Independence for Whom?
Posted on Jul 6, 2017 in Faith Updates
On July 2, 1776 our country’s Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence declaring the United States free from British rule. This vote culminated in a written Declaration of Independence—approved by vote on July 4th 1776.
I’m struck today by this idea of a “declaration of independence.” I remember being 18, away from home, first fall of college in California. I remember driving down Pacific Coast Highway in the back of my friend’s truck—no seat belt, the Pacific Ocean 100 yards to my right, 3:30 in the morning, thinking, “I’m free! I’m independent!” My parents were 400 miles away! I had the liberty to do whatever I wanted! I could stay up all night and party. I could stay up all night and study. I could experiment with drugs and alcohol. I could become a vegan and a marathon runner. I could choose to follow in my parents’ footsteps and follow Christ, or I could reject their faith and follow a different path. I suddenly had more freedom to choose than any time in my life, and with each choice came consequences.
It’s now been 33 years since that back-of-the-pickup, declaration-of-independence-ride down PCH. And over the past three decades what I’ve seen in the lives of my freedom-loving-friends is either liberty or slavery. Those who’ve used their freedom to reject the life and teachings of Jesus have ended up less free and more in bondage. Those who’ve used their freedom to follow Jesus have ended up more free, less imprisoned by their past, more able to make wise choices for themselves and their families.
The scriptures say, “Wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17). Why is this true? Because the way of Christ is the most natural way to be human. We were designed to love and live as Christ-ones, anything outside of Christ is bondage. This being true, we could say then that the Christian in a communist country is more free than the atheist in the United States.
While each of us might feel we have the right to declare our independence from God, the reality is each of us is a disciple of someone or something. The book of Joshua says it plainly:
“Choose you this day whom you will serve . . .
as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
Missionary Meet & Greet
Come to a GO Team Missionary Meet & Greet with Faith missionary Erika Simpkins Webb and husband Jason. They will share about their experiences in ministry in Australia with YWAM (Youth with a Mission) and offer a time for us to get to know them. All are invited! Wednesday, July 12 at 7pm in the Legacy Chapel.
All Church Garage Sale
The all church garage sale will be held on July 20 & 21. We will be taking donations July 16-18. Details about donations can be found HERE. We also will need many volunteers to make this community outreach event happen. There is a sign-up for volunteers in the lobby this Sunday, July 9. You may also contact Rachel at 651.334.5938 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All Church August Retreat Weekend
The Faith Covenant all-church retreat weekend in McGregor MN at Covenant Pines Bible Camp is just around the corner, August 18-20! It will be a weekend of relaxation, inspiration, fellowship and fun! Cost is $100 per adult, and $50 per child, with a $300 cap per family. Register HERE (Note: even though the fee shows $300, you will input your final registration cost at end of the online form). For more information, or for other concerns, contact Jen at email@example.com.
Romania Mission Trip Update
The first team that went to Romania is arriving home Saturday and the second team, consisting of Chase and Steph Lenz, Mackenzie Madsen and Autumn and Carrie Olinger, will depart to join Nick Madsen. Thank you for your continued support for this mission. We have raised 95% of our overall goal of $25,000! The Wall-O-Money will continue to offer envelopes for your donations.
Summer Play Dates
Want a low key time to just enjoy friends or make new ones? Join up with fellow Faith Covenant families at a summer playdate. Come to one or all. Grownups need to stay with their children. Various Wednesdays at 10am around the community:
July 12 Playdate: movie “Sing” at Regal Theater, Eagan. Admission: $1/person
July 26 Playdate: Cliff Fen Park, Burnsville.
Aug 9 Playdate: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley. Admission: Ages 0-2, Free. Ages 3-12, $12. Ages 13-64, $18. Talk to Vicki if admission is a hardship.
Aug 23 Playdate: Fire Station Tour and DQ–location TBA
Registrations are due by July 17 for MUUUCE (the Most Unbelievable Ultimate Urban Camping Experience) This high-energy, fast-moving, multi-day event is designed to give middle-schoolers and junior highers a chance to connect with Christ and their peers. Grab your registration form from the Youth Counter at Faith or download one HERE. Cost is $115 and runs August 3-5 at Crossroads Church.
Men’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Weekend
Hey Men of Faith, looking for an opportunity to get away from the city and cell phones and have fellowship with God and like-minded men? Join us on a trip to the BWCA on September 14-17. All food while camping, canoe and gear rental, and entry fee is included in our event cost with a $50 deposit due by the end of July. (Total expected cost ~$150). For more information, contact Chase Lenz at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dick Mooers at email@example.com.
Community Outreach Car Wash
If you missed out on the fun last month with the Free Community Car Wash, here’s your chance to get in on serving our neighbors. We need 20 people Saturday, July 29, 9am-noon, to help bless our community with this fun, free, event. Sign up in the lobby today or contact Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Online Giving = Good Planning
Want to help your church manage its resources well? Setting up monthly automatic giving allows you and Faith to plan more strategically the use of our resources. Doing so is easy. Click here!