ROBC NEWSLETTER - August 5, 2021


  • ROBC Welcomes Dr. Ben Blackwell to the Pulpit this Sunday
  • Reconciliation work with Dr. Matt Cook
  • CCSC Back to School Program
  • Children's Church Needs Volunteers
  • Prayer Ministry - Virtual
  • COVID-19 Update and Guidelines
  • Church Staff Contact Info
ROBC Welcomes Dr. Ben Blackwell to the Pulpit This Sunday

Sunday, August 8, 10:00 AM
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 1st 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.

CCSC Back to School Program

As students resume school in person this fall, many children will lack the school supplies, books, and clothing they need to be successful.  But, with your gift to CCSC’s Back To School program, low-income students can start the new school year strong.  You can help hardworking parents to stretch their resources, and give children living in poverty the supplies they need to succeed at school.  

A gift of $50 provides one student with all the necessary supplies for the school year.  You can make this gift online at  Or, you may write a check to CCSC and note Back To School, drop it into the offering box at church, or mail it directly to CCSC. 

Christian Community Service Center (CCSC)
P.O. Box 27924
Houston, Texas 77227-7924

Thank you for considering a gift to help children start a new school year with brand-new supplies and a clothes voucher.  We all know what a difference this will make.

Children's Ministry Needs Volunteers

The Children’s Ministry is in need of volunteers for Sunday mornings.

We need people to help in Children’s Church, Sunday School, and to provide snacks.  More information about all of these positions is provided on the sign-up pages below.

If you are willing and able to help us, please sign up using the following links:

Children’s Church Sign-Up (2 people each Sunday): 

Children’s Church Lesson Schedule (May-August):
Click here to view the Children's Church Lesson

Sunday School Helper Sign-Up (1 person each Sunday):

Sunday School Snacks Sign-Up (2 people each Sunday): 

Thank you for volunteering!

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.

Update on ROBC and COVID-19 Guidelines

The news this week that the CDC is again recommending the wearing of masks 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

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.

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

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



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