Faith Covenant Church

Happy Triduum!

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 in Faith Updates

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Hi church! Triduum – I’ll bet that’s a word you haven’t heard before! I certainly hadn’t, until this morning. Allow me to expound: Today is Halloween, a day that evokes a variety of thoughts and feelings, some of which have served to polarize even Christians. A trusted friend and seminary student posted a thought-provoking article this morning about the history of Halloween which I found intriguing. For what it’s worth…The Triduum of All Hallows (aka. Hallowmas) was a medieval Christian celebration that spanned three days (October 31-November 2). These days, these celebrations, were titled All Hallows Eve, All Hallows Day, and All Souls <em “mso-bidi-font-style:=”” normal”=””>Day. The Feast of All Saints, or All Hallows, originated as a day set aside to honor those who had been martyred for their Christian faith. Obviously, cultural tweaks and influences have run this celebration “slightly” off-course, and the original and intended meaning of this day, this week, has largely been lost. Regardless of where you land on the continuum of thoughts and feelings in response to this day, may you remember today, even for a moment, those who have paid the ultimate price for their faith. And remember as well, “the onewho is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

**Reminder to “fall back” this weekend! On Sunday morning, daylight savings time begins!

Read below for a few upcoming opportunities:

New Equip Class!
Join us for the 4 week adult equip class: “My Life: God’s Plan” starting Sunday, November 3 at 11am in room 230. Everyone is welcome! For questions, contact Monroe Larson at 952.890.1912.

Erika Simpkins Missions Update
Come hear Erika  share what has been happening in her life as a YWAM missionary in Perth, Australia onSunday, November 10 at 12:15pm.

Faith Congregational Business Meeting
All who consider Faith their church are invited to attend the fall Congregational Business Meeting on Sunday, November 17 at 12:15pm. We encourage you to invest in this chance to be updated about the things your staff and council are working on. Copies of the agenda for this meeting and minutes from July’s Annual Meeting are available at the information counter in the lobby. If you have any business that you would like the council to consider bringing to this meeting, email council@faithcovenant.org.

3rd Grade Bibles
Each year Children’s Ministry and Faith Covenant Church are honored to partner with our families in the presentation of a Bible to each of our 3rd grade students. This year we will offer a special Bible presentation ceremony in room 200 on Sunday, November 17. Parents please watch for a letter with information for you regarding this service. If you feel we do not have current information for your family, please contact Children’s Ministry.

Thanksgiving Eve Hymn Sing/Pie Social
Plan to join us for a combined hymn sing/worship service in our Worship Center on Wednesday, November 27 at 6:30pm. Service is followed by a pie social in our newly re-purposed Legacy Chapel.

Christmas Bake Sale 
MOMS will be hosting a Bake Sale on Sunday, December 8 and are currently taking pre-orders for Krumkake and Lefse @ $5.00 each. Please contact MOMS at 952.890.5072 or momshis@aol.com to reserve yours today (otherwise we can’t guarantee availability). Also, if you are interested in joining us for baking sessions in the Faith kitchen to donate to the bake sale, please contact MOMS. It will be a great time of fun, food and fellowship!

Adult Retreats at Covenant Pines
If you are interested in quilting or in joining with other Covenant church men for a weekend of fellowship, check out the November retreats offered by Covenant Pines Bible Camp in McGregor MN. Each offers time away from the busy distractions of life while experiencing God’s creation and connecting with friends. More information and registration is available at www.covenantpines.org.

May God’s peace guide and guard you as we enter another holiday season!         – Pastor Char