Chalice News
 
Round Rock Christian Church


Embracing  our  neighbors 
with  Christ-like  love 
April 6, 2021
In This Issue
This coming Sunday in worship -- 
April 11, 2021

THE FIRST SUNDAY
AFTER EASTER

"Christ Has Overcome Our Disconnectedness"

1 John 1:1 -- 2:2

 A Message from the Pastor
 
I look forward to beginning a series of messages on 1 John this Sunday. Are you familiar with 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John? They are not nearly as long as the Gospel of John, but contain a lot of similar vocabulary and ideas. Although they are sometimes referred to as "letters" they don't really have the same form as ancient letters. They are more like sermons. 

During my sophomore year of college, spent at the University of Vienna in Austria, I became involved in my very first Bible study. As a child, I had attended Sunday School periodically, and I got involved in a limited way with our church's CYF program during my high school years, and of course I sat through lots of scripture readings and sermons my whole life; but it wasn't until I was 20 years old that I discovered the wonder of Bible study. 

There were just three in our study--my roommate and I were led by an American missionary. We went to his home every Tuesday afternoon. He and his wife and three kids lived not far from one of the stops on our subway commute back and forth from the university to our apartment. I became fascinated by the dynamic of sharing our own interpretations of the words, along with some great historical background provided by the missionary. Also revelatory was the realization that, regardless of who we were or how long we'd been a Christian, the Holy Spirit provided insights and understanding. All of the joys of my first real encounter with God's Word are associated with this book--1 John. 

I look forward to spending time in 1 John for the next six Sundays. 

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
April DWM

DISCIPLES WOMEN'S MINISTRY MEETING
Your Invitation to Fellowship, Bible Study & Service
 
Ladies mark your calendar for Monday, April 12, 9:30 AM, for the fourth DWM meeting of the year. We will come together via zoom (link below) for fellowship and study.
The Bible study this month is another in the series of the Just Women Embracing Life that examines biblical narratives, correlating them with 21st Century challenges. The theme words....hope, healing, and wholeness have been chosen to help us examine our personal journey, as we seek to embrace our neighbors with Christ-like love.

The April study is titled:
O God, Do Not Be Far From Me: The Promise of God's Presence 

Mildred Adair will facilitate the study this month.
The scripture text is from the Old Testament book of Psalms: # 71. In summary, although it is considered a psalm of lament, Psalm 71 expresses the full spectrum of our relationship with God, including: complaint, confession, petition, and praise. It reminds us that God is faithful through it all.

Webster's dictionary defines a psalm as a hymn, poem, canticle, prayer, or song of praise. Please read Psalm 71 before the meeting, making note of the version of the bible that you read it from. We hear the message in a multitude of descriptors as we read from a variety of versions. A word might catch your attention, or a certain phrase may resonate with your spirit, as you read and meditate on this psalm from a version that you are familiar with.
 
Please join your sisters in Christ with this zoom link for DWM, Monday, April 12, at 9:30 a.m.
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 6, 2021
7:00 p.m.
- Shalom Congregation (off site)

Wednesday, April 7, 2021  
1:00 p.m.
- Caring Hearts Prayer Group (via Zoom) Link HERE
7:00 p.m.
- Chancel Choir (via ZOOM) Link HERE

Thursday, April 8, 2021 
1:00 p.m.- Book Group (via Zoom) Link HERE
7:00 p.m.- Book Group (via Zoom) Link HERE

Friday, April 9, 2021
4:00 p.m.- Moponic Cleans the RRCC Campus

Saturday, April 10, 2021
8:00 a.m.
- Shalom Congregation
8:30 a.m.
- Disciples Men's Breakfast (via Zoom) Link HERE
9:30 a.m.
- Handcrafters Meeting (via Zoom) Link HERE 

Sunday, April 112020  
9:45 a.m.
Explorers Sunday School will NOT meet on Easter
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 12, 2021
9:30 a.m.
DWM (via Zoom) Link HERE

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
7:00 p.m.
- Elders Meeting (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
Book Groups, Thursday, April 8, 2021



1:00 p.m. Book Group (via Zoom) Link HERE


7:00 p.m. book Group (via Zoom) Link HERE


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 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.
Hopewell Gift Card Presentation

The Hopewell Middle School Student Incentive Program and Staff Appreciation Project resulted in a "double delivery" to Principal Lynda Garinger, just before their Easter Break!  Thanks to the generosity of RRCC member donations, we were able to donate Fifty $5 gift cards to Hopewell Middle School which they, in turn, let the students earn with good behavior and improvement. This incentive program has been very successful for several years, now, and the administration and counselors at the school are very appreciative of our RRCC on-going support.

We were also able to donate 110 flower seed packets and appreciative notes for distribution to all staff, as a token of our appreciation of the school staff.  They have continued to "evolve" their methods all during this past year, to best meet the needs of our neighborhood students.
In closing our meeting, Pastor Mitch gave Principal Garinger a letter, letting her know that she, her staff, the students and their families have continued to be in prayer during this year and will continue to be in the prayers of RRCC members during the coming months and years as they transition into the next school year.

Thank you for your faithfulness in "Embracing Our Neighbors with Christlike Love"!
Pictured; Tricia Mouser, Tara Pollock, Lynda Garinger and Pastor Mitch


RRCC Saturday Events


Disciples Mens Breakfast
Saturday, April 10, 2021 @ 8:30 a.m.
(via Zoom) Link HERE


Handcrafters Meeting
Saturday, April 10, 2021 @ 9:30 a.m.
(via Zoom)  Link HERE


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.


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 8
- Gayle Boles
April 9
- Fern Chester
April 10
- Caleb Plank-Grant
Prayer Needs

LEADERSHIP
1. Our Guiding Board, Ministries Council, Elders, Deacons, Ministries and Teams. Tomorrow, April 7th, our Elders begin 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. Rev. Walker plans to move to Pflugerville. He officially begins this week! Welcome, Rev. Walker!

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS 
1. For all who are grieving the loss of a loved one in recent months; most recently, the families of Paul Plough, Marty Graham, Linda Boles, and Eric Elder

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; also niece Amber W.
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, is dealing with various health issues
8. Knight, Pam -- recovering at home after 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 -- continues to recuperate after two recent surgeries
12. Walker, Lisa -- seeking to become eligible for a kidney transplant
13. Wilson, Garvid -- chemo/immunotherapy treatments
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)
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. Those who have had property damage due to the recent winter storms
7. The growing immigration crisis of children at our border, development of an immigration policy for the U.S. that is fair, just, and responsible 
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
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
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[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
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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

Listening to Kerrie Underwood sing "How Great Thou Art" is often the way I start and sometimes even close my day. The verses of the song
magnificently lay out the many beautiful attributes of our loving, risen, and awesome Lord. At times I may catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror and realize that I am certainly getting older. I know of many people who at the thought of growing older would do everything to at least on the surface contradict the obvious. Women and men spend thousands of dollars to try to appear younger. I don't know who they are trying to satisfy, themselves or others. The closer I get to Glory the more attracted to it I get. To see my wonderful Savior and our blessed Father and our amazing Holy Spirit is something I look forward to. So be encouraged God is not so much more interested in the outside appearance but in the inside. Shape me into His image.
 
Prayer:
Dearest and Loving God, As we face difficult times help us to live a life that is pleasing to You. Wrap Your arms of comfort and strength about us and give us a sense of Your comfort and Presence. How we long to see You! Keep us safe, protected in knowing how much we are loved as we journey this life journey together. In Jesus Precious Name, Amen