Newsletter Week of March 18th

Good News for the Week of March 18th

Pastor’s Piece
I feel like I ’m caught up in a whirlwind of emotions and excitement right now!  Last weekend was full of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, we started a new sermon series, and I had the honor and great privilege of baptizing our newest member, Bob Christy!  Bob has been a Christian, and he’s been going to church, but he’d never been baptized before.  Please join me in congratulating him when you see him!  It’s very exciting to me, as a pastor, to see someone taking a big step in their faith as Bob did on Sunday.  If you’ve never been baptized before, please let me know by replying to this email.  I would consider it a personal honor to baptize you!    
The Faithbridge Church 10th Anniversary is coming up on May 11/12th.  I am going to write more about the significance of that in the coming weeks.  A big anniversary celebration is a great time to invite or re-invite people to come and grow in their faith as a part of our congregation.  To that end, we are going to be putting our best foot forward in every way imaginable.  We ’ve got some renovating and repainting projects underway and there are many ways that you can be a part of the excitement.  First, you can come and help us clean, de-clutter, and spruce up the building on Saturday beginning at 9am.  If you are comfortable using a paint roller, we’ve got a lot of painting to do too!  Please come on Saturday at 9 am and be a part of preparing our facilities to welcome many new faces.
 
This Sunday’s sermon is on suspending our disbelief.  I am from the Show-Me state and I think that need to “see it to believe it” carries over into many parts of my life.  I am cautious when embracing a new idea or method because I often don’t initially believe that it will work- I really like to see it working first!  While that attitude likely keeps me safe and out of many messes I might otherwise get myself into, it isn’t very helpful when it comes to my faith life.  I know that God ’s promises are real and that they can be trusted.  But when I feel like I’m not seeing the evidence that God is following through, I often choose to try things on my own and in my own time.  Abraham struggled with the same problem- he struggled to fully believe God ’s promises and often tried to solve his problems on his own.  Join us this week as we explore Abraham’s story and we challenge one another to suspend our disbelief.       
 
One last note- I’m sad to say that we’ll be saying farewell to Larry Cox this week. Larry has served as the bass player for our worship band and as a member of the Leadership Team at Faithbridge since the church began.  He will be moving to Texas to be near family.  Please join me in wishing Larry a Faithbridge family farewell on Sunday.  
Blessings,
Pastor Andy

  Ways to Get Connected  

Farewell Reception
Please join us this Sunday, March 24 immediately following the service for a farewell reception for Larry Cox.  Larry has been a member of our church and a bass player for our Praise Band for many years. This will be Larry’s last service with us and I know many of you will want to send him off with our best wishes. In addition to delicious food, we will provide a basket to gather cards.

  Hope House Volunteers The next Hope House volunteer days are March 27th (Wed.), 29th (Fri.) and 30th (Sat.) from 9:00-2:00.

Faithbridge “Spring Cleaning” Day
Please join us this Saturday beginning at 9:00 AM at Faithbridge Church. We will be cleaning, organizing and painting, and all are welcome.  No specific skills required, however, if you are a painter, bring your roller.

AWARENESS
Lake of the Ozark Stop Human Trafficking Coalition
Awareness is the key to fighting human trafficking AT THE LAKE!

For information on how to get involved, visit their website at:
https://www.stoptraffickinglakeozarks.org or attend their monthly meetings.
The next two meetings are March 28th at St. George Episcopal Church, Camdenton and April 25th at Osage Beach City Hall.