Good News for Tuesday, April 20
“I’ve said these things to you so that you will have peace in me. In the world you have distress. But be encouraged! I have conquered the world.” -John 16:33
I have been trying to put into words my reflections on the violence and pain that have been front and center on the news over the past few weeks. I’ve been thinking about the 9 lives lost in Indianapolis, continued reports of police involved shootings, the trial of Derek Chauvin, and the ongoing loss of life from the COVID pandemic. All of these things have been weighing on my heart and my soul.
The pain and heartbreak of the world (that God created and instantly called good) can be so immense at times. But living as a resurrection people doesn’t give us the convenient option of sitting on the sidelines and throwing up our hands in disgust. Jesus compels us to roll up our sleeves and get to work by showing this world what the love, hope, and healing of Christ really looks like.
You may not be able to prevent the next shooting, there are things that you can do. You can pray for those whose lives have been wrecked by violence. You can pray for Derek Chauvin, for the family of George Floyd, and for the jury. You can seek to “put yourself in another person’s shoes” and try to understand how someone with a very different view than your own was able to arrive at that place. You can get your COVID vaccinations and encourage those around you to do the same to love and protect our neighbors. You can choose every day to love everyone completely and be the best light of Christ you possibly can to everyone that you meet.
This is what it means to be people of faith- people of trust in Word of Christ. We are people who put our faith into action. Each act of faith shines a little more light until the words of the gospel come true: “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not extinguish it.” (John 1:5)
On Sunday we’ll be continuing our “In the Garden” sermon series by taking a look at the Parable of the Sower that is found in the gospel of Mark. One of the things I like about gardening is that it is an activity and a commitment, just like the life of faith. There are things that you can do to increase the yield of you garden. Join us in person or online at forthelake.online.church at 9:30am, or you can also view the recording of the service later (usually by 6pm on Sunday night) on our website faithbridgelakechurch.com.
Blessings in the wilderness,
Pastor Andy Blacksher
The church office will be closed this Thursday, April 22nd. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Connect, Grow and Serve…
Join us for the Faithbridge Church Cook-Out
Immediately following the service on Sunday, May 2nd, we will have hot dogs, burgers and lots of good dishes to share. If you’d like to bring a side dish or dessert, you can sign up in the church lobby. However, you don’t need to bring a thing, except maybe a lawn chair, to enjoy some good food and great fellowship. We hope you can be there!
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.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
If you would be available to help with this outreach, there is a sign-up sheet in the church lobby, or you can contact the church office at email@example.com.
By our Prayers…
Please remember the following people and situations in your prayers this week:
The Albert Family – at the passing of their wife and mother, Terry. Please pray for Dan, Cindy and the rest of the family. Notes of concern can be sent to 329 Bristol Bay Drive, Unit 2A, Lake Ozark, MO 65049
Chris – Joy Moore’s niece as she receives treatment for breast cancer.
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.
(To be included in this list, please reply to this email or contact the church office.)