Word for the Week ~ 9/14/2020
Sunday’s Service and Sunday School: It was great to see such a fine group of people here Sunday for worship. The music was fantastic, the singing was beautiful, and the attendance was up–but it didn’t end there. In addition, we had over a hundred people attend Sunday School yesterday for the first time since March. Please remember that this new large class format is only a transition for us later to move back into our original array of multiple classes as things become safe. I want to thank pastors Logan and Roger, along with all of our other SS teachers and workers, for doing such a great job in preparing for this long-awaited day. Everything went smoothly and safely. Next Sunday we will gather once again for worship at 9:00 a.m. and Sunday school at 10:30 am and 5:00 p.m. for another great gathering of God’s people together at Grover. We will also be continuing our series of messages from Second Corinthians in chapter eleven, beginning in verse twelve. Don’t forget to download the sermon outline on Friday as a means of preparing for the service. Remember that Grover Kid’s Club House, which is led by our Children’s Pastor, Roger Dumas, will be Livestreamed at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook Live, and please let Roger know how much you appreciate this ministry to our children. Send him a thumbs up so he’ll know you are in attendance with your children.
Our Leadership Team met Sunday at 11:45 a.m. to evaluate the new advisory that was sent out last week by the Johnson County Community Health Services concerning the Covid-19 Crisis. Once again, JCCHS is strongly cautioning churches and other organizations to wear facial coverings when gathering for public worship and other meetings, and to socially distance themselves at those meetings. (I am attaching that advisory for you to read along with some other sites that record Covid-19 activity.) It was reported from the county and the university that the Covid-19 count spiked 234% last week from 97 to 324 active cases in Johnson County bringing us to a total of 885 cases since the pandemic. Part of the concern has been the return of our college students to UCM as well as the startup of public schools in late August. The university reported last Friday that 136 students and 7 faculty have contracted the virus
since last week for a total of 309 total cases to date at UCM which accounts for some of this increase. It was noted, however, that even if you factor out the infection rate of UCM students, we still had a 93.8% increase in active Covid-19 cases last week in Johnson County apart from the university. No matter how you figure it, this is still the highest jump we have had in active Covid-19 cases since the pandemic. For these reasons, the Leadership Team (made up of our deacons, leaders, staff, along with all the people who work on Sunday morning ushering, greeting, doing security, and temperature checks that were especially invited this week) voted unanimously Sunday to continue our present policies of protection for the church. These precautions have served us well thus far, so we all felt that we should continue to follow them until we see the full impact of how hard we will be hit this month in Johnson County. We will be re-evaluating everything again in our next meeting that we set for September 27th at 11:45 a.m. in the Worship Center. Now, with all of that said, we want you to know that we truly have one of the safest places for people to gather together for worship anywhere in the area. I believe that! We encourage you, if you are not presently attending, to come join us this Sunday for Worship and Sunday school. You will be glad you did. Every week we have new people coming back to worship and we hope to see everyone back soon. As always, we do continue to Livestream our services for anyone who cannot attend.
Week of Prayer For State Missions: Yesterday began our Week of Prayer for State Missions (September 13-20). You received a prayer guide in the bulletin for you to use in praying for our state missionaries and workers. If you did not receive one, we have some available in the church office. We have set an offering goal of $1000.00 for this month.
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 Facebook 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. There is no cost for the retreat, but any donations will be welcomed. Today, the Women’s Ministry council will be meeting at 8:00 a.m. to prepare for this exciting event.
Nomination Forms: Sunday you received several nomination forms in the church bulletin. You also should have received them in the September Newsletter. 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 on November 18th for vote. We need these forms turned in by the end of the week.
The Journey will be meeting tonight, September 14th, 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.
Prayer Updates: Pray for Phil Woodard who came home last week from Center Point Hospital after his recent surgery. He is doing well. Pray for Jerrell Votaw who is scheduled for a second kidney stone procedure this Wednesday on September 15th. Please remember Roy Grella who is scheduled for an MRI this week on September 16th here in Warrensburg. Pray for Casey Johnson as she will be going to KU Medical Center in one week for tests to decide a treatment plan. Pray for Mark Watts who has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. Pray for Steve Weigand who will be having an ablation procedure on his neck this week. Pray for Hal Hanrahan who had his fifth of six chemotherapy treatments last Thursday. He will be finishing up in a few more weeks. Please pray for Jackie Baxter (Kevine Colburn’s mother) who is home recovering from a stroke. Pray for Linda Hargenrader as she begins a new treatment for her cancer that will be less severe. Pray for Jeannie Campbell who continues to get her eye pressures regulated. Pray for Victoria who will be finishing her training soon. She hopes to be back in Warrensburg around September 19th, and we will have a commissioning for her on September 27th. Pray for David McBee who has been diagnosed with stage four liver cancer. He will be having surgery next week on September 16th. Pray for Floyd Jackson’s sister who will be having surgery on her thyroid in Dallas, TX today. Pray for Pete Wittman who has a follow-up doctor’s visit for his A-fib coming up on September 18th. He is still having occasional symptoms. Pray for Charlotte Davis who is being treated for A-fib. She has an appointment coming up this month. Pray for Dennis Docheff who is home from the hospital after having bacterial pneumonia. Pray for Bonnie Bullard who has been having some back issues. Pray for Joy Robinson, David’s mother, who went into the hospital last night and is being tested for several issues. Pray for our teachers and students. Pray for the those affected by Covid-19 either directly or indirectly. Our Deacon of the Week is George Bullard (660) 864-7447.
Youth Game and Worship Night will meet this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Sanctuary. They have continued to have great attendances in their meetings.
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 this Tuesday on September 15th, please come by the Family Life Center 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. Face masks will be worn. Call Debbie Weigand at (660) 909-4930 for more information.
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. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer. Dee Anna and I have already signed up. There are many opportunities to serve. We especially need a few more men this year to help out.
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.
What a beautiful week ahead,
Enclosed: JCCHS Advisory, Covid-19 Report, UCM Report,