Chalice News
 
Round Rock Christian Church


Embracing o ur neighbors
with Christ-like love 
June 30, 2020
In This Issue
This Sunday in Worship -- July  5, 2020

T H E    F I F T H    S U N D A Y  
A F T E R   P E N T E C O S T
 
Scripture: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 
"A Real Rest"

If our call to discipleship is a call to carry the cross, 
how can Jesus describe it as restful? 

 
A Message from the Pastor

Do you spend time thinking about things you wish you had done or had not done in your life? Do you regret decisions made? I suppose we are all guilty of this to a certain degree, but some folks expend lots of time and energy wishing things had been different in their lives. Dr. Les Parrott, professor of clinical psychology and author on marriage dynamics, wrote a book called
Shoulda Coulda Woulda (Zondervan, 2003). This is his opening illustration:

Years ago a thunderstorm came through southern Kentucky and wreaked havoc on the old Claypool farm. A pear tree, which had stood for six generations, had blown over. Claypool deeply grieved the loss of this tree where he had climbed as a boy and whose fruit he had eaten all his life.
"I'm so sorry to see your pear tree blown down," a neighbor tried to console.
"I'm sorry too," Mr. Claypool responded. "It was a real part of my past."
The neighbor asked, "What are you going to do?"
Mr. Claypool paused for a long moment before answering, "I'm going to pick the fruit and burn what's left."

This response may have been literal, but I can't help thinking the astute farmer meant it figuratively as well. We all need to pick the fruit from our past and burn what's left. We need to learn whatever lessons the past has to teach us and move forward with more wisdom under our belts and more optimism in our spirits. 

Do you find yourself saying "shoulda coulda woulda" often in your daily life? To hear some people talk, you're led to believe that they regret just about every action they've ever taken and every conversation they've ever had. That is a heavy burden to carry. That is a debilitating world to live in. Only when we're able to see our experiences--pleasant and unpleasant--as learning opportunities can we move freely into the future, accompanied by a God whose steadfast love endures forever. 

Peace in Christ,
Pastor Mitch
State of the Congregation

Recap of June 28, State of the Congregation Meeting:

What follows is a recap of the Sunday, June 28, mid-year meeting of the congregation from speakers Moderator Linda Glover, Treasurer Gary Collier, Property Chair Perry Mouser and Sr. Minister Mitch Maxted.
 
More than 2000 years ago the apostle Paul experienced many of the frustrations that we currently face. Our confinement is different--we live in a relatively safe community; he was sometimes in prison or traveling on foot to visit churches. We are blessed with 21st Century technology to communicate. He depended upon his written word to reach the churches in the then Christian world.

Different centuries, different settings, yet, just as Paul and the early churches . . . we long to see one another again, we remain strong, knowing that God's truth stands firm like a great rock, and nothing can shake it. Paul wrote to Timothy to have faith and love and enjoy the companionship of those who love the Lord, he also pleaded with Timothy to use the abilities God gave him. This message remains clear for us today. Keep the faith, use the abilities God has given us, pray for direction and resolution, and remain faithful to one another.

During the past six months, while in a never before format, we have remained strong and reasonably healthy. Our foundation is built on solid ground and has withstood unprecedented times.

This morning you will hear from four of us. We comprise four positions out of the ten on the Guiding Board. Gary Collier-Treasurer will provide data on our current financial status, Perry Mouser-Property Chair, will apprise us of the work of the ad hoc Reopening Task Force, and Pastor Mitch will share his perspective.

Remember our three-legged stool--WORSHIP, SERVE, GROW?

Ours is well-built.

WORSHIP  - The worship leg is solid..secure....Today was our 15th week of live zoom services of worship (in addition to those during Lent and Holy Week)....We have grown in attendance with regulars and folks from across the state and United States.

SERVE - Your faithful monetary giving has kept the serve leg strong as  we continue support of the RR Area Serving Center, Disciple brotherhood outreach, met payroll for staff, and maintain upkeep of building and grounds. Under our new structure routine meetings of governance  -- the board, spiritual life - - our nine elders and, programming  -- the ministries council -- each have continued to meet -- praying and planning for direction.

GROW  - the grow leg remains secure and powerful. Fellowship and opportunities to grow in the faith are numerous in small groups that meet routinely---two adult Sunday school classes, the choir, the Caring Hearts prayer warriors, two book groups, two special study groups, the Disciples Women and the Disciples Men -- all have studied and fellowshipped, reached out to community needs and cared for our own. Christian Education plans for the blessings of backpacks prior to the beginning of school.
 
Every solid three-legged stool that lasts over time and provides necessary support for all who are in need must be sustained with extraordinary glue -- the glue that holds us together is our Pasto -- Mitch Maxted, whose 24/7 devotion to our Lord and to our congregation remains steadfast. Our staff has continued in their positions as though nothing changed. They polish the stool with their talent and commitment- Randy Preston, director of music ministries, Jimmy Horowitz, keyboard, Rod Walker, praise band director, Katie Maybaum who role-transitioned from childcare to financial and technical duties, and Molly Salzwedel as administrative assistant. Then there are the folks who mow the lawn and count the offering and tear out sinks and wax floors.....It takes a village.  
 
Financials - Treasurer, Gary Collier

 
Reopening Task Force - Property Chair, Perry Mouser
The purpose of the task force is to evaluate how and when to reopen services at church with safety of all participants paramount. The group will present recommendations to Guiding Board for approval. While there is no date set for reopening, data from the these sources form the basis for evaluation and planning: National Center for Disease Control, the State of Texas, Church Mutual Insurance(RRCC insurer) and the Christian Church of the Southwest, our regional Disciples office. Task force members include Mildred Adair and Amy Tucker (Worship), Pam Knight and Amy Osteen (Christian Education), Randy Preston (Music Ministries), Gary Collier, Tricia Mouser, Gary Tucker (Guiding Board), Linda Glover, Pastor Maxted (ex-officios), Perry Mouser, chair.

To date the group has met twice via zoom and once at the church with safe distancing to make a walk-through of procedures for congregants.
  • Minimum 6' social distancing throughout with a maximum capacity of 42 seats
  • First "in", last "out" entry/exit
  • Disinfecting before and after service
Please click on http://www.rrdisciples.org/re-opening-news.html to view photos showing social distancing.
 
Property
  • Preparation for a new library has begun with the gutting of the old kitchen (Perry Mouser, Jim Kessler, Gary Tucker). A Library Task Force, chaired by Gary Tucker, has formed.
  • Gym floor had been partially stripped with a refinish and tough tape to mark for volleyball and basketball to follow.
 
Pastor Maxted concluded the meeting by thanking our leadership and reflecting on how the pandemic challenge is producing good fruit in our church family. Before dismissing the congregation with prayer, he read from the epistle to James 1:2-4

My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind,
consider it nothing but joy, 
because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance;
and let endurance have its full effect,
so that you may by mature and complete, lacking in nothing. NRSV
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


SCAM ALERT!

Some RRCC members have been receiving emails from an unknown source, claiming to be Pastor Mitch.  The email address(es) being used by the scammer are similar to the correct one. 

Please be sure to check the exact email address of the senderRemember, your pastor's correct email address is pastormitch@rrdisciples.org
His address is correctly listed in our most recent church directory (June 2019). 

Hopewell Middle School Supply Drive
 
The 2020-2021 school year is just around the corner, and although no one knows exactly what "schooling" will look like this fall, the Hopewell Principal has indicated that many students will still need help with supplies (which can be used at school and/or home). Hopewell Middle School has requested the continued support of RRCC in providing much needed student school supplies, to begin the school year. 

The Principal and Counselors have met to discuss the most needed items and also provided an approximate quantity needed and the Outreach Team has decided to purchase the supplies rather than request donations of supplies from RRCC members, due to the social distancing measures which continue to be in place. Although we do have a budget for Outreach to expense on events and supplies, we are providing an opportunity for additional donations, should anyone be interested in contributing to this worthy cause.

In the three years since we began this project in 2017, we have donated school supplies valued at over $2,000 to the students at Hopewell who need supplies. This year, more than ever, it is important the students have the supplies that they need and are engaged academically and know that they are supported by the community. It will be a school year like never before.
 
Please consider making a contribution to this project with a check or online contribution 
marked (Hopewell School Supplies) during any week in July.
 
Thank you for your help in supporting the students of Hopewell Middle School, with school supplies, in our on-going effort to "embrace our neighbors with Christ-like love"!
 
The Outreach Team
Janette Johnston, Susan Kessler and Tricia Mouser
Call for Worship Leaders!

ATTENTION WORSHIP LEADERS!

We need you to please go to sign up genius and pick out a date or two that you would so graciously serve as worship leader. We appreciate your leadership in this capacity.

Thank you.
Worship Team

Re-Opening Task Force

Re-Opening Task Force Conducts "Practice Walk-Through"
of New Worship Procedures to Re-Open



The RRCC Re-Opening Task Force met Tuesday, 6/23/20 at the church to "walk through" the new steps that will be needed to maintain social distancing, once the church building re-opens for in-person worship. No date has yet been set for a return to our campus.
 
Special thanks to Task Force members for their on-going work on this effort; Perry Mouser (Chair), Mildred Adair and Amy Tucker (Worship), Pam Knight and Amy Osteen (Christian Ed), Gary Collier (Treasurer), Gary Tucker (Vice-Moderator and Elders), Tricia Mouser (2 nd Year Trustee), Randy Preston (Choir Director and Worship Team), and ex-officio members Mitch Maxted (Minister) and Linda Glover (Moderator).
 
The meeting at the church was a stark reminder that although the church doors will be open, it will be with a very limited capacity and six foot distances between family units, to be safe... VERY DIFFERENT!
 
The best way to visualize the process and distances needed, is to be very visual, through pictures. Please click on the link below to see additional pictures of the 10 members of the team who were present.
 
 
A short description of the "New Worship Process" follows:
 
1. Congregants will be asked to "register" for worship via sign-up genius, so that we will know the number to expect and not exceed the capacity of the sanctuary (which is 30-40)
 
2. Congregants will enter from the back parking lot (with exceptions as needed to use the porte-cochère ) and observe the taped markers for six foot distancing on the sidewalk and in the church.
 
3. Upon entering the Welcome Center, a gloved Deacon will direct families to the table with the hand sanitizer and face masks (if needed) and families will take the number of communion packets needed, in addition to a zip lock bag to hold their trash following communion.
 
4. Families will then enter the Sanctuary through the West doors and follow the marked arrows, six feet apart, along the west wall. They will indicate to the first gloved Deacon the number of chairs needed for their family unit (1 finger held up for one, 2 fingers held up for 2, etc)
 
5. There will be 3 rows of chairs in the sanctuary and the first families inside will be seated on the front row, by a second gloved Deacon who will move chairs together as needed to accommodate the family.   The second gloved Deacon will then distance the next group of chairs six feet away.
 
7. The order of Worship will be similar to recent services, with families taking communion using the disposable packets. The trash should be placed in the zip lock baggie and held to be placed in the trash can at the back of the sanctuary. The offering plate will not be passed, but will be located on the table at the back of the sanctuary for offering placement upon entering or exiting the sanctuary.
 
8. Following worship, Deacons will direct congregants to exit through the East doors, beginning with the back row, then the second row and finally the front row. Families may visit in the parking lot, following social foot distancing.
 
9. In the event the restroom is needed for use; the door must be propped open and the "IN USE" sign placed on the door. There is only 1 person allowed in the restroom at a time.
 
10. There will be several signs placed throughout the church to indicate the flow of traffic and remind people of the need for safe practices and social distancing.
 
While we are all excited about the prospect of being with our "Church Family" again, it is extremely important to realize that the current pandemic is not subsiding and we must maintain vigilance in being cautious and safe. We will continue to host weekly worship services on Zoom and also plan to "live-stream" services from the sanctuary once they are reinstated.
 
Virtual Hugs to Everyone!
The Re-Opening Task Force
Splinters From the Board



Your  Guiding Board.....

...Provides a recap of the annual mid-year State of the Congregation meeting that was held immediately following morning worship last Sunday, June 28. That recap, above, includes the past six months of programming and financials as well as learn the latest from the Reopening Task Force.

...Extends a special note of gratitude to Treasurer, Gary Collier for his work over the past year to recap over-payment to the IRS during the past four years. A check of over nineteen thousand dollars arrived last week.

...Suggests that members check out the Members Resources pull-down menu on the RRCC website. It provides opportunities to review monthly reports from Pastor Maxted and the Treasurer, as well as the minutes of the Board. Each newsletter provides a link to the website. If you are uncertain of the Members Resources password, contact Molly via email.

...Will meet next on July 20. Should you have concerns or questions of the Guiding Board please contact moderator, Linda Glover.
The Faith of  a Mockingbird Class Concludes This Week 
Class #4 of 4 is this Thursday, July 2, 2020 ~ 11:00 a.m.


Twenty-three people are participating  in the small group study of  The Faith of a Mockingbird  by  Rev. Matt Rawle. This Thursday is our last class. 

Reminder to participants :
The zoom invitation with link will be sent 
on the morning of the class, July 2. 
The link is also right here:


 
Jesus Christ Died for All!

Here at Round Rock Christian Church we welcome and celebrate diversity! Inclusion is rooted in our understanding of God, the Creator who made all humanity in God's own image. Ju

st as Jesus loved all humanity, our congregation and our denomination--The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)--welcome the breadth of human life into membership and ministry. Our Lord's all-encompassing love challenges us today to confront our own prejudices and manifest inclusion in our congregations and personal lives.
 
--Inclusiveness statement adopted by the RRCC Guiding Board, December 2018
DWM Meeting

DWM will be meeting via ZOOM Monday, July 13 @ at 10:00 a.m.:
Disciple Oaks
Mission South & Disciple Oaks present 2020-2021 RALLY & RETREAT DATES


Chancel Choir



Chancel Choir will be meeting via ZOOM Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.:

https://zoom.us/j/99642443406?pwd=TWJST2YrRlRvMmJaakMvU3MxQmpYUT09

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.
This is a more efficient way to access past newsletters and Friday "Reminders" than to hunt back through old emails.
Find a Place to Serve Here at RRCC


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





Upcoming B irthdays

 
July 1
- Rick Guilbeau
July 1
- Hannah Jackson
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 Elders as they continue their evangelism study Unbinding the Gospel
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. "Reopening" Task Force--Perry Mouser (chair),  Gary Tucker, Gary Collier, Mildred Adair, Amy Tucker, Pam Knight, Amy Osteen, Tricia Mouser, Mitch Maxted, and Linda Glover

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS 
1. Acree, Mary (would care and other health challenges)
2. Barnett, Barbara (fluctuating blood pressure)
3. Bell, Jean (son Chris ongoing cancer treatments)
4. Davis, Marilyn (recent hospitalization for AFib) 
5. Glover, Linda (lumbar nerve ablation recently) 
6 . Guilbeau, Rick & Cynthia; Hubbard, Harold. Cynthia defibrillator decisions
7. Habtemariam, Solomon and Meaza
8. Jackson, Gwen (recent treatment for AFib)
9. Krop, Carleigh (monitoring fluid around heart) -- great granddaughter of the Whitleys
10. Maybaum, Katie -- recovering from broken ankle and surgery
11. Maybaum, Liz (platelet count)
12. Plough, Paul
12. Pollock, Paula
14. Sanford, Collin and Sonya
15. Sherry, Bea
16. Singer, Merle (Tara Pollock's family -- advanced cancer)
17. Snider, Rev. Ed
18. Terrell, Hank and Terrell, Jim -- hip replacement surgeries (brothers of Anna Marie Blair)
19. Walker, Lisa (siblings Connie and Dale with significant health issues)
20. Whitley, Charles -- Charles' mother Letha died June 22. Services were this past weekend.
21. York, Tasha a new beginning in Child Care

OTHER
1. COVID-19 (the ill, their families, medical professionals, essential workers, treatment and vaccine researchers)
2. The many newly unemployed; businesses that are struggling
3. The many who are resolutely trying, through peaceful means, to effect positive change in a society that undervalues people of color, especially African-Americans
4. Innocent people and businesses caught in waves of destruction when demonstrations are sabotaged by criminal activity
5. Law enforcement officers attempting to protect people and property in the midst of large groups of frustrated, angry, grieving people
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 universal, affordable access to health care here in the U.S.
11. All who don't know Jesus
12. U.S. lawmakers and community leaders to work together to solve the problem of frequent, deadly mass shootings
13. 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) - 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.
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 for each photograph s ubmitted to the office.  
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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.
 and your  Friday Reminders articles and pictures 
before 12 :00 p.m. on Thursdays.
Thank you!
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.

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, June 30 , 2020
7:00 p.m.
- Shalom Congregation (via Zoom)

Wednesday, July  1, 2020
1:00 p.m.
- Caring Hearts Prayer Group (via ZOOM)
7:00 p.m.
- Chancel Choir (via ZOOM)

Thursday, July 2, 2020
11:00 a.m.
- Faith of  Mockingbird Bible Study (via ZOOM)

Friday, July 3, 2020
RRCC Office
Closed in Observation of Independence Day

Saturday, July 4, 2020
Independence
Day
8:00 a.m.
- Shalom Congregation (live stream)

Sunday, July 5 , 2020 
9:45 a.m.
Explorers Sunday School (via ZOOM)
10:00 a.m.
- Open Circle Sunday School (via ZOOM)
11:00 a.m.
- Worship with us (via ZOOM)
Evening
- Manantial de Vida Congregation (off site)

Monday, July 6 , 2020  
John 8:36
- So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
7:00 p.m.
- Shalom Congregation (off site)

Events and details can be viewed on the  RRCC Calendar
Elder's Prayer Corner/Closing Message
 
From BLESSED BY GOD, by Harrison House

Martin Luther, the Great Reformer, received many interesting blessings and answers to prayer in his lifetime. One of them occurred when Phillip Melancthon, his closest friend fell ill. Luther arrived at Phillip's house to find him about to give up the ghost.   His eyes were set, his consciousness was almost gone; his speech had failed; he knew no one, and had ceased to take either solids or liquids.
Luther, beside himself with grief, exclaimed: "Blessed Lord, how has the devil spoiled me of this instrument?" He turned toward the window and began praying aloud earnestly. Almost instantly, Phillip began to move, and he was soon completely restored. He later said, "I should have been a dead man had I not been recalled from death by the coming of Luther."
God's grace will abound. His blessings will fall, when we speak forth His Word in our prayers!
 
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are indeed the resurrection and the life. I believe in you my Lord. Be with me always, protect me from the seeds of darkness and guide me in Thy Father's wishes. I pray to Thee. Amen!