Chalice News
Round Rock Christian Church

Embracing our neighbors with Christ-like love 
December 29, 2020
In This Issue
This Coming Sunday in Worship -- 
January 3, 2021

The Second Sunday after Christmas

"When the Lights Came Up"
Matthew 2:1-12

A Thank You from the Pastor
On behalf of all of the RRCC staff--Jimmy, Katie, Randy, Molly, and myself--I express our gratitude to the congregation for your kindness and generosity. 

The Amazon gift cards purchased through your love offering are greatly appreciated. Thank you for thinking of us and for gifting us with something so versatile and helpful, especially in this time of increased online purchases brought on by health safety considerations.

We are honored to serve you and with you, and we look forward to new ministry opportunities in 2021. 

With much love,
Pastor Mitch
Splinters from the Board

Congratulations, 2021 Leadership!

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
2021 Worship Leader Sign-Up

The 2021 Worship Leader Sign-Up is available to view!

Click here to reserve your date to serve:

Upcoming Events 

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

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
7:00 p.m.
- Shalom Congregation (via Zoom)

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
1:00 p.m.
- Caring Hearts Prayer Group (via Zoom) Link HERE
7:00 p.m.
- NO Chancel Choir (via ZOOM) Link HERE

Thursday, December 31, 2020 New Year's Eve
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Friday, January 1, 2021
New Year!
Office Closed

Saturday, January 2, 2021
8:00 a.m.
- Shalom Congregation (live stream)

Sunday, January 32020  
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, January 42021 
Isaiah  43: 18-19
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
7:00 p.m.
- Shalom Congregation (off site)

Events and details can be viewed on the RRCC Calendar
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 usually 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

December 30
- Lori Barker
January 3
- Rafael Cueva
Prayer Needs

1. Our Guiding Board, Ministries Council, Elders, Deacons, Ministries and Teams (leadership transitions as we begin 2021)
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--Perry Mouser (chair), Gary Tucker, Gary Collier, Mildred Adair, Amy Tucker, Pam Knight, Amy Osteen, Tricia Mouser, Pastor Maria Rosario of Manantial de Vida, Omar Roque, Juan Pena, and Carlos Cortez of Shalom, Pastor Mitch Maxted, and Linda Glover
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. The current search for a Community Regional Minister for Reconciliation for the Christian Church in the Southwest

1. Acree, Mary -- ongoing fall concerns, but feeling better
2. Davis, Marilyn
3. Fennimore, Nancy -- joined RRCC on 12/20/20
4. Glover, Linda -- pain management
5. Greene, Emmiline -- sister-in-law Matilda Dunn is now receiving hospice care
6. Guilbeau, Rick & Cynthia. Cynthia's  father, Harold Hubbard, is receiving hospice care
7. Habtemariam, Solomon and Meaza
8. Mouser, Tricia -- rheumatoid arthritis infusion treatments and side-effects
9. Plough, Paul 
10. Pollock, Chris -- chest pains
11. Rilda and Charles Scarborough
12. Schuchardt, Myra -- moving to Magnolia, TX in the near future
13. Sherry, Bea
14. Shrader, James (husband of Patti) -- continued recovery from heart and leg surgeries; also Patti's sister Connie passed away earlier this month in Missouri
15. Terry Tucker, brother of Gary Tucker -- upcoming surgery
16. Walker, Lisa -- siblings Dale and Connie with health concerns (Connie with some vision loss after brain surgery; Dale with complications from diabetes)
17. Wilson, Garvid -- chemo/immunotherapy treatment has begun; next treatment is scheduled for January 5th; prayers for strength and manageable side effects

1. Mahomet Christian Church in Bertram (burned on 12/9)
2. All who don't know Jesus
3. 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)
4. Those who have lost jobs during the pandemic; businesses that are struggling
5. A transition of power in Washington that is marked by good communication and good will
6. All people who are persecuted for their faith throughout the world 
7. Our military personnel and families
8. International cooperation in responding to climate change challenges
9. Development of an immigration policy for the U.S. that is fair, just, and responsible 
10. For all efforts toward affordable health care for all Americans; that pre-existing health conditions not be a barrier to securing health insurance coverage
11. U.S. lawmakers and community leaders to work together to solve the problem of frequent, deadly mass shootings
12. 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 at the church 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 The Cherry Log Sermons by internationally recognized preacher and accomplished teacher Rev. Fred Craddock. "These sermons on a variety of topics and texts show Craddock's deft use of storytelling, an astounding ability to interpret the biblical text for our day, and a keen pastoral sensitivity to the everyday needs of listeners." ALL ARE WELCOME!  Link HERE
Explorers (mixed adults) - 10:00 a.m. Sunday mornings via ZOOM, Facilitator is Mildred Adair; studying the New Testament Book of Acts, using the resource by John MacArthur. 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.

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

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

Putting Away the Crèche

Some keep the nativity scene up until after the feast of the Epiphany, a celebration of the Magis' arrival. Others take the crèche down right after the first of the year. The festivities of Christmas have run their course. People have had enough. The plainness of January is welcomed. Whenever it happens, the nativity scene has to be put away because it is a seasonal practice and the season is over. Spiritual hunger is the outcome of the season of abundance. The Christian Tradition is clear about how to feed this hunger. Follow the example of the child in the manger. 
This poem by Howard Thurman always begins my New Year followed by the Prayer of St Francis of Asissi.

When the song of the angels is stilled

"When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks, the work of Christmas begins:
 to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the people, to make music in the heart."
Howard Thurman (1899-1981)
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
                      (St Francis of Assisi)