Word for the Week ~ 6/8/2020
Sunday Services Up: Sunday was a wonderful day as we came back together as a church for the second time since the Covid-19 Break. The music was just fabulous, and our attendance was dramatically up from the previous Sunday, especially in the second service. With our separation of chairs in the worship center, everyone felt comfortably distanced and safe. We are happy to say that we did not have to open the overflow seating area in the old sanctuary, but we did test it out in the first service, and everything went well. It was also good to see such a diversity of people attending Sunday. I particularly noticed a considerable increase in the number of senior adults there Sunday. It was good to see such a healthy cross-section of people across all ages including children, youth, college students, and adults. I was excited to see Cindy Collins come forward in the second service wishing to join the church by transfer from a local church. If you are interested in joining Grover, or being baptized, let us know. We would be happy to have you become part of the church family. The baptistry is also open and ready for use if God has placed it upon your heart to follow Him in believer’s baptism.
Thank You Workers: I cannot tell you how pleased I am with our leadership in doing such a great job in taking care of our members through these challenging days. Our leaders and workers have invested more time than you can imagine in seeing us through these days of getting back to church. They have worked tirelessly in arriving early and staying late for meetings, rehearsals, and various other forms of ministry. Due to their hard work, we have been able to provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for us to worship together without distraction each Sunday. I have shared these detailed guidelines with a number of other churches that have also benefited from this well thought through approach.
Thank You Members: Once again, I wish to thank all of our members for being so patient, cooperative, and flexible. We were pleased yesterday that we could relax some of our “ushered seating” to allow people to sit more comfortably where they desired. Safety is our first priority, but we do want to be as flexible as we can in providing everyone with a beautiful worship experience. Ushered seating actually does maximize our seating capacity and will allow us in the future to prolong not having to use the overflow seating area. This Sunday we are going to be adding a few more chairs to the worship center so that we may continue to remain comfortably distanced in two services without the use of the overflow area for as long as possible. Thank you for your patience.
Two Service Times: With the increase in attendance, the Leadership Team decided to continue with two Sunday services. With the first service at 9:00 a.m., we also decided to leave the second service at 11:00 a.m. to allow plenty of time to clean between services. We really hope to return the second service to 10:30 a.m. as soon as possible.
Sunday School Launch: Our goal is to get our Sunday school classes up and running as soon as possible. As I shared last week, the challenge has to do with the state’s requirement for churches in regard to social distancing. Not only are we required to socially distance ourselves by six feet in worship, but we are also required to do so with small group meetings such as Sunday school. While we have assumed that classes will start back up with fewer people attending, we can only assume that with the growing number of people we have returning to worship, that there may be a larger number ready to return to Sunday school as well. Pray for Pastors Logan and Roger as they continue to work with our teachers and officers in the matter. Due to the number and size of our current classrooms, we will need to be flexible with meeting times and the number of groups using each room. Please be patient as we transition through this process.
Sunday Handouts: As you may have noticed, we are not handing out anything such as bulletins as you come into worship on Sunday. This avoids unnecessary exposure to materials that we cannot properly sanitize. There are a few things that we do have available if you desire to pick them up for yourselves from the information table. These include: Our new church directory, a single sheet sermon outline that we email to everyone on Fridays, a single sheet order of service, a copy of the Word for the Week that we email on Monday mornings, and a copy of the latest monthly newsletter that we mail and/or email at the beginning of each month. If for whatever reason you are not receiving any of these, we apologize for the inconvenience as we are working on the matter. Don’t hesitate to email us your latest email address or physical home address again if you have not been receiving any of these publications. If you are having problems, be sure to check your junk email box in case it is being filtered by your computer or phone. It is also possible that you accidentally hit the “unsubscribe” button at the bottom of one of our church emails, and you have removed your name from our mailing list.
The Journey will be meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom for Bible Study and discussion. They will be continuing their new series entitled, “What is a Healthy Church Member?”
Tuesday 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: Please remember Cheryl Plummer in the loss of her mother, Ann Stewart, last week in Ava. A memorial celebration service will be scheduled later. She was greatly loved and will be missed by us all. The family has asked that any memorial gifts be given to the Building Fund here at Grover. Please pray for Jim Stark who is at KU Medical Center with pancreatitis. He is coming home today. Pray for Heather Roots who is recovering at home from a heart attack and a stent put in her heart last week. Pray for Jeannie Campbell as she recovers from her eye surgery and shingles. She told me this morning that she is still having a great deal of pain and her vision is still blurred. Macie Hill continues to recover at home from her nasal surgery. We are thankful that Shelly Cantwell’s foot surgery went well and that she was able to attend church yesterday. Pray for Dana F. Moore who will be having knee replacement surgery on June 16th. It was good to see Tammy Greer Sunday as she had a surgical procedure last week at WMMC. Pray for her daughter, Heidi Runions, as she is going through a difficult time. Pray for Lisa Bailey who is scheduled for knee surgery this Friday. Pray for Paul Plummer who is still home recovering from knee replacement surgery. He is doing well. We offer praise to God for Linda Hargenrader who received a great report last week from her doctor on the progress she has had from her new chemotherapy. Pray for the family of Misty Payne whose family was killed in an automobile accident last week. Pray for Joy Robinson, Dave Robinson’s mother, who fell and broke her nose in three places last week. Our Deacon of the Week is Dennis Docheff (660) 441-3977.
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. We will be as flexible as you wish us to be in the process.
Have a great week,
PS. We are happy to say that the church telephones are working again.