Posted on Jul 7, 2016 in Faith Updates
What makes a good friend?
C. S. Lewis insisted the essence of friendship is the exclamation, “You, too?!” Lewis imagined friendship as two people standing side by side looking at the same object stirred and entranced by it together. When we meet another person who shares this thread with us, there is the potential for real friendship.
This common bond is where we get our word sympathy—sym-pathos, common passion. This means that friendships are discovered by people who share common longings for the same things. The mysterious thing about friends is that friendship cannot be merely about itself. It must be about something else, something both friends are committed to and passionate about besides one another.
Faith Covenant Church is part part of a larger body—the Evangelical Covenant Church. The ECC was founded by Swedish immigrants in the late 19th century and in its inception first called itself Mission Friends. Today the ECC has grown into one of the fastest growing and most diverse denominations in North America
How could a small group of Swedes create such an ethnically diverse church where rich and poor, black and white, male, and female all find a home? The secret is our mission friendship! We are a collection of individuals who have experienced the eternity-changing love and grace of Christ and together exclaim, “You, too?! Let’s walk together toward Christ sharing in His mission of love and grace for the world.”
Our mission friendship in Christ has made the ECC and Faith Covenant Church congregationally-driven bodies, meaning in our mission friendship the most important decisions are made by the mission friends. We are not a top-down church. We are a bottom-up church. Thus, the way we spend our money and the way we resource our mission is ultimately in the hands of the mission friends.
As Pastor Char noted last week, we, along with our Council President Mark Heimkes, got to participate in the Covenant Annual Meeting. It was at that meeting that delegates from Covenant Churches all over North America participated in making the big decisions of the ECC. If you’d like to learn more about this very important meeting, Annual Meeting resources are available here.
And just like our larger body, this Sunday (July 10) Faith Covenant Church will hold its Annual Meeting. It is here the mission friends of Faith Covenant will approve the larger decisions of our local body. The meeting will be held at 11:30 am after the worship service. We will be electing two new members to the church council and voting on the budget for 2016-2017.
It is my prayer that in Christ’s mission our friendships will deepen and those friendships will bespeak the common passion we have for our King, Savior and friend—Jesus.
I am a friend to anyone who fears you—anyone who obeys your commandments.”
Your mission friend,
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
Annual Meeting for Faith Members/Attenders
The annual meeting for Faith Covenant Church will be held this Sunday at 11:30am. We will be electing two new members to the church council and voting on the budget for 2016-2017. Childcare will be available for children up to kindergarten age.
All Church Garage Sale for Missions
Faith’s All-Church Garage Sale is next week, July 14 & 15. All proceeds will go to the MOMS Program. Everyone at Faith can help this sale be a success by gathering donations at home and/or volunteering to help! Donations for the sale will be accepted this Sunday from 2-7pm and Monday & Tuesday, July 11 & 12 from 5-8pm. Volunteers will be needed for set-up this week, clean-up on Friday, or help on sale days. If you can help, please contact Rachel at 651.334.5938 or email@example.com.
Weekend of Grace
If you are looking to experience God’s love and grace while enjoying amazing worship and fellowship, consider attending a Unidos en Cristo weekend! Two weekends will be held later this month: July 21-24 for men and July 28-31 for women. For more information, contact Susan Lay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TeenServe Mission Trip
The youth mission trip leaves Saturday, July 9 led by our new Director of Youth and Outreach, Nick Madsen, with four leaders and 17 youth. They will return July 16. Pray for hearts to be opened to God’s voice, safety, and relationships to be built.
Young Adult Grilling & Yard Games
All Faith Covenant attendees between the ages of 18-29 are invited to attend a fun and relaxed event Sunday, July 24 at noon. A grilled lunch will be provided (hamburgers and hot dogs with sides) and plenty of yard games will be available to play. Single? Married? Don’t know anybody? Doesn’t matter! Show up for a no-agenda great time! RSVP to email@example.com by Wednesday, July 20.
Mug & Muffin with Vicki
Parents and caregivers, you’re cordially invited to Mug & Muffin, 9am, Sunday, July 24, with our new Director of Children’s Ministry, Vicki Newendorp. As you enjoy coffee and breakfast goodies, you’ll have the opportunity to hear some of Vicki’s vision for the future of children’s ministry. She also wants to hear from you! She’ll spend some time asking questions about your family, children, and needs as we go into this new season. If you need childcare, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the names and ages of the children. We want this to be a special time where you can feel loved, heard, and hear Vicki’s heart as we look toward fall.