Word for the Week ~ 9/28/2020
October Is Just About Here: We have a whole array of fall semester activities that are in full swing for the month ahead. Our large-class Sunday School format has gone extremely well this last month, and we are truly looking forward to getting back to our regular ongoing SS class format. October will be a busy month as the nominating committee works to complete its slate of workers for 2021. The deacons are meeting this week to begin looking at the candidates for serving in the deacon ministry. The Nomination Review Committee (previously known as the Ad Hoc Committee) will also be reviewing our nominations of people to serve on the 2021 Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. October is also a busy time in which we will be planning and rehearsing for the Christmas Musical and the Living Nativity coming up in December, and yes, we will be having a Fall Festival on October 31st. See more below.
Sunday: There was such a fine group of people here for worship and Sunday School yesterday. I saw several new faces of people that were visiting and also some faces that we have not seen since before the pandemic began. I have to say that the music was really great. What Spirit-filled singing from Dave, the Worship Team, and the whole congregation! We had really great attendance in Sunday School yesterday. Our new large-class format continues to work well as a transition for getting back to our normal Sunday School classes. Next Sunday we will also be continuing our series of messages in Second Corinthians chapter twelve. 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, yesterday Logan and Roger added an element of worship to it as they shared both in music and preaching. 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 met again yesterday after Sunday School to evaluate our current situation with the virus in Johnson County and our church. JCCHS will also be meeting this Thursday to re-evaluate the decisions that were made two weeks ago. The Leadership Team continues to believe that our present precautions are serving us well. They have decided to continue with our present policies of using facial coverings and social distancing to protect our membership. They will meet in two weeks on October 11th to re-evaluate the situation once again. This remains the present policy of our city and county schools along with the university.
State Missions Offering: Yesterday we completed the promotion of the State Missions Offering. We set an offering goal of $1000.00 for the month. and to date have doubled our goal in contributions. Praise God!
Women’s Fall Retreat: The Women’s Ministry Fall Retreat is this Saturday, October 3, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. until noon. We have over 50 women signed up to attend. 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. While the registration deadline is now past, let us know today if you wish to attend. We may have some cancellations. Call Marcile Lewis at (660) 909-2614 or the church office at (660) 747-7196 with any questions. There is no cost for the retreat, but any donations will be welcomed.
The Journey will be meeting tonight, September 28th, 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.
Deacon’s Meeting: This Wednesday night our deacons will meet in the old sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. for their regular meeting.
Prayer Updates: It was good to see Joyce Hagerman in church yesterday who had surgery a couple of weeks ago. Pray for Meg Stroder, Kenda Jones’ mother, who resides at Warrensburg Manor and has been diagnosed with Covid-19. Pray for Dennis Docheff who is recovering at home. Dennis’s wife, Keri, has also tested positive for Covid-19. Pray for John and Stacey Wittman, Pete’s son and daughter-in-law, who are starting to show signs of improvement. Please remember Roy Grella who has an appointment with the orthopedic doctor on October 5th to plan for potential shoulder surgery. Pray for Casey Johnson who has an appointment with an oncologist on September 30th. Pray for Mark Watts who has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. Pray for Hal Hanrahan as he prepares for his sixth and final chemotherapy treatment on October 1st. 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 we commissioned Sunday and will be leaving soon for language school for three years in North Africa and the Middle East. Pray for David McBee who is home after having surgery last week for liver cancer. He has a follow-up appointment on September 30th. Pray for Charlotte Davis who is being treated for A-fib. Pray for Ernestine Westerhold who is scheduled for shoulder surgery on October 5th at Saint Luke’s East Hospital. Please remember Sandy Fowler and her family in the loss of Danny Wahlen who passed away on September 21st. Please remember Bear Barragan in the loss of his mother last week. The service is today. Pray for Debbie Arwood who is scheduled for shoulder reconstruction surgery on October 15th. Remember Linda Herman who is home from the hospital after a bout with arthritis. Pray for Gene Short’s son-in-law in LA who is awaiting a heart transplant. Roger Dumas has asked us to pray for his aunt who tested positive for Covid-19 and his mother who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Pray for Pete Wittman who will be having a heart ablation on November 6th for A-fib. Pray for Cathy Hallock who will be having surgery on November 9th to replace her vagal nerve stimulator for seizures. Pray for our teachers, students, schools, and churches. Our Deacon of the Week is David Dahlhoff (660) 864-4919.
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.
Fall Harvest Festival: We are already in the midst of planning our Fall Festival scheduled for October 31st. Normally this event includes a “Chili, Soup, Pie Cook-Off” in the Family Life Center for the adults and a “Trunk or Treat Carnival” in the parking lot for the kids. But this year we are planning a Covid-friendly Fall Festival outdoors in the parking lot for both adults and children. Our Fall Festival this year will be catered for the adults, and the children’s activities will be Covid-friendly with a pre-packaged candy “Scavenger Hunt” in the parking lot along with a costume contest and a carved pumpkin contest that the kids will bring from home to be judged. There will be give-a-ways, food, music, and of course, lots of fun and candy. Most of all, it will be safe! We will be following the same precautionary procedures that are used for our church and Sunday School. To take advantage of daylight, we are scheduling it a little earlier in the day this year, Saturday Oct. 31st from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. We also will not overlap with the city’s downtown “Trick or Treat Event” on Friday afternoon on October 30th. Stay tuned for more details.
October is the month that we push the enlistment of people to work in our Christmas Living Nativity. This year we will be emphasizing a Covid-friendly Drive-Thru Living Nativity for our church and community on December 11th-12th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Some of our actors will be a bit more socially distanced, but they will be ready and eager to share in one of the most evangelistic events we plan for the year. The nativity is composed of many people who participate as actors depicting all of the various scenes from Jesus’ birth to His resurrection. We also need people to sew and fit costumes, to work in the kitchen, and to create and place the various sets that will be part of the nativity. Call Jeannie Campbell or the church office with any questions. Sign-up sheets are already in the foyer.
Register To Vote: The deadline for registering to vote in the presidential election on November 3rd is just one week 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.