The Weekly Update

(August 9, 2017)

Rain and cool temperatures in August are a good thing. They sure have made people a little nicer.

Let’s take a look at what’s going on at MORE.

Joy Conner will lead this week’s Wednesday Power Session service, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Tanya Garner will teach next week followed by Chantell Hicks on Aug. 23. These services will continue into November. In addition, our youth, children and nursery will be meeting. The kids get to eat as well.

After months of preparation, Friday and Saturday finally bring Campout Vacation Bible School to MORE. This year, those attending will be “Getting S’more of Jesus.” Parents can sign their children up on the website or in the children’s entryway near the check-in window. VBS is open for children 4 years old through fifth grade.

This Sunday is commitment time for any women wanting to go on the Ladies Santa Fe Road Trip, scheduled for Nov. 3-5. Half of the cost is due this Sunday. The balance will be due Oct. 15. Travelers will be staying two nights at the Hacienda Hotel & Spa. All the costs and information about the trip can be obtained from brochures in the foyer. There is a $60 non-refundable charge for cancellations. Contact Becky Waldrip at 672-8420 for more information.

This Sunday is our week to feed the homeless. For information on how to prepare lunches or for information on how to help, contact Bobbi Standish at 570-8143 or go to the church website,

Rumor has it that Tanya Garner has been working overtime to prepare for this month’s Ladies Night Out, a spa night and healthy potluck dinner, set for 6:30 p.m., Aug. 17, at the church. Contact Tanya, Becky Waldrip or our website for more information. You also can sign up for childcare in the foyer.

There will be a training for the healing/prophetic rooms from noon to 2 p.m. on Aug. 19 at the church. This is required if you would like to volunteer to help in the rooms. You also may attend if you’re just interested in learning more about it. Contact Wendy Roach for more information (

This month’s water baptism and baby dedication will be Aug. 20. If you would like to participate in either, please contact Pastor Lyndal at or call him at 584-0635.

If you don’t like our service times, hang on a few more weeks and they will change. Beginning Sept. 3, our Sunday services will be at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The first service will finish about 10:10 a.m. and the second service will still finish around noon-ish, unless we don’t, which has been our philosophy all along. Classes and intercessory prayer will be 9-10 a.m.

Two days later, Sept. 5, we will reopen the healing/prophetic rooms and worship/prayer for the fall. The rooms will be open 6:30-8:00 p.m. each Tuesday through Nov. 14.

Please check the calendar below for more information. You also can go to our website at

Sunday groups and classes:

  • J.R. Duncan leads a men’s class at 8:30 a.m. (9 a.m. beginning Sept. 3)
  • Intercessory prayer is at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday in the Red Room near the southwest entrance. This class is led by Jennifer Martin, Danielle Ramos and Linsey Beggs. (9 a.m. beginning Sept. 3)
  • Steve and Brenda Cutberth lead an evening group called Lifestyle at their home, 8 Manchester Rd., in Bishop Hills. This is an interactive study of the Christian lifestyle and Jesus’ leadership style. Call 335-5572 for details. The group begins at 6:00 p.m.
  • Alex and Tori Flores lead a group leaning toward the younger crowd who wants to be in community and relationship. This group will meet 6-8 p.m., every other Sunday at the home of Rodney/Courtney Snyder, 3527 Bremond Dr. Check with Alex, Tori, Rodney and Courtney to double check the dates.
  • The Life Recovery Group, led by Gary and Laura Jones, meets at 6:30 p.m. at the church.

August Schedule:

  • August 11-12 – Vacation Bible School
  • August 13 – Our week to feed the homeless
  • August 17 – Ladies Night Out, spa night/healthy potluck, 6:30 p.m.
  • August 18-19 – Youth lock in, 8 p.m.-8 a.m.
  • August 19 – healing/prophetic room training, noon-2 p.m.
  • August 20 – water baptism/baby dedication

September Schedule:

  • September 3 – Begin new Sunday service times, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • September 3 – First Fruits Offering for worship and studio
  • September 5 – Resume healing/prophetic rooms, worship/prayer, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • September 10 – Our week to feed the homeless
  • September 15-16 – Children’s campout
  • September 17 – water baptism/baby dedication
  • September 30 – healing/prophetic rooms, noon to 2 p.m.

Weekly Schedule:

  • Sunday: 8:30 a.m., GROW classes (adults and children) (9 a.m. beginning 9/3)
  • Sunday: 8:30 a.m., Intercessory prayer (9 a.m. beginning 9/3)
  • Sunday: 8:30 and 10 a.m., Sunday service (9:00 and 10:30 a.m. beginning 9/3)
  • Sunday: 8:30 and 10 a.m., Children’s church (9 and 10:30 a.m. beginning 9/3)
  • Sunday: After 10 a.m. worship, MORE JV for 5th-10th graders (time change 9/3)
  • Sunday: Homeless meals needed second Sunday of each month
  • Sunday: 6:30-8:00 p.m., classes and community groups
  • Wednesday: 6:30-8:00 p.m., adult service, children and youth
  • Weekly – Community groups that meet periodically (

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for the family of George Whittenburg who passed away on Monday. The funeral will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, at First Presbyterian Church. George and wife Ann have been friends of MORE for several years.
  • Pray for John Standish who will be working out of town the next several weeks.
  • Pray for Elaine Standish, mother of John Standish, who is in Vibra Rehab on 9th recovering from knee replacement surgery.
  • Pray for Tina Hadley’s father, David Vanvickle, who is recovering from a six-bypass open heart surgery.
  • Pray for Rosa, the mother of MaryLou Martinez (Michael), who is in the hospital following a stroke.
  • Pray for Barron Bohl as he continues to recover at home from a heart attack.
  • Pray for those with long-term health issues: Nick Sianez (diabetes); Tim Murphy (ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease), Vickie Moss (cancer); Barbara Lill (Becky Waldrip’s mom, cancer in lung, lymph nodes); Charles Fraley (cancer in bladder, lymph nodes, tailbone, etc.); Jean Thurman (pain from an elbow injury that won’t heal); Ronnie Mullins (recovery from auto accident).
  • Pray for family and friends in our congregation who are struggling with meth and other addictions.
  • Pray for the Steve and Jill Hill family, missionary evangelists and former MORE members.
  • Pray for Martin and Rebekah Neil and their ministry Voices from the Nations.
  • In addition, please pray for all of our military personnel, leaders, president and cabinet members.

MORE Money:

Sunday, 08/06/17 offering was $13,045.77. YTD giving is $434,803.79. Budget is $426,560. Attendance was 455. First Fruits Offering for worship and the studio so far is $1,798.22.

Thoughts for the week:


  • “The kindness of the Lord leads to repentance. It’s not repentance that leads to the kindness of the Lord.” (Pastor Daryl Roach)
  • “Salvation is not a transaction. It’s a free gift. A transaction is when something of value is exchanged for something of equal value. Grace is a free gift. Something of value is given to someone who doesn’t deserve it. If repentance is required for salvation then my ability to repent becomes the currency I use to purchase salvation.” (Daryl Roach, somewhat paraphrased)


A police officer saw a man dressed as a cowboy in the street, complete with a huge Stetson hat, spurs and two six-shooters.

“Excuse me, sir,” said the police officer. “Who are you?”

“My name is Tex, officer,” said the cowboy.

“Huh?” said the officer. “Are you from Texas?”

“Nope. Louisiana.”

“Louisiana? So why are you called Tex?”

“Don’t want to be called Louise, do I?”

A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father as to when they could discuss his use of the car. His father said he’d make a deal with his son. “You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little and get your hair cut. Then we’ll talk about the car.”

The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he’d settle for the offer and they agreed on it. After about six weeks, his father said, “Son, you’ve brought your grades up and I have observed that you have been studying your Bible but I’m still disappointed you haven’t had your hair cut.”

The boy said, “You know, dad, I’ve been thinking about that and I’ve noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair and there’s even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair.”

Dad replied, “Did you also notice that they all walked everywhere they went?”

A kid was ice fishing but wasn’t having much luck. He saw a guy across the way who was hauling in a bounty of fish, one after another. So, the kid went over to the guy and said, “What are you doing to get all these fish? I’m just a few feet away from you and I’m not catching anything.”

The guy answered in a muffled voice, “Ee yer erms orm.”

The kid didn’t understand and the guy tried to speak again, “Ee yer erms orm.”

The kid still couldn’t understand him so the guy said, spitting off to the side, “Spfff, I said keep your worms warm.”

That’s all, folks. Enjoy the rest of your week.