Faith Covenant Church

Being A Worried Dad

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 in Faith Updates

Hello Faith-ers

You ever worry about a change in your life? Maybe it is a change at work, home or where ever you choose to socialize. Maybe your favorite restaurant was shut down, or maybe you used to watch the television show Glee and it has ended. No matter what it is, change can be hard and it can bring worry.

Recently, I had a big change in my life. Most of you know by now that I became a dad. It was all very stressful…and the hospital process….If you were to ask me what the hospital process and having a kid was like, I would say, “imagine you’re drowning, and then some one hands you a baby.”

Becoming a dad was a big change in my life. I was so nervous, so worried about if I was going to be good at being a dad. I mean, look at me. I can barely take care of myself.

But then I read Lamentations 3:22-23. It reads…

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

There is something comforting in those verses. Something that gives me hope. Instead of worrying about the change of becoming a dad, these verses instill hope and trust in God’s provision in my life. They say to me, rise up, it’s a new day dawning. Don’t worry about tomorrow, God’s mercies are sufficient to get through today. Let tomorrow’s worries be pared with God’s mercies. Because when we worry about tomorrow we are not living in the mercy God has provided us for today.

His mercies are new each day. That is what I have to keep reminding myself at 3am in the morning when I feed my little guy. I admit, sometimes I ask God, “ I know your mercies are new each day, but couldn’t you wait at least until 6am to prove that to me?”

It’s true, change can be tiring, but with God’s mercy we can get through whatever we are facing that day. And you know what? I wouldn’t give up being a dad and spending time at 3am with my son for the world!

 

See you Sunday,

-Jon Oney

Worship, Welcome & Communications

HERE’S WHAT’S COMING UP

Congregational Business Meeting

All are invited to attend a congregational business meeting on February 15 at 12:15pm. This will be an opportunity to connect with others in our church body and hear about the ministry we are doing here together. Meetings are for anyone who considers Faith their church home. Please join us! Documents regarding voting, agenda, and past meeting minutes are at the welcome desk.

ALC Craft Purses/Bags

Please join with Faith Covenant’s Faith4Freedom ministry and purchase a purse/bag in the lobby Sunday, January 25. The bags come from ALC (Abundant Life Center), an Evangelical Free Covenant Church located in Bangkok, Thailand. ALC Crafts serves women at risk of being recruited into prostitution (or who have escaped prostitution) by allowing them to learn a skill (sewing) and giving them employment in a environment that makes Jesus Christ known. 100% of proceeds go back to this ministry. Anyone interested in speaking with a member of the team at Faith may contact Deb at dsdevine@charter.net.

Agua Viva Dinner

A team of people will be going to Honduras from March 14-22 to build a gravity-fed water system, build relationships, and spread the good news of Jesus Christ, the Living Water. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry and having fellowship with the group, please join us for a dinner on Saturday, February 7 at 6:00 pm here at Faith Covenant. (A free will offering will be taken.) Please RSVP to 612-685-0891 or to info@aguavivaonline.org.

Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack

The South Metro Meal Packing Event is back for a second straight year: February 9-14 in Burnsville. Over twenty south metro churches will come together to pack and pay for 3 million meals over a 6-day period. Last year Faith Covenant provided 250 volunteers to pack meals and feed starving children worldwide; this year’s Faith challenge is 100% participation! There are opportunities for everyone to do something: volunteer, donate, pray, etc. Get ready to grab your family, friends, small group, youth group, old group, and DO SOMETHING!  More details and registration information is available in the lobby or from Jayne at jayne.stolt@mchsi.com. You can also click on the banner on Faith’s webpage and it will take you directly to the meal packing site.

UEC Weekend Retreats

Faith Covenant will be hosting a set of weekends with Unidos en Cristo (formerly Cursillo) on February 26-March 1 and March 5-8. If you are interested in being surrounded by God’s love and grace, please consider attending. For more information please email one of these people: Sue- susanlay461@yahoo.com;Lisa-  boldenow@q.com; Al- kitagawadad@gmail.com.