Newsletter Week of June 17th

Pastor’s Piece

In church this weekend we’ll wrap up our sermon series titled “He Said What?”  The sermon this week will be from John 8:1-11 where the religious leaders brought a woman caught in adultery and confronted Jesus with what they were supposed to do with her.  Their Law said that she was to be stoned to death by the entire village.  What happened next continues to baffle theologians to this day, and I’m going to stop there and invite you to show up on Sunday to get the end of the story!
 
Our reading this week for The Full Gospel Project is Matthew chapters 8 and 9.  Chapter 8 begins “when Jesus had come down from the mountain.”  People are flocking to Him and hoping Jesus will heal them.  One of those men is a centurion, a soldier in the Roman army, whose servant is paralyzed.  Roman soldiers were certainly the enemy to any Jewish person who wished to live a life of freedom.  As you read this week, consider the following:
 
1.)  Just after preaching about loving even our enemies, Jesus takes the opportunity to love and heal someone the crowd would have seen as His enemy in Matthew 8:5-13.  It’s one thing to talk about loving our enemies and an entirely different thing to put those words into practice.  Who is your enemy, and do you truly show love to them?
 
2.)  With the crowds of people looking for healing overwhelming Jesus and His disciples, they get into a boat and head toward the “other side of the Lake” (8:18, 23-27).  While they were rowing a great storm came up and Jesus saved the day- He calmed the storm.  Reflect on the “storms” that you’ve faced in your life.  Has there ever been a storm too great for Jesus?  What storms are you facing today that you need to turn over to Jesus?   

Blessings,
Pastor Andy

This week’s reading is Matthew 8-9.

Ways to Get Connected

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.

THANK YOU
Faithbridge received a sweet thank you note from Sarah McRoberts for your kindness and generosity during the recent Senior Celebration. 

She will miss her church home and “figure out how to use a colander properly”.