Word for the Week ~ 5/11/2020
Our Mother’s Day Service was special. The Steve Green song that Dave and Denise did for the offertory was great! Everything fit so well around the family. Roger’s videos are always fun. Our Leadership Council meeting at 10:30 a.m. was good, and we made some exciting decisions about starting our public services back up. Wait for it……………….
Reopening Services At Grover: The Leadership Team decided yesterday that we are going to set May 31st as our first Sunday back to reopen Public Worship Services at Grover. You may or may not be surprised to hear this, but our goal is not to have “High Attendance Day” May 31st. We are actually looking for more of a “soft opening,” with the intent of starting things off slowly. We want things to start off well, and we want things to start off safely. According to our survey from April 27th, approximately 60% of you said that you would probably attend our first service back. That’s good. It means that we should have about 200 people present for our first service, assuming everyone feels the same as they did when we filled out the survey. With two services at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m., we should all be able to safely socially distance ourselves six feet apart without any trouble. As you have been hearing, we have already taken out every other row of chairs in our Worship Center to provide six feet separation between the rows. We will also be asking everyone to sit four chairs apart (except for family) to insure six feet from side to side.
Not Publicizing To The Community Yet: While we will have overflow space for worship available in the old sanctuary, we have decided not to publicly advertise our launching of this first service on May 31st to help control the number who attend. Anyone is welcome to attend, and everyone will be welcomed gladly. But since we are one of the earlier churches to reopen in our community, we do not wish to cause a ground swell of visitors to over-crowd this first service. We are committed to a safe seating capacity of 200-250 people (socially distanced six feet apart) to ensure that we are meeting the guidelines set out by our civic leaders and medical specialists.
Should You Attend Our First Service? Not everyone should attend this first service on May 31st. If you consider yourself at risk due to age, immunity concerns, auto-immune disorders, or respiratory issues, then you may not want to attend this first service. You may wish to talk to your doctor before exposing yourself to a larger crowd of people, even where social distancing is practiced. Secondly, we are asking that you not attend worship at Grover Park if any of the following statements are true the day you wish to worship:
(1) You have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher.
(2) You are presently under quarantine by a doctor or the health department.
(3) You have been exposed to someone who has the Covid-19 virus in the last 14 days.
(4) Someone in your immediate household that you live with has been exposed to the Covid-19 Virus in the last 14 days.
The Reason for Concern: The are several reasons we are taking these precautions: First of all, we do not wish to do anything as a church to spread the Coronavirus. All it takes is one infected person to spread the virus to a whole group of people. Second, we want you to feel safe worshiping here at Grover Park and feel comfortable attending. The reason we started our Security Ministry several years ago was to protect our members and make them feel safe. The precautions we are taking now are the same. However, you might feel about the Pandemic and the Coronavirus, we are asking everyone to practice safe social distancing and to follow the guidelines we are setting out for our church for everyone’s safety and peace of mind. A poster with the four statements above will be placed at the door of the Worship Center for everyone to see as they enter. Here’s some more…………
Ten Precautions Being Taken: Besides social distancing mentioned above, there are a number of other precautions we will be taking. We will be asking everyone who attends to submit to having their temperature taken as they enter the service with a non-contact thermometer placed 3-5 cm from your forehead by a masked member of our team. Anyone who has a body temperature of 100 degrees or higher, will be politely asked not to attend the service. This is the same testing procedure used in schools. Secondly, we are encouraging people to consider wearing a face mask as they come to worship. We have new home-made face masks available for those who wish to wear one in the service if they do not have one of their own. While not required, we strongly encourage everyone to consider wearing one during the service. Thirdly, we will be only allowing two people at a time in the restrooms, and we will be closing down the drinking fountains. Bottled water will be available at the information desk in the foyer for those who need a drink. No coffee or donuts will be offered. Fourth, we will be sanitizing the seats and bathrooms between services to the best of our ability. That is why we are having extra time between services to clean and dismiss everyone comfortably, and our second service will be at 11:00 a.m. instead of 10:30 a.m. Fifth, please avoid early arrivals to either of our two services. We need time to clean the Worship Center between services, and we wish to avoid loitering in the foyer. Sixth, please try to social distance yourself from others if there is a waiting line to enter the Worship Center. Seventh, offering plates will be stationed by the entrance doors to the Worship Center for you to give your offerings individually so that you will not have to touch the offering plate. Eighth, please wait to be seated and dismissed by one of our ushers so that we can better control seating for everyone’s protection. Please understand that you will probably not be able to sit in your usual seat on Sunday as we will be seating people from front to back and dismissing everyone from back to front to avoid contact. Please know that this is only temporary and hopefully we will not have to practice this very long. Ninth, please greet one another without any contact such as handshaking, or even fist bumping. We are no longer doing our regular greeting time during the service. Finally, we will not be handing out bulletins in the service and will instead be scrolling announcements and emailing sermon outlines during the week.
We will continue to Livestream our services every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. just as we have always done, and we will continue to do so after May 31st. You may watch services and messages on our website at groverpark.org, on Facebook Live, or on YouTube. Just search Grover Park Baptist Church in Warrensburg, MO. We are having better reports now that people are having less problems watching services online.
Our Leadership Team is set to meet again next Sunday at 10:30 a.m., as we continue to prepare for May 31st, and to assess the ongoing health of our immediate community. Specifically, we will be monitoring the number of cases in Missouri and Johnson County looking for any sign of a rebound due to the recent removal of restrictions across our state. We know that there will be an uptick in the number of cases simply because more testing is being done. What we wish to insure, however, is that a major rebound of new Coronavirus cases does not occur between now and May 31st that would cause us to re-assess our decision to start things back up.
Training For Ushers, Greeters, and Security: On Sunday, May 24th, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m., during the Livestream Service, we will be having a special training time for our Ushers, Greeters, and Security Teams to prepare for our first service coming up on May 31st. Plan to be here for the entire time as we will be walking through every part of the service. Face masks are encouraged.
Sunday School: Once again, we will be starting back up slowly with worship only and no Sunday School for now. Our goal is to take every precaution we can as we prepare to resume public worship on May 31st. The guidelines set out by our civil authorities strongly discourage trying to have Sunday School for children until a much later date when a vaccine or treatment for the Coronavirus is made available. For now, we encourage our classes to do online Sunday School classes through Zoom until our Sunday School Director and Minister of Education have had an opportunity to meet with our teachers and make further decisions.
The Journey will be meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom for Bible Study and discussion. They will be starting a new series entitled, “What is a Healthy Church Member?”
Women’s Bible Study: This Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m., the Women’s Ministry (Women With Purpose) will be continuing its Zoom Bible Study. They are gathering 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 book that accompanies the study is $15.00. You can still register on our Women’s Ministry Facebook page “Grover Park Baptist Church Women With Purpose,” or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the Study.
Prayer Updates: Please be in prayer for Greg Greer and his family is the passing of his sister, Patricia, this morning at 7:30 a.m. The family was glad she made it through Mother’s Day. Please pray for Floyd Jackson and his family in the loss of his brother Saturday in Pensacola, FL. Pray for Dave Kesinger who is in VA Hospital in Kansas City having a procedure done on his foot today. Pray for Paul Plummer who is scheduled for knee replacement surgery next Tuesday, May 19th, at Saint Luke’s East. Pray for Gayle Yocum who is now home after being in Pleasant Hill Rehabilitation Center with pneumonia. He is doing much better. Pray for Jennifer Stoner who is home recovering from gallbladder surgery. Pray for Howard Bullard who is home under care of Hospice. Pray for Linda Hargenrader who is receiving a new chemotherapy drug which she is getting every four weeks. She is struggling with very low energy. Pray for Anthony Myers who came home Thursday after being treated for a staff infection from his appendectomy several weeks ago. He still has a stomach tube. Pray for Roger Dumas’ mother, Jessie, who tore a ligament in her rib cage. She is improving. Pray for Monica Fox who is much improved from her illness. Pray for Heidi Runions who was in a car wreck last week. She gets her stitches out today. Pray for Pat and Kenny Breon’s grandson, Kamoran, who is at Saint Luke’s on the Plaza with seizures. Pray for Rachel Vaughn who is preparing for shoulder surgery for a torn ligament. Pray for our church as we prepare to begin services on May 31st. Our Deacon of the Week is George Bullard (660) 864-7447.
Children’s/Youth Summer Camp: As I shared last week, the Association has decided to cancel this year’s Summer Camp for children and youth. The Associational Leadership Team is planning a future event once things have become safe for our students to join together for fellowship. For those of you have already registered your student, please call the office of the West Central Baptist Association at (660) 747-3628 for a refund.
New “Selfie” Church Directory: We will be handing out copies of our new Church Directory on May 31st. That means that you still have until this Thursday to update your current information and picture.
Have a Need? Please let us know if you have any needs that we can help you with as a church. Our deacons and staff are available to you to assist in any way we can.
These are historic days,
PS. We will be sending you a video the week before our first service on May 31st that will walk you through what to expect on your first Sunday back to Grover. More later…………