This Sunday's Sermon
Sunday, November 29, 10:00 AM
In-person (Sanctuary) and Online (Facebook Livestream)
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT - HOPE
Mark 13:32-37; Acts 1:6-11
Advent contains a double meaning. On the one hand, it looks back to what it was like for the Israelites and their descendants, the Jews, who anticipated the coming Messiah. And yet, it also parallels to the Christian expectation of Christ’s return. But the message for one is the the message still for the other: Look alive, keep alert, be responsible all the time, keeping your eye out for the Lord, who is coming to his people.
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:
Important Update on ROBC and COVID-19
On Tuesday night November 17th ROBC deacons and the church staff including Interim Pastor Brian Brewer discussed the rising COVID-19 cases in the Houston area and the potential need to readdress the gathering in-person option for worship here at ROBC. After lengthy dialogue from all in attendance via a Zoom conference call, the diaconate made to continue to open the sanctuary for socially distanced participation in worship, as well as to continue to offer the online Facebook viewing option.
Additional COVID-19 precautions that were discussed and set in place by the ROBC deacons are as follows:
- Deacons and staff to meet weekly to assess the current COVID-19 threat level in the community and make recommendations on worship attendance based on the most current information available.
- To again emphasize and continue to highlight the importance of following the safety protocols an adopted by ROBC.
Click here for Safety Guidelines & Practices.
- To develop ROBC version of common screening questions and ask those attending worship to affirm their current health status before entering worship
- To develop a way to record the identity of those attending worship should a need arise to do contact tracing due to someone in worship being found to be COVID-19 positive.
- To affirm the importance of the use of ushers to manage and monitor attendance and seating
Thank you to all who came out to help decorate the Sanctuary!
We want to recognize the following helpers: Sarah Bell, Shirley & Steve Crawford, Sylvia Drake, Jonathan Lee, Joshua Lee, Cheyanne Leibe, Janet Norton, Jenny Oates, Sondra Williamson, Stephanie Wilson, and the entire ABM Crew.
It definitely looks like Christmas at ROBC!
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: email@example.com
- 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
Church Office Closed -Thanksgiving Holiday
Our church offices will be closed Thursday, November 26th & Friday, November 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. For emergencies please call
(281)794-8098 to reach a ROBC Staff member.
CCSC Jingle Bell Express Donations
ROBC once again is supporting the CCSC Christmas ministry, Jingle Bell Express, providing toys and gifts for children in the Houston area. Not surprisingly, this year is a little different than in the past, and there are a few options in which to donate to this worthwhile ministry:
- The Christmas tree in the foyer is decorated with tags indicating gender and ages of children with suggestions for gifts. Select a tag from the tree, buy the requested item(s) and return the unwrapped gifts to the ROBC foyer by Sunday, December 5th.
- Go to the Amazon Jingle Bell Express Wish List to order any of the suggested items for shipment to CCSC.
Click here for the Amazon link
- Donate money directly to CCSC and indicate “Jingle Bell Express” on the notation line of your check.
For more information, you may pick up a Jingle Bell Express Information Sheet in the foyer on Sunday morning, or contact ROBC member Sarah Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jingle Bell Express - Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to make JBE happen! CCSC has designed a SAFE “drive-thru” approach to Jingle Bell Express ensuring that families in need receive help this Christmas. A limited number of volunteer openings, to make this a safe event for all, are available December 8th – 12th.
ALL volunteers must be at least 14 years old and register in advance through this sign-up link: Click on this SIGN UP link
Sign up ONLY if you can participate in the entire volunteer shift
Outdoor volunteers are needed, including Spanish speakers (please dress appropriately for weather). Some indoor/outdoor volunteer positions require light lifting. All volunteers will undergo an on-site health screening upon check-in at Jingle Bell Express.
Poinsettias for Advent
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 be a part of 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 and attaching your check for the appropriate amount.
The cost is $15 each, and the poinsettias will be available for you to take home following the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.
Please include your payment with the order form. The deadline for orders is Monday, December 6th.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Thanksgiving may not even be here yet, but in the ROBC office, we’re talking about Christmas! Plans are being made now to celebrate the Christ Child on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th. Weather permitting, our Candlelight Christmas Eve service will be held outdoors. Mark your calendars now for early evening at ROBC, and watch the church newsletter and worship guide for more details to follow.
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!