Good News for Friday, August 14th
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” -Matthew 7:13-14
I’ve always thought Jesus could have found a more uplifting way of putting this! Essentially Jesus said that His message, this message of living and loving everyone and serving God, is like choosing to enter through a narrow gate. To be quite honest, the sinful and selfish nature within me would love to serve a God who wants me to be comfortable and take it easy while I float through life largely the way I would like it. But that is not who the God of the universe is.
I’ve often reflected on this passage when life seems to get tough. After a diagnosis. During a rough patch. When the future seems unclear, unfavorable, or uncertain. Here’s what I’ve come to believe- that God is good all the time. Often the narrow road can leave us feeling lonely and uncertain. But take heart, because if you are traveling the narrow road with Jesus, He will be with you every step of the journey.
Again, Jesus said, “small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” What is the road like that you’re on right now? Does it seem easy or difficult? Do you feel like you’re on a highway with the crowd, or does it feel like you are on the road less traveled?
Join us for worship this week as we look at the next section of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount where he prepares His disciples for the hazards that lie ahead of us on the road of life.
Blessings in the wilderness,
Pastor Andy Blacksher
Connect, Grow and Serve…
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
- Back to School Supplies- School districts across the country have had difficult decisions to make regarding how to educate students this year. School of the Osage plans to open the school buildings back up to children on August 24th as planned, but they are making a number of changes to meet new safety standards. Beginning next week I will have a list to share with you of items that we will be collecting to help meet the specific needs they have identified. We will also be accepting monetary donations.
- Books for Kids- Literacy matters. So we will begin collecting donations for books for the children of Heritage Elementary through our partnership with Scholastic. Each child will receive one book every month, and the books cost $1 per child. Our goal is to provide a book to each child in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade a book for 7 months of the school year. Last year, you were so generous that we nearly reached our goal in one week of fundraising!
- Build-A-Box Food Drive- Food security will continue to be an ongoing struggle for area families as we move into the off season. We would like to help by providing area food pantries with boxes of food, similar to what we do with our Food Truck ministry each Spring. But instead of the gathering at the church as a big group to assemble the boxes, this is something we are all going to do at home. You will pick up a box and a packing list, purchase the items on the list, and bring the completed box back to church for delivery. The plan is that we will roll out this project in September. Stay tuned for more details still to come…
- Sept 19th- Moto Rally for Mozambique- Our Bishop in Missouri, Rev. Bob Farr, will be leading what has become an annual event to support our partnership with the United Methodist Churches in Mozambique. The pastors in Mozambique often serve several churches and few have working automobiles. This annual event helps raise money to purchase motorcycles for the pastors so that they can, in turn, spread the gospel. They will begin their (socially distanced) 2-day ride around Missouri at 10am on September 19th from the parking lot of Faithbridge. More details can be found by contacting the church office.
- Oct 10th- Hope Isn’t Cancelled Virtual 5K– You know you need some exercise! Run or walk with us on Saturday, October 10th in person or from the comfort of your own neighborhood. Your entry will support frontline workers and local restaurants! For every entry into this virtual 5k/10k, we will purchase a meal for a frontline worker (i.e. nurse, doctor, screener, etc.) from a local restaurant. More info will be coming soon.
- Oct 25th- Alzheimer’s Walk- This is another chance to stretch your legs and support the fight against Alzheimer’s. Our local walk will be held on Sunday, October 25th, and I think it will be around noon.
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Join us for our “Virtual” Choir?
Please join our “virtual” choir for the Christmas season, which will be starting soon! If you are interested in getting more information, please reply to this email or contact Tina at the church office. The commitment for this type of choir will be minimal and you can do most of it from home, at your convenience. We will be working on some amazing music this year and hope you’ll join us!
Just For Kids!
Harper Chapel is beginning Pre-School classes and a Student Center program for school-aged students. For more information on either program click below.
By our Prayers…
Please remember the following people and situations in your prayers this week:
Kathy Browns- Rusty Fowler’s cousin who is fighting cancer
Darrel Johnson – Keith Johnson’s brother who has been diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer. Prayers for the whole family.
Perry Legg – Friend of Galen and Josie Barlow is battling the return of inoperable lung cancer. He is a retired law enforcement officer and veteran.
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.
Danny Moore – Recoerving and doing very well at home after treatment of meningitis. Please keep Joy and their family in your prayers.
Mary Jo Ware – A friend of Elaine and Bill Griglione is in Louisiana battling Pancreatic cancer.
(To be included in this list, please reply to this email or contact the church office.)