Word for the Week ~ 2/8/2021

Word for the Week ~ 2/8/2021


Yesterday was super Sunday as we started the service off with another baptism: Tom Faubion.  Even with the cold weather, it was great to see such a fine attendance in church as well as a few new faces returning back.  Part of what made Sunday wonderful was the fantastic music and praise.  It all just fit together so well!  Roger did a great job with the announcements!  It was a blessing to have Parker Smiley come forward to join the church by transfer of his membership from Richland Baptist Church, in Kingdom City, MO.  In our passage from Luke, it was interesting to see how the disciples responded to Jesus’ sovereign power even over the fish of the Sea of Galilee.  As a result, they began an “Adventure of a Lifetime” as they committed themselves to following Him full-time.  This coming Sunday we will be picking back up with Luke 5:12 as we look at how our Lord dealt with two of the greatest plagues of the First Century known as leprosy and paralysis.  Be sure to check out the sermon outline entitled, “Overcoming the Stigma of Sin and Sickness in Ministry.”  We will email it out on Friday at 2:00 p.m. and post it on Facebook Live, YouTube, and our church website at www.GroverPark.org

Live-stream Issues Yesterday:  We apologize for the audio not working Sunday during our live online service.  If you were not able to attend yesterday and missed the service, you can now watch it on Facebook, YouTube, or our church website at www.GroverPark.org.  We could also make you a DVD.  

Sunday Is Valentine’s Day:  The Men’s Ministry will be giving all of our lovely ladies a chocolate covered strawberry and two heart-shaped cookies as gift of Christian love.  Plan now to attend this fun day of worship and bring your loved one with you.   

Covid Update:  I was so excited to see how much the county’s active Covid-19 case count has fallen since last week.  As of this morning at 7:00 a.m., we are now down to only 126 active cases in Johnson County.  That is remarkable considering that we were up above 800 just two months ago in December.  Praise God!  We have not been that low for some time.  I hope you appreciated the fact that some of our restrictions have been removed.  It is just a matter of time before the facial covering mandate will be lifted by JCCHS in Warrensburg and we will no longer be required to wear them everywhere.  I noticed in the news that the state of Iowa has just lifted it’s mandate.  Please pray for some of the rest of the nation that has been hit much harder as they wait for their case counts to drop as well.  The end is in sight!     

Pray for the associate pastor Search Committee and their progress.They will be meeting this Wednesday in the Worship Center at 7:00 p.m.instead ofroom 101.  

Children’s Sunday School:  As the Children’s Sunday School leaders met again last Wednesday evening, they are working hard to kick off our new Children’s Sunday School in just three weeks.  As we have done with the other classes, they will be getting started in a “large group format” (grades K-5) in the Educational Center (Old Sanctuary) at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings beginning February 28th.  This will allow parents to attend worship at 9:00 a.m. as well.  The new class will be using the children’s Sunday School curriculum as they always do, and they 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 1-2) will meet in the toddler room in the extended foyer of the Worship Center, and kids ages 3-5 will meet in the children’s corridor in the two long double classrooms starting on February 28th as well.  Watch for the video being prepared for parents to see how it is all going to be worked out.  

Preparations For Children’s Sunday School:  There are many preparations going on for getting Children’s Sunday School kicked off at the end of the month. One of those preparations includes a Clean-Up Workday scheduled for Saturday, February 13th, at 9:00 a.m. We will meet initially in the Children’s Educational Center (Old Sanctuary) at 9:00 a.m. and then disperse to the individual rooms to clean and straighten.  We want to thank Steve Fox and the deacons for taking the lead in this special preparation day for our children.  

Attention Preschool and Children’s Sunday School Workers:  On Wednesday night, February 17th, we will be having a special Training Session for all of our nursery, preschool, and children’s workers.  We will meet as one large group at 6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center with several of our different leaders directing sessions.  We hope to be finished by 8:00 p.m.  Nursery can be provided upon request by calling the church office at (660) 747-7196.  For more information, call Roger Dumas at (660) 864-3947.        

Children’s Busy Bags:  For those children and families who attend worship together, we have a special “Busy Bag” for all children who come and attend worship on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m.  It contains crayons, a pencil, drawing paper for sermon notes, a color sheet, and a little “finger toy”.  They are located in the church foyer to the right of the information desk for you to pick up on Sundays.  

The Journey Group will be meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m.  in the Educational Center as Ryan Myers and Matt Argotsinger continue their series on Journey Mondays entitled, “The Struggles of Life and Godliness.”  

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 series will end on February 23rd.  Contact Marcile Lewis at (660) 909-2614 for more information. 

Women’s Retreat:  We are signing women up now for the Annual Spring Retreat scheduled for March 6th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The group will once again 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.  You may register now by clicking on the Women’s Facebook page at Grover Park.  You may also contact Marcile Lewis at marcile747@yahoo.com or call her at (660) 909-2614. 

Men’s Bible Study:  We will be kicking off a Men’s Bible Study beginning on Thursday night, February 18th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center.  Bryan Watson will be leading a study on the “Life of David.”  The study will last for six weeks and meet every Thursday night through April 1st.  Come join us!  Call Greg Greer or Steve Fox for more information.  

Prayer Updates:   Pray for Beth Talley as she has a surgical procedure today at Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia.  Please pray for Phil Woodard as he recovers at home from surgery last week on his leg.  Pray for Dave Robinson who is scheduled for a prostate biopsy February 16th.  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.  It was good to see Chuck Appleton Sunday playing the trumpet after being out for knee replacement surgery.  He is doing well.  Continue to pray for Sharon Baum’s sister, Dawn, who is recovering from a kidney transplant surgery.   Pray for Casey Johnson’s granddaughter, Onya, who lost her husband recently.  We are thankful that Shirley Moore is home doing better with her blood pressure.  We are happy that Betty Jo Black is home from the hospital doing much better.  It was good to see Paul Chaplin Sunday who recently had shoulder surgery.  The Deacon of the Week is Leman Reed (660) 441-7002.  

Deacon of the Week:  As you have noticed in the bulletin and in my Word for the Week, we have a “Deacon of the Week.”  We are highlighting this group for the next few weeks as they will be praying the offertory prayer.  They are on call the week they are assigned for any special needs you might have in addition to your regular family deacon.  Feel free to call them if you need assistance.

Quilters & Crafters: On February 27th, the sewing group will meet 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. 

AV Technicians Wanted:  If you would consider working in our sound room, we have an opening for an individual who would be willing to give us a hand.  Please contact the church office if you are interested at (660) 747-7196.   

Have a great week, 

Pastor Randy 

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