This Sunday's Sermon

Sunday, August 8, 10:00 AM
Speaker: Dr. Ben Blackwell

Sanctuary (In-Person); Facebook & YouTube (Online) 

Searching for the Center: “The Kingdom and the Spirit”
Acts 1:1-8

ROBC welcomes Dr. Ben Blackwell to the pulpit this Sunday, August 8th. Dr. Ben Blackwell is Associate Professor of Early Christianity at Houston Baptist University. He’s been married to Heather for 23 years, and they have two boys—Elam is a senior at Northwestern University, and Silas is a senior at Kempner High School. They came to the Houston area after living in Durham, England for five years. While in the UK Ben had the opportunity to work for several years with the respected New Testament scholar N.T. Wright at Durham University. Before going to the UK, he served for seven years with an international consulting firm where he worked with retirement plans and executive compensation. Ben has published several books related to the New Testament and theology. He values engaging students in and out of the classroom and supporting churches through preaching and teaching.

Join the ROBC Family for our Worship Service on Sunday, August 8th at 10:00 AM for IN-PERSON and 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.


Reconciliation work with Dr. Matt Cook

Following the recommendation of the Diaconate and with approval from the July 18th Church vote, ROBC has engaged Dr. Matt Cook of Center for Healthy Churches to facilitate our congregational work toward better communication and trust.

The Reconciliation Committee - Patty Legler, Mike Poe, Carolyn McConathy, Brandt Liebe and Jeanie Arnold met with Dr. Cook on Monday, July 26th.  The group began working on general outlines, calendaring and timelines.  The committee will only make process recommendations to the Diaconate for their potential implementation.  Updates will be provided to congregation after each meeting, but Diaconate will be responsible for communicating any planned congregational work.


Update on ROBC and COVID-19 Guidelines

The news this week that the CDC is again recommending the wearing of mask indoors for all vaccinated and unvaccinated adults and children was not the news any of us expected or were happy to receive.  The medical and scientific leaders in our country are again raising concerns over the increase of COVID cases, especially the impact of the Delta variant.  In a meeting this week of ROBS Administration and medical professionals who have a connection to ROBS,  recommendations were discussed for keeping people in churches and schools safe.  These are doctors who are seeing COVID patients daily, as there has been an increase in positive COVID cases, especially the Delta variant, recently.

ROBC Deacons have voted to make the following revisions to the ROBC COVID-19 Guidelines:

  1. All adults and children (vaccinated and unvaccinated) are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering at all times while on campus, including during corporate worship and Bible study.  This request is made out of concern and care of others who are around each of us.
  2. We encourage everyone to make every effort to maintain social distancing when they are here for worship and Bible study.  The ropes have been placed back in the sanctuary pews to guide people to leave spaces around where they are sitting.

These are the only two recommendations at this time that we are asking people to follow.  We have already had one case of the Delta variant at ROBC to someone who was fully vaccinated and was in attendance without a mask before they knew they were infected.  Our sole goal is to keep everyone as safe as possible.

We realize that no one is excited for the return of  wearing masks.  Hopefully in a few weeks this surge will pass, and we can once again enjoy the smiles and unmuffled words of encouragement we all receive when we walk into ROBC.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. ~ John 13:34


In-Person Bible Study Rooms

We have resumed Bible Study for all ages (pre-school through adults) on the ROBC campus.  In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, room assignments will be different than they were pre-COVID.

Here are the locations for Bible Study Classes:



Children’s Church (K thru 4th)


Preschool Worship (3’s - 5’s)

Fellowship Hall C

Babies (Nursery)




3’s thru 5 yrs. old


K thru 2nd


3rd – 6th


Youth (7th-12th)

Youth Room (Commons)


Fellowship Hall A&B




Commons Dining Room (CDR)


Church Library

Just as in worship, we are encouraging everyone in Bible Study to wear a face covering and to continue to practice social distancing.

We are very excited to resue Bible Study and to move one step closer to a sense of normalcy!




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