle light service for children and families in the Sanctuary

7 pm worship – Candle light service for families with choir and orchestra in the Sanctuary

9 pm worship – Candle light experience led by the CrossRoads Band in the Family Life Center

11 pm worship – Candle light and Communion service, led by a jazz quartet in the Sanctuary

December 5, 2018

First Church Kids get all of the Children’s Ministries information here

  • Sunday, December 16 – join us for “A Christmas Story”, a family event to celebrate Advent. Get more information and sign up here.
  • Sunday School, 9:30 am. Preschool, Bldg. 2/Pods; Elementary, Bldg. 5/upstairs 
  • Bible Buddies is a program designed for children, ages 3 & 4 (by September 1st of the current school year), at the 8:30 and 11 am worship services. Children participating in Bible Buddies will begin the service in the sanctuary with their parent. The children leave with the Bible Buddies volunteer and go to Bldg. 2 to hear a Bible story and do a craft or activity for the remainder of the worship service.  Parents pick up the children following the 8:30 am service in Suite/Pod B and following the 11 am service in Suite/Pod AFor the safety of all, parents must sign in their child(ren) and make a nametag at the Bible Buddy cart in the foyer prior to service.  Fill out a new form each new school year. 

First Church Student/Youth Ministry  – get all of the Student/Youth Ministry information here

  • Sunday School, 9:30 am – 6th-12th grades, Bldg. 5/upstairs
  • Ignite – Student Ministries Programming – Our Sunday night programming runs from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  Mealtime is optional, beginning at 5:30 pm in Payne Cottage. Middle School and High School both meet on Sunday nights but meet in different areas and with separate programming.  Middle School in Bldg. 5, upstairs.  High School in the Family Life Center/Bldg. 3.
  • WILDFIRE!  Wednesday Night Programming for Middle School Students: Mentorship Program begins at 6:45 with a short large group devotional time lead by Jodi Marfell, and then our Middle School Students break into small groups lead by some of our outstanding older High School Students. It is a great opportunity for your student to grow in their faith and build a role model type relationship with an older teen. It ends at 7:30 pm.
    For High School Students: We offer an in-depth Bible study for students looking to deepen their faith. This program is led by Diane Bouchard and Beth Wade and runs from 8-9 pm.
  • REGISTRATION IS OPEN for Camp Eagle 2019!!!  Register for this life-changing event here.

First Church Adults – get all of the Adult Ministries information here

  • Help us decorate the worship areas during Advent and Christmas with a poinsettia! You can order a poinsettia in honor of or in memory of a special person or people.  You can pick up your plants after the last service on Christmas Eve. Order and dedicate your poinsettia here.
  • JOY Fellowship (Just Older Youth Senior Adults) – join us for a Christmas celebration including a ham dinner and a carol sing-along with Claire DiSano and Charles Mallory. Cost is $7. Register here.
  • Our newest Sunday School class: By the Book
    We meet on Sundays at 9:40 am in Bldg 5, Room 148 and have a variety of teachers and leaders this season.  Our first study uses the book “What the Prayers of Jesus Tell Us About the Heart of God” by Shane Stanford. Join us for this 5-week study on the true meaning and impact of words Jesus prayed.You are invited to join us regularly or occasionally as we fit in with your schedule and your topic interests.  Coming topics include: Who You are in Christ (how our faith in Jesus changes our self-perception); Seasons of the Year and Sacraments led by Dr. John Clifford; studies on Galatians, Colossians, Philemon and Mark just to name a few!  Bring a friend! Contact Ted Keller or Sam Kyzar if you want more information.
  • ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL ADVENT SERIES, beginning December 2.  4-WK.  SERIES, Dec. 2-Jan 6 (no Sunday School on 12/23 or 12/30): In their book The Wonder of Christmas, pastors Ed Robb and Rob Renfroe look to the Christmas story and the stories of real people today to find inspiration for reflecting the light of Jesus at Christmas and throughout the year. Four themes are explored — a star, a name, a manger, and a promise. This exploration will prepare us spiritually for the coming of the most wonderful gift ever given — God’s Son, Jesus Christ! Where/When: Sundays, 9:40, Bldg. 5, Rm. 136. Contact Debby Utley (debbyfaeu@gmail.com) for information. All are welcome. No registration needed. Just come!
  • Women’s Wednesday Bible Study began September 5 at 9:30 am or 6:30 pm in Bldg. 5-232/234.Contact Janet Reynolds, jreygma@gmail.com or 512-255-7198. 
  • Women’s Tuesday Bible Study meets 9:30 am in Bldg. 5-122. Contact Denise Blomquist, mommystruck@gmail.com.
  • First Church Crafters meet Tuesdays at 9:30 am at the 115 Winsted House.
  • Brown Bag Theologians meet Tuesdays at 12:30 pm in Bldg. 5-122Join the pastor(s) each week as we discuss the upcoming Sunday’s scripture and sermon topic.  We combine lively discussion with prayer time for our First Church prayer requests. 
  • Heart to Heart Quilt Ministry meets on Thursdays at 9:30 am at 115 Winsted HouseSince 1999, the Heart to Heart Quilt Ministry has given 1400+ quilts to infants and children to age 17, who are experiencing catastrophic illnesses or other difficult situations. The members pray over each the quilt, hoping that each child will feel God’s love.  Come and join our hands-on ministry. All—beginners to masters — are welcome. 
  • Women’s Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of every month, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, in Adkins Bldg. 5 – 127.November 6: Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers.  Near the turn of the twentieth century, Marta leaves Switzerland in the quest for a better life.  Her journey takes her through Europe, to the Canadian wilderness, and ultimately to the Central Valley of California.  This popular author explores the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters over several generations.Upcoming Adult events: 
  • December 2 and 9 – pick up a box to fill with Cookies for the Troops, bake 2 dozen cookies, and bring them back to be sent to our overseas military personnel. Boxes are in the Sanctuary and FLC foyers.
  • Beginning January 13: Financial Peace University. Led by Pat and Monica McCain, this is a 9 week study focused on getting out of debt and getting in control of your money.  More information and register here.

First Church Young Adults

  • The Network – Young Professionals Group. The Network is primarily a fellowship group but we’ve added a conversation about the intersection between faith and life in the 21st century.  We’ll watch a TED talk (or something comparable) and have some guided discussion.  Plus snacks!  Find more information, including a link to our Facebook page, by searching “network” at fumc-rr.org, or contact Faith Bradshaw, faithbradshaw0@gmail.com.

First Church Missions

  • First Church’s Mission Panama 2019 – The next trip is on the calendar!  We’ll be heading to Panama June 22-30, 2019.  If you’d like more information, contact Jennifer Glasgow.
  • Round Rock Helpers are ready to serve! Round Rock Helpers exists to provide services (typically 3 hours or less over a couple of work sessions) to seniors, the disabled and others with minor repairs.  If you or someone you know needs help, or for more information, please contact Fred Clark at 512-450-4398.
  • Footprints Children’s Grief Ministry. Footprints offers 10-week workshops to children in the community who have suffered the loss of a loved one through divorce or death. These classes help the children work through their grief from a “You are not alone” aspect.  The workshops are offered free of charge to the children and their families. If you would like to donate,  go to the website, fpcgm.org. 
  • Help Feed our Children—The First Church Backpack Project needs YOU! This coming school year we will be serving Wells Branch and Bluebonnet Elementary. This project takes a small commitment and means so much.  To learn more, contact Terri Bowden at terri.l.bowden@gmail.com.
  •  Meals On Wheels — Adopt A Route. M.O.W. provides hot, home-delivered meals, five days a week to those, due to illness, age or disability, are unable to provide proper nutrition for themselves.  We begin deliveries at 10:30 am, Monday—Friday,  and a route takes less than 2 hours.  We love to have families with children deliver meals and this could be a summer family mission project.  Call Rose Dietrich to see where you can serve—512-255-4970.  (Located at the Baca Center, 301 W. Bagdad).
  • Senior Access Needs More Drivers. Go to their webpage, senioraccesstx.org or call 512-310-1060 to learn more about this community service to our elderly neighbors.
  • Round Rock Area Serving Center Needs Your Help! Volunteers are needed!  Can you give just 3 hours per week?  There are a variety of jobs.  One is right for you!  Great for service hours!  New volunteer orientation is on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 4 pm; other orientations by special arrangement.  1099 E. Main St.  Call 512-244-2431.

First Church Opportunities

  • Dedicating the altar flowers. You may dedicate the altar flowers on Sunday mornings in honor or in memory of someone, or a special occasion. The arrangement costs $75.00 and our florist handles everything. We are still booking dates in 2018.  Please call Wanell at 512-255-3336 to reserve your special date.
  • Be a Communion Server. Please consider participating in the church as a communion server. We need volunteers for the Sanctuary and Crossroad Services. If you are interested and would like to receive information about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Rae Frenette,  rae@fumc-rr.org, 512-255-3336. 
  • We Love Adult Volunteers in Children’s Sunday School. Preschool and Elementary Sunday School is made possible because of our wonderful volunteers!  You will have the opportunity to teach or shepherd in Sunday School or Bible Buddies. We are seeking volunteers for 4-5 week rotations. All lessons and materials are provided. Contact Jennifer Hall,  jennifer@fumc-rr.org or 512-255-3336,
  • We are looking for a few GREAT Volunteers. Come volunteer with us in the office and learn more about your church, staff and the programs here.  We have daily shifts 9am – 1 pm, and 1 – 4 pm and on the job training.  Come join us.  Contact Wanell Soslow, wanell@fumc-rr.org or 512-255-3336.