Little Things on a Hot Day
Posted on Jul 21, 2016 in Faith Updates
As I sit down in my office to write this week’s blog, I am experiencing what everybody dreads on a hot day like today: the AC is not functioning properly. My mind begins to wander to scenes of the desert, dried up lakes, and images of the sun, and I start to think that we aren’t far away from experiencing that in Minnesota. But then I realize that despite the improperly functioning AC, it’s still only seventy-five degrees in my office.
While I could continue to complain about the heat, I chose to be thankful instead. Thankful for the little things in life; things like working AC’s, music to listen to anywhere I go, a cell phone with a camera so my wife can send me pictures of our son while I am away at work, and more.
Further, I begin to think of the short Bible verses that I had learned as a child that have stuck with me all these years. Short Bible verses that often get passed over while mulling over the latest theology textbook or short Bible verses that are sometime altogether forgotten while trying to develop a new theory or interpretation of a passage. Short Bible verses that can speak volumes above others, especially in our world today.
Short Bible verses like, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10).
Short Bible verses like, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything” (Philippians 4:6).
Short Bible verses like, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you” (James 4:8).
Short Bible verses like, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline (1 Timothy 1:7).
It’s verses like this that consist of just a few words and take only seconds to memorize that can be the little thing that gets us through times of strife, struggle, loss, worry, and more. A good practice is to write down short verses like this on post-it notes and place them around your house where you will see them often. While fasting in the wilderness, Jesus himself quoted scripture from memory when he was tempted. Similarly we can equip ourselves just as Jesus did – by committing these verses to memory – so we can ready ourselves for the times of struggles that lie ahead.
See you Sunday!
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
Join us this Sunday, July 24 to celebrate the recent ordination of Pastor Brad and Pastor Char through the Evangelical Covenant Church! Both pastors will be available to congratulate in the lobby after service, and you are invited to enjoy a piece of cake in their honor!
M.O.M.S. Thank You
M.O.M.S. Thank You
“We want to thank Faith Covenant Church and everyone who donated, volunteered and shopped at the recent All Church Garage Sale for Missions. We are so blessed to report that the net amount raised for our moms was $7,613.23! As the recipient of this year’s proceeds, we are thankful for your generous support of the M.O.M.S. Program. You are making a difference in the lives of our single moms and their families.” With gratitude, The M.O.M.S. Program
Twin Cities 6K for Water
Did you know that the average distance children walk for water in Africa is 6K (3.72miles)? Join our Faith Kids on August 27 as they help bring other children clean water. This family-friendly event, at 9am at White Bear Lake County Park, allows you to walk, run, or even push a stroller. Each registration provides lasting clean water to a child in Africa and on race day you walk/run with the photo of a child on your bib who will get clean water from the 6K! To register, go to www.teamworldvision.org/team/FaithCovenantKids and click “Join our Team.” (For inviter, put Vicki Newendorp or a Faith TWV team member you know). If the registration fee is a hardship to your participation, please let us know. Contact Vicki at email@example.com for more info.
Women’s Ministry Fall Peek
If you are a woman at Faith who would enjoy spending time connecting, learning and having fellowship with other women, mark your calendar for the exciting fall plans that are coming up in Women’s Ministry! Our fall kick-off will be on Sunday, September 25 from 6-9pm and our weekly fall studies will begin after. For more information check out the women’s ministry section on Faith’s web page, or contact Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Missionary Prayer Calendar
The 2016 ECC Missionary booklet has arrived and is available to those who wish to get to know and pray for the missionaries around the globe supported by our Covenant family. Pick yours up at the Welcome desk in the lobby
Students entering grades 6-9 won’t want to miss the Most Unbelievable Ultimate Urban Camping Experience August 4-6 at Crossroads Church in Woodbury. There is still time to sign up and attend with our new Director of Student Ministries, Nick Madsen. Registration forms are available online or at the Welcome Desk in the lobby. Cost is $109. Don’t wait too long! Spots are still open but we can get a few more students in. Registrations by July 27 to Lynn in the office.
Marrow on the Move Fundraiser
Calling patients, families, friends, care-givers, and blood and marrow donors to join the first annual “Marrow on the Move” on Saturday, July 30 at Lake Nokomis. This Walk/Run/Ride will celebrate victories and honor those who have lost the battle in the fight against blood diseases. Funds raised during this event will support research to improve care and outcomes of transplant recipients. Contact Robb Ziegelmeyer for more information (ZiegRobb@usfamily.net) and/or register at www.z.umn.edu/marrowonthemove.