Newsletter Week of November 30th

Good News for Thursday, December 2nd

Pastor’s Piece

As we are nearing the end of the year, I wanted to take a moment to invite you to join me in saying a big thank you to the folks who have served in an official leadership capacity on our church’s Board over the past year.  This group of people has not had an easy go of things this year.  There have been many difficult decisions to be made along the way, but I believe that they have faithfully made the best decisions for our church family. 

Since 2018 we have been operating in a model that asks Board members to commit to serving for a three year term.  The Board members who’s terms expire at the end of 2020 include Barb Bierman, Bonnie Wood, and Rusty Fowler. 

Barb Bierman has served on the Board for several years and has done exceptional work over the last two years as the Board Chairperson.  I especially appreciated her role in developing a partnership with Heritage Elementary School and our Books for Kids program which many of you have donated to.  I expect that she will continue to serve as a leader and role model of faith through the Women’s Bible Study, the quilting group, and other ministries.  Barb is such a blessing.

I have greatly appreciated Bonnie’s spirit and her calm boldness!  Bonnie is going to continue to serve our congregation as the Financial Secretary- which means that she has the important task of caring for the offering and keeping detailed records of our giving.  She may be asking some of you to help by receiving or counting the offering when we resume in-person worship.  Thank you, Bonnie, for everything you mean to our church family and to me personally!

Rusty Fowler has done it all!  He sings in the band, went on a retreat with the youth group, he shopped for new insurance for our church, and he even helped me put up Christmas lights while I was still recovering from surgery.  What a guy!  Rusty and his wife, Jeanna, sold their house in October and have become full-time RVers.  They anticipate this will give them a chance to visit family and travel more freely- and they said they plan to swing by the Lake once in a while… when it’s warm!  We also need to keep Rusty and his family in our prayers.  In the past week he lost his dad (Jack) to COVID,  and his cousin (Kathy) to cancer.  Both have been on our church prayer list in previous weeks.     

An important aside:  the last couple of weeks have been filled loss of loved ones for many of our congregation.  They have also marked the 1st anniversary of the death of three of our longtime members-  Dennis Butts on Nov 17th, Bob Stites on Nov 28th, and Keith Golchert on Dec 5th.    Please keep all of these families in your prayers and  see the prayer list below for additional prayer requests to hold in your heart this week.  

I also would like for you to extend a welcome to those who will be serving on our Board in 2021.  Board members beginning their first term are in bold.

Faithbridge Board 2021
Bob Schlutow- Chairperson
Becky Beck
Al Mahrer 
Betty McAdams
Sharon McGee
Marcy Myers 
Sherry Pollard
Meredith Stith
Jeff Zeilenga 

Please pray that God will continue to prepare these people to lead our congregation as we seek to follow God’s will and to make new, stronger, and active disciples of Jesus Christ in the year ahead.

Stay well.

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, on 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 the 12th, 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. 

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!

Wellness Tips For You

Becky Beck, a long-time member of Faithbridge and healthcare professional shares some new information on taking care of yourself and your loved ones.

Wellness Tip of the Month

December, 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Part 3

WHAT IS IT?

Covid- 19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. It is a novel coronavirus (new strain).

Some symptoms include:

  • Persistent Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste and smell

Some people are more at risk for developing serious complications-including older people, and people with certain health conditions.( diabetes or lung or heart disease).

STATISTICS

As of November 13, 2020, in the U.S. there are 10.6 million confirmed cases, and over 243,000 deaths from coronavirus. In Missouri, there are 235,000 cases and 3441 deaths.

COMPLICATIONS

Complications of COVID-19 include pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure and death.

SEEK HELP

If you have symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID- 19 or in an area of ongoing spread of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider/hospital. They will instruct you on the best way to handle the situation.

HOW IT SPREADS

From person to person through coughing, or sneezing of persons with COVID-19. It can also be spread by touching something with the virus on it and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Persons who contract the virus, should avoid contact with other people and animals, including in your home.

PREVENTION

Wash hands according to CDC guidelines. Use soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, going to the bathroom, and before eating or preparing food.

Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

Stay home if you are sick.

Practice social distancing-at least 6 feet away from others. Wear a mask when in public or around others.

Follow guidelines established by the governments-Federal, State and local.

Resource-cdc.gov/coronavirus

Becky Beck RN Parish Nurse Coordinator

By our Prayers…

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

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.
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.)