Chalice News
 
Round Rock Christian Church


Embracing  our  neighbors 
with  Christ-like  love 
April 13, 2021
In This Issue
This coming Sunday in worship -- 
April 18, 2021

THE SECOND SUNDAY
AFTER EASTER

"Because We Are Loved"

1 John 3:1-7


 A Message from the Pastor
 
This Sunday we will continue in 1 John, allowing themes in this "book" of the Bible to shape our worship service messages. 1 John is only 5 chapters long, and I encourage you to read through it in its entirety several times in the coming weeks. What does it mean to "walk in the light" or to "walk in the darkness"? What does the author mean when he uses the word "fellowship"? Is it different from the way we might understand it? Why does he equate sin with lawlessness? What does it mean to "abide" in Jesus?

May God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, guide and teach us as we read and pray on 1 John during this special season of Eastertide.  See you in worship!

Peace in Christ,
Pastor Mitch

RRCC Online Giving

Even though we are unable to meet in person,
RRCC has three ways you can still give your tithe:
  1. Go to the RRCC website rrdisciples.org and click on the "GIVE HERE" button at the top of the main page. Or use the link at the top of each newsletter. It will take you to the same place.
  2. Use your bank's electronic bill pay feature to have a check mailed directly from your bank to RRCC.
  3. Mail your check directly to RRCC.
Address your envelope to:
Financial Secretary
Round Rock Christian Church
22 Chalice Way
Round Rock, TX 78665
Handcrafters NEEDED
 
Our crocheted-trimmed baby blankets are in high demand at the Seton hospital we are currently serving! We are racing to make as many blankets as possible in order to accommodate their influx of births.

Any and all help is desperately needed.  Please join us in the Handcrafter ministry.
Handcrafters meet via Zoom on the second Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m.

Contact Bea Whitley
for additional information:
512-633-8616
beawhitley@aol.com

Upcoming Events 



There will be no events/meetings held in the RRCC facility until further notice.  
Some RRCC activities and events have been cancelled until further notice. 
Most are continuing online via zoom.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021
7:00 p.m.
- Elders Meeting 40 Day Prayer Journal (via Zoom) Link HERE
7:00 p.m.
- Shalom Congregation (off site)

Wednesday, April 14, 2021  
10:00 a.m.
- Caring Hearts Prayer Group (via Zoom) Link HERE
7:00 p.m.
- Chancel Choir (via ZOOM) Link HERE

Friday, April 16, 2021
Proverbs 15:1 
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Saturday, April 17, 2021
8:00 a.m.
- Shalom Congregation

Sunday, April 182020  
9:45 a.m.
Explorers Sunday School (via Zoom) Link HERE
9:45 a.m.
- Open Circle Sunday School (via Zoom) Link HERE
11:00 a.m.
- Worship (via Zoom) Link HERE
Evening
- Manantial de Vida Congregation (off site)

Monday, April 19, 2021
Philippians 4:5 
Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
7:00 p.m.
- Elders Meeting 40 Day Prayer Journal (via Zoom) Link HERE
7:00 p.m.
- Shalom Congregation (off site)

ZOOM MEETING LINKS, events and details can be viewed on the RRCC Calendar
2021 Worship Leader Sign-Up



 
The 2021 Worship Leader Sign-Up is available to view!
Click here to reserve your date to serve:

Explorers Sunday School Class Begins 
New Study Series This Sunday, April 18

Following studying the four gospels, the Explorers are currently winding up their informal study of the ACTS of the Apostles and have elected to next study the book of Romans beginning April 18.

The group will continue to use the John MacArthur Bible Studies series, Romans: Grace Truth, and Redemption.

Following the four gospels and the Acts (of the Apostles), this epistle is named for its first intended audience, the church in Rome. The author, Paul, was a Roman citizen who was converted on his way to Damascus in 33-34 AD   where he (had) planned to arrest Christians in the city. Rather, Paul immediately began to proclaim the gospel, traveling for three years preaching the good news of Jesus Christ.

He was a learned man who spoke several languages. Born, Saul (Hebrew name), Paul (Greek name) was born close to the time of the birth of Jesus, in Tarsus in Asia Minor (today, Turkey) of Greek parentage. As his father, Paul was a member of the Pharisees, a strict Jewish sect. He studied in Jerusalem under the rabbi, Gamaliel. More than any other man of his day, Paul was relentless in his mission to spread the gospel through much of the Roman Empire during his three missionary journeys around the Mediterranean Sea.
The Explorers class invites all men and women to join them in this journey to explore with Paul and one another. We usually number from eight to twelve each Sunday at 9:45 AM for forty-five minutes of fellowship and study. Mildred Adair facilitates the class. Should you like a study guide, contact Linda Glover to have the book mailed to your home ($10).
We look forward to YOU joining us each week.
Mission South and Disciple Oaks Summer Camps 2021

Mission South and Disciple Oaks is happy to announce that registration is NOW OPEN for Summer Camps 2021. You can register online here.  You can also register on our website. For a copy of this flyer you can download it here For a copy of the Mission South Summer Camp 2021 Fees download it here For a copy of the CampDoc Registration Instructions download it here More information can be found at our website, link above. Information will also be mailed to all churches soon.

2021 Summer Camp Dates:

CYF Conference: June 21-July 3, 2021

Eighter's Camp: July 4-10, 2021

JYF Camp: July 20-21, 2021

Chi Rho Camp: July 25-31, 2021

Online Registration opens March 15, 2021
More info:

Williamson County COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist Sign-Up


Williamson County continues to encourage people to get registered for their COVID-19 vaccine waitlist. Use the link at the bottom of this box to take you to the county's registration form. There are now 5 categories under which you may register, but ALL ADULTS are now eligible to make a vaccine appointment here in Texas.
  • Category 1a Front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities
  • Category 1b People 65+ or people 16+ with a health condition that increases risk of severe COVID-19 illness
  • NEW Category TC (people working with children) On March 3, DSHS received a letter from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services directing states to expand eligibility to include people who work in school and child care operations. The federal directive defined the people eligible as "those who work in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools, as well as Head Start and Early Head Start programs (including teachers, staff, and bus drivers) and those who work as or for licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers." This action does not change the other groups prioritized for vaccination in Texas.
  • NEW Category 1c  People 50 - 64 years of age
  • NEW Category Other  (all others)

RRCC Newsletter Deadlines

Please submit your
Tuesday Newsletter articles and pictures 
before 10:00 a.m. on Mondays.
 and your Friday Reminders articles and pictures 
before 12:00 p.m. on Thursdays.
Thank you!
Chancel Choir

CHANCEL CHOIR ZOOM FELLOWSHIP

 
Chancel Choir meets via ZOOM on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.:
Did You Miss a Newsletter?

Past newsletters dating back to mid-March 2020 are currently archived under the "ABOUT US" tab on the RRCC Website.

Upcoming Birthdays

 
April 13
- Linda Glover
April 14
- David Camarillo
April 17
- Bryan Camarillo
April 18
- Patricia Mouser
April 19
- Jim Putnam
Prayer Needs

LEADERSHIP
1. Our Guiding Board, Ministries Council, Elders, Deacons, Ministries and Teams. Our Elders have begun their "40 Days of Prayer & Faith Sharing" 
2. Our staff: Jimmy, Mitch, Katie, Randy, and Molly
3. Our music ministries and their leaders: Randy Preston, Rod Walker, and Jimmy Horowitz
4. Our tech team: Gary Collier, Tara Pollock, Katie Maybaum, Randy Preston, Rod Walker, and Dan Knight
5. Our Reopening Task Force
6. Our Caring Hearts Prayer Group
7. Our Stephen Ministries (Care Receivers and Caregivers)
8. Our partnership with Shalom Seventh Day Adventist & Manantial de Vida congregations (and their pastors Edy Rosa Paez and Maria Rosario) 
9. Reverends Christal Fisher (South Texas) and Andy Mangum (CCSW)
10. Rev. Alfred Walker, the newly called Community Regional Minister (CRM) for Reconciliation and Anti-Racism. Welcome, Rev. Walker!

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS 
1. For all who are grieving the loss of a loved one in recent months

2. For all who have been ill with COVID-19, and their families

3. Acree, Mary -- recent health challenges and falls 
4. Cratin, Katherine -- sister Marietta and brother-in-law Frank, both with serious health issues
5. Fennimore, Nancy -- sister Joan Heckford continues treatments and consultations for ALS
6. Guilbeau, Rick & Cynthia; Cynthia's  father, Harold Hubbard
7. Johnston, Janette -- mother Billie, in Alabama, will have surgery May 14th; granddaughter Izzy waiting to be scheduled for surgery
8. Knight, Pam -- recuperating well from recent eye surgery
9. Miller, Chris -- (son of Jean Bell) experiencing some neuropathy from cancer treatments
10. Mouser, Tricia -- rheumatoid arthritis infusion treatments and side-effects
11. Tucker, Terry -- brother of Gary Tucker -- recovering from recent surgeries and undergoing tests for possible future treatments or surgery
12. Walker, Lisa -- seeking to become eligible for a kidney transplant
13. Wilson, Garvid -- chemo/immunotherapy and treatments have concluded; will be evaluated at the end of this month
14. York, Tasha -- mother Peggy Massey with health challenges; now living with family

OTHER
1. All who don't know Jesus
2. COVID-19 (the ill, their families, medical professionals, essential workers, treatment and vaccine researchers, the logistics of distributing and administering the vaccine safely and efficiently, evaluating side effect risks)
3. Those who have lost jobs during the pandemic; businesses that are struggling
4. All people who are persecuted for their faith throughout the world 
5. Our military personnel and families
6. The growing immigration crisis of children at our border, development of an immigration policy for the U.S. that is fair, just, and responsible; cooperation and communication with Mexico and Central American countries
7. Developing policies and education programs to battle systemic racism in all of its forms 
8. For all efforts toward affordable health care for all Americans
9. For all efforts to make voting safe, simple, and easily accessible for all in our country; and to oppose recent voter suppression legislation
10. U.S. lawmakers and community leaders to work together to solve the problem of mass shootings in schools, places of work, etc.
11. All teachers, administrators, students, and parents. Our neighborhood schools: Union Hill Elementary School and Hopewell Middle School.
Sunday School Classes
.
[There will be no Sunday School classes in the church building for the foreseeable future. 
Some classes will be meeting via Zoom 
during this time of social distancing.]
 .
Early Childhood Class (ages 4-7) -Taught by Lisa Walker

Intermediate Class (3rd - 5th grade) - Taught by Jennifer Kienzle 
Chi Rho Class - (6th - 8th grade) (studying the book, "Middle School TalkSheets" for ages 11-14.  "These TalkSheets present every aspect of Jesus' life in a way that young teens can connect with as they learn to apply the lessons to their own lives.")
 .
CYF Class (9th - 12th grade)  
 .
Open Circle (primarily adult women) - 9:45 a.m. Sunday mornings via ZOOM, Studying Gospel Medicine.  ALL ARE WELCOME!  Link HERE
 .
Explorers (mixed adults) - 9:45 a.m. Sunday mornings via ZOOM, Facilitator is Mildred Adair; finishing up a study of the New Testament Book of Acts, using the resource by John MacArthur. Romans will be next.  Link HERE
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 for each photograph submitted to the office.  
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RRCC Office Hours


Mondays:
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Tuesdays:
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesdays:
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Thursdays:
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Fridays:
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Elder's Prayer Corner/Closing Message

The upright will have days of darkness, sickness, sorrow, poverty and depression Their wealth may take wings and fly away, and even their righteousness maybe cruelly suspect by all. Clouds may lower around them, but their gloom will not last forever, because in due time the Lord will bring light.

As surely as a good person's choice sun goes down, it will rise again. If darkness is caused by depression, the Holy Spirit will give comfort. If there is financial loss or personal bereavement, Christ Presence's will give solace. If there is cruelty and malignity, the Lord's sympathy will give support.

It is as ordinary for the righteous to be comforted as it is for the day to dawn. Wait for the light; it will surely come. If our heavenly Father in our last hour puts us to bed in the dark, it will be morning when we awake .

Writing of C. H. Spurgeon


Prayer:
Precious Heavenly Father, I pray today for those who are hurting and need a special touch from You. Please be with those who are grieving over lost loved ones, over lost employment, overwhelmed by the unpredictably of their lives in this time of unrest in not only our country but in our homes as well. Please help us to exercise our minds and hearts by reading more of Your Word and enjoying more time in Your Presence. In Jesus Holy Name Amen.