Word for the Week ~ 1/25/2021
Sunday was a great day as we gathered for worship and Bible study here at Grover. I loved the music and especially the new song we sang entitled, “Way Maker.” The offertory, “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee,” is also one of my favorites. The song “Jesus Messiah” could not have been better chosen for the message Sunday. It was great having about 30% more people in worship Sunday, to say nothing of seeing some people we have not seen in a while. By the way, we did have a college student come forward after the service Sunday and express his desire to join the church by transfer of membership. His name is Whitman Harris. We will be introducing him next Sunday. As I shared last week, we are very blessed as a county to see our active Covid cases continuing to drop. As of this morning, we are down even further to 326 active cases. Praise God! This Sunday we will be continuing our series in the Gospel of Luke as we look at “Jesus’ Astonishing Authority Over Dogma, Demons, and Disease” from Luke 4:31-41. Be sure to check out the sermon outline that we will mail out on Friday at 2:00 p.m. Once again, recordings of our services can be watched online at any time through the week. Check out one of our many feeds for watching online: Facebook Live, YouTube, or our church website at www.GroverPark.org. No Fear! Come join us!
A drive-thru Farewell Reception has been planned for Logan Williams and his family this Sunday, January 31st, from 2-3 p.m. under the overhang to the front of the main entrance of the Worship Center. During that time, you may drive through the church parking lot and stop and share a farewell with the Williams family and drop a card into the farewell box if you so choose. A Farewell Cake will be presented to them as a sweet reminder of our love. We also recognized Brenda Collins last Sunday who is moving to Oklahoma to live with her daughter. She and her late husband, Dr. Robert Collins, both served on staff for the West Central Baptist Association for almost 20 years.
Children’s Sunday School: Our Sunday School Director, Interim Minister of Education, Children’s Sunday School Director, and myself are meeting this week to discuss starting up Children’s Sunday School. Please pray for wisdom as we take this next step. More to come!
Children’s Busy Bags: As Roger Dumas shared Sunday, we now have a special gift for all children who come and attend worship on Sunday mornings. It is called a “Busy Bag.” It contains crayons, a pencil, drawing paper for sermon notes, and a color sheet. A special little “finger toy” has already become a favorite surprise item in the bag. They are located in the church foyer to the right of the information desk for you to receive on Sundays. Jesus said, “Let the little children come unto me.” We welcome your children in Worship!
Please pray for our new Search Committee that will be working to secure a new ministerial staff member to serve as Associate Pastor. The new committee has six members. The following people were chosen and have agreed to serve on the committee: Randall Neal, Rhonda McKee, Dan Sliger, Teresa Collins, Jim Joyner, and Benjamin Kirtley. The committee will be meeting this Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center for an orientation meeting as they begin their new work.
The Journey Group will be meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Educational Center as Rhonda McKee, Ryan Meyer, and Matt Argotsinger will be continuing their new series on Journey Mondays entitled, “The Struggles of Life and Godliness.”
The Cross Conference: The Journey College and Career Ministry will be hosting a new conference this Friday and Saturday entitled, “Cross 2020/2021,” in the Worship Center. This conference will feature several nationally known speakers via Livestream including John Piper, David Plat, and Trip Lee. The cost is just $5.00. Call Rhonda McKee at (660) 441-7338 for more information or to sign up. This conference is especially suited for people 18-25 years of age.
Women’s Zoom Bible Study: Our Women’s Ministry will be continuing its new seven-week video series this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., entitled, Take Courage: A Study of Haggai, by Jennifer Rothschild. The cost is $14.00 for the study workbook. It is not too late to join the group. Go to the Grover Park Baptist Church “Women With Purpose” Facebook page and click on the post containing the registration link. Contact Marcile Lewis at (660) 909-2614 for more information.
Prayer Updates: Please pray for the Plummer family. Cole Plummer is now home and out of quarantine. Cheryl is expected to come home today from the hospital. Paul is still running a fever. Continue also to pray for Mary, Taigan, and Ziri as they recover. Continue to pray for John Brittain, his wife Kelly, and the children as they recover from Covid-19. It was good to see Ryan Myers in church Sunday. Continue to pray for Sandra Silkwood as she recovers. Pray for the family of Mark Watts as he went to be with the Lord. The service for Mark was on Saturday. Pray for Dave Robinson who is scheduled for a prostate biopsy February 16th. Pray for Dave and Denise Robinson’s son, and daughter-in-law who are recovering from Covid-19 in Nashville. Pray for Robin Thompson who has a doctor’s appointment this Wednesday on January 27th. 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. Pray for Steve Easterwood who has been diagnosed with stage three esophageal cancer. Please pray for Phil Woodard who has been re-scheduled for surgery on his leg on February 3rd. Pray for Chuck Appleton who is home recovering from knee replacement surgery on January 8th. Pray for David Reynolds as he recovers from Covid-19. He is doing better. Continue to pray for Sharon Baum’s sister, Dawn, who is recovering from a kidney transplant surgery last week. Continue to pray for Betty Jo Black who is still in the hospital recovering from Thyroid surgery. Please pray for Stan Dollar’s daughter, Alisha, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The Deacon of the Week is Mark Talley (618) 401-4941.
2021 Committee Meetings: Leaders, if you have not already done so, please 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. Most Committees have now met and are busy planning the year ahead.
February Newsletter: We will be mailing out the February newsletter at the end of this week. Let us know if you would like to be on our mailing or emailing list.
Have a great week,
P.S. Special congratulations go to Tom King in his channel 4 television recognition last week as the first member of VFW Post 131 to receive his 75-year certificate as a veteran. He was a WWII Navy veteran who was trained to be a Navy pilot. His father, Arthur, was also a veteran during WWI.