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Here you will find information concerning our church and its ministries. We hope you find your time spent here a blessing. Our church is a warm and loving church, and we want you to feel comfortable and at liberty to call on us for anything you need. Feel free to browse through the various areas of our website and learn about our fellowship.
If you are considering relocating to our area, we would love to have you be our guest for Life Groups and worship.
When you visit our church, you will find:
Ongoing New Member and Discipleship 101 Classes
Approximately every quarter, Pastor Jon Church begins a new session of C.L.A.S.S. (Christian Life and Service Seminar). These hourly sessions, held on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. over a ten-week period, serve to introduce persons to the fellowship and ministry opportunities through Katy Park Baptist Church. Since we have people from many different church backgrounds, this seminar is designed to clearly explain the purpose and direction of our church. The purpose of C.L.A.S.S. is to help you become all that God wants you to be, by learning to grow in Christ and serve Him gladly. If you're interested in participating in the next session, please contact Jon Church to express your interest.
Discipleship 101 is another ongoing instruction held during the Life Group Hour. This class is for anyone who wants to grow in discipleship and knowledge of the Bible. We encourage all who have completed C.L.A.S.S. to take this course. It will be offered multiple times and will be approximately 12 weeks long. See Pastor Richard DeFord to sign up for the next session.
Current Study Topics of Winter Life Groups
The Adult Life Groups have begun new studies on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Adult I Class, led by David McCandless, has begun a new study entitled "The Power of God's Names" by Tony Evans. Ben & Lorna Sparks are leading the Adult II Life Group with a book study entitled "When Life Is Hard" by James MacDonald. The Men's Class will soon begin a study of "Gray Areas: Finding Truth When Life Isn't Black and White," by Mike Glenn. The Women's Class will be focusing on biblical life applications in "What and Why?" The Friends Class continues to use the Access Materials designed specifically for the mentally challenged. We also have classes for all ages, from Nursery through Senior High Teens. If you haven't already plugged into a small group, these studies will be a great opportunity to connect with fellow class members.
"EXTREME MAKEOVER," Church Edition
Wednesday and Sunday evening schedules have gone through a major "revamping." Wednesday evenings now include prayer meeting, Adult and Youth Bible studies and Royal Ambassadors & Girls in Action activities from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., followed by Worship Team rehearsal from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sunday evenings took on a whole new look as well:
The first and third Sunday evenings are set aside as "Faith & Fellowship Nights." What that means is that we will be doing mission projects, Acts of Kindness, outreach activities, special worship services, etc., as a "church family." Future dates will include a Family Devotion Training session ("Evolution vs. God"), a Mission Night and possibly a Talent Show Night. Plan now to be a part of each of these special evenings.
The second and fourth Sunday evening services at the church will be canceled. On these "Faith & Family Nights," our church families are encouraged to spend that time building relationships -- within their own family units, with friends, with neighbors, and with fellow church families. We will encourage you with fresh ideas to grow your faith and your family at home with devotions and ministry ideas.
On the four occasions each year when there is a fifth Sunday on the calendar, also known as "Fifth Sunday Fun," special activities and events will be planned (i.e., game night, talent show, movie night, holiday parties, etc.).
Don't miss out on any of these activites, as they are sure to have a positive impact on the spiritual condition of your families.
Missions and Outreach Team Formed
Our Missions and Outreach Team, led by Richard DeFord, continues to have monthly meetings on the third Sunday of each month at 5:30 p.m. We invite all who are interested in helping plan and participate in the outreach arm of our church to attend these meetings. Contact Richard DeFord at (660) 287-2505 for more information.
Our church has set a goal of $1600 for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for Home Missions. Donations will be accepted through the end of April. Please prayerfully consider the level of your support of our home missionaries.
S.A.G. Group Meets Monthly
The Senior Adults of Katy Park, ages 55 and older, have a great time of fellowship as they meet on the second Friday of each month. The meetings, held in the Fellowship Hall, begin at Noon with a contributory lunch, with meat and drink provided, followed by a devotional or guest speaker. The meetings are concluded by 2:00 p.m. For details or questions about the monthly meetings, please contact Joyce Lilly. The next meeting will be held on May 9. SAG will also hold a special planning meeting and luncheon at noon on April 27 in the Fellowship Hall. The meal will be provided by using funds from our treasury. Members should come prepared to discuss our "Answers to Hard Spiritual Questions" skit.
Winter Bible Study for Women's Ministry
The Women's Ministry has resumed their Winter Bible Study on Thursday evenings. Meetings will be held each Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. during the month of May. Debbie Church will be leading the study entitled "Who We Are in Christ."
Men's Ministry Begins Study of "10 Choices"
The Men's Ministry will meet on May 13 and continue their study, "10 Choices: A Proved Plan to change Your Life Forever," by James MacDonald. Ben Sparks will lead the study and Stan Jobe will prepare a light dinner. Dinner will begin in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. with the study to follow. Check out the signup sheet in the church foyer to add your name to the dinner reservations.
Lifetouch photographers will be setting up for our "Family & Friends" Church Directory on April 24 through 26. Each church family who has scheduled a professional portrait session will receive a free 8X10 of their choice as well as a copy of the Church Directory. We have a few more appointment slots yet to fill, so you still have an opportunity to invite your friends and extended family to participate in the photo shoots. Only church members will be included in the directory, but all non-members who participate will also receive the 8X10 photo as a "thank you" for participating. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the church office at 826-7497 (Wednesdays and Thursdays only).
"Parking Lot" Campaign
Our first phase in paving our church parking lot is underway. Our goal for Phase I has been set at $15,000. To date, we have slightly over $14,700, so we are trusting we will meet our goal so that work can begin in June. In an effort to keep our costs to a minimum, the men of our church will be doing much of the labor themselves. Please be praying about what you can give and/or how you can help.
KATY PARK YOUTH & KIDZ LIFE NEWS
TAG -- You're It!
One Sunday night every month, parents, youth workers and youth are welcome to meet and discuss all things concerning the Your Ministry. It is open to those desiring to seek the Lord's direction for the youth of this fellowship. The your program here doesn not exist to just give you more things to do, but to lead, train, and equip this up and coming generation in their walk with Jesus Christ. TAG meets the first Sunday evening of each month at 5:30 p.m.
CAT Meetings Planned
If you would like to be a part of this team and help plan the events and teachings of Kidz Life at Katy Park, please contact Brooke Spratley. Meetings will be held on the first Sunday evenings of each even-numbered month at 5:30 p.m. A complete list of meeting dates is posted on the bulletin board at the top of the basement stairway.
Bruce & Brooke Spratley have begun programs for Royal Ambassadors (RAs) and Girls in Action (GAs) at Katy Park. The week meetings will be held each Wednesday evening at the church from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for children Grades 1 through 5. Both organizations are Bible-centered, church-based Southern Baptist Missions education for boys and girls. The boys' organization, commonly referred to as RAs, is based on 2 Corinthians 5:20 ("We are Ambassadors for Christ"), bringing good news of salvation to people everywhere. Girls in Action, commonly referred to as GAs, is a missions discipleship organization where the girls learn about, pray for, give to, and do missions work. We are excited about this new missions emphasis for our young people and hope that you will cover the leaders and the children in your prayers as they begin this journey into missions-led ministry. The children will soon begin earning merit badges in various areas. If you are interested to teaching a particular skill that you possess, please contact either Bruce or Brooke. They would love to have several adults involved. May will be "camp out" month, as the RAs head to the woods (Linda Bilbruck's land) on May 1 and 2. The GAs will have their "camp out" the following weekend, May 9 and 10. See Bruce and Brooke for details and how to register your RA or GA to attend.
"Trace It Back to the Facts!"
The evidence is clear. The proof is all right here! Discover, decide, and defend the truth about who Jesus really is. Learn what the Bible says in I Peter 3:15 as you participate in Vacation Bible School, "Agency D3," from June 23 through 27. The school will held at the church each evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Highlights of VBS and what the children have been learning will be given in a special Sunday morning Worship Service on June 29.
If you are interested in attending the World Changers Conference scheduled for July 7 through 12, please contact Ryan Stone as soon as possible. The deadline for signup and payment will be May 4, so don't delay in getting in on a great experience.
Project Parachute volunteers are praying for our men and women of the Armed Forces of the USA who are now in harm's way in Afghanistan, Korea, Iraq and other parts of the world. We thank them and their families for their sacrifices. Those currently on our prayer list include Bernard Abduba, Cody Borgmeyer, Christopher Buxton, Andrew Campbell, Aaron Cassil, Kalli Fox, Falisha Herren, Daphne Hopson, Rodger Johnson, Stacey Kitsmiller, Conrad Kruse, Kenneth Lewie, Daniel Mahurin, Daniel McConnell, Jacob McMullin, Aramis Nahabedian, Dustin Patton, Alan Reed, Jeremy Rutherford, Adam Schock, and Curtis Thompson. If you have a friend or family member currently deployed overseas and would like to add them to our mailing list to receive gift boxes or personal notes, cards, homemade cookies and encouragement of various types every month and on holidays, please call 660-826-2070. Join military spouses and family members for a time of sharing, prayer and other activities to show your concern for our military personnel. This group meets monthly at the Harmony Baptist Association office (1950 Hwy TT, Sedalia). The next Project Parachute Meeting will be Thursday, May 15, at 6:00 p.m.
"Light up Missouri" target window is for a Day of Service on Palm Sunday weekend, April 12 or 13. The purpose of "Light Up Missouri" is to do servant evangelism in ministry projects in moments, days and seasons of service. Churches are being challenged to identify meeds their community leaders consider "impossible" and approach them in a Day of Service or a Season of Service (4-6 weeks). Longer-impact Days of Service should kick off then and possible extend into spring and possibly summer months. And Moments of Service can be anytime! For more ideas, list of Bible providers, and planning tips, go to www.mobaptist.org/evangelism/light.
Mark your calendars now so you won't miss the HBA meetings scheduled for 2014. Sedalia Harmony will be hosting the 23rd Semi-Annual Meeting on April 14, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The 133rd Annual Meeting will be held at Cornerstone Baptist Church on September 14, 2014. The meeting will begin at 1:15 p.m.
Since 2004, the Association has received an offering during themonth of May for Associational Missions Emphasis Month. The offering is dedicated this year for the purchase of a new copy machine. Offerings will be accepted through the individual churches during the entire month of May.
Plans for the Harmony Baptist Association's Children's Camp (for children Grades 3 through 6) are rolling on. The dates of the camp will be June 16 through 20 and will be held again at Heit's Point Camp east of Lincoln, MO. "R U 4 REAL?" (based on Romans 12:2) will be the theme of this year's camp. The cost total will be $110 for each camper. Registration starts now and ends on May 13. Additional information should be available soon through the individual churches. You can also download a registration form at www.hbamo.org. Check this website for specific details as they become available. More information can be obtained by contacting Jan McDowell at (816) 853-6069 or at the Mission Office at (660) 826-2070.