Word for the Week ~ 9/8/2020

Word for the Week ~ 9/8/2020

Fall Greetings,

Sunday’s Service:  It was good to have Dave and Denise back with us Sunday after a well deserved vacation.  While Labor Day Sundays are typically lower in attendance, that was not the case this year due to the Coronavirus with not as many traveling.  We did miss a few of our college students who were out of school, but it was good to see a number of them in worship who stayed on campus.  We will be picking back up in chapter eleven this coming Sunday in our series of messages from Second Corinthians.  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, is Livestreamed every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook Live.  

Sunday School Starts This Sunday:  Sunday School will start back up this week on September 13th at 10:30 a.m. with four large-room classes.  This is a transitional format for moving back to our regular Sunday School program as soon as it is safe to do so.  Three of these classes will be focused around our Lifeway Sunday School materials (Gospel Project, Bible Studies for Life, and Explore the Bible.)  The Family Sunday School Class is a special hybrid class for children and their parents which will be taught on Sunday night at 5:00 p.m. in the old Sanctuary.  The Journey Sunday School College class meets 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.  

Our Leadership Team will be meeting this Sunday at 11:45 a.m. in the Worship Center to evaluate the matter of wearing facial coverings.  The mandate set by Johnson County Community Health Services runs out this Sunday, September 13th, at midnight.  There is a good chance that JCCHS will make a statement or revision sometime this week.  As a point of information, the Covid-19 case count has spiked 20.1% from last week.  The active case count jumped to 166 in Johnson County from 97 last week with a total of 717 cases since the pandemic began. Part of our concern has been the return of our college students to UCM as well as public schools starting back two weeks ago.  The University reported last Thursday that they had 42 active Covid-19 cases on campus.  The university said that they will be giving updates every Friday on their website.  A recent article last week reported that over 7000 college students in Missouri now have Covid-19.  Be sure to read my Word for the Week next Monday for any updates that we might make as a result of our meeting this Sunday.  We will also share those updates in our other publications.  

Week of Prayer For State Missions:  This Sunday we begin 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:  As Beth Talley shared Sunday morning,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. There is no cost for the retreat, but any donations will be welcomed.

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 next week.    

The Journey will be meeting next Monday night, 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 Judy Clossin who was taken to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia yesterday with chest pains.  She has checked out ok, but she did have to cancel her cataract surgery for today.  Pray for Phil Woodard who is in Center Point Hospital in room 456 doing rehab as a follow-up to his recent surgery.  Pray for Jerrell Votaw who had successful kidney stone surgery last Monday and is scheduled for a second procedure on September 15th.  Please remember Roy Grella who is having shoulder issues.  He is having an MRI on September 16th here in Warrensburg.  Pray for Casey Johnson as she will be going to KU medical Center in two weeks for tests to decide a treatment plan.  Pray for Mark Watts who has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.  It was good to see Ginger Doerflinger back in church Sunday after her hip replacement as well as Charlotte Davis.  Pray for Hal Hanrahan as he prepares for his fifth of six chemotherapy treatments this Thursday.  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.  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 Ruby Jackson’s sister, Joanne Kennedy, who has been diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer.  Pray for Floyd Jackson’s sister who will be having surgery on her thyroid in Dallas, TX on September 14th.  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 problems.  Pray for our teachers and students.  Pray for those affected from the wildfires in CA.  Pray for the growing number of families at Grover affected by Covid-19 either directly or indirectly.   Our Deacon of the Week is Gene Short (816) 585-4215.   

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, are practice social distancing.  


BSU Dinner Preparation:  If you would like to assist the Women’s Ministry in preparing dinner for the Baptist Student Union next week 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.  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. 

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. 

Fall weather has arrived,

Pastor Randy

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