Word for the Week ~ 4/20/2020

Word for the Week ~ 4/20/2020


Sunday was a really great day as we enjoyed some of the “Afterglow” of Easter.  I jokingly said yesterday that this was the first Easter for which we had the same attendance in Church on the Sunday after Easter that we did on Easter Sunday itself.  Praise God!  

Church Service Update:  Most of you know by now, we have chosen as a church to follow our Governor’s directive for social distancing through May 3rd.  That means that if everything continues to go well, in just two weeks, Governor Parson is going to lift the formal restrictions for both churches and businesses in Missouri.   Between now and then, we will continue to Livestream our services through May 3rd in place of having publicly attended services on Sundays and Wednesday nights.  As our Leadership Team met yesterday at 10:45 a.m., we spent most of our time discussing how we should go about starting services back up in May.  If the governor’s decision holds true, the earliest possible date we could resume public services would be on Mother’s Day, May 10th, assuming we are ready.  The consensus of the Leadership Team was that we should probably begin slowly with a partial re-start of the church with worship only, and no Sunday School at least for the first Sunday.  We also discussed the need to practice “social distancing” in the service by sitting six feet or four chairs apart (except for families).  Social distancing would also include sitting a full row apart in worship to insure keeping a full six feet apart as requested by the governor.  We would continue to forego our greeting time in the service prior to the announcements, and we would not be shaking hands.  The Team further discussed the need to do a special sanitary cleaning of the Worship Center after each worship service.  We also discussed a number of little things to ensure your safety at Grover such as not passing the offering plates or sharing communion in the traditional manner. We have already purchased 1000 disposable pre-packaged communion packs for use in the observance of the Lord’s Supper.  What I am sharing with you here is only a partial list of the many things we discussed and the precautions we will be taking when we resume public worship as a church in May.  We have numerous things yet to discuss and decide, but I did want to share with you that we are taking the matter very seriously and will be meeting each Sunday to assess and re-assess the matter for the protection and safety of our church.   Pray for us as we meet again this Sunday.  Now, on a less serious note………………..

Decision Made:  In the interest of enlarging our online ministry, Logan and I, with the full support of Roger, had shared with you last week that we were thinking about doing Wednesday Night Suppers online.  The idea was that you would bring fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, hot buttered rolls, and chocolate cake to the Family Life Center, and we would broadcast the staff eating it on Facebook Live.  As we asked you last week for your thoughts and opinions, it was a split decision between the church and staff whether we should proceed with the effort.  Lol.  Please do keep this in mind, though, as a possibility for the next pandemic a hundred years or so from now. 🙂  Humor is important during a crisis!  

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.  While we probably will not be restarting Sunday school with our first worship service as mentioned above, we are committed to restarting Sunday school soon.  Please watch for a special teachers and workers meeting that we will be announcing soon to discuss some of the social distancing issues that we will need to put in place before Sunday School reboots.    

Prayer Updates:   Please remember Linda Ording and her family in the passing of Gene Ording last week.  Services are to be scheduled at a later date.  Pray for Steve Abbot who is in ICU at WMMC.  Pray for Gayle Yocum who is in WMMC in room 1201 with pneumonia.  Please remember in your prayers Lisa Bailey and her family in the loss of her mother last week in Memphis.  The service was Saturday in Memphis, TN.  Pray for Mary Winters as she is dealing with some personal family issues.  Pray for Marilyn Hampton who had tests last week at WMMC.  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 their children that they have not been infected.  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.  Pray for Kevine Colburn’s mother, Jackie Baxter, who is recovering at home.  Pray for Shirley Moore’s niece, Michelle, who was exposed to the Coronavirus in a nursing home in Oklahoma. Pray for Anthony Myers who had an appendectomy last week and has now developed complications.  He is in Children’s Mercy Hospital.  Pray for our church and country during this time with the Coronavirus Crisis.  Our Deacon of the Week is Ed Dorsey (660) 238-3153.  

Praise Report:  We just received an exciting letter from one of our church members a few moments ago.  A family shared with us that they had just received their stimulus check from the Government for $2,400.  Realizing they really did not need it, they decided to donate it to the church.  Wow!  Praise God! 

Board of Directors Meeting:  Our next Board of Directors meeting has been scheduled 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 new online link from Pastor Logan.  

The GPBC Women’s Ministry “Women With Purpose” will be kicking off a Zoom Bible Study on Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm starting on May 5, 2020.  They will be joining together online to walk through the Bible Study “Better”, a 10-week video series of a verse-by-verse study in Hebrews by Jen Wilkin.  The Study Book that accompanies the study is $15.00.  You may register on our Women’s Ministry Facebook page Grover Park Baptist Church Women With Purpose or by email at gpbcwomen@gmail.com to sign up for the Study.  Additional information about the study will be posted in an upcoming email and on their Facebook page.  For more information call Beth Talley at (618) 803-9715.

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.

“Selfie” Church Directory:   We will be handing out copies of our new Church Directory in May.  You still have time to update your current information and picture.    

Wednesday Prayerlines:  Since 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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