Posted on Oct 26, 2017 in Faith Updates
Six days ago, the maple in our backyard was in full color, so beautiful that I just had to take a picture. Three days ago, it was dropping leaves in droves, and today it stands nearly bare. What were recently lush green fields of corn are now a dried yellow, waiting to be harvested and used for a variety of life-giving purposes. Facebook accounts everywhere are filled with pictures of families at apple orchards and pumpkin patches, enjoying the harvest of fall fruits (and vegetables). It’s harvest time!
This Friday night, we our hosting our annual Harvest Festival, an evening where we open our doors to anyone and everyone, inviting our neighbors to join us for a few hours of fun. We are praying for hundreds of folks to walk through these halls – dressed in costume, laughing, playing, and eating lots of yummy treats. From little ones to grandparents (or great grandparents!), a Harvest Festival has a unique way of bringing generations (and races and faiths and lifestyles) together.
What do these two scenes, very different from one another, hold in common? Why do we name Friday’s event a “Harvest” Festival (other than the fact that it takes place in the fall)?
Because Jesus tells us,
“The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
Faith Covenant Church, we are the workers! As Christ-ones (Christians), we are given the task of working in and harvesting the fields, of loving on others and sharing the Kingdom of God with those around us. As Pastor Brad says, too many people simply don’t know that God is “crazy in love with them,” and they won’t know this truth until someone tells them, and loves on them in the process!
We have a precious window of opportunity this week to receive and love our neighbors, no strings attached. Won’t you share a few hours with us on Friday night as we lovingly and graciously tend to the fields around us, in Jesus’ name? Contact Lynn or Nick if you would like to volunteer, or just show up and share your smile and welcome to those who come!
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
Pastor Appreciation Month Opportunity
Because October is Pastor Appreciation month, a lay team is offering a special card box located in the lobby should you desire to express your appreciation to our pastors and directors by leaving them a note. You are encouraged to share a story about how your life has been touched by the ministry they provide or bless them by sharing your favorite scripture. A small supply of note cards will be available each week by the box. Cards will be delivered to Brad, Char, Vicki, Nick and Ryan each week as they come in.
Cake Reception for John Bennett
This Sunday, October 29, we are offering the opportunity to say good-bye to long time facility staff member, John Bennett. His last day at Faith will be November 2. Though we will miss John, we wish him well in his new job! Please take a moment to thank him for his 20+ years of faithful service at Faith.
New Member Sunday
This Sunday, October 29, is New Member Sunday. We welcome Barry and Judy George, Fred and Sue Olson, Nick Tombers, and Josh and Micaiah Wyatt. Please greet them in the lobby after the service; they will be wearing a corsage or boutonniere. You are then invited to enjoy a piece of cake.
Supporting the Transform Capital Campaign
We are asking everyone who calls Faith Covenant Church home to join us for 1 of 3 meetings to learn how we might together pool our resources to support the interior refresh of our building. These “Circle of Support” meeting dates are: Sunday, November 5 at 4pm; Tuesday, November 7 at 7pm; and Thursday, November 9 at 7pm. The gathering will include time for conversation, refreshments and your invitation to support our capital campaign. You will not be required to offer your financial commitment at this event. Please watch for a mailed invitation and rsvp as to the meeting you will attend, especially if you need childcare.
Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Donations
Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Every shoebox is a powerful tool that transforms the lives of children and their families through the Good News of Jesus! You can help by donating a filled box, praying, or volunteering in the processing/shipping of these gifts. Stop by the table in the lobby, starting this Sunday, October 29 to get more information and supplies. Filled shoe-boxes need to be returned by Sunday, November 12.
Operation Christmas Child Collection Center Volunteers
Faith is offering our facilities as a place for people to drop off their filled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes from November 13-20. We need volunteers to welcome people coming into our building, to check & track shoe boxes, and to help load the OCC semi-truck that will be parked in our lot. This ministry is a wonderful way to share God’s love to the community around us and impact children worldwide with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Please volunteer on The City or contact Roy for more information.
If you’re new to Faith Covenant and/or looking to connect here, plan to join us for lunch and conversation with Pastors Brad and Char, October 29, 11:45am-1pm. Childcare is available with rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Ellen at email@example.com with dietary needs.
New Sunday Grow Class Start
3rd Grade Bible Presentation
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 present a Bible during worship service on November 12. 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 or we have missed you, please contact Vicki or Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Faith Kids Stepping Stones
FaithKids Stepping Stones is an optional class for kids to take with a parent or caregiver that centers around communion, baptism, the church body, and what it means to be a Christ-follower. It offers a chance for your child to take another step in their faith journey as young disciples of Jesus. Many children take this class as a requirement for participation in believer’s baptism at Faith, but a child may take this class at any time, and we recommend it for all children at some point. The class, Sunday, November 12 from 1-3pm, is open to children in grades 2-5 and includes a journal for them to continue using at home. RSVP to Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We are looking for a “few good men…tors” for our M.O.M.S. Program. If you are a woman who knows Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and has the time and willingness to bring another relationship into your life, please call Jenny at 952.890.5072.
Hurricane Maria Response in Puerto Rico
The Love Mercy Do Justice mission priority in collaboration with Covenant World Relief is partnering with a network of churches and congregations in the United States and Puerto Rico to coordinate relief efforts, including delivery of funds and supplies to sister churches on the island which are serving as designated centers for the distribution of food, water, generators, and other basic needs. Hurricane Maria has caused catastrophic damage across the northeastern Caribbean. Puerto Rico has suffered terribly—it was still recovering from Hurricane Irma two weeks prior and approximately 80,000 residents remained without power as Maria approached. Puerto Rican relief will be a long-term effort. It is estimated that the island will be without power for at least six months. To contribute to this need, click HERE