Word for the Week ~ 6/1/2020
Church Services Have Resumed: We are excited to say that we resumed worship services Sunday. It was a wonderful day as we came back together as a church for the first time in about three months. We had a little over a hundred people which was close to our goal for doing a “soft opening,” and everything went just great. I cannot tell you how proud I was of everyone for being so patient and cooperative. No one seemed to mind the quick “no-contact” temperature check we did at the door. We were happy that we were able to relax the “ushered seating” in the second service, and I feel like we will be able to allow people to sit pretty much where they wish very soon. We are just trying to be extra cautious during these first few worship services to give everyone a chance to learn the process of social distancing, so we all feel comfortable. As it turned out Sunday, I think we felt safe, secure, and undistracted throughout the entire worship experience. Mission accomplished!
Service Times: We have decided for the time being to continue with two services at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. so that we have plenty of room for everyone to attend without feeling threatened with others being too close. The first service at 9:00 a.m. had a higher attendance than the second, and we could have actually fit everyone comfortably into just one service. Staying with two services, however, will allow us plenty of room to spread out and socially distance ourselves so that everyone feels safe. For now, we are leaving the second service at 11:00 a.m. instead of 10:30 a.m. to ensure that we have plenty of time to clean and prepare the worship center for the second service. We anticipate moving the second service back to 10:30 a.m. as soon as we see how much our attendance changes, and as we become more efficient in our preparation time. Thank you for being so flexible as we get everything fine-tuned. You’re the best!
Sunday School Launch: As a temporary measure, many of our classes have been having Sunday School online through “Zoom.” We commend our teachers and members for their hard work in making that happen. It is not too late for your class to begin Zoom meetings online if you would like to do so. Pastor Logan would be glad to help you. Now that we have resumed worship, our goal is to get our Sunday school classes up and running as soon as possible “in house”. The challenge has to do with space and social distancing. By law, we are still required as a church to socially distance ourselves in worship and Sunday school. Classes will undoubtedly start back up with fewer people attending, much like worship and everything else has in the community. Businesses are opening but not everyone is coming back – at least as they once did. Pastors Logan and Roger are in the process right now of looking at each individual class and room with the possibility of making multiple use of rooms and adjusting individual class meeting times accordingly to the number of rooms and spaces. Please be patient as we transition through this process. There is so much to take into consideration, and it is difficult to predict how things will change in our community with the virus and whether there will be a rebound.
This Sunday: We are very excited about the possibility of more of you coming back to church. Please do not hesitate to attend this Sunday. We have plenty of room for you to socially distance yourselves and be safe. Things went very well last Sunday without any issues. No one failed the temperature check, and everyone followed the guidelines and seemed genuinely appreciative of them. We do not foresee having to use the overflow area anytime soon, but it is available if it is needed.
Worship, Masks and Singing: Sunday was a great day of singing and worship. The music was great, and everyone lifted their voices to the Lord. Some people wore masks, and some did not. We encouraged everyone to sing out for the glory of God whether they wore a mask or not. It is entirely up to you as to whether you choose to wear a face mask or not. No pressure either way.
The Church Leadership Team decided to continue the present church office policy of locking the front door and asking members and visitors to transact business when possible with the secretary in the office foyer for social distancing. Thank you so much for your indulgence.
Once again, change is never easy. I am glad we have such a flexible church here at Grover that handles change well and always has such a great attitude. 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. Our goal is to relax the safety precautions as soon as possible. They are only a temporary measure for your safety and peace of mind in attending.
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: Tomorrow 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 entitled, “Better,” which is a 10-week video series of a verse-by-verse study in Hebrews by Jen Wilkin.
Prayer Updates: Pray for Heather Roots who had a heart attack this weekend and had a stent put in her heart. She hopes to come home from St Luke’s Hospital East today. 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 another doctor’s appointment this week. Pray for Jeannie’s granddaughter, Macie, who is having outpatient surgery on her nasal passages tomorrow in the City. Pray for Ginger Doerflinger’s mother who was in the ER this weekend with a severely cracked or sprained arm. Pray for Dana F. Moore who will be having knee replacement on June 16th. Pray for Tammy Greer as she goes in for a surgical procedure tomorrow at WMMC. Pray for Lisa Bailey who is scheduled for knee surgery on June 12th. Pray for Paul Plummer who is home recovering from knee replacement surgery last Tuesday. Pray for Brad Capps who was in the hospital with a kidney stone last week. He is home doing better. Pray for Linda Hargenrader who is receiving chemotherapy every four weeks. Pray for the family of Danny Watring in his passing away this last week. He was a friend of the Robinson family. Our Deacon of the Week is David Dahlhoff. (660) 864-4919.
New “Selfie” Church Directory: Copies of our new Church Directory are now available. We ran out yesterday, but we will have more available this Sunday. One per family, please.
Thank you So Much: We appreciate so much all of the work that Larry and Lois Dillingham have been doing cleaning up the two garden areas in front of the church office area and on North Street view of the Old Sanctuary. We can always use volunteers to help out. Call the church office if you might be interested.
Father’s Day/Baby Dedication: Father’s Day is coming up on June 21st. We will be having a special service honoring our dads. We will also be having Baby Dedication for any families who would like to dedicate a child to the Lord. If you would be interested in dedicating your child, please know that we will be exercising social distancing during the process. No one will be touching or coming close to you or your child but you and your family. We will be as flexible as you wish us to be in the process.
The June Newsletter will be going out this week.
Have a great week,