Announcements

 

February 6, 2019

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

Upcoming Children’s events:

Continuing Children’s events:

  • 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

Upcoming Student/Youth Ministry events:

  • Guatemala Student Mission Trip – be in prayer for these students and adults as they travel to Guatemala over spring break, beginning on March 17.

Continuing Student/Youth Ministry events:

  • 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!!! There are still openings for both Middle and High School camps. Register for this life-changing event here.

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

Continuing Adult events:

  • 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.

    New 6-week Sunday School Series: “Mark as a Story”
    On Sundays 1/13/19  through 2/17/2019, guest teacher Robin Levins will provide an in-depth look at the Gospel of Mark as told in its ‘story form.’  Emphasis will be on the devices, characters, exposition, and the narrative strictly from a Markan viewpoint. The class meets in Bldg 5, Room 148, at 9:40am on Sundays.  Contact Ted Keller at tedjeakelr@aol.com to request helpful reading materials which accompany this series.

    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, began January 13.  Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a controversial Rabbi by Amy-Jill Levine.  Jesus was a skilled storyteller and teacher who used parables from everyday life to share his message. The parables are meant to surprise, inspire, and even indict us, challenging us to see the world in a different way. In her book Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial RabbiJewish Rabbi Amy-Jill Levine takes us back in time to explore how the original Jewish audience understood these moving stories. She interprets them for the contemporary reader, showing how they are not just about Jesus, but are also about us — still challenging and provoking us two thousand years later. 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 January 9 at 9:30 am or 6:30 pm in Bldg. 5-232/234. New study: Jennifer Rothschild’s Psalm 23. Contact Janet Reynolds, jreygma@gmail.com or 512-255-7198. 
  • Women’s Tuesday Bible Study meets 9:30 am in Bldg. 5-122. New study began January 8: Beth Moore’s The Patriarchs.  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. Bring your lunch and join us!  For this month’s book and more information, contact Judy Hart, jchart1492@yahoo.com .

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 who 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 booking dates in 2019.  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 – 5 pm and on the job training.  Come join us.  Contact Wanell Soslow, wanell@fumc-rr.org or 512-255-3336.