Newsletter Week of September 28

Good News for Friday, September 25th

Pastor’s Piece

Our son, Nathan, is turning 3 years old next week.  Kristen and I can hardly believe it!  What’s more, he is FINALLY starting to use real, understandable words to express how he is feeling.  This has been great for all of us.  We can understand what he wants and needs- which makes us so happy as parents.  And even more importantly, he feels like he is understood… like he isn’t all alone anymore with his own thoughts, feelings, and wants.  He has confidence that mommy knows what is troubling him, what has him excited, and why he is worried.  

I think this is how the Psalms function.  They were written from 400 to as many as 1,000 years before Jesus was born, and they express the raw and honest emotions of the author.  Sometimes they are joyful and uplifting- like a toddler who wants his daddy to know that “I love this game!”.  Other times they express the pain, fears, and anguish of the author.  I think of times when Nathan comes running to me saying, “My toe hurt.”  Sometimes he is even angry about the problem he’s experiencing, but he always runs to me because he trusts that everything will be ok if he tells daddy about it.

We can learn a lot about how God works through reading the Psalms.  That’s why we’re in the middle of a series on the Psalms right now, and I’m coming to you each week from a new location around our beautiful Lake area.  We covered Psalm 13 (from Public Beach #2) in the first week and Psalm 19 (from Ha Ha Tonka) last week.  This week we will dive into Psalm 42.  I have a feeling you will be able to relate to the author of Psalm 42.  For some reason, he or she was not able to return to Jerusalem for a period of time.  They were missing out on the crowds and festivals and worship.  Sound familiar?  Join us this Sunday at 9:30 at as we worship together.  And if you aren’t able to join us on Sunday mornings, you can join in anytime via our church website.  Oh, and for those who are curious, I filmed this week from the Osage Beach City Park.

And don’t miss out on your chance to participate in the Build-A-Box Food Drive tomorrow from 10am to noon.  More details can be found below!

Blessings in the wilderness,

Pastor Andy Blacksher

Join us for worship on Sundays at 9:30 am at  or find us later on the church website.


Build-A-Box Food Drive-   You have one more Saturday to join us and help provide area families in need with boxes of food.  Stop by church tomorrow to 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 this Saturday between 10am and noon.  

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 

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.  
Kathi Schlutow-  Tested positive for COVID-19.  Kathi is a resident at a nursing home and is the wife of Bob Schlutow.
Dwayne Steele – John Marsicovetere’s step-father hospitalized with heart problems.
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.)