A Taste of Life Everlasting
Posted on Jun 29, 2017 in Faith Updates
I continue to be amazed at the simplicity of God’s intention for us in creation. Imagine those first chapters from Genesis. What’s the picture painted? God, the man, and the woman living in fellowship in the garden. So simple! Life together! And what do we learn about God’s intention for us in life everlasting? It’s very similar! God and His people living in fellowship in His creation together.
Is it possible to get a taste of the eternal this side of heaven? Yes! Something powerful happens when God’s people retreat to be with Him and each other. It’s the way things were meant to be, and it’s the way things will be eternally. It’s a taste of life-everlasting. God’s people among the trees!
Poet Wendell Berry wrote:
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound…
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
—“The Peace of Wild Things”
This August 18-20 we are going to get a taste of live everlasting! And we will grow our relationship with God, His creation, and our church family! I hope you will join us at the first annual Faith Covenant Retreat at Covenant Pines (August 18-20). Our speaker for the weekend will be my good friend Paul Hurckman from Venture Expeditions. A new member of our Faith family, Steven Shega, will be leading us in worship, and there will be plenty of time for strolling among the trees and swimming in the lake.
Hope to see you there!
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
Update: Proposed Feasibility Improvement Study
The Feasibility Study Planning Team and the Church Council met with Hal Johnson and Associates Wednesday, June 28 and received the 110 page Feasibility Study booklet. Thank you to all who attended meetings, participated in interviews and turned in feedback. Leadership will pour over the study booklet contents over the coming weeks and report back to the congregation in the second half of the summer. Stay tuned!
Missionary Meet & Greet
Come to a GO Team Missionary Meet & Greet with Faith missionaries Erika Simpkins Webb and Jason Webb. They will share about their experiences in ministry in Australia and offer a time for us to get to know them. All are invited! Wednesday, July 12 at 7pm in the Legacy Chapel.
All Church Garage Sale
The all church garage sale will be held on July 20 & 21. We will be taking donations July 16-18. Details about donations can be found HERE. We also will need many volunteers to make this community outreach event happen. There is a sign-up for volunteers in the lobby this Sunday, June 25 and July 2 & 9. You may also contact Rachel at 651.334.5938 or email@example.com
Summer Play Dates
Want a low key time to just enjoy friends or make new ones? Join up with fellow Faith Covenant families at a summer playdate. Come to one or all. Grownups need to stay with their children. Various Wednesdays at 10am around the community:
July 12 Playdate: movie “Sing” at Regal Theater, Eagan. Admission: $1/person
July 26 Playdate: Cliff Fen Park, Burnsville.
Aug 9 Playdate: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley. Admission: Ages 0-2, Free. Ages 3-12, $12. Ages 13-64, $18. Talk to Vicki if admission is a hardship.
Aug 23 Playdate: Fire Station Tour and DQ–location TBA
Registrations are due by July 17 for MUUUCE (the Most Unbelievable Ultimate Urban Camping Experience) This high-energy, fast-moving, multi-day event is designed to give middle-schoolers and junior highers a chance to connect with Christ and their peers. Grab your registration form from the Youth Counter at Faith or download one HERE. Cost is $115 and runs August 3-5 at Crossroads Church.
The first team of Nick Madsen, Tabi Freeman, Naomi Kuplic and Brenda Simpkins arrived in Romania a week ago. They are well on their way forming relationships with the children. Thank you for your continued support for this mission. Check out our thermometer—we are almost to our overall goal of $25,000! The Wall-O-Money will continue to offer envelopes for your donations.
Thank you to all who joined The City and participated in the raffle for the Apple iPad tablet. The winner was Dave Senechal. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still become a part of The City, as there are many benefits to getting the latest news from your groups. Thanks again to the MacGuys Computer Consultants for donating the iPad.
Online Giving = Good Planning
Want to help your church manage its resources well? Setting up monthly automatic giving allows you and Faith to plan more strategically the use of our resources. Doing so is easy. Click here!