Word for the Week ~ 2/22/2021
I was not surprised to see such a great attendance on Sunday. With restrictions slowly being lifted, active virus cases dropping, the weather improving, vaccinations increasing, and the anticipation of children’s Sunday School starting back up next Sunday, our attendance has jumped over 50% in the last month. It was good to see even more children in worship yesterday as well. The Deacons will be setting up more chairs in the Worship Center for this Sunday. Praise God! As always, the music last Sunday was wonderful. The theme was “faithfulness in worship” which fit perfectly into our text from Luke chapter six about the Sabbath. I loved the offertory that Dave and Denise did Sunday. I personally called Dave to share with him what a great job they did! I was also blessed by the prayer that Greg Greer gave during the offertory as Deacon of the Week. This coming Sunday we will be moving into the latter part of chapter six in Luke’s gospel as we see the final calling of the twelve disciples and the message Jesus gave for the occasion. Was this message the same Sermon on the Mount that is recorded in Matthew 5-7, or was this a different message with much of the same content? Read both accounts this week and decide for yourself. Be sure to check out my sermon outline that we will email to you this Friday at 2:00 p.m.
Details for Children’s Sunday School This Sunday: As we have done with the other classes, children grades K-5th will meet in a “large group format” in the Educational Center (Old Sanctuary) for Sunday School this Sunday at 9:00 a.m. This will allow parents to attend worship at 9:00 a.m. The new class will be using the children’s Sunday School curriculum as they always do, and we will be teaching it as a regular Sunday School class. We hope to be able to move to two classes as soon as possible, and then three. Eventually we hope to be back to our regular Sunday school departments. Likewise, the Nursery kids (ages birth-2) will meet in the toddler room in the extended foyer of the Worship Center, and kids ages 2-Pre-K will meet in the children’s corridor in the two long double classrooms starting Sunday.
Children’s Sunday School/Training: Ourleaders are working hard to get Children’s Sunday School kicked off this Sunday on February 28th. We have scheduled a Children’s Teacher/Worker Training Session for this Wednesday, February 24th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center. This will be for all nursery, preschool, and children’s teachers and workers. We hope to be finished up before 8:00 p.m. Nursery will be provided upon request. Call the church office at (660) 747-7196. For more information, call Roger Dumas at (660) 864-3947.
The Journey Group will be meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. as Rhonda McKee, Ryan Myers, and Matt Argotsinger continue their series entitled, “The Struggles of Life and Godliness.”
Women’s Zoom Bible Study: The Women’s Ministry will be completing its seven-week video series tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m., entitled, “Take Courage: A Study of Haggai,” by Jennifer Rothschild. The ladies have greatly enjoyed the study and it has been well attended.
Prayer Updates: Pray for Beth Talley as she is home gaining strength from her surgical procedure. Please pray for Phil Woodard as he continues to recover at home from surgery on his leg. Pray for Dave Robinson who is scheduled for a follow-up appointment on March 2 to get the results from his recent prostate biopsy. Pray for Linda Hargenrader as she is struggling with her cancer and has chosen not to proceed with any more treatments. Pray for Victoria who is in language school. Pray for Steve Easterwood who has just finished a course of chemotherapy treatments for his stage three esophageal cancer. Continue to pray for Sharon Baum’s sister, Dawn, who is recovering from a kidney transplant surgery. Her body is trying to reject the new kidney. We hope to receive good news soon. Pray for Lee Johnson who is home recovering from heart bypass surgery. Pray for Jackie Thomas’ grandson, Jordan, whose wife just had a late term miscarriage. Pray for the search committee. The Deacon of the Week is Greg Greer (660) 233-2684.
The Associate Pastor Search Committee will be meeting this Wednesday, February 24th, at 5:00 p.m. in the Worship Center room 101.
Men’s Bible Study This Thursday: We will be continuing our Men’s Bible Study this Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. We had almost twenty men show up last week. Bryan Watson is leading the group through the “Life of David.” The study will last for six weeks and will continue to meet every Thursday night through April 1st. It is not too late to join the group. Call Greg Greer or Steve Fox for more information.
Women’s Retreat: The deadline for signing up for theLadies Annual Spring Retreat is just one week from today. Call the office today to register or you may sign up on the Women’s Ministry Facebook page. The retreat is scheduled for March 6th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The group will be gathering at Milestones Barn on Hwy 13 just north of Warrensburg. The conference will be led this year by Jamie Hoos and Christie Hoagland. The title and theme of the retreat is “Broken and Poured Out,” taken from a study of Luke chapter 7. Contact Marcile Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (660) 909-2614 for more information.
Quilters & Crafters: The sewing group will meet this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Bring your projects, supplies, sewing machine, and questions for fun, fellowship, and learning. Social distancing will be observed. Call Pat Breon for more information at (918) 906-1037.
Enjoy this beautiful week ahead,