Newsletter Week of May 3rd

Good News for Friday, May 7th

Pastor’s Piece

Well that was fun!  It was great seeing everyone who was able to come out to church for the cookout last week.  We had about 50 people stay after church to share a meal together and get to know one another better.  The food and the weather were both perfect!  Thank you to everyone who brought a dish and I wanted to give a special shoutout to our grill crew: Lynn Ledbetter, Steve Myers, and Al Mahrer.  What a great day!

Quick note:  make sure you read the church Board’s message below on our revised guidance on our COVID protocols.

This Sunday we hope you’ll join us as we celebrate our mothers and those who have been like mothers to us.  The sermon will be the last one for this message series and it is titled “Growing a Good Harvest.”  We all hope to get to some point in our lives where we can look back and say, “I have lived a good life.”  Even more so, we long to hear Jesus say those words from Matthew 25, “well done good and faithful servant.”  And you know how we get to that point in our lives?  It’s all about how we invest our lives and our blessings into the lives of others.  Isn’t that what mothers have taught us?

Join us for an uplifting message about investing in the lives of others on Sunday, either in-person or online at forthelake.online.church at 9:30am.  You can also view the recording of the service later on our website faithbridgelakechurch.com

Blessings,

Pastor Andy Blacksher

Connect, Grow and Serve…

Faithbridge Church Cook-Out

What a great time of fellowship last Sunday with our first cook-out of the season. It was a great time and we were excited to see so many stay around for the fun! If you weren’t able to join us, no worries.  We will be planning these cook-outs throughout the summer and hope you can join us next time. Thank you to our organizers and grillers, and everyone who brought a dish. Everything was delicious!

Updated COVID Guidelines 
In the spirit of doing no harm, Bishop Farr has suggested that local churches first consider their county health guidelines, continue to mask for indoor events and adhere to social distancing guidelines. That said, Bishop Farr trusts the local church to make decisions regarding safety protocols for the ministry context. If a local church decides to lift its masking or social distancing policy, don’t do all at once.  Offer a gradual approach.

Camden County has 23,192 people vaccinated with at least one shot out of a total population of around 46,000, or slightly more than 50%.  There are very few active Covid cases in Camden County.

The Board has been discussing what changes in our safety protocol needs to be updated based on Bishop Farr’s suggestion. Beginning with Worship Service on May 9th, Faithbridge Church will adhere to the following Covid safety protocol:

“Anyone entering Faithbridge Church is encouraged to wear a mask and social distance. In addition, hand sanitizer has been placed throughout the facility. This policy will be reviewed when/if Public Health recommendations are changed.”

Signed on behalf of the Faithbridge UMC Board
-Bob Schlutow (chairperson)

PIZZA WITH THE PASTOR
If you’d like information about church membership, or just want to know more about Faithbridge Church, join us Sunday, May 23rd for Pizza with the Pastor. Email Tina at Office@Faithbridgelakechurch.com for more details.

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!

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 office@faithbridgelakechurch.com.

HOPE HOUSE
Anyone interested in helping out at Hope House can do so any day that is convenient. Faithbridge Church no longer has specific assigned dates, so you can reach out and be a blessing any time!  For more information on becoming a volunteer just stop by Hope House during business hours (MWF 9-2).

CHARITABLE GIFTS FROM AN IRA

Did you know that you can make a tax advantaged charitable gift directly from your IRA?  This is a valuable way to give to your church and additional charitable organizations that you support.  Click here for more information.

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
Charlie Blackmore – pray for healing and a smooth recovery from surgery this week.
Chris – Joy Moore’s niece as she receives treatment for breast cancer.
Keith Johnson – as he moves to a location closer to family. Pray for an easy move and transition. His new address will be 719 Market Street, Brookfield, MO 64628.
Harriet McDonald – as she undergoes knee surgery this week, and for a quick and easy recovery.
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.
Tom and Stacey Mosher – at the passing of Tom’s mother last week. Tom and Stacey were long time, faithful Faithbridge members in years past.

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