Word for the Week ~ 9/23/2019
Today feels like the first day of Fall, and indeed it is. The rain was welcomed, and the fears of harsh storms and flooding have been set aside. It looks like our Fall weather is here to stay at least for a while. Yesterday was a really good day of worship and Bible study, in spite of the rain. Our parking lot was full last night as over a hundred people came back for Chorale rehearsal and Life University. You can tell a lot about a church or business by their parking lot. If I go to a restaurant that I am unfamiliar with, I hesitate to eat there if the parking lot is empty at noon or supper time. While I don’t like having to wait for a seat, I tend to be suspicious of how good the food must be if nobody likes to eat there. Lol. I am happy to say that the parking lot is full just about all of the time at Grover. Not just Sunday morning, but Sunday night, Wednesday night, and much of the week. Sometimes I notice some of the hospital employees parking in our lot during the week. Sometimes our lot is filled with voters on Election Day, or sometimes with other people from our community like the Master Gardeners or Girl Scouts, or the Area Aging Group, or sometimes it is full of motorcycles, or hundreds of people for Freedom Spectacular or Easter Extravaganza or the Living Nativity or a Christmas Musical or concert. It’s all good. It says good things about us and our concern and connection to our community. It is part of our evangelistic outreach to Warrensburg and Johnson County. Praise God for a fun parking lot.
I shared with you Sunday the second in our series of messages through the Book of James. As we look at what the half-brother of our Lord would say to us today, it is a timeless message. Yes, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. This coming Sunday we will be look at “God’s Answer to Our Most Difficult Questions” from James 1:18-27. Everyone has questions. There are always things that we wish to know. I am thankful to say that God has the answer. As one pastor of old use to say, “Volumes that could fill the shelves of many libraries have been written on single chapters, yea, single verses of the Bible, and yet those same chapters and verses are still just as fresh and fertile and inexhaustible as ever.” Yes, God’s Word never changes, because God never changes. He IS the same yesterday, today, and forever! (Hebrews 13:8). He said, “I am the Lord, and I change not” (Malachi 3:6).
Not Too Late: By the way, it is not too late to join the Christmas Chorale or one of our Life University classes on Sunday nights.
Memory Monday will meet today at 2:30 p.m. in The Park. It is a great time for our students to receive help with school homework, play games, memorize Scripture, and share a great time of food and fellowship with the other students. Please encourage your youth in grades 6-12 to come join the fun. Call Logan for more information at (660) 747-7196.
The Journey will be meeting tonight in The Park at 6:00 p.m. for dinner and discussion as Logan continues their study in First Corinthians. Call Logan Williams or Rhonda McKee for more questions. Pizza will be served!
Prime Time (Senior Adult Choir) will meet tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. at Harmony Gardens to sing. The bus will leave the church parking lot at 9:50 a.m. for the Nursing Home. This is a wonderful ministry of our church, and we would love for you to join with us.
Taco Tuesday: Our Men’s Ministry will be gathering at El Monterrey Mexican Restaurant for lunch at noon tomorrow. El Monterey is located at 120 East Cooper Blvd. Please feel free to join the group and bring a friend if your schedule allows.
Wednesday Night Services/Testimony: On September 25th, we will have our Wednesday night supper and service. Supper begins at 5:30 p.m. I will be continuing our Bible Study on The Truth About Cults at 6:15 p.m. Dan Sliger will be sharing his testimony at 6:30 p.m. The children will have WNL at 6:15 p.m., and the youth will be having Life Academy at 6:15 in The Park. Nursery is also provided in the extended foyer of the Worship Center. Ministry Team will meet afterwards at 7:15 p.m. in room 101 of the Family Life Center.
Prayer Updates: Pray for Chuck Appleton as he is recovering in the Hospital from triple bypass surgery last Thursday. Please feel free to send cards to his home and certainly pray that all continues to go well. He would prefer not having visitors until he gets home and feels better. Pray for Steve Weigand’s father, Jim Weigand, who had a stroke last week. He is in Research Hospital recovering. Pray for Bob Anderson who is home doing better along with his wife, Jean, as she continues to recover from back surgery several weeks ago. Pray for Clayton Munson (Ernestine’s grandson) who injured a vertebra in his neck playing soccer. Pray that it will heal without surgery. They will check him again on October 15th. Pray for Brenda Collins who is taking injections for macular degeneration in her eye. Pray for Linda Hargenrader as she is having chemo again. Please pray for Kristen Smith’s dad who is needing a lung transplant. Pray for Andrea Robinson’s pregnancy. Please remember May Marie Irwin who has been placed under care of Hospice at Country Club Care Center. Pray for Gwenette Grady who is still home recovering from shoulder surgery. Pray for Joyce Hagerman as she continues to undergo therapy. Pray for Bart Amsbaugh who is having medical issues. Pray for Robin Thompson as she is being cared for by her urologist. Pray for Rhonda McKee’s mother, Mae Cooper, who will be having knee surgery on September 24th. Pray for Larry Cox’s mother as she is now home from the hospital. Pray for Richard Campbell whose cancer is progressing. Please pray for Jonell Van Dam as she is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer in Columbia. Continue to pray for Dave Mifflin as he recovers from a heart attack this summer. Pray for the family of Bill Grimes who passed away last Thursday. Pray for Roy Grella who is recovering from a broken arm from an automobile accident two weeks ago. Pray for Melinda Robison who has an appointment this Friday with a surgeon concerning possible shoulder surgery. Pray for Larry Shinkle who will be having his kidney removed on November 1st. Our Deacon of the Week is Scott Williams (660) 909-9300.
Pathfinders Carry-In Dinner/Entertainment: Our Senior Adult Ministry will be meeting this Tuesday night, September 24th, in the Family Life Center for a Carry-In Dinner at 6:00 p.m. followed by some special entertainment provided by Scott Stober who will be singing and playing his guitar. Anyone over 50 years of age is invited to come. Bring a couple of dishes of food to share and invite a guest! Call George Bullard if you have any questions.
Quilters & Crafters: This Saturday, September 28th, the sewing group will meet from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Bring your projects, supplies, sewing machine, and questions for fun, fellowship, and learning. Call Pat Breon for more information at (918) 906-1037.
Youth SLAM Weekend: Now is the time to sign your student up for our SLAM Weekend coming up September 27-29th. This is an overnight event that requires each student to be signed up and registered for his or her participation. This is a free event. You can register online at gpslam2019.eventbrite.com. Call Logan for more information at (660) 747-7196.
Our Men’s Retreat will be on October 18-19th at Camp Galilee in Eldorado Springs, MO. The theme of the retreat will be “Running Well”, taken from 1 Corinthians 9:24, and will be led by Logan Williams. The cost is only $25.00 per person. We will be stopping for supper at Smith’s Restaurant in Collins on the way there. We will leave the church at 5:30 p.m. on October 18th and eat at Smith’s at 6:30 p.m. We will return from the retreat by 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 19th. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer. Contact Greg Greer or Steve Fox for more information.
Men’s Meetings: Don’t forget that our men are meeting every Saturday morning in the Family Life Center at 7:30 a.m. for prayer, and again every Tuesday for food and fellowship at noon for Taco Tuesday, at El Monterey Restaurant. Our Men’s Ministry is also hosting one of the classes this fall for Life University on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. entitled, “How To Be Good And Angry” taught by Greg Greer.
Hope you have a great day,