Chalice News
Round Rock Christian Church

Embracing  our  neighbors 
with  Christ-like  love 
March 9, 2021
In This Issue
This coming Sunday in worship -- 
March 14, 2021

The Fourth Sunday of Lent

"The Light Has Come Into the World"
John 3:14-21

A Message from the Pastor
COVID-19 vaccinations continue to ramp up across the country, with 2 million plus doses of vaccine going into people's arms every day. National leaders and health experts are hoping to reach a rate of 4 million doses administered per day in the coming weeks.  In recent days, we've gone from two types of vaccine to three, with the newcomer only needing to be given once--and it is much less complicated to transport and store. 

More and more RRCC members are getting vaccinated. Several are even fully vaccinated (at least two weeks have passed since their final dose). Others, who have tried unsuccessfully for weeks to get scheduled, are now getting contacted with appointment dates and times. The CDC has now issued new Interim Public Health Recommendations, and probably the biggest development is that fully vaccinated people can meet with other fully vaccinated people indoors without masks or social distancing. That's a big deal!

I am extremely thankful for all of these developments. I celebrate with every person who has been able to get their vaccine. I'm also rather jealous. And antsy. 

Vaccine envy is real. The unexpectedly slow roll-out of the vaccine in the first couple of months caused a lot of anxiety and frustration. Availability and scheduling confusion lingers to the present time. Lack of internet access has been a barrier for some. Differences between various states' plans, along with reports of people "jumping the line" ahead of people in prioritized categories have caused many people to question the fairness of the vaccination campaign. 

Of course Americans aren't the only ones dealing with vaccine envy. Germans have created new words to describe the dynamic, like impfneid, a feeling of resentment that other people are getting the vaccine before you, and impfdrängler, or a person who has ignored the government's guidelines and been vaccinated before others with higher priority.

Nicholas Goldberg at the Los Angeles Times wrote "In my house, we have a problem. My wife has been vaccinated; I haven't. When she got her second shot, I couldn't help feeling that she had crossed safely to the other side of a giant chasm, while I remained at the edge of the cliff. She can go out safely while I continue to cower at home."

RRCC still has quite a few people who remain at the edge of the cliff. We celebrate with those who have crossed the chasm safely, but ask for patience and understanding in the coming months as we await our turn to join you on the other side.

If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; 
if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. 
1 Corinthians 12:26

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

Williamson County COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist Sign-Up

"Williamson County with its partners Family Hospital Systems and Curative are operating COVID-19 vaccination sites in Williamson County. The County's COVID-19 vaccination plan is focused on providing vaccines for the State's priority of Phase 1a: frontline healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities and Phase 1b: those 65 and older and those 16 and older with at least one chronic medical condition. Due to the limited number of vaccines available, we urge everyone to honor the state's phased-in approach to providing vaccines and register only if you are in Phase 1a or 1b."  (

To see whether you are eligible to put your name on the waitlist now, and to register, click on this link:

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!
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, March 9, 2021
7:00 p.m. 
- Elders Meeting via zoom Link HERE
7:00 p.m.
- Shalom Congregation (off site)

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
1:00 p.m.
- Caring Hearts Prayer Group (via Zoom) Link HERE
7:00 p.m.
- Chancel Choir (via ZOOM) Link HERE

Thursday, March 11, 2021 
1:00 p.m.
- Book Group Link HERE
3:00 p.m.
- Vision Advisory Team Link HERE
7:00 p.m.
- Book Group Link HERE
7:00 p.m.
- Re-Opening Meeting (ask Perry for the link)

Friday, March 12, 2021
Philippians 3:10
I want to know Christ-yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.

Saturday, March 13, 2021
8:00 a.m.
- Shalom Congregation
8:30 a.m.
- Disciples Men's Breakfast (via Zoom) Link HERE
9:30 a.m.
- Handcrafters (via Zoom) Link HERE

Sunday, March 142020  
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, March 15, 2021
7:00 p.m.
-Guiding Board Meeting Link HERE

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
7:00 p.m.
- Shalom Congregation (off site)

ZOOM MEETING LINKS, events and details can be viewed on the RRCC Calendar
2021 Worship Leader Sign-Up

The 2021 Worship Leader Sign-Up is available to view!
Click here to reserve your date to serve:

Hopewell "Student Incentive" Gift Cards

Continuing our focus on our neighborhood schools children, we are seeking your support once again to help fund gift cards to be used as student incentives by the principals and counselors at Hopewell Middle School.
To "jolt" your memory, we donate a $5 gift card to Hopewell Middle School and they, in turn, let the students earn the card with good behavior and improvement. This incentive program works very well, so we are asking you to donate as many $5's as you feel you can. We will take the donations, buy the gift cards, and deliver them to the principal. If you are so moved, please make your checks out to RRCC and write "gift cards" in the memo line. Voilà, you have helped a student in his or her success! Feels good, doesn't it?
Please submit your offering indicating "Hopewell" or "gift card"  on Sunday, 3/7 or 3/14. Thank you for your support in this project serving our mission, "Embracing Our Neighborhoods with Christ-Like Love!"
Book Groups
Our monthly Book Groups will be meeting via Zoom on
 Thursday, March 11, 2021:

1:00 book Group Link HERE
7:00 p.m. Book Group Link HERE


Disciple Mens Breakfast and Handcrafters
Join us on 
 Saturday, March 13, 2021:

 at 8:30 a.m. for the Disciple Mens Monthly Breakfast  Link HERE


at 9:30 a.m. for Handcrafters Link HERE


Guiding Board
A Reminder from Your Guiding Board...

At every Board meeting, one of the first items on the agenda is "Congregational Communication."  This is anyone's opportunity to bring an item to the Board.  You may also ask any Board member to bring something to the Board on your behalf.  If you'd like to speak at a meeting, we'd be glad to hear from you.  Simply let the moderator know a few days in advance so you can be put on the agenda and make sure you get the Zoom meeting info.   The next meeting of the Guiding board will be NEXT Monday, March 15, 2021.
Chancel Choir


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

March 9
- Fern Chester
March 10
- Caleb Plank-Grant
March 16
- Bob Jenkins
Prayer Needs

1. Our Guiding Board, Ministries Council, Elders, Deacons, Ministries and Teams 
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. 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 the second week of April. Welcome, Rev. Walker!

1. For all who are grieving the loss of a loved one in recent weeks: 
  • Marty Graham's family -- wife Beth and children Lorellye, Lukas, and Andrea
  • Paul Plough's family -- daughter Martha and sons Mark and Scott and their families 
  • Perry Mouser -- his aunt Elsie Poindexter died; also, his sister-in-law lost her brother
  • Rod and Lisa Walker and family. Rod's mother, Billie, died
  • Steve and Amy Osteen and family. Steve's aunt, Judy, died 
  • Emmiline Greene and family. Emmiline's sister-in-law, Matilda Dunn, died
  • Marilyn Davis' family -- sons Duane and Greg and their families
  • Erica Roberts and family. Erica's mother-in-law Sheila Roberts died 
  • Family of Rev. Eric Elder -- died March 6. Eric had served as Associate Pastor at Hyde Park CC in Austin and counselor at Disciple Oaks
2. For all who have been ill with COVID-19, and their families
3. Acree, Mary -- feeling better; still a fall risk
4. Blair, Anna Marie -- friend Ada C. fell and broke hip and leg; making a good recovery
5. Boles, Gayle -- cousin Warren and his wife Linda (she had a major stroke and has been on life support for several weeks)
6.  Carpenter, Rich -- heart issues (his wife is Pat)
7. Cratin, Katherine -- sister Marietta and brother-in-law Frank, both with serious health issues; also niece Amber W.
8. Fennimore, Nancy -- sister Joan Heckford battling ALS; granddaughter Zoey recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes
9. Guilbeau, Rick & Cynthia; Cynthia's  father, Harold Hubbard
10. Habtemariam, Solomon and Meaza
11. Johnston, Janette -- mother Billie is awaiting cancer surgery in Alabama
12. Miller, Chris -- (son of Jean Bell) experiencing some neuropathy from cancer treatments
13. Mouser, Tricia -- rheumatoid arthritis infusion treatments and side-effects
14.Pollock, Tara -- wife of cousin Keith passed away last week
15. Salzwedel, Molly -- recovering from COVID-19
16. Sherry, Bea
17. Terry Tucker, brother of Gary Tucker -- recovering after two recent surgeries
18. Walker, Lisa -- receiving dialysis treatments 3x per week
19. Whitley, Charles and Bea -- celebrating the arrival of great-grandson Liam
20. Wilson, Garvid -- chemo/immunotherapy treatments; prayers for strength and manageable side effects
21. York, Tasha -- mother Peggy Massey at Encompass following a fall and multiple hospitalizations

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. 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. U.S. lawmakers and community leaders to work together to solve the problem of mass shootings in schools, places of work, etc.
10. 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 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
Explorers (mixed adults) - 9:45 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
RRCC is on Social Media

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We can be found on:
Twitter as @ChurchRound
Instagram as rrccdisciples
Photo Submissions

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We love pictures of congregational life!
Please remember to include
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

The following is taken from A GOSPEL TREASURY
Poems Based on Lectionary Gospels:
God's love is like a gentle breeze
that cools my fevered brow.
It teaches me to be at ease
and worries won't allow.
God's love is like a whirlwind
that sweeps me off my feet
and shakes me up when I have sinned,
then brings me rest complete.
God's love is like a burning flame
that lights my darkened room
to show the way and sight reclaim,
to drive away the gloom.
God's love is like a restless sea,
as powerful and strong.
At times it washes over me
to move my faith along.
God of love, We come in thanksgiving for all you are. We work at recognizing and appreciating so many aspects of your love. Teach us to love others as you love us. In Christ's love we pray, Amen.