Newsletter Week of February 25th

Pastor’s Piece
I got home around midnight last night after spending the past 2 days in Saint Louis at the 2019 General Conference for the United Methodist Church.  This was a special called session to specifically address the official positions of the United Methodist Church as they relate to LGBTQ persons and clergy.  The delegates approved a plan that affirms the current church policies on homosexuality and strengthens the enforcement of those policies. The vote was 438 to 384.  I will be taking the next 48 hours to pray and reflect, and then I will plan to send you an email on Friday that speaks more to what took place and what it means. 
This week we’ll be concluding our sermon series titled “The 5th Gospel.”  We’re looking at the Holy Land through pictures, videos and stories from my recent trip there.  What many of you have told me is that becoming familiar with the places that our scriptures were birthed is giving them renewed meaning and significance in your lives.  This week we’ll be diving into two passages of scripture in particular- Mark 4:35-41 and Psalm 23.  I hope that you’ll join us for our final sermon, titled “Fear and Faith.”   
I have just a few more notes to include here. Don’t forget that we’re moving our service time to begin at 9:30am this week.  Also, this week we’ll have a chance to meet Tricia Quist who will be preaching at our sister church in Iberia, MO.  Remember to look for my email on Friday.  One note- we’re moving to a new email system, so the email will look a bit different.  However, it will still be coming from same email address:
Blessings,Pastor Andy  

Ways to Get Connected   
Adult Bible Study
Wednesday evenings the book study group are meeting again from 7-8PM at Faithbridge.  They have started an eight week Lenten study entitled, “Dying to Live”. All adults are welcome. For more information contact Becky Beck.

Hope House Volunteers
The next Hope House volunteer days are February 27th (Wed.), March 1st (Fri.), 2nd (Sat.), 27th (Wed.), 29th (Fri.) and 30th (Sat.) from 9:00-2:00.

2019 Food Truck Ministry
The Food Truck Ministry work day is coming up quickly.  Be here on Saturday, March 9th at 9:00AM to serve together in this community outreach ministry. If you have any questions, or for more information please contact Doug Beck or Marcy Myers.

Easter Choir
Anyone who may be interested in singing with the choir for the Easter service, please join us after the service this Sunday as we listen and sing through the music for the first time.  With only three songs, it won’t be an overwhelming commitment and it is always a lot of fun. Please join us!

Coming This Summer- Ignite Mobile Camp
Don’t forget to let everyone know about our Ignite Mobile Camp, July 22-26, hosted right here at Faithbridge Church. The EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ends after this Thursday! Campers age 6-12 should get ready for five full days of exciting activities, adventures and learning about God!  Kids will have a blast with the wide range of activities like bouncing in the inflatables, playing Gaga ball, and singing and dancing to silly songs!    
The cost is $50/camper, but now through Thursday, Feb 28th it’s just $25/camper with the Early Bird Discount! 

Remember, beginning this Sunday, March 3rd, the morning service will begin at 9:30AM rather than 9:45. Adjust your alarm clock so you’re sure to be on time.