Chalice News
 
Round Rock Christian Church


Embracing o ur neighbors
with Christ-like love 
April 7, 2020
In This Issue
Holy Week Worship Schedule
    
All of our services will be through Zoom video conference. 
Links to join each of these services will be sent to you through your email. 
 
Maundy Thursday  - April 9th 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday - April 10th 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday - April 12th 
9:30 a.m. Early Easter Servic e
11:00 a.m. Easter Worship


A Message from Rev. Maxted

In Matthew's gospel, Jesus' first priority upon entering Jerusalem was to go into the temple to express his anger about what we might call "the temple system." We read in Matthew 21, right after the Palm Sunday story, the description of an enraged Jesus overturning money changers' tables and screaming at people, calling them "robbers." Jesus wasn't merely criticizing the people who were buying, selling, and exchanging currency. After all, these activities were needed services for people who had traveled a long way, carrying foreign money, and needing to obtain animals for the purpose of offering sacrifice. 

Jesus' real anger was directed toward the temple leadership. The notes in my CEB translation clarify: "Rather than using the temple for its intended purpose, as a house of prayer, they use their relationship to the temple to hide their unjust behavior."

This episode at the beginning of Jesus' last week of earthly ministry is often called the "cleansing of the temple." That language brings to mind the current situation in our places of worship. During this COVID-19 pandemic, with social distancing guidelines in place, churches are considered unclean places to be; that is, the coming together of worshipers greatly increases the risk of contamination with a potentially deadly virus. We long for Jesus to cleanse our churches and our communities of the coronavirus! We long for our sacred spaces to return to being houses of prayer, not places of peril!

May God bless and guide us thro ugh our final days of Lent. When we've finished the 40th day, may God grant us the refreshment and hope of Easter joy! Let us proclaim with thanksg iving Paul's words to the church at Corinth, as he lifted up sacred words from Isaiah and Hosea: 

Death has been swallowed up in victory.
 Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?"
Peace in Christ,
Pastor Mitch
RRCC Good Friday Prayer Vigil

This year, RRCC will be conducting our annual Good Friday prayer vigil from our homes on Friday, April 10, 2020, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  

It is still important for us to participate in this much needed act of conversing with our creator, especially during these challenging times.  Thanks to all who have signed up for one of the 24 thirty-minute time slots.
Evening Book Club Will Meet One Week Later

The evening Book Club group will meet via Zoom on Thursday, April 16th instead of the regularly-scheduled April 9th. The change was made because this Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m is our Maundy Thursday worship service. 

Thank you for your flexibility! 
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

 
2020 Easter Offering

 
Do You Need Help With Zoom?

Some of our members have attempted to join a zoom meeting or worship and have been unable to fully participate. We apologize for this inconvenience and we want to help you overcome these difficulties. 

For most people, simply clicking on the provided link takes the person where they need to go. But people use different devices with different capabilities, so each person's ability to participate varies. If you need some technical help with Zoom, please don't hesitate to reach out to Gary Collier, Rod Walker, Randy Preston, or Rev. Maxted with your questions. 

 
Splinters from the Board


Your Guiding Board.....
  • Commends the dedication of our beloved Sr. Minister, Mitch Maxted for his leadership and devotion to our Lord during this unprecedented time as he...
  • models Christ-centered living in all his actions
  • set up a response team to maintain worship experiences, congregational care and property security, set up Zoom gatherings, keeps close communication with Christian Church of the Southwest leadership
  • connects with members of the congregation, especially those with critical needs, convenes the Caring Hearts prayer warriors, leads worship services
  • maintains communication and consultation with the Guiding Board, Elders and Ministries Council and staff
  • Declared unanimous suspension of all activities on our 22 Chalice Way campus until further notice
  • Assured all staff that their monetary compensation would continue at least during the period March 6 through April 30
  • Thanks the diligent work...
    • of Treasurer Gary Collier and Financial Secretary Irene Jenkins as they...Created and monitor online giving (see article in this issue and on website) as well as accept checks mailed to 22 Chalice Way ANDprepare monthly financial reports
    • of Elders, each Ministry, and all staff
    • of Molly Salzwedel for her infinite devotion to all things Round Rock Christian, exemplified by her beautiful Christian spirit
    • Prayer warriors, Sunday school classes and known-but-to God acts of faith, love and kindness that lift us spiritually
  • Maintains Guiding Board communication via Zoom and email to for the governance of the Congregation (next Board meeting, April 20, 7 pm)
  • Encourages each member and friend to utilize Round Rock Christian electronic conduits of communication...Zoom gatherings, the e-Chalice newsletter and Updates, and website
  • Prays for the continued health, safety, generosity, and faith of each member
  • Gives all praise, thanksgiving and glory to Father, Son and Holy Spirit as together we continue to hold fast to...
    • Our Mission: Embracing our neighbors with Christ-like love.
    • Our Vision:To be a relevant center that strengthens and feeds our neighborhood community spiritually and physically through our passion for God and God's people
Immigrant-led Weekly Online Bible Study (IWOBS)

My Dear CRM Colleagues & Friends,

            Greetings.  Amidst all that is happening, a wonderful project has begun.  Our Disciples Immigration Response Specialist, Valeria Bejar, has begun a weekly online Bible study, led by immigrants with immigrant perspectives on Holy Scripture.  The first week it was offered was an "inner" study, that is one that is also just for persons who are immigrants or are significantly a part of affected communities.  This week will begin the "outer" study, that invites those of us like myself who care about our immigrant neighbors, but who isn't an immigrant or directly impacted.
 
Gratefully Yours,
Allen
 

Immigrant-led Weekly Online Bible Study (IWOBS)
 
Join us this Thursday for the first IWOBS, Outer Study!
 
This week's presenter will be Valeria Bejar, Disciples Immigration Response Specialist.

 
Please share!
Valeria Bejar
Disciples Immigration Response Specialist
April DWM


LADIES: Continuing our Round Rock Christian policy to meet virtually for safe health, the April meeting of DWM will assemble on the internet in our individual homes via ZOOM at 9:30 A.M. on Monday, April 13. You will receive an invitation from president, Susan Kessler. There will be a link in the invitation-letters and numbers, in blue print. Just before 9:30am, click on the blue link on your iPad, iPhone, or computer.

Anna Marie Blair will lead the bible study, titled: Their Eyes Were Opened and Recognized Him: Radical Hospitality.

Use the link below to download the April lesson study guide. After reading the text, Luke 24: 13-35, read and respond to the three questions in the study guide. This is the well-known story of two disciples who are on the road to Emmaus when they respond to a stranger with open hearts, not realizing that the man is the living Christ. They are empowered to continue God's mission.

WATCH FOR THE EMAIL ZOOM INVITATION
FROM SUSAN KESSLER.
 

General Assembly 2021




Chalice Press Holy Week Adult Coloring Pages

If you're looking for a socially distanced activity, 
Chalice Press has some coloring pages available to download for $3.95...

Stay Home Stay Safe Order Continues

This went into effect at 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 24th, 2020. Click on the link to review all the details of the 21-page Stay Home Stay Safe order document. The order has now been extended twice. Currently, it is in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30th. However, Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell has the ability to extend or rescind the order at any time.


 
COVID-19 Update From the Serving Center --  A Letter from Lori Scott, Executive Director

The Serving Center facility was closed to the public effective March 18th. The thrift stores and client services are closed until May 11, 2020. The food pantry is operating on a modified basis and is distributing food on Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 11 am to 2 pm only. This is a drive-through operation in the donation receiving area circular driveway. And, we are accepting food donations during those same hours of distribution. We are providing financial assistance by phone only. Clients must call and speak with Cynthia Flores, and fax/email their utility bills and lease agreements. Checks are being mailed. The modified operation is running smoothly and many, many thanks are extended to the staff and volunteers who are working to make this successful.

Since March 18th, we have provided food to 527 families, including FFFF, which is a total of 2,004 individuals. We have provided financial assistance for rent, utilities, prescriptions, bus, and hotel, and have spent a total of $12,295. 

After 9/11, the Serving Center caseload skyrocketed by 86%. In 2008, the caseload jumped by 45%, and in 2009, the caseload rose by 19%. The COVID-19 pandemic is much broader and is impacting significantly more families who are normally working with job cuts and layoffs. The Serving Center caseload is going to rise dramatically.

In addition to the increased caseload that the Serving Center will face, the closure of the thrift stores is a serious loss of revenue in the amount of $60,000 for two months. At this time, it is anticipated that the stores will reopen on May 11th, but that could be extended. The Serving Center expects to exceed the program services budget to meet the needs of not only client families but also households who have never asked for help before.

I cannot say thank you enough to everyone for your compassion, hard work, flexibility, and willingness to serve our community. 

Lori Scott, Executive Director
Disciple Oaks Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response 

March 26, 2020:
Our Mission South Leaders, Board of Directors for Disciple Oaks and Camp Director are continuing to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation to ensure we are making the best possible decisions for the health of our groups and staff, as well as following local, state, and national guidelines surrounding this unprecedented time. At this time, we want everyone to know that:
 

1. We are still accepting registrations for Summer Camp 2020. So please continue to sign your kids up for Summer Camp

            -The best information sources we have are telling us we are trending towards
 having camp this summer.
            -Early Bird registration ends April 20th. Please take advantage of the 
Early Bird  fee. We will waive Late Registration fees that would normally apply after May 18th.
            -Fees must be paid by the deadline to receive that fee.

2. Our Mission South Leaders, Board of Directors for Disciple Oaks and Camp Director continue to access changing conditions and are meeting regularly to enhance the ministry of Disciple Oaks during these times.


3. We will make a final decision in mid-May with our Camp Physician and TX DSHS if camp will be held as schedule. Refunds will be made if we must cancel summer camps.

4. If you register and pay for your child to attend camp, and Disciple Oaks decides to move forward with having summer camps but you are not comfortable with sending your child to camp due to any changes with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) closer to the camp start date, we will honor requests to refund your money. This is a special refund arrangement we are making for this summer only.
 
We are looking forward to a great summer! Thanks for your support with our camping ministry!
Alma's Secret Garden
[Though this event may eventually be cancelled, for now we will continue to share the information.]
Ladies' Brunch
With the charge "to provide a lovely event for all women of the church for fellowship and to feed the woman's spirit," a task force of the Disciples Women's Ministry met last week and has news to share! Thanks to Darlia Hunt, Susan Kessler, Pam Knight, Martha Nichols, Linda Preston for a great brainstorming session, and to Jean Bell and Anna Marie Blair for also serving on the task force. Here is the new, streamlined, updated "ladies' tea"!
 
FOR ALL LADIES OF RRCC: 
You are cordially invited to join us for
ALMA'S SECRET GARDEN
Ladies' Brunch
Saturday, June 6, 2020
11:00am
$10 per person
 
Tickets on sale April 19

Find a Place to Serve Here at RRCC


Here are the ways you can contribute to Sunday Morning Worship:
 





Upcoming B irthdays

 
April 8
- Tyra Collier
April 9
- Charles Whitley
April 13
- Linda Glover
Prayer Needs

OUR CONGREGATIONAL LEADERSHIP
1. Our staff--Jimmy, Mitch, Katie, Randy, and Molly
2. Guiding Board, Ministries Council, Elders, Deacons, Ministries and Teams
3. Ad Hoc Youth Programming Team and youth director search
4. Our El ders as they focus on evangelism this year
5. Shut-In Servers & Caring Hearts Prayer Group
6. Stephen Ministries (Care Receivers and Caregivers)
7. Our music ministries and their leaders: Randy Preston, Rod Walker, and Jimmy Horowitz
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. Gary Collier and other tech support people from our congregation who are helping us to stay connected and active, even during this time of STAY HOME STAY SAFE. 

ME MBERS AND FRIENDS 
1. Barnett, Barbara - has several family members who are medical professionals, including grandson Jackson working in COVID-19 ICU

2. Bell, Jean (son Chris has made great progress with infusions to combat cancer)
 
3. Blair, AnnaMarie - niece in Maryland is helping one of her renters, who is sick with COVID-19

4. Camarillo, Brian (son of Rudy) nurse in Bridgeport, Connecticut

5. 
Davis, Marilyn (at Encompass Health Rehab in Round Rock following a stroke--no visitors allowed at this time) 
6. Fennimore, Nancy, (husband Gene and sister Joan--health issues; daughter-in-law Brittney's grandmother passed away)
7. Guilbeau, Rick & Cynthia; Hubbard, Harold
8. Habtemariam, Solomon and Meaza
9. Hunt, Darlia (daughter Debra, nurse, awaiting test results for COVID-19)
10. Maybaum, Liz (platelet count)
11. Plough, Paul
12. Pollock, Paula
13. Rowland, Lucy (former member now living near Atlanta, GA--recent stroke)
14. Sanford, Collin and Sonya
15. Sherry, Bea (no visitors allowed at this time)
16. Snider, Rev. Ed (no visitors allowed at this time)
17. Whitley, Charles (recovering from shingles)
18. York , Skyler David (future grandson of Tasha and future adopted son of TJ and Heather York. Pregnancy complications.)

OTHER
1. All affected by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) around the world (those who are ill, their families, health professionals)
2. All people who are persecuted for their faith throughout the world 
3. Our military personnel and families
4. International cooperation in responding to climate change challenges
5. Development of an immigration policy for the U.S. that is fair, just, and responsible 
6. For all efforts toward universal, affordable access to health care here in the U.S.
7. All who don't know Jesus
8. U.S. lawmakers and community leaders to work together to solve the problem of frequent, deadly mass shootings
9. Reaching out to our neighborhood families through the schools: a. Hopewell gift cards b. Adopt-a-Child ministry at Union Hill and Hopewell c. Literacy Partners at Union Hill  d. Staff Appreciation Breakfasts  e. school supplies for Hopewell Middle School  f. Hopewell "Swarm the Hive" back to school event  g. Our annual neighborhood welcoming events such as Trunk n Treat, Breakfast with Santa, and Hop into Easter
Sunday School Classes

[There will be no Sunday School classes at the church for the foreseeable future. Some classes will be meeting via Zoom during the STAY HOME STAY SAFE order.]
 
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) - 10:00 a.m. Sunday mornings via ZOOM, Studying Searching for Sunday, by Rachel Held Evans .
 
Explorers (mixed adults) - 10:00 a.m. Sunday mornings via ZOOM, Facilitator is Mildred Adair; studying a gospel of Luke resource by John MacArthur.
Pastor Mitch and Office Emails

info@rrdisciples.org
pastormitch@rrdisciples.org
rrcc-office@rrdisciples.org
bookkeeper@rrdisciples.org
RRCC is on Social Media

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We can be found on:
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Instagram as rrccdisciples
Photo Submissions

Submitting a photo? Awesome! 
We love pictures of congregational life!
Please remember to include
identification (who, what, when, where, why)  
 for each photograph s ubmitted to the office.  
Also, please indicate  where you would like the photo to be used (RRCC website,  social media, weekly newsletter, etc.)

Please email photos to the church office: info@rrdisciples.org
RRCC Newsletter Deadlines

Please submit your Tuesday newsletter articles  and pictures 
before  10:00 a.m. on Mondays.
Thank you!
Upcoming Events 



Many RRCC activities and events have been cancelled until further notice. Some are continuing online.


Please check the calendar below for a daily Lenten Bible passage

Tuesday, April 7 , 2020
John 12:27-29
"Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!" Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and will glorify it again." The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.

Wednesday, April  8, 2020
John 13:21-22
After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, "Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me." The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking.

Thursday, April 9, 2020
John 13:34-35
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

Friday, April 10, 2020
John 18:10-11
Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave's name was Malchus. Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?"

Saturday, April 11, 2020
Lamentations 3:19-24
The thought of my affliction and my homelessness is wormwood and gall! My soul continually thinks of it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him."
Morning
- Pray for the Shalom Iglesia Adventista congregation as they worship

Sunday, April 12 , 2020  EASTER
11:00 a.m.
- Worship with us via ZOOM
Evening
- Pray for the Manantial de Vida congregation as they worship

Monday, April 13 , 2020
Matthew 28:16-20 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted. Jesus came near and spoke to them, "I've received all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I've commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age." 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Mark 16:14-20
Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."
So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.

Events and details can be viewed on the  RRCC Calendar
Elder's Prayer Corner/Closing Messag e

In light of our having to endure staying home it seems that we need to fight various forms of evil, especially in our attitudes.
 
The following is adapted from Winning Your Daily Spiritual Battles - Living Empowered by the Armor of God by Linda Evans Shepherd.
 
Author Kay Arthur wrote:

Girding yourself with truth is not enough. You need a shield of faith to counteract the enemy's offense. When you use specific truths from God's Word to counteract the devil's lies and accusations, you're taking up the shield of faith! It is a defensive action! When the enemy attacks, the shield extinguishes the lie or accusation with an appropriate truth or promise that you've chosen to believe
 
We need to remember that our shield of faith is soaked in both the Word and the blood of Jesus. Thelma Wells says, "Praise the Lord we don't have to live unprotected any longer! We've got the blood of Jesus, the love of Jesus, the hope in Jesus, the restoration of Jesus, and the total covering by Him for our heads, hearts, minds, feet, and back. We can stand strong in the midst of turmoil, ready to fight the good fight of faith without fear."
 
To take up the shield of faith, we must first take up the Bible and open it. We must hold on to the treasures we find within its pages. When we have faith that God's Word is true and that Christ's blood washed away our sins, our faith is like a shield of protection against the enemy.

Prayer:
            
Dear Lord, there are so many wonderful Scripture passages I can hide behind when the enemy sends a fiery arrow my way. I choose to have faith in your word. I believe that your Son covers me with his blood so that I can know and walk with you and do your good purposes. Thank you that you're the author and finisher of my faith and that my faith in you will shield me from every firestorm. Help me to always carry this shield you have so graciously given me. In Jesus's name, amen.