Please see our Loving Our Neighbor brochure for complete details on all of our missions/outreach opportunities.

Click here for our October-December Missions Newsletter

Click here for our September-October Missions Newsletter

Click here for our June 2016 Missions Newsletter

One + One

"The community should be a better place because First Rowlett is in it!" is part of the vision of our church.

Our Bishop Mike McKee has challenged each congregation in the conference to have at least 10% of our worshiping congregation involved in a tutoring/mentoring relationship with a local school. We actually serve all the schools in Rowlett in various ways, but this year we are joining with UMC churches across the conference by working in partnership with Rowlett Elementary and Stephens Elementary.

Each volunteer will spend one hour a week at the school reading with children, tutoring, and mentoring, building relationships with children and with the school. We are seeking a minimum of 55 volunteers to spend only one hour each week as the hands and feet and smile of Christ!


Please contact Nancy Bowdre at or Rev. Dretha at  if God is leading you to make a difference in the lives of our community's children!

For more information, check out this video about One + One:

For the Volunteer Application, click here.

For the Background Check Form, click here.

First Rowlett Care Team

Welcome fellow travelers on this journey in our church. We are seeking people to join the First Rowlett Care Team who have time, interest, and the ability to become trained lay pastoral care givers. The team will brighten the lives of those who are shut-ins, in retirement centers/nursing homes, hospitalized, rehab centers, in homes and with those who have experienced a death in the family. From Jesus’ own words we hear in Matthew 25:36 -… I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.'

Our Life Groups provide great care for their members, but we also have people who are not part of a Life Group and who need pastoral care. Prayerfully consider whether God is calling you to serve on this team. The prison in which people may find themselves may be circumstance and not metal bars. Watch for the date of an informational meeting soon! The church is called to help those who need a kind smile, a gentle word, an open heart.We are the body. You contain the key that may set them free.

Jesus told us to GO. If you are willing to GO, to serve, please contact: Darrell Ortiz Let’s get our hands and feet moving!

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Our church has supported ZOE ministries for the past 3 years, and we have committed to support them again for another 3.

ZOE is a three-year program that empowers orphans and vulnerable children around the world to overcome poverty and become fully self-reliant. Active in Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Liberia, Guatemala and India, ZOE has nearly 28,000 children currently enrolled. ZOE’s unique approach to empowerment is:


ZOE employs all indigenous staff to implement the program in each country. Children work with supportive staff that speak their language, understand their culture, and know their community.


ZOE seeks to address all the issues that hold children in poverty, often simultaneously. First, children are also connected to one another in supportive working groups with 60-80 members. Then, through training in business and financial management, agriculture, disease prevention, child rights, and other essential life skills, ZOE ensures that these children have a strong foundation on which to build their new life. ZOE also shares the good news of God’s love, and connects children with their local church to allow them to grow in their faith. Finally, ZOE provides orphans with micro-grants as well as other resources such as seeds and tools, enabling them to start small businesses that grow and thrive.


Through ZOE, children take the lead in their own journey out of poverty. First, ZOE helps children articulate their dream for a better life. Then, ZOE empowers them to set and achieve the goals that will make their dreams come true. Children make their own decisions and then ZOE, the staff, the community, and their adult mentor, support them in building a better life.

To read Delphine's story, click here.

To view the 2014-2016 Cumulative Report with more information on the kids we are helping, click here.

You can learn more about ZOE by visiting

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First Rowlett, engaged in missions in the local community and beyond, seeks to share Christ's love with others in meaningful ways.

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Hope in Hands Food Pantry

Don't forget your Communion Sunday food donations (first Sunday of the month). Here is the list for the remainder of the year. You can bring these items any time of the month and place on the shelves behind the curtains in the Narthex. All other non-perishable items will still be graciously accepted.

January-Peanut Butter & Jelly

February -Cereal

March -Canned Meat

April -Soup & Crackers

May -Pasta & Spaghetti Sauce

June -Boxed Dinners (Hamburger Helper)

July -Peanut Butter & Jelly

August -Cereal

September -Canned Meat

October -Soup & Crackers

November -Pasta & Spaghetti Sauce

December -Boxed Dinners (Hamburger Helper)

THANK YOU for your faithful support of the food pantry!