Life In Strange Places
Posted on Apr 2, 2015 in Faith Updates
This past Sunday I had the joy of being able to serve with our new FCC jail ministry team at Dakota County Jail. Every couple months we’re able to lead a worship service with the male inmates that want to attend a Sunday morning service. Jail is often a place where you find people at the end of themselves, receptive and hungry for the Gospel and God’s unconditional love. Our team did a wonderful job greeting the inmates, leading worship, sharing testimonies, God’s Word, and praying with many men who came forward humbling asking for God’s mercy, help, and perfect love.
My prayer is that church could be a place where we find that kind of hunger, humility, and desire for God to be God. My prayer is that church could be a place where we stand united to die to ourselves, come to the end of ourselves, and desperately reach out for God’s love, forgiveness, and transformation in our hearts, homes, and cities.
What an opportunity we have this weekend to experience Christ’s death and resurrection all over again. Our Good Friday experience will give people an opportunity to walk thru three movements of the Good Friday story (i.e. Upper Room foot washing, The Garden, and The Cross).
And Easter Sunday, Resurrection Sunday we’ll have baptisms for those who want to publicly respond to Christ’s command to be baptized, die to ourselves in the water, and be raised to new life in him.
Just yesterday I got to pray with someone who felt God’s presence powerfully while visiting FCC and was baptized in our service a couple years ago. She prayed that God would bring others like her that need God’s touch and come forward for baptism. Amen, may God pour his life, his life-giving spirit in strange places, jails, broken hearts, and humble churches that cry out for God’s new life!
He has Risen, He has Risen indeed!
See You Sunday,
Pastor of Discipleship and Evangelism
Here’s What’s Coming Up
Conversations with Council
Join the council and staff for a time of interactive conversation next Sunday, April 12 at 12:15pm. Bring your questions, concerns and suggestions so that during this time of transition, we can work and serve together as a church family.
Whether you’re new to Faith Covenant or have been here awhile, you’re invited to join us for membership classes at 12:15pm on Sundays, April 19 and 26. You’ll get a chance to meet and talk with Faith’s pastors, learn about the Covenant denomination and dialogue with us about what it looks like to be an active part of a local church. Childcare and lunch is provided. Sign up in the lobby or email Jen at email@example.com to reserve your spot.
M.O.M.S. 25th Anniversary Event
Join the M.O.M.S. Program on Friday, April 10 for their spring event in honor of their 25th Anniversary. This year’s special celebration includes great food, their fabulous silent auction, musical talent, and featured performer: comedian BOB STROMBERG! Tickets are available in the lobby or by contacting MOMS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952.890.5072.
Minnehaha Academy Reception
At 102 years old, Minnehaha Academy is the oldest and one of the most recognized protestant Christian K-12 schools in the Twin Cities. If you would like to learn more about MA, please attend a reception on April 12 at 12:15pm at Faith. You will hear from Principal Karen Balmers (Conrad) who grew up at Faith and from some FCC students/families who attend Minnehaha. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Faith Food Outreach
Sign up in the lobby today to volunteer at the April 13 food distribution. There are many ways to volunteer, and an hour or two of your time can make a real impact in the lives of the 300 families we serve each time from our community. For more information, contact Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prime Time Luncheon
If you are 55 or better, you are invited to a morning of fellowship and good food at our monthly Prime Time Luncheon, Thursday April 9 at 11:30am. Our speaker this month will be Rev. John Matthews, who will share a presentation, titled “Witnessing the Holocaust: A Christian Tragedy”. RSVP by Tuesday, April 7 by calling 952.890.3110, or emailing email@example.com.
Paid Childcare Workers
We are in need of a few more people to work in our nursery during Tuesday morning Bible studies, Wednesday evening classes, or for special events when childcare is needed. This is a paid position. If interested, please contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lynn at email@example.com. A background check is required.