Gregory Blvd Church of Christ

7109 Raytown Rd

Raytown, MO 64133


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


Bill Norman, class on Discipleship

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.


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 Dyers

Collection Counting - Tom & Kenny


FOOD PANTRY:  Canned goods (no green beans, please) & 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



Cancer – Sharon Amos (friend of Linda Terry); Jerry Weichelt (Kirksville); Kim Houseman (Friend of Nina); Danny Smith (Tom's Cousin); Pat Blodgett (George's sister); Donna Walker; Melba McDaniel; Sarah Emory; Sabrina Porter; Eldon Cox; Bobby May & wife Kizzie; Steve Shelton (Nina's friend)

Other Health Concerns: Daryl Lancaster in Centerpoint - flu; Paula Waldowski (Barb Landes' sister) in hospice; Carol Grittman - recovering from surgery; Jane Stoneman's son-in-law, Jim Lamm - brain tumor; Dan Green - awaiting test rsults; 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; Marge SadeDaryl & Janie Lancaster; Carol Grittman; Jane Stoneman; Jerry & Jean Norman.

Others: 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.

PRAISE: Sam, Jane, Barb L and Donna have recovered from the "flu"; Dan Green's test results were negative!

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 Bobbie Duckstein Sarah Emory Dan Green
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          




George & Connie Ranft (8), Kalena & Ivan Aguirre (22).



Cindy Stephens (19), Harriet Nelson (22), Lonnie Cunningham (23), David Landes (24), and Rick Sparks (29).






I don't understand. I guess that people are selling their name recognition. But, when football players and celebrities make political statements doesn't that cheapen their accomplishments?


For instance, player A led his team to the playoffs time and again. What is his legacy? Selling chicken? Is he a chicken farmer, a butcher, a renown chef? No! Well, then, maybe he is known for all the chicken he has eaten, but then he wouldn't have any expertise over anyone raised in the South. So, he's selling his name recognition to promote something he has limited knowledge concerning.


We could have a lengthy discussion about whether this selling of name recognition cheapens the accomplishments for which they arrived at their notability. When the night comes, does this person want to be known for selling the best chicken, selling the most used cars or whatever? Or, does he want to be remembered for his leadership of the team and his accomplishments to help them to their goal? What makes this celebrity's voice more reliable than the one who is experienced in this other arena? Does being an expert on everything cheapen his message? When I go to the doctor I want one who is proven in his field, not celebrity! Is it sad to say, "I want a surgeon proven in his knowledge, skill and a steady hand. I don't want that pretty face who stared in a popular movie."

Maybe that's the meaning behind Ezekiel 3:24-27. Yes, the Prophet was given a hard task - proclaim the Word of God to a stubborn and rebellious people. But, if the Prophet spoke on every possible topic, then the message he was called to give might get lost to those who heard him. So, God tells him to go into his house, not to socialize with others. His tongue would cleave to his mouth making it difficult to speak or be understood. He was to speak what God has given him. No confusion! No clutter! When he speaks, someone ought to listen! Yet, God doesn't force His message-"let him who hear hear him; let those who refuse to hear refuse." Yes, we are back to personal responsibility. God removed the clutter so His message could be heard. It was up to everyone who heard to determine if they heard or accepted this message.

Ezekiel learned a lesson-be a man of few words. Obviously, this is a lesson I have yet to learn. And, speak only the Words given by God. What do you think?


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