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RRCC Notices and Reminders for the Weekend of January 15-17, 2021
This Weekend


Friday, January 15, 2021 
Chi Rho Mid-Winter Retreat
10:00 a.m. - Vision Advisory Team

Saturday, January 16, 2021
Chi Rho Mid-Winter Retreat
8:00 a.m. - Shalom Congregation (live stream)

Sunday, January 17, 2021 
Chi Rho Mid-Winter Retreat
The Second Sunday after Epiphany
9:45 a.m. - Explorers Sunday School Class (via ZOOM) Link HERE
9:45 a.m. - Open Circle Sunday School Class (via ZOOM) 
11:00 a.m. - Worship Service and Fellowship (via ZOOM) Link HERE
The 1:00 p.m. Elders Meeting has been rescheduled.
3:00 p.m. - Manantial de Vida (off site)

Events are available to view on the RRCC Webpage:



This Sunday in Worship -- January 17, 2021
   
THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY 

What does it look like 
when we are 
being successful in our mission?

We are:

"LIVING IN HUMILITY"
Romans 12:3-18

 



You can also join the meeting manually at zoom.us/join
using the following meeting ID and password:

Meeting ID: 864 8287 2175
Password: 273770



The Order of Worship for This Sunday



Call to Worship (from Psalm 139)

O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.

For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.

How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! I try to count them-they are more than the sand; I come to the end-I am still with you. Your steadfast love is with me always. I worship you today with my whole heart!


Sunday, January 17, 2021
The Second Sunday After Epiphany
Worship Leader: Liz Maybaum
Elders: Steven Glover and Barbara Barnett


O R D E R  O F  W O R S H I P
 
  • 10:55 a.m. Host opens meeting
  • Prelude
  • Welcome/Announcements/Instructions
  • Music Video
  • Call to Worship/Invocation
  • Passing of the Peace
  • Joys & Concerns
  • Pastoral Prayer/Lord's Prayer
  • Scripture: Romans 12:3-18
  • Message: "Living in Humility"
  • Music Video
  • Offering Meditation
  • Invitation to Communion
  • Words of Institution
  • Communion Prayers
  • Receiving the Loaf and the Cup
  • Benediction
  • Fellowship

Scripture Reading




Romans 12:3-18 (New Revised Standard Version)

And because of God's gracious gift to me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you should. Instead, be modest in your thinking, and judge yourself according to the amount of faith that God has given you. 

We have many parts in the one body, and all these parts have different functions. In the same way, though we are many, we are one body in union with Christ, and we are all joined to each other as different parts of one body. So we are to use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us. If our gift is to speak God's message, we should do it according to the faith that we have; if it is to serve, we should serve; if it is to teach, we should teach; if it is to encourage others, we should do so. Whoever shares with others should do it generously; whoever has authority should work hard; whoever shows kindness to others should do it cheerfully.

Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good. Love one another warmly as Christians, and be eager to show respect for one another. Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion. Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. Share your belongings with your needy fellow Christians, and open your homes to strangers.

Ask God to bless those who persecute you-yes, ask him to bless, not to curse. Be happy with those who are happy, weep with those who weep. Have the same concern for everyone. Do not be proud, but accept humble duties. Do not think of yourselves as wise.

If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good. Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody.



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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Change

In an effort to streamline, simplify, and make COVID-19 vaccinations more efficient, Texas is transitioning away from having people go to their local PCP, clinic, or hospital to get their shot. Instead, vaccination "hubs" are being established across the state. Our closest hub is in Travis County. You must pre-register before scheduling your vaccination time. This pre-registration gets you into their system and helps them to put you into the correct "Phase" for vaccination priority. Here is the link: 

Please note: This website has had some technical challenges due to heavy use. You may have better luck if you visit the website late night/early morning.
You may be wondering whether you are eligible now to receive your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Most of our congregation members are in fact eligible right now, based on age and/or chronic medical condition. 


If you are a front-line healthcare worker or resident of a long-term care facility, you are eligible now to receive the vaccine, since December 14. This group is considered Phase 1A.
If you are in Phase 1B, you are also eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, depending on availability and the vaccine provider. Vaccine supply remains limited, but more vaccine will be delivered to providers each week. Phase 1B recipients include:
  • People 65 years of age and older
  • People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to:
    • Cancer
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
    • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
    • Solid organ transplantation
    • Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
    • Pregnancy
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
 

Letter to the Christian Church 

in the Southwest

January 13, 2021
As individual leaders within the Christian Church in the Southwest, we worked together to prepare this message.  We do not present ourselves as speaking for the churches in the Region.  This is a word to the churches in the Region.  
On Wednesday, January 6, a large crowd numbering in the thousands charged into the United States Capitol and sought to interrupt the Congressional certification of the U.S. Presidential election. They were reportedly motivated by claims of voter fraud-claims that have been argued in the courts and consistently dismissed.  Discontent with legal means to challenge and protest this election, rioters used illegal means to disrupt the orderly movement of democracy.  They entered the congressional chambers intent on doing bodily harm to elected officials.  Invaded hallowed space carrying Molotov cocktails, explosive devices, and zip ties with chants of hanging the Vice President. As a result, at least five people have died.   
We believe that words and symbols have strength to persuade and motivate people to action.  In this case the words and actions of the President of the United States along with other political leaders, incited insurrection against the Legislative Branch of the U.S. Government which resulted in a large throng of citizens responding to this present transition with violence.  Many of us were horrified to see Christian symbols and the name of Jesus mingled with symbols of hatred, chaos, and destruction.  
Over 200 years ago, the federal government was chartered for among other purposes "to establish Justice" and "insure domestic Tranquility."  These purposes were subverted in tragic ways on January 6. One of the treasured components of United States democracy-the peaceful transition of power-was discarded and an attempted insurrection took its place. 
As Christians, we proclaim God's forgiveness and grace. Yet, we also recognize that when we ignore the criminal acts, we do a disservice to everyone including perpetrators of injustice.  Accountability for wrongdoing and consequences for crimes are essential elements of civilized society.  Civic leaders whose political rhetoric to incite violence should either repent or resign.  And those whose words and actions enacted the destructive assault on democracy on Wednesday, January 6 must account for their crimes.  
Furthermore, the dismantling of racism is an essential consequence of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We cannot sit idly by when symbols of slavery, like the Confederate Battle Flag, and celebrations of genocide like Neo-Nazi propaganda are on display.  The right of persons to express such beliefs may be protected.  However, such beliefs cannot go unrefuted and they ought never be confused for Christian proclamation. 
As Disciples we must always honor the Imago Dei in all of God's people. The brutality exhibited against the participants of the largely peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrations stands in stark contrast to the tepid response on display at the Capitol. It is also our belief that had the crowd been comprised of people of color, the response to them would have been vastly, tragically different.
The ideology expressed with such ferocity and bloodshed by the mob at the Capitol is untenable. The fact that the expression of it was instigated by the president and his enablers is absolutely heinous and must never go unrefuted. Nor should it be confused for Christian proclamation.
Certainly, many leaders both in the Church and in Government will need to do significant work to repair the damage done on January 6. 

Andy Mangum, CCSW Regional Minister and President
Christy Drechsel, CCSW Regional Executive Minister and Vice-President
Peggy Edge, CCSW Community Regional Minister for Adult Ministries & Leadership Development
Hector Morales, CCSW Community Regional Minister for Hispanic Ministries
Heather Reed, CCSW Community Regional Minister for Children and Youth
David Hargrave, CCSW Interim Connection Minister, East Texas
Kim Fields-Haley, CCSW Interim Connection Minister, New Mexico and El Paso. 
Christal Fisher, CCSW Interim Connection Minister, South-Central Texas
Bonnie Schuler, CCSW Regional Registrar
Anna Facundo, CCSW Bi-Lingual Assistant Registrar
Nathaniel Cook, CCSW Director of Communication
Andy Brink, Regional Moderator
Tracey Anderson-Tellado, Moderator-Elect
Raymond Morgan, Regional Treasurer
William Smith, Regional Secretary
Alfred Walker, CCSW Reconciliation Committee Convener 
Tera Brown-Daniels, CCSW Reconciliation Committee Member 
Megan Peglar, CCSW Reconciliation Committee Member 
Tanya Tyler, CCSW Reconciliation Committee Member
____________________________________________
Follow-up note from the Region:
In the 24 hours since individual leaders from the Christian Church in the Southwest sent out a response [the letter above] to January 6, we have received some significant response from around the Region. While many of the responses were affirming, others raised important concerns and objections. We believe in open, healthy dialogue. So, in that spirit we thought it good to share with you some of those responses.

One significant leader in our Region granted us permission to circulate his thoughts as we felt appropriate and his letter is below. In addition to Rev. Rawlins's letter we had others who felt that the letter was partisan and that similar riotous acts over the past year had not received the same call to repentance. Others critiqued assertions that use legally-weighted language. For instance, saying that the President's speech incited the riot is an assertion that has not been proven and legal minds have weighed in to say that the President's speech on that Wednesday morning did not meet the legal standard of inciting a riot. Others pointed out that to say the courts "dismissed" the lawsuits is not a legally accurate statement across the board given how the courts handled or chose not to handle various cases.

Finally, here is the letter we received from Rev. Jim Rawlins:
Where was the outrage over the last nine months when people were killed, injured and their businesses burnt down? Where was your outrage when Justice Kavanaugh was being sworn in and crowds were trying to break into the Capitol Building? Where was your outrage when Senator Scalise was gunned down during a baseball game? Where will be your outrage when all that President Trump has done for Right-To-Life will be reversed in the next administration and countless of the most innocent will be killed. Where will be your outrage when a pastor's right to speak from Scripture is restricted in the next administration.

I have kept my mouth shut until now, but you go too far. ... I am so disappointed in this declaration. You basically lump any Conservative with white-hooded night riders (and if you know your history, they were Democrats). You have jumped on a bandwagon of hate yourself and by declaring this, you are disenfranchising a large portion of this Church body. Once again, you will drive away participants from the DOC by your Pharisaical, judgmental, highbrowish stand.

Would it have hurt you to just say "let us stand for peace and unity while remembering the One and only True God is our Sovereign". Is that not something we could all stand behind????!!!!

Your servant,
Pastor Jim Rawlins

Congregational Leaders in the Christian Church in the Southwest are asked to participate in a region-wide conversation (via zoom) tomorrow, Saturday, January 16th for a time of prayer and next-steps conversation. 
RRCC Elders and Guiding Board members have been invited to participate. 
If you are interested, please contact Rev. Maxted for the zoom link. 

RRCC Email Addresses:

info@rrdisciples.org (Molly)
rrcc-office@rrdisciples.org (Molly)
pastormitch@rrdisciples.org (Mitch)
bookkeeper@rrdisciples.org (Gary C.)

Prayer Updates

Mary Acree -- at home, being treated for an infection

Mildred Adair's grandson Tanner-- tested positive for COVID-19

Brenda Collier's mother Mary Heeney -- tested positive for COVID-19

Jackie Culbertson -- released from quarantine for COVID-19; her mother Janis is awaiting test results

Marilyn Davis family -- Marilyn passed away on Monday, January 11th at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Duane and Keri Davis; a memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 30th

Linda Glover -- had spinal ablation on Wednesday

Cynthia Guilbeau -- father Harold Hubbard is receiving care from HospiceAustin

Bob Jenkins' sister Kathy -- hospitalized with COVID-19

Janette Johnston's mother Billie -- tested positive for COVID-19

Jim and Susan Kessler's daughter Erica, her family, and her in-laws -- all recovering from COVID-19

Tricia Mouser -- adapting to symptoms from infusion treatments for rheumatoid arthritis; daughter Kendal has COVID-19

Martha Nichols' niece Glenda and her husband Eric -- tested positive for COVID-19

Susan Putnam's cousin Connie Walker -- tested positive for COVID-19

Alyssa Todnem -- (Molly Salzwedel's daughter) recovering from  COVID-19

Gary Tucker's brother Terry -- surgery next Thursday

Rod and Lisa Walker -- Lisa's siblings Dale and Connie need our prayer support for health issues; Rod's mother Billie is now receiving hospice care

Bea Whitley's brother Darrel Hansen -- tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalized

Garvid Wilson -- chemo/immunotherapy treatment #2 was Jan. 5th; prayers for good management of side effects