This week is the beginning of the season of the Christian calendar called Lent. Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Historically, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became a time for penance by all Christians. The primary focus of Lent is to be considering the meaning of baptism and discipleship. Because Sundays are always little Easters, the penitential spirit of Lent should be replaced by joyful expectation of the Resurrection of Christ. We will be observing Ash Wednesday with a special, 30-minute service tomorrow night at 6 pm (note, there will not be childcare). You can learn more about Ash Wednesday by clicking HERE to watch this brief and informative “Chuck Knows Church” video.
On Saturday, Kristen and I will be at the First United Methodist Church of Saint Charles with some of our youth at the LEAP event. It’s going to be an awesome time of serving, worship, and lots of fun! Our group will be traveling with the youth group from our sister church just down the road, Harper Chapel UMC. Please pray for safe travels, and for God’s presence to be real and powerful for everyone involved.
On Sunday we will continue our John sermon series as we dive into John 9 and look at what Jesus had to say about physical and spiritual blindness. Sometimes we get very good at “being religious,” but it doesn’t translate well into living a Christ-like life. In fact, I know many people who have actually been hurt by people who were “just trying to do the right thing.” Maybe that is your story? Or perhaps you’ve inadvertently hurt others in your pursuit of righteousness. Join us Sunday, and if you’ve got a friend who has been hurt by Church, this will be a great day to invite them as well!
Our reading this week for The Full Gospel Project is John chapters 8, 9, and 10. As you read this week, consider the following:
- Jesus lays out this beautiful picture of what it means to follow Him in John 8:31-51. He claims that when you follow Christ you are not a servant to Satan or to God for that matter, but you are adopted as a CHILD of God. Jesus said in 8:38-39, “I’m telling you what I’ve seen when I am with the Father, but you are doing what you’ve heard from your father.” (The Jews) replied, “Our father is Abraham.” The people Jesus was talking to couldn’t grasp the power of truly being called “children of God.” What does it mean that you call God your Heavenly Father?
- 2. In John 9:20-23 we read about a couple of parents who find themselves in a difficult situation. They are afraid that they would be outcasts if they chose to express their beliefs. Have you ever faced this kind of situation in your family, at work, or perhaps even at church? Did you bury your beliefs, like the parents, or did you choose to share your understanding? What do you think Jesus expects of us in such a situation?
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 on Thursday
Christy McField – Debbie Geasley’s sister-in-law who has breast cancer
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. They were both part of Cornerstone Church and active in the Praise Team ministry. Cards of care and condolence can be sent to Laurie Sybert at 14105 East 104th Street, North Owasso, Oklahoma, 74055.
(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
Back Again this year!
Ignite All-Day Summer
Camp returns to Faithbridge Church this July 20-24, 2020. Early
bird $25 discount is available for all campers, but EXPIRES after this
Friday, February 28th
– TIME IS RUNNING OUT! 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 Church.
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!
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE
We will be holding a short Ash Wednesday Service this week on February 26th at 6:00 PM. Everyone is invited to join us.
FOOD TRUCK MINISTRY
Mark your calendars now to participate in our Annual Food Truck Ministry which happens in JUST TWO WEEKS on Sunday, March 8th. This year we will be holding the event on a Sunday during our regular worship time so we can involve more of our members in this amazing ministry. 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, or just sign up in the church lobby.
Youth Mental Health First
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
The church office will be closed this Thursday, February 27th. We apologize for any inconvenience.