Newsletter Week of January 25th

Good News for Thursday, January 28th

Pastor’s Piece

“I thank my God every time I mention you in my prayers. I’m thankful for all of you every time I pray, and it’s always a prayer full of joy. I’m glad because of the way you have been my partners in the ministry of the gospel from the time you first believed it until now. I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus. I have good reason to think this way about all of you because I keep you in my heart. You are all my partners in God’s grace, both during my time in prison and in the defense and support of the gospel. God is my witness that I feel affection for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus.”  

-Philippians 1:3-8

First let me say that I know most of you remain uninterested in meeting for worship until you can get the COVID vaccine.  If you haven’t done so already, you can CLICK HERE to be directed to the waiting list for the Lake Regional system.  You have exercised an amazing amount of patience and for that I say “Thank you!” 

The scripture above reflects the heart of a pastor, Paul, for his congregation who he was unable to be physically present with.  I have often thought I understood this passage, but I feel that I understand it even more clearly today.  It feels like prayer is about the best way I can be helpful to you these days- and so I pray!  

I believe that God truly does hear our prayers, and that prayer also changes us.  As we pray for others we are reminded that we are not alone in our joys nor in our pains.  Praying for each other daily is one of the best ways for us to stay connected in a disconnected world. 

So I encourage you to pray for one another.  Lately our prayer list (on this email below) has gotten rather long, but there is plenty more room to add others!  We want to pray for one another.  We want to pray for you!  If you have a prayer request, please reply to this email to let us know. 

Keep praying for one another and be sure of this: even though we are apart for now, know that the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus.

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.

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.

To learn more CLICK HERE.

2020 Year-End Giving Statements

Giving Statements were mailed out last 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 – for recovery from back surgery and doing much better!
Brad Kiesey and family – Suzy Sheridan’s brother who passed away on Wednesday.  Please keep his wife, Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey, their children, Suzy, and 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.)