Newsletter Week of May 6th

Pastor’s Piece We are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Faithbridge Church this weekend, and that’s going to be exciting!  We’re kicking off our celebration on Saturday by inviting the community to celebrate with us.  We’ll have a Kid’s Carnival that afternoon for young families to come and celebrate with us and enjoy a fun and free event on Mother’s Day weekend (see below for more info about this weekend’s events).  That evening, we’ll sing hymns and enjoy ice cream together as we share stories about our church family.  Then on Sunday, we will have worship at 9:30 am and we have the honor of having our Bishop, Rev. Bob Farr, with us and preaching.  I know that you’ll be inspired and encouraged by the message he will share.  We would invite you to stay after the worship service is over and join your church family for a catered potluck to complete our weekend celebration.   
 
This weekend is, first and foremost, a celebration of what God has done.  It is God who has brought us this far together.  It is God who gave us a vision for how we might accomplish His mission for the Lake.  We are certainly celebrating and giving God credit for everything that’s been done. 
 
At the same time, this weekend is a celebration of you.  Every week we end the service by saying, “It’s not about me, it’s about God,” and that is 100% true.  It is not about me, and it’s not about us.  But perhaps this is the one week where it really is about you.  Maybe, in some way, this week is about us.  I hereby give you permission not to feel guilty this week if you begin to think some self-rewarding and self-gratifying thoughts. 
 
This week is about you.  It’s about the people who have called Faithbridge Church home over the past 10 years.  It’s about the worship, the service, the generosity, the prayers, and the witness of our church family.  It’s about the person faithfully playing in the band, week in and week out.  It’s about the person who prepares the coffee that puts smiles on faces.  It’s about everyone who invited friends who didn’t have a church home to join them in a Bible Study or in worship.  It’s about the people who have prayed circles around our members who are hurting and have offered to help by bringing a meal.  This week is about the people God has brought into our community.  Some of you have been a part of this church from the very beginning, or even a part of Cornerstone, the church that closed to allow Faithbridge to be born.  Some of you have been here for 5-6 years, and some have become a part of our family just since Easter. Whatever your story, this anniversary celebration IS about you.
 
But that’s not all this weekend is about.  The author of Hebrews wrote to encourage the early Jewish-Christian church by reminding them that their endurance has a greater purpose:      
 
“So then, with endurance, let’s also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let’s throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up, and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith’s pioneer and perfecter. He endured the cross, ignoring the shame, for the sake of the joy that was laid out in front of him, and sat down at the right side of God’s throne.”      (Hebrews 12:1-2)
 
The endurance and faithfulness that has brought us to this point serves a greater purpose because God isn’t done with us yet.  We are reminded that the race is laid out, not behind us, but in front of us.  We are reminded that we need to (from time to time) throw off the extra baggage that we accumulate and get rid of the things that trip us up and keep us from running the race God has planned for us.  We must “fix our eyes on Jesus,” the author says.  And because of our hope in Jesus Christ we believe that the best is always YET TO COME! 
 
The good news is that God isn’t done with you or me yet! God isn’t done with Faithbridge Church yet!  10 years is quite an accomplishment, and at the same time, it is only the beginning- because the best is yet to come!  I look forward to seeing what God has in store for us for the next 10 years if we can only dream deeply enough and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us.  I invite you to join us as we celebrate the legacy of our church family, and as we open our hearts to dream the God-sized dreams that God has for us.   

Blessings,
Pastor Andy
  
THIS SATURDAY, May 11: 
Mother’s Day Weekend Kids Carnival Bash
Get ready for a FREE, family-friendly community event for all ages! Faithbridge Church will have a Mother’s Day Weekend Kids Carnival Bash on SATURDAY, MAY 11th starting at 2:00 pm. Bring your whole family and enjoy an afternoon of summer fun. 
 
2:00PM – 5:00 PM
Children’s games, hot dogs, face painting, photo booth, balloon animals & more! 
6:00-7:00 PM
Old fashioned sing along & ice cream social 
 
THIS SUNDAY, May 12:
10 YEAR Anniversary Celebration for Faithbridge Church! 
COME AND CELEBRATE Faithbridge Church’s 10 Year Anniversary at the Lake! Faithbridge Church will have 9:30 am worship with guest preacher Bishop Bob Farr, followed by a catered brunch. Be a part of this exciting time celebrating the founding of the church and looking ahead to our future! 
Graduation Celebration
On Sunday, May 19th we will be hosting a Graduate Celebration reception following the morning service. If you have or know of a student graduating this year, please let us know so we can celebrate their accomplishment.  This is for graduates from near or far. Please share their names with the church office and let us know if they will be able to attend the reception.
 Ways to Get Connected      IGNITE Mobile Youth Camp – July 22-26
REGISTER NOW
Campers age 6-12 should get ready for an action-packed Ignite Mobile Camp that brings the excitement of Church Camp to Faithbridge. It’s not too late to register for the fun!  Parents & Grandparents now is the time to sign up your kiddos!  To sign up now, CLICK HERE.
 
VOLUNTEERS Needed

Preparations are underway for the Ignite Mobile Camp! The camp runs from July 22 to July 26. This ministry is one of the many ways Faithbridge can have an impact on young families in the community. There are a number of volunteer opportunities during the event. Your talents and gifts are greatly valued and here are some ways you can assist:
     •  Host homes for camp counselors: From July 20 to July 27 provide lodging, breakfast, dinner, and transportation to and from camp (7:15 am & 5:15 pm) and two evening counselor events. Counselors arrive on Saturday, July 20 and depart on the following Saturday, July 27.
     •  Medical Staff: Volunteers with a nursing certification are needed to administer medication to campers. The volunteers need to attend camp from 9:45 am to 3:30 pm. Training/briefing will be provided on Sunday, July 21 after church.
     •  Check-in/out: Attend camp during the morning camper check-in (8:00-9: 00 am) and afternoon camper check-out (3:45-4: 30 pm). Minimum of 4 volunteers are needed Monday and Tuesday and 2 volunteers are needed Wednesday through Friday. Training/briefing will be provided on Sunday, July 21 after church.
     •  Relationship Builders: Connect with campers & their families during the camp event. Attend camp all 5 days for 4 hours each day (either morning or afternoon) so campers can get to know you. Training/briefing will be provided on Sunday, July 21 after church.
     •  Meal Prep: Help prepare breakfast and lunch for campers, counselors, and volunteers Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26. Training/briefing will be provided on Sunday, July 21 after church. 

Volunteer sign-up sheets are available at church or contact Jeanna Fowler for details on supporting the Ignite Mobile Camp. Phone: (515) 577-3762 Email: jrjbfowler@gmail.com. Thank you for your prayers and support of the campers, counselors, and volunteers!
      
Hope House Volunteers

The next Hope House volunteer days are May 29th (Wed.) and 31st (Fri.) from 9:00-2:00.   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 May 23rd at St. George Episcopal Church in Camdenton and June 27th at the Bank of Versailles.