Word for the Week ~ 5/4/2020

Word for the Week ~ 5/4/2020

Greetings,

Sunday was another great day.  The music was especially good for “Times Like These.”  I was telling Dave after the service how beautiful his voice sounded.  Roger’s Children’s Sermons just keep getting better.  If we don’t look out, a Hollywood talent scout is going to snatch him up.  I did hear that my reference in the sermon to a pajama party for our first service back got the most amens.  Lol.  We also had a really great Leadership Council meeting at 10:30 a.m. as we shared prayer requests and looked at all of the considerations we must take into account before getting started back up with our first service.  I think the group made a wise decision yesterday not to set a startup date for our church until we see whether the easing of restrictions this week causes an uptick in the number of Covid-19 cases in Johnson County.  Most of the larger churches in Warrensburg are waiting until the end of the month or later before they reconvene.  We will be giving everyone at least two weeks’ notice prior to the day we do our startup.    

Between now and then, we will continue to Livestream our services every Sunday at 9:00 a.m.  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., with the hope of determining a date as soon as possible for which we will resume public services.  Once again, we will be starting back up slowly with worship only and no Sunday school.  We will most definitely be practicing “social distancing” as we get started back up by sitting four chairs apart (except for families) and removing every other row of chairs.  We will continue to forego our normal greeting time in the service prior to the announcements, and we will not be shaking hands.  Our goal is to take every precaution we can as we prepare to resume public worship as soon as possible.  

Mother’s Day:  This Sunday is Mother’s Day and so we will be making some important recognitions during the service.  We will be acknowledging our graduates Sunday morning.   If you are graduating from high school or college, we need you to send us your name and information, so that we can honor you in this special service.  We will not be able to have Baby Dedication this Sunday, but we have decided to have Baby Dedication on Father’s Day this year which is on June 21st.  

The Journey will not be meeting tonight due to finals.  

New Women’s Bible Study:  This Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m., the Women’s Ministry (Women With Purpose) will be kicking off a Zoom Bible Study.   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 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.  

Our Faith Riders had a great 100-mile ride last Saturday with ten people attending.  Stay tuned for our next ride together.  

Prayer Updates:   Pray for Gayle Yocum who has been moved to Pleasant Hill Rehabilitation Center with pneumonia.  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 had an appendectomy last week and has now developed an infection.  He is in Children’s Mercy Hospital.  Pray for our church and country during this time with the Coronavirus Crisis.  Please pray for Greg Greer’s sister, Patricia, in Liberty, MO.  Pray for Roger Dumas’ mother, Jessie, who tore a ligament in her rib cage.  Pray for Monica Fox who has been ill for over a week.  We are thankful she does not have the virus and tested negative.  Our Deacon of the Week is Gene Short (816) 585-4215.  

Children’s/Youth Summer Camp:  After several weeks of discussion, 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.  

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Randy

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