Chalice News
Round Rock Christian Church

Embracing  our  neighbors 
with  Christ-like  love 
April 27, 2021
In This Issue
This coming Sunday in worship -- 
May 2, 2021


"Did I Mention 
that Love is Important?"

1 John 4:7-21

 A Message from the Pastor
Yesterday I watched an inspiring documentary on Netflix called Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution. I hadn't heard about the film until seeing its title listed among Academy Award nominees. 

After watching Crip Camp, many treasured memories re-surfaced in my mind. When I was 22, I had the great blessing of working for several months at Easterseals Iowa Camp Sunnyside, near Des Moines. I had graduated from college in February and would go to Japan to work in June, so I felt very fortunate that I was able to secure a job for the months in between. Camp Sunnyside offered camps and respite programs for people with a variety of disabilities. I had had no formal training in working with people with disabilities, but I had worked for several summers at a YMCA Camp that offered special camping and learning opportunities for people with muscular dystrophy and diabetes. 

Though I only worked at Camp Sunnyside for a few months, and though my original motivation in applying there was primarily staying busy and making a little money between school and my overseas program, to this day I feel tremendously blessed that I had this experience. I met people during those few months that I will never forget. In remembering them, I continue to be inspired by their guts, their determination, their inner strength and endurance, and their ability to find humor in the challenges they faced. I am honored and I am grateful that God allowed my life to intersect with theirs.  

If you're interested in Crip Camp, below is a portion of the IMBd (Internet Movie Database) description of the documentary. 

Peace in Christ,
Pastor Mitch

In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and institutionalization. Camp Jened, a ramshackle camp "for the handicapped" in the Catskills, exploded those confines. Co-directed by Emmy®-winning filmmaker Nicole Newnham and film mixer and former camper Jim LeBrecht, this joyous and exuberant documentary arrives the same year as the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, at a time when the country's largest minority group still battles daily for the freedom to exist.

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.
Address your envelope to:
Financial Secretary
Round Rock Christian Church
22 Chalice Way
Round Rock, TX 78665
Change of Address
Fern Chester has moved. Her new address is below, and she would love to receive cards and visits. Fern has been an integral part of Round Rock Christian Church from our early days. Her late husband, the Rev. Dr. Ray Chester, was our first minister. Through the years, Fern has served in many roles, and has been very active in Open Circle Class and the monthly book group. Despite being our oldest member, Fern remains energetically curious about the world and always eager to learn more. She enjoys using, and is not intimidated by, modern technology. She is an Elder Emerita.  

Fern Chester
Buckner Villas
Greenridge Building, Apt. 205
11110 Tom Adams Dr.
Austin, TX 78753

Marty Graham Service of Remembrance
This evening, Tuesday, April 27th at 6:00 pm there will be a Zoom Service of Remembrance for Marty. If you would like an invitation to that Zoom Service, please email Rev. Beth Graham at to request it. 

Beth and Marty were active members at RRCC for years, and Marty had a special passion for the camping and retreat ministries of our Disciple Oaks campground.  Marty passed away on February 24th.
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 27, 2021
6:00 p.m.
- Service of Remembrance for Marty Graham (via Zoom)
7:00 p.m.
- Elders Meeting 40 Day Prayer Journal (via Zoom) Link HERE
7:00 p.m.
- Shalom Congregation (off site)
7:00 p.m.
- Texas Heat Volleyball

Wednesday, April 28, 2021  
10:00 a.m.
- Caring Hearts Prayer Group (via Zoom) Link HERE
7:00 p.m.
- Chancel Choir (via Zoom) Link HERE
7:00 p.m.
- Texas Heat Volleyball

Thursday, April 29, 2021
Acts 1:3
He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
7:00 p.m.
- Texas Heat Volleyball

Friday, April 30, 2021
10:00 a.m.
- Vision Advisory Team (via Zoom) Link HERE
7:00 p.m.
- Texas Heat Volleyball

Saturday, May 1, 2021
8:00 a.m.
- Shalom Congregation

Sunday, May 22020  
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, May 3, 2021
Romans 6:4
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Tuesday, May 4, 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

Church camp changes lives! You can register online here.  You can also register on the Disciple Oaks 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. 

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.

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 30
- JW Mowers
May 1
- Deb Cueva
May 3
- Matt Scherer
Prayer Needs

1. Our Guiding Board, Ministries Council, Elders, Deacons, Ministries and Teams. Our Elders are three 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 -- sister and brother in law, Marietta and Frank, both with health issues
5. Fennimore, Nancy -- sister Joan Heckford managing ALS symptoms; son Adam recovering from COVID 19
6. Guilbeau, Rick & Cynthia; Cynthia's father, Harold Hubbard, in new living situation
7. Johnston, Janette -- mother Billie, in Alabama, will have surgery May 14th; granddaughter Izzy waiting to be scheduled for surgery to correct heart valve anomaly
8. Malone, Betty -- sister Carolyn recently had major cancer surgery and remains hospitalized
9. Miller, Chris -- (son of Jean Bell) experiencing some neuropathy from cancer treatments
10. Mouser, Tricia -- rheumatoid arthritis infusion treatments and side-effects
11. Salzwedel, Molly -- her aunt Margaret is hospitalized with COVID and has developed pneumonia
12. Tucker, Terry -- brother of Gary Tucker -- recovering from recent surgeries and and ongoing tests and consultations
13. Walker, Lisa -- receiving dialysis treatments 3x per week
14. Wilson, Garvid -- chemo/immunotherapy and radiation treatments have concluded; will consult with doctor in May to discuss recent scan
15. 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. Pressing immigration concerns 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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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