ROBC NEWSLETTER - October 22, 2020

THIS WEEK'S ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • ROBC In-Person Worship Has Been a Success - Your help is needed!
  • ROBC Open for In-Person Worship
  • This Sunday's Sermon: "Without a Doubt" 
  • ROBC Deacon Nomination 2021
  • Children's Ministry Fall Celebration - Special Gift
  • CCSC Donations Needed
  • Prayer Ministry - Virtual 
  • The Gathering is Back! 
  • Thursday Morning Bible Study - Virtual
  • Church Staff Contacts
 
ROBC In-Person Worship Has Been a Success – Your help is needed!

Thank you to each and every person who has worked so hard to help us have a successful and safe worship experience these first two Sundays.  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

- Greg

Click here for Safety Guidelines & Practices.

 
ROBC Open for In-Person Worship at 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! 

You will find the safety guidelines and practices document below which outlines what we are doing to keep you safe as we gather together for worship. 

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. 

Click here for Safety Guidelines & Practices.

The worship service will continue to be Livestreamed on Facebook for those who choose to wait to attend in person until a later date. 

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.

 
This Sunday's Sermon: "Without a Doubt"

Sunday, October 25, 10:00 AM
In-person (Sanctuary) and Online (Facebook Livestream)

"Without a Doubt"

Acts 16:25-30; Ephesians 2:8-10

As we observe the annual celebration of what Protestants stand for (salvation by grace alone and a rejection of works-righteousness), I will tell the story of why the Reformation was started and how the 16th-century reformer's eyes were opened to Paul’s message of salvation by God’s grace alone – that there is nothing we can do to contribute to our salvation except to believe in God’s promise!
 
Join the ROBC Family for our Worship Service on Sunday, October 25th at 10:00 AM for either in-person or online worship. 

Click here for the Worship Guide.

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:

Click here for Ages 3-6 Worksheet 1 Color.pdf.
Click here for Ages 3-6 Worksheet 2 Color.pdf.
Click here for Ages 7+ Worksheet Color.pdf.

 
ROBC Deacon Nomination 2021

River Oaks Baptist Church members may nominate up to four people to serve a four-year term (2021 - 2024) on the Diaconate.  Nominations will be  accepted through Sunday, Nov 8, 2020.

A list of the church’s expectations of a Deacon is outlined with the printable nomination form below.

Click here for the Deacon Nomination Form.

Please place your nominations in the offering boxes as you leave worship on Sunday morning, or return them to the church office.

The following people will be rotating off of the Diaconate this year, and according to the ROBC constitution, are not eligible for re-election for one year:

Joyce Ahearn             Sylvia Drake
Sarah Bell                 Carolyn McConathy

In addition to the above deacons, the following are currently serving on the Diaconate, and therefore should not be nominated:

Jerrod Bain                   Sharon Mattox
Jason Dunahoe             Will Oates
Jacques Hodges            Keith Reynolds
Patty Legler                  Mitch Williamson
Brandt Leibe                 Fred Wilson
Jennifer Martinez

 
Children's Ministry Fall Celebration - Special Gift

A Special Fall Celebration Gift for all our Children from ROBC Children’s Ministry

This Sunday in worship we will have a special gift for each of our children which will include not only treats, but also some helpful encouragement and teaching for our children about how we can place our trust in God and not have fear of the world around us. We want every child associated with ROBC to receive this special gift, which will be distributed in three ways: 

  1. You may pick up a bag at the conclusion of worship as you exit the building on Sunday, October 25th.
  2. You may drop by the ROBC offices next week (Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday) and pick up a gift bag, or
  3. We will deliver a bag to any child on the ROBC Sunday School roll who has not picked up a bag before Wednesday, October 28th.

To help us make sure we do not miss anyone, please be sure to sign the list on the table in the foyer when you pick up your bag.

Lord God, You are the real treat! 

Nothing we can pass on to children is more precious than the knowledge that

  • they are loved by You. 
  • they can be forgiven by You.
  • You always hear and answer their prayers.
  • in You they no longer need to fear the passing of time or even death.

 We ask You to use this little gift to teach our love for them, but more important, Your love for them.

In Your powerful name, Jesus.
Amen 

A special THANK YOU to Linda Page and Amy Lee for their work on this project. 

 
CCSC Donations Needed

 

CCSC Donations -  Urgent request!  Many Houstonians are unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are having a very difficult time feeding their families.  We are asking for donations of non-perishable food and other items to be donated to the CCSC Food Pantry.

Donations may be brought to the church office, or we will come by your home to pick them up.  Just let us know when and where by calling (713) 622-0570 or emailing cpemble@robc.org.  The ROBC team next opportunity to volunteer at the CCSC Food Pantry is Saturday, October 31st.

Following is a list of items needed to fill the food pantry:
-Dry cereal
-Peanut butter
-Canned soups with meat
-Pasta
-Dry Beans
-Rice
-Canned tuna 
-Canned vegetables
-Canned fruit
-Toilet paper
-Bars of bath soap

DONATE MONEY
If preferred, your financial contributions will also be well used. Take a moment to donate funds through CCSC’s secure website: ccschouston.org (click on the “I Want to Donate” button) or checks may be mailed to CCSC, PO Box 27924, Houston, TX 77227.

For additional details, please call 713-961-3993 or visit ccschouston.org.

 
Prayer Ministry - Virtual

 for Prayer

We want you to know that the ROBC "A Heart For Prayer" group continues to pray.  We seek to continue receiving prayer requests, praises and updates from previous prayer requests.  These should be emailed to cpemble@robc.org

The group is now gathering via Zoom on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 AM and Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM.  This is another wonderful way we can stay connected during this strange time.

As always, anyone is very welcome to join in this sweet time of prayer.  If you'd like to participate, please email Joe Poff at joe.poff@bakerbotts.com for each meeting's special login info.

 
THE GATHERING IS BACK!

The Gathering is back!  Live and in-person!  Please join us on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in the Youth Room!  Masks will be required for entry and food will be provided as well! 

“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 - Virtual

Thursday Morning Bible Study is back!

The Beloved Community:  Vibrant Faith in a Fragmented World

Meeting by Zoom:  November 5th & 19th
                                 December 3rd
                     Time:  9:20-10:30 AM   

This fall, we will be completing the material that was interrupted back in March.  All women are welcome, whether you have been a part of this Bible study in the past or not. 

If you are interested in being added to our list, please contact Jeanie Miley at jeaniemiley19@aol.com.
We will follow up with the Zoom information you will need. 

 
Church Staff Contacts

Please know the staff of ROBC is praying for you and if we can do anything to help during these unsettling days, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dr. Brian Brewer
Interim Pastor
Brian_Brewer@baylor.edu

Gregory M. Stahl
Associate Pastor for Worship and Music
gstahl@robc.org
281-794-8098 (cell)

Christian Johns
Youth Minister
cjohns@robc.org
409-457-8537 (cell)


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2300 Willowick Rd.
Houston, Texas 77027
(713) 622-0570
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