This Sunday's Sermon
Sunday, April 25, 10:00 AM
Sanctuary (In-Person); Facebook & YouTube (Online)
"The Ministry of Reconciliation"
Ephesians 4:1-6, 25-32; Matthew 18:15-20; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Controlling our emotions, listening to one another, seeking each other out are all parts of how Christians are to experience life with one another in the church. But more than anything else, our unity is based on a reconciliation Christ accomplished for us with God the Father, a reconciliation we in turn offer to one another.
Join the ROBC Family for our Worship Service on Sunday, April 25th at 10:00 AM for IN-PERSON and ONLINE WORSHIP:
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:
Quarterly Church Conference
There will be a Quarterly Church Conference on Sunday, April 25th immediately following worship in the Sanctuary. Bible Study for all ages will follow the church conference.
Many high school seniors are reaching the end of one phase of life and boldly embracing a brand new future.
This Sunday, May 16th, we will celebrate the work and achievement of our High School graduates. To commemorate this accomplishment, we will present these young adults with a gift from the church to carry them on the journey ahead.
Join us in honoring our high school graduates in our Worship Service. ROBC Class of 2021 graduates are:
Daughter of Stephen & Mignon Gill
Graduating from St. John’s School
Daughter of Scott & Yvette Hill
Graduating from Lamar High School
Attending Sam Houston State University
Daughter of Corby & Jennifer Martinez
Graduating from Lamar High School
Attending University of Georgia
We hope you will pray for these young ladies as they leave home to attend college. Pray that God will continue to guide & protect them. Pray that they will keep their eyes on Jesus, as they rely on His direction and protection.
2021 ROBC Commitment Cards
Dear Members and Friends of ROBC,
The spirit of thankfulness begins with humility and gratitude for all that God has given us. It’s easy to take blessings for granted and forget that all that we have is a gift of God, but even amidst the trials and tribulations of 2020, God has blessed our church and our congregation. In this season of thanksgiving, we are called as Christians to demonstrate our thankfulness by giving back.
As we enter the fall season and 2020 draws to a close, we can look forward to the blessings to come in 2021. Planning for the year ahead is a vital part of the continuing health of our church, and our many committees have already accomplished most of the necessary preparations, including next year’s budget. In order to fulfill the 2021 Ministry Budget recently approved by the congregation, ROBC needs your giving pledges for the coming year.
Due to the many considerations we have made for in-person and virtual worship, the Stewardship/Finance Leadership Team is implementing an electronic pledge card drive. A fillable form is included along with this letter that can be emailed back to the church, and a link to download the form will also be available in the weekly newsletter. If you prefer to pledge in the traditional way, printed pledge cards will be available in the Sanctuary for several Sunday worship services, and they can be mailed to you upon request. Printed pledge cards can be returned by US Mail for those more comfortable. However, the main focus of collection will be electronic.
Following are the options for making your 2021 Pledge:
- Receive email with virtual Pledge Card and return via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Print at home and mail or deliver to church in person Click here for the 2021 Fillable Pledge Card.pdf
- Receive printed pledge card in mail and return via US Mail
- Pick up printed pledge card at church and return in person the following Sunday
As you give this your prayerful consideration in the coming days, we invite you to join in the biblical, counter-cultural understanding of giving out of joy and freedom, as we humbly remember that all things come from God and that we depend upon Him—not ourselves—as our supply.
We look forward to God’s blessings at ROBC through the gifts we each bring in faith and stewardship. Each and every one of you makes a significant difference. So, please give in faith and joy remembering those melodic words “Because I have been given much, I too must give.”
Yours in Christ,
Mike Poe, Chair Dr. Brian C. Brewer
Stewardship/Finance Leadership Team Interim Pastor
Reception in Appreciation for Dr. Brian Brewer
Dr. Brian Brewer has announced that he will be leaving us after Sunday, May 23rd. When he was hired as our interim pastor, we anticipated an approximate term of 18-24 months. He has fulfilled that obligation. We will have a reception to honor Dr. Brewer on Sunday, May 23rd following the morning worship service.
Now, as we enter a new chapter of our search, a new interim will be needed. The Personnel Committee is working to fill the pulpit with preachers for the coming weeks this summer as work toward finding a new interim is ongoing.
Also, the Diaconate has been discussing steps to move forward in anticipation of renewing the search for our next pastor. There is a four-person Deacon group assigned as a listening group to gather information about how to improve our next pastor search process. The group is listening on an individual basis and not in a town-hall style meeting.
Please hold our staff and congregation in your prayers, as well as those members who volunteer to give so much time to fulfilling the many needs of ROBC.
Please join us on May 23rd as we express our appreciation to Dr. Brewer for his time with us.
CCSC Annual Azalea Gala
Christian Community Service Center is excited to host its 24th annual Azalea Gala on November 3, 2021 at the Post Oak Hotel in uptown Houston. This year’s event will honor the Agee Family Foundation and its generosity to CCSC over the years. It would be wonderful if many of our River Oaks Baptist Church members could take part in this festive gala, which is CCSC’s biggest fundraising event. In addition to the celebration, it is an opportunity to share the mission of CCSC and to introduce new people to the organization.
Please consider supporting the Azalea Gala by sponsoring a table or purchasing a ticket to attend. To learn more and support the gala, information may be found at ccschouston.org/azalea. Also, please feel free to call Lauren Neimeyer at email@example.com or Sarah Bell at 713-516-5228 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please make plans to attend.
Hope to see you there!
ROBC Offices Closed for Memorial Day
The Church Offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day,
Monday, May 31st.
Letter to the ROBC Family - April 23
Following the events of the weekend of April 9-11, and the decision of Daniel Headrick to withdraw his name from consideration for the position of senior pastor of ROBC, the Deacons and church staff have met on two occasions to begin the dialogue on the next steps for ROBC. There have been open and encouraging conversations with the Deacons, staff and members of the ROBC Pastor Search Committee and these discussions will continue in the coming weeks. It is the hope of the Deacons and staff that all discussions going forward will be caring and productive in helping ROBC begin to move ahead with not only a new process for finding a senior pastor but also the continued mission and ministries God has given to this congregation.
The Deacons and church staff also wish to thank the members of the Pastor Search Committee for their work over the past two years. Thank you for your dedication, long hours of deliberation and your unmistakable love for ROBC and its members. You are cherished leaders of this church community.
Patricia F. Legler Gregory M. Stahl
ROBC Diaconate Chair Associate Pastor
The Gathering - Youth Wednesday Nights
Wednesday, May 26th will be the last Gathering for Spring 2021.
The Gathering is back! Live and in person! Please join us on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in the Youth Room! Masks will be required for entry and food will be provided as well!
“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.”
Wednesday Nights – 6:30-8:00 PM
Sunday Mornings – 11:15 AM
PowerPlus Youth Camp - July 19-23, REGISTER NOW!
River Oaks Baptist Church Events
ROBC DIAPER AND BABY FORMULA DRIVE FOR CCSC
ROBC comes together around Father’s Day to make an impact on the lives of children by donating diapers and baby formula for distribution to families in need through CCSC. Terry was a faithful CCSC volunteer who had a special love for ministering to these young families.
You may drop off diapers, baby formula or can openers in the church foyer through Sunday, June 24. All diaper sizes are needed. Monetary donations may also be given through ROBC. Please put "CCSC Diaper Drive" on your check memo line.
Sunday Worship Services
Worship is the expression of our love for God and is essential to our growth as believers. We encourage active participation in worship by all ages. Our goal in worship is to experientially know the presence of God so that our personal lives are transformed by God's presence.
Traditional Worship Service
10:00 AM Sunday mornings in the Sanctuary
At ROBC, we provide a creative worship experience through a blending of traditional and contemporary worship styles. Our service is designed to lead persons to worship through scripture readings, personal and corporate prayer, hymn and chorus singing, choral music and responsive readings. The service is characterized by a spirit of respect for the majesty and sovereignty of the living God and a joy at being in His presence. Led by our Interim Pastor, Dr. Brian Brewer, and our Associate Pastor for Worship & Music, Greg Stahl, the worship service provides Biblical-based messages that provide truths applied to everyday living. We want you to worship with us!
Ambitious Academics Rooted in Abiding Christian Values
River Oaks Baptist School began in 1955 as a ministry of River Oaks Baptist Church. Since then, ROBS has grown into one of the premier independent schools in the Houston area. ROBS is a private, Christian, co-educational day school for students in preschool, lower school, and middle school. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, Christian character education, competitive athletics, fine and performing arts, and a wide selection of extra-curricular activities.
The mission of River Oaks Baptist School is to prepare its students to meet life’s challenges and lead tomorrow’s world through a superior educational program undergirded by faith in Jesus Christ and Christian principles.
Please visit www.robs.org or call 713-623-6938 for more information.
Kristin Poe, Director of Admissions