Good News for Friday, January 22nd
“We were saved in hope. If we see what we hope for, that isn’t hope. Who hopes for what they already see? But if we hope for what we don’t see, we wait for it with patience.”
- Romans 8:24-25
If this verse wasn’t in the Bible, I’m not sure that I would ever equate patience with hope. When I use the word “hope,” I’m usually describing something that I’d like to have happen soon- or at least to know for certain that it will happen later. Most of the things that I hope for I would prefer not to need to use patience to obtain! This passage is found in the eighth chapter of Romans where the apostle Paul describes the work that God has been doing since the beginning of time- since creation- and how God is continuing to work in our world even now. Paul reminds us that often we only see our hopes and dreams brought to completion as a result of the patience that we show.
I want to simply encourage you today! I think it is safe to say that this pandemic has helped us all create long lists of the hopes that we have. If the apostle Paul were here today, I expect that he would be quick to remind us that every time we add something to our “I hope” list, we also need to invest more of energy into our “patience piggybank.” Because the more hopes we have the more patience is required.
I have a great number of prayers and hopes for what 2021 will bring in my life, for my family, for our church and our community, for our country, and for our world. I hope to see an end to this virus. I hope to see friendly faces in church every Sunday, to shake hands and share hugs. I hope to travel, see friends, and share in a big Thanksgiving meal together. I hope for love, compassion, and trust to again rule the day. Perhaps you have a similar list. Remember with me that in order to see these hopes become a reality we will all need an equally large reserve of patience.
We are so close to many of these hopes becoming reality. Take care, take heart, and continue to invest in your “piggybank of patience- and trust that your investment will soon pay off. Amen.
Blessings in the wilderness,
Pastor Andy Blacksher
Connect, Grow and Serve…
Volunteer Treasurer Needed
Faithbridge is in need of a volunteer Treasurer. This position provides financial oversight and accountability, prepares reports, and works closely with the Pastor and Board to ensure that the Church uses our financial gifts to accomplish our mission of making new, stronger, and active disciples of Jesus Christ.
For more information about this role you can reply to this email and we will be in touch with you.
Hope House Volunteers Needed
If you would be interested in volunteering at Hope House, they can always use your help. Contact Hope House for volunteer and scheduling information or you can contact the church office.
Women’s Bible Study
It’s not too late to join our Women’s Bible study each Tuesday at 9:30 am on Zoom. The study is called Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle by Barb Roose, and it will last 6 weeks. Hopefully our next one we can start to meet in person again!! For more information contact Marcy Myers at (573) 286-8765.
2020 Year-End Giving Statements
We will be mailing out giving statements this week. If you do not receive yours by the end of the month, please contact the church office.
By our Prayers…
Please remember the following people and situations in your prayers this week:
Owen Boatman– the young son of Nancy who works at Starbucks who will be having surgery to fix his chest cavity. The surgery is on February 19th.
Janis Chittenden – a close friend of Josie Barlow is facing several health issues, as well as mourning the death of her brother.
Lora Cunningham– pastor at Versailles and Glensted UMCs who has been moved to hospice and has been given only a short time to live. Please pray for Pastor Lora and for the congregations of Versailles UMC and Glensted UMC.
Bill Doan – Jane Golchert’s brother, Bill is having surgery to remove a tumor from his face. Pray for a safe procedure and recovery.
Dottie and Don Hillison– friends of Bonnie Wood who are hospitalized with COVID, and for their daughter Sue Coers who is also fighting COVID
Keith Johnson – is having back surgery on Wednesday.
Brad Kiesey – Suzy Sheridan’s brother who is now in hospice. He is also the husband of retired Methodist Bishop, Deborah Lieder Kiesey. Please keep the whole family in your prayers.
Donna McAdams – Betty McAdam’s Mother-in-law who is receiving chemo treatments. Pray for strength and increased oxygen levels.
Christy McField – Debbie Geasley’s sister-in-law who has breast cancer.
Darrell Monday – Darrell is starting new medications, all while he and Myrna are trying to move into a new home.
(To be included in this list, please reply to this email or contact the church office.)