Newsletter Week of June 7th

Good News for Thursday, 10th

Pastor’s Piece

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”   -Colossians 4:2

Prayer is an essential element of our faith- it is our relational lifeline to God.  We pray to bring requests to God, and we pray to hear what God has to say to us.  And prayer takes many different shapes and forms.  Powerful prayers can be written down, spoken aloud, and also whispered silently in our own hearts.

Most of the time I pray on my own during my quiet time with God.  Part of my prayers are centered on my “prayer lists” including the church list at the bottom of this email and my own personal lists.  I also spend at least 2 minutes in silence not thinking or talking in my head… simply listening to God. 

My personal prayer life is at the center of who I am as a Christian.  I hope that is true for you as well.  But there is even more that prayer can do in our church.  When we are all praying for God’s will to be done and for God to speak, I believe God can and will show up in a powerful way. 

One of our stated values at Faithbridge is that we are prayer-centered.  I believe that God is calling us to live into that value even more intentionally as a congregation.  To do so, we are starting a Prayer Ministry team which will be led by Terri Zeilenga.  Terri feels strongly about the power of prayer in both our lives and in our congregation and she has experience leading a similar ministry in a previous congregation.  If you feel called to help get the Prayer Ministry team started, I would invite you to join Terri and I in first reading the book Flood Gates by Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey (which you can pick up from our bookshelves at church).  You can reach out to Terri for more info via email at  terriz1000@gmail.com.

With that, I am preparing to attend our Annual Conference of the Missouri United Methodist Church this weekend.  It will be a weekend of trainings, worship, and business meetings over Zoom.  When it’s all over I will be following the example of Jesus about whom it is written, “after he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.”  (Matthew 14:23)  Yes, I’ll be hiking up more than a few mountains with Kristen next week in Washington state.  I look forward to the chance for some rest and renewal, and I will be excited to be with you again on June 27th.  

But please don’t use my absence as an excuse to miss worshiping together!  Wesley Spargo (our summer intern) worked hard over the past week to record me preaching and make it something you won’t want to miss.  We were recording in Ha Ha Tanka, which was one of the places that many of you commented that you enjoyed seeing me preach last year when we were having online worship only.  And then on June 20th you’ll get a chance to hear Wesley preach live at Faithbridge.  He is a great young man and who I believe God is preparing for a life of professional ministry and you won’t want to miss his first sermon at Faithbridge!   

Blessings,
Pastor Andy Blacksher

Connect, Grow, Serve…

BUILDING ACCESS UPDATE!

Due to issues with our keys and to  locks, we are discontinuing use of the keys to enter the church building. If you need access to the building during closed hours, contact Tina in the church office for a code to enter. There is a keypad to the right of the door. Once you enter the code, the door will automatically unlock for you! No more keys!  You can drop your key at the church office at your convenience, and you will be assigned an access code.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email Tina at office@Faithbridgelakechurch.com or call the church office at 573-348-9454.

We have been asked to host another Life Line Screening event at Faithbridge Church, so we will be opening our doors next Monday, June 14th for their health screenings.  If you wish to register for a screening online go to www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle.

BLOOD DRIVE

Christ the King Lutheran Church is holding a Blood Drive. 
1700 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Lake Ozark
Friday, June 18, 2021
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Bloodmobile in Parking Lot

Masks are required. To schedule your appointment call 417-227-5006 or go to www.cbco.org/donate-blood. 
Donors will receive a T-shirt while supplies last and be entered to win s’more cool stuff!

IGNITE Youth Camp! 

It’s not too late to register for our Ignite All-Day Summer Camp at 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!

WE NEED YOU!
If you would be available to help with this outreach, there are sign-up sheets in the church lobby. We have a sign up to bring specific food items to feed our campers and counselors during the IGNITE camp week. For more information contact the office at office@faithbridgelakechurch.com.
CLICK HERE to sign up to be a  volunteer.

By our Prayers…

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

The Myers Family – at the passing of Cotton’s father, Chuck. Please pray for comfort for Cotton, Marcy and their family. There will be a Celebration of Life service on Friday, June 18th at 2:30 at Faithbridge. Visitation will be from 1:00-2:30. Cards of care and condolence can be sent to 85 Ridle Road, Kaiser, MO 65047.
The Schafer Family – at the passing of Elizabeth “Betty” Schafer. Cards of care and condolence can be sent to Peggy Schafer at 103 East Sherman Street, Holly, Michigan 48442.

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