Newsletter Week of October 21st

This is modern-day Bethlehem in the West Bank territory of Israel. This photo was taken just a couple of blocks from the traditional birthplace of Jesus. It is safe to say that this looks nothing like it did in Jesus’ day!

Pastor’s Piece

The other day I was looking back over old emails and at events I had listed on my calendar over this past year. Some of the meetings and conversations that I had in February seem like they happened a very long time ago. Does it ever feel that way for you? I know that one thing I don’t do very well is stopping and taking the time to thank God for the many ways that I can see that God has worked through me in the past. This Sunday we are all going to stop and thank God for using each of us to accomplish God’s purposes. We have done some amazing things for God together as a church, and it’s time to both celebrate what we’ve accomplished and also to thank God for how God has used us and worked through us. Join me Sunday as we reflect, celebrate, and thank God together for blessing us all in ways that help us to bless others in Christ’s name.

Blessings,
Pastor Andy

This week’s reading is Luke 1.

Our reading this week for The Full Gospel Project is Luke chapter 1. As you read this week, consider the following:

1. Read the Luke’s introduction in verses 1-4. Luke claims to have “investigated everything carefully” before writing this Gospel, much like a news reporter might behave. He said that he did this so that Theophilus might “have confidence” in his version of the Gospel of Jesus Christ- this was Luke’s reason for writing. What does it mean to you that Luke went on a fact-checking mission before writing his account of Jesus’ life and ministry? Does this fact-checking give you more confidence in the accuracy of Luke’s Gospel?
2. Luke 1:46-55 is the passage famously named The Magnificat. It is the song Mary sings after Elizabeth confirms what the angel Gabriel has promised. In it, Mary describes how God uses and lifts up the hungry, the lowly, and the unlikely. Sometimes God places the needs of others in our lives in a way that they are hard to ignore. What would you be doing for God right now if only you believed in your heart that you were “good enough?”

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
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

HyVee Hollow
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!

Holiday Meals for the Home-bound
We will again be serving holiday meals to local home-bound seniors. There are at least 3 ways to help. 1- Help to prepare the meals. 2- Deliver meals to seniors’ homes. 3- Identify a senior you know who might appreciate a holiday meal. Contact Kay Basta at kaybasta@swbell.net for more information on how you can be a blessing this holiday season.

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!