Word for the Week ~ 10/5/2020

Word for the Week ~ 10/5/2020

Fall Greetings,

Sunday was a really good day together.  I so appreciated the new song we sang, “I Am Not Alone.”  It was so beautifully sung by the Worship Team, and it was also a blessing to sing as a congregant. Several people mentioned how they could identify with Paul’s thorn in the flesh from chapter twelve of Second Corinthians.  This Sunday we will be picking back up at 2 Corinthians 12:11. Be sure to download this Sunday’s outline that you will receive on Friday.     

Family Sunday School/Worship:  We continue to be excited about our new Family Sunday School/Worship group that meets on Sunday nights at 5:00 p.m. in the Old Sanctuary.  It is an opportunity for young families with children to gather for a time of worship, teaching, and preaching for both children and their parents.  The music is led by our college worship band, and both Roger and Logan do a tremendous job in leading the teaching and preaching.  It is a very unique time of worship and Bible study for the family.  Check it out!     

Our Leadership Team will be meeting again this Sunday at 11:45 a.m. to evaluate our current situation with the virus in Johnson County.  JCCHS will also be meeting again soon as they re-evaluate the decisions they have made.  There was an article last Friday in the newspaper concerning their meeting.  The Leadership Team continues to believe that our present precautions are serving us well, but they continue to examine all of the latest information available to them as a means of staying current.  As of today, there have been a total of 1336 cases in Johnson County with 276 of them being presently active.  The University reported Friday that they presently have 39 active cases.  With high profile people both in the media and in our church coming down with the virus as of recent, it is certainly a reality check that the virus is still very much alive and well.   

Women’s Retreat After-Glow:  The Women’s Ministry Fall Retreat was Saturday, and they had a great time with well over 50 ladies attending.  Wow, what a wonderful moment in the life of our women’s ministry.   A recording will be available later this week on the Women’s Facebook page if you would like to see it.  

The Journey will be meeting tonight, October 5th, at 7:00 p.m. here at the church for Bible Study and discussion. They will be continuing their series from J. C. Ryle’s book on “Holiness.”  Our College and Career Sunday School Class continues to meet Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in The Park. 

Board of Director’s Meeting:  Next Wednesday night, October 14th, the Board of Directors will be meeting in the Worship Center at 7:30 p.m. for their regular quarterly meeting.  

Prayer Updates:  Pray for Floyd Jackson, our head of security, who tested positive last week for Covid-19.  His wife, who is also showing symptoms, is being tested today along with their son.  Floyd is feeling better today.  We are thankful that Meg Stroder, Kenda Jones’ mother who resides at Warrensburg Manor, is no longer in quarantine due to Covid-19.  We are happy to announce that Dennis and Keri Docheff are doing much better.  Keri is going back to school tomorrow and Dennis will be out of quarantine this Friday.  Please remember Roy Grella who has an appointment with the orthopedic doctor today to plan for potential shoulder surgery. Pray for Casey Johnson who received a good report that she will not be undergoing treatment right now.  Pray for Mark Watts who has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.  Pray for Hal Hanrahan as he recovers from his last chemotherapy treatment.  Pray for Linda Hargenrader as she continues her new treatment for her cancer.  Pray for Jeannie Campbell who continues to get her eye pressures regulated. Pray for David McBee who received a good follow-up report after his surgery.  No liver cancer!  Pray for Charlotte Davis who is being treated for A-fib.  Pray for Ernestine Westerhold who is scheduled for shoulder surgery today at 1:00 p.m. at Saint Luke’s East Hospital.  Pray for Debbie Arwood who is scheduled for shoulder reconstruction surgery on October 15th.  Roger Dumas has asked us to pray for his Aunt who tested positive for Covid-19 and his mother who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  She is having an MRI today.  Pray for Pete Wittman who will be having a heart ablation this Tuesday.  Pray for Cathy Hallock who will be having surgery on November 9th to replace her vagal nerve stimulator for seizures. Please pray for Sharon Seigel’s grand-daughter, Laura, who tested positive for Covid-19 in TX.  Pray for our teachers, students, schools, and churches.  Pray for our President who tested positive for Covid-19 last week along with several other leaders associated with him.  Pray for Greg Greer’s sister, Kathy Smiley, who has adrenal gland cancer.  Our Deacon of the Week is Mark Talley (618) 401-4941.  

Youth Game and Worship Night:  We had 20 attend our meeting last night for youth.  If you have a student who is not yet involved in our youth ministry, they meet every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the old sanctuary. Call Logan for more details. 

Fall Harvest Festival:  We have planned our Fall Festival for Saturday, October 31st. Normally this event includes a “Chili, Soup, Pie Cook-Off” in the Family Life Center for the adults and a “Trunk or Treat Carnival” in the parking lot for the kids.  This year we are planning a Covid-friendly Fall Festival outdoors in the parking lot for both adults and children. Our Fall Festival this year will be catered for the adults, and the children’s activities will be Covid-friendly with a pre-packaged candy “Scavenger Hunt” in the parking lot along with a costume contest and a carved pumpkin contest that the kids will bring from home to be judged. There will be give-a-ways, food, music, and of course, lots of fun and candy. We will be following the same precautionary procedures that are used for our church and Sunday School. To take advantage of daylight, we are scheduling it a little earlier in the day this year from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.  It will also not overlap with the city’s downtown “Trick or Treat Event” Friday afternoon on October 30th.  Stay tuned for more details. 

Mission Moment:  Jeannie Campbell will be sharing a mission’s moment this Sunday in the Worship Service.  You will be hearing about Operation Christmas Child and the Christmas Living Nativity.  Plan on being involved in both of these Covid friendly ministry events in our church.  

Deadline For Voter Registration Wednesday:  The deadline for registering to vote in the presidential election on November 3rd is this Wednesday, October 7th.  You can still register to vote online or by mail if it is postmarked by October 7th.  We have registration forms available in the church foyer, or you can pick one up at the court house. 

A beautiful week ahead,

Pastor Randy

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