Newsletter Week of June 1st

Good News for Thursday, June 4th

Pastor’s Piece

“When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had left the Sadducees speechless, they met together. One of them, a legal expert, tested him. “Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
He replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself.All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”     (Matthew 22:34-40)

Love God.  Love your neighbor (which Jesus later implied means all human beings).  This is how Jesus summed up the entirety of what it means to live a righteous life.  What does salvation require?  Love God.  Love your neighbor.  Jesus made sure it was SO simple to remember.    

And yet… here we are again.  And again.  And again.  There is no excuse- not for Christians. 

Love God.  Love neighbor.  If anyone is still unclear… yes, black and brown people ARE my neighbor.  Racism, and excusing the racist language and behavior of our friends and family, must end.  There is no place for evil and hatred in the kingdom of God.  You cannot both truly love God with all your heart and also ignore the cries of God’s children.      

Bishop Bob Farr released a statement this week about racism and the events of these past few weeks.  In the statement he said, “If the conversation around #blacklivesmatter and the news reporting creates a sense of discomfort, tension or uneasiness in you, I invite you to spend some time talking to Jesus about WHY it bothers you. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your heart to a place of conviction so that we might create God’s kingdom on earth where all people – regardless of their skin color, ethnicity, religion, identity or sexuality – might flourish.”

You can read the Bishop’s full statement HERE.  

I have heard a lot of people asking recently, “What can I do?”  One thing that you can do is educate yourself.  I strongly suggest that you read either White Fragility or How to Be an Antiracist.  

I expect every member of Faithbridge to believe in and respect the dignity of each and every human life, because we are ALL children created in God’s image.  Love God.  Love your Neighbor.  There is no greater commandment.  

This weekend we are starting into a new sermon series called Rightside Up.  During the series, we are going to walk through Jesus’ sermon on the mount and we will see through it how Jesus said we could turn our upside down world Rightside Up.  Join us online this week, and invite a friend to watch with you!

Blessings in the wilderness,
Pastor Andy Blacksher  

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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

In-Person Services to Resume June 21st 

Keep watching your email for what to expect if you plan to attend the service on June 21st.  

We aren’t going to leave you behind if you choose to stay home.  We’ll be making our online worshiping community an even greater priority than it has been in the past. 

Regardless of how you choose to worship, please watch your email for information on what you’ll need to know to attend online or in-person beginning on June 21st.

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 at (573) 480-1123.

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.