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Here are your notices & reminders for the weekend of April 3 - April 5 , 2020

This Weekend

F riday, April 3, 2020
Day 33 of the 40 days of Lent. Day 10 of STAY HOME STAY SAFE in Austin/Round Rock and beyond

Sa turday, April 4, 2020
11am -- practice run for Zoom worship 

Sunday, April 5, 2020
9:30am - O pen Circle -- via ZOOM 
9:30am - Explorers Class -- via ZOOM
11:00am - Worship -- via ZOOM

Events are available to view on the RRCC Webpage:

 Join Us For Worship Via Zoom on Sunday Morning!

This Sunday at RRCC -- April 5 , 2020
Sermon messages throughout the six Sundays in Lent
are inspired by Matt Rawle's book
The Grace of Les Miserables.
This Sunday--
"The Blessed Garden: A Hopeful Vision"
Revelation 22:1-5

A Message from Rev. Maxted

Dear RRCC members and friends,

Blessings to you on this 33rd day of our 40-day Lenten journey.    

Please take good care of yourself. Try to eat well, stay hydrated, get as much exercise as you can, and be sure you're limiting your exposure to news reports. A constant flow of alarming news and statistics can be anxiety-inducing and exhausting. If you're sheltering alone, don't hesitate to reach out to others through phone calls and texts and emails. If you're sheltering with someone, be nice! Be patient! They've got to put up with you just like you've got to put up with them!

And please continue, to the best of your ability, to practice strict social distancing. All the science points to this--the better we are about staying away from each other, the more manageable the medical response becomes. Staying away is now the loving thing to do. It saves lives and lessens the burden and risk for medical professionals and other essential workers. 

Holy Week begins this Sunday, and our worship schedule can be found in the next box.  Our Maundy Thursday service will include a video-taped communion meditation from our Regional Minister, Dr. Andy Mangum, and on Easter we'll be hearing stories from some of you!

In the meantime, I urge you to c reate a special worship space for yourself at home, if you haven't already. Gather what is meaningful to you--perhaps a candle, your Bible, a devotional book, a cross. It's your own little sanctuary in your home. 

You'll find the link to join this Sunday's worship service in the box immediately above this one. Look for the link next to the palm branches. Also, we'll re-send the link in another email shortly before worship beings on Sunday morning (around 10:30 a.m.). Use either one to connect to worship. They will be identical.

See you on Sunday!
Peace in Christ,
Pastor Mitch

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
Psalm 150:6

Holy Week Worship Schedule
All of our services will be through Zoom video conference. 
Links to join each of these services will be sent to you through your email. 

Maundy Thursday - April 9th 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday - April 10th 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday - April 12th 
     9:30 a.m. Early Easter Servic e
   11:00 a.m. Easter Worship

Good Friday Prayer Vigil    

This year, RRCC will be conducting our annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil from our homes on Friday, April 10, 2020, from 6am to 6pm. It is still important for us to practice this much needed act of conversing with our creator, especially during these challenging times.

Sign up for a slot to pray on Sign Up Genius. Just choose a time and click on the orange "Sign Up" button. Then click on the green "Submit and Sign Up" button at the bottom of the page. Then you can enter your information and click on the green "Sign Up Now" button at the bottom. That's all there is to it! You'll receive an email confirmation of your time slot.

RRCC Online Giving

You can now give online via the RRCC Website ,
or you can CLICK HERE to give.

Other ways to give are: 
  1. use your bank's electronic bill pay system feature to have a check mailed directly from your bank to RRCC
  2. mail your check directly to RRCC.
Address your envelope to:
Financial Secretary
Round Rock Christian Church
22 Chalice Way
Round Rock, TX 78665
Remember Those Who Can't Have visitors--

The following RRCC members are unable to have visitors at the present time (even their own immediate family members). They'd love to receive a call or a card from you!

Marilyn Davis
The Oaks
3720 Williams Drive, Apt. 213
Georgetown, TX 78628

Bea Sherry
Provident Crossings
1950 South AW Grimes Blvd, Apt. 347
Round Rock, TX 78664

Ed Snider
Park Bend Health Center, Rm. 212
2122 Park Bend Drive
Austin, TX 78758

Helpful Guidance On Groceries During the Pandemic

Even while faithfully following the STAY HOME 
STAY SAFE guidelines, we still need to eat! Obtaining groceries--whether that's in-store, curbside pick up, or home delivery--all carry some risk of contamination with the coronavirus. Click on the link below to view a 13-minutes view on how to greater reduce your risk of contamination in obtaining food. The presenter is a Michigan physician. 

Caring Hearts Prayer Warriors

Our prayer warriors, clockwise:
Martha Nichols, Rilda Scarborough, Charles Scarborough, Anna Marie Blair, Rev. Maxted, and Gwen Jackson. Not pictured: Katherine Cratin. 
Photo taken March 27, 2019.
For many years, a faithful group of RRCC members have gathered at the church on Wednesday afternoons to pray. These prayer warriors pray for our members, their families, our neighborhood, our nation, and our world. 

They continue to meet on Wednesday afternoons, but through Zoom video conference (just like we're doing worship now). Let Rev. Maxted know if you'd like to "Zoom in" to pray with them at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. 

Lloyd and Marilyn Davis prayed faithfully with our Caring Hearts team for many years. In fact, Marilyn was the one who named this ministry "Caring Hearts." Many others have participated over the years as well.

Here's Another Way to Help the Round Rock Area Serving Center

Here's a free, easy, and important way to help the Serving Center's Food Pantry:

"We are in need of plastic bags. We are going to leave purple barrels in front of the Furniture Store (west side of the building)* to collect your bags. You can just drive by, toss your bags in and drive off. You will not have to get out of your car.

*ADDRESS: 1099 East Main St, Round Rock

Thank you so much for your help."

If you want to send a check in place of your weekly food donations, you can mail it to:

Round Rock Area Serving Center
P. O. Box 5006
Round Rock, TX 78683

Lenten Devotional

Here's an opportunity to view/download
a free Lenten daily devotional resource:

  (Just click on this link)

You can also access this resource through our church homepage 
by clicking on the button "2020 LENTEN DEVOTIONAL"
Sign Up To Serve

Please Sign Up to Serve in 2020!  You can access the Sign Up Genius pages from the RRCC Website under the  " Member Resources" tab!
RRCC on Social Media
Follow us on Social Media!

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

RRCC Email Addresses: (Molly) (Molly) (Mitch) (Gary C.)

Prayer Requests

Marilyn Davis -- had a stroke on Tuesday morning and was hospitalized in Round Rock for a couple of days. Now at Encompass Health Rehab in Round Rock. From there will eventually be released either to return to The Oaks or to Duane and Keri's home

Darlia Hunt's daughter, Debra (a nurse) exposed to the coronavirus and now waiting on test results

Charles Whitley -- shingles still painful, but improving

All who are impacted by COVID-19 worldwide (the sick, health care professionals, and the essential service people who must continue to work even during this time of staying at home and "social distancing")

All who have had to delay surgeries and other medical, dental, and vision appointments 

Residents of nursing homes and other retirement complexes who are currently unable to receive personal visits from anyone, even their immediate family members.

TJ and Heather York as they prepare to adopt Skyler David York when he is born (pregnancy complications)