Word for the Week ~ 9/21/2020
Sunday: It was great to see such a fine group of people here Sunday for worship and Sunday School yesterday. As always, the music was fantastic and the offertory was really fun. Hearing several of our soloists sing is always a special treat. They did well! The congregational singing was especially sweet! Attendance was good. We had a really great attendance in Sunday School again yesterday. Our new large-class format is working well as a transition for getting back to our normal Sunday School classes soon. The Journey Class meets in The Park at 10:30 a.m., and the new Family Sunday School Class meets Sunday nights at 5:00 p.m. in the Old Sanctuary. 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 in Second Corinthians 11:22-35. Don’t forget to download the sermon outline on Friday. Remember that Grover Kid’s Club House, which is led by our Children’s Pastor, Roger Dumas, is being livestreamed every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook Live.
Family Sunday School/Worship: We are especially excited about our new Family Sunday School Class that meets Sunday nights at 5:00 p.m. in the Old Sanctuary. While we call it a Sunday School class, it actually has an element of worship attached to it, and it is designed amazingly for the whole family. Both children and their parents study God’s Word, share in a number of moments of worship, and hear the preaching of God’s Word. Both Roger and Logan do a tremendous job in leading this group especially designed for young families with children.
Our Leadership Team will be meeting again this Sunday at 11:45 a.m. after Sunday School to evaluate our current situation with the virus in Johnson County and our church. JCCHS has strongly cautioned churches and other organizations to wear facial coverings and practice social distancing when gathering for public worship and other meetings, but they have now given organizations and churches the freedom to choose whether or not they will require facial coverings in their own particular church or organization. A week ago we had quite a spike in Covid cases in Johnson County from 97 to 324 active cases. Last week the number of active cases in Johnson County spiked again from 324 to 441 infections. (For more information, see the newly attached reports). There were also several good articles in last Friday’s Daily Star Journal detailing Covid cases in Johnson County. In our last meeting on September 13th, our Leadership Team decided to wait a couple of weeks before changing any of our policies to study how Warrensburg would be affected by all of the recent changes taking place with school starting, Labor Day, and the new advisory from JCCHS that took effect last week. Our present precautions have served us well thus far. Other organizations, schools, churches, nursing homes, and businesses, have had virus outbreaks that have resulted in closures or changes in the way they function or do business. We feel fortunate and blessed that Grover has not had any outbreaks or exposures due to the precautions we have taken. On the other hand, we are all more than ready to return to some degree of normal as soon as it is safe to do so. We will be re-evaluating everything again in our meeting this Sunday, September 27th, at 11:45 a.m. in the Worship Center. Every church, school, business, and organization is different. What is right for one, may be different for another. Pray for us that we will have wisdom in making the best decisions for our church in the weeks ahead.
State Missions Offering: Yesterday we completed our Week of Prayer for State Missions. We have set an offering goal of $1000.00 for this month. To date we have received $1810.00. Praise God!
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.
The Journey will be meeting tonight, September 21st, 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 Joyce Hagerman who had surgery last week for a hiatal hernia. She is home doing better. Pray for Meg Stroder, Kenda Jones’ mother, who has just been diagnosed with Covid-19. She is showing symptoms; mostly a cough. Pray for Dennis Docheff who is home from the hospital recovering. He has been quite sick with pneumonia and has tested positive for Covid-19. Pray for John Wittman, Pete’s son, who has just tested positive for Covid-19. His wife, Stacy, also has symptoms, but has not gotten her test results back yet. Jerrell Votaw’s second kidney stone procedure went well last Wednesday and he is back to work today doing better. Please remember Roy Grella who had an MRI last week on his shoulder. He is still waiting for the results. Pray for Casey Johnson as she will be going to KU Medical Center for tests to decide a treatment plan. Pray for Mark Watts who has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. We are thankful that Steve Weigand’s neck ablation procedure went well last week. Pray for Hal Hanrahan as he prepares for his sixth and final chemotherapy treatment. Pray for Linda Hargenrader as she continues her new treatment for her cancer. Pray for Jeannie Campbell who continues to get her eye pressures regulated. Pray for Victoria who has finished her initial training. We will have a commissioning for her this Sunday on September 27th as she prepares to leave. Pray for David McBee who is home after having surgery last week for liver cancer. They think they got it all. He has a follow-up appointment today. Floyd Jackson’s sister did well last week with her surgery in Dallas and is home recovering. Pray for Pete Wittman who had a follow-up doctor’s visit for his A-fib last Friday. Everything went well. Pray for Charlotte Davis who is also being treated for A-fib. We are thankful that Phil Woodard is home doing much better. Pray for our teachers, students, schools, and churches. Pray for the unspoken requests of those affected by Covid-19 either directly or indirectly. Our Deacon of the Week is Jake Cantwell (660) 441-2580.
Youth Game and Worship Night: We had a great turn out of youth for our meeting last night. If you have a student who is not yet involved in our youth ministry, they meet every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the old sanctuary. Call Logan for more details.
Quilters & Crafters: The sewing group will be meeting this Saturday 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.
Living Nativity Sign-Up: Sign up now for this year’s Living Nativity which will be December 11 & 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer. 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 just two weeks away on 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.
Fall Arrives Tuesday: The Astronomical start of fall begins this Tuesday morning, September 22, at 9:31 a.m. We are already having some gorgeous weather, so what better time to be outside and enjoy it. The experts say that being outside is one of the safest places you can be from the virus.
Enclosed: JCCHS Advisory, Covid-19 Report, UCM Friday Report, Daily Star Journal.