Chalice News
Round Rock Christian Church

Embracing  our  neighbors 
with  Christ-like  love 
April 20, 2021
In This Issue
This coming Sunday in worship -- 
April 25, 2021


"He Abides in Us!"

1 John 3:16-24

 A Message from the Pastor
A ministry resource that I purchased many years ago was The Oxford Book of Prayer edited by George Appleton. It was among this collection of prayers that I first read what has been called the "Ravensbrück Prayer."

Ravensbrück was a German concentration camp exclusively for women from 1939 to 1945, located in northern Germany, about 50 miles north of Berlin at a site near the village of Ravensbrück. It was a place of misery, inhumanity, and death. But from that hellish place and time survives this astounding prayer.  It was found at the camp just after the war ended, having been scrawled by one of the imprisoned women on wrapping paper near a dead child:

Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will, but also those of ill will. but do not remember all the suffering they have inflicted upon us. remember rather the fruits we have brought thanks to this suffering: our comradeship, our loyalty, our humility, the courage, the generosity, the greatness of heart that has grown out of this. and when they come to judgment, let al the fruit we have borne be their forgiveness. 

There is great evil and great beauty in our world. When I read this prayer, I am convinced that it is exactly the prayer Jesus would pray if he were a concentration camp prisoner. Jesus never allowed evil to overcome him; rather, he always sought to bring healing and reconciliation. 

This prayer appeared this week in the readings our RRCC Elders were assigned in the Unbinding Your Heart book. I'm thankful that this prayer continues to touch lives and inspire people to love as Jesus loved. 

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 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.
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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:

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 20, 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 21, 2021  
10:00 a.m.
- Caring Hearts Prayer Group (via Zoom) Link HERE
7:00 p.m.
- Chancel Choir (via ZOOM) Link HERE

Thursday, April 22, 2021
John 20:21
As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.

Friday, April 23, 2021
1 John 3:23
And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.

Saturday, April 24, 2021
8:00 a.m.
- Shalom Congregation

Sunday, April 252020  
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
- Manantial de Vida Congregation (off site)

Monday, April 26, 2021
Mark 16:15
He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach to the gospel to all creation."

Tuesday, April 27, 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:

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:

Bluebonnet Area/LRGVD Assembly

The 2021 BBA/LRGVD Assembly to be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Central Christian Church of San Antonio for those attending in person and via Zoom for those attending virtually.

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 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 21
- Lisa Walker
Prayer Needs

1. Our Guiding Board, Ministries Council, Elders, Deacons, Ministries and Teams. Our Elders are two weeks into 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!

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 -- son Jonathan had surgery on both eyes today
5. Fennimore, Nancy -- sister Joan Heckford managing ALS symptoms; son Adam currently ill with COVID 19
6. Guilbeau, Rick & Cynthia; Cynthia's  father, Harold Hubbard, in new living situation
7. Jackson, Gwen -- great nephew Branch Jackson was hospitalized with serious condition; now he is doing much better and is home
8. Johnston, Janette -- mother Billie, in Alabama, will have surgery May 14th; granddaughter Izzy waiting to be scheduled for surgery to correct heart valve anomaly
9. Knight, Pam -- recuperating well from recent eye surgery
10. Malone, Betty -- sister Carolyn diagnosed with cancer
11. Miller, Chris -- (son of Jean Bell) experiencing some neuropathy from cancer treatments
12. Mouser, Tricia -- rheumatoid arthritis infusion treatments and side-effects
13. Salzwedel, Molly -- grandfather Marvin James Salzwedel died last week at age 101
14. Tucker, Terry -- brother of Gary Tucker -- recovering from recent surgeries and and ongoing tests and consultations
15. Walker, Lisa -- receiving dialysis treatments 3x per week
16. Wilson, Garvid -- chemo/immunotherapy and treatments have concluded; will have scan at the end of this month and then consult with doctor in May
17. York, Tasha -- mother Peggy Massey with health challenges; now living with family

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. reaching "herd immunity")
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; the Derek Chauvin trial
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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RRCC Office Hours

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

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

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

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Elder's Prayer Corner/Closing Message

In Whom I Trust

In Psalm 91, the writer makes a broad claim about one of the many blessings we receive just by belonging to God. He declares with boldness that if we chose to follow God and dwell with Him we will be the recipients of many blessings not the least of which is living under the shadow of our Heavenly Father. To have God's shadow abiding around us let's us know that we have received the very Presence of The Most High God as a dwelling place. God has chosen to abide with us. The word abide speaks of His living Presence sharing His life with us. Sometimes it is good that we remember all of the things God has promised us. God keeps His Word. In fact He keeps it so well that it has been signed and revealed to us as we need it. Because God created us He knows us even better than we know ourselves. He knows what we need before we even ask and with Him nothing is impossible. He invites us to recognize that we can trust in Him. In a world where little can be trusted, you never go wrong by trusting in God and His Word.

Most loving and gracious Heavenly Father I come before You in the name of Your Precious Son my Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. Thank You for Your abiding love and grace daily poured into my life. It is such an honor to be part of Your family. I am grateful that everything that comes into my life has first passed through Your loving hands. Thank You for making me feel so safe and loved in Your Presence. Thank You that no matter how I may feel, I know You are with me. I am safe with You. I am at peace in Your Presence Sweet Jesus. Thank You for the love You bestow upon my life. In Jesus name, Amen