ROBC NEWSLETTER - August 11, 2022


  • Sunday's Sermon: Macy's Thanksgiving - Daniel 12
  • Searching Weekend - Youth Retreat, October 14th & 15th 
  • International Neighbors - Tuesdays, resuming September 13th 
  • A Heart for Prayer - ROBC Prayer Ministry
  • The Gathering - Youth Wednesday Nights, August 24th
  • ROBC Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
  • CCSC Food Pantry Donations
  • CCSC 25th Annual Azalea Gala - Wednesday, September 21st
  • Download the ROBC Mobile App 
  • Church Staff Contact Info
Sunday's Sermon:

Sunday, August 14, 10:00 AM
Sanctuary (In-Person); Facebook & YouTube (Online)

Macy's Thanksgiving
Daniel 12

Join the ROBC Family for our Worship Service on Sunday, August 14th at 10:00 AM for IN-PERSON and ONLINE: 

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 fun 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.

Searching Weekend - Youth Retreat (Oct. 14th & 15th)


This fall we are having a two-day youth weekend at the 4-O Ranch in Navasota, TX!  It is called Searching Weekend and we are going to spend it having fun and learning to read God’s Word!  This will be a two-day (one night) retreat on Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th,  for students from 7th to 12th grade.  The cost of this weekend will be $20 (which includes a cool shirt).  If you are interested or have any questions please email Christian Johns at or Cheri Pemble at

Christian Johns
Minister to Youth/Students

International Neighbors

Tuesdays, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
September 13th - May 30th 
Room: CH134

Come and build your conversational English skills with ladies from many countries. The class, facilitated by ROBC member, Sharon Mattox, is FREE and open to the community.  Please contact the church office at (713) 622-0570 for more information.  

A Heart for Prayer - ROBC Prayer Ministry

We want you to know that the ROBC Prayer Group continues to pray.  We seek to continue receiving prayer requests, praises and updates from previous prayer requests.  These should be emailed to

The group is now gathering via Zoom on Sunday Mornings at 8:45 AM and Wednesday Mornings at 8:30 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 for each meeting's special login info. 

The Gathering - Youth Wednesday Nights Resumes Aug. 24th

Please join us on Wednesdays beginning August 24th at 6:30 PM in the Youth Room! We promise to feed your bellies, your hearts, and your minds! 
Come and be fed!

“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

(New Series, August 24th-September 14th)

We are excited to get back to our Midweek Gatherings starting Wednesday, August 24th!  Our theme for the next few weeks will be CATALYST!

Sometimes the idea of "faith" can feel a little mysterious and hard to grasp. After all, what is it? And how do you get it — or get more of it? Well, just like science can explain so many of the mysterious and hard-to-grasp things in the world around us, there are answers for many of the mysterious and hard-to-grasp things about faith, too. You'll learn in science class that "catalysts" are interactions that create big changes and transformations. In the same way, Scripture shows us certain change-making "catalysts" are necessary for the transformation of our faith and the faith of others. In this four-week series from Hebrews, we'll discover that faith is a catalyst for actionthe faith of others can be a catalyst on our journey, Jesus is the catalyst for a new relationship with God, and we can be a catalyst for change.

We are looking forward to food, fun, fellowship, and learning on Wednesday nights this fall!

Join us each Wednesday from 6:30-8:00  PM for the Midweek Gathering!

August 24:
“Faith is a Catalyst for ACTION”

August 31:
“The Faith of Others can be a Catalyst on our JOURNEY”

September 7:
“Jesus is the Catalyst for a New RELATIONSHIP with God”

September 14:
“We can be a Catalyst for CHANGE”

Christian Johns
Minister to Youth/Students

ROBC Sanctuary Choir

If you like to sing, hum or even whistle, we want you to join us in the Sanctuary Choir!  There are many church attendees who have musical experience from years past, even childhood, who could make a significant impact in worship on Sunday mornings.  Formal vocal training is not required, and there are no auditions.  Join us on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM and then again on Sunday mornings at 9:40 AM as we lead in worship. 

We guarantee you'll have a great time and make some new friends!

CCSC Pantry Food Donations


Traditionally, CCSC’s food pantries receive fewer donations of food and funds in the summer months—kids are home, people are traveling—so we always say a Christmas in July food drive would really help us to help others.  This year, however, it isn’t just the busy summer months impacting CCSC and those we serve, it’s the soaring costs of food and fuel.

CCSC’s food costs are up, as are the number of families needing food from our pantries.  In May of this year, CCSC gave out 51% more food packages than it did in May of 2021, and 37.5% of those served were children.  According to the Houston Chronicle, local food prices are up by 8.7 percent, year-over-year—that wasn’t in any of our budgets, including CCSC’s.

“At the beginning of the pandemic, when so many lost their jobs and needed to feed their families, the CCSC community jumped in and ran food drives that made it possible for us to continue to feed people despite supply chain issues. Right now, we need that same type of help,” said CCSC President & CEO Michelle Shonbeck.

If your church, organization, family or scout troop would like to run a food drive to help stock CCSC’s food pantry shelves we’d like to advertise it on CCSC’s social media. Contact CCSC Communications Manager Erin Donohue at to publicize your food drive, and contact Emergency Services-Central Manager Lydia Bias,, to let us know your donations are coming. To see a list of what CCSC needs most, please visit our website

CCSC 25th Annual Azalea Gala - Sept. 21st

Join Christian Community Service Center for the 25th annual Azalea Gala!

The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 6:00 PM - Reception and 7:15 PM - Dinner

ROBC is sponsoring a table.
If you would like to attend the gala and sit at the ROBC table,
you may purchase tickets for $250 per person.
Contact the church office at 713 622-0570 or

We hope to see you there!

Download the ROBC Mobile App

Did you know ROBC has it's own app?  We do, and it is very useful for doing things like listening to sermon podcasts, watching past worship services, and even giving.  If you don't have it yet, be sure to download it at no charge from either the Apple App Store or the GooglePlay App Store by scanning the above QR code with your phone's camera.

Church Staff Contact Info

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. Steven Laufer
Senior Pastor
281-508-9030 (mobile)

Gregory M. Stahl
Associate Pastor
281-794-8098 (mobile)

Christian Johns
Youth Minister
409-457-8537 (mobile)



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2300 Willowick Rd.
Houston, Texas 77027
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