Newsletter Week of May 10th

Good News for Thursday, May 13th

Pastor’s Piece

I am so honored and so proud to serve at a church that values learning and places such a high priority on their pastor’s continuing education!  You may know that I began my Doctor of Ministry program studies this week- you can see my teacher and classmates in the photo above.  It has been both a long week and also a very rewarding time for me to spend time studying and reflecting on congregational leadership.  What I have become most convicted of this week is that we have come so far as a congregation and our next challenge will be to discern what the next faithful step is that we need to take as a congregation.  You can expect to hear more about this discernment process in a few months.      

On Sunday, I promised that I would let you all know more about my doctoral work in the newsletter.  I am studying at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC.  Typically there are 2-3 weeks of classes at a time that I would be flying to Washington to take each year.  Similar to a teacher getting their Master’s degree, the program is designed for me to complete it while I continue to serve at Faithbridge.  As you can imagine, this year the classes are on Zoom which means that I have the blessing of being able to attend classes during the day while being home with my family in the evenings.  This week I am studying “Visionary Leadership,” and next week I’ll be studying “Leading in a Pluralistic Society.”  I welcome your questions, prayers, and encouragement as I move through this program of study, and I can’t wait to see how I can employ my learnings to lead our church with greater faithfulness.  

Because I’m studying hard, this week you’ll have a special treat!  The sermon will be from a friend of mine, Rev. Hank Jenkins.  Hank is a Deacon in the United Methodist Church with a long history in youth ministry in Missouri.  Currently Hank serves as the co-chair of the Association of Ministers With Disabilities. 

Hank was in a car accident when he was a young boy that left him unable to use his legs- but you might say that it absolutely didn’t leave him paralyzed.  He has gone on to do great work and God has used him in so many powerful ways.  Hank will be preaching about how we welcome one another into the Kingdom of God.  I trust that you’ll find my good friend to be a gentle soul with a unique perspective on how we welcome and accept one another into the Church.

I can’t wait to be with you on Sunday!  And feel free to ask me any questions you might have about my classes.  Join us in person or online at at 9:30am, or you can also view the recording of the service later on our website


Pastor Andy Blacksher

Connect, Grow and Serve…

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 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!

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

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).

Faithbridge United Methodist Church Events Activities

 In 2020, prior to the Covid pandemic, the Faithbridge Board voted to have Events/Activities as day trips throughout Mid-Missouri as part of our Fellowship Goal. Bob Schlutow, Board Member, volunteered to lead this effort as he had done this previously at a different Church.  With the Covid pandemic, this goal was not even started.
Now in 2021, The Board has again suggested we have two to three events now that our Church has reopened and Covid guidelines are relaxed. Bob will again lead the effort.  Listed below is a list of day trips previously contemplated. We would like Church members to indicate their top five events they would like to do from the list below and the planning will begin for two or three events (or more). Bob highly recommends an Oktoberfest Trip to Hermann, Missouri in October, which he has done before and was highly popular.
There will be a flyer on Sunday so you can list your preferences.  Or, you can send your top five choices to the church office at If you have any questions, call or email Bob, or the church office.

___Springfield:  Bass Pro Shop and Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium.
___Springfield:  Botanical Gardens; Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield; & Air/Military 
___Oktoberfest at Hermann, Missouri: (German lunch, shopping, Winery tour &Tasting).
___Jefferson City:  Governor Mansion Tour, Capital Tour, and lunch at Madison’s.
___Fulton:  National Churchill Museum & Auto World Car Museum
___Boonville: Warm Springs Ranch Budweiser Clydesdale Farm
___”Celebrity” Christmas Light Cruise (local-no bus)
___Main Street Music Hall Christmas Show and Sunday Brunch at “The Yankee Peddler” (local-no bus)
All of the above plus Springfield Cardinal Baseball afternoon game; Whiteman Air Base Force Base and Stealth Bomber, and Branson Sight & Sound Theater-overnight.

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.

Part-Time Business Administrator
Camdenton United Methodist Church is seeking applicants for the position of Office Business Administrator. Candidates must have 3 5 years progressive business experience and particularly computer and communications skills. The person in this position will work 25 hours per week, generally from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., with the opportunity to flex hours dependent on schedules. Submit resume and references to: in person CUMC, 340 W US Highway 54, Camdenton, MO or by post to CUMC , PO Box 88, Camdenton, MO 65020, or email to . If you have questions, please call 573 346 5350. Deadline for applications is May 19, 2021.

By our Prayers…

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

Charlie Blackmore – pray for healing and a smooth recovery from surgery.
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 recovers from knee surgery this week.
Don Moore – he is hospitalized for COVID in KC. He and his family are very close, family friends of the Melvilles.
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.)