Faith Covenant Church

Better Together

Posted on May 12, 2016 in Faith Updates

Faith, we are the body of Christ. Our particular branch in the body of Christ is called the Evangelical Covenant Church. And our particular branch in the Covenant Church is the Northwest Conference of the ECC. Yes, we are a local church, but we are part of something so much bigger than Faith Covenant Church.

 

Two weeks ago Pastor Char and I had the opportunity to join with other Northwest Conference representatives for the conference annual meeting in Duluth.

Al Tizon, the new Executive Minister of Serve Globally (formerly World Mission) for the Evangelical Covenant Church and featured speaker for the meetings, asked churches to consider what it means to be a “witnessing, reconciling and worshiping Church” moving toward God’s future. Tizon said, “I believe deeply that the local church is God’s primary agent of change to Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

 

Throughout the weekend, pastors, delegates and attendees heard video and spoken testimony of God’s activity around the world from various Covenant missionaries, including Nils and Erika Clauson (Mexico), Julio and Katie Isaza (Colombia), and Randy Bevis, Special Assignment Missionary with Serve Globally.

 

We also received reports from the primary ministry priorities in our conference: Congregational Vitality, Church Planting, and Children, Youth and Family.

 

Faith Covenant Church has been blessed over this past year by the ministry of our conference. In the pastoral search process the conference was intimately involved in guiding our leadership. In addition, our youth and children’s ministries received encouragement and mentorship through the conference leaders in those areas. While the conference most often works behind the scenes in strengthening Faith Covenant Church, it’s importance to our ministry cannot be overstated.

 

Superintendent Mark Stromberg put it this way in Duluth:

“It’s an honor to serve our churches. And because we are better together, I do want to thank our churches for providing resources—both in terms of financial support and time given by people from our churches…When you go home, please remind your people that your church is part of something bigger and grander, and that while the local church does most things best, there are other things which can only be accomplished as we work together.”

If you would like to learn more about the Northwest Conference Annual Meeting, click here for more information.

I’m so thankful we don’t walk this journey alone!

 

Pastor Brad

Here’s What’s Happening at Faith

 

Immersion Baptism Class

Baptism: a visible sign of God’s invisible grace. A joyful surrender to God’s leadership in our life, the forgiveness of sin, and the promise of life forever. An acknowledgement of the important role of a community of believers, and a daily dependence on the Holy Spirit. If you haven’t been baptized and desire to learn more about/prepare for this sacrament, please join Pastor Brad on Wednesday, May 25, 6:30-8pm. RSVP to Jen at jsorensen@faithcovenant.org. (***please note: this class is required for all who desire to be baptized on June 5.)

Prime Time Luncheon

If you are a senior at Faith, you are invited to join us Thursday, May 19 at 11:30am for our monthly Prime Time luncheon! We always enjoy a light lunch and fellowship time, and hear from various speakers on interesting and educational topics. This month we will hear from Kathryn Archambault about the MOMS program. Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, May 17 by calling 952.890.3110 or emailing care@faithcovenant.org. Lunch is $5.00.

End of Year Family Picnic Reminder

Come and celebrate the end of a great school year together! When: Wednesday, May 18, 6-7:30pm. Where: Lac Lavon Park. Who: Students involved in Children and Youth Ministry at Faith Covenant and parents. Please let us know you are coming so we have enough food. RSVP to Lynn Nunn, lnunn@faithcovenant.org.

Staff Farewell

On Sunday, May 22, we will honor our Interim Directors, Dan Booker and Tommy Case, as they leave for the new ministry opportunities to which God has called them. If you would like to leave them a card or personally thank them, there will be an opportunity to do so at a cake reception after the worship service that morning. Please continue to pray for them and their families as they make their transitions.

Our current series prayer:

Make our foundation rooted in you, O God.

Direct and shape our priorities, as we pursue Christ,

and pursue Christ’s priorities in this world.