Word for the Week ~ 7/1/2019
Sunday was a special day for several reasons for some 400 worshipers who attended. Other than the fact that we always have great music and super passages of scripture to examine, we celebrated the Lord’s Supper in the context of Independence Day while looking at chapter nine in the Book of Hebrews. In addition, we also had two fine boys, Eli Fritz and Marcus Korman, come forward to confess their faith in Christ, desiring baptism. Next Sunday we will be looking at Hebrews chapter ten as we get nearer to the conclusion of the Book of Hebrews. We had a good turnout for our Community Outreach Meeting at 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The groups divided up and went out sharing the gospel in the local area of our community. Our team made two visits and got to share the gospel to multiple people in the same household.
Journey Group: The Journey Group will be meeting tonight at the church at 6:00 p.m. to head over to the home of Steve and Debbie Weigand for dinner and discussion. Call Rhonda McKee for more information.
Prime Time (Senior Adult Choir) will meet tomorrow morning at the church at 9:00 a.m. This is a wonderful ministry of our church, and we would love for you to join with us.
Our students will be gathering once again for Word on the Water this Wednesday night from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. They had taken a couple of weeks off for camp. Our thanks go to Dave and Margaret Kesinger for the use of their home and pool.
Prayer Updates: Please pray for Ken Fowler who is at Monterey Park Rehabilitation Health Care Center in Independence. I got to see him last week. He has a tentative discharge date of July 6th. Pray for Linda Hargenrader who is back to having her chemo treatments. Pray for Jean Anderson who is still in Saint Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza and possibly coming home today. Please pray for Denise Robinson’s brother-in-law, Kirk Smith, who is needing a lung transplant. Pray for Josh Robinson and his wife, Andrea, as they are expecting a baby in November and doing some early precautionary tests. Please remember May Marie Irwin who has been placed under care of Hospice at Country Club Care Center. Please be in prayer for Hal Hanrahan as he prepares to undergo several treatments. Pray for Heidi Mesmer who is scheduled to come home today from the hospital in Columbia. It was good to see Chuck Barry Sunday after having knee replacement surgery. Pray for Don Boosinger who is having surgery this Wednesday to have some kidney stones removed at Saint Luke’s East at 1:00 p.m. Pray for Dorothy Fox who is at Harmony Gardens having issues. Pray for Spencer Parrish who has been diagnosed with Follicular Lymphoma. He meets with an oncologist this Tuesday. The Deacon of the Week is Greg Greer (660) 233-2684.
Freedom Spectacular: This Thursday night, on July 4th, we will be having Freedom Spectacular here in the church parking lot. It begins at 6:30 p.m. with games, bounce houses, face painting, free food, music, and fellowship. At 7:15 p.m. we will have a procession of motorcycles from Faith Riders and the American Legion who will enter the church parking lot from Burkarth Road with their flags. Then at 7:30 p.m. the Community Band will perform a one-hour Patriotic Concert. At 8:30 p.m. we will begin announcing door prizes coupled with an assortment of seasonal music. At dusk we will have a beautiful display of fireworks, which is the culmination of the day. You should have received a brochure in the bulletin last Sunday for you to pass out to family, friends, and neighbors in your area. If you have volunteered to help out in setting up for this year’s event, come to the church parking lot at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and we will assign you an area to help out.
As I shared in the July Newsletter, Freedom Spectacular is an evangelistic outreach to our community. At no time do we ever have more un-churched people on our church property than we will have on this Fourth of July. This is truly an opportunity for our church to shine and for our believers to intertwine. I don’t think there is a Sunday that goes by that we don’t say something about connecting to our church. Well, this Thursday, on July 4th, they are literally going to do just that by the hundreds and thousands. I want to encourage you to invite your family and friends to Freedom Spectacular and prayerfully consider using this day as an opportunity to connect with your community. At Freedom Spectacular this year, consider how you might interact with your community. You might consider talking with them, connecting with them, and if the Lord leads, witnessing to them about how our Lord and His church has impacted your life. Come to Freedom Spectacular this year prayed up and ready to connect with someone who may be lonely, hurting, lost, searching, and in need of Christ in their lives. Wear your Grover Park T-Shirt as a means of identifying yourself and possibly initiating a conversation. We could have an incredible impact on our community in just one day if we will only make ourselves available to God for this outreach event.
Attention Faith Riders: If you would like to ride with the Legion Riders this Thursday on July Fourth in our procession into Freedom Spectacular at 7:15 p.m., please meet at the American Legion on Business 50 at 6:45 p.m. on July 4th.
Vacation Bible School: As always, we will be followed by Freedom Spectacular on July 14-19th from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m. The theme this year is “Into The Wild.” Plan now to bring your child or grandchild or neighbor child to join us for what will prove to be a lot of fun. With Vacation Bible School only two weeks away, now is the time to get the word out to our community. We will be having a Pool Party at the Community Center at 6:45 p.m. right after VBS Family night on Friday night, July 19th at 6:00 p.m. Don’t miss out!
Life Workshop: Next Tuesday night on July 9th, we will be having our next Life Workshop for all Sunday School workers and leaders at 6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Come and be refreshed in your spirits and heart. Call Pastor Logan for more information.
Have a great week, and I hope to see you on July 4th for Freedom Spectacular,