Joy & Praise
Posted on Jun 19, 2014 in Faith Updates
Do you remember birthdays growing up? I sure do. Remember that feeling you would get when you knew your birthday was coming? Remember how it felt that the excitement and the anticipation would almost kill you? That’s how it was for my 8th birthday. I couldn’t wait to open my presents. You could say I was about as excited as King David was when he danced as the Ark was brought back to his city. In fact, rather than tell you how excited I was, I thought I would show you.
Now I know what you’re thinking: why the heck did Jon Oney post a video of Richard Gear dancing around in his underwear? I did it to convey that feeling – that feeling of undeniable excitement and joy that we feel when we see God moving.
What are we supposed to do with this joy we feel? (Because if we don’t do something we might just burst!) Well, God’s Word tells us what we should do. David writes about this joy and lets it burst out of him in praise in Psalm 150. He writes…
Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!
We are to let our excitement and joy overflow into praise, just as David writes in the above psalm. Praise God in a season of joy. And friends, we are in a season of joy. We are seeing God renew hearts, homes, and even our own church building. We are seeing a new parking lot in August and things just feel good – like we are making a difference and moving towards advancing the kingdom of God.
So what you do in moments like this? Praise God! Thank him for what he has done and for what he is currently doing. Take time today just to say “Thank you God for ______.” Even if it’s hard. Because a little gratitude can change our whole perspective on how we view our world.
See you Sunday,
HERE IS WHAT’S COMING UP AT FAITH
Annual Congregational Meeting
Your presence and participation in our Annual Meeting is requested. Join us this Sunday, June 22nd at 12:15pm in the worship center. We will be voting on the proposed 2014-2015 annual operating budget and nominees for the open council positions. In addition, we will be celebrating the kickoff of our Responsible Church Makeover, a sacrificial giving campaign.
Kosovo Garage Sale Volunteers
Faith’s All-Church Garage Sale is just around the corner! Since all proceeds go to support widows and orphans, the help of volunteers at this sale is crucial. Shifts start on Sunday, July 13 to help receive and prep donations, continue through with help during the sale on July 17 & 18, and end with clean-up Friday afternoon. If you can be on this team during any of this time, please contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responsible Church Makeover
On Sunday, June 1 at two town hall meetings, the council rolled out the sacrificial giving campaign, The Responsible Church Makeover. We have come to the point as a congregation where we must take the faith-filled and spirit-guided steps to raise funds for facility projects that cannot be paid through our regular operating funds. We are seeking a total of $1,250,000 over three years to fix our parking lot, replace some of our roofing sections and upgrade our worship center. We need everyone who calls Faith Covenant Church home to prayerfully and sacrificially consider how you can be a part of this important and necessary work. Please note the first deadline for funds for phase 1 -the parking lot- is August 15, 2014.
June all-church worship/picnic
It is summer time and you know what that means? BBQ time. There is something about grilling out and having a bunch of friends over, the smell of meat cooking on the grill, that just makes summer complete. That is why we are having an all-church picnic the last Sundays in June and July following the first service, with our first picnic next Sunday, June 29! We will meet all together at 9:30am for worship and then go out to the parking lot to enjoy the weather, good food, fellowship and games in lieu of the second worship service. There is a suggested donation for food of $5 per person, but if you can’t make that happen, don’t let the money stop you from coming.
Women’s Ministry Summer Play Dates
Stay connected and make new friends this summer with your children or grandchildren. We will meet up at different parks to play and picnic. Schedule: Wed. June 25, 9:30am- Apple Grove Park, 14904 Hayes Road, Apple Valley; Tues. July 8, 10:00am- Cliff Fen Park,120 E. Cliff Rd., Burnsville; Thurs. July 31, 9:30am- Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley- Bring your own picnic lunch. Meet at the lower level entrance. (Admission Fee); Tues. Aug. 12, 10:30am- Valley Lake Park, Lakeville; Thurs. Aug. 28, 10:30am- Splash Pad @ Kelley Park, 6855 Fortino St., Apple Valley- Bring your own picnic lunch. Contact Anne, email@example.com or Natalie, firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. See you there!
Women’s Tumbler Tuesdays
Join us to chat and relax with friends old & new on the 4th Tuesday of each month of summer at 7:00pm for Tumbler Tuesday. We’ll provide the cold refreshing drink and you bring your favorite tumbler. Meet at the Faith Covenant Gazebo (by the circle drive) on June 24, July 22, & August 26. For more information contact Naomi at email@example.com