ROBC NEWSLETTER - January 26, 2023


  • CCSC Monthly Volunteer Opportunity- Saturday, January 28
  • This Sunday's Sermon: With or Without You (or Lyin’ Eyes)
  • ROBC Quarterly Business Meeting - Sunday, January 29
  • ROBS News
  • International Neighbors 
  • ROB Student Ministry - Midweek Gathering 
  • ROBC Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal 
  • A Heart for Prayer - ROBC Prayer Ministry
  • 2023 ROBC Pledge Card
  • Download the ROBC Mobile App 
  • Church Staff Contact Info
CCSC Monthly Volunteer Opportunity


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

Saturdays in 2023 from 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Jan. 28, Feb. 25, Mar. 25, April 29, June 3 (Diaper Drive), July 15

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  She can give you the necessary training materials for the various 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.

Sunday's Sermon: With or Without You (or Lyin’ Eyes)

Sunday, January 29 10:00 AM
Sanctuary (In-Person); Facebook & YouTube (Online)

With or Without You (or Lyin’ Eyes)
Acts 4:23-5:11

Join the ROBC Family for Worship this Sunday, Jan. 29 at 10:00  AM either  IN-PERSON or ONLINE:

Click Here for Online Worship on Facebook  
Click Here for Online Worship on YouTube 

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.

ROBC Quarterly Business Meeting - Sunday, January 29

The ROBC Quarterly Business Meeting is scheduled for THIS Sunday, January 29 in the Sanctuary immediately following Bible study.  Please note the time change.  The meeting will start at approximately 12:15 p.m.




In the seventh-grade Bible class, students discover seven titles or names for Jesus.  The Bible classroom is transformed into a makeshift tabernacle that includes all of the symbolic altars where the priests interact with God.  The students work their way through nine interactive stations, discovering the outer and inner courts, the Altar of Sacrifice, the Lavar (wash basin), the Lampstand, the Table of Shewbread, the Altar of Incense, the curtain at the entrance of the Holy of Holies, and the Ark of the Covenant.  Through this experience, students learn how each piece of the tabernacle points to the person and work of Christ.

International Neighbors

Tuesdays, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
September 13 - May 30   
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 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. 

ROB Student Ministry - Midweek Gathering


Please join us on Wednesdays 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


Some things are hard to understand — like chemistry, verb conjugations, the blockchain, or why your friend is mad at you.  When we face a problem, situation, or idea we’re struggling to understand, it always helps to know someone we trust can explain it to us.  When Jesus was here on earth, he spent a lot of time helping his followers understand some pretty hard-to-understand ideas about God.  One of the ways Jesus often made complicated ideas simpler was by explaining them through stories and metaphors, which we call parables. In this four-week series from the Gospels, we’ll explore four of the parables Jesus told his followers to explain...four important truths about God.  These parables help us see that God's words are a firm foundation, in God’s kingdom, everyone belongs, God’s words invite a response, and that God’s kingdom is always growing.  Looking forward to a new year at the River Oaks Baptist Student Ministry!

February 1:
“God’s kingdom is always growing

Christian Johns
Minister to Youth/Students

ROBC Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

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.  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!

2023 ROBC Pledge Card

Dear Members and Friends of ROBC,

This past Fall as we’ve looked in depth at the teachings and practices of Jesus related to the Kingdom of God, I’ve been reminded of how His lived-out examples are as relevant and vital in our age as they were in his. It’s incredibly challenging to consistently give attention to the spiritual and eternal when the pressures of our current era entice us to always focus on the earthly and temporal.

The wonderful thing for us is that the Church is the place where all the spiritual and eternal and earthly and temporal collide into one community. We have the opportunity to bring our expected eternal hope just a bit more into the world in which we live where the people we love exist! In worship, in service, in sharing life together, in inviting others to come experience and know the God whom we love, and in countless other ways, we bring the invisible spiritual world into the visible physical realm, just like Jesus did.

In these days where requests for the generosity of financial investment come from every direction, it is good for us to be reminded of the eternal and divinely appointed significance of the Church, with Christ as its head, his disciples as its members, and his message and example as its mission.

Much prayer and planning has already gone into the year to come, and we have great expectations for how the Lord will continue to use our church to shape the lives of our members, and all those that come into contact with us in our community and our world. In order to fulfill the 2023 Ministry Budget recently approved by the congregation, ROBC needs your giving pledges for the coming year.

A commitment card is included along with this letter that can be mailed back to the church in the enclosed self-address postage-paid envelope.  You may also bring your commitment card to the church either on Sunday mornings, or to the church office during the week. Please give prayerful consideration to how you can be a part of the financial opportunities that the coming year will inevitably present to ROBC.

The Apostle Paul, following in the example of Jesus, describes us as the Body of Christ, with each one of us having a role to play in the overall health of this church family. Thank you for everything you do to make ROBC an ongoing influence for the Kingdom of God in the community of River Oaks and across our great city of Houston.

Following are the options for making your 2023 Pledge:

  • Print at home and mail or deliver to church in person.  You may also email it to
    Click here for the 2023 Fillable ROBC Pledge Card.pdf
  • Receive printed pledge card in the mail and return via US Mail in the postage-paid envelope enclosed with your pledge card
  • Pick up a printed pledge card at church and return it in person the following Sunday

Yours in Christ,

Dr. Steven R. Laufer
Senior Pastor

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
(713) 622-0570

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