ROBC NEWSLETTER - November 24, 2021


  • This Sunday's Sermon: FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
  • Adult Bible Study Master Class - Begins Sunday, Nov. 28th
  • Church Office Closed - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Thank You, Christmas Decoration Volunteers!
  • CCSC Monthly Mission Report
  • The Next ROBC Reconciliation Meeting - Sunday, Dec. 5th
  • CCSC Jingle Bell Express - Nov. 7th-Dec. 5th
  • ROBC Family Chrismons
  • Poinsettias for Advent
  • Children's Christmas Party - Sunday, Dec. 12th
  • Sanctuary Choir Christmas Worship - Sunday, Dec. 12th
  • Allen Stowe in Concert - Sunday, Dec. 19th
  • International Neighbors (Every Tuesday)
  • Children's Ministry Volunteers Needed
  • The Gathering -Youth Wednesday Nights
  • ROBC Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
  • Prayer Ministry - Virtual
  • COVID-19 Updates 
  • Church Staff Contact Info
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

Church Office Closed - Thanksgiving Holiday

Our church offices will be closed Thursday, November 25th & Friday, November 26th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. For emergencies please call (281)794-8098 to reach a ROBC Staff member.

Thank You, Christmas Decoration Volunteers!

Thank you to all the Christmas elves who helped decorate the ROBC Sanctuary for Advent!

Joyce Ahearn, Ava Arroyo, Martcella Arroyo, Sarah Bell, Sylvia Drake, Christian Johns, Carmichael Kyle, Heather Kyle, Jonathan Lee, Joshua Lee, Patty Legler, Cheyanne Leibe, Janet Norton, Jenny Oates, Kristin Poe, Patti Poff, Stephanie Wilson, and the entire ABM crew, you did a great job!

It definitely looks like Christmas at ROBC!

CCSC Monthly Mission Report


Many thanks to these ROBC volunteers who lovingly became the hands and feet of Jesus at the CCSC Food Pantry on Saturday, November 20th: Patty Legler, Roy & Cheri Pemble, Kim Shoemaker, Lois Wright, and granddaughter, Maddie Bos. We served 53 families, and even had ground beef to distribute.  We were able to give out lots of age-appropriate books for children, as well as school supplies and backpacks. It was a wonderful day to serve God’s children!  

Our next volunteer opportunity will be in January 2022.

ROBC Reconciliation Meeting - 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 was presented at the Church Business Conference on November 7th. 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.


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 Sanctuary 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, December 5th.
  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

ROBC Family Chrismons

ROBC Family Chrismons – ROBC has a long-standing tradition of decorating the Christmas trees in the Sanctuary with a cross-stitched Chrismon  representing each church member 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.

Poinsettias for Advent

During the Advent Season, it is a tradition at ROBC to decorate the sanctuary with beautiful poinsettias from the Brookwood Community.  If you would like to be a part of this wonderful tradition by donating a poinsettia in honor or in memory of a loved one, you may do so by completing the form below and attaching your check for the appropriate amount.

The cost is $16 each, and the poinsettias will be available for you to take home following the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.

Please include your payment with the order form.  The deadline for orders is Monday, December 13th.

Click here for the poinsettias order form

Children's Christmas Party - Sunday, Dec. 12th

One Night in Bethlehem

One night -- one very special night in Bethlehem -- Jesus was born for each of us.  His birth and life changed our world, homes, and lives dramatically.  We will learn more about what happened that night at our Christmas party on Sunday, December 12th at 10:20 AM during Children's Church. 

We are going to be playing some games, eating pizza for lunch, and learning more about the night of Jesus' birth.

The children will also be given goodie bags which will include the One Night in Bethlehem booklet to share with their families at home! 

Parents and volunteers are welcome to join! 

If you are attending this event, please make sure to RSVP by emailing Amy Lee at or by calling the Church Office at (713) 622-0570. 

Sanctuary Choir Christmas Worship - Sunday, Dec. 12th

Mark your calendars now for the ROBC Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra Christmas worship service on Sunday, December 12th during the 10:00 AM worship service. 

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 PM in the ROBC Sanctuary.  Allen has recently recorded two new albums: 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.

International Neighbors

Tuesdays, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Room: CH134

Come and build your conversational English skills with ladies from many countries. The class, facilitated by Sharon Mattox, is FREE and open to the community. 

Please contact the church office at (713) 622-0570 for more information.  

Children's Ministry Volunteers Needed

Hello, Parents,

As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, please join me in praying for our children, teachers, counselors, nurses, and the school administrators for a great and successful school year.

As you plan and mark your calendars for the school year activities, please pray and consider volunteering in the Children’s Ministry.  The Children’s Ministry is in need of parent volunteers to be on a rotation schedule in Sunday School & Children’s Church as Teachers and/or Helpers.

We have the following groups that you can sign up to volunteer: 

Thank you for volunteering!

The Gathering - Youth Wednesday Nights

 Live and in person! 
All 7th through 12th graders, join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM in the Commons Youth Room!  We'll have food, fun, fellowship and Bible Study.   

Masks are required.

“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

Students and Parents!

The next series we will be talking in The Gathering is called GOOD THINGS!

Christmas is almost here! Which means there’s a lot for us to look forward to — sometimes impatiently. But you know the saying, “good things come to those who wait”? It’s true for Christmases now, but it was true on the very first Christmas as well. You see, the day Jesus came to earth wasn’t a sudden surprise. It was the first step in a long-awaited plan. In this 4-week series, we’ll hear the Christmas story from the perspective of the prophets in the Old Testament, who foretold and then waited for the good things God had in store. Christmas is a reminder of what the prophets proclaimed: that God has always had a plan, that Jesus completes God’s plan, that God’s plans bring joy, and that God’s plans require sacrifice.

See you there at 6:30 PM each Wednesday night!

Christian Johns
Minister to Youth/Students 

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ROBC Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

The ROBC Sanctuary Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM. Come and join us as we praise Him together!

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

The group is now gathering via Zoom on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 AM and Sunday mornings at 8:45 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.

Updated ROBC COVID-19 Guidelines

With the increase in people ages 12 and over being vaccinated and the additional booster becoming available, the number of COVID cases is decreasing.  We know of many cases of people who have been vaccinated, but still contracted the COVID Delta variant. ROBC Deacons are still recommending that we continue to follow the COVID-19 Guidelines listed below:

  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 continue to be placed in the sanctuary pews every week 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.  It is very important that we, as a church family, do what we can to keep ourselves and our church family as safe as possible.

Hopefully soon the positive case numbers will continue to decrease 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

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
Intrim Pastor

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

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



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

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