Newsletter Week of September 28

Faithbridge Newsletter

Good News for Friday, October 2nd

Pastor’s Piece

I don’t know about you, but the changing seasons always give me a little jolt of energy!  I feel a little extra motivation to get projects done that I’ve been putting off and to look ahead to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons.  Simply put, I truly love fall!  

Usually I can see my love of fall reflected not only in nature, but also in talking with other people and in posts on social media.  Unfortunately, I have seen much less love of fall this year than in years past.  We seem to be more consumed by politics than love of nature this year.  While civic engagement has always been something the United Methodist Church has encouraged, the tone of politics this year has certainly been more divisive than even years in recent memory.   

And yet, as Christians, we are called to something very different- unity.  In John 17, near the end of His life, Jesus prayed that His disciples (the Church) would be one- united in Christ’s command to love one another.  The apostle Paul was especially concerned about unity and included a call to remain united together in nearly every letter that he wrote that made it into the New Testament.  And while Christian unity doesn’t mean that you have to be in full agreement with your neighbor all of the time, it certainly means that we, as Christians, do continue to hold one another up and be FOR each other.  In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he wrote, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love”  (Ephesians 4:2).  

I say all of this because we are going to be posting one of the many scripture passages about unity every single day on our Facebook site for the next couple of months.  I hope that these posts encourage you, and I invite you to share these posts as a way of sharing a positive message of unity with our community, in our nation.  Never underestimate what can happen when we all join together to send a positive Biblical message of hope out into the world! 

We learned this morning that President Trump, the First Lady, and members of the White House staff have recently contracted the Coronavirus.  I have personally recovered from this Coronavirus and it is a serious health concern for many of us.  I developed bronchitis and was at risk of developing pneumonia as a result of the virus.  But my doctors acted quickly to treat my conditions and I am grateful for that.  I hope you’ll join with me in praying that the President is able to rest, recover, and return to good health, and for wisdom for his doctors to follow the right course of treatments if necessary.    

The sermon this week is about Jesus’ teachings that we are to see one another through God’s eyes.  Jesus frequently showed compassion on people that no “good” Jewish man would ever associate with including people afflicted with leprosy, tax collectors, and foreigners.  And while we know that Jesus expects the same behavior out of us, we also know from our lived experience that it can be hard to show this kind of compassion and love with others at times.  We will begin by exploring Psalm 73 where, I’ll just be honest, the Psalmist really does not share Jesus’ view of other people in the world.  Together, we will consider Psalm 73 in light of Jesus’ commands and discern how we might best live for Christ in our world today.  Join us this Sunday at 9:30am  at forthelake.online.church as we worship together.  Invite a friend!  And if you aren’t able to join us on Sunday mornings, you can join in anytime via our church website

Blessings in the wilderness,

Pastor Andy Blacksher

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

Connect, Grow and Serve…

Build-A-Box Food Drive 
If you still have a box of food to donate please call the church to arrange a drop-off day and time.

October- Hope Isn’t Cancelled Virtual 5K– 

Run or walk with us from the comfort of your own neighborhood any time in the month of October.  Your entry will support frontline workers and local restaurants!  See the flyer below for more information.

Wellness Tips For You
Becky Beck, a long-time member of Faithbridge and healthcare professional shares information on taking care of yourself and your loved ones. To learn more CLICK HERE.

Join us for the Alzheimer’s on Walk-Oct 25th  

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. 
To Donate CLICK HERE and tap the DONATE button.
Our Team name is “Faithbridge United Methodist Church”.
For step-by-step instructions GO HERE.

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 www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle  or call 1-866-229-0469 to receive your discount and preferred appointment time.  

Giving online is fast, easy and secure. Never worry about your checkbook or cash again – you can set up recurring payments, so your donations continue even when you forget.

1. Visit our website at www.faithbridgelakechurch.com
2. Locate the Give Online button.
3. Donate!

If you’d rather give by check, please mail it to:

Faithbridge Church
901 Hwy 42
Osage Beach, MO 65065.

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:

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. Pray for the residents and staff.
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. Praise God her tumor is responding. Prayers as they decide next steps.
The Whisler Family – At the passing of Keith Whisler, Rusty Fowler’s cousin.

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