Chalice News
Round Rock Christian Church

Embracing  our  neighbors 
with  Christ-like  love 
June 8, 2021
In This Issue
This coming Sunday in worship -- 
June 13, 2021

The Third Sunday After Pentecost
"Partners in Growth"
Mark 4:26-34

 A Message from the Pastor

The General Assembly of our denomination meets every other year, on odd-numbered years. Louisville, Kentucky was to be the location of the 2021 General Assembly, but the decision was made last year to cancel the event due to pandemic difficulties and the possibility of a large financial loss from convention center rental obligations. 

I was greatly blessed by the last Assembly, in Des Moines in 2019, and had really been looking forward to Louisville, where I attended my very first General Assembly back in 1987. 

Because we're so used to getting together as a denomination every other summer, I was happy to see that an alternative event was being offered. Though only a one-day event, on Saturday, August 7th, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will "gather" virtually for Worship, Bible Study, and Workshops. The event is called DISCIPLES VIRTUAL GATHERING. Yolanda Norton, Eric Smith and Terri Hord Owens are the scheduled speakers for the event. Registration is only $25 and all you need to participate is your phone, tablet, or computer and an internet connection.

The information page, with the link to registration, can be found through this page: 

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 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
Re-Opening NEWS
Proposed RRCC Reopening Dates
The Reopening Task Force has made an email motion to the Guiding Board to reopen for in-person Sunday Worship, including music, with certain guidelines in place, on July 4th.  In-person Sunday School and other activities are proposed to resume August 22, the first Sunday after Round Rock School begins.  Our two sister congregations may resume their  pre-pandemic schedules July 4th, using the sanctuary only. 
Clarification of details and the GB voting process is happening via email, so the results should be available soon.  Many heartfelt thanks to the Task Force for detailed and diligent work through this truly historic time.  Work still remains, but the end may be in sight. 
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, June 8, 2021
5:00 p.m.
- Texas Heat Volleyball
7:00 p.m.
- Elders Meeting (via Zoom)  Link HERE
7:00 p.m.
- Shalom Congregation (off site)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021  
1:00 p.m.
- Caring Hearts Prayer Group (via Zoom) Link HERE
5:00 p.m.
- Texas Heat Volleyball 
7:00 p.m.
- Chancel Choir (via Zoom) Link HERE

Thursday, June 10, 2021  
2:00 p.m.
- Worship Ministry Meeting in the Sanctuary (Zoom Link HERE)
5:00 p.m.
- Texas Heat Volleyball
7:00 p.m.
- Book Group - In person at the Claymon residence

Friday, June 11, 2021
1:00 p.m.
--Book Group (the daytime group will meet one day later than usual; in front of the church under the porte-cochère)

Saturday, June 12, 2021
8:00 a.m.
- Shalom Congregation
8:30 a.m.
- Disciples Men's Ministries Link HERE
9:30 a.m.
- Handcrafters - In Person

Sunday, June 132021   
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
1:30 p.m.
- Ministries Council Link HERE
- Manantial de Vida Congregation (off site)

Monday, June 14, 2021
9:30 a.m.
 - DWM - In person
5:00 p.m.
- Texas Heat Volleyball

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
5:00 p.m.- Texas Heat Volleyball
7:00 p.m.
- Shalom Congregation (off site)
7:00 p.m.
- Elders Meeting (via Zoom) Link HERE

ZOOM MEETING LINKS, events and details can be viewed on the RRCC Calendar
DWM Retreat

After a long year+ of not being together, it's exciting to know that the BBA/LRGVA Disciples Women will be meeting live and in person at our beautiful Disciple Oaks camp in Gonzales - OCTOBER 2-3, 2021! If you've attended the Retreat in the past, you know how special it is. If you haven't attended - this is the year to do it! The camp will be in great shape, and it will be a welcome time to come together as Disciples Women. Another very special reason for us to sign up this year: the retreat is being planned by our own TASHA YORK, Capital Cluster representative, along with Donna Williams, Town & Country Cluster representative. Let's support Tasha in a big way and join her in Gonzales. Mark your calendar NOW for October 2-3, 2021. More details will come later. In the meantime, if you think you might attend, please let Susan Kessler know (

Early registration is $80 due by August 1; late registration is $90, due by September 1.  The Retreat will officially begin at 10am Saturday; if you'd like to arrive on Friday night, the cost is $100 and you can enjoy local Gonzales eateries for Friday dinner and Saturday breakfast. 

Book Groups
Please note the change of date 
for the daytime group.

Thursday, June 10, 2021
The 7:00 p.m. Book Group 
will meet IN PERSON
at the Claymon's home.

Friday, June 11, 2021
The 1:00 p.m. Book Group
will meet IN PERSON in front of 
the church under the porte-cochère.
Saturday Events

Saturday, June 12, 2021
8:30 a.m.
Disciple Mens Breakfast (via ZOOM)

9:30 a.m. Handcrafters
will meet IN PERSON at 9:30am, outside at the church.  Bring your chair, your beverage of choice, and your current project along with any completed blankets, caps, or shawls/lap robes.

MONDAY, June 14, 2021

 DWM will have a summer coffee hour IN PERSON at 9:30am, outside at the church.  Bring your chair and your beverage of choice. 

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
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.:
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Past newsletters dating back to mid-March 2020 are currently archived under the "ABOUT US" tab on the RRCC Website.

Upcoming Birthdays

June 8
- Paul Maybaum
June 9
- Lisa Grant
June 11
- Mary Acree
June 12
- Mana Maxted
June 13
- Grayson Osteen
Prayer Needs

1. Our Guiding Board, Ministries Council, Elders, Deacons, Ministries and Teams. Our Elders discern how to share "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 and our Worship Ministry as they make detailed preparations for in-person worship next month
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 Andy Mangum (CCSW Regional Minister and President, and Rev. Alfred Walker, the newly called Community Regional Minister (CRM) for Reconciliation and Anti-Racism. We look forward to hosting Rev. Walker and his family in worship on Sunday, September 12th

1. For all who are grieving the loss of a loved one
2. For all who have been ill with COVID-19, and their families
3. Acree, Mary -- at Encompass for rehab following mild heart attack and hospitalization
4. Breeding, Diane -- granddaughter Janelle and her husband Travis are expecting; the baby is having some medical issues; they live overseas
5. Cratin, Katherine -- friend Jeannie Quick is in hospice care
6. Fennimore, Nancy -- sister Joan Heckford died on Monday, May 31 in Indiana
7. Guilbeau, Rick & Cynthia; Cynthia's father, Harold Hubbard, died 5/22; family memorial service was last Tuesday in Port Lavaca
8. Heeney, Brenda (Collier) -- funeral for her father, JD Heeney, was 5/29 in Cincinnati
9. Jenkins, Bob -- Bob's sister Janet is having some medical tests for a lung mass
10. Johnston, Janette -- granddaughter Izzy had a long day of surgery today to correct a heart valve problem; many prayers for that tough little girl for strength and healing!; currently, her heart is being assisted by a pacemaker, and she is intubated; prayers for the whole family, including her parents Corey and Stephanie, and that Izzy's heart rhythm and breathing will soon not need any assistance
11. Kessler, Jim -- continued recovery from heart valve surgery
12. Malone, Betty -- sister Carolyn receiving hospice care
13. Miller, Chris -- (son of Jean Bell) experiencing some neuropathy from cancer treatments
14. Mouser, Tricia -- grandson David experiencing symptoms from failing shunt in his brain
15. Smith, Lonnie -- friend of Jackie Culbertson, who lost both legs in an accident; please pray for his healing physically, spiritually, and emotionally
16. Walker, Lisa -- receiving dialysis treatments 3x per week
17. Wilson, Garvid -- began new chemo treatments on 5/18; Phyllis is experiencing leg issues due to a ruptured disc
18. York, Tasha -- Tasha and siblings caring for mother Peggy Massey

1. All who don't know Jesus
2. COVID-19 (continuing efforts to reach "herd immunity" in the U.S. and around the world)
3. Those who have lost jobs during the pandemic; businesses that continue to struggle
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. A restful, rejuvenating summer for all teachers, administrators, students, and parents in 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 by Barbara Brown Taylor.  ALL ARE WELCOME!  Link HERE
Explorers (mixed adults) - 9:45 a.m. Sunday mornings via ZOOM, facilitator is Mildred Adair; have recently begun a study of Paul's letter to the church at Rome.  Link HERE
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We can be found on:
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We love pictures of congregational life!
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identification (who, what, when, where, why) 
 for each photograph submitted 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:
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

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.

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