Faithbridge Newsletter

Pastor’s Piece

November is the month where our friends, our televisions, and our calendars are all reminding us that we need to be #Thankful.  And even though we know we’re supposed to live thankful lives, if we’re honest, we don’t always feel like being thankful.  For most of us, before we can truly live thankfully, there are a few things we have to be practicing in our lives. 
 
This Sunday I’ll be preaching about the first step to thankfulness, which is learning to be content.  While the Bible has a lot to say about living a life of contentment, it regularly gets a bad rap in our society.  Often we confuse contentment with a lack of ambition or laziness, but living a content life is nothing short of a Biblical command.  Join us Sunday as we explore together how to live the life of contentment that God has planned for us. Blessings,
Pastor Andy  
FULL GOSPEL PROJECT
Our reading this week for The Full Gospel Project is Luke chapter 2.  Finally, the Christmas story!  As you read this week, consider the following: 
       The birth of Jesus (2:1-7) happened in the shadow of the Roman census.  The Roman emperor had ordered that everyone be counted so that he could tax the people of the world more accurately.  Jesus was born so that the people of the world might love and be loved more deeply- so that we might know the love of our heavenly Father.  And from the very beginning, there was “no room” for this new King in the world.  What do you make more room for in your heart- Jesus, or the things of this world? After the shepherds and the angels appear, the rest of chapter 2 races through the first 30 years of Jesus’ life in about 30 verses!  There is a story that begins in verse 41 about Jesus getting left by His parents for 3 days in the Temple.  It strikes me that it seems Mary recounted this story to Luke, and Mary still does not seem to understand what God is doing in and through her life.  Do you wish you could know the end of the story- how God will redeem the painful, messy parts of your life?  Take a look at verse 51 to see how Mary handled the not knowing.  
By our Prayers…
Please remember the following people and situations in your prayers this week:

Marilyn Sherfield – undergoing treatments for incurable and inoperable lung cancer
Tina and Larry Melville – We give praise that Tina and Larry are back at the lake. Tina will have her final hand surgery next Monday, November 4th.
Christy McField – Debbie Geasley’s sister-in-law who has breast cancer

(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

College Care Packages
Starting this Sunday in the church lobby you will find empty boxes for us to fill for our college students.  You can bring cards, gift cards, candy, and snacks to be sent.  Help us be a blessing to these students as they prepare for their final exams. These boxes will go to Hayden Barlow, Zach Wheeler, Alexis Rhodes, Sarah McRoberts, and Matthew Price. Holiday Meals for the Home-bound
We will again be serving holiday meals to local homebound 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!