Newsletter Week of May 13

Pastor’s Piece

 Well, that was fun!  I had a great time this weekend celebrating Faithbridge’s 10th Anniversary with you!  The pictures say it best, and I think Betty McAdams said it next-best:
“I think we can all feel good about the events and especially the attendance at the carnival.  I was most concerned about it given the cool temperatures and on and off rain.  But God did His best to clear it out when we needed it and maybe even with the weather; we had more than we would have if the weather was sunny and warm.  I am so impressed with the workers and the help we had on all of the teams.  So many hard workers!  Our objective of putting on the face of God to our guests and community was a beautiful success.  I know the children were having a blast which was heartwarming.”
 
Please give Betty a big thank-you when you see her.  She stepped up and took a leadership role and really made all our hopes and plans come to fruition.  Thank you to everyone who served this weekend, as we both opened our doors to the community and celebrated a significant milestone in the life of Faithbridge.  I hope you join me in thanking God for what was been and praying that God will lead as we continue to move forward and Bridge the Gap for Christ at the Lake.     
 
This week, we’re going to be celebrating our graduating seniors (see the note below).  Please bring a card and join me in praying for the next exciting chapter God has in store for their lives!

Blessings,
Pastor Andy

 Graduation Celebration
This Sunday, May 19th we will be hosting a Graduate Celebration reception following the morning service.  Please plan to join us for refreshments as we lift up our graduates. We really want to recognize all graduates from near or far, so please share the names of any graduates you know of with the church office and let us know if they will be able to attend on Sunday. We will be throwing a card shower for Sarah McRoberts, Lincoln Myers and Matthew Price, three Faithbridge graduates. Please feel free to bring a card if you’d like. If you have or know of any other students graduating this year, please let us know so we can celebrate their accomplishment!

10th Anniversary Celebration

Our 10th Anniversary weekend celebration this past Saturday and Sunday was a hit! Despite the weather, we had nearly 250 people from our community come out Saturday to the Mother’s Day Weekend Kids Carnival Bash and the Old Fashioned Sing Along & Ice Cream Social. Then Bishop Bob Farr joined us for Sunday worship to preach and inspire us to “mark our present” as we look ahead to the next 10 years for our church, and we enjoyed a hearty brunch together.  Thank you to all the organizers, volunteers, parking attendants and church members who gave of their time and talents to bless our community and celebrate these 10 years of impact our church has made at the Lake. View the full photo album here.

  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 9:45am to 3:30pm. 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.