Newsletter Week of October 19

“Be my bravery when I am trembling.  
Be my courage when my heart is caving in
Be the fireside when I am wandering
Be my Father, whatever comes” 
   

-“Whatever Comes” by Rend Collective

That is the chorus of my favorite song right now.  This song speaks to my heart and to the rollercoaster of emotions that 2020 has brought into my life.  First there was excitement.  Then came concern.  Then fear.  Then impatient hopefulness.  Sprinkled throughout there has been some joy, anger, and doubt.  I’ve had weeks where it seemed there was no good solution to any of the new problems that had seeped up.  And now… now this is my song.  I’ve got a peace today that was much harder to come by in many of the months past.  I have a much more patient hopefulness.  I am convinced, now more than ever, that God is walking with me each and every step of the way.  And God is walking with you in exactly the same way.  When it seems like you’ve lost your sense of direction or your courage is waning, let God be your bravery.  And just like Moses and the Israelites wandered in the wilderness and were guided by the pillar of fire at night, allow God to be the light in the dark that guides you along the right paths.   

We’ve got another great worship service planned for this weekend.  My good friend Laura Murphy will be talking with us this weekend.  Laura and I have been friends for nearly 10 years.  We met when we were in seminary (pastor’s school) together.  You will appreciate her heart and passion as she shares about being a generous person- even in the midst of a pandemic!  Invite a friend!  And if you aren’t able to join us on Sunday mornings, you can join in anytime via our church website

One more very important thing-  I would like to invite you to participate in a “Check-in” email survey.  This is similar to the surveys we used back in the spring.  The survey is a huge help for me to get a feel for how we are doing as a congregation- which, as you can imagine, can be difficult to discern as your pastor during these times!  I will invite you to contribute to this survey monthly for the duration of the pandemic.  This survey will be open through 11pm on Friday night.  Text NYCB to 90888 to get started, or go to  https://assessments.gloo.us/a/RGVwbG95bWVudENvbmZpZ3wxODAwNTM4MDkyODI3ODM4MTUz

Know that you are loved and you are never alone.  In all things, God walks with us.  

Blessings in the wilderness,

Pastor Andy Blacksher

Connect, Grow and Serve…

It’s Pastor Appreciation Month
During the month of October our church takes a minute to thank and appreciate our Pastor and his family. On January 1, 2020, if we were able to look into the crystal ball and see what 2020 was going to look like we never would have believed our eyes! It has been a very difficult time for all of us in so many ways and most certainly for our Pastor! Pastor Andy has led our church through this with decisions that have been great for some and unpopular with others. But through it all he has leaned on God for wisdom! He has spent countless hours preparing an online service that takes us to beautiful sights right here in our back yards! Having members take part in the services, and actually getting to see their faces, has certainly been a highlight of my Sundays! I know it takes a lot of extra time to put those services together but we appreciate the extra effort it takes to allow us to be a part of the service! We thank you Pastor Andy!
 
Lastly, we thank God for the recovery of Pastor Andy and Kristen from COVID-19 and we continue to pray for all those who are suffering from it now.
 
If you would like to send a card to Pastor Andy and Kristen, I’m certain they would appreciate hearing from you. The church address Is: 901 Hwy 42, Osage Beach, MO 65065.

In Christ,

Barb Bierman- Board Chair

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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
Darrel Johnson – Keith Johnson’s brother who has been diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer. Prayers for the whole family.
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.  
Mona Poole – Mona is currently recovering from COVID-19. Please do not contact her directly at this time, as she tries to rest and heal.

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