Newsletter Week of Sept 23rd

This is the view of the modern city of Nazareth from the top of Mt. Precipice. Nazareth was Jesus’ hometown, and in his day it was a small village of about 200-500 people. Today more than 75,000 people live here. Mt. Precipice is believed to be the site of the story in Luke 4:28-30 when the people of Nazareth tried to throw Jesus off a cliff.

Pastor’s Piece

Sometimes I think that we are too hard on ourselves, especially when it comes to spiritual things. We open the Bible, read the stories, and we compare ourselves to faith heroes in the Bible. What we find is that our lives often come up short when we compare them to what we read.

But when we read about Jesus’ disciples we find Jesus calling them out time and time again because they seem to lack a certain degree of faith. They were walking around with Jesus everywhere he went for 3 years. They saw the miracles and heard Him teach and preach. In spite of it all, they seemed to see Jesus as entirely human. They watch Him preform a miracle like feeding thousands of people and in the very next breath they wonder what they’re going to eat for dinner. That’s not exactly an inspiring example of faith on the disciples’ part!

I wonder if you do the same thing in your life? How easy is it to thank God for showing up in a big way in your life and then go on living as if it will likely never happen again? I believe that memory is a very important part of faith and that it is integral to hope. Join us Sunday as we engage in an exercise in remembering who we are and as we await the future in faith.

Blessings,
Pastor Andy

BOOKS for Kids – Mission Accomplished!
This year we will again be partnering with Heritage Elementary School to provide a scholastic book per month to each child in the Kindergarten class. Because of our church’s overwhelming generosity last year, we have decided to also include the first-grade classes this year. It is with immense gratitude that we celebrate that we have reached our goal of $2,200 for the year! Thank you for caring for the kids in our community.

This week’s reading is Mark 9-10.

Our reading this week for The Full Gospel Project is Mark chapters 9-10. As you read this week, consider the following:

  1. I have always admired the honesty of the father in Mark 9:24, “I believe; help my unbelief!” Even when we believe in Jesus and strive to follow Him we still have questions, fears, and doubts. What doubts, fears, and questions of faith do you wrestle with? Do you believe, as the father in the story did, that Jesus can help you even as you feel both faith and unbelief?
  2. Mark 10:46-52 is the story of Jesus restoring sight to the son of Timaeus, a well-known wise teacher and leader of the Greeks. Jesus asked Him a profound question: “What do you want me to do for you? Jesus is asking you the same question. What is your answer?

By Our Prayers…

Please remember the following people and situations in your prayers this week:

Peggy Tranchilla- for her adult children
Christy McField- Debbie Geasley’s sister-in-law who is fighting breast cancer.
Justus- Linda Johnson’s 13 year old grandson who is recovering from a football-related concussion injury
Bob Stites- undergoing treatment for cancer and was recently hospitalized. He is moving to rehab to regain his strength.
Marilyn Sherfield – undergoing treatments for incurable and inoperable lung cancer
Tina and Larry Melville – Tina is in rehab and Larry is staying with family. Both are in Kansas City following a motorcycle accident.

(To be included in this list, please reply to this email or fill out a prayer request card during the service on Sunday.)

Pastor Andy got a chance to see Tina Melville today. She is doing well and has only 5 more days until she can begin rehab and physical therapy. We miss Tina’s smile!

Connect, Grow & Serve

Women’s Bible Study
Our Women’s Bible Study will be kicking off a new study beginning on October 15th at 9:30am at church. This is a 7 week study on Jonah titled “Navigating a Life Interrupted.” We will be ordering books, so let Kathy Blackmore (kblackmoreloz@gmail.com) or Barb Bierman (biermanbarb@hotmail.com) know if you would like to have one. Looking forward to getting back together with friends, and if you haven’t attended before this would be a great time to join in!

Life Line Screening
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, November 22, 2019 at Faithbridge Church. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register online TODAY at www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle and receive your “Community Circle” discount and your Preferred Appointment!