River Oaks is reopening for corporate worship this week!

River Oaks is reopening for corporate worship this week!

Church family,

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable! (Psalm 145:3)

Whether you are able to join us on Sunday in person or whether you will join us over livestream, we will worship our glorious God…together…this Sunday.

We, as leaders, are thankful to the LORD that we can begin a process of gathering corporately for worship again. Our desire is to be very clear about what Sunday morning will realistically look like so that everyone can make an informed decision regarding what is best for them and their families. Let’s strive to serve one another by considering the interests of others as well as our own (Philippians 2:3).

First service will begin at 9:00 AM and second service will begin at 11:00 AM. We will livestream second service only at 11:00 AM.

Here are 8 things to consider:

1) Sunday will be joyful, but not normal. We are implementing a phased-in approach so there will be differences for some time. 50% capacity for us with social distancing (per the recommended guidelines) means that we will be able to set up seating for about 125 worshipers each service in the sanctuary including the balcony. Seating in the sanctuary will be limited to groupings of 4 or less with some spaces available in the balcony for larger families or groups. We are setting up an additional 50 seats in the fellowship hall for overflow during second service. The livestream will be broadcast into the fellowship hall during second service.

2) There will be no children’s ministry or Sunday morning equipping classes. This means that all children will need to be in the sanctuary seated with their family (or in the overflow area in the fellowship hall during second service). We realize that this will limit the number of families able to join us. While we know this may be disappointing especially for some kids, please understand that we are attempting to lovingly serve all of you in the safest way possible.

3) If you are feeling hesitant to come, it is completely reasonable to still worship from home. Nearly everyone has their own perspective on risk and responsibility and that’s okay. However, based on CDC recommendations, the following people are strongly encouraged not to come: If you are in a higher risk category with respect to COVID-19, have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or traveled to an international or domestic hot spot within the past two weeks, or if you or anyone in your family have a fever or are symptomatic.

4) The church will be sanitized prior to Sunday and we will disinfect the sanctuary between services. One of the ways you can help us with this is to move conversations outside into the open air at the conclusion of each service. The weather should be gorgeous!

5) Regardless of the level of your personal concern regarding the spread of COVID-19, please be respectful of others. For those who are able to come on Sunday, we will be excited to see one another, but in order to love one another well, let’s limit contact in terms of shaking hands and hugging. The elders will serve as greeters and attempt to hold doors open to minimize the number of necessary touches. Bulletins, friendship pads, and offering bags will not be utilized.

6) We are not requiring people to wear masks so please act according to conscience but recognize that some people will be present without them. This is an area where we need to show one another much grace. Caution is not cowardice and freedom is not foolishness.  May unity reign among us!

7) Your attendance in person for the corporate gathering is not an expectation of the elders. A phased-in approach means that for the safety of all, we will gradually work our way up to full attendance. We are estimating that at most half of our members will be present this Sunday. As leaders, we are attempting to serve those who are able to come in the best way possible, and to serve those who can’t be here, equally as well. We have invested in technology and worked hard to make the livestream as excellent as we can so that everyone can participate as fully as possible.

8) The ability to gather again, even in part, is good news of great joy! We are excited to begin welcoming you back to church, but the reality is that it will take awhile for all of us to return. If you are able to come, our hope is that you can worship in freedom and joy as we gather together in person. For those who will not be here, know we are united by the Spirit, and that we long for the day when our whole church family can celebrate the goodness and the glory of our LORD in person together!

Please pray that we as a people would be adorned with compassion, kindness, grace and joy on Sunday!

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all,

The Elders

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,

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.



  • 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 PAY ONLINE (choose the fund “Women’s Retreat”)
2019 Women’s Retreat Info and Directions
Registration Packet

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

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.

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!

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

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