This Sunday's Sermon - FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Sunday, November 28, 10:00 AM
Sanctuary (In-Person); Facebook & YouTube (Online) 

"The Prophet and the Prophetess"
Luke 2:21-40

Join the ROBC Family for our Worship Service on Sunday, November 28th 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.


Adult Bible Study Master Class led by Dr. Laufer

Interim Pastor, Dr. Steve Laufer, will be teaching The Image of God in the Book of Genesis during Bible Study (11:15 AM - 12:00 NOON) on Sunday mornings in The Commons beginning Sunday, November 28th


Allen Stowe in Concert - Sunday, Dec. 19th

ROBC’s own tremendously talented tenor, Allen Stowe, will be in concert on Sunday afternoon,  December 19th at 4:00 p.m. in the ROBC Sanctuary.  Allen has recently recorded two new recordings, Hymns and Sacred Songs, and Songs of Christmas Joy.  Both are available to purchase on ITunes and Amazon, and there will be CDs available to purchase at the concert.


ROBC Family Chrismons

ROBC Family Chrismons – ROBC has a longstanding tradition of decorating the Christmas trees in the Sanctuary with a cross-stitched Chrismon  representing each church memver family.  If you are a new member of ROBC this year, or if you and your family have not cross-stitched a Chrismon in the past, please pick up a Chrismon kit in the foyer as you leave this morning.  The kit includes instructions and all of the materials you will need, and is an easy project that can be completed in a short time.  We would love to have a Chrismon hanging on the tree for every ROBC family.


The Next ROBC Reconciliation Conversation - December 5th

Dear ROBC Family,

On December 5th, we will hold our third Reconciliation Conversation.  The goal of each of these conversations has been to help us learn how to communicate constructively with each other in the midst of our diversity of convictions. 

The first of these conversations led to the creation of a Communications Covenant, which is attached. This Covenant was recently approved by the Deacons, and you’ll have a chance to add your signature to that covenant on December 5th.  Our hope is that everyone in the congregation will sign it as an indication of our desire to demonstrate Christlike love in the ways we communicate. 

The second of our conversations was designed to give each of us a chance to tell our stories and also to listen to others do the same.  The goal was for us to understand each other and increase our ability to maintain unity amidst our diversity.

The third conversation will continue where we left off.  We will first take some time to give voice to what we hope happens next in our church.  Following that, we will introduce a survey that is designed to analyze the spectrum of convictions we hold as members and watchcare members of River Oaks Baptist Church. 

We will send the survey out at the conclusion of the third conversation, and we wanted you to know what the survey is and is not. 

  1. The survey is designed to give each member and watchcare member at ROBC the opportunity to share anonymously where he or she locates himself or herself on a spectrum of beliefs on issues that have been challenging for congregations such as ours.
  2. The survey is also designed to provide the whole congregation with greater awareness of that spectrum of beliefs. The results of the survey will be shared with the entire congregation—again without attaching members’ names to particular survey responses.  Our hope is that greater awareness of our diversity will better equip us to respond to each other with respect and understanding. 
  3. This survey is not designed to help us make any permanent decisions about controversial issues at ROBC or make binding decisions for our future.
  4. The survey is not intended to define our future Pastor or dictate a particular result or set of qualities that person must have. It will be a tool for a future Pastor Search Committee and may be shared with candidates to ensure our next Pastor will be a good fit for our congregation.

If you have any questions about the survey or the reconciliation process, we want to hear from you.  In the meantime, we hope you’ll join us on December 5th.  Please RSVP for lunch and childcare needs to Cheri Pemble at (713) 622-0570 or by Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

Click here for the ROBC Communication Covenant


The Reconciliation Team
Patty Legler, Jeanie Arnold, Mike Poe, Brandt Leibe & Carolyn McConathy


CCSC Jingle Bell Express

ROBC once again is supporting the CCSC Christmas ministry, Jingle Bell Express, providing toys and gifts for children in the Houston area.  Not surprisingly, this year is a little different than in the past, and there are a few options in which to donate to this worthwhile ministry:

  1. The Christmas tree in the foyer is decorated with tags indicating gender and ages of children with suggestions for gifts.  Select a tag from the tree, buy the requested item(s) and return the unwrapped gifts to the ROBC foyer by Sunday, November 28th.
  2. Go to the Amazon Jingle Bell Express Wish List to order any of the suggested items for shipment to CCSC.
  3. Donate money directly to CCSC and indicate “Jingle Bell Express” on the notation line of your check. 
  4. Volunteers are needed to make JBE happen! CCSC has designed a SAFE “drive-thru” approach to Jingle Bell Express ensuring that families in need receive help this Christmas.  Varied Jingle Bell Express volunteer activities occur December 6-11, 2021.  Individual volunteers (age 10+) are required to sign up in advance through this link:

Click here for Gift Suggestions by Age Group

For more information, you may contact the church office at (713) 622-0570 or ROBC member Sarah Bell at

Update on ROBC and COVID-19 Guidelines

ROBC is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation in our area.  As the number of positive cases decreases, ROBC leadership will continue to revise our current COVID-19 guidelines.  This continues to change almost weekly.  The ROBC Deacons will meet again on Tuesday, November 16th and discuss where we go from here.  However, for now, please see the following guidelines we're following:

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 to wear masks. They're hot and sometimes difficult to breathe through.  Hopefully, very soon, we will be able to get rid of the masks completely and 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)


Babies (Nursery)




3's, Pre-K, & K


1st & 2nd 


3rd & 4th


5th & 6th


Youth (7th-12th)

Youth Room (Commons)


Fellowship Hall A&B



Young Adults



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!




Why a Church App?

-Stay connected to ROBC during the week

  • Encouragement 
  • Reminders of special events
  • Weather (Hurricanes, Ice, Storms)
  • Important information needing to be shared ASAP

-Quick access to the church calendar 

What is in the App?

-Calendar of church activities 

-Push notifications or Text Messages

  • General 
  • Targeted groups

-Audio files of sermons

-Prayer request form

-Opportunity for online giving

-Many other features we may add in the future! 

How do I get the App?

Go to your phone's app store and search for River Oaks Baptist Church 

Or follow one of the following links: 

iPhone App Store:

Google Play: 

The app is FREE!