Word for the Week ~ 9/9/2019
A Personal Word: It is always with sorrow when I have to be away from Grover on any given Sunday. I think just about all of my vacation time this year has been used in taking care of my mother in Council Bluffs, IA. She will be 90 years young on her next birthday, and she is starting to have a number of problems that require attention. To date I have not been able to persuade her to move closer to us, so it is really making things difficult to care for her. They cancelled her “Meals On Wheels” due to the fact that she was not answering her door to receive them. She doesn’t feel she needs them, so I had been paying for the meals out of my own pocket to help keep her better nourished. I am trying to get them re-established, but to no avail. Her basement flooded this year due to all of the rain, and it created a serious mold issue that we are finally getting straightened out. There is also the problem of her bills not getting paid, not because of a money shortage, but due to oversight. We got a call from State Farm that her homeowners insurance was being canceled if it did not get paid. Unfortunately, neither me, nor my brothers, have been able to acquire power of attorney to help oversee these kinds of matters. She is not of sound enough mind to sign such papers, and we have not been successful in acquiring a legal conservatorship to properly care for her either. I do not normally share these types of personal issues with the larger church, but I am today so that you can better understand why I was gone Sunday, and so that you can better pray for our family. There is not really anything that you or anyone can do except pray. This is not a distress call, lol. We are doing fine, but we do covet your prayers. Thank you so much for all of the compassion that you have showed us.
Sunday: My appreciation goes to Logan Williams who did such a wonderful job filling the pulpit yesterday in my absence and finishing up the Book of Hebrews. We had a wonderful group of college students joining the church yesterday and making decisions: Ashlynn Boyer (for rededication), Kaitlynn King, Anthony Garnett, Heather Galloway, and Jessica Torres (for church membership) by transfer of letter. Praise God. Our attendance was a little low Sunday (335) due to the fact that we had a great number of our ladies attending the Women’s Retreat. They had a great time and have many exciting stories and memories to share from the experience.
New Sermon Series: This Sunday morning I will be kicking off a new series of messages entitled, “The James Code: God’s Answers For Our Anxieties.” I think it was six or seven years ago that we did a Winter Bible Study on Wednesday nights on the “Testing of Our Faith” from some of the passages in the Book of James. This new series will be a verse by verse, chapter by chapter, exposition through the entire Book of James, our Lord’s brother, who became the pastor of the great Church of Jerusalem after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. James was probably the oldest of Jesus’ brothers who initially misunderstood the true nature and identity of our Lord along with the rest of his family. Jesus appeared to him after his resurrection as we know from 1 Corinthians 15:7, and James became one of the great leaders of the early church who presided over the Jerusalem Conference in A.D. 50 (Acts 15:13-21), and received the collection from the Judean churches in Acts 21:17-26. James’ death is mentioned by the Jewish historian, Josephus, around A.D. 62. The Book of James was written to the “12 tribes scattered among the nations” (James 1:1) probably from the city of Jerusalem itself. The epistle has a certain Jewish flavor to it, but it is nothing like the Book of Hebrews. It is one of the most practical books of the New Testament. One of the characteristics of this book is that it is remarkably similar to the teaching of Jesus Christ himself. Many phrases and topics are identical to those we see in the gospels. The Epistle has quite an authoritative tone with over half of its verses containing imperative commands. The letter is written in a very high quality of Greek similar to 1 Peter and Hebrews. A high percentage of its words are only used one time in the New Testament. The epistle is saturated with numerous Old Testament allusions and quotations with a rich Christology employing over 20 names and titles for our Lord. I have no doubt that you will totally enjoy reading and studying this epistle over the weeks ahead. Start reading chapter one now as we will begin this Sunday.
Wednesday Night Series: Speaking of series, we will be continuing this week our new series on Wednesday nights entitled, “The Truth About Cults.” The study begins at 6:15 p.m. right after our music service and testimony. In the event that you have missed any of our first two messages on cults, they have been recorded, and outlines are available.
Life University Continues This Sunday! Last Sunday we kicked off our Fall Semester of Life University at 6:00 p.m. We had over 30 people attending the many classes that are being offered this semester. It is not too late for you to be a part. Here are the classes being offered: “Growing in Faith: Spiritual Disciplines,” taught by Marty Stump; “Growing in Love: Caring Well for the Body of Christ,” taught by Brenda Dahlhoff; “Growing Together: Marriage Study,” taught by Roger Dumas; “Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World,” taught by Beth Talley; and “How to Be Good and Angry,” taught by Greg Greer. Nursery will be provided. Our grade school kids will be meeting in the Preschool Area “Children’s Bible Drill,” taught by Sandra Silkwood; and the Youth will continue to meet Sunday nights at 6:00 p.m. for “Sunday Night Youth,” led by Pastor Logan. Call Logan Williams for more information at (225) 963-0236. Come join us!
Christmas Chorale Rehearsals: This Sunday we will be kicking off our first rehearsal for the Christmas Chorale. If you would like to receive an early gift this year for Christmas, consider joining our Chorale next Sunday at 5:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. The musical, entitled “Changed By A Baby Boy,” will be performed on December 14-15th here at Grover. There are also many other ways you could become involved in our Christmas production this year, as we will be needing soloists, actors, stagehands, costume designers, food preparers, set design specialists, and much more. Call Dave Robinson for more information.
This month we will be spot-lighting our Men’s Retreat for 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. 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.
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 leads their study in First Corinthians.
Wednesday Night Services/Testimony: On September 11th, 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. The menu will include: A yummy casserole, peas, carrots, crispy salad, and a sweet dessert and drinks. Dr. Dana Moore will be sharing her 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.
Prayer Updates: Please remember Rebecca Norton in the loss of her grandmother, Grace Meyers. Pray for Patty Bell in the loss of her fiancé, Robert, last week. Please remember Jerrell Votaw who lost his mother. The service was last Monday in Valdosta, Georgia. Pray for Terry Hayden who is recovering from an accident two weeks ago with a broken leg and other injuries. He is home. Pray for Clayton Munson (Ernestine’s grandson) who injured a vertebra in his neck playing soccer. They are praying that it will heal without surgery. Pray for Brenda Collins who has been diagnosed with macular degeneration in her eye. Pray for Linda Hargenrader as she is having chemo again and getting moved into her new home. 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 Jean Anderson as she continues to recover from back surgery several weeks ago. Pray for Gwenette Grady who will be having shoulder surgery in Lee’s Summit this Friday on September 13th. Pray for Joyce Hagerman as she undergoes therapy. Pray for Bart Amsbaugh who is having medical issues. Pray for Robin Thompson as she has a doctor’s appointment coming up soon. Pray for Rhonda McKee’s mother, Mae Cooper, who will be having knee surgery on September 24th. Pray for Richard Campbell whose cancer is progressing. Our Deacon of the Week is Dan Sliger (405) 219-9281.
First Responders: We will be taking fruit baskets to our first responders this Thursday to honor those who have been there for us in times of need. The deadline for turning in fruit or funds for this ministry need to be at the church this Wednesday, September 11th.
Sunday School Training: Our Sunday School workers will be leaving the church parking lot at 6:30 a.m. this Saturday, September 14th, for a time of special Sunday School training in Republic, MO. We will return at 4:30 p.m. This event is free of charge. Call the church office to make your reservation to ride on the bus and to get your free ticket.
The Deacons will be meeting at 5:00 p.m. this Sunday in Worship Center room 101 to begin their work on deacon nomination. Call Paul Plummer for more information.
Faith Riders: Our Faith Riders will be meeting at the church on Thursday night, September 19th, at 6:00 p.m., for their monthly fellowship and ride. We will be going to Lone Jack Cafe on Hwy 50 and Hwy 150 in Lone Jack. Come join us!
Pathfinders Carry-In Dinner/Entertainment: Our Senior Adult Ministry will be meeting on 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.
Good to be home,
PS. We apologize that our office telephones were out of order for several days last week. They have now been repaired.