From the Pastor
I marvel at how, on Halloween night, our congregation embraced our neighbors with Christ-like love on a very large scale. Praise God for the way he enabled us to welcome our neighbors with such a fun and safe event. As I was part of the welcoming team at the door, I observed parents and children that were excited and in good humor in spite of the rainy, wet conditions outside. And as people left the event, I heard many "God bless you!" and "Thank you for doing this!" comments from grateful parents.
What I think impressed me the most during the evening was how RRCC folks reacted to unplanned developments along the way. The Cut Bait band had to adjust their set-up due to the rain, and they found unique ways to release and re-direct accumulated water along the way. When hot dogs ran out, more were purchased. When the line to enter the event began to back up, there were those who sprang into action with church info flyers and contact information slips of paper in hand. When the gym floor got wet, there was a person with a mop and several with paper towels under their shoes, getting things dried out. When the vehicle traffic out on Chalice Way went into gridlock, there were those who went outside to direct traffic and get folks moving along. People were responding to the immediate needs of the situation, and it was wonderful.
Many many people made this event happen. There was much to do before, during, and after our guests were here with us at the church. There were a few persons who went way above and beyond for this event, in time, energy, and resources. But I know better than to single them out for recognition, because as always there is so much that happens behind the scenes that I am unaware of.
See you this Sunday, November 11th, Veterans Day!
Chili Lunch November 11th!! Everyone Welcome.
Please join us immediately following worship on Sunday, November 11th, for the traditional chili lunch hosted by our Disciples Men's Ministry!
TRUNK N TREAT
Wow! What a neighborhood party! Kids laughing, dancing, swords battling light sabers, neighbors talking, everyone smiling-- even though the weather was anything but cheerful. A massive crowd.
A tremendous number of activities: 1) Pre-event sign ups and promotion with yard signs and in school newsletters 2) Every attendee greeted and given an info sheet about RRCC 3) All households entered for gift card drawing 4) Games 5) Cupcake walk 6) Portrait photo booth 7) Face painting 8) Candid event photos 9) Hot dogs, popcorn, drinks 10) over 15 beautifully decorated "trunks" 11) Party lights all around the front 12) Large band w/lights and fog......oh, and some candy. A massive effort.
Crowd estimates are about 500-550, since 300 hot dogs were gone in about 40 minutes. Some kind of traffic control will be needed next year, due to gridlock on surrounding streets.
Many, many thanks to all! You should be giving each other pats-on-the-back for staging what is apparently becoming the neighborhood party of the year.
Volunteers Needed!! Breakfast with Santa
Have you heard that Santa Claus is coming to town? He is! And he will be at Round Rock Christian Church on Saturday, December 1st for a Pancake Breakfast with our neighbors!
A Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet will be in the welcome center 11/11 and 11/18. We will have a VERY BRIEF planning meeting Sunday, 11/25 immediately following worship.
Volunteers will plan to meet in the sanctuary so that we can confirm the plans for the 12/1 breakfast where we will invite our neighbors to join us for a "Breakfast with Santa!"
Holiday music, decor, greeting cards.....all in the stores beckoning our attention.
While it is difficult to think about special Christmas giving before purchasing the Thanksgiving turkey, our annual Round Rock Christian special project, Adopt-A-Child is on the drawing board awaiting your donation. The plan is to once again adopt twenty children (total) from Union Hill Elementary and Hopewell Middle Schools. This project is coordinated with counselors from each campus who provide details (age, gender, clothing size and toy wish) for each child. We will then purchase three gifts per child, maintaining a school-suggested price of $50.00 per child, with two clothing and one toy gift. The women of DWM will do the wrapping. This is an Outreach Ministry project of our congregation to "...embrace our neighbors with Christlike love."
The first two Sundays in November---the 4th and the 11th - have been designated Adopt-A-Child giving days. Last year we raised just over one thousand dollars to be able to provide Christmas for twenty children. It is our goal to again this year raise a thousand dollars. Please consider giving to this annual project with a check in the offering plate this Sunday or the following Sunday. Make your check to RRCC, with memo note: ADOPT-A-CHILD. Your monetary gift will make a difference in the lives of the children that we reach in our community. Many thanks for your generosity.
Please plan to stay immediately after worship on Sunday, November 18, for our annual Congregational Meeting, which will include:
- Election of 2019 officers
- Approval of 2019 budget (a copy is posted in the office work room)
- Brief church update
Proposed 2019 Slate of Officers
The Nominating Committee has submitted the following slate of officers for 2019. Write-in candidates may be submitted provided they have agreed in advance to have their names placed in nomination.
Moderator: Tricia Mouser (2nd term)
Vice Moderator: Linda Glover
Treasurer: Dan Knight
Assistant Treasurer: Gary Collier
Financial Secretary: Irene Jenkins
Assistant Financial Secretary: Melba Claymon
Board Member At-large: Diane Breeding (2 year term)
Board Member At-large: Kent Toomey (2 year term)
Board Member At-large: Steve Osteen (1 year term)
Elder: Tasha York (3 year term)
Elder: Katherine Cratin (3 year term)
Elder: Ilene Kiser (3 year term)
Elder: Emmiline Greene (1 year term)
Trustee: Judy Jocoy (3 year term)
Elder: Steve Osteen (2019)
Rod Walker (2019)
Mildred Adair (2020)
Jackie Switzer (2020)
Gary Tucker (2020)
Guiding Board At-large: John Claymon (2019)
Trustee: Perry Mouser (2019)
Jim Kessler (2020)
Round Rock Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
DISCIPLES WOMEN'S MINISTRY: 2018-19 Study
JUST WOMEN:CALLED FOR GOD'S PURPOSE
Study Guide for November 12, 2018
Disciples Women celebrate, embrace, and encourage God's call to women, "empowering each woman to find her voice and live out her call."If it is not a call to "vocational ministry," is it still a call?This study is a biblical look at women who probably have asked the same question.
Lesson 3: Lydia, positioned for purpose
Scripture: Acts 16:11-15, 40
Lesson Summary: Because Lydia took time away from the busyness of her life to worship God, she was positioned to hear the gospel, become a believer in Christ, transform her entire household, and offer hospitality to Paul and his traveling companions. She was positioned for purpose.
Full study guide handout will be available in the Welcome Center on November 11.
PANTRY FOCUS FOR NOVEMBER: CONDIMENTS
"...love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:39)
November is "CONDIMENTS MONTH"
at RRCC. Local food drives at this time of year will help fill the pantry shelves, but condiments are in short supply. Your donations of
(or cash or check designated for the Round Rock Area Serving Center) will help stock empty shelves and serve people in our community.
Mark your grocery list every week for the Round Rock Area Serving Center.
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
The Box Tops for Education project has yielded 71 proofs of purchase from RRCC to be turned into the Union Hill Elem school in September. Each one is good for 10 cents which gives a grand total of $7.10. There were 23 expired box tops submitted which are not usable.
Please continue to place your Box Tops for Education in the container in the foyer. Check the date on each one to make sure it is not expired.
The school begins collecting the box tops in September and the earnings are paid twice yearly, in December and April. $1,134.30 was collected in the 2017-2018 school year. Let's set a goal of $200 in Box Tops from RRCC for the 2018-2019 school year! Only 1,929 Box Tops to go!
The school can use the money for anything it needs! Computers, books, and playground equipment are just some of the ways schools have chosen to use the funds raised through Box Tops for Education.
You can sign up at https://www.boxtops4education.com/ for special offers, coupons, and to track the progress of the school, Please look for the labels on all items you buy and don't forget to bring them to church and place in the collection box each week.
REMINDER: New Addresses - mark your directory!
1905 S. Lakeline Blvd., Apt. 337
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Please make a note that the church office
has a new email address:
Serving With You This Sunday, November 11
Worship Leader: Linda Glover
Greeters: Volunteeers Needed
Sunday Treats: Tricia Mouser
Judy Jocoy, Jackie Switzer
Deacons: Emmiline Greene, Ilene Kiser, Amy Tucker, Gary Tucker
Find a Place to Serve here at RRCC
Here are the ways you can contribute to Sunday Morning Worship:
Nov. 6 - Liz Maybaum
Nov. 9 - Jean Bell
Nov. 9 - Charlie Monroe
Nov. 12 - Sally Kelley
Nov. 13 - Mike Kelley
Caring Hearts Prayer List
OUR CONGREGATIONAL LEADERSHIP
Rev. Mitch Maxted
Guiding Board, Admin Team, Ministries Council, Elders, Deacons, Ministries and Committees
3. Personnel and Admin Team as they work to fill needed positions
4. Volunteers who are helping through this transition time
5. Shut-In Servers & Caring Hearts Prayer Group
6. Jackie Switzer and RRCC's reviving Stephen Ministries program
7. Agape Group leaders
8. Our music ministries: Randy Preston, Rod Walker, Jimmy Horowitz; choir preparing for Christmas Cantata
9. Enable us to develop a passion for praying and increase our tithes and offerings
10. Our partnership with Shalom Seventh Day Adventist & Manantial de Vida congregations (and their pastors Edy Rosa Paez and Maria Rosario)
11. Our Vision Advisory Committee and our efforts as a congregation to embrace our neighbors with Christ-like love. Strengthening our strategies:
MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
1. Barnett, Barbara
2. Cortez, Amy (cancer surgery this week; granddaughter of Darlia Hunt)
3. Davis, Marilyn (adjusting to The Oaks)
4. Guilbeau, Rick & Cynthia; Hubbard, Harold
5. Harmel, Crispin and Christina
6. Maxted, Mana (upcoming EEG)
7. Maybaum, Liz - continued monitoring and doctor consultations
8. Mehlow, Carolyn & Leroy
9. Plough, Paul & Margaret (Margaret currently hospitalized)
10. Pollock, Paula
11.Putnam, Susan (broken foot) Jim (death of brother in Minnesota)
12. Quick, Jonathan (hip replacement surg.; son of K. Cratin)
13. Sanford, Collin (Emmiline's son-in-law, ongoing rehab following a stroke)
14. Scarborough, Charley and Rilda (celebrating marriage of granddaughter Alix)
15. Sherry, Bea (adjusting to Lakeline Oaks)
16. Snider, Rev. Ed
1. All who have been targeted by domestic terrorism/hate crimes in the US in recent days: African-Americans, Jews, Democratic leaders and activists
2. Our military personnel and families
3. Pray for persecuted Christians throughout the world
4. Victims and responders for recent hurricanes, earthquakes; also local flooding and water safety concerns
5. Developing an immigration policy for the U.S. that is fair, just, and Christ-like
6. A free and fair election process here in the U.S., without foreign interference
7. Recent hurricane and earthquake victims, family, and first-responders
8. For all efforts toward universal access to health care
9. All who don't know Jesus
10. Reaching out to our neighborhood families through the schools: 1. Hopewell gift cards 2. Adopt-a-Student ministry at Union Hill and Hopewell 3. Literacy Partners at Union Hill 4. Trunk n Treat 5. Breakfast with Santa
Open Circle Class will begin a new study on November 18
, leading into Advent and Christmas: The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem. We will journey with author Adam Hamilton as he travels from
Nazareth to Bethlehem in this fascinating look at the birth of Jesus Christ. Using historical information, archaeological findings, and personal reflections, Hamilton illuminates this most amazing moment in history. We will follow the footsteps of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and others, gaining insight into our own journeys with Christ.
All are welcome to join in the study! The class meets in the downstairs classroom in the Fellowship Building.
Please, join us!
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)
(primarily adult women) - Beginning November 18th, studying
The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem.
Explorers (mixed adults) - Facilitator is Mildred Adair; studying the gospel of Matthew.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
6:30pm - Texas Elite Volleyball
7:00pm - Shalom Congregation
7:00pm - Vision Advisory Committee
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
1:00pm - Caring Hearts Prayer Group
6:00 - 7:00pm Texas Elite Volleyball
7:00pm - Chancel Choir Rehearsal
7:15pm - Overcomer's Bible Study
Thursday, November 8, 2018
1:00pm - Pastoral Support Committee @ Putnam home
1:30pm - Daytime Book Group
7:15pm - Evening Book Group
Saturday, November 10 2018
8:00am - Shalom Congregation
8:30am - DMM Breakfast
9:30am - Handcrafter's Ministry
Sunday, November 11, 2018
9:30am - Sunday School
10:30am - Fellowship
11:00am - Worship
12:15pm - Monthly Luncheon hosted by DMM
4:00pm - Ministerio Internacional Manantial de Vida
Elders Prayer Corner/Closing Message
Ephesians 4:1 God chose you to be his people, so I urge you now to live the life to which God called you.
God is calling you to follow a specific path that He has chosen for your life. And it is vitally important that you heed that call. Otherwise, your talents and opportunities may go unused. Remember: God has important work for you to do. God has placed you in a particular place, amid particular people, with unique opportunities to serve. And He has given you all the tools you need to succeed. God never calls without enabling us.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, you have called me, and I acknowledge that calling. In these quiet moments before the busy day unfolds, I come to You. I will study Your Word and seek Your guidance. Give me the wisdom to know Your will for my life and the courage to follow wherever You may lead me today and forever. Amen.