Word for the Week ~ 4/13/2020

Word for the Week ~ 4/13/2020

Easter Afterglow Greetings,

Easter weekend was very special!  Our Good Friday Service was such a blessing for Easter.  It was just the added touch that we needed for the special time we are going through as a church and community.  I want to thank Logan, Dave, Denise, Tom, Ruth Ann, and Tammy for making that possible.  You can still watch our Good Friday Service online at our website, YouTube, or on Facebook Live if you missed it.  We also had a great day Easter Sunday.  My first thought was that Sunday was the smallest crowd I have ever preached to on Easter with the 10+ people we had in the auditorium on Sunday morning.  Our Livestream audience, however, was broadcast to over 600 households on Easter, with over 400 views on Good Friday.  That is quite a crowd if you figure that each “viewer” could represent many more depending upon the size of the household.  We still do not have the figures for how many will view our Easter Services on YouTube this week.  That is available now for viewing and will probably minister to another 50-100 people.  Both services were so beautiful with the lovely music, scripture readings, devotions, offertory meditations, and messages.  I loved Pastor Roger’s Children’s Message and the special video effects he used as part of his sermon.  I am also excited to share with you that we exceeded our goal for the North American Mission Offering by contributing $4,154.00 to Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.  That means even more when you realize that our church gave over $16,000.00 in regular tithe contributions to the budgetary needs of our church on Sunday.  Praise God. Grover never ceases to amaze me!

Update:  Most of you know by now that we have chosen, as a church, to follow our President’s directive of social distancing through April 30.  We still have about 17 more days to continue through this difficult time as a nation.  We will continue to follow these guidelines as a church by Livestreaming our services through the rest of April in place of having publicly attended services on Sundays and Wednesday nights.  Our Leadership Team will meet this Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the Worship Center to re-assess our present situation and the needs of our church families.  Thank you for your perseverance and patience as a church.  On a less serious note…………

Opinion Needed:  In the interest of enlarging our online ministry, Logan and I have been thinking about doing our Wednesday Night Suppers online as well. The idea would be for you to bring fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, hot buttered rolls, and chocolate cake to the Family Life Center, and we would broadcast Logan and I eating it on Facebook Live so the whole church could share in the fellowship!  Give us your thoughts.  Lol.  

The Journey will be meeting tonight online through “Zoom” at 6:00 p.m.  Logan will be continuing his series on “Making Wise Decisions” for our students.  

Attention Sunday School Teachers:  More and more of our Sunday School Classes are having their classes online.  If that is something you would like to do, please contact Logan Williams or Roger Dumas for instructions and guidance.  

Prayer Updates:   Please remember in your prayers Lisa Bailey and her family in the loss of her mother last week in Memphis.  They will be going back later to attend the service.  We are happy to report that Chuck and Diane Samson have recovered from the Coronavirus and have been released by their doctor to rejoin the community.  Praise God!  Pray for Aaron Schildknecht who is recovering at home from his surgery.  Pray for J.R. White who is still recovering at home from surgery on his nose.  Pray for Jennifer Stoner who is waiting for a call from her doctor to have gallbladder surgery.  Pray for Howard Bullard who is home on Hospice.   Pray for Linda Hargenrader who has started a new chemotherapy drug which she is receiving every four weeks.  Pray for Hal Hanrahan who is meeting with a local oncologist now.  Continue to pray for Lisa Bailey’s sister and brother-in-law who have the Coronavirus. They are doing better.   Pray for Don Boosinger’s sister who had a punctured lung as a result of having a pacemaker replaced last week.  She is doing better.  Pray for Kevine Colburn’s mother, Jackie Baxter, who came home last Thursday from the hospital.  She is doing better.  Pray for Shirley Moore’s niece, Michelle, who was exposed to the Coronavirus in a nursing home in Oklahoma. Pray for our church and country during this time with the Coronavirus Crisis.  Please be in prayer for pastor Robin Dale and his family in the passing of his one-week old grandson, Jaxon.  Our Deacon of the Week is Paul Plummer (660) 441-0235.  

Board of Directors Meeting:  Our Board of Directors meeting has been rescheduled for April 26th, at 12:00 p.m. in the Worship Center.  For those who would prefer to participate by Zoom on your computer, please get your online link from Pastor Logan.      

Vacation Bible School Clinic:  We will be hosting the Annual Associational VBS Clinic online at Grover in mid-May.  If you are planning to work in Vacation Bible School this year, this will be an ideal resource for you to get ahead on your preparations. VBS is presently scheduled for July 12-17.  Let Teresa Collins or Sandra Silkwood know if you are planning to attend.

New “Selfie” Church Directory:   We will be handing out copies of our new Church Directory in May, assuming we are back to public worship.  You still have time to update your current information and picture.    

Wednesday Prayerlines:  As we are not having our regular Wednesday night suppers and services, we are emailing an update announcement along with our Mid-Week Prayerlines from the church on Wednesday afternoons.  If you have updates for the list, be sure to call the church office before noon on Wednesdays so we can be sure to include them.  If you are not getting the Word for the Week or the Wednesday Prayerlines/Announcements, call the church office at (660) 747-7196 and give us your email address.  

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Randy

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