ROBC NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 20, 2019

THIS WEEK'S ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • This Sunday’s Sermon
  • ROBC Congregational Survey
  • Children's Ministry Parents Meeting
  • 2019 Children's Christmas Choir
  • Download the ROBC App
  • International Neighbors
  • The Gathering: Youth Wednesday Nights
  • Sanctuary Choir - Christmas Music Rehearsals
  • Thursday Morning Women's Bible Study
  • CCSC At-A-Glance
  • Sanctuary Flowers
 
This Sunday’s Sermon

Sunday, October 20

“No More Keeping Score”
Matthew 18:21-35 

Jesus tells the parable of the servant in debt to his master whose debts are forgiven. Yet, later the servant condemns those who owe him money.  The servant errs by "keeping score."  We too keep score, when God keeps no ledger through his grace. If God has no room for score-keeping in forgiving us, we need to learn to forgive others in the same spirit.

 
ROBC Congregational Survey

Dear ROBC Members,

Please stop by the Church office any time between now and November 1st to pick up a ROBC Congregational Survey. Copies will also be available in the foyer on Sundays.  Click here if you would prefer to complete the survey online.

This important document is your first chance to make your views known and your voice heard in the transition and pastor search process. The first part of the survey invites you to share your views and opinions about the current state of our church. The second part of the survey is your chance to express your views to the Pastor Search Committee about what you would like to see in the next Senior Pastor. This second part will be particularly helpful to the Search Committee as it works to develop both a formal job description and when it begins the process of evaluating candidates for the Senior Pastor position. The third part simply asks you to provide some information about yourself (not your name though) so we can better understand and evaluate the views of different groups in our church.

While it may seem like a long document, the Diaconate did its best to ask about only those things that we felt were important to the transition and search process. Please take your time in answering the questions and feel free to reach out to any of the Deacons if you have any concerns or confusion about any of the questions on the survey. However, if you are uncomfortable answering any of the questions, either because you don’t have an opinion or you don’t quite understand the question, please do not feel like you must answer every question. Even a partially completed survey is valuable to us in our transition process.

Again, this is an extremely important step in our transition and pastor search process. Without the robust participation of as many members as possible, it will be very difficult for the Pastor Search Committee to know what type of person will be the best fit as our next Senior Pastor.

Please try to complete the survey and return it to the Church office no later than November 3rd.

Thank you in advance both for sharing your views with the Diaconate and helping the Pastor Search Committee accomplish its important task.

Jason Dunahoe
Chair of the Diaconate

 
Children's Ministry Parents Meeting

Sunday, October 27
Commons Dining Room 12 Noon - 1:15 p.m.

The will be a parents meeting next Sunday, October 27th immediately following Bible Study in the Commons Dining room from until 1:15 p.m.  There will be food and childcare provided, so please let Christian know if you and your children will be attending.  

 
2019 Children's Christmas Choir

    

                          Ages:   4 years old – 3rd Grade
      Rehearsal Dates:   Sundays, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, & Dec. 1
Choir Performance:   Sunday, December 8th

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year:  Christmas!  Come celebrate by having your little one, 4 years old – 3rd grade, sing some beautiful Christmas songs to our loving Lord and Savior, Jesus!

Click here for Children's Christmas Choir Flyer and Registration Form.

 
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. 


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


ROBC Choir - Christmas Music Rehearsals

Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Choir Room (CH125)

The Sanctuary Choir will be presenting Handel's Messiah for Christmas this year.  If you love to sing, hum or whistle, consider joining the Sanctuary Choir. We've already started rehearsals on this great work, but it's not too late for you to get in on the fun!  Join us on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., make some new friends, and have a great time! 


Thursday Morning Women's Bible Study

Thursday, Fall: October 3 - December 5,
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.


Monthly Mission Opportunity

 

CCSC's Southwest Emergency Services
St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Gethsemane Campus
6856 Bellaire Boulevard  Houston, TX 77074 

Saturday, October 26
8:45 a.n. - 12:00 Noon

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 czarena.siebert@hpe.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.


CCSC At-A-Glance 2019


Are you curious about CCSC… who they are and what they do?  The mission of the Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) is to serve poor, hungry, disabled, and otherwise needy persons and families, while respecting their religious, ethnic or cultural differences.  CCSC was created out of faith and founded in the belief that we are called to help all God’s children heart to heart and hand in hand. CCSC currently offers services through the following outreach programs:  Emergency Services,JobNet, Martha’s Way, Jingle Bell Express, the Back to School Program, and the Louise J. Moran Vision Care Program.

For more information on CCSC’s services, opportunities to volunteer, and announcements click here to view the flyer.


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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