Good News for Thursday, August 27th
“Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. How long will you people turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods? Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. -Psalm 4:1-3, 8
As most of you know, I tested positive for COVID on Friday. I have spent the last week in the basement, essentially just resting until Kristen brings me some food. I guess that is the kind of life some guys dream of! For me, it’s getting old.
My symptoms have been what is categorized as “mild,” although I would not have used the word “mild” to describe how I felt for the first 72 hours! I am going to simply leave it with this statement- you certainly do not want what I have. Thank you for the many prayers and for those of you who have offered food and other favors. You are a congregation who knows how to love and serve one another, and your kindness and generosity are not lost on my family!
We just got the news today that Kristen and the boys have all tested negative, which must mean this basement lifestyle has worked so far! Thank you for the continued prayers for them and for my healing and much needed rest.
Unfortunately, rest doesn’t come easily for everyone today. I have been following the unrest in Kenosha, WI. It breaks my heart to see this happening again so soon. We have church members who still call Kenosha home and have family there. Please join me in praying for peace and healing for Jacob Blake and his family, the officers involved and their families, the protesters who were attacked, and the teenager who will have to live with what he has done for the rest of his life.
Many people I have talked with about racial justice have been wondering, “What can I do?” If that’s you, my answer is first to educate yourself. We all have education around racial issues, but most of us were educated by our family, or we were educated by the events that we’ve lived through. If we are going to break this cycle, then we must begin by dying to ourselves and surrendering our will. In the process, you may find some of your beliefs confirmed. You may also find that your previous education had gaps. I would simply recommend to you again the book, White Fragility by Robin Diangelo.
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, sought to not simply go to church, pray, sing, and believe the right things. Instead, Wesley deeply believed that we were created to be the kind of people who love God and neighbor so much that we seek to change the injustices of this world. The early Methodists started the first free school for children who worked in the coal mines. Wesley visited prisoners (meaning that he took food to them so they wouldn’t starve). He was deeply involved in the fight to end the British slave trade. He lived by the words of the author of James 2:26 which proclaim, “As the lifeless body is dead, so faith without actions is dead.” This is our spiritual heritage. It is my prayer that we would be the kind of Christians who love our God and our neighbors in such an active way that proclaims our living faith in our living God.
We will re-open for worship on Sunday both in-person and online, although I will not be with you. Rev. Patrick Moore will be preaching, and I will be watching at home with many of you! You will be blessed by his message, and you won’t want to miss it.
Blessings in the wilderness,
Pastor Andy Blacksher
Connect, Grow and Serve…
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
- Back to School- We’re going to bless the teachers as they begin this new school year and we are expanding our Books For Kids program this year to include K-2nd grade classes at School of the Osage. This is an awesome partnership that we have with Scholastic to provide each child with one book every month, and the books cost $1 per child. Our fundraising goal for the Books For Kids program is $3,500. You can support the teachers by bringing the following items:
- “Real” paper towels that absorb
- Airborne, Emergen-C, or Vitamin C lozenges for the teacher’s lounge
Please drop off items at church by September 6th from 9am-2pm Tuesday through Thursday or on Sunday during worship. Donations can be made online through our website HERE. Be sure to direct your donation to the “Bless the Schools” fund. Donations will be used to support both the Books For Kids and to purchase items to serve the needs of the teachers.
- 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 HERE.
- 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.
NovemberNov. 20th – Life Line Screening – Hosted by Faithbridge Church. More information will be available soon.
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By our Prayers…
Please remember the following people and situations in your prayers this week:
Pastor Andy Blacksher – Tested positive for Covid19.
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 – Recovering 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.)