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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. We would love to have you join us!
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 Summer 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 study in Philippians entitled "Be Joyful." Ben & Lorna Sparks have begun leading the Adult II Life Group with a book study entitled "When Life Is Hard" by James MacDonald. The Men's Class is winding up their study of the Book of Daniel and will soon begin a new study, the topic yet to be determined. The Women's Class will be focusing on biblical life applications in "Oh, It's Personal!" 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
Beginning in March 2013, our Wednesday and Sunday evening schedules went through a "revamping." Wednesday evenings now include prayer meeting, Adult and Youth Bible studies and Kidz Life 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." You won't want to miss the special service planned for May 19 at 6:30 p.m. It will change the way you think of worship.
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.
Mission Opportunities Abound
1. We will once again be participating in the Sedalia Christmas Parade on December 22. Members of Katy Park will be carrying the cross as well as the church banner in the parade, while others will be passing out Christmas Pop Quiz/Popcorn Packets and stickers to spectators. Those wishing to participate in the parade are asked to meet at 9:30 a.m. Check this website for the exact location.
2. Jeff Page will be conducting a special Christmas Eve service at Fairview Nursing Home at 10:30 a.m.. If you would like to bring joy into the lives of the residents by participating in this service, please see Jeff.
3. Plans are already underway for the 2014 Mardi Gras Mission Trip in New Orleans, LA. If you are interested in participating with this group as they share the Gospel of Jesus Christ during this annual festival, please sign up at the Ministry Table in the church foyer or contact Jon Church. The mission team will be leaving Thursday, February 28, and returning late Wednesday evening on March 5. Estimated cost of the trip will be $350.
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 January 10.
Winter Bible Study for Women's Ministry
The Women's Ministry will begin their Winter Bible Study on Thursday evenings, beginning November 21. All meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. in the Senior High classroom. Debbie Church will be leading the study entitled "Who We Are in Christ." Due to the approaching holiday seasons, meetings for the remainder of 2013 are scheduled for December 3, 12 and 17. Meetings will also be held each Thursday evening in January, beginning January 9.
Church Sets Christmas Offering Goal
In connection with the Week of Prayer for International Missions and the Lottie Moopn Christmas Offering, offerings will be received throughout the months of December and January for the annual Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. This year's theme is "Totally His," based on Matthew 22:36-39. Monies collected during this time will help keep roughly 5,000 full-time missionaries on the field throughout the world. The National Goal is $175 million, while the goal for Missouri is $4 million of that total. Katy Park Baptist Church has set our goal at $1,500. Prayerfully consider your part in reach this goal.
Special Events Planned for the Holidays
Sunday and Wednesday evening services will look a little different during the Christmas Holidays. On the evening of December 4, we prepared about 1000 popcorn packets with a Christmas quiz attached to be handed out to those in attendance at the Sedalia Christmas Parade scheduled for December 22. During the Wednesday evening service on December 18, we will all go Christmas caroling. We will conduct our normal fourth Sunday of the month service at Fairview Nursing Home on December 22 at 9:30 a.m. during the Life Group Hour. The Home has requested that we also conduct a special Christmas Eve service for the residents some time during the day. Jeff Page wiill bring the message beginning at 10:30 a.m.. It's going to be a busy month, but your involvement in these worthwhile activities will no doubt put you in the Christmas spirit.
"Ring in the New Year" with Your Church Family
Wear your PJ's, bring snacks and refreshments, your favorite games and join us for an evening of fun and laughter as we "ring in the New Year" at Katy Park Baptist Church. The festivities begin at 8:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall and will conclude shortly after Midnight. Come and stay the entire time or for just a little while -- either way, be prepared to have an enjoyable time. The Youth will continue from Midnight through the night (until 7 a.m. January 1) with their annual Youth Lock-In. Contact Ryan Stone, Youth Director, to find out the details of this portion of the evening.
Faith Comes by Hearing
Through Faith Comes By Hearing's Military BibleStick Project, our nation's troops are hearing the Word of God while on (or preparing for) deployment. The Military BibleStick is a digital audio player that is preloaded with a dramatized recording of the entire New Testament and over 65 minutes of select Psalms. Chaplains from every branch of the military are flooding Faith Comes By Hearing with requests. Check out their website to see how you can help.
"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 $14,000, so we are trusting we will meet our goal so that work can begin soon. 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.
Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events
You Won't Want to Miss
December 18 -- Youth Christmas Party
December 18 -- Church-Wide Christmas Caroling
December 14 -- Sedalia Christmas Parade (KPBC Outreach Event)
December 24 -- Christmas Eve Services (10:30 a.m.) at Fairview Nursing Home
December 31 -- New Year's Eve Party and Youth Lock-In (Fellowship Hall)
January 31 -- Winter Jam Concert (Kansas City Sprint Center)
February -- Youth Super Bowl Party (Date, Time and Details TBA)
February 28 through March 5 -- Mardi Gras Mission Trip
March 21 & 22 -- Dare2Share Youth Conference
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., beginning in December 2013. 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.
Christmas Party Planned for Youth Group
The Youth Christmas Party will be held on December 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a gift for the White Elephant Exchange and finger foods to share with everyone. And don't forget, we are participating in the Sedalia Christmas Parade on December 22, so Youth members are encouraged to make a strong showing at this outreach event.
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). For a "Landing Site" or for more information, contact Harmony Baptist Association at 826-2070.
The State Evangelism Discipleship Conference, "Sowing in Tears" (Psalm 126:5-6) will be held at the Crossway Baptist Church (2900 N. Barnes Avenue, Springfield, MO) January 27-28, 2014. Anyone is welcome to attend. Registration is not required, however, we do encourage you to register. For more information, please contact the Evangelism-Discipleship team of the Missouri Baptist Convention at (800) 736-6227, Extension 319 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Breakout Sessions include: Culture-Impacting Prayer, Evangelism that Leads to New Churches Planted, Evangelizing through Worship, Social Medial that Connects, Theology of Work/GPS + 1 Million Bibles 2014-15, The Revival Advantage, Transforming Communities through Evangelistic Bible Storying, and Why Apologetics Matters.
The Winter Bible Study dates are: February 5, 12, 19, and 26. The study theme is "Colossians: Christ Is all You Need." The Rally will be January 29 at Camp Branch Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. Angie Dumsday will have the special music. The following churches are participating in the East and West rotation: Smithton, Providence, Broadway, Lamine, Mt. Herman, Sedalia Harmony, Camp Branch and Antioch. Katy Park, First Baptist Sedalia and Emmett Avenue will be studying Colossians individually or in groups.
Ladies, mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Ladies' Retreat. It will be held on March 14 and 15, 2014 at a new location. There will be a few surprises like a Christian Chalk Artist and ventriloquist from Michigan. Watch future newsletters from the Harmony Baptist Association for more details.
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.
Are you making plans for camp next year? The camp date will be June 16-20, 2014, so start saving your pennies for our exciting camp next year. For more information, contact Jan McDowell at (816) 853-6069.
Community and Children Teaming Up 4 Success is an organization that collects school supplies for children whose families have difficulty providing the necessary supplies. Items needed are backpacks, construction paper, 24-count crayons, pink erasers, glue, glue sticks, 3x5 index cards, 10 or 12-pack markers, pencils, wide-ruled notebook paper, colored pencils, pocket folders, pens (red, black, blue), pocket folders with brads, wooden rulers, blunt scissors, sharp scissors, and 70-count wide-ruled spiral notebooks. Items may be brought to the Mission Office. This project is open to anyone who wants to participate.