Newsletter Week of March 8

Good News for Monday, March 8th

Pastor’s Piece

I’ve got more good news to share!  Last week I told you that we will resume in-person worship starting on April 4th- Easter Sunday.  Today I am excited to share 2 more pieces of news.  The first is that I’m excited to share that I was accepted into the Doctor of Ministry program in Church Leadership Excellence at Wesley Theological Seminary.  I’ll start classes in May, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I am grateful for the honor and privilege to learn and grow in ministry leadership. 

Does this mean that I’ll be spending all of my time in a classroom?  Nope!  The classes are 1 week long, and I will take 2-3 classes each year for three years.  Then there is extra reading and writing that is to be done outside of the classroom hours that I will be working on at times throughout the year.  In that respect, it is similar to a teacher getting their Master’s degree while teaching in the classroom.  So yes, I’ll still be preaching about 46 Sundays a year, and we are blessed to have a network of gifted preachers who offer to fill in when I’m not around, so you’ll barely it know when I’m gone!   

This is such a great learning opportunity for me, and I’m excited about the ways that our church will benefit from new practices I will learn.  Wesley Seminary is one of the finest United Methodist seminaries in the country, and I’ll be studying with faculty who are some of the most distinguished in their fields.  All of that to say that I hope you are nearly as excited for me as I am!

The second bit of good news is that Faithbridge will be receiving an intern through the Missouri Annual Conference’s Crossroads Ministry Intern program.  Some of you may remember that Crossroads is the same program that brought us Abby Pepper (who we later hired) and others a few years ago, and we’ve been invited to participate as a placement site once again.  It is a great opportunity for college students to explore the possibility of ministry as a career.  Just think, you might be able to have a formative impact on a young preacher who will touch tens of thousands of lives over a 40 year ministry career!  This young person’s name will be officially released later this week, and I’ll send you an update as soon as I’m able. 

Also, I wanted to remind you to look at the dates on the announcements below.  The Ladies Bible Study group is starting a new study tomorrow at 9:30am.  If you’ve been thinking about trying the group out but never taken the time, this is a great chance to join in as they start a new study!  And Wednesday is the last call to drop off food items or monetary donations for the Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association.  All the details are below, and you can bring these items by church from 9am-2pm on Wednesday.  You have been so generous to these children already, and I can’t wait to share the results with you next week! 

This weekend will be the final message in the Moses sermon series.  Most of the Moses story takes place over a few months or maybe up to a year.  And then they get to this moment where everything changes and the world seems to come to a stop.  God has led the Israelites out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, God provided for them, gave them Commandments to live by, and even forgave them.  And then… well eventually they came to a place where God was still with them but they couldn’t move forward.  They got stuck- paralyzed by fear.  And I don’t want to spoil the rest of the story, but because of all of this Moses never made it into the Promised Land.  Join us on Sunday to see what we can learn from the end of Moses’ journey.  And remember, you can worship with us every Sunday at 9:30am at forthelake.online.church.

Blessings in the wilderness,

Pastor Andy Blacksher

Connect, Grow and Serve…

New Ladies Bible Study

It’s not too late to join us! The new session of Women’s Bible Study begins today, Tuesday, March 9th at 9:30, and will 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.

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. Here are her tips for March.
To learn more CLICK HERE.
If you want to sign up for getting the covid vaccine through Lake Regional. Go to the Lake Regional Website- Lakeregional.com. Put in the search bar- Covid vaccine and then hit search. Look for the appropriate category
Phase 1B is for those 65+, or those 16- 64 with underlying health conditions, essential workers etc. and sign up.
When the vaccine becomes available to the hospital for this category, you will be called to schedule an appointment.

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

Tomorrow is your last chance to participate in the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association Easter Dinner! They have 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 must be dropped at Faithbridge Church tomorrow, Wednesday, March 10th from 9:00-2:00.

Back Again this summer! 

As we look toward a brighter summer, we are pleased to announce that Ignite All-Day Summer Camp will return to Faithbridge Church this July 19-23, 2021.  The cost is $75 and is open to all kids 6-12.  

It is a blast for the kids!  If you have a potential camper in your family or your neighborhood, I encourage you to sign up soon. Scholarships are available by contacting the church office.  In the weeks and months ahead there will be more information available about how you can help bless these children through scholarships and volunteer opportunities. 
Register Now!

By our Prayers…

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

Jo Born–  Jo’s son Dennis died under suspicious circumstances.  Please hold her family in your prayers in their grief and their waiting for answers.  Notes of concern may be sent to  68 Thousand Oak Rd., Montreal, MO 65786 
Janis Chittenden – a close friend of Josie Barlow is facing several health issues, as well as mourning the death of her brother.
Bill Doan – Jane Golchert’s brother, Bill is recovering from surgery to remove a tumor from his face. Pray for a smooth recovery.
Linda Johnson– at home recovering from surgery
Christy McField – Debbie Geasley’s sister-in-law who has breast cancer.
Fred Moore – Danny Moore’s nephew as he continues chemo and radiation treatments.


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