Register for the 2016 ROCC Women’s Retreat Today!

Register for the 2016 ROCC Women’s Retreat Today!

Ladies of River Oaks, you are invited to join us for our Women’s Retreat, April 22-24!
Join us as we spend time together with our great God, the One who is worthy!

You can download registration materials here.  Remember that if you register by this Sunday, April 3, you will receive a 10% discount!


It’s a new chapter for the ROCC Women’s Retreat…

We’ll be at a new location!
Montvale Camp – Harmony Family Services
4901 Montvale Road   Maryville, TN  37803

The cost is reduced this year!
Cost is $95, with a 10% discount if fees and forms are submitted by April 3.

We’ll start later on Friday and stay longer on Sunday!
Check-in will begin at 5:30pm on Friday, April 22, with our first session beginning at 6:45pm.  We won’t serve dinner on Friday; bring a snack or drink to share later.  On Sunday, April 24, we’ll stay longer, enjoying worship time and brunch before departing about noon.  (ROCC leadership has pledged to handle all responsibilities at church, and we will be having only 1 service at ROCC, that morning.) We won’t need to carpool since there’s plenty of parking at Montvale. But, if you need a ride, we’ll help you find one!

Some things will stay the same!
Worship, laughing, small group discussions, eating, studying His word, bonfires, more laughing, praying, more eating, quiet time, and even time for a nap will be included again!  Scholarship funds will be available.  If you need financial assistance, there’s a place on the application to share that.  We’ll follow up with you privately. Special diet requests will be considered. Share your requests on the application and we’ll follow up with you.  Nursing moms and babies are important to us– but accommodating them this year will be challenging.  Check the box on the application so we can talk to you about this.

We’ll return to some old priorities!
With expanded space and dining room, we won’t have to double-schedule meals and activities.  This means a return to a slower pace, leaving Saturday afternoon free for you to choose from a variety of leisure activities, including doing nothing at all!

Please submit all registration forms and fees by April 17.
If you cancel before April 17, we can refund all fees. Partial refunds will be paid if requested after that.

Contact Metry Hutchison,, or Nancy Kissell,

Get Your Tickets Today: Slugs and Bugs Concert @ River Oaks

Get Your Tickets Today: Slugs and Bugs Concert @ River Oaks

Please join us on Friday, March 4, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, in the sanctuary for Slugs & Bugs LIVE.   Slugs & Bugs LIVE is a one-of-a-kind family event for parents and kids to experience together. Randall Goodgame leads the approximately 45 minute performance with live music, background musical tracks and brightly colored animated videos that extend through most of the songs.  The concert is peppered with fun, interactive moments for the whole family. Kids spin around, parents get silly on stage, sometimes there’s a parade! Randall leaves both kids and parents with laughter in their hearts and a deepening awareness of the presence of Jesus in their lives!  Cost is $5 per ticket or $25 max per family unit. Tickets are limited, so it’s first come, first serve.

Order your tickets now at

Building Update: February, 2016

Building Update: February, 2016

Renovations are continuing to be made on the church building.   The floors have recently been refinished in the hallway and they look beautiful.  Here are a list of the other projects that are ongoing or ready to be started.

 Projects that are currently underway:

  • Finish the hallway with baseboards and trim, touch up paint, spruce up doors and frames
  • Design and install sanctuary lighting and light covers
  • Continue upgrades to the room across from Kat’s office, which will be Lindsey Meals’ office and a work area

Projects that are next in line:

  • Art Cash’s new office, including paint, walls, furnishings, windows and blinds
  • Main women’s restroom on first floor – creating a new entryway, upgrading floors & ceiling, vanity and mirrors, adding changing area
  • Flooring and paint in Kat’s office
  • Flooring in balcony

BIG PROJECT – windows
Thanks to several donations to the Building Fund, we’ll be replacing our old windows starting in the back education building. Eventually, we’ll move to the remaining first floor offices, and eventually the sanctuary.

Help is still needed!
Almost every day, there’s someone in the building, volunteering their time to work on projects.  Scott Hendrickson, Jeff Hutchison and Rich Kissell have been in the basement checking out furnaces and on the roof checking out downspouts and everywhere in between.  And, you never know where or when you’ll see me with a paint brush in hand.  In a building of this size and age, there’s always something…   So, if you have some time and can tighten a faucet, install some baseboard, paint some walls, change some lightbulbs, or just clean out closets, let me know and I’ll find a project and a time for you.


Thank you for your ongoing support,
Nancy Kissell

Please Review: Final Proposed Changes to ROCC Constitution and Bylaws

Please Review: Final Proposed Changes to ROCC Constitution and Bylaws

Brothers and sisters, here are the final batch of documents that outline the proposed changes to the ROCC Constitution and Bylaws by the elders. Some edits were proposed at the November 22 and December 6 Town Hall meetings, and these edits are included here in the final draft.  Please take the time to review them in detail over the next two weeks.



Details Regarding Our New Pastoral Position

Details Regarding Our New Pastoral Position

Brothers and sisters,

These are exciting times at River Oaks.  God has abundantly blessed us in so many profound ways as a body. Father, we praise you, for you are good and your steadfast love endures forever!

Over the past few years, the Lord has increased the size of our fellowship significantly. In recognition of this, at the 2014 annual business meeting, the elders outlined a plan to add one full-time pastor to our staff beginning in 2016 (if giving increased during 2015 to a level that could sustain the addition of this new staff position).

With heart-felt gratitude to God, we reported at this year’s annual business meeting in October that God has even surpassed the aggressive goals we proposed for this fiscal year. As a result, it is our great joy to announce that we have begun the process to hire a full-time pastor at the beginning of 2016.

The focus of this position will be discipleship, leadership development, and mobilization. We are confident this focus will most effectively serve you as we seek to care for and equip our current body for ministry (Ephesians 4:12), as well as help us reach our goal of planting additional churches. To view the job description for this position, please click here.

We believe that the Lord has blessed us with men within our own fellowship who could fulfill this role and we are praying that the Holy Spirit will make it clear to us the man he has appointed (Acts 20:28). As such, we are only looking internally at this time. In other words, a potential candidate must be a current member of River Oaks.

To apply for this position, please email Chris Kawa at by no later than Friday, December 18.  In your email, please include the reason you are interested in the position and attach a current resume and/or a summary of your qualifications for this role.

Chris will begin interviewing candidates as applications come in. When he has identified a strong candidate, then we will make his name available to the body for feedback and to give you the opportunity to ask questions of the proposed pastor.  Chris will factor in all the feedback he receives before making his final decision with the Elders’ blessing.

We will provide updates as the process unfolds over the next few weeks.  Please join us in praying for wisdom and discernment during this exciting time.

In Christ Jesus,
The Elders

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