Approaching the Throne of Grace
Posted on Aug 10, 2017 in Faith Updates
As we continue to grow as a family of grace making disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus, a team of us have been meeting monthly to create a comprehensive strategy for growing the prayer life of Faith Covenant Church.
Why would we do such a thing? Because we know our loving God is not distant but very present! We worship a knowable, loving God who compels us to approach His throne of grace boldly so we might receive mercy and grace in all our times of need (Hebrews 4:16). And our good friend James tells us:
“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results” (James 5:16b)
This being true we know the power we most seek in our church will not come from our ministry strategy, but rather our ministry on its knees. Thus, the Prayer Task Force has created mission and strategy for this coming year to lead people into a life of prayer in Jesus’ name through example, teaching, and experiences.
What will this strategy offer us during 2017-18? Let me give you a first glimpse!
Leading by Example:
- We will seek to provide deeper opportunities for prayer during our Sunday morning services.
- We will ask all leaders of ministries to model consistent, rich prayers weekly in their ministries.
Leading by Teaching:
- On Saturday, September 30 we will be offering an all day prayer-workshop, “Intimacy with Jesus”, led by our own Kim Gustafson. Kim is a powerful teacher with a rich life of prayer!
- In the first half of 2018, I will lead a multi-week sermon series on prayer.
Leading by Experiences:
- On Sunday, September 3 our Sunday morning service will be devoted to worship and prayer in light of James 5:13-18.
- On Wednesday, September 13 at 6:30 PM, we will kickoff our Wednesday evening Grow Nights with a special all-church worship and prayer service.
- In the spring of 2018 we will offer a weekend prayer retreat focusing on equipping people for a deeper life of prayer.
What a gift! Our God delights in His people seeking a deeper relationship with Himself! The greatest gift you can give your church this year is your deep, abiding prayers. I pray you will join me on my knees as we head toward an important fall!
Abiding in Him,
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
All Church Retreat Aug 18-20
Calling those who are still on the fence about attending the all-church retreat at Covenant Pines on August 18-20! Check out the beautiful photos of camp posted on The City and imagine yourself enjoying fellowship and fun with other Faith families! Worship will be uplifting, the lodging clean and welcoming, and all meals on Saturday and Sunday are provided (with an evening snack Friday night). Cost: adults are $100, kids over 3 are $50, with a family cap at $300. Register HERE. Camp begins at 5pm Friday and ends at 1pm on Sunday. Hope to see you there!
If you are not attending our retreat at Covenant Pines, but happen to be up north on August 20, join us in McGregor for Sunday morning worship at 10am. For a map to camp, click HERE
Beautiful You Event Tickets
The M.O.M.S. Program “Beautiful YOU” Fall Fashion Show and Brunch is coming November 11. Save the Date!! We will be selling tickets after church this Sunday, August 13 and next Sunday, August 20. Tickets, which are normally $20, are ONLY $15 for all women of Faith Covenant Church. For more info. please call the M.O.M.S. Office at 952-890-5072 or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Play Dates
Want a low key time to just enjoy friends or make new ones? Join up with fellow Faith Covenant families at our last summer playdate. On Wednesday, August 23 at 10am, we will meet at the Fire Station at 12155 Parkwood Drive in Burnsville, and will visit the emergency responders and tour the fire station. Afterwards we will go to the Dairy Queen. Grownups need to stay with their children.
It’s time to re-boot Guest Services/Hospitality at Faith Covenant! You are a crucial ministry to this family of Christ. If you serve on the AM Guest Service Team or the Cafe Team please join us Wednesday, August 23, 7pm to talk about the importance of welcoming all those who come through our doors on Sunday morning and the importance of YOU! This will be a space to ask questions, visit as a team and be encouraged!! Contact Anna for more information.
Students! Come enjoy a fun day with Nick at Valley Fair as we wrap up summer, and get ready to be together again this fall. All 6th-12th grade students are invited on Wednesday, August 23 for a day of fun, rides, and excitement. Tickets are around $35. Sign up in the lobby to let Nick know if you plan to come. We will meet at the park at 10AM, and plan to leave at 8PM. Let Nick know if you need a ride!
Volunteer Receptionist Needed
Faith Covenant is blessed by the faithful volunteers who serve as receptionists during our work week! They work 1/2 day each week being the first point of contact to those who walk through our door and who call on the phone. We currently need to fill one of these positions. If you would enjoy this role of welcoming our guests and assisting Faith staff, please contact Nancy at email@example.com or 651.214.2455.
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!