Word for the Week ~ 8/31/2020
Sunday’s Service: Our thanks go to Bill Gravely, Marilyn Scherer, and the whole team for leading the service Sunday in Dave and Denise’s absence. They did a great job! We continue to have good attendances in our 9:00 a.m. service as well as our 9:00 a.m. Livestream service online. We strongly believe that our Worship Service at 9:00 a.m. is one of the safest places to attend church. We will be continuing our series of messages in Second Corinthians this Sunday. Don’t forget to download the sermon outline on Friday as a means of studying 2 Corinthians 10:13-18 early. Grover Kid’s Club House, which is led by our Children’s Pastor, Roger Dumas, will also be Livestreamed this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook Live.
Covid-19 Cases: Our Leadership Team will continue to evaluate the matter of wearing facial coverings as the mandate set by the JCCHS runs out Sunday evening, September 13th. The seven-day average for new Coronavirus cases continues to hover around 5, and the active case count in Johnson County for the last several weeks has dropped to 74. We sincerely pray that it continues to decrease, but we still have yet to see the impact, if any, from all of our schools starting back up.
Sunday School Starts in Two Weeks: Sunday School will start back up on September 13th at 10:30 a.m. with four large-room classes. This is only a transitional format for moving back to our regular Sunday School program as soon as it is safe to do so. These classes will be focused around our three Lifeway Sunday School class materials (Gospel Project, Bible Studies for Life, and Explore the Bible.) The Family Sunday School 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. The Journey Sunday School College class is meeting in The Park on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Social distancing and face coverings will need to be worn at all times during Sunday School just as we do in worship.
Sunday School Teacher and Safety Coordinator Training: We will be having a special training this Sunday, September 6th, immediately following the worship service, in the Worship Center.
Women’s Fall Retreat: The Women’s Ministry has scheduled their Fall Retreat 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. An Online Zoom Experience will also be available to those who cannot attend in person. Register now on the Women With Purpose Face Book page or by contacting 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 this Sunday 9:00 a.m. There is no cost for the retreat, but any donations will be welcomed.
Board of Director’s Meeting: The Board of Director’s met on August 19th 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. A date was set for the Annual Business Meeting on November 18th at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center. Copies of the minutes are available in the church offices if you would like to see them.
Annual Nomination Forms: For the next two Sundays you will be receiving several nomination forms in the church bulletin. You also should have received them in the September Newsletter. If you are a member of the church, we would like to ask you to prayerfully consider nominating several individuals to the leadership positions listed on the form for deacons, nominating committee, and the board of directors for the 2021 year. All mail-in forms must have a return address on the envelope to confirm church membership. Please only fill out one form. The top nominations will be reviewed prayerfully by the Deacons and the Ad hoc Committee, and then will be presented in the Annual Business meeting in November for vote by secret ballot.
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.” Our College and Career Sunday School Class continues to meet Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in The Park. The Journey will not meet next Monday night due to Labor Day weekend.
Prayer Updates: Continue to pray for Scott Williams and his family as they grieve the loss of Scott’s stepfather, Walt Borer. The funeral was Friday in Holden. Pray for Phil Woodard who is in Center Point Hospital dealing with gastrointestinal issues following his recent surgery. Pray for Jerrell Votaw who will be having kidney stone surgery tomorrow and another procedure on September 15th. Please remember Roy Grella who will be having an MRI on his shoulder soon. Pray for Charlotte Davis who is recovering from a heart procedure to correct her irregular heartbeat. Pray for Casey Johnson as she recovers at home. 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 prepares for his fifth of six chemotherapy treatments coming up. Please pray for Jackie Baxter (Kevine Colburn’s mother) who is home recovering from a stroke. Some improvement is being seen. Pray for Linda Hargenrader as she begins a new treatment for her cancer. Pray for Jeannie Campbell who continues get her eye pressures regulated. Pray for Victoria as she has begun her training. Pray for some of our members families who have Covid-19 in other communities: Tom Bailey’s son, Mark Bailey; Andy Cicle’s mother; Wanda Reed’s niece, Autumn Pride; and Bob Bickle (Cheryl Plummer). Pray for David McBee who has been diagnosed with stage four liver cancer. He will be having surgery on September 16th. Pray for Ruby Jackson’s sister, Joanne Kennedy, who has been diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer. Pray for my mother, Bonnie Neal, as she has another six weeks of rehabilitation for her broken pelvis. Please be in prayer for Jean Ann Vanpelt, the grandmother of Jayden Jefferson, who will be having bypass surgery on September 15th. Our Deacon of the Week is Paul Plummer (660) 441-0235.
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. The deadline for turning in your gift is September 7th. Contact Jeannie Campbell at 238-6501 if you would like to participate.
Youth Huddle Groups will be meeting this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in The Park.
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 September 26th. 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 practice social distancing.
BSU Dinner Preparation: If you would like to assist the Women’s Ministry in preparing dinner for the Baptist Student Union on September 15th, please come by the Family Life Center on that Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. You can also assist in transporting the food or serving at the BSU between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. Call Debbie Weigand at (660) 909-4930 for more information.
Christmas Musical: We are 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 we will not be having 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 Sign-Up: 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 this month.
Register To Vote: The deadline for registering to vote in the presidential election on November 3rd is October 7th, 2020. You can register online or by mail if it is postmarked by October 7th. As a means of assisting you, we have registration forms available in the church foyer.
Enjoy this fall-like weather,