I chose to pause my habit of posting a picture
from the Holy Land for a week! Instead, that is a photo of what I am up
to this week. I’m in Florida right now for the Exponential Conference-
it’s a conference for new church planters and people looking to gain ideas for
new ministries. There are more than 5,000 pastors and lay people here
from congregations all across the country. It’s pretty exciting! I
am attending so that I can listen for what God wants me and our church to do
next. I’m here with a group of about 20 other United Methodists from
around the state of Missouri. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to be real
and present in the room with so many leaders gathered here, and for safe
travels home for everyone involved.
This is going to be an exciting week for Faithbridge… one that it feels like we’ve waited all year for! On Sunday we will be coming together for our Food Truck ministry. Basically we will be packing food into family-sized boxes that we’re sending to local food pantries and schools to distribute. We will be giving away nearly $10,000 worth of food and taking a step to alleviate the hunger problem at the Lake in Jesus’ name. Come to church on Sunday at 9:30am in clothes you can do some light work in. We’ll share together in a song and a prayer and then we will get to work.
If you haven’t experienced the Food Truck before, CLICK HERE to watch the video from last year!
In our reading of the Full Gospel Project this week we come across the story of Palm Sunday in John 12:12. Palm Sunday was the final Sunday that Jesus lived on earth before He was crucified. Notice that this all takes place in the 12th chapter of John, a gospel that has 21 chapters. More than 40% of John’s gospel records the end of Jesus’ earthly life and gives us a few stories from after His resurrection. Remember that the author is writing “that you may believe” in Jesus Christ. John clearly believes that the greatest testimony to who Jesus is comes to us from this very important week in history. I hope that you will engage our readings together through Easter as we finish reading the last of the gospels together.
One last note and then I’ll stop preaching. When I went to Israel, the day of our tour when we experienced many of the sites of Jesus’ final week on earth was the most impactful day on me. The bus dropped us off on top of the Mount of Olives. We had a gorgeous view of the city of Jerusalem from up there. Standing at that viewpoint I looked over my right shoulder and felt that I could nearly see the ancient town of Bethany (home to Mary, Martha, and Lazarus) which was located on top of the Mount of Olives. Then we walked the road down the mountain that led into the valley below before starting it’s journey upward to the Eastern gate of Jerusalem (the one that the Messiah was supposed to enter through… and He did on Palm Sunday). On our way down this mountain we walked through the Jewish tombs that line that side of the Mount of Olives. Near the bottom we stopped at the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed while sweating drops of blood, “Father, if it is your will, take this cup from me.” From there we drove to the site remembered as the Upper Room where Jesus shared His last supper with the disciples, and we ended the day touring the dungeon at the house of Caiaphas, the High Priest who condemned Jesus to death. It was an emotional day that can’t completely describe and that I’ll never forget.
If you can, you’ve got to get to the Holy Land some day. I plan to go back several times, and I am currently planning to go back in early 2022. If you have ever wanted to go, please reach out to me and we can get coffee and talk about what making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land is like. Email me directly at email@example.com.
THE FULL GOSPEL PROJECT
Our reading this week for The Full Gospel Project is John chapters 11 and 12. As you read this week, consider the following:
- In most translations of the Bible, the shortest verse is John 11:35. It says in Greek, Ἐδάκρυσεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς, or “Jesus wept.” More accurately, it could be said that Jesus immediately burst into tears. How does it make you feel to know that Jesus (even knowing what heaven is like) cried when He lost a close friend?
- In John 12:44-50 Jesus lays out an interesting perspective on salvation. He first says that those who believe in Him “won’t live in darkness.” Then Jesus says that He doesn’t judge people who hear His words but do not do what He says to do. Finally, He says that there will be judgment for those who reject Jesus and reject His words. What do you think this all means? Put another way, who is it that Jesus is saying will go to heaven? Who won’t?
By our Prayers…
Please remember the following people and situations in your prayers this week:
Terry Albert – Dan and Cindy have requested prayers for Terry as she recovers from cancer surgery and also battles pneumonia.
Eloise Englebarts- undergoing a surgical procedure
Christy McField – Debbie Geasley’s sister-in-law who has breast cancer
Levin – Sharon and Norm McGee’s grandson is dealing with health issues and waiting for a definitive diagnosis.
Randy Moore – Jerry Geasley’s cousin, Randy is battling liver cancer and needs our prayers.
Sherry Pollard – Passing of her father, Dick Rampy. Also lift up her mother, Juanita, and the family at this difficult time. Cards of care and condolence can be sent to 1353 Knight Court, Osage Beach, MO 65065.
Haley Rhodes – Prayer for acceptance at Mayo Clinic for treatment.
Marilyn Sherfield – Undergoing treatments as she continues to battle lung cancer
Laurie Sybert – Passing of her husband Lyle.
(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
FOOD TRUCK MINISTRY
Join us this Sunday morning during our regular worship time for our Annual Food Truck Ministry. This year we will be holding the event on Sunday so we can involve more of our members in this amazing ministry. We’ll begin our service at 9:30 AM with some worship and then we’ll get to work. If you aren’t able to be here for the big event on Sunday, you can still volunteer on Thursday, March 5th, Friday, March 6th or even Monday, March 9th! For more information contact Doug Beck or the church office.
For our first timers…no need to bring anything other than an attitude of service (and wear comfortable clothes).
Back Again this year!
Ignite All-Day Summer
Camp returns to Faithbridge Church this July 20-24, 2020. Sign up your campers
All-Day Summer Camp and get ready for five full days of exciting
activities, adventures and learning about God at Faithbridge United Methodist
Campers have the option to choose from one of three incredible activity options: technology, athletics, and creativity. With the opportunity to either develop an area in which they are already gifted or stretch themselves to learn new things, campers can continue to grow into who God envisioned them to be!
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Join us March 7, 2020. A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem. Learn an action plan to help.
Date: March 7, 2020
Time: 8 am – 5 pm
Location: Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach, MO
Conference Room A
Register: by calling MU Extension, 573-346-2644
Instructors: Amy Bartels/Becky Beck