Newsletter Week of August 31st

Good News for Thursday, September 3rd

Pastor’s Piece

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Suess

Many of you know that I tested positive for COVID nearly 2 weeks ago. We just found out that Kristen tested positive for COVID earlier this week, and we have to assume that it is likely that the boys are both fighting it off as well (although they haven’t shown symptoms yet). All of this has led to a long, drawn out fight against a disease that we don’t understand. What I can tell you is that from my experience it was incredibly draining. I had what is considered to be a mild case, but I developed the majority of the symptoms you’ve seen listed. Then I experienced an increasingly bad cough around day 6, and my doctor became concerned that I’d developed pneumonia. After just one dose of antibiotics I rapidly improved, and right now I’m just tired and frequently out of breath. I say all of this to tell you that COVID is real, and that you don’t want what I had!

In the midst of the difficulties and struggles of the past couple of weeks, we have also experienced a great outpouring of support from you, our church family. Some have offered to bring meals or deliver groceries for us, and we deeply appreciate your generosity and love.

I wanted to take this opportunity to remind us all that this pandemic has given us a divine opportunity as Christians. Instead of complaining about the changes and restrictions to our lives, we have a divine opportunity here to show the love of Christ to others. We have a chance to demonstrate compassion and care for our neighbors in a way that will make a genuine difference in people’s lives.

And I also need to say, there is a real stigma around contracting COVID in many circles right now that is leading many people to not want to talk about the fact that they are going through it. But you and I have the divine opportunity to be the Light of Christ in the face of the pain and brokenness of real people that we know. You can take a meal to someone, or mow their yard, or pick up some groceries. Even sending a card can lift a person’s spirits at just the right moment. Let’s use this time to be FOR our neighbors and show the compassion and love of Christ to a world in need.

That quote from Dr. Suess at the top of my note hangs on our basement wall. I’ve read that a lot as I’ve been self-isolating in our basement over the past week and a half. And I have plenty of negative emotions toward the whole COVID event, but I’ve also got some beautiful and compassionate memories forming as well. Perhaps it is quite true that we will not know the value of this moment- this time- until it becomes a memory.

This past weekend, Rev. Patrick Moore brought the message for our worship service in my absence. What I heard most clearly in his message was a call to be first a Christian above all else. That our identity is rooted in Jesus, and that our Mission is Jesus’ mission in this world. We are to be the Body of Christ on this earth and we are to do what Jesus would have us to do. And the Mission of Christ is so much greater than the mission of any human organization or cause that can ever be developed.

As our lives continue to change and we are honest about the fact that we feel the loss of control and loss of health, and loss of community, let us refuse to let this loss define this moment. Instead, I pray that you will seize the divine opportunities all around you and truly shine the Light of Christ to all those you meet. Things will continue to change, and we won’t always like it. But our mission in Christ has always been much bigger than the problems we walk through on this earth.

As I leave you, I want to assure you that I won’t be preaching this weekend but you’ll be in good hands! You’ll be hearing a message this weekend by one of our own- but you’ll have to join us in-person or on Facebook to find out who it is! I do plan to preach again on September 13th and we will begin our sermon series on the Psalms then. We will also have some more changes in worship that I’ll describe to you next week.

Until then, walk in the confidence of Christ. Stay well, and stay safe.

Blessings in the wilderness,
Pastor Andy Blacksher

Connect, Grow and Serve…

Faithbridge Ladies Coffee

Join us on Tuesday, September 8 at 9:30 a.m. for a Parking Lot Coffee gathering.

Bring your coffee, snack if you want and lawn chair to our church parking lot.  We can social distance, share summer updates and enjoy fellowship with each other.  If you are joining our Bible Study, you can pick up your workbook that morning.

You can also join us by staying in your car if that works better for you.

We look forward to seeing you in the parking lot!

Ladies Bible Study is starting again!
Here’s what you need to know.

The Study is called Better – A Study of Hebrews by Jen Wilkin

In this verse-by-verse study of the Book of Hebrews, Jen Wilkin explores how God “provided something better for us” in the person of Jesus Christ (Heb. 11:40).  Through stories of Old Testament heroes and practices, the author of Hebrews demonstrates how the new covenant is superior to the old and how Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of every promise.  Explore familiar verses in context of the entire Bible, learning how to place your hope and faith in Christ alone.  

10 Sessions starting Tuesday, September 15 – November 17 – 9:30 a.m.

We are going to begin our study by zoom session only.  We are hoping we can meet in person at some point, but want to play it safe for now.  If we decide to meet in person, we will also provide a zoom option as well.

The sessions include a workbook for homework, a video 30-45 minutes each week which we will show through our zoom session.  Workbook cost is $14.00.  If you have not ordered your book, please touch base with Barb Bierman, Betty McAdams or Tina in the church office.  You can send your check to the church.  We will notify you when the books can be picked up.

We are looking forward to getting started again and digging deeper into the Bible!


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:

  • Kleenex
  • “Real” paper towels that absorb 
  • Airborne, Emergen-C, or Vitamin C lozenges for the teacher’s lounge

The deadline has been extended- please drop off items by Sunday, September 13th. Items can be left at the church from 9am-2pm 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.  

Sept 12th- Build-A-Box Food Drive-   We’ll be helping provide 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.  Pick up a box at church starting Saturday, September 12th.  Contact the church office for more information.

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!  See the flyer below for more information.

Oct 25th-  Alzheimer’s Walk-  This is another chance to stretch your legs and support the fight against Alzheimer’s.  Our local walk will have an in-person and virtual option.  Contact Bob Schlutow for more information  (314) 609-0774 

Nov. 20th – Life Line Screening (see below)

Life Line Screening
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Faithbridge Church. Ultrasound screenings to identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.
Register online TODAY at  or call 
1-866-229-0469 to receive your discount and preferred appointment time.  

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Thank you for your faithfulness in supporting the ongoing ministries of Faithbridge Church!

By our Prayers…

Please remember the following people and situations in your prayers this week:

Pastor Andy Blacksher and familly – Recovering from 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.)