Word for the Week ~ 3/8/2021
Sunday: We had another great attendance for Worship and Children’s Sunday School at 9:00 a.m. We also had a tremendous group of adults attend Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. It is good to see so many new people coming back to church each Sunday! Once again, the theme of Sunday’s service was How God Uses Ordinary People to Do Extraordinary Things as illustrated in Jesus’ calling of the twelve disciples. The music was perfectly chosen Sunday to communicate God’s invitation to you to “Come As You Are.” Take time this week to read the great invitational hymn, “Just As I Am.” Prayerfully contemplate how God wishes to use you in an extraordinary way this week. I had no idea that this passage of scripture from Luke 6:12-17 would be so rich in God’s Word! This coming Sunday we will be continuing this theme as we look at the final group of disciples that Jesus called to do His great work.
Week of Prayer for North American Missions: Sunday we began our Week of Prayer for North American Missions which continues through this Sunday, March 14th. If you were able to attend church yesterday, you should have received a 2021 Prayer Guide in the bulletin. If not, we have some in the church office, or you can download one from the North American Mission Board website at https://www.anniearmstrong.com/week-of-prayer/. Our director of missions at Grover, Jeannie Campbell, shared with me that since we did such a great job last year of exceeding our goal for the Annie Armstrong Easter Mission Offering, we should try raising it this year to $5,000.00. It is not surprising that we have already received $2090.00 as of Sunday. We got this! We will continue to receive offerings through Easter Sunday, April 4th. One hundred percent of this offering is used to support over 5000 missionaries and 3800 chaplains in North America. Approximately 269 million people on our continent alone do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This offering will be used to share the gospel of Jesus with them.
Cooperative Program Giving Praise: One of the many ways we support missions is through the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention. We budget and give to this agency a percent of our budget every year to fulfill many needs of missions around the world. A few weeks ago, I received a personal hand-written letter from John Yeats, who is the Executive Director for Missouri Baptists, congratulating our church for giving over $58,000.00 to the Cooperative Program. Here is an excerpt from his letter: “You guys gave over $58k thru the Cooperative Program which is extraordinary in the context of Covid. You are literally ‘holding the ropes’ for our cooperative ministries and lead a great church with a great vision to touch the world from Warrensburg, Missouri.” Praise God!
Women’s Retreat Afterglow: Saturday was a great day in the life of our Women’s Ministry as 70 ladies gathered at Milestones Barn for their spring retreat. The conference was led this year by Jamie Hoos and Christie Hoagland under the theme “Broken and Poured Out.” Our many thanks go to Beth Talley and the Women’s Council, along with many others, for all of their hard work in planning this extraordinary event.
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.”
Prayer Updates: Pray for Gary Hargenrader and his family in the passing of Linda last Tuesday. The beautiful Celebration Service was Friday. Please pray for Andy Cicle in the loss of his father Sunday. There will be a graveside service in a few weeks. Pray for Denny Jefferson who is having follow-up tests relative to prostate cancer. Pray for Dave Robinson whose test for prostate cancer came back positive last week. He will be having a CT-scan and a bone scan this Wednesday. Pray for Tim Espey’s father, Ray, who is having serious health issues. Continue to pray for Sharon Baum’s sister, Dawn, who is back on dialyses after her body rejected her the kidney transplant. Pray for George and Judy Clossin who continue to have tests. So far, the doctor thinks everything is fine. Pray for Karen Hill who is recovering from ankle surgery. Pray for Brenda Collin’s sister-in-law who has a new pacemaker. Pray for Tammy Greer who is having tests this Wednesday at the hospital in Clinton. Pray for Pete Wittman who will be having surgery this Wednesday at St. Luke’s on the Plaza. They will be installing a “watchman implant” to assist with his A-fib. Pray for Victoria who is in language school. Please remember the family of Freddie Hunter who passed away last week. The Deacon of the Week is Ed Dorsey (660) 238-2919.
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. Bryan Watson is leading the group through the “Life of David.” The study will last three more weeks. Call Greg Greer or Steve Fox for more information.
New “Selfie” Church Directory: We are updating our church directory, and we would love to have you be a part. Whether you are a member of our church or one of our visitors, we want you to participate. Please submit an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your latest contact information and a “Selfie” picture of you and/or your family. If you do not have the capability to send a picture to us, we will be glad to take a picture of you or digitalize a picture that you already have. We will be distributing hard copies of the directory in April to all of those who participate.
Set Your Clocks Ahead: Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead this Saturday night, March 13th, for Daylight Saving Time which begins at 2:00 a.m. the next morning. Yes, you will lose an hour’s sleep.
Ministry Team Meeting: We will be having a Ministry Team Meeting on March 24th at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center.
Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper: On Palm Sunday, March 28th, we will be observing the Lord’s Supper as part of our preparation for Easter. Plan now to join us for this special service of worship. We will be using the self-contained cups as a safety precaution.
Easter Scavenger Hunt On Wheels: Roger and Michelle said: Gather your family, pile in the car, and head to the church on Saturday April 3rd at 1:00pm for an Easter ScavengerHunt on Wheels. Join the Grover Kids ministry as families form teams and drive around Warrensburg following clues that will lead them to places in town where they will learn about Jesus and collect items to fill their eggs. After filling all your eggs, return to the church to collect a prize and share what you learned. The Scavenger Hunt on Wheels is for Grover families with children ages 0-18. Covid safety precautions will be used to help keep your family safe during the Easter Activity. If you have any egg cartons that you could donate to the church, that would be helpful for our hunt. Please drop them by the church office.
Blessing for the Week ahead,