Newsletter Week of October 26

Good News for Wednesday, October 28

Pastor’s Piece

“So then, with endurance, let’s also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let’s throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up,and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith’s pioneer and perfecter. He endured the cross, ignoring the shame, for the sake of the joy that was laid out in front of him, and sat down at the right side of God’s throne.”                               -Hebrews 12:1-2  CEB

There is a holiday coming this week, and you should be excited!  No, I’m not talking about Halloween.  This coming Sunday is November 1st, which is All Saints Day.  All Saints Day is a time in the life of the church when we pause and give God thanks for all those who have died in the faith and gone on before us into the next life.  We remember and celebrate the lives of our loved ones and of spiritual mentors in both faith and life.  It is a time to reflect on just how much they have shaped us and paved the way for our own faith in Jesus Christ.  Typically I would have candles ready for you to light during our service, but worshiping online changes things a bit!  However, I would invite you to light a candle before the service begins in remembrance of your loved ones.

In that spirit, we will be joined for worship this week by my good friend Rev. Sara Chaney.  Rev. Chaney is a retired pastor who has led congregations across the state of Missouri and now lives at The Lake.  I’m so happy to get to share with you from one of our very own!  She’ll be sharing her own experience growing in faith and will invite you to reflect on those who were influential in your faith development.  I am certain that you’ll appreciate Rev. Chaney’s message and that it will help you as you seek to encourage those whom God has placed around you in your life.  Join us on Sunday at 9:30 at  or anytime at

This Sunday is also the end of Daylight Savings Time, so we’ll all be getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend!

I am praying that you are well as we remember together those who have been shining examples of faith in our lives.

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

You’ve got a few more days! 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.

Life Line Screening

November is National Diabetes Month

 Every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes, a disease which kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.   The American Diabetes Association’s website states that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless steps are taken to stop this disease.
 Early detection is critical.

 This is why Faithbridge Church is hosting Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings on Friday, November 20, 2020. One of the tests is a simple blood test for glucose (sugar) which can determine if a person is at-risk of developing diabetes.   Other screenings include tests to check for blocked carotid arteries, atrial fibrillation, and high blood pressure, which are the three leading risk factors for stroke.  Nearly 800,000 strokes will occur this year, taking a life approximately every four minutes.
There are also tests to check for abdominal aortic aneurysms and PAD, also called “hardening of the arteries” in the legs. Diabetes is a major risk factor for stroke and is directly related to Peripheral Arterial Disease.  Recommendations for people with diabetes included a PAD test starting at age 50.
Screening packages start at $139. Single tests cost around $70.
For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-888-653-6441 or go to or text the word circle to 797979. Pre-registration is required.

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.  
Kay Page – Kay is recovering from COVID-19.
Mona Poole – Mona is recovering from COVID-19. 

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