Kristen, the boys, and I are back at the Lake and we are so glad to be home! We had an awesome vacation filled with so many memories… and it was also a relief to return home where we belong. Thank you all so much the gratitude you have expressed during Pastor Appreciation month. Kristen and I read every card as we drove across Kansas- which made for the most pleasant drive either of us had ever experienced while travelling across that state! We were blown away by your generosity. Thank you for your support and ongoing appreciation. We feel so blessed to be a part of the Faithbridge family.
This week we will turn our attention to the final chapters of the Gospel of Mark. These are familiar stories to many of us, so be careful to read them slowly as if for the first time. Perhaps God will reveal something that you’ve never seen before. On Sunday I’ll be preaching about Jesus’ final recorded words before His death (according to Mark- other gospels record it a bit differently), “My God, my God, why have you left (forsaken) me?” That’s a line that theologians, preachers, and Sunday School teachers have struggled with for thousands of years. Did God leave Jesus? Is it even possible for God to leave Jesus? If so, is it possible that God might leave us? I’m not so sure that’s exactly what Jesus meant when he said those words. Join us on Sunday as we dive into the scripture together.
Our reading this week for The Full Gospel Project is Mark chapters 15-16. As you read this week, consider the following:
- Mark 15:6-15 is the story of what happened when Pilate gave the people a choice between releasing Barabbas or Jesus. Matthew tells us that Barabbas’ full name was Jesus Barabbas, and we know that Jesus means “God saves.” Pilate was literally giving the people a choice of how they would like to be saved- by Barabbas who saves through rebellions, or by Jesus who teaches us to love our enemies. We have this same choice each day. Do I take matters into my own hands? Do I love those I have differences with? Who do you honestly consistently choose, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus Christ?
- In Mark 16:1-8 we find that it was the women who followed Jesus who were the first witnesses to the resurrection. The young man who was standing in the tomb encouraged them to not be afraid. However, in verse 8 we learn that they were terrified and they didn’t tell anyone what they’d seen because they were afraid. Here again belief in Jesus requires a choice between 2 alternatives. This time the choice is between fear and faith. Which is your default choice- fear or faith?
By Our Prayers…
Please remember the following people and situations in your prayers this week:
Bob Stites- in rehab to regain his strength.
Marilyn Sherfield – undergoing treatments for incurable and inoperable lung cancer
Tina and Larry Melville – Tina and Larry are staying with family in Kansas City following a motorcycle accident. Cards of concern and care may be sent to: 14313 Norwood St. Leawood, KS 66224
Christy McField – Debbie Geasley’s sister-in-law who has breast cancer
Cindy Albert’s Mom – pancreatic cancer and is taking chemo
Dan Albert’s wife – has cancer and is going through chemo
Ruth Roorda- recovering from back surgery
Rev. Patrick Moore- prayers for his family after his girlfriend’s 25 year old step-son was killed in a car accident
(To be included in this list, please reply to this email or fill out a prayer request card during the service on Sunday.)
Connect, Grow & Serve
Women’s Bible Study
Our Women’s Bible Study will be kicking off a new study beginning on October 29th 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 or Barb Bierman 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!
Hy-Vee parking lot on Halloween, Oct. 31, 3-6 PM, We will be taking a collection again of candy. Please bring your candy to church and put it in the basket. Thanks so much!
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!