Word for the Week ~ 8/17/2020
It was wonderful Sunday to see our students back in worship after a long Covid summer. I was beginning to think they might not come back. No Lol intended. Our appreciation goes to Dr. Roger Best for doing such a great job leading our university as president. Both he and Robin are such a blessing to University and our community. Sunday could not have been a better day of worship and praise. The music was “Lovely” and so fitting to the theme of our service about love. We had an even higher attendance both online and in person this Sunday. Some of that higher attendance was accounted for by the 30+ students who joined us Sunday. Several of our students and leaders were actually not in the service yesterday, but they were on campus assisting and ministering to the new move-ins as we traditionally do every year. Next Sunday we will be continuing in chapter nine of Second Corinthians. Be sure to download the outline attached in this Friday’s email. Don’t forget to watch Grover Kid’s Club House which meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook Live.
Facial Covering Mandate: The Johnson County Community Health Services Board’s mandate for wearing facial coverings in public places will end this Friday, August 21st, assuming they do not extend it this week. Our Leadership Team met and decided yesterday that our church is going to continue its policy of wearing facial coverings at least for the next few weeks as we see what impact the starting back of the schools has upon the community. Both UCM and the Warrensburg School district have also decided to continue the face mask policy for the fall semester regardless of what the county might decide. The Leadership Team will continue to evaluate the matter on a weekly basis as things develop. For now, they are taking a couple of weeks to study the situation. We had another death from Covid-19 over the weekend at WMMC, and we expect that the number of Covid-19 cases will increase soon after school starts. Active cases in Johnson County had actually started to go down the last couple of weeks, so we hope and pray that will continue to be the case. As a side note, Kansas City has extended their facial covering mandate until January 2021.
The Journey will be meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. here at the church for Bible Study and discussion. They will be starting a new series from J. C. Ryle’s book on “Holiness.” Last night the BSU had over a hundred students attend their Ice Cream Social. This Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. they will be having a “Back To School Burger Bash” to welcome all of the new students. We will be well represented from Grover.
Continued Prayer Request: As we think about our college students starting back to school this week, and our Warrensburg public schools getting started back next week, please pray for our teachers, administrators, and students as they prepare for the fall semester ahead. They are facing some big challenges.
Sunday School Start Up: Sunday School is slated to start back up on September 13th at 10:30 a.m. with four large-room classes. This will serve as a transitional format for moving back into our original Sunday School program. Three of these classes will be based around our three Lifeway Sunday School materials (Gospel Project, Bible Studies for Life, and Explore the Bible.) The fourth class will be a special hybrid class for young families with children taught on Sunday nights at 5:00 p.m. Our college class is already meeting and will continue to do so this fall. (See attached brochure)
Board of Director’s Meeting: We will be having our regular Board of Director’s meeting this Wednesday night, August 19th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center. Zoom attendance is also available. One of the items on the agenda will be to look at our present policy of not allowing outside groups to use our building facilities due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Faith Riders will be having their monthly ride this Thursday, August 20th, at 6:00 p.m. We will be leaving the church at 6:00 p.m. to head to Sedalia to eat at El Tapatio on their outdoor patio that is being reserved for us as we practice safe social distancing. Last month we had about twenty attend.
Prayer Updates: Pray for Phil Woodard who will be having surgery today at 2:00 p.m. at Center Point Hospital to repair an aneurysm in his leg and to remove blood clots in the other leg. This is a very serious surgery. Pray for Jerrell Votaw who is dealing with some very intense pain relative to a kidney stone. He will be seeing the doctor again today. Pray for Tom Diehl who is having surgery this Thursday at Saint Luke’s East. Also pray for Martha Diehl who is wrestling with getting her A-Fib heartbeat corrected. Pray for Casey Johnson as she recovers at home from her surgery. Continue to pray for her sister, Enid Nossaman, as well. We are thankful that Kelly Crowden, who had a heart attack, is doing much better. Pray for Mark Watts who has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. Remember Ginger Doerflinger as she recovers at home from her hip replacement and a broken pelvis from the procedure. Pray for Hal Hanrahan as he prepares for his fourth of six chemotherapy treatments today at Saint Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza. Please pray for Jackie Baxter (Kevine Colburn’s mother) who is home recovering from a stroke. Little improvement is being seen. Pray for Linda Hargenrader as she continues her infusions. We are thankful that Ken Fowler’s sugar levels are improving. Please pray for Mark Bailey, Tom and Lisa’s son in Kansas City KS, who now has Covid-19. Pray for the Cicle family as they have been exposed to Covid-19 from Andy’s mother who acquired the virus while in the hospital recently from having multiple surgeries. Pray for our schools, teachers, students, and workers. Pray for Victoria as she has begun her training. Our Deacon of the Week is Paul Plummer (660) 441-0235.
Quilters & Crafters: The sewing group, which is part of our Women’s Ministry, will meet from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center on August 22nd. Bring your projects, supplies, sewing machine, and questions, for fun, fellowship, and learning. Call Pat Breon for more information at (918) 906-1037. They too are practicing social distancing.
Missions Is Always Our Focus: As I shared in my sermon Sunday, we are excited that Victoria has already left for her orientation and training at the International Mission Board to prepare her for the next assignment oversees. I was excited to receive a letter last week from the new Missouri Ambassador from the North American Mission Board thanking us for being a major contributor to North American Missions and for being in the top 4% of giving churches in Missouri. I am also excited that our own Missions Team met last Wednesday night to plan a number of mission’s events for this fall, including The Living Nativity.
Christmas Musical Announcement: Speaking of fall semester planning, Dave Robinson shared with me yesterday that they are already planning a Christmas musical presentation this year! It will be on December 5th and 6th, but it will look a little different. This year’s musical will include both drama and music as in past years, but there will not be a large “Chorale Choir.” They are planning and organizing an exciting production that will be seasonally meaningful, but also responsible and in accordance with Covid-19 pandemic guidelines and our own safety precautions. Be sure to reserve the first week in December for our 2020 musical and dramatic outreach program!
Have a good week ahead. It is beautiful outside,