Pastor Randy’s Word for the Week ~ 5/30/2017
Sunday was such a beautiful service as we worshipped the Lord, observed the baptism of Joel Korman and Ambrose Blair, accepted the Lord’s challenge to “Seize the Day”, and remembered our loved ones who have gone to be with the Lord. The Flag Ceremony was especially beautiful! Our thanks go to Staff Sargent Sam Livingston, Ret. First Sargent Floyd Jackson, and Ret. Major Bryan Watson for their participation. Next week we will finish chapter three in the Book of Revelation as we look at the last of the seven churches of Asia for which our Lord addressed in chapters 2-3.
As I shared in the Newsletter, we are moving into summer this next month and will be transitioning into the second half of the year. It was encouraging to see such good attendances in our church for the first half of the 2017 year with a weekly average attendance of 430. We look with anticipation toward the summer with Freedom Spectacular and Vacation Bible School not far away. May was a great month for our church as we baptized 6, had 5 becoming members of the church, dedicated 6 children to the Lord, commissioned 12 graduating seniors, and finished up another great semester of Life University.
The June calendar is definitely full. Besides all of the preparations that will go into Freedom Spectacular and Vacation Bible School this month, we have scheduled the Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix, AZ, several weddings, three separate summer camps, Father’s Day, a Mission Trip to the Kansas City Rescue Mission, and more mission’s involvement with our friends in Haiti. That should be enough to keep everyone busy.
Last year at this time I reported unto you that we had received over $300,000.00 for our Building for Life Campaign and that we were progressing well toward a move-in date in the fall to our new Worship Center. It is hard to believe that a year later, we have been in that building for over six months and have now received right at $600,000.00 towards the paying off of this incredible ministry tool. I am amazed as I think of all of the sacrifices of time, labor, and money that have been spent to bring our church to this point. What a vision Grover has been given to reach people as we go through the “Open Door” our Lord has set before us. Keep up the great work, and for those of you who are new to our church, we hope you will join our vision of reaching our community for Christ.
There is no Memory Monday this week as we take our summer break. The kids will resume meeting when school starts in the fall. Even though there’s no Memory Monday, now is the time to sign your children up for Children’s, Middle School, and Youth Camp. http://westcentralbaptists.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-camper-form-and-info-sheet.pdf
Prime Time will be meeting today at 10:00 a.m. to head over to Harmony Gardens to sing. If you would like to sing with our seniors, give us a call.
Last Wednesday Night Supper: This Wednesday night will be our last Wednesday Night Supper and Service as we take our normal break for June and July. Our supper this week will be at 5:30 p.m. as we have meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, salad, and chocolate cake. The Wilbanks family will be sharing with us at 6:30 p.m. a report of their most recent mission work in England. As always, Wednesday Night Live (WNL) will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Children’s Center, and the youth will meet upstairs with us to hear our missionaries.
Important Ministry Team Meeting: This Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. we will be having our main planning session for Freedom Spectacular. It is important that everyone be there so that we can get everything planned for July 4th. We will meet in room 101 in the Family Life Center.
Prayer Updates: Please pray for Trent and Sandy Blair’s son, Ambrose who we baptized Sunday. He was diagnosed last week at Children’s Mercy with an inoperable brain tumor and will be undergoing chemotherapy. Pray for Alice Gayler as she recovers from surgery she had last week at Saint Luke’s on the Plaza. She is home doing well. It was good to see Ginger Doerflinger Sunday as she had been in the hospital with an infection from her hip surgery. Please continue to remember Matt and Faith Barker in the loss of their step father, Jim Hutchison. Please continue to pray for Christian Edwards who has been transferred to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln Nebraska. Pray for Violet Schonberner who is at Rosewood Health Center at the Groves in Independence in room 332. Pray for Judy Jett who may be having radiation treatments again. She has an appointment with the doctor this week. Pray for Erma Brines who is having issues with her elbow. Roger Best got a great report on his scan. Congratulation to Tim and Amy Espy in the birth of their new daughter, Magnolia Jean who was born on May 22nd. She was 9 lbs 4oz and was 20 1/2 in long. It was great to see her Sunday. Pray for Shanna Reynolds who is undergoing tests for polyps. Please pray for Juan Acosta who has been placed on Hospice. Our Deacon of the week is Steve Fox (660) 909-1720.
Help Needed: We need your help in serving the Lord in our Preschool Ministry. We have open positions at 9:00 a.m. in the 4’s and 5’s class, and we need one volunteer at 10:30 a.m. in the 2’s and 3’s class, and two volunteers in the 4’s and 5’s class. People who volunteer will serve in three month intervals for which you will receive orientation and training. Call Pastor Brent at (660) 909-2699 for more information. We do have substitutes for all of our volunteers when anyone has to be away.
Women With Purpose: The Women’s Ministry will be having their monthly First Thursday meeting this week on June 1st in the Family Life Center at 6:30 p.m. This week’s special speaker will be Kay Stauffer who will be sharing some techniques to transform your Bible Study. Call Debbie Weigand for more information at (660) 909-4930.
Give thanks to the Lord for this beautiful weather.