I hope you’ve been enjoying our sermon series titled “Unwrapping Christmas.” Each week we are looking at a different gift that the Magi gave to the Christ child. Last week we learned at Frankincense and on December 1st we learned about Myrrh. If you missed them, you can view these and other past sermons on our website of by clicking HERE. Each week I’m also giving everyone in attendance the gift that we’re talking about- so the people who were here on Sunday got their very own Frankincense! I also mentioned during the sermon on Sunday that I would share a link to a video that shows you how you can burn your own Frankincense. Here is the link to a video you might find helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urO_-89YeYU
I know that everyone is excited to get to the final gift of Gold, but this week we’ll be taking a break from our sermon series to celebrate the music of the season as our choir brings us their Christmas cantata. Come to worship with week and have your heart uplifted as you enjoy familiar carols sung in a new way. And be sure to thank our Director of Worship, Melani Biggers and the choir for sharing their love of music with us!
FULL GOSPEL PROJECT
This week’s reading is Luke 12-13.
Our reading this week for The Full Gospel Project is Luke chapters 12-13. I like reading Luke’s gospel because the author of Luke doesn’t pull any punches. He presents Jesus as being very direct and asking the people of His day the hard questions. Jesus asks you and I those same hard questions today! As you read this week, consider the following:
1. Jesus talks more about money than anything else (except the Kingdom of God) in the four Gospels. In Luke 12:13-21 Jesus warns people not to “hoard things for themselves” and to instead be “rich towards God.” What does it mean to be rich toward God? Where do you fall on the continuum between “hoarding” and “rich toward God?” What is one step you can take today to move closer to being truly rich?
2. Jesus is asked, in Luke 13:22-30, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” Jesus goes on to describe how difficult actually following Him is. In sharp contrast to what Jesus seemed to say just 2 chapters before in Luke 11:10 (ask and you shall receive), Jesus now asserts that many will stand outside of the doors of the Kingdom and knock only to be turned away. As a pastor, I fear that too often we do not take Jesus’ warnings seriously. Jesus makes it clear that many who think they know Jesus are dead wrong. Jesus makes it clear that knowing isn’t enough for salvation. Think about everything you’ve read that Jesus has said… what does He require of you for salvation?
By our Prayers…
Please remember the following people and situations in your prayers this week:
Terry Albers – Prayer for a good outcome from the surgeon for her pancreas
Jane Golchert and family – The loss of Keith Golchert. There will be a Celebration of his life this Saturday at 4:00 at Faithbridge. There will also be Visitation beginning at 2:30. Notes of care and concern may be sent to 110 Falls Point Drive, 3-B, Lake Ozark, MO 65049
Natalie Guzman – 1-year-old recovering from a liver transplant
Samantha Marsicovetere – Recovering from surgery
Christy McField – Debbie Geasley’s sister-in-law who has breast cancer
Marilyn Sherfield – Undergoing treatments as she continues to battle lung cancer
Pat Stites and family – The loss of Bob Stites. Notes of care and concern may be sent to PO Box 3317, Camdenton, MO 65020
Ty and Meredith Stith and family – The loss of Ty’s sister. Notes of care and concern may be sent to 16 Oak Bend Road, Kaiser, MO 65047
(To be included in this list, please reply to this email or fill out a prayer request card during the service on Sunday.)
Join us this Sunday, December 15th at 9:30 as our choir performs the cantata, “O Little Town of Bethlehem”. This is the perfect time to invite your family, friends, and neighbors to share in the songs of the season.
Connect, Grow, & Serve
Main Street Music Hall – Christmas on Main Street
We hope you can join us this Sunday, December 15th at 3:00 for “Christmas on Main Street”, at the Main Street Music Hall. They are again providing special pricing for Faithbridge members and their friends. Tickets must be purchased through the church to receive the discounted price. If you’d like to reserve tickets, contact the church office this week.
As in past years, we will be collecting and distributing cookies to those people who serve the community by working the midnight shift on Christmas Eve. This includes fire, ambulance, and police stations, toll bridge workers, and others. If you are able to bake goodies for the care packages which will be delivered on Christmas Eve or help with assembly or delivery, please sign up in the church lobby. All are invited and welcomed to help.
For more information please contact Ginger Henry at (573) 619-5204 or Samantha Marsicovetere at (573) 280-3198.
Ladies Bible Study
Mission Project – Join us on Tuesday, January 21, at 9:30 a.m. for another Prayer Bead making session. We use the prayer beads to minister to our congregation as well as others in our community.
Bible Study – We will resume meeting on Tuesday, January 28 at 9:30 a.m. with a Bible Study based on the movie War Room. This is a 5-week study that explores how the power of prayer can make an impact on all areas of your life. Sign up sheets are in the church lobby or e-mail Betty McAdams at email@example.com. This group is open to all Faithbrdge ladies and invited guests.
Covenant Bible Study
Pastor Andy will be leading the Covenant Bible study in 2020. Covenant is a study that is great for all stages of faith- from the Bible illiterate to those wanting to take a deeper dive into the understanding and interpretation of scripture and how it forms our Christian faith. Together, we will walk through the whole Bible in three 8-week modules (a total of 24 weeks) that will be spread throughout the year. The first module will begin on January 7th and the participant’s guide costs $30. Please let us know if you’ll plan to attend by Sunday, December 22nd so that we make certain you have the materials for the study. For more information or to RSVP email Pastor Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday Night Bible Study
Every adult is invited to join a book study beginning on January 8th from 7-8 PM. They will be studying the book, “New Testament Stories From the Back Side” by J. Ellsworth Kalas. Everyone is welcome.
Please join us in adding a festive touch to Faithbridge by bringing a poinsettia. If you’d like to honor a loved one, please add a note. These may be placed near the fountain or lobby Christmas trees. Following Christmas, you may reclaim your poinsettia; all those remaining will be donated to a local nursing home.
Mark Your Calendars
Coffee with the Pastor – Saturday, December 14th, 10 AM
If you are new to Faithbridge UMC, then you are invited to Coffee with the Pastor. It’s a chance to talk with Pastor Andy and learn more about Faithbridge Church, the United Methodist denomination, and the expectations of membership. If you’re curious about possibly joining the Faithbridge, please plan to attend Coffee with the Pastor at 10 am on Saturday, December 14th at Starbucks (RSVP here).