Newsletter Week of May 17

Good News for Friday, May 21st

Pastor’s Piece

“So, brothers and sisters, because of God’s mercies, I encourage you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice that is holy and pleasing to God. This is your appropriate priestly service. Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is—what is good and pleasing and mature.” -Romans 12:1-2


Many of you know that I am in class this week in my second course of a 3 year long doctoral program.  My professor this week is asking us to engage a version of the practice of sitting with scripture that I outlined to you several weeks ago.  Each morning our class begins with a student reading the scripture for the week.  The professor has a slightly different question for us to ponder, or you might say a different lens through which to read the scripture.  We sit in silence for a few minutes, and then share how we are hearing the scripture speak to us today.  

The scripture we are reading is Romans 12:1-8, and the question that the professor asked us yesterday was, “What are we conforming to in this culture?  Which of those ways are issues?”  Today he asked us, “Where do we need to see things differently?  Why is this the case?” 

These questions are deeply meaningful on a personal level, and we ought to answer them in our own hearts.  But my experience is that far too often we have a tendency to hear the challenges of God in scripture as if they apply solely to our lives as individuals.  What we often fail to do is to allow scripture to adequately challenge us on a communal level.  In fact, one could argue that Paul’s entire Letter to the Romans was intended to be read as instruction to the community of believers- not simply to individuals.  Methodists believe passionately that God is working to redeem both our individual hearts and our collective spirit.    

So Faithbridge Church, I encourage you to join me in reading Romans 12:1-8 every tomorrow morning.  Then ask God these questions in an attitude of prayer:  In what are the things that we as a congregation are conforming to in this culture?  Which of those ways are issues?  Where do we need to see things differently as a Church?  Why is this the case? 

Please pray about this and bring what you think you hear in the scripture with you into worship this week.  I’ll be asking you about this during the sermon this week. 

Sunday will be a day of new beginnings in at least two ways. First, we get the opportunity to welcome our summer intern, Wesley Spargo.  I am excited to get to know him and I know that you are too!  We will also be starting a new sermon series called “Good: Living Like the Good Samaritan.”  Most of us know the story of the Good Samaritan  It’s even a phrase that has made it into our English language and some states legal code- our society has a definition for what it means to be “a good Samaritan.”  But what does it take to really live as the hero of this famous story that Jesus told?  The first key is that it requires an uncommon kind of compassion.  Join us in person or online at forthelake.online.church at 9:30am, and you can also view the recording of the service later on our website faithbridgelakechurch.com.  Don’t forget to invite a friend to join you!

Blessings,

Pastor Andy Blacksher

Congratulations Graduates!

Mariah Yankowski – Loyola University, Baltimore Maryland 
Bachelor of Science – Microbiology

Congratulations to these friends and family members of Faithbridge Church. We pray God will continue to bless you as you graduate and begin this new chapter in your life.
If you have a graduate you’d like us to recognize, please send their information to the church at office@faithbridgelakechurch.com.

Connect, Grow and Serve…

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).

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 office@faithbridgelakechurch.com. If you have any questions, call or email Bob at (314) 609-0774 or schlutow@sbcglobal.net
  
2021

___Springfield:  Bass Pro Shop and Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium.
 
___Springfield:  Botanical Gardens; Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield; & Air/Military 
      Museum.
 
___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)
 
2022
 
All of the above plus Springfield Cardinal Baseball afternoon game; Whiteman Air Base Force Base and Stealth Bomber, and Branson Sight & Sound Theater-overnight.

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Wellness Tips For May

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 May.

To learn more CLICK HERE.

By our Prayers…

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

Chris – Joy Moore’s niece as she receives treatment for breast cancer.
Harriet McDonald – as she recovers from knee surgery.
Danny Moore – pray for healing as he awaits test results. Please keep him and Joy in your prayers.
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.)