ROBC NEWSLETTER - January 14, 2021

THIS WEEK'S ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • ROBC to have Virtual Worship Only - Sunday, January 17th - Facebook & YouTube Livestream ONLY
  • This Sunday's Sermon: "Our Father"  
  • CCSC Monthly Volunteer Opportunities 
  • ROBC Quarterly Business Meeting - Sunday, January 24th 
  • 2021 ROBC Commitment Cards
  • Prayer Ministry - Virtual 
  • Church Staff Contacts
 
ROBC to Virtual Worship Only - January 17th

The ROBC deacons and staff met on the evening of Tuesday, January 5th, and after looking at the current COVID-19 data for the greater Houston area, made the decision to pause in-person worship for Sunday, January 10th and January 17th.  While the hybrid model of in-person and virtual worship that ROBC has been using for October, November and December have proven to be effective and safe, the surge in cases in our area, in the opinion of our church leadership, cause us to temporarily return to the online-only option for worship for the next two Sundays.

The deacons and staff will meet again on Tuesday, January 19th to re-evaluate after giving a few weeks for the holiday COVID-19 cases to be reported.

We encourage you to be safe, wear a face covering and continue to socially distance as you can in the coming days. If we all work together and as the vaccines begin to become more available to all of us, hopefully we will see a decline in the COVID-19 rates in Houston in the coming days.

Happy New Year to you all!

 
This Sunday's Sermon: "Our Father"

Sunday, January 17, 10:00 AM
Facebook & YouTube ONLY

New Series:  “The Lord’s Prayer: How to Pray Like Jesus”

"Our Father"
(
First in a Series on the Lord’s Prayer)

Matthew 6:9-13

This sermon will discuss the traditional use of the name "Father" for God and how privileged we are to, in turn, be His children.

Join the ROBC Family for our Worship Service on Sunday, January 17th at 10:00 AM for ONLINE WORSHIP on the ROBC Facebook page: 
Click Here for Online Worship on Facebook 

Click here for the Worship Guide

(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.

 
CCSC Volunteer Opportunities

  

 Click here for more info: https://www.ccschouston.org/covid-19/

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

Saturday in 2021 from 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM

January 16, February 13, March 13, April 17, May 15, June 19,
July 24, August 21, September 25, October 23, November 20

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.

 
ROBC Quarterly Business Meeting on Sunday, January 24th

The first ROBC quarterly business meeting will be held on Sunday, January 24th.  It has not been determined whether we will meet in person and virtually, or virtually only.  The Diaconate will discuss and make a decision at their next meeting, Tuesday, January 19th.  Watch your email next week for details about how to “attend” the meeting, as well as the agenda, appropriate reports and ballot for your review and use. 

 
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:

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                                             
Stewardship/Finance Leadership Team

Dr. Brian C. Brewer
Interim Pastor

 
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.

 
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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