ROBC to Virtual Worship Only for Sundays January 10th and 17th
The ROBC deacons and staff met on the evening of Tuesday, January 5th, and after looking at the current COVID-19 data for the greater Houston area, made the decision to pause in-person worship for Sundays, January 10th and January 17th. While the hybrid model of in-person and virtual worship that ROBC has been using for October, November and December have proven to be effective and safe, the surge in cases in our area, in the opinion of our church leadership, cause us to temporarily return to the online only option for worship for the next two Sundays.
The deacons and staff will meet again on Tuesday, January 19th to re-evaluate after giving a few weeks for the holiday COVID-19 cases to be reported.
We encourage you to be safe, wear a face covering and continue to socially distance as you can in the coming days. If we all work together and as the vaccines begin to become more available to all of us, hopefully we will see a decline in the COVID-19 rates in Houston in the coming days.
Happy New Year to you all!
This Sunday's Sermon
Sunday, January 17, 10:00 AM
Facebook Livestream ONLY
New Series: “The Lord’s Prayer: How to Pray Like Jesus”
(First in a Series on the Lord’s Prayer)
This sermon will discuss the traditional use of the name “Father” for God and how privileged we are to, in turn, be His children.
Join the ROBC Family for our Worship Service on Sunday, January 17th at 10:00 AM for ONLINE WORSHIP on the ROBC Facebook page:
Click Here for Online Worship on Facebook
Click Here for Online Worship on YouTube
Please note: You DO NOT need a personal Facebook account to view the ROBC livestream services.
If you have children at home, feel free to print the age-appropriate Children’s Worship Guides for them to complete:
ROBC Quarterly Business Meeting on Sunday, January 24th
The first ROBC quarterly business meeting will be held on Sunday, January 24th. It has not been determined whether we will meet in person and virtually, or virtually only. The Diaconate will discuss and make a decision at their next meeting, Tuesday, January 19th. Watch your email next week for details about how to “attend” the meeting, as well as the agenda, appropriate reports and ballot for your review and use during the meeting.
2021 ROBC Commitment Cards
Dear Members and Friends of ROBC,
The spirit of thankfulness begins with humility and gratitude for all that God has given us. It’s easy to take blessings for granted and forget that all that we have is a gift of God, but even amidst the trials and tribulations of 2020, God has blessed our church and our congregation. In this season of thanksgiving, we are called as Christians to demonstrate our thankfulness by giving back.
As we enter the fall season and 2020 draws to a close, we can look forward to the blessings to come in 2021. Planning for the year ahead is a vital part of the continuing health of our church, and our many committees have already accomplished most of the necessary preparations, including next year’s budget. In order to fulfill the 2021 Ministry Budget recently approved by the congregation, ROBC needs your giving pledges for the coming year.
Due to the many considerations we have made for in-person and virtual worship, the Stewardship/Finance Leadership Team is implementing an electronic pledge card drive. A fillable form is included along with this letter that can be emailed back to the church, and a link to download the form will also be available in the weekly newsletter. If you prefer to pledge in the traditional way, printed pledge cards will be available in the Sanctuary for several Sunday worship services, and they can be mailed to you upon request. Printed pledge cards can be returned by US Mail for those more comfortable. However, the main focus of collection will be electronic.
Following are the options for making your 2021 Pledge:
- Receive email with virtual Pledge Card and return via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Print at home and mail or deliver to church in person Click here for the 2021 Fillable Pledge Card.pdf
- Receive printed pledge card in mail and return via US Mail
- Pick up printed pledge card at church and return in person the following Sunday
As you give this your prayerful consideration in the coming days, we invite you to join in the biblical, counter-cultural understanding of giving out of joy and freedom, as we humbly remember that all things come from God and that we depend upon Him—not ourselves—as our supply.
We look forward to God’s blessings at ROBC through the gifts we each bring in faith and stewardship. Each and every one of you makes a significant difference. So, please give in faith and joy remembering those melodic words “Because I have been given much, I too must give.”
Yours in Christ,
Mike Poe, Chair Dr. Brian C. Brewer
Stewardship/Finance Leadership Team Interim Pastor
ROBC In-Person Worship
Thank you to each and every person who has worked so hard to help us have a successful and safe worship experience during this time. From ushers and musicians, to church staff and the ROB maintenance staff, to most importantly the individuals who are attending, everyone is working together so that we can offer safe worship as a congregation in person. The first two weeks we had 44 and 47 people in attendance on campus as well as another significant group worshiping with us online. What a joy to see everyone again! No doubt we are still months away from being able to again worship in a more normal fashion but for now we are all thankful that for a time on Sunday morning when we can come together and worship with the restrictions we face during the pandemic.
With those words of thanks and encouragement, there are still some areas of our process we need to address as ways we can do better. First, every person who attends worship must wear a face covering for the entire time they are in the worship service and that face covering must cover both the mouth and nose area. Face coverings are our way of being caring and considerate of the others in worship. We know they are uncomfortable and hot. Please do not cause others to stay home from worship due to their concerns in this area. Second, please help the ushers and protect those around you by only sitting in the safe areas designated. Any place there is a green sign is a non-seating area.
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the House of the Lord. Psalm 122:1
ROBC Open for In-Person Worship, 10:00 AM
Our first Sunday for in-person worship last week was wonderful. We were so happy to see so many of you and are so thankful for all of you who were willing to serve in so many different ways to make it a success. We look forward to seeing you again!
The worship services will continue to be Livestreamed on Facebook for those who choose to wait to attend in person until a later date.
At this time, there will not be any small group Bible study on campus, but we are still encouraging Bible Study Classes to continue to meet via Zoom.
Going forward, we will continue to monitor the data as it relates to Covid-19 cases in our area. Should there be an increase in cases, we will adjust accordingly. Thank you for your patience as we work together to keep everyone protected and safe.
The ROBC CHURCH MOBILE APP
Why a Church App?
-Stay connected to ROBC during the week
- Reminders of special events
- Weather (Hurricanes, Ice, Storms)
- Important information needing to be shared ASAP
-Quick access to the church calendar
What is in the App?
-Calendar of church activities
-Push notifications or Text Messages
- Targeted groups
-Audio files of sermons
-Prayer request form
-Opportunity for online giving
-Many other features we may add in the future!
How do I get the App?
Go to your phone's app store and search for River Oaks Baptist Church
Or follow one of the following links:
iPhone App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/river-oaks-baptist-church/id1385757875
The app is FREE!