Word For the Week ~ 8/24/2020
It is wonderful to see a growing number of people coming back to live worship here at Grover. We do believe that Grover is a very safe place to attend church with all of the precautions that have been put into place. Our many thanks go to the Leadership Team which has labored tirelessly for the last six months to help keep us safe. We are very blessed to be able to Livestream our services to those who are unable to attend, or who for various reasons must socially distance themselves further for medical reasons. Next Sunday we will be continuing in chapter ten of Second Corinthians as we look at the subject of “Breaking Spiritual Strongholds.” Be sure to download the outline attached in this Friday’s email in our series. Don’t forget to watch Grover Kid’s Club House which meets with our Children’s Pastor, Roger Dumas, on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook Live.
Facial Covering Mandate: As expected, the Johnson County Community Health Services Board’s mandate for wearing facial coverings in public places was extended to September 13, at midnight. Our Leadership Team met several days before their decision and had already decided that our church would continue itspolicyof wearing facial coverings in church for the next few weeks as we study the impact that school start-ups might have upon our community. As I shared last week, both UCM and the schools in Johnson County have also decided to continue the face mask policy for the fall semester. We will continue to evaluate the matter on a weekly basis as things develop. So far, we only have about 90 active cases in Johnson County this week which is down from some of the numbers we observed just a few weeks ago. Please pray that these numbers stay down.
Sunday School Start Up: Sunday School is still slated to start back up on September 13th at 10:30 a.m. with four large-room classes. As a transitional format for moving back into our original Sunday School program, 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 children and their parents which will be taught on Sunday nights at 5:00 p.m. in the old Sanctuary.
Women’s Fall Retreat: The Women’s Ministry Council announced Sunday that their Fall Retreat is scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. until noon. The theme of the retreat this year is: “Fear Not,” from Psalm 91:2. This year they will be meeting right here in our own Worship Center, however, an Online Zoom Experience will also be available to those who cannot attend in person. Register now on the GPBC Women With Purpose Face Book page or by calling Marcile Lewis at 660-909-2614 or the church office at 660-747-7196. The deadline for signing up is September 27th, 2020. Beth Talley will be sharing a Ministry Moment in the Worship Service on September 6th, at 9:00 a.m. There is no cost for the retreat, but any donations are welcome.
The Journey will be meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. here at the church for Bible Study and discussion. They will be continuing their new series from J. C. Ryle’s book on “Holiness.” The BSU reached out to a number of new students last week through their Ice Cream Social and Back To School Burger Bash. Our College and Career Sunday School Class continues to meet Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in The Park.
Board of Director’s Meeting: The Board of Director’s met last Wednesday night for their regular quarterly meeting. They voted to continue our present policy of not allowing outside groups to use our building facilities due to the Covid-19 crisis. They also heard reports from the Finance Committee and the Leadership Team. They set the date of the Annual Business Meeting for November 18th at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center. Ballots for voting on several of our leadership groups (deacons, nominating committee, and board of directors) will be made available in two places this year: In the bulletin the first two Sundays of September, and in the September Newsletter which will come out this week. All mail in ballots must have a return address on the envelop to confirm church membership and be counted. Don’t forget, leaders, we will be needing your reports for the Business Meeting in November as that time approaches.
Prayer Updates: Pray for Scott Williams and his family as they grieve the loss of his stepfather, Walt Borer, on Saturday. Pray for Phil Woodard who is recovering from surgery last week at Centerpoint Hospital in Independence for which they repaired an aneurysm in his leg and removed several blood clots in his other leg. He is now struggling with some digestive issues. Pray for Jerrell Votaw who will be having surgery to remove several kidney stones soon. Pray for Tom Diehl as he is home recovering from surgery last Thursday. Also pray for Martha Diehl who is wrestling with getting her irregular heartbeat corrected. Pray for Charlotte Davis who is home recovering from a heart procedure last week to correct her irregular heartbeat. It is often a long process, and A-Fib is nothing to ignore. Pray for Casey Johnson as she recovers at home from her surgery. Continue to pray for her sister, Enid Nossaman, as well. Pray for Mark Watts who has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. Remember Ginger Doerflinger as she recovers from hip replacement. Pray for Hal Hanrahan as he is recovering from his fourth of six chemotherapy treatments last week. 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. Pray for Jeannie Campbell who continues to wrestle with pain in her eye and the balancing of her eye pressures. Please be in prayer for Joanne Kennedy, Ruby Jackson’s sister, who has been diagnosed with stage 4 esophagus cancer, she has an appointment this Thursday with an oncologist. Pray for our schools, teachers, students, and workers as school gets started. Pray for Victoria as she has begun her training. Pray for several in our larger church family who have Covid 19: Tom Bailey’s son, Mark Bailey; Andy Cicle’s mother; Wanda Reed’s niece, Autumn Pride; and Bob Bickle (Cheryl Plummer). Our Deacon of the Week is Dennis Docheff (660) 441-3977.
Thank You To First Responders: Our Missions Committee is planning to say a big “Thank You” to our first responders in September by giving them a basket of fruit. If you would like to participate, you may do so by donating to the fruit fund. We will not be receiving raw fruit this year due to the virus, but your donations of time and money are appreciated. Contact Jeannie Campbell at 238-6501 if you would like to participate.
Christmas Musical Announcement: Dave Robinson has announced that they are already planning a Christmas musical presentation this year! It will be on December 5th and 6th. 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!
Living Nativity Signup: Begin thinking now about signing up for this year’s Living Nativity which will be December 11-12 p.m. from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This is one ministry of our church that will not require much change due to the Coronavirus. It is by nature already socially distanced outside and is a tremendous outreach to our community. Look for a sign-up sheet in the foyer sometime in September.
Have a good week ahead. The heat is back!