Newsletter for the Week of November 11th

Pastor’s Piece

On Sunday I’ll be preaching the third sermon in this series titled “Thank God.”  We will dive into what the scripture says about one very important step in true thankfulness- generosity.  Generosity is a divine attribute of our God and Creator and it is also at the very core of what it means to be human.  Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  To truly live a thankful life, we need must first mirror God’s generous spirit in our own lives.  Join us Sunday as we seek to follow God more deeply and live more generously.

Blessings,
Pastor Andy  

This week’s reading is Luke 5-6.

Our reading this week for The Full Gospel Project is Luke chapters 5-6.  As you read this week, consider the following: 

  1. Luke 5:15-16 says that news about Jesus was spreading quickly across the Galilee region.  This made Jesus’ life exponentially busier.  Notice how Jesus responds to this new popularity.  How do you stay in love with God when life gets hectic?

We have Luke’s version of the Beatitudes in Luke 6:20-26.  Compare these with Matthew’s memory of the same teaching in Matthew 5:1-12.  Notice how Luke contains both “blessed are” and “woe to” phrases, while Matthew largely focuses on the “blessed are” phrases.  How does the message change when the curses are included with the blessings?  Is there anything in Luke’s version that gives you pause?

By our Prayers…

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

Josie Barlow- recovery from surgery
Marilyn Sherfield – undergoing treatments for incurable and inoperable lung cancer
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
The Cantata is Coming!
Rehearsals for our Christmas Cantata have begun!  Join us in singing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” a short and simple cantata that includes
many of your favorite Christmas hymns with a modern twist!
Singers of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to be a part!  There are also a few speaking parts available if you would like to participate in that way.

Rehearsals will be approx. 45mins – 1hr after church on Sundays and the Cantata will be held during services on December 15th
Contact Melani Biggers for more information at melanideann@gmail.com

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Would you like to serve as a holiday bell ringer for the Salvation Army? Faithbridge has again volunteered to cover time slots. Sign up sheets are located in the lobby. 

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!

Mark Your Calendars         

For the holiday season, we have two service options for you to enjoy.
Join us for one or both of these candle-light services!

A Travelers Christmas – Wednesday, December 18th, 4:30 PM For those who will be traveling from the lake for Christmas Eve, join us for an early celebration. 
Christmas Eve Service Tuesday, December 24th, 6:30 PM –     Our traditional candle-light celebration.

Our Sunday morning services during that week (12/22 & 12/29) will be regular services.