Gregory Blvd Church of Christ

7109 Raytown Rd

Raytown, MO 64133


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THIS WEEK                        3/18/18                                  273.4    329.2     2501


Robbie Grogan will lead the Adult Class study in Galatians.
Rick Sparks, Morning & Afternoon Speaker
Paul Walker, In Charge of Afternoon Services


Paul Walker, 1 Samuel

Paul Walker is doing the announcements and Bill Norman is in charge of the program.

Serving one another is how we help and encourage each other. Please let the Elders know how you can serve.


Please make sure that you lock your cars while attending services. Suspicious activity was reported in the parking lot. March 12 one of the members had his catalytic converter stolen.

Special prayer request:  

The foster children of Nina’s daughter, Carrie Ann, have been taken far away to a situation that is not felt to be good for them. Please pray for Carrie Ann’s family and especially the children.


Reminder: Several of our members are aroma intolerant. Please keep this in consideration when you think about using cologne or perfume.


(LET'S TAKE RESPONSIBLITY! - If you can't perform a task, please find a substitute!)


Communion Preparation - The Ranft's

Collection Counting - Ed & Kevin


FOOD PANTRY:  Canned goods & canned soup. (Please check expiration dates)

REMEMBER: Whenever you have a change of address, e-mail address, or phone number, please let us know; the information is needed for the Church Directory. You can e-mail the info to Denton Lancaster at


Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything to be praised, think about these things.
Philipians 4:38



Cancer – Donna Walker - ECG negatove - CT Scan 3/19. More tests being scheduled; Sharon Amos (friend of Linda Terry) - successful surgery; Kim Houseman (Friend of Nina); Danny Smith (Tom's Cousin); Pat Blodgett (George's sister); Melba McDaniel; Sarah Emory; Sabrina Porter; Eldon Cox; Bobby May & wife Kizzie; Steve Shelton (Nina's friend)

Other Health Concerns: Makenzie Lederer (Blue Springs); Sandy Hummel - recovering well; Bill Norman, pain relief: Paula Waldowski (Barb Landes' sister); Jane Stoneman's son-in-law, Jim Lamm - brain tumor; Richard Meiner - heart attack;  Neal Wagley (Donna's brother); Walt Ridenhour; Rita Prier; Dale & Wylie Herrington; Elden GrittmanPatti MartinDoug Twaddell; Dylan Sparks; Jean Norman.

Elderly & Shut-ins: Fred Rickner; Chad Freeman - pain in leg; Marge SadeDaryl & Janie Lancaster; Carol Grittman; Jane Stoneman; Jerry & Jean Norman.

Others: Family of Elizabeth Sova (Tom's cousin) who passed away; Coen, relative of Glenda Grogan, severe burns along with his father who burned his hands trying to rescue him; Robbie & Glenda's son; Stacy Green; Alyssa Coombs; Michael Rhodes; Brandon Krahenbuhl.

Service Men & Women:  Rob Landes, Dillon Myers, Kyle Martin, Max Prier, Mason Hernandez - on a ship off of South Korea, Kellie Brassfield, specifically requests prayers for Mason Hernandez's wife and daughter, Jolee & Nina. Nina misses her daddy terribly. Austin Twaddell, Ruth Ridenhour, Juna's granddaughter's husband Nick - Guam.

Always remember our young people who have grown out of the family home and are pursuing studies and careers, that they continue to seek wisdom from the omni-present Father. And that they continue to hold Him first in their lives.


So many have serious illnesses…our prayers may help to relieve suffering and bring comfort:

Sharon Amos Pat Blodgett Eldon Cox Sarah Emory Elden Grittman Kim Houseman
Patti Martin Bobbie May Melba McDaniel Sabrina Porter Steve Shelton Danny Smith
Jackie Todd Doug Twaddell Neal Wagley Donna Walker Jerry Weichelt  




Robbie & Glenda Grogan (2), Jack & Cheryl Dyer (21).



Jack Dyer (14), Jan Storm (17), and Marge Sade (30).



6 Christian Rules of Speech

We've heard of Grammar Rules of Speech. These are more than that:

1. Respond gently to angry words
Proverbs 15:1  "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." 

2. Share the truth lovingly -  
Proverbs 15:2Ephesians 4:15  "The tongue of the wise commends knowledge... [so] speak the truth in love."

3. Speak truthfully -
Ephesians 4:25  Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor…”

4. Share wisdom - Proverbs 15:7
"The lips of the wise spread knowledge."

5. Wait for the right time and place to speak - 
Proverbs 15:23  "To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!

6. Keep a clean mouth - 
Ephesians 4:295:4
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place





Two examples come to mind, though I’m confident that you could quickly add to the list!

A co-worker of Mom’s raved about a must see movie. It starred a famous star - Marlon Brando. It was a story where the bad guys got what they deserved, when they thought they were untouchable, in ways they could not imagine. In reality, “Missouri Breaks” was not only a waste of good popcorn, it ranks right up there with “The Melting Man” as one of the sickest movies of all time! RECOMMENDATIONS OF OTHERS DO NOT ALWAYS LIVE UP TO THEIR BILLING!

The Grand Mesa in northwestern Colorado is a beautiful place! Just south of Grand Junction, this mesa is covered with glacier made clear lakes, thick pines and abundant wildlife. (Perhaps sometime I’ll share my version of events of the hike to Lost Lake. Mom tells the story best, but it doesn’t always contain my views. It only ends with the seat of my britches getting a warm up.) But, what comes to mind is our cabin. To call it rustic would be generous!!! No matter the cautious prior research, the “resort” (if one used the word loosely) was a bust! Yes, it had two double beds with just enough room between for a pallet for a sleeping toddler. This one room “cabin” had running water in the sink, an apartment size stove which provided heat for this wood sided tent if one rose during the night to light the burner, and a “outdoor ice box” (literally a wooden box outside to keep your perishables safe from animals, chilled by the night coolness). I’ve seen better utensils at abandoned mining camps. The change house down by the office contained the showers as well as the toilet. Well, let’s just say that this place DID NOT LIVE UP to expectations!

These examples and scores more came to mind as I read Numbers 13 as the children of Israel drew near to the Promised Land. After two years of living in the sparse Negev, hope was a commodity that needed reassurance. The spies were sent in, not only to assess the strength of the people but to assure the people of the hope that led them.

The warnings are there and around us each day. Those who were trusted failed to measure up to expectations, to the hope invested. Let’s be brutally honest, I don’t measure up to my own expectations, much less those of others. But, I have a patient, merciful, compassionate Father who provides me a solid foundation to trust in. His steadfastness is an anchor I can set to keep me from drifting off in the storms of life! Doing due diligence helps me on my journey, but employing the patience, mercy and compassion that He gives me is the the means to journey on!

It is not fashionable in this day and age. Actions are often governed by what I gain from it, doing unto others before they can do to me, with the occasional “good deed” thrown in to add some spice may be the norm. Comprehension of living a life He directs, of Him living through me, is lacking. Yes, we will be taken advantage of, but doesn’t He patiently lead us? HE IS TRUSTWORTHY! HIS PROMISES ARE TRUE and WORTHY OF OUR CONFIDENCE!


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