Conspiracy of Kindness
Posted on Jan 19, 2017 in Faith Updates
Hey Faith Family! I’m excited to see all the wonderful things God is doing here at Faith Covenant Church. I’ve been praying and thinking a lot lately on how to share what God is doing through all of us with our community. Sharing the love of Jesus can be an intimidating thing to do with people that we don’t know, but it’s also something that Jesus asks of us. What are some ways that we can share the love of Jesus with others without feeling like we failed, or have been rejected by someone? I think of the ways that Jesus would express his love, and it always was done by him with an act of service. As followers of Jesus we look to him as our example in every form of our lives, so why not in sharing his love for the world.
Many of us have paid for the person behind us in the drive-through, in a coffee shop, helped change a flat tire for someone, even helped someone carry groceries to their car, but have you ever used these acts of kindness to show God’s love as an avenue to remind people that God loves them? I’m excited to share with you an idea of how we can do all those things. We call them kindness cards. These cards will be in the Welcome Center, and available to you! Here’s how they work! Imagine you’re at Starbucks getting your morning coffee, or at McDonalds getting lunch. There’s a single-mom and her kids behind you and you see an opportunity to brighten their day. So as you go to pay for your coffee or meal you say to the person at the cash register, “I’d like to pay for these kind folk behind me today.” The person behind you is going to protest and say, “No, I couldn’t possibly ask you to do that!” Your response? “I would take great joy in blessing you today. Please let me do this!” Then you pay for their coffee or meal and you hand them the card and say, “God loves you so much! Be blessed today!”
Another thing we’d like to do is share our acts of kindness stories with each other throughout the week on our Facebook page. I’m excited to challenge all of us to grab a stack of these cards, go out into the world, and share with people what being a follower of Jesus is all about.
See you on Sunday!
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
Small Group Leader Orientation
If you’ve been blessed by a small group and would like to extend that blessing to others, consider attending this small group leader orientation! You will be reminded of the value of small groups and learn some tips about creating a safe place for others to grow closer to God and one another. Two identical sessions are offered: Tuesday, January 24 (6-9pm) or Saturday, January 28 (9am-noon). To register, contact Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions? Contact Dave (email@example.com) or Hal (firstname.lastname@example.org). New small groups will launch February 12.
Wednesday Night Grow Classes – beginning January 25, 6:15pm
Two classes will be offered for adults this winter on Wednesday nights: Identified By Love, and Prayer: a Two-Way Conversation. Each is a 5-session class, starting on January 25. The Identified journey is a exploration of our identity according to God, and is taught by Pastor Brad. Prayer will be taught by Pastor Char.
Are you new to Faith Covenant or looking for a deeper connection with our family of grace? If so, plan to join pastors Brad and Char for lunch and an informal (yet informative) discussion on Sunday, January 29th, 11:45am-1:30pm (Classroom B). Childcare provided by request. Contact Ellen at email@example.com to save your spot!
CBS Study Opportunity
Community Bible Study (CBS) is a national group that meets at Faith Covenant on Monday evenings at 7pm. They are beginning a new session February 6 on Daniel. All are welcome to join. Sign up online HERE
Faith’s Connect ministry is preparing for a new season of intentional “inreach,” involving our deacons and each attendee at FCC. Our deacons look forward to actively engaging with you by way of a phone call or email mid-January. We look forward to growing deeper roots as the family of God! Questions? Contact Pastor Char at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack
FMSC is hosting a weeklong meal packing event, with the goal of packing 4 million meals to improve the lives of malnourished children throughout the world! This is a wonderful way to serve alongside others from our church family (minimum age: 5). To register click HERE. To join the packing group going on February 6, choose the 7:30-9:30pm group, Contact Char for questions at email@example.com.
Weekend to Remember
Every marriage requires intentional effort and attention and we are pleased to partner with FamilyLife MN to promote this retreat, March 3-5. Bob & Jaymie McNamara, longtime FCC members, recently attended one of these retreats and have agreed to serve as “hosts” for anyone at Faith who would like to attend. Bob & Jaymie will be in the lobby beginning January 29, with details and to answer any questions you might have. Registration will be offered Sundays, February 5 – 26.
The church council is seeking potential candidates for election to the council board. Positions that will be open are financial secretary, vice president (requires prior experience on a church board) and at large positions. If you have questions or would be interested in being a candidate, please contact Mark Heimkes at firstname.lastname@example.org.