Newsletter Week of June 3rd

Pastor’s Piece

On Thursday I will be heading to Springfield, MO to attend our Annual Conference.  This is a time of learning, business meetings, and worship with more than 2,000 United Methodist clergy and lay people from across our state.  Your Lay Leader, Barb Bierman, and I will representing Faithbridge UMC.  Please pray for us and for all those attending- for safe travels and for holy discernment.
 
In my absence, Rev. Patrick Moore will be preaching at Faithbridge this week.  Many of you have met Rev. Moore and heard him preach before.  He will be helping me continue our sermon series, “He Said What?”  The sermon this week will be based on portions of Mark 2 and 3 where Jesus breaks Sabbath law, and he tells the Pharisees that they’re wrong about a few things.  Jesus was quite the rebel!  It’ll be a great weekend, and you won’t want to miss it!     
 
Last week I challenged us all to read through all 4 gospels between now and Easter.  You can view the full reading plan HERE.  Our reading this week is Matthew chapters 3 & 4.  Below are a few things to consider as you read:
 
1.)  In Matthew 3 we read about John the Baptist who was taking confessions of sins, baptizing people, and telling them to repent of their sin.  Then John baptized Jesus (under protest).  Jesus was sinless and He didn’t have any need to repent.  Why do you think Jesus insisted on being baptized?  Does Jesus’ baptism change your view of baptism in any way?
2.)  Matthew 4 begins with the story of the temptation of Jesus.  Being a Christian doesn’t mean that you won’t face temptation- you’ll face it all your life.  How did Jesus handle being tempted?  What does it mean to you that Jesus also faced temptation?
 
For most of us, temptation is far more subtle than turning stones into bread.  In fact, temptations can seem to seep into our lives when we least expect them.  For a fun and engagingly thoughtful read about how temptations enter our lives try reading Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  You can pick up a copy in our book store.  It’s a fictional story (feel like I should say that here) that follows a new demon recruit for Satan and the training he goes through to learn how to tempt humans.  Like I said, it’s fun and comical at times but it also really made me think about the little ways that temptation finds its way into my life. 
 
Have a great week, and I’ll see you all next week as we celebrate Father’s Day together!

Blessings,
Pastor Andy

Ways to Get Connected

Tuesday Evening – Men’s Bible Study
It’s not too late to join us for the kickoff of a summer Men’s Bible Study at Faithbridge. We will meet each Tuesday at 6 PM. 
 
6 – 6:15pm will be a gathering time to fill coffee cups, say hi & get ready.
6:15pm will be Bibles open and rolling
7:30pm You WILL be gone.  Guaranteed!!!!!!!!!!

If you have any questions, please call or text Glenn Shields at 314-276-4880, or send an email to shieldsmr@gmail.com.   

We hope to see you Tuesday evening.

IGNITE Mobile Youth Camp – July 22-26
Thank you for your support and interest in the July 22-26 Ignite Camp. We have had many volunteers sign-up for the various roles!  Thank you!! Our goal is to have all remaining areas of need for the camp filled by June 10th.  We have the following volunteer opportunities:

  • Check-in/out – 2 people needed on Thursday & Friday
  • Medical Staff – 1 person needed on Friday
  • Meal Prep – 3 more people needed Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Relationship Builders – 4 more people needed

In addition to the roles that help the camp run smoothly, we have an opportunity to host the counselors from July 20 to July 27.  The counselors are an enthusiastic group of young adults identified by the Missouri Conference to share the good news of Jesus in our community through this fun and engaging camp!  Host homes will bless these young adults but also be blessed in return by getting to know these inspiring Christians.  Host Homes provide lodging, breakfast, dinner, and transportation to and from camp (7:15am & 5:15pm) and two evening counselor events.  Counselors arrive on Saturday July 20 and depart on the following Saturday July 27.
 
Volunteer sign-up sheets are available at church or contact Jeanna Fowler for details on supporting the camp. Phone: (515) 577-3762 Email: jrjbfowler@gmail.com.             
     
Hope House Volunteers

The next Hope House volunteer days are June 26th (Wed.), 28th (Fri.) and 29th (Sat.) 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  June 27th at the Bank of Versailles and July 25th at St. George Episcopal Church in Camdenton.