Newsletter Week of May 11

Good News for Wednesday, May 27th

Pastor’s Piece

“Stay awake, stand firm in your faith, be brave, be strong. Everything should be done in love.”           

(1 Corinthians 16:13-14)

The Apostle Paul wrote many letters to friends in churches that he helped to start.  What I find incredible is this- nearly two thousand years later we still have record of these communications.  We don’t know everything about the situation or the specific people that he wrote to, but we can come to understand what Paul believed about life and how Christians of his day should act. 

Here’s what I find most interesting about Paul’s letters-  in some ways, I find Paul’s situation eerily similar to where we find ourselves today.   Paul was writing to people that he loved, but wasn’t able to be present with.  These letters were only important to write because he couldn’t stand in front of them and speak to them in person.  He was trying to find ways to teach them and encourage them from afar.  Also, the people he was writing to were not all of one mind- they disagreed about many things.  Scholars believe we can tell this by the way that it appears Paul is writing to answer some questions that have been sent to him. 

Over the past weeks, I have felt a lot like Paul.  And I have been trying to find ways to love and care about you all, to teach and encourage you in the faith… all without being able to see you in person.  Paul summed everything up and said what I would hope to say better than I could ever hope to-  “Stay awake, stand firm in your faith, be brave, be strong.  Everything should be done in love.”  Please take these words to heart.  Also, please continue to be gracious to one another as we move through this anxious time together.    


Finally, I sent an email on Monday and asked you to complete a survey about in-person worship.  If your household has not responded yet, I would invite you to take the next 3 minutes and help us out by completing this survey.  It is a great way for us to take the pulse of the congregation and provides helpful information for the Board as they consider how we proceed over the next weeks and months.  NOTE-  this survey will close tomorrow at noon.

Here’s the link to the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GJX6WFH

Blessings in the wilderness,
Pastor Andy Blacksher  

By our Prayers…

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

Steve Brown – He is now at home and receiving physical therapy. Please pray for Jayne, Steve’s family, and the doctors as they continue to determine what is best for his body.
Christy McField – Debbie Geasley’s sister-in-law who has breast cancer
Levin McGee – Sharon and Norm’s grandson needs prayers for doctors to make a confident diagnosis of the problems in his shoulder.  
Mary Jo Ware – A friend of Elaine and Bill Griglione is in Louisiana undergoing chemotherapy for Pancreatic cancer.

(To be included in this list, please reply to this email or contact the church office.)

Connect, Serve, & Grow

Summer 2020 Camping Update
IGNITE Youth Camp Is Canceled

The Office of Next Generation Ministries has made the difficult decision to cancel the entirety of their NextGen track for mobile camping this summer. The health concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), disinfection procedures of equipment, and the inability to properly social distance children and isolate camping staff were all factors in the announcement. Sadly, this decision affects the Faithbridge IGNITE Youth Camp scheduled for July 20-24.  If your children our grandchildren were registered, you should have received an email from the Office of Next Generation Ministries about a full refund.

Face Masks

The bag of face masks is no longer hanging from the door, but there are some still available.  If you need a face mask, please contact Carol Hudson.