Posted on Mar 9, 2017 in Faith Updates
To be intentional is to act with purpose toward a desired goal with a plan to accomplish it. Intentionality is the x-factor that moves dreams into action then into reality. Without intentionality, dreams simply remain dreams.
Case in point:
- I didn’t think I could run a marathon, but then Team World Vision gave me an intentional plan to train my body to run 26.2 miles. I intentionally followed the plan and was able to run a marathon.
- I didn’t think I could ever ride my bike 100 miles in one day, but then Venture Expeditions gave me an intentional plan to train my body to ride 100 miles. I intentionally followed the plan and was able to ride my first century.
- I didn’t think I would ever get out of debt, be able to create an emergency fund, and save for retirement, but then a friend gave me an intentional plan to train my spending for healthy monthly stewardship. I intentionally followed the plan and now I’m out of debt, have an emergency fund, and save for retirement.
The Bible is very clear about intentional planning for our future. Proverbs 21:5 says, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.” That verse sums up well the way I treated my finances for the first half of my adult life. I had no plan, spent hastily, and ended up in numerous financial ditches. Now I’m financially intentional. I have enough to tithe to our church, give to other ministries, save for Jill’s and my future, and we have peace of mind when it comes to money.
I know there’s not a one of us who doesn’t want to steward our resources well so we can give more to God and His kingdom purposes, but the truth is only those with diligent, intentional plans are able to consistently give in kingdom ways.
So, we in leadership have decided to be intentional! This next week Faith Covenant is welcoming Financial Fitness coach Dave Jacobson to our Wednesday nights (6:15-7:45) for 4 weeks (March 15, 22, April 5, 12). Dave’s goal will be to help us be intentional with the resources God has given us. Cost for the class is $47 per household, but no one will be turned away if money is an obstacle. You can register for the class right now by clicking HERE or by signing up Sunday morning at the Welcome Desk.
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
Daylight Saving Time Reminder
This weekend, March 11-12, is the start of Daylight Saving Time. Don’t forget to turn your clock ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday so you won’t be late to church!
Quarterly Congregational Meeting
Please join the Council for a quarterly business meeting on March 19 after the worship service (~11:45am). A short financial report will be given as well as an update on some work the council has undertaken to refresh and update our facility. No votes will be taken but the council wants to share the progress that has been made. Meeting will be in the Legacy Chapel and childcare will be provided.
Romania Mission Trip Meeting
Nick Madsen, Faith’s Director of Youth and Outreach, is leading two trips this summer to Romania. This mission is to run a Bible camp and share the love of Jesus with abandoned/orphaned children. If you want to understand more about the mission please join Nick for an informational meeting Sunday, March 26, immediately after our worship service.
Talking with Kids About Jesus
Have you ever wondered how to have a meaningful conversation with a child about Jesus? As adults, learning how to help a child along in their spiritual journey is one of the sweetest skills we can develop. Join us April 2 at 11:45am as we explore how to lead a child to Christ, with practical tools and verses that will help you explain the ABCs of beginning a relationship with Jesus and becoming a Christian. As we trust God’s Spirit to work in our children’s lives, let’s also be prepared for the conversations stirring in their hearts. This GROW opportunity is encouraged for parents, grandparents, caregivers, and our children’s ministry volunteers, but all are invited to attend. Lunch and childcare provided with reservation; contact Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Covenant Church Conference Attendees Wanted
The annual meetings for our Covenant denomination at both the conference level and the national level are happening soon and any member of Faith Covenant is welcome to attend as our delegate! The Northwest Conference meeting is April 27-29 in Osseo, MN, and the Evangelical Covenant Conference is June 22-24 in Detroit, MI. If you are interested in either meeting or would like more information, please contact council president, Mark Heimkes, at email@example.com
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!