Newsletter Week of February 22

Good News for Tuesday, February 23rd

Pastor’s Piece

I hope this message finds you safe and warm!  I have been feeling quite thankful for both of these over the past couple of weeks, when so many people are not safe or warm.  Every single week I end the worship service with a reminder that you and I have been richly blessed, but it can be easy to forget simple blessings like heat and water until we encounter people who do not have either one.  

A friend recently mentioned that her counselor encouraged her to do a gratitude exercise.  In addition to keeping us thankful and humble, it also helps to push back on anxiety and a tendency toward depression.  She said that every night she completes this simple sentence 5 times:   I am thankful for _____ because _______  and it makes me feel ______.  For example: 

      I am thankful for my children
because they remind me of the importance of curiousity
and they (it) make me feel creative. 

I encourage you to try this exercise every day- maybe first thing in the morning, or just before you go to bed.  Write them down.  I bet you can come up with 3-5 each day.  Try it for a week and let me know how your week goes! 

Our sermon this week will be about the commandments, or rules, that Moses received from God.  We often think of the restrictions that rules put in place, but I think God’s rules were meant to bring life and purpose to Moses and the Israelites.  I invite you to join us for worship at 9:30am on Sunday at forthelake.online.church.

Blessings in the wilderness,

Pastor Andy Blacksher

Connect, Grow and Serve…

New Ladies Bible Study

The next new session of Women’s Bible Study will begin on Tuesday, March 9th at 9:30, and meet each Tuesday. They will begin a study called “Sermon on the Mount” by Jen Wilken. What does it mean to be a citizen of the kingdom of Heaven?  The Sermon on the Mount articulates what the life of a Christ-follower should look like, asking us the same questions it posed to its original hearer? How does a disciple relate to sin? To others? To the Law? How does a disciple think, speak, and act? In this 9-session study, examine the words of Jesus in-depth as He challenges us to think differently about repentance, salvation, and sanctification. For more information please contact Barb Bierman at biermanbarb@hotmail.com.

Help Provide an Easter Dinner
for Foster, Adoptive, & Kinship Families in Central Missouri!

The Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association has asked us to join them in collecting food and other donations to provide Easter dinners.  They need non-perishable food items to complete the Care Packs!
Each Care Pack will contain a ham and 2-3 sides per family.

They are needing:

– Canned vegetables                          – Mac & Cheese
– Canned Pie Filling                           – Boxed Stuffing Mix
– Gravy Mix                                         – Dessert Mix
– Pasta Salad                                      – Instant Mashed Potatoes
– Your favorite side dish!                     – Cash to cover the cost of the hams

All donations can be dropped at Faithbridge Church on Wednesdays from 9:00-2:00 now through March 10th.

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.

Five Love Languages – Free Seminar
 As we reflect on the challenges of 2020 and look ahead to a new year with hopeful anticipation, we must keep in mind that this year will also be full of its own blessings and challenges.  Thrivent is offering some free resources to better equip us for 2021 and how we can make a difference in our communities, specifically our churches. 
Each month they are providing us with virtual resources that can be beneficial to our church members. This month’s virtual resource, The Five Love Languages Live with Gary Chapman, is an all-day event on February 10th and 11th.  For more information 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 is recovering from surgery to fix his chest cavity.
Janis Chittenden – a close friend of Josie Barlow is facing health issues, as well as mourning the death of her brother.
Lora Cunningham– pastor at Versailles and Glensted UMCs who passed away. Please pray for Pastor Lora’ family and for the congregations of Versailles UMC and Glensted UMC.
Bill Doan – Jane Golchert’s brother, Bill is recovering from surgery to remove a tumor from his face. Pray for a smooth recovery.
Keith Johnson – for continued recovery from back surgery and doing much better!
McAdams Family – at the passing of Betty McAdam’s Mother-in-law, Donna. Pray for peace and comfort for her family.
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 settle into a new home.

Fred Moore – Danny Moore’s nephew who had to undergo another surgery and is starting chemo and radiation treatments. Pray for him and his family.

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