Covid 19 Update 2 – March 17, 2020

Covid 19 Update 2 – March 17, 2020

Church family,

As elders, we fully trust in the Lord our God (Psalm 33:21), and we want to fully honor our government whenever possible (Romans 13:1). We take our biblical charge to protect the flock very seriously (Acts 20:28), and we want to exercise wisdom from above in all we do (James 3:17).

In a desire to love and protect one another, and in light of the new restrictions put forth by the Trump administration, the elders have decided to cancel all ROCC ministries until April 1st.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will assess reopening at the end of the month. This cancellation is for all ministries including Growth Groups, all youth activities, and Sunday morning services. Even though we will not meet on Sunday morning in person, we will offer a live stream service online.

The next two Sunday mornings (3/22,3/29) we are planning on live streaming one service only at 10:00am.

If possible, please make your regular giving through easy tithe or by mailing your checks to the church office. This will free us to meet all of our ongoing financial obligations and continue to help those among our body who are in need.

Here are the links you will need:

This is the link to go to the church’s youtube page for the live stream. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcrsWwY61Duv1QLqfWMhktw The live stream option will become available about 5 minutes before the service begins. Clicking the red “Subscribe” button will ensure that you receive updates when new ROCC videos post. We have made updates to the live feed to ensure maximum quality this week.

To give electronically through easy tithe: http://www.easytithe.com/rocc
Here is a tutorial about how to use easytithe: https://youtu.be/bdRVVzakeeU

To mail your check:
ROCC – ATTN: Amy Houser
1220 Brown School Rd
Maryville, TN 37804

We are also investigating multiple online options to maintain connection and for ongoing equipping if the restrictions are prolonged. We will update you as options become available. Please continue to reach out to those in your own Growth Group as well as anyone else the Lord prompts you to serve. Thank you for the love, compassion, wisdom, and confidence in our Lord you have demonstrated through this unique cultural moment. Our great God is working to bring about good through this time. Let’s be open to anything he may call us to do in his name!

Your servant in Christ Jesus,
Chris, on behalf of the elders

Covid 19 (Coronavirus) Update

Covid 19 (Coronavirus) Update

Beloved Church Family,

During this unique cultural moment, the elders and I have been carefully monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). We have sifted through the governmental, medical, and church-related information available at both the local and national levels.

We are basing our plan for tomorrow morning (Sunday, 3/15) on multiple factors including the recommendations of the Trump Administration, the CDC, Governor Lee, as well as our local government and other area churches. Many local churches are still meeting tomorrow morning and some are live streaming. We believe that we have settled on a plan that is practically wise, honors our government, and glorifies God.

After much prayer and consideration, here is the plan for the morning:

1) We will maintain our full schedule. Both first and second service will go forward as well as all Sunday School classes for both children and adults. Please come with hearts prepared to worship our glorious King in freedom and joy! Our God is exalted above all blessing and praise and He alone rules both heaven and earth. Let’s allow tomorrow to be a full expression of our confidence in Him!

2) Live streaming will be offered during both services. If you are concerned about gathering in person, if you fall into a vulnerable category based on age, or if your immune system may be compromised, consider using the livestream option from home. Regardless of vulnerability, if you or any of your children are exhibiting any signs of sickness, please utilize the livestream option instead of coming to church. We want to love one another well during this time.

3) Several steps to minimize risk will be implemented.  We have completed additional sanitization of all public areas this week. Also, extra tissues, and hand sanitizer will be available. In order to limit physical contact as much as is reasonable, we will not pass the offering bags or friendship pads during offering. Please refrain from shaking hands or hugging as much as possible. The security team, greeters, staff, elders, and others will seek to hold doors open in order to minimize unnecessary touches. Door handles and other surfaces will be wiped off throughout the morning and we will sanitize the sanctuary between services. In order to help us do this efficiently, please move your conversations outside as soon as church ends.

Here is other helpful information:

*This is the link to go to the church’s youtube page for live stream. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcrsWwY61Duv1QLqfWMhktw  The link will direct you to to our page. The live stream option will become available about 5 minutes before the service begins. Just click on that option when it becomes available.

*You can place your offering in the offering box mounted on the back wall of the sanctuary near the double doors. The box will be wiped down multiple times.

*You may also give electronically through easy tithe. It is very simple to do so.
*This is the link for easy tithe. http://www.easytithe.com/rocc
*Here is a tutorial about how to use easytithe. https://youtu.be/bdRVVzakeeU

The coronavirus outbreak is a developing situation so we will continue to monitor the details and make adjustments as necessary each week. Together, let’s seize this opportunity to love one another well, to demonstrate kindness and thoughtfulness to our neighbors, and to radiate our joyful trust and confidence in the greatness of the glorious God we all serve.

Your servant in Christ Jesus on behalf of the elders,
Chris

Sign Up Today – 2019 Men’s Retreat

Sign Up Today – 2019 Men’s Retreat

Men of ROCC,

What is friendship and why is it important? Men are called to multiple roles, including husbands, fathers, workers, and leaders. With all of this responsibility, it is easy to overlook cultivating friendships…but it is crucially important! Men, join us on November 8 and 9 for our annual retreat as we define biblical friendship and what it takes to make and keep friends. During the retreat we will invest time in each other and strengthening our friendships.

Please sign up today to reserve your spot by clicking here:   This will help significantly with meal prep and planning.


 

DETAILS:

  • Location: Camp Montvale; 4901 Montvale Rd, Maryville, TN 37803
  • Times and Dates: Arrive by 6:30 PM on Friday, November 8.  Ends around 9:00 PM on Saturday, November 9, 2019.
  • Cost: $55 if you are staying the night, $40 if commuting
  • Teaching Topic: Biblical Friendship

To Pay Online follow this link http://www.easytithe.com/rocc
1.) Make sure to use the Men’s Retreat category in the dropdown box.
2.) Enter Payment Amount
3.) Input Credit Card and Billing Info
4.) Click Submit

 

What to bring:

  • A drink, a dessert, or a snack to share.  Dinner will be provided on Friday night, and three meals will be provided on Saturday.
  • Cash or check for retreat payment.
  • Your own sheets, pillow, and anything else you need for sleeping. Don’t forget your ear plugs.
  • Toiletries and towel, wash cloth, or whatever else you need for cleanliness and personal hygiene.
  • Bible, notebook, pen, and whatever else you need for taking notes, personal study, and reflection.
  • Weather-appropriate Clothing
Register Now for the 2019 ROCC Women’s Retreat

Register Now for the 2019 ROCC Women’s Retreat

Ladies of River Oaks, you are invited to join us for our 2019 Women’s Retreat, April 26-28 at Camp Montvale. This year’s theme is “Covenant – God of Promises”.  We will be teaching on Biblical covenants and how they demonstrate God’s sovereign provision for His people. We’ll share laughter, small group time, great food, studying His word, bonfires, prayer, quiet time, outdoor time, and even free time for a quiet conversation, a nap, some line-dancing, or a swim in the pool.   To get signed up, please pick up a registration packet at the back of the sanctuary, or register online by Sunday, April 21st.

*Also, please note that there is a discount if you register and pay by Sunday, April 14!

Click Here to REGISTER ONLINE
Click Here to PAY ONLINE (choose the fund “Women’s Retreat”)
2019 Women’s Retreat Info and Directions
Registration Packet


Location:
Camp Montvale – Harmony Family Services
4901 Montvale Road Maryville, TN 37803

Cost:
The cost for the retreat is $75, with a $10 discount if fees and forms are submitted by April 14. There will be an additional cost of $20 for staying over-night. If needed, you can request scholarship funds when you register.

Schedule:
Check-in begins at 5:00 on Friday, with the 1st session beginning at 6:30. We won’t serve dinner on Friday, so please bring a snack or drink to share later. We will depart on Sunday (about noon), following worship & brunch.

The deadline to register is Sunday, April 21st.  Please sign up ASAP, so that we can reserve your spot and so that you get the best price!

Questions?
Contact Metry Hutchison, metry@therocc.org, or Nancy Kissell, kissell@chartertn.net.

Join us For an Equipping and Training Weekend with Greg Koukl

Join us For an Equipping and Training Weekend with Greg Koukl

River Oaks Community Church in Maryville TN is excited to host Greg Koukl for a weekend of equipping and training.

WHO IS GREG KOUKL?
Greg Koukl is the founder and President of Stand to Reason (www.str.org) Greg has hosted his own radio call-in show for 27 years advocating “Christianity worth thinking about.” He is an award-winning writer and best selling author of several books, including Tactics – A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Any believer who wants to be prepared to navigate any conversation with anyone at any time about Christ will benefit from this weekend workshop with Greg Koukl.

COST:
The weekend is free!

HOW DO I SIGN UP?
It would help us out if you could sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044baba922a6fa7-greg

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:
Friday night 6:30 – 9:00
– How do you become an effective ambassador for Christ?
– How do you grow as a Christian?

 
Saturday – 10:00 – 4:30
Multiple Sessions learning Tactics directly from Greg Koukl.
– How do you begin conversations about the Gospel?
– How do you get in the driver’s seat during difficult conversations about Christ?
– Learn how you can influence others towards truth regarding current moral and ethical topics.
– What do you do when someone tries to steamroll you?
– Learn how to suggest ideas about Christ that will stay with people long after the conversation.
 
Sunday Both Services
– Contend Earnestly for the Faith

For more information about Stand to Reason, visit these links:
http://www.strcast2.org/videos/promo/Tactics_Intro_Video.mp4
https://www.str.org/training/speakers/greg-koukl
https://www.str.org/about/ambassadors-creed

Sign Up Today – 2018 Men’s Retreat

Sign Up Today – 2018 Men’s Retreat

Men of ROCC,

Do you ever feel like your work is just a means to an end and only exists to frustrate you? Do you wonder if what you do each day actually matters? Are you concerned that your career matters too much and is how you measure your value and significance? Join us on September 14 and 15 for a great time of worship, teaching, and fellowship as we discuss what our work really is from a biblical perspective and how to integrate your Christian faith with your work.

Please sign up today to reserve your spot by clicking here:   This will help significantly with meal prep and planning.


DETAILS:

  • Location: Camp Montvale; 4901 Montvale Rd, Maryville, TN 37803
  • Times and Dates: Arrive by 6:30 PM, Friday, September 14. Ends around 9:00 PM, Saturday, September 15, 2018.
  • Cost: $55 if you are staying the night, $40 if commuting
  • Teaching Topic: How to integrate your Christian faith with your work.

To Make payment online, follow this link http://www.easytithe.com/rocc then click quick give (unless you have registered) and make sure to use the Men’s Retreat category in the dropdown box.

What to bring:

  • A drink, a dessert, or a snack to share on Friday Night. If you want to eat a full dinner Friday night, eat on your own before arriving.
  • Cash or check for retreat payment.
  • Your own sheets, pillow, and anything else you need for sleeping. Don’t forget your ear plugs.
  • Toiletries and towel, wash cloth, or whatever else you need for cleanliness and personal hygiene.
  • Bible, notebook, pen, and whatever else you need for taking notes, personal study, and reflection.
  • Weather-appropriate Clothing

 

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