Chalice News
Round Rock Christian Church

Embracing our neighbors with Christ-like love 
November 10, 2020
In This Issue
This Sunday in Worship -- November 15, 2020

The 24th Sunday after Pentecost

"Multiply the Gifts You Have"
Matthew 25:14-30

A Message from the Pastor

One of our family's favorite things to do when we all get together is play board games. We especially like the game of Aggravation.  I know, it seems strange that to have fun and enjoy being together, we play a game called Aggravation. If you've never played, it's a game that is won through a lot of luck and a little bit of strategy. Part of the game is knocking an opposing player's piece off the board and sending it back to the start. It can happen at any time in the game and is indeed very aggravating!

Each person in our family handles these aggravating game situations in a different way, and each one reacts differently to losing. When the kids were very young, they didn't always handle losing very well. I'm happy to say that over the years we've all continued to enjoy playing the game, and that even those who found losing the hardest to deal with aren't really concerned about winning and losing anymore. We just really enjoy playing the game and having fun together.

How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!  Psalm 133:1

Peace in Christ,
Pastor Mitch

Worship ZOOM Link/Meeting ID and Password to Change
Our new Meeting ID and passcode are:

Meeting ID: 864 8287 2175
Password: 273770

The new link is: 

Dial by your location: 1 346 248 7799 
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
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, November 10, 2020
7:00 p.m.
- Shalom Congregation (via Zoom)

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
1:00 p.m.
- Caring Hearts Prayer Group (via Zoom) Link HERE
7:00 p.m.
- Chancel Choir (via ZOOM) Link HERE

Thursday, November 12, 2020
11:00 a.m.
- "Shall We Pray" Small Group Study (via ZOOM) Link HERE
1:00 p.m.- Book Group Link HERE
7:00 p.m.- Book Group Link HERE

Friday, November 13, 2020
Deuteronomy 28:3-6
- Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.

Saturday, November 14, 2020
8:00 a.m.
- Shalom Congregation (live stream)
8:30 a.m.
- Disciple Mens Breakfast Link HERE
9:30 a.m.
- Handcrafters Link HERE

Sunday, November 15, 2020  
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 and Annual Congregational Meeting (via Zoom) Link HERE
1:30 p.m.
- Elders Meeting Link HERE
- Manantial de Vida Congregation (off site)

Monday, November 16, 2020 
&:00 p.m.
- Guiding Board Meeting Link HERE

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 
7:00 p.m.
- Shalom Congregation (off site)

Events and details can be viewed on the RRCC Calendar
Your Invitation to Fellowship, Bible Study & More
Ladies, mark your calendar for Monday, November 9, at 9:30 AM, for the next meeting of the Disciples Women's Ministries. In September Mildred Adair shared the story of Ruth and in October Jackie Switzer introduced the story of Esther.

As the only books in the bible named for women they each hold valuable lessons for us today. Each is a historical account vital to the history of the nation of Israel.

The book of Ruth is read by Jews at the Feast of Pentecost, while the book of Esther is read at the Feast of Purim. Recall that Ruth was a Gentile woman from a pagan country who married a Hebrew, while Esther was a young Jewish girl who married a pagan Gentile king. God had a plan for both women.

Facilitator this month, Anna Marie Blair, asks that we come to the meeting with bibles in hand to continue the themes found in these two Old Testament books. The narratives speak to us today through the lives of these two extraordinary women. There is no study guide this month.

Expect a zoom invitation link this week from DWM president, Susan Kessler. We will fellowship from our individual homes via zoom to learn plans for holiday activities and share in this outstanding bible study.
Annual Congregational Meeting

Mark Your Calendar:

Annual Congregational Meeting
Following the Morning Worship, THIS SUNDAY, November 15, 2020

The annual meeting of the Congregation on November 15, will offer several opportunities to look into 2021 life of Round Rock Christian, beginning with a brief state of the Congregation from moderator, Linda Glover. The agenda includes two especially important votes, that of the elected leadership and the annual budget for the coming year.
The slate of leadership will be presented for vote by Susan Kessler who chaired the Nominating Committee that included Mildred Adair, Diane Breeding, Kent Toomey with the moderator and senior minister as ex-officios. The slate of leaders includes members of the Guiding Board as well as the assistant financial secretary, the assistant treasurer, four incoming elders, and twelve incoming deacons. Nominations may be presented as "write in" via email to Mrs. Kessler, providing the person nominating has secured the approval of the nominee.
The proposed budget will be presented by treasurer, Gary Collier on behalf of the ad hoc Budget Review Team who served with Gary, including Darlia Hunt, Irene Jenkins, Lisa Breeding, Dan Knight, Kent Toomey and Linda Glover, ex-officio. This balanced budget for vote includes continuing set asides of three months operating expenses and replacement reserves.
Perry Mouser, chair of the Reopening Task Force will provide current plans for returning to the sanctuary. Pastor Mitch Maxted will conclude the meeting with prayer.

PLEASE NOTE: The proposed slate of officers and proposed budget for vote on November 15, is posted in the Members Resources tab of the website in a special file named November 2020 Congregational Meeting

The following slate of RRCC leaders for 2021 will be presented to the congregation at its November 15 annual meeting.  The slate has been endorsed by the Guiding Board.  Many thanks to all who are willing to serve, and to the Nominating Committee:  Mildred Adair, Diane Breeding, Kent Toomey, Susan Kessler (chair), Rev. Mitch Maxted (ex officio) and Linda Glover (ex officio).  It is traditional to offer the membership the opportunity to offer write-in candidates providing the person whose name is being suggested has been contacted, and is eligible and willing to serve in the specific office.  Should you wish to nominate a person please forward the name and office to Susan Kessler, chair of nominating committee, prior to Friday, November 13.

Moderator: Dan Knight                               
Vice Moderator: Gary Tucker                             
Treasurer: Gary Collier                              
Assistant Treasurer: Darlia Hunt                               
Financial Secretary: Irene Jenkins                           
Assistant Financial Secretary: Phyllis  Wilson    
1st year Trustee (through 2022): Kent Toomey        
2nd year Trustee (through 2021): Melba Claymon  
Property Chair: Perry Mouser                           
Personnel Chair: Steve Osteen     

Deacon (through 2022): Mildred Adair
Jean Bell
Emmiline Greene
Bob Jenkins  
Carolyn Mehlow
Roger Cratin
Jennifer Kienzle
Liz Maybaum
Paul Maybaum
Deborah Roberts
Amy Tucker
Charles Whitley      
Elders and year term ends: Pam Knight (2023)
Steve Osteen (2023) 
Jill Toomey (2023)

Deacon (through 2021): Gary Tucker 
(filling unexpired term)

Junior Deacons (through 2021): Andrew Hardt
Kameron Kienzle
Justin Pollock     


Elder (through 2021): Katherine Cratin
Judy Jocoy
Tasha York
Elder (through 2022): Barbara Barnett 
Anna Marie Blair
Steven Glover

(through 2021):

1. Diane Breeding
2. John Claymon
3. Melba Claymon
4. Edie Heuss
5. Jim Kessler
6. Susan Kessler 
7. Mike Kelley
8. Sally Kelley
9. Tara Pollock 
10. Kent Toomey

DMM and Handcrafters...

Join us for:

The Disciple Mens Breakfast
Saturday, November 14, 2020
8:30 p.m.

Handcrafters Ministry
Saturday, November 14, 2020
8:30 p.m.

"Shall We Pray" Study is Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. via ZOOM
Katherine Cratin is leading these class sessions, which will continued to be held
 on Thursday mornings at 11:00 a.m. through December 17th (of course no class on Thanksgiving Day--November 26).

Those interested in this series please let Katherine know via text (281) 728-6448 or email

You can still participate.
Thanksgiving Offering

Disciples Mission Fund Special Day Offerings provide an opportunity to highlight specific ministries as part of our faith celebrations. There are four Disciples Mission Fund Special Day Offerings received each year during Easter, Pentecost, Thanksgiving, and Christmas seasons.
From the very beginnings of the movement, Disciples have founded institutions of higher learning, encouraging students in their intellectual pursuits. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is still committed to higher education.
On November 15 and 22, Disciples churches across the US and Canada will collect the Thanksgiving Offering, supporting 15 Disciples colleges and universities and 7 seminaries and theological institutions. Three are in Texas: Brite Divinity School, Jarvis Christian College, and Texas Christian University. This year, our higher education institutions are facing unprecedented challenges. Even as they work diligently to ensure safe and healthy learning environments, the financial realities faced by many of our schools bring added stress to students, faculty and staff. They need our support now, more than ever.
This November, please give generously to this year's Thanksgiving offering, continuing our tradition of developing leaders for our communities and the Church. Your gifts make a world of difference as Disciples continue our legacy of supporting education and our institutions of higher learning.
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!
CYF Fall Rally Registration
Mission South and Disciple Oaks are happy to announce that registration is NOW OPEN for CYF Fall Rally, "Finding the Chaos Within," which will be held December 4-6, 2020. Registration deadline is November 20, 2020 (4115) You can register on our website. For a copy of the flyer you can download it here
If you need the CampDoc Registration Instructions you can download them here
Chancel Choir
Chancel Choir will be meeting via ZOOM 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

November 12
- Sally Kelley
November 13
- Mike Kelley
November 14
- Louise Piehl
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. Our stewardship campaign and upcoming Congregational Meeting on November 15th.

1. All of our RRCC veterans Anna Marie Blair/Army; Rudy Camarillo/Navy; John Claymon/Marines; Gary Collier-/Army; Steven Glover-/Air Force; Jim Jocoy/Army; Mike Kelley/Army; Paul Plough/Army and Air Force
2. Mary Acree -- making a good recovery from recent fall and injuries
3. Barnett, Barbara -- heart cath scheduled for 11/11
4. Davis, Marilyn
5. Glover, Linda -- pain management; also her cousin John McDonald died yesterday--prayers for his wife Carolyn and the whole family
6. Guilbeau, Rick & Cynthia. Cynthia is healing well from hip replacement surgery. Her father, Harold Hubbard, is receiving hospice care from HospiceAustin
7. Habtemariam, Solomon and Meaza
8. Heeney, Mary (mother of Brenda Heeney Collier) now in skilled care facility for continued recovery
9. Jackson, Gwen -- nausea
10. Maybaum, Liz --recovering from broken shoulder
11. Mouser, Tricia -- rheumatoid arthritis
12. Nichols, Martha -- daughter Tamara Rodenberg (heart valve); granddaughter Lanae injured in horse accident
13. Plough, Paul 
14. Myra Schuchardt -- blood sugar fluctuations
15. Sherry, Bea
16. Snider, Rev. Ed -- failing health 
17. Walker, Lisa (siblings Connie and Dale with significant health issues)
18. Terry Tucker, brother of Gary Tucker, radiation treatments end this week
19. Kathleen Vercellino's daughter-in-law April, who is recovering from a stroke

1. All who don't know Jesus
2. COVID-19 (the ill, their families, medical professionals, essential workers, treatment and vaccine researchers)
3. Those who have lost jobs during the pandemic; businesses that are struggling
4. That our election process will proceed safely, lawfully, and without hindrance or interference 
5. All people who are persecuted for their faith throughout the world 
6. Our military personnel and families
7. International cooperation in responding to climate change challenges
8. Development of an immigration policy for the U.S. that is fair, just, and responsible 
9. For all efforts toward affordable health care for all Americans; that pre-existing health conditions not be a barrier to securing health insurance coverage
10. U.S. lawmakers and community leaders to work together to solve the problem of frequent, deadly mass shootings
11. 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
RRCC is on Social Media

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

     Thanksgiving is inspiring, isn't it? There is something about this particular holiday that causes us to reflect on what's really important and brings a fresh perspective into our lives. But as we all know that warm and fuzzy feeling does not last forever.

     To help us maintain a spirit of appreciation all year long, CHRISTY WRIGHT a Ramsey Personality created a list of some of the unbeatable benefits of gratitude. Here are her top 10 reasons to be thankful for thankfulness.

1. Thankfulness improves relationships. When we express gratitude for people, we not only meet their needs and lift their spirits, but we make them feel validated. And that improves the quality of our relationships with them.

2. Thankfulness creates contentment. By choosing to be thankful, you can ignore messages that encourage you to think you need more and embrace contentment. 

3. Thankfulness feels good. You know how happy we feel around Thanksgiving? We can feel that way all year long. How? When we count our blessings and turn our hearts and thoughts toward gratitude. The warm and fuzzy feelings will follow.

4. Thankfulness keeps us healthy. Reflecting on what we are thankful for actually reduces stress. 

5. Thankfulness cultivates humility. When we choose to be thankful for the big and small blessings in our lives, we foster a heart of humility and a spirit of graciousness.

6. Thankfulness is contagious. When we are inspired by others' gratefulness, it prompts our own grateful thoughts and actions as well. We can be the catalysts that spread gratitude in our homes, offices and communities.

7. Thankfulness produces positivity. When we are thankful, the natural byproduct is that we become more positive people.

8. Thankfulness promotes generosity. When we are thankful for what we have, we can hold our blessings with an open hand and freely give to others. 

9. Thankfulness increases likability. When you are grateful, people see you in a positive light and they naturally like you and want to be around you.

10. Thankfulness displays God's character. The Bible is full of passages on gratitude and thankfulness. It is used in commands, parables, and prayers. This quality is important to God! So, when we actively practice gratefulness, we become more of who God created us to be. Plus, we also get to connect with Him through our thankful thoughts and prayers. Unlike talent, gratitude is something that is freely available to all of us and completely within our control. It is not a special "gifting" that some people have, and others do not. It is not a feeling that floats through the air at the end of each November.  

     Gracious God, as we enter the season of Thanksgiving, we ask that we can show the world the gratitude we have for you and the gift of your Son Jesus Christ. It is our prayer that by showing others how grateful we are for all things they may in turn want to learn how they can have what you so freely give to all. We pray that our gratitude and thankfulness will be contagious this season and throughout the year to follow. This we pray in your most holy name. Amen