Faith Covenant Church

A Thanksgiving Prayer from Pastor Brad

Posted on Nov 22, 2017 in Faith Updates

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!

We, Your people at Faith Covenant Church, praise the downpour of Your goodness!
You are the great Giver of all good gifts, and the great Redeemer of all that needs rescue.
Your love flows like a river quenching the thirst of all who drink the River of Life!
Your faithfulness knows no end, and Your mercies are new every morning.
Praises! Praises! Praises!
We praise our Abba!

We, Your grateful disciples, Abba, thank You for each breath—inhale, exhale—life!
Life born anew of Spirit’s power and grace!
Life-without-end born in knowing Abba and Son! (John 17:3)
Death has no sting!
Victory!
Freedom!
Dancing Thanksgiving!

We, Your humble apprentices, Lord, confess we’re sheep who’ve gone astray.
We all have wandered from Your loving path.
We have not loved You or each other as we should.
We participate in death-culture and turn a blind eye to our faith in it.
Mercy, Lord!
Pour mercy out of unfailing love!
Blot out our transgressions and lead us to new life, new possibilities of grace!

Abba—Papa,
Jesus—Brother,
Spirit—Holy Counselor,
We have not because we ask not, so here we ask!
We crave a deeper abiding in You, loving Vine.
We long for loving fruit to be born out of our life in You!
We have faith.
We ask for more faith!
May Faith Covenant Church be marked by its bold, courageous trusting in You and Your ways.
Where we are blind, help us see!
Where we are deaf, open our ears!
Where there is brokenness, bring healing!
Deepen, deepen, deepen our thirst for the King
so we always seek first Your kingdom—world without end!
Amen.

Here’s What’s Happening at Faith

Circles of Support 2.0 Capital Campaign Meetings

Thank you to all who attended a Circle of Support Meeting in early November about Faith’s Transform Capital Campaign. If you were unable to join us for one of these sessions, we are hosting three, identical, 30-minute events because we want everyone in our church body to be informed/involved. Please choose one of these meetings: Sunday, December 3 or 10 at 11:45am, or Tuesday, December 5 at 7pm. You will receive your family’s personalized information folder and hear a brief presentation. We will provide a light lunch on Sundays and refreshments on Tuesday. Children will be welcome at the Sunday meetings.

Celebrate the Child Bring-a-Friend Event

What better way to begin the Advent season than by gathering together to hear the story of Christmas in a fresh, powerful way? Come to national actor/writer/comedian Curt Cloninger as he brings his one hour Christmas show, Celebrate the Child, to our church, Sunday, December 3 at 6:30pm. This family-friendly event is sure to bring laughter, reflection, and perhaps a tear as Curt intersperses the story amidst familiar Christmas carols. This is an excellent bring-a-friend event! Tickets are $10/adult, and $5 for children (children 4 and under are free), and will be for sale in the lobby on Sundays or by calling the church office during the week at 952.890.3110.

A Christmas Gathering Invitation

A Christmas Gathering is an wonderful opportunity to bring women together for a time of warm fellowship and light food, sharing of Christmas traditions, and a non-threatening presentation of the meaning of Christmas. More than any other time of year, people are open to spiritual discussions. A Christmas Gathering, held Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30pm, is a wonderful outreach to family, friends, and neighbors; as you invite them to share an enjoyable evening of holiday joy and hear about the greatest Christmas gift of all. RSVP by Monday, December 4 to Ellen if childcare is needed.

Pray for Christmas at Faith

This Advent season, we are encouraging the entire congregation to join together in intentional prayers of preparation and protection over Christmas and the Christmas Eve services here at Faith. We have prepared 4 suggested prayer points to get you started that will be in insert in this week’s worship folder or will be at a table in the lobby. In addition, we will be conducting a 24-hour Prayer Vigil for Christmas from Saturday, December 16 thru Sunday, December 17 (6pm-6pm). We invite your participation. Please visit the table in the lobby to pick up the prayer points card, to receive more information, and to sign up for a one-hour Prayer Vigil time slot. Contact Jayne with questions.

Operation Christmas Child Thank you

A big thank you to all who volunteered their time and manpower so that we could offer our facilities as a collection for shoeboxes going to Operation Christmas Child. From the dates of November 13 through November 20, we processed/collected 19,400+ shoeboxes!! That was enough to fill 3 semi trucks! Boxes will go to the Lakeville processing center before being given by Samaritan’s Purse to children around the world.

MOMS Baking & Christmas Bake Sale Fundraiser

The ever popular bake sale benefiting the MOMS Program will be held Sunday, December 3, before and after the service in the lobby. Look for cinnamon rolls, special cookie plates and other goodies. Our popular Lefse and Krumkake are available for pre-orders at $6.00/package each to be picked up that day. Please call the MOMS office, 952.890.5072, or email Jenny at programmanager@momsprogram.org to pre-order. Any of these treats make wonderful holiday gifts!

FaithKids Christmas Program

Our FaithKids will present their Christmas Program during the worship service on December 10, complete with costumes and all the wonderful moments that come as kids tell and sing the Christmas story. Kids will be practicing during parts of their FaithKids Sunday time over the next few weeks, including Thanksgiving weekend. All kids are welcome to participate. This is also a wonderful opportunity to invite a friend (kids to participate or people to watch!). Contact Vicki for more information.

Evening Security Volunteers

In wishing to be a church that makes an impact in our community, Faith offers our building to several groups throughout the week for meetings and events. Because we also need to be good stewards of the building/resources we have, we rely on volunteer security to man the receptionist desk during these evenings. Can YOU be one of those volunteers? We have shifts throughout the month that need coverage for 2-2.5 hours per evening. For more information or to sign up, please contact Kevin at 612-290-5854 or kelcorp@yahoo.com