Word for the Week ~ 5/25/2020
Church Services Resume This Sunday: We are excited to say that we will be opening the church back up this Sunday morning for regular worship services at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Our Trial Run-Thru Service went great last Sunday with the small group of workers and leaders that came with their families. It was nice to know that 99% of what we had planned to do worked well when we put it into action. With only a few minor tweaks and adjustments made, we feel very good about saying we are ready to resume worship services with the plans we have put into place. I am attaching a video from last Sunday that Pastor Logan made so that you will have a better idea of what to expect when you come this Sunday. There is no sound, except for some background music, so be sure to read the captions. Here is the link for viewing the video: https://youtu.be/pTe1cKdH0ME.
Online Sunday School: Unfortunately, we will not be starting back up withour regular on campus Sunday School this week. Our goal is to take every precaution as we resume worship this Sunday on May 31st. Many of our classes are already meeting online through a program called “Zoom” which you can join by using a computer, iPad, or cell phone. Encourage your Sunday School class to considered starting one of these online classes if they have not already done so. Pastor Logan Williams would be glad to help you. If your present class is not doing an online class, you might consider listening-in on one of these other classes until your class is able to meet. Logan can help you with that as well.
Four Safety Screening Questions: In order to keep us all safe, we will be screening everyone who attends this Sunday with the following four questions. If the answer is yes, we would like for you to wait until you can safely say no to each one before coming.
(1) Do you have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher?
(2) Are you presently under quarantine by a doctor or the health department?
(3) Have you been exposed to the Covid-19 Virus within the last 14 days?
(4) Has someone in your immediate household, that you live with in the same house, been exposed to the Covid-19 Virus in the last 14 days?
We Are Excited About Your Coming: We are very excited about the possibility of you coming this Sunday. Please do not hesitate to attend this Sunday even if you were quarantined at some previous date if that was over two weeks ago. The only other thing you might wish to consider is whether you might be at risk of catching the virus if you come due to your age, immunity concerns, auto-immune disorders, or respiratory issues. You may wish to talk to your doctor before exposing yourself to a large crowd of people, even where social distancing is practiced.
Setting Your Mind At Ease: Here is a list of ten precautions we are taking to ensure your safety at Grover:
(1) Social Distancing: We will be practicing social distancing of at least six feet during your entire worship experience at Grover. We are accomplishing this through the arrangement of chairs and through ushered seating of our guests and members. We will also be socially distancing ourselves while arriving and departing through six-foot floor markings.
(2) Mandatory Temperature Check: We will be asking everyone who attends to submit to having their temperature taken as they enter the worship center foyer with a non-contact thermometer placed 3-5 cm from their forehead by a masked member of our team. It will only take two seconds.
(3) Face Masks: We are strongly encouraging everyone to wear a face mask as they come to worship. We have new home-made face masks available in the foyer for those who wish to wear one in the service and don’t have one of their own. While not required for attendance, we are asking everyone to wear a face mask especially if they will be boisterously singing. Our greeters, ushers, temperature checkers, and security personnel will all be wearing masks.
(4) Limited Use of Restrooms/Water: We will only be allowing two people at a time in the restrooms. There will be a Baby Changing Station in the nursery area for you to care for the needs of your baby. We will also be closing down the drinking fountains. Bottled water will be available at the information desk in the foyer for those who need water. No coffee or donuts will be available.
(5) Viral Sanitizing: We will be sanitizing the worship center seats and foyer bathrooms with an anti-viral cleaner between services to clean our facility. The doors will not be opened until 30 minutes before each service. Please avoid arriving too early.
(6) No Touch Convenience: We will be practicing a no touch policy as much as is possible during your worship experience at Grover. Offering plates will not be passed; handshakes and greetings will not be extended, doors will be opened for you, no bulletins will be handed out.
(7) No Passing Zone While Seating: You will not have to worry about people brushing up against you while you are seated. Everyone will be ushered in and out of the service to prevent having other members passing by you in the row. 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.
(8) Security Personnel: We will be having extra security people available every Sunday. They will not only be doing their normal duties of providing protection, but they will also be “policing” us a little bit as they will be reminding us to socially distance ourselves when we are tempted to visit too close. Don’t take it personally. It is more difficult than you think not to move closer towards people you haven’t seen in a while and visit with them.
(9) Max Seating Capacity Maintained: We will be watching our maximum seating capacity closely and will be prepared to open up our overflow seating area upstairs in the old sanctuary if we become over-crowded. The same precautions will be followed there. If you cannot walk upstairs, please speak to one of our greeters or security persons about entering the overflow area by going up the outside wheelchair ramp.
(10) Hand Sanitizing: There will be hand sanitizing dispensers in both foyers of the church and overflow area. Feel free to cleanse your hands at any time. The handrail going upstairs to the overflow area may not be germ free if people choose to use it while walking up the stairs. There will be a hand sanitizing station at the top of the stairs for you to use.
We Will Continue To Livestream our services every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. as we have always done. You may watch services 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, but we still sometimes have problems with our internet speed. Reboot is the key word when that happens.
A Learning Curve: Our Leadership Team will continue to meet regularly as we assess from week to week our community situation and how we can do things better as a church. We hope to relax some these safeguards as time moves along and the health of our community improves.
Thank you: Change is never easy. I am glad we have such a flexible church at Grover. With whatever changes we make during these unprecedented days, we are thankful in knowing that we are up to the challenge. Thank you for your patience and indulgence.
Women’s Bible Study: Tonight 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.
Prayer Updates: Pray for Jeannie Campbell who had eye surgery two weeks ago. She presently has developed blisters on her cornea that are very painful and problematic. She has a doctor’s appointment tomorrow. Pray for Brenda Brooks who was in the emergency room several times in the last few days with a viral stomach infection. Pray for Tammy Greer as she goes in for a surgical procedure next week. Pray for Jackie Baxter who had another TIA mini-stroke symptom this last week. She is home with the Colburn’s. Pray for Dave Kesinger who is home recovering from his foot surgery several weeks ago. Pray for Paul Plummer who is home recovering from knee replacement surgery last Tuesday. Pray for Howard Bullard who is home under care of Hospice. Pray for Linda Hargenrader who is receiving chemotherapy every four weeks. Anthony Myers is doing better as he recovers at home from a staph infection after his surgery. Rachel Vaughn is home recovering from shoulder surgery. Pray for Deborah Johnston who discovered she has a blood clot in her heart in Eldorado. Pray for the family of Danny Watring in his passing away this last week. He was a friend of the Robinson family. Pray for our church as we prepare to begin public services this Sunday. Our Deacon of the Week is David Dahlhoff. (660) 864-4919.
New “Selfie” Church Directory: Copies of our new Church Directory are now available.
Freedom Spectacular: The Leadership Team has decided that we should not have Freedom Spectacular or our Fireworks display this year on the July 4th due to the Coronavirus.
Building Use Policy: We are not allowing non-church sponsored organizations to use our facilities for such things as weddings, funerals, recitals, showers, receptions, or parties until further notice due to the Coronavirus. Exceptions must be approved by the Board of Directors.
June Newsletter Available: In order for you to receive our June newsletter this week, we need your email address and/or physical mailing address if we do not already have it. You can give us that information through our online connection card or by calling the church office at (660) 747-7196.
Have a great week,