A Transformed Church: Welcoming
Posted on Oct 13, 2017 in Faith Updates
You get a phone call from Jesus:
Jesus: “Hey! Good to hear your voice. Listen, some friends of mine have moved into your neighborhood, and I’d love for them to meet you. Ok if we stop by Sunday morning?”
You: “Lord, I’d love nothing more than to have you and the disciples over!“
Jesus: “No, no, no, none of them are disciples. They’re new friends. We just met. Ahmed is a Muslim man from just down the street of your church. Teresa is a physics teacher from Normandale Community College.
“Chad is a lawyer from Apple Valley, and Kabir is an Indian engineer from Shakopee. They want to meet a disciple of mine, talk about the kingdom of God, and I chose you! Cool, huh?! We’ll be there at 10:15 AM on Sunday! Praying for you as you prepare!”
So, how would that phone call effect the way you prepared for that visit? How would Jesus and His friends’ visit transform the words you might use, and the way you acted around these people? How might such a visit even change the way you organized the space of your home to accommodate such a gathering?
This was our topic last Sunday in the last of our Transform—because love changes us message series. If you weren’t able to join us, please give it a listen here! The fundamental premise of the morning was the love of God transforms our hospitality. Such a love transforms our words, actions, and even the spaces we prepare for ministry.What’s a transformed hospitality look like?
I’ve always liked the way St. Benedict put it:
“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.’” (Rule of St. Benedict, #53)
After the service we had a congregational meeting where we invited Nicole Thompson, our architect from Station 19, to share new visuals for our upstairs. These visuals and a capital campaign update booklet were made available to all attendees. If you were unable to join us, they will be made available Sunday morning at the worship service, or mailed to your home in the event you’re unable to join us this weekend.
I note all this because Jesus is crazy in love with Ahmed, Teresa, Chad, and Kabir, and He’d like us to welcome them to the neighborhood.
Because love changes us!
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
Pastor Appreciation Month Opportunity
Because October is Pastor Appreciation month, there will be a special card box located in the lobby should you desire to express your appreciation to our pastors and directors by leaving them a note. You are encouraged to share a story about how your life has been touched by the ministry they provide or bless them by sharing your favorite scripture. A small supply of note cards will be available each week by the box. Cards will be delivered to Brad, Char, Vicki, Nick and Ryan each week as they come in.
Same Kind of Different as Me
Events happen, walls are torn down, lives are changed, and God’s love shines brighter yet. One such story is “Same Kind of Different as Me“. This story has been made into a movie, and we are excited to have access to an entire movie theater for a private showing for FCC! Mark the date and bring your family & friends! Tickets will be sold in the lobby October 1, 8, and 15 and are $5/family (regardless of the number of tickets you need). Showing is October 18, 7pm, at the Regal Cinema in Eagan. In the meantime, we recommend that you read the book before seeing the movie.
Operation Christmas Child Collection Center Volunteers
Faith is offering our facilities as a place for people to drop off their filled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes from November 13-20. We need volunteers to welcome people coming into our building, to check & track shoe boxes, and to help load the OCC semi-truck that will be parked in our lot. This ministry is a wonderful way to share God’s love to the community around us and impact children worldwide with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Please volunteer on The City or contact Roy for more information.
If you’re new to Faith Covenant and/or looking to connect here, plan to join us for lunch and conversation with Pastors Brad and Char, October 29, 11:45am-1pm. Childcare by reservation to email@example.com. Contact Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org with dietary needs.
Candy Donations Needed
We are once again planning our Harvest Outreach, October 27, 5-8pm. We are asking you to donate bags of candy (peanut free) to be used as game prizes. We have a big bin on top of the Youth Desk in the lobby serving as the drop-off. Thank you for your generosity.
Harvest Festival Outreach Volunteers
The Harvest Festival is a great place to bring your children and invite neighbors. There will be carnival games, treats and a few concessions. The food cost is minimal, but the event itself is FREE! However, we can’t do it without you! Please sign up at the Youth Desk in the lobby to help or respond to the post sent on The City. Contact Nick, email@example.com, for more information
Hurricane Maria Response in Puerto Rico
The Love Mercy Do Justice mission priority in collaboration with Covenant World Relief is partnering with a network of churches and congregations in the United States and Puerto Rico to coordinate relief efforts, including delivery of funds and supplies to sister churches on the island which are serving as designated centers for the distribution of food, water, generators, and other basic needs. Hurricane Maria has caused catastrophic damage across the northeastern Caribbean. Puerto Rico has suffered terribly—it was still recovering from Hurricane Irma two weeks prior and approximately 80,000 residents remained without power as Maria approached. Puerto Rican relief will be a long-term effort. It is estimated that the island will be without power for at least six months. To contribute to this need, click HERE