Posted on Dec 3, 2015 in Faith Updates
“Advent is for the ones who know longing.” –Sarah Bessey
This quote came from a blog that one of our women posted on the Women of Faith Covenant Facebook page. If you’re a woman (of any age) and would like to receive encouragement, prayer, and fellowship, ask to join this group! You will be blessed for sure…
So what exactly is the difference between waiting and longing?
Waiting is something we do every day. We wait in line. We wait for lunchtime. We wait for our kids to get home from school. We wait as long as possible before heading outside to shovel. We wait for Friday afternoon and the beginning of a weekend. But we don’t long for these things…
Longing is a deeper emotion. We long for relationships marked by grace. We long for the suffering of a loved one to end. We long for peace in our world. We long for deep emotional and spiritual healing to occur. We long for an estranged loved one to come home….
During the Advent season, as we wait for the joy of Christmas, we long for the Kingdom of God that the birth of Jesus ushered in. A Kingdom whose beginnings are here but whose ultimate fulfillment is yet to come. May you experience a joyous waiting and a peaceful longing this Advent season, resting in the truth of God’s ultimate victory through Jesus Christ!
See you on Sunday!
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith:
Special Congregational Meeting
Please join us on Sunday, December 13 for a special congregational meeting to approve the calling of a senior pastor to Faith Covenant. The search committee has presented the candidate to the church council and the council is bringing that recommendation to the congregation. The candidate will preach during the worship service on December 13 and the congregational meeting will happen immediately after. All members at Faith Covenant will have an opportunity to vote on the council’s recommendation at that meeting. There will also be an informational meeting at 10am on Saturday, December 12, to meet the candidate and hear more about him. All are encouraged to attend.
Christmas dinner and carols!
We’re looking forward to celebrating the Christmas season as a church family by sharing a yummy meal (Swedish meatballs) and singing Christmas carols together. This is a night for everyone, so bring your kids, parents, friends and neighbors! Dinner will be served at 6pm, followed by carols in the Legacy Chapel at 7pm. Tickets are required for dinner only, and will be sold in the lobby through December 13. Adults: $8; children, ages 3-10: $4.
M.O.M.S. Christmas Bake Sale Fundraiser
Shop the M.O.M.S. Annual Bake Sale this Sunday in the lobby. Goodies include Christmas cookies, breads, treats, krumkake, and lefse. Your purchase will assist the M.O.M.S. Program in their support and education of single moms and their children. Thank you for helping them in this sweet way!
Christmas Eve at Faith
This is where our faith takes on distinction: our God came to earth, wrapped Himself in human flesh, and walked among us. And He did so out of a love we can’t even imagine. Join us as we celebrate again the birth of Immanuel, God with us. Christmas Eve services will be held at 4pm and 7pm this year. You are encouraged to invite a friend or neighbor! Invitation cards specifically for this purpose are available in the lobby.
All Church Snow Tubing Night
All are invited to meet at Buck Hill on Wednesday, January 6 at 6:30pm for a fun and exciting evening snow tubing with other Faith families. $10 tickets will be pre-sold at Faith Wednesdays and Sundays starting December 9 through January 3. Tickets will be $15 at Buck Hill the night of the event. Anyone age 5 and older is allowed to tube. We also have a room reserved for parents and younger children to hang out while siblings tube, or for anyone looking for a place to warm up a bit. Invite your friends!