September 20 Worship Resources – “Bloom Where You’re Planted”

David Kling

September 17, 2020

This is a wonderful sermon that looks deeper at the famous verse “Love thy neighbor as you love yourself,” by looking at the story of the Book of Ruth. We compare this to the life of the wonderful television host, Fred Rogers and see the importance of embracing the neighborhood that God has placed us in. Pastor Kling tell us to “Bloom where you’re planted, because God’s planted you where he has plans for you.”

Our local neighborhood outreach project this sermon series focuses on the work of Second Mile Preschool, which serves the families in the Terry Heights and Hillendale Neighborhoods. We are putting together bags of children’s books and crafts to support at-home learning for these families. If you would like to purchase a book – simply visit the amazon shopping list by clicking the button below and then make a purchase. If you have an idea of a craft to put in the bags, contact Mary McDowell at marymcdowell@secondmile.net

As part of this new series we are going to be offering neighborhood prayer groups that meet in a front lawn near you. Check out the map below to see the neighborhood shepherds we currently have available. These shepherds are hosting the prayer groups in their front lawns one day a week. Even when you’re not able to meet in person, it is nice to know there is someone near you who cares. Now, more than ever, it’s good to know that when we can’t carry on, God’s family carries us.

If you look at the map below and you’re not sure which group you might fit in or you see that your neighborhood is currently marked as TBD please contact our Associate Pastor, Dave Hunsicker at david.hunsicker@covhsv.org. We are finalizing these groups and he would be delighted to assist you.

1Madison & MonroviaSunday, 4:30 PMKerry & Ray Rowleykerrykrowley@gmail.com
2Northeast HuntsvilleMonday 6:00 PMBecky & Ryan Gintyraginty161@gmail.com
3Hampton CoveTBDTBDTBD
4RiversideSunday 4:00 PMAlice & Don Searcyalice.searcy@gmail.com
6:00 PM
Lori & Vince Visonelorivisone@yahoo.com
6PiedmontThursday 5:30 PMBill McDowellbillmcdowell@scondmile.net
7Drake AveWednesday 6:30 PMSarah & Robbie Tuckertuck35@gmail.com
8GreenwycheWednesday 6:30 PMSusan & Tom Pendergrasstom.pendergrass@sanmina.com
10Jones ValleyThursday 7:00 PMCheryl & Kurt Schultzjoyeux@outlook.com
11Bailey CoveTuesday 6:30 PMCarol & Doug Westracarolwestra1994@gmail.com
Don’t see a match? Email Dave Hunsicker at david.hunsicker@covhsv.org

Neighborhood Group Discussion Guide


Invite everyone to stand (or sit) in a circle in your front lawn with 6-ft distance between each family grouping. Families do not need to social distance but should remain socially distant from other family units. These meetings are intentionally designed to be brief—so you do not need to provide chairs or refreshments for the group.


  1. “Welcome to the __________ neighborhood group. We are so excited to have you here with us. If you are joining us for the first time, let me describe the format to you:
    1. “We will ask some questions each we to get to know each other better and to talk about the sermon series at church.”
    2. “Then we will close by praying for each other and for our neighborhood”.
  2. “Let’s start with an ice breaker question. Let’s go around the circle and each say:
    1. our name,
    2. how love we’ve been in the neighborhood, and
    3. our favorite Ice Cream flavor!
  3. 15 seconds of silence
    1. “Neighborhoods grow and change over time. For the next 15 seconds, try to think of a way that this neighborhood has changed since you’ve moved in.”
    2. After 15 seconds, go around the circle and listen to examples from participants. It might be helpful if you’ve thought about your answer before this exercise so you can begin to give people more time.
  4. “Pastor Kling’s sermon this Sunday was titled, “Bloom where you’re planted.” His main point was that God plants us in our neighborhoods and gives us the resources we need to flourish and to accomplish his purpose for our being there. How did you relate to that idea?
    1. Allow free conversation at this point.
  5. Closing Prayer:
    1. “Let’s take another 15 seconds to listen to God. Ask God what you need to request prayer from the group for this week”
    2. “Then, we’ll go around the circle and share our prayer requests.”
    3. “Each of us will pray for the person/group on our left, so pay attention to their requests as they are shared.”
  6. Close
    1. “Thanks for being here. Please feel free to bring your friends and neighbors next time.”
    2. Offer for folks to stick around a few minutes and chit-chat in accordance with what you are able/comfortable accommodating.

Worship Relaunch Information

We offer a small worship service at 10AM. Based on a congregational survey, we anticipate most folks to continue worshipping online – so we will continue to provide excellent worship resources and videos each Sunday for those at home. Together we are united in our commitment to one another and our commitment to Christ, whether worshipping in-person or online!

No reservation or permission is required to attend worship in the sanctuary. However, all participants must wear a mask (we will have some available for you!) and we request that you take your temperature and use the restroom before leaving your home.

The elders request that you make a careful and informed decision about the best way for you to worship in June. For those who intend to attend worship in person, please read the following guidelines carefully when making your decision.

Key Links

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