Newsletter Week of December 7th

Good News for Wednesday, December 9th

Pastor’s Piece

We are getting closer to Christmas every day, and I don’t think it is ever too early to get into the spirit of Christmas!  You are invited to come by church on Saturday from 10am-1pm to pick up your “Box of Comfort and Joy.”  You’ll need your box to fully participate in the Christmas Eve service, and it includes your candles to hold as we close the service with Silent Night.  We had a small team assembling these boxes for you this week (and yes, we were socially distanced except for the group photo!) and we hope that they lift your spirits this Christmas Season.  The only rule is that you aren’t supposed to open them until 6:30pm on December 24th when we have our Christmas Eve worship service together.    


All you need to do is drive up to the front of the church and we’ll give you your box!  For those who aren’t able to make it, please reply to this email and let Tina know and we will figure out a way to deliver it to you.

This Sunday we will have a special treat!  Members of our choir prepared a “Virtual Cantata” that we are going to show during worship.  They put a lot of time and energy into this, and I guarantee that you won’t want to miss this!

In the sermon this week, I will be talking about the Joy of Christ.  Joy is not the same thing as happiness.  Joy is something deeper.  As I will share this weekend, I think our joy in life is directly proportional to how much we allow God to use us.  I invite you to join me for worship this Sunday at 9:30am on forthelake.online.church  or anytime by going to that same website and clicking “Past Sermons.”  And be sure to invite a friend who needs a little joy in their lives today!

Blessings in the wilderness,

Pastor Andy Blacksher

Connect, Grow and Serve…

CHRISTMAS COMFORT & JOY IN A BOX!
This year we know that everything is different, and Christmas Eve will probably not be an exception. Celebrating Christmas Eve online may make you feel separated from it all, but we’ve come up with a plan to bring us all together to share a common experience, and a little comfort and joy. The goal is to make the holiday more special for everyone in our Faithbridge family. So, this Saturday, December 12th we will have a drive-by pick-up at Faithbridge from 10:00AM-1:00PM. You simply drive up, stay in your car and pick up your box of Christmas Comfort & Joy. The boxes must remain sealed until Christmas Eve when we will all open them together (online)!

If you are unable to drive through on Saturday, just let the office know and we can make sure to mail your Christmas box to you the following week. If you will be at a different address for the holidays, just be sure to let us know and so we can get it to you, wherever you may be. 

BELL RINGERS NEEDED!

Alan West is organizing bell ringers for the Salvation Army again this year.  He’s looking for bell ringers for Fridays from 9am to 7pm at the Walmart in Osage Beach.  They recommend taking a 2 hour shift.  If you are interested in picking a time slot, or need more information, please give Alan or the church office a call.

Sweets for our Holiday Community Workers

As in the past years, we will be collecting and distributing cookies to those people who serve the community by working the midnight shift on Christmas Eve. This includes fire, ambulance, hospital, nursing homes, police, toll bridge workers and others. If you are able to bake goodies for the care packages which will be delivered on Christmas Eve, please deliver them to the church on one of these days and times:

  • Tuesday, December 22nd – 9:00AM-1:00PM
  • Wednesday, December 23rd – 4:30PM – 6:30PM

If you would like to help with delivery or need more information, please call or text Samantha Marsi, Ginger Henry, or the church office.

Ribbons for Community Support

Lake Regional Hospital has been working tirelessly taking care of our community these last few months and are now seeing an increase in COVID inpatients. As this pandemic continues to affect us all, Lake Regional Hospital has reached out to our community asking for support for our front line workers. There are many front line workers they would like for us to recognize along with the hospital. These include teachers and administrators, all health care workers, EMS, firefighters, police, delivery, and grocery store workers.

How can you help?  Display a ribbon on your mailbox, tree, or window to let the community know you a you are supporting the frontline workers or you are a frontline worker.
Ribbon colors are:

  • White- to support all those who work on the frontlines
  • Blue- if you personally work on the frontlines
  • School colors- Display your school color if you work on the frontlines at our local schools

Let’s thank our frontline workers! Displaying a ribbon is only one way we can say thank you. Cards, meals, and gift certificates would make a frontline workers day!

By our Prayers…

Please remember the following people and situations in your prayers this week:

Richard Appelquist – Bonnie Wood’s father, who is undergoing a heart procedure this week.
Janis Chittenden – a close friend of Josie Barlow is facing several health issues, as well as mourning the death of her brother.
Amber Elliott-  Her father, Ronnie Asmann passed away.  Please be praying for the family in this time of loss.
The Fowler Family – at the passing of Rusty Fowler’s father, Jack, and his cousin, Kathy Browns, who we have been praying for. Lift up this family as they have suffered great loss this week. Also, please keep their friend, Ginger in your prayers as well, as she continues to battle COVID-19.
Darrel Johnson – Keith Johnson’s brother who has been diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer. Prayers for the whole family.
The McAdams & Bierman Families – at the passing of their Brother-in-Law, Bill.
Donna McAdams – Betty McAdam’s Mother-in-law, who is at MU Hospital receiving chemo treatments. Pray for strength and increased oxygen levels.
Christy McField – Debbie Geasley’s sister-in-law who has breast cancer.
Levin McGee – Sharon and Norm McGee’s grandson needs prayers for doctors to make a confident diagnosis of the problems in his shoulder.  

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