ROBC NEWSLETTER - DECEMBER 8, 2019

THIS WEEK'S ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • This Sunday’s Sermon
  • Advent: Faces Around the Manger
  • Children's Choir Christmas Program & Party
  • CCSC Jingle Bell Express 2019
  • Youth Mission Project: "Holy Presents" Shoe Box Project
  • Finance Committee Meeting
  • ROBC Sanctuary Choir Presents: Handel's Messiah
  • Live Nativity
  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

ONGOING MINISTRIES:

  • Pastor Search Informational Meeting
  • Download the ROBC App 
  • International Neighbors
  • A Heart for Prayer - ROBC Prayer Ministry
  • The Gathering: Youth Wednesday Nights
  • Thursday Morning Women's Bible Study 
  • Sanctuary Flowers
 
This Sunday’s Sermon

Sunday, December 8

“Not an Ordinary Joe”

Matthew 1:18-25

Joseph was, naturally, angry upon hearing the news of his fiancée’s pregnancy.  He nevertheless was challenged to keep the engagement and witness God's miraculous work in their lives.

 
Advent : Faces Around the Manger

Sunday, December 1-29, 10:00 a.m.
Sanctuary

Join us as Dr. Brewer shares the Advent season with us this month. 

 
Children's Christmas Concert & Party

Sunday, December 8, 10:00 a.m.
Sanctuary

This Sunday, December 8th is our Children’s Choir Performance during Worship at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.  Parents, please have your child(ren) at church for a quick rehearsal at 9:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary with Greg Stahl, our Associate Pastor of Music & Worship.  We would like to encourage everyone to invite friends and family to come watch the children sing this Sunday!  After rehearsal, the children will go and sit with their parents before Worship starts.  When it is time for the kids to perform, they will come up to the front of the Sanctuary to sing.

The Children's Christmas Party is THIS Sunday, December 8th!  Our focus will be The Gift of Christmas and viewing God's gift through the eyes of the shepherds, angels, wise men, innkeeper and all of God's people. 

The party will take place during Children's Church (after the Children's Choir has performed) and Sunday School, and the children will be led out as a group to the Commons Area for the party.   We are excited for what we have planned for the children.

 
CCSC Jingle Bell Express

Sunday, November 17 - December 8
Sanctuary Foyer

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.

Click here for more info.

 
Youth Mission Project: "Holy Presents" Shoe Boxes

        

Sunday, November 24 - December 8

ROBC is partnering with Valley Baptist Mission Education Center and Cone Oasis Baptist Encampment to share small gifts consisting of a plastic shoe box filled with a Bible, books, toys and other small items, such as toiletries, socks, treats, etc.  ROBC members can support the youth mission project by picking up a shoe box from the sanctuary foyer this Sunday, November 24th, and then filling and returning completed boxes to the ROBC foyer by December 8th.

Click here for "Holy Presents" ideas for Christmas shoeboxes.

 
Finance Committee Meeting

Monday, December 9, 6:30 p.m.
CH131

The Finance Committee meeeting occurs on the 2nd Monday of each month.

 
ROBC Sanctuary Choir Presents: Handel's Messiah

Sunday, December 15, 10:00 a.m.
Sanctuary 

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.

 
Live Nativity
 
 
Sunday, December 22
Sanctuary
 
Come join us as our children take part in our live nativity during worship on Sunday, December 22! This special presentation will give the kids an interactive experience with the story of Christmas. 
 
 
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Tuesday, December 24, 6:00 p.m.
Sanctuary

Come join us for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service in the Sanctuary on Tuesday, December 24th at 6:00 p.m.  As we prepare our hearts for the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, we will engage in worship, communion, and a special candle lighting presentation.  Childcare will be available.

 
Pastor Search Informational Meeting

Sunday, November 24 & January 5, 12:00 Noon
Sanctuary 

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.


Prayerfully,

Joe Poff, Chair of Personnel Committee
Jason Dunahoe, Chair of Diaconate

Click here to view documents.


Download the ROBC App

Did you know ROBC has an app?  We do, and it is a great tool for staying connected to ROBC during the week!  You’ll find a calendar of church activities, audio files of sermons, prayer request forms, online giving, and much more!  You can download the app by scanning this code with the camera on your smart phone.  You will be directed to your phone's "App Store" and can download the ROBC app from there.


International Neighbors

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Come and build your conversational English skills with ladies from many countries.  The class, facilitated by Sharon Maddox, is FREE and open to the community. 


A Heart for Prayer - ROBC Prayer Ministry

 for Prayer

Wednesday, Small Chapel, 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, Fellowship Hall C, 9:30 a.m.

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 on Sunday mornings in the Men's Bible Study Room (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! 


The Gathering: Youth Wednesday Nights

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Youth Room (Commons)

The ROBC Youth group, now known as “The Gathering” meets, or gathers together regularly at least two times a week. On Sunday mornings we walk through different books of the bible together in a group bible study.  On Wednesdays, we gather together and have a good time.  We play some games, eat some food, and learn how to grow in our faith and apply it to our daily lives! 

Our goal here at The Gathering is to spread God’s love to all people, at all times!  We like to have fun in everything we do, but never lose sight of the Gospel and what it means to our lives!  I hope you come visit and check out why we are gathering together!

“And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.”
Hebrews 10:24-25


Thursday Morning Women's Bible Study

Thursday, Spring: January 16 - May 7, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Commons Dining Room 

The Beloved Community:  Vibrant Faith in a Fragmented World

This year's Thursday Morning Bible Study will draw on Jesus' teaching in the Sermon on the Mount and the teaching of Paul to discover and apply Biblical truths to strengthen our faith. Our study will encourage faith in our families as well as in the family of faith.  You will be welcome! 

The class is facilitated by Jeanie Miley.


Sanctuary Flowers for Sunday Worship Service

If you would like to donate flowers for the worship service for any Sunday for a special occasion or in honor or memory of a loved one, there are many dates available this fall.  The cost of the fresh flowers used on the Lord’s Supper Table is a minimum of $75 per Sunday.  If you are interested, please contact the church office at 713-622-0570 or email the office at cpemble@robc.org


SEE MORE ABOUT UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROBC.ORG/EVENTS

 

River Oaks Baptist Church
2300 Willowick Rd.
Houston, Texas 77027
(713) 622-0570
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