Newsletter Week of January 20th

Pastor’s Piece

Annually I take the Board on a retreat so that we can spend time in conversation, prayer, listening, and planning for ministry in the year ahead.  This year we will be meeting at Good Shepherd UMC in Kansas City- home of the AFC champion Chiefs!  The Board will be meeting Friday night through lunch on Sunday. 

Here is the list of our Board members for 2020:  Barb Bierman (chair), Rusty Fowler, Meredith Stith, Betty McAdams, Bonnie Wood, Marcy Myers, Kristin Rhodes, and Bob Schlutow.

At Faithbridge, one of our values is remaining prayer centered.  I would ask that you take time each day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to pray for each member of our Board by name.  Please also pray for me personally and my pastoral leadership.  Ask God for the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit and for safe travels.        

I will be away with the Board at their retreat, so I will not be able to be with you all in worship this weekend.  In my place, Rev. Tricia Quist will be preaching.  Rev. Quist is the pastor at our sister church, Iberia UMC, located in Iberia, MO.  We welcomed her as part of our Faithbridge family back in April of 2019 when she first answered her calling to pastoral ministry.  Many of you know her from talking with her during coffee hour or from her giving the announcements most weeks.  What you may not know is that I was asked by our District Superintendent to mentor Rev. Quist and help her to grow as a pastor. 

Faithbridge has a history of being a church that raises up and trains future pastors and leaders of the church.  From the internship programs that happened in the years before I arrived here, to raising and training up Abby Peper (who is now in seminary and studying to be an ordained minister), you have had a part in training up future pastors who will serve a number of congregations and touch countless lives for Christ.  You should be proud of that!    

Tricia is the next in the long line of good you have done in raising up pastors for the greater Church.  This will be her first opportunity to preach at Faithbridge, and I hope that you’ll go out of your way to both support her as a new pastor and to hear the message God has placed on her heart.  I believe it will be exactly what you need to hear this week if you’re open to God moving in your heart.    

Blessings,
Pastor Andy

The Full Gospel Project

Our reading this week for The Full Gospel Project is Luke chapter 24.  As you read this week, consider the following: 

  1.      In Luke 24:1-12 we find the account of Jesus’ resurrection.  It is the women who first realize that Jesus has been resurrected, and when they tell the disciples (men), they don’t believe it.  These are the same disciples who stood next to Jesus at least 3 times when He predicted His own death (Luke 9, 13, 18).  Imagine the pain, fear, and shock the loss of Jesus must have been to them.  Often, when we’re in shock and afraid, even “good Christians” struggle to let the Gospel sink in.  What part of the message of Christ do you struggle to accept, trust, and act on in your life?
  2.      The story of the 2 disciples on the road to Emmaus is found in Luke 24:13-35.  The first thing that this story reminds us of is that there were more than just 12 disciples.  Only one of the 2 disciples’ name is given, and that is Cleopas- not one of the 12.  Another thing to note in the passage is that the disciples are walking and talking with Jesus all along and simply don’t realize it until the end of the story.  What are some times in your own life when you’ve realized, only after looking back, that Jesus was walking with you all along?  Did you miss or ignore any hints of His presence?  

By our Prayers…

Please remember the following people and situations in your prayers this week:
Christy McField – Debbie Geasley’s sister-in-law who has breast cancer
Marilyn Sherfield – Undergoing treatments as she continues to battle lung 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

After the first “Date Night” in September we got a lot of positive feedback, so it is back in time for the season of love!  You are invited to join us with your spouse at
4pm on Feb 22nd.  This time we will begin by joining together for a 60-minute workshop that will help you draw closer as a couple.  Then you’ll be sent out to enjoy a “Date Night” together.  Just like last time, there will be a conversation starter kit to guide you through your date.  Babysitting will be provided at church for those who need it.  No matter how long you’ve been married, this is a night you’re going to want to block off on your calendar!

Mark your calendars now for Saturday, February 22nd for our next “Date Night.” 

Grateful For Servants!

We want to recognize the exceptional service of several of our members who volunteer regularly at Hope House.  Altogether our Faithbridge family served more than 500 volunteer hours at Hope House.  Thank you to Janet Potts, Don Henderson, Mary Kay VonAllmen, Harriet McDonald, Judy Crick, Pat Griffen, Suzanne Henningsen, and Jane Burns for all your service!
     
Hope House’s primary mission is to provide their clients with a balanced supply of food and other necessities for one week each month for each member of their family.  In 2018 they provided food to 11,287 individuals in the Lake area.  Additionally, they helped more than 200 families with financial assistance by helping with things like electric bills, gasoline to get to medical appointments.  They use a combination of private donations and proceeds from their thrift shop to fund these needs.   
 
You can join those listed above by serving at Hope House.  Please reach out to Tina in the church office for more information about how you can make a difference!

Ladies Bible Study

Bible Study – Join us next Tuesday, January 28 at 9:30 a.m. for 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 betmarkmc@yahoo.com for more information. This group is open to all Faithbrdge ladies and invited guests.

Help Us Save on Postage!!!

Faithbridge Church giving statements for 2019 are available for pick up in the church lobby. Any statement not picked up by the 30th will be mailed.