Newsletter Week of September 14

Good News for Thursday, September 17th

Pastor’s Piece

I have to say, I’ve had more fun in ministry last weekend than I’ve had in a while!  We kicked things off with the first Saturday of our Build-A-Box food drive.  That was so much fun!  I enjoyed getting a chance to catch up with most everyone who came by to pick up a box.  You too can drop by and pick up a box this Saturday from 10am to noon.  We would love to see you!  Bring a lawn chair if you’d like to have a longer (socially distanced) chat too!

It was also an honor to preach at Carrie Johnson’s celebration of life.  Carrie was such a blessing to so many people, and she was a great friend to many in our church.  I most appreciated that Carrie, even though she was fighting ALS, was determined to make the best of every situation.  She had a faith in God that carried her through each day.  I wanted to take a moment to share with you the poem that her family asked me to read on Saturday by Annie Johnson Flint.   

         What God Hath Promised
         God hath not promised skies always blue,
         Flower strewn pathways all our lives through;
         God hath not promised sun without rain,
         Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
         But God hath promised strength for the day,
         Rest for the labor, light for the way,
         Grace for the trials, help from above,
         Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

This poem captured the grace that Carrie lived her whole life with- and the hope that she had in her God who never failed to help her handle all she had been given.  I caught a glimpse of that grace every Sunday when she came to church even when things got hard.  She is dearly missed.

And of course we had a great online worship service on Sunday morning.  I started into a new sermon series where we’ll be walking through the Psalms together.  Last week we started with Psalm 13 where the Psalmist asks God, “How long will you hide your face from me?”  In case you missed it, you can watch the service HERE.  This Sunday we will look at Psalm 19 which is a song of praise to God.  NOTE- We started using a new website to share in our worship service together.  Join us this Sunday morning at 9:30am at:  If that time doesn’t work for you, it’s also always possible to watch the service later on our website.  

I invite you to stop by on Saturday to pick up or return a box, and I pray that you are all blessed by the service on Sunday.  Keep being the church and sharing the Light of Christ in our world!

Blessings in the wilderness,

Pastor Andy Blacksher

Connect, Grow and Serve…


Build-A-Box Food Drive-   You can help provide area families in need with boxes of food.  Simply pick up a box and a packing list from church, purchase the items on the list, and bring the completed box back to church for delivery.  Pick up and/or drop off a box at church any Saturday in September between 10am and noon.  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.  Anyone is welcome to come by the church parking lot around 9:30am to pray with them, meet Bishop Farr, provide hospitality, and send the riders on their way. 

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 

Come Join the Women’s Bible Study!
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.

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!

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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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
The Johnson Family – Prayer for Keith and the family at the passing of Carrie. Also, pray for Keith’s health during this difficult time.
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.  
Mary Jo Ware – A friend of Elaine and Bill Griglione is in Louisiana battling Pancreatic cancer.
The Whisler Family – At the passing of Keith Whisler, Rusty Fowler’s cousin.

(To be included in this list, please reply to this email or contact the church office.)