Greater Round Rock Village

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Greater Round Rock

The Greater Round Rock Village includes all the ways that we serve within a 25-mile radius of Round Rock, Texas.

New Initiatives for the Greater Round Rock village

Get in on the ground floor of the creation of new mission initiatives in Greater Round Rock!  The Outreach Leadership Team is gathering interested persons to investigate and discern together how First Church might deepen our engagement and impact with the poor and suffering in our city.  As a jumping off point we will be reading together the important and challenging book “When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor” by Fikkert and Crobett.

Contact Rev. Katie Meek with questions, Katie@fumc-rr.org.

Hunger and Poverty

Christmas Angel Tree

Each Christmas First Church adopts several “angels”, local low-income children, and provides Christmas gifts.  This is a mission that happens every November.  Pick up an angel from the tree on Sunday morning before worship.

Community Assistance Fund

The First Church Pastor’s Community Assistance Fund provides a monthly donation to both the Round Rock Serving Center and the Williamson County Crisis Center.  In addition the Assistance Fund provides approximately $35 per day to people who come to our church for emergency assistance.  On the first Sunday of each month, there is an envelope in the worship bulletin labeled “Pastor’s Community Fund” in which all are invited to place a contribution.

Handbell’s Ring Noel Benefit

The First Church Handbell Ministry holds a benefit concert each December benefitting the Round Rock Area Serving Center.  Find out more about Handbells.

Round Rock Area Serving Center*

The Round Rock Area Serving center is a Friend of First Church.

Thanksgiving Bags

First Church provides Thanksgiving dinner supplies for more than 200 local families.

Health and Wellness

Care Communities*

Care Communities is a Friend of First Church.

Drive a Senior*

Drive a Senior is a Friend of First Church.

First Church Crafters

First Church Crafters share the joy of faith, service and friendship while working on a variety of handcrafts and service projects.  The crafters meet on Tuesdays at 9:30 am in the Winsted House 115 on the south west side of church property.  Contact Carie Watson or Diane Brault.

Footprints Grief Ministry*

Footprints Grief Ministry is a Friend of First Church.

Handbells POPS Benefit

The First Church Handbell Ministry holds a benefit concert each December benefiting the Round Rock Area Serving Center.  Find out more about Handbells.

Heart to Heart Quilters

Heart to Heart Quilting Ministry provides handmade quilts to children who are ill or in crisis. Prayers are stitched into every quilt. This group has made and given away over 1000 quilts.  The quilters meet on Thursdays from 9:30 am until noon in the Winsted House 115 on the south west side of church property.  Contact Norma Creel or 512-255-4565.

Hope Alliance*

Hope Alliance is a Friend of First Church.

Serving Hearts Preschool Ministry

Serving Hearts is a serving opportunity, specifically targeting young children. Serving Hearts meets several times each month for our youngest children to learn about serving others and use their hands to create something for someone within their community. For more information, contact Tammy Parks.

Stockings for Silver Angels

First Church stuffs stockings full of goodies each Christmas more local homebound residents.  This is the ministry of the Caring Angels, a group of our members who regularly visit the homebound.  For more information, contact Bea Adams.

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Disaster Relief and Longterm Recovery

The United Methodist Committee on Relief is the humanitarian relief and development arm of the global United Methodist Church.  The work in disaster response, sustainable agriculture, development, and water, sanitation, and hygiene improvement.  First Church supports UMCOR through special offerings.  For more information, contact Dave Scott.

Great Day of Service

The Great Day of Service is a churchwide opportunity to serve the community in one great day.  We gather in the morning for prayer and sending forth and then we disperse out into greater Round Rock for service.  Next year’s GDOS will be held on a Saturday in April.  Be on the lookout for more information in March!

Round Rock Helpers

A group of handymen and women, Round Rock Helpers provides basic maintenance and repairs for senior citizens so that they can continue to live in their homes. If you’re interested in helping or if you need help, contact Fred Clark.

Education

ABC Literacy Project—Callison Elementary

In partnership with The Education Connection and the Round Rock Independent School District, First Church offers a volunteer opportunity which involves reading to children in one of our neighborhood elementary schools. Watch this space for information about volunteering for the 2017-2018 school year.  Training will be held in September and October.  Click here for more information about ABC Literacy.

First Church Backpack Project

We hope you will join us in this ministry to local children. The Backpack Project works to provide food for seven weekend meals plus snacks to students in need at Wells Branch Elementary, and also supports the efforts at Bluebonnet Elementary. Both schools are Title 1 and among the neediest in the school district. $25 per month supports a child…. and we serve roughly 100 each week in both schools. This affords every child in our schools the opportunity to learn and succeed. Won’t you help in this effort? If you’d like to learn more or volunteer with Friday distributions, contact Kathy Ford at kathyford03@yahoo.com. Click to learn more about the First Church Backpack Ministry.

Small Groups

Mission and Outreach is meant to be integrated into the life of faith.  Thus many small groups which meet for other reasons organically find themselves reaching out in mission.  Many fellowship and study groups such as Sunday School, United Methodist Men, United Methodist Women, and MOM’s Group do regular mission projects as a part of their ongoing work.