Celebrating with Rev. David Adkins

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It was a beautiful service of blessing and thanksgiving for Rev. David Adkins as he concludes his tenure as Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church Round Rock. He has guided our church through many changes over his 22 years in ministry here including the construction of the Sanctuary and the Adkins Education Bldg. And the the new parking area is so close to being finished. He has pastored this church through a period of extraordinary growth. We will miss his dedication and leadership.

Reception on Sunday in the Family Life Center

Thanks to all who came to the reception to greet Rev. Adkins and his wife, Brenda, and wish them well on their retirement journey.

Scribbles…A note from Rev. Adkins

For almost 40 years now I have, off and on, written a newsletter article I entitled Scribbles to identify it as just a few words shared with a congregation intended to reflect where we were in ministry, mission,and a journey of faith together. It is almost a shock to think it has been this long and now it is coming to an end.

My very first article was written to introduce myself to a small (nineteen average attendance) rural congregation that was to gather the following Sunday for our first time together. I wrote understanding that they were about as apprehensive about my arrival as I was about meeting them for the first time. With the confidence of youth I wrote,”Regardless of our own fears about the future, God’s promise is still alive! God is with us and will be with us every day.”

It might not have been the most articulate thing I ever wrote…maybe not the most powerful…but it was and still is true. No matter what we face in the ever changing world…God is with us!

We will be sharing together this weekend our last worship services as congregation and pastor. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for the partnership in ministry we have shared these last 22 years. The Lord has acted powerfully in our lives together and we have been blessed together because of the faith we have shared with one another. For all the laughter, the tears, the dreams and visions…for all the powerful moments in this shared journey maybe this weekend we can just quietly breathe in the presence of the Holy Spirit and say, “Thank you Lord! For being with us!” Certainly…”Hope to see you this weekend!”

 

It was a great night at the Dell Diamond!

Lots of nice surprises for Rev. David Adkins…including an Express Jersey autographed by Nolan Ryan. The catcher for David’s ceremonial first pitch was Trey Robins, the first baby baptized by Rev. Adkins when he arrived at First Church 22 years ago. The national anthem was sung by David and Brenda’s daughter, Alicia Adkins. Mayor Alan McGraw presented a proclamation, declaring June 16 as David Adkins Day in Round Rock. Over 750 First Church members and friends enjoyed the food and fellowship…and baseball!

Thanks to the Retirement Planning Committee for organizing this special event. Committee members are Brad Thorne, Brad Harwick, Danny Harris, Steve McCord, Geoff Gilbert, Jamie Fickey, Frank Rogers, Lori Wright, Jay Latham, Myra Schomburg, Gene Stokes, and Wanell Soslow.

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Sharing our memories

We are preparing a Memory Book for Rev. Adkins. If you would like to send a photo or write about a special memory, please email your submissions to Myra Schomburg, mschomburgretired@gmail.com. We need your submissions by mid-July. The book will include photos from the retirement events and will be presented to David after he retires.


Infant BaptismRev. Adkins has baptized hundreds of babies.
Rev. Adkins recently commented that he would love to have photos of the baptisms. So if you have photos of David baptizing your baby, or perhaps baptizing you, please send them in digital format to Wanell Soslow, wanell@fumc-rr.org. Then and now photos would be fun to include, as well as a note from the parents or child. These photos will be incorporated into the memory book that will be presented to David after his retirement.
We have designated Sunday, June 19, as a day to recognize all these babies, including those who are now in their teens and twenties. It seems appropriate to do that on Father’s Day. We hope lots of David’s babies can join us in worship on that day and gather for a group photo.


The Ice Cream Social on May 22 was a wonderful gathering of friends and family!

Ice Cream SocialOn May 22, Over 300 people joined us at an Ice Cream Social honoring Rev. David Adkins. Many stories, much laughter and a few tears were shared. Several meaningful gifts were presented to David and Brenda. First was a porch rocker built for two, presented by the Disciple Bible Study Leadership Team. Also presented was a 1905 edition of The Methodist Church Hymnal from the library of Linda Emry, pianist at First Church for 30 years. It was printed in 1926 and was the Official Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The two branches split in 1844 over slavery and did not reunite until 1939.

The third gift was a fish finder from our congregation. The final gift at this event was Carl Schomburg’s fishing pole. Carl shopped for this extra-long pole for several months. He purchased it just in time for his last fishing trip with his grandsons in March of 2014. We shed a few tears of joy and remembrance.
For those who have heard many of David’s sermons, you have probably heard stories about his friend, Butch, from a former congregation. There really is a Butch, and he was there on Sunday, along with many other friends and family.

Thank you for making the Ice Cream Social such a tremendous success. Each person’s attendance was greatly appreciated. We know that David, Brenda and Alicia really appreciated having this time to gather with friends and family from near and far. As David commented, “The only thing better than the ice cream was the fellowship!”

A special thanks to Myra Schomburg and a wonderful crew of volunteers for coordinating this event.