Next Sunday's Sermon
Sunday, November 24, 10:00 a.m.
I Thessalonians 5:16-23
Paul says in I Thessalonians to “give thanks in everything.” And we wonder: “in everything”!?!? What about sickness, tragedy, hardship . . . are those things in which we are supposed to give thanks? ! We will explore just how far God wants us to give thanks to Him.
2020 Commitment Cards
Sunday, November 17 - December 1
As an outpost of the Kingdom of God, River Oaks Baptist Church carries out work of eternal significance. Embarking on our 70th year, we have an opportunity for great growth in ministry and mission. As we anticipate the hiring of a new senior pastor and children's minister in the coming year, as well as the continued work and witness of our worship, discipleship and mission, ROBC is well-positioned to see its congregation grow and its contribution to God's mission flourish in the next chapter of our life together. Your giving in faith is vital to this endeavor. As you fill out your commitment card for the coming year, please do so thoughtfully and prayerfully. Consider how much you can live on and leave the rest as an advance to God's mission in the world, letting yourself be liberated by the freedom that comes from giving from the heart. With all the bountiful blessings God has bestowed on us, it is only right that we look past simply sustaining our current ministry toward increasing our work in God's Kingdom here in this place.
We ask that you complete your financial estimate of giving for 2020 and return your commitment card during our in-gathering in worship on Sunday, November 17th. If you will be traveling this weekend or unable to attend worship this Sunday, please mail the card or drop it by the church office before December 1st. If you did not receive a card in the mail, please feel free to stop by the church office and pick one up.
Each and every one of us makes a difference. We look forward to seeing the manifestation of God's blessings in this sacred place because of how we each venture out in faith with our stewardship.
Pastor Search Informational Meeting
Sunday, November 24 & January 6, 12:00 Noon
Dear ROBC Members,
You may remember that in October 2018, the Church discussed in a special business meeting a proposal from the Personnel Committee to form a committee to conduct a search for and to recommend to the Church a new pastor. Following that discussion, the Church referred the proposal back to the Personnel Committee for further consideration of comments made during the discussion with a view toward developing a revised proposal. Having taken those comments into careful consideration, the Personnel Committee now desires to revise the prior proposal and to restate in its entirety an updated proposal to form a Pastor Search Committee. Please see the attached letter with details of a proposed timeline, as well as the revised proposal and a proposed charter for the Search Committee, are attached for your prayerful review and consideration.
We hope and pray that you will be in prayer about this process, including prayer for wisdom and discernment of the leadership of the Holy Spirit as we begin this significant undertaking. If you have any questions about the revised proposal and related drafts, please feel free to reach out to either of us.
Joe Poff, Chair of Personnel Committee
Jason Dunahoe, Chair of Diaconate
Sanctuary Christmas Decorations
Sunday, November 25 & 26, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Would you like to help decorate the ROBC Sanctuary for Christmas? The ROBC decorators will be here on Monday and Tuesday, November 25th and 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All decorations will be provided, but many hands are needed to help put them in place. Lunch will be served. Consider joining us for an hour or two or even all day! It will be tons of fun and will help put you into the Christmas Spirit!
Poinsettias for Advent
Sunday, Novemeber 10 - December 1
During the Advent Season, it is a tradition at ROBC to decorate the sanctuary with beautiful poinsettias from the Brookwood Community. If you would like to contribute to this wonderful tradition by donating a poinsettia in honor or in memory of a loved one, you may do so by completing the form below to place your order.
The cost is $12 each, and the poinsettias will be available for you to take home following the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. The order form will be included in this Sunday’s Worship Guide or you can print one from the link below. Please include your payment with the order form. Deadline for orders is December 1st.
ROBC, Sanctuary Choir - Presents Handel's Messiah
Sunday, December 15, 10:00 a.m.
Make plans now to join ROBC in worship on Sunday, December 15th at 10:00 a.m. when the ROBC Sanctuary Choir, Soloists and Orchestra will present Handel's Messiah.
CCSC Jingle Bell Express 2019
Sunday, November 17 - December 8
Once again, ROBC is supporting the CCSC Christmas ministry, Jingle Bell Express, which provides toys and gifts for children here in our Houston area. Beginning, Nov 17th, the Christmas tree in the sanctuary foyer will be decorated with tags indicating gender and ages of children with a suggestion for gifts. You may participate in this ministry by selecting a tag from the tree, purchasing the requested item(s) and returning them to the ROBC foyer by December 8th. For additional information, contact the church office or Sarah Bell.
ROBC Family Chrismons
ROBC has a long-standing tradition of decorating the Christmas trees in the Sanctuary with a counted cross-stitched Chrismon representing each church member family. If you are a new member of ROBC this year, or if you and your family have not counted cross-stitched a Chrismon in the past, please pick up a kit in the foyer, which includes instructions and materials. It is an easy project and can be completed in a short time. We would love to have a Chrismon hanging on the tree for every ROBC family.
ROBC Church Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Day (11/28th & 29th)
Our church offices will be closed Thursday & Friday, November 28th & 29th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. For emergencies please call (281) 794-8098 to reach a ROBC Staff member.
See you next Sunday!
ROBC Prayer Ministry
If you sense the Holy Spirit leading you to broaden your prayer life, we hope you will become a part of the ROBC Prayer Ministry. The Living God is calling His people, called by His name, to intercede for the needs of His world. The group will be praying for our church, its members, and our contemporary "Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and even to the remotest part of the Earth." Acts 1:8
We meet weekly in the Chapel on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 AM. This is super casual. Come in workout clothes or on your way to work. If you can only be there for a bit, no problem. Just come and go as you can.
We also meet weekly in the Men's Bible Study (Fellowship Hall C) at 9:30 AM, prior to Sunday 10:00 AM Worship.
We are incredibly excited about strengthening the prayer ministry in the life of our church. We hope you will join us during one or both of these dates!
Monthly Mission Opportunity
CCSC's Southwest Emergency Services
(food pantry services)
St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Gethsemane Campus
6856 Bellaire Boulevard Houston, TX 77074
Saturdays in 2019 from 8:45AM - 12:00PM
September 28, October 26, November 23, December 28
River Oaks Baptist and St. Paul Presbyterian Churches are teaming up to serve in the food pantry. Southwest Emergency Services serves clients in crisis who live in zip codes 77031, 77036, 77072 and 77074 by providing a five day supply of food for people experiencing hunger or food insecurity. Clients can also be referred to other agencies for long-term assistance. The food pantry managers and dedicated volunteers come from local Christian churches in the area.
If you are interested in helping, please contact Czarena Siebert at email@example.com. She can give you the necessary training materials for the varous volunteer positions, or you may show up and shadow an ROBC volunteer. All are welcome, so bring a friend! This is also a fun and rewarding way for young people to earn community service hours.
The ROBC Church 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!