Word for the Week ~ 1/11/2021
Sunday was truly a blessed day as we continued our series in the Gospel of Luke looking at the great prophet John the Baptist. The music was very worshipful and the offertory, “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks,” fit so well with the passage about John baptizing in the Jordan River. This Sunday we will be continuing in Luke’s Gospel at 3:21 as we now turn to the final preparation of Jesus Christ for the launch of his ministry at 30 years of age. Be sure to check out the sermon outline that we mail out each Friday at 2:00 p.m. It can be used as a study guide for the message. Once again, recordings of our services can be watched online anytime. We are now using a new Livestreaming service called Vimeo. It has already been a great help with matters of having to reset or reboot your computer due to signal loss. So, check out one of our many feeds for watching online: Facebook Live, YouTube, or our church website at www.GroverPark.org. By the way, it was such a blessing seeing a member of our college ministry, Bethany Garnett, recognized as a recent graduate of UCM.
Personnel Meeting: The Personnel Committee met last Wednesday night and decided to use the following staff and members as a means of temporarily filling the vacancy left by Pastor Logan on December 31st:
- Educational Ministry: Pastor Roger Dumas will serve as an interim Minister of Education overseeing Sunday School and Life University when it starts back up. Benjamin Kirtley will be working alongside of Roger as our new Sunday School Director elected back in November.
- Youth Ministry: Ryan Meyer, along with the oversight of Pastor Roger Dumas, will be leading our Youth Game and Worship Night which meets on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. in the Educational Center (Old Sanctuary).
- College Ministry: Dr.Rhonda McKee will be leading our Journey (College Student) Ministry with the assistance of Ministry Interns Ryan Meyer and Mathew Argotsinger.
- Children’s Ministry: Children’s Church will continue to be coupled with the “Family Sunday School Class” which is being re-scheduled later this month by Roger Dumas and other assistants.
- Associate Pastor: I will be serving as a staff liaison for several of the committees for which the Associate Pastor traditionally serves such as Nominating Committee, Security, and Trustees.
- Security Coordinator: Marty Stump will be serving as the new Head of Security in the absence of Logan and Floyd Jackson who has had to step aside due to his work schedule.
- Technology Assistant: Mark Talley will be serving as our technology consultant and set-up person for Zoom meetings that take place for committees and classes.
Nominating Committee: The Nominating Committee will be meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center to elect a Search Committee to replace Logan Williams as Associate pastor according to our Constitution and Bylaws. The new committee will be made up of six members for which the pastor will serve as chairman. We will be announcing soon who those members will be.
The Journey Group will be meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Educational Center (Old Sanctuary) as Rhonda McKee (with the assistance of Matt Argotsinger) will begin a new series on Journey Mondays entitled, “The Struggles of Life and Godliness.”
Ministry Team Meeting: The Ministry Team will be meeting this Wednesday, January 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center for its first meeting of the new year. The Zoom link for the meeting will be:
The Meeting ID and passcode will be sent to you by Tammy in a private email.
Prayer Updates: Pray for Cole Plummer who has been in ICU at WMMC with Covid-19 and pneumonia since last week. Pray for his son, Ziri, and grandmother, Mary Plummer, who have both tested positive. Pray for the rest of the family as well. Pray for John Brittain, our Director of Missions at WCBA, who is sick at home with Covid-19. Pray for several of his family members who are showing symptoms as well. Pray for Sandra Silkwood, who works with John in the Associational office, and is home sick waiting test results. Also pray for Ryan Meyer and his mother who are also showing symptoms and are in quarantine. Ryan is waiting on test results. Pray for Mike Morrow and his family in the loss of his father. The service was January 7th in Kerrville, TX. They are now back home. Continue to pray for Fran Billings in the loss of her husband, Albert. The service was January 4th in Anderson, MO. Also remember their son, Geoffrey, who is recovering from pneumonia. Continue to pray for Jack Wittman, Pete’s brother, who is in the hospital in Saint Charles. He is improving. Pray for Liz Tarr’s father, Bob Lund, who fell earlier and broke his hip. He later had a stroke in Saint Luke’s Hospital-South. Pray for Robin Thompson who is needing another test for a possible hernia. Pray for Linda Hargenrader as she continues to take a new treatment for her cancer. Pray for Victoria who is doing well in language school. We continue to remember Mark Watts who is at home not doing well with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Pray for David Robinson, who is going through testing for prostate cancer. Pray for Steve Easterwood who has been diagnosed with stage three esophageal cancer. Please pray for Phil Woodard who is being re-scheduled for surgery on his other leg. Pray for Larry and Linda Creighton’s son-in-law, Jason, who is home from the hospital with severe lung damage. Also pray for their daughter, Michelle, who had a biopsy on her thyroid on January 8th. Pray for Chuck Appleton who is home doing well after having knee replacement surgery on January 8th. Continue to remember Beth Talley who is home recovering from surgery. Continue to pray for Michelle Cicle’s aunt. The Deacon of the Week is George Bullard (660) 864-7447.
Women’s Zoom Bible Study: Our Women’s Ministry is launching a new seven-week video series this week entitled, Take Courage: A Study of Haggai, by Jennifer Rothschild. The study will be on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. from January 12th to February 23rd. The cost will be $14.00 for the study workbook. Through this study, you will learn to walk confidently in your calling, stay motivated when opposition and obstacles make you want to quit, and defeat discouragement through God’s presence. To register, go to the Grover Park Baptist Church “Women With Purpose” Facebook page and click on the post containing the registration link. You can also sign up on the registration sheet at the welcome desk in the church foyer or contact Marcile Lewis at (660) 909-2614.
Finance Committee Meeting: The Finance Committee will be meeting on Sunday, January 17th at 11:30 a.m. in the Worship Center.
Deacon’s Meeting: There will a deacon’s meeting Sunday, January 17th at 5:00 p.m. in the Worship Center.
Board of Director’s Meeting: There will be a regular quarterly Board of Director’s Meeting on January 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center.
2021 Committee Meetings: Leaders, if you have not already done so, you need to set a date in January for an orientation meeting of your committee or ministry to elect officers and to set your calendar for the new year. If you need help Zooming the meeting online, please call the church office. Please coordinate your calendared events with the church office as you make plans.
Contribution Statements: Contribution statements will be mailed directly to you by the end of this month. You should have already received your offering envelopes by this time.
Enjoy this nice week ahead,