Not Meant To Journey Alone
Posted on May 19, 2016 in Faith Updates
Recently, I was talking with a colleague in ministry when the topic turned, as it often does, to reflecting on how each of us had experienced church throughout our lives. Each of us were raised in the church and, while we each attended different congregations, some common themes emerged.
We shared stories of closeness to family, of hearing a language we did not hear anywhere else, stories that spoke of a sense of belonging, and stories of the divine breaking into the ordinary.
And that, I think, is what makes being a part of the church great! As Pastor Brad ended his Faith Update last week, “we don’t walk this journey alone”.
Throughout the biblical narrative, it is clear that God did not intend for God’s people to be alone. Ours is a shared story, one we see modeled to us before creation in the shared life of the interconnected Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are a people, working together, seeking to order our priorities to match those of God.
Faith Covenant Church is a community on a journey, doing just that kind of work, and it has been a privilege to serve with you for a brief time while on this journey. Now, journey’s are never easy, and the path may not always bend they way we would like. But it is together that any obstacles we encounter are overcome. It is through being united in faith, hope, and love —as the people of God— that we see God move and work in our world.
My prayer is that Faith Covenant Church be a place that is able to live out of its full potential. That the people of Faith would journey well together, pursuing both Christ’s priorities and Christ’s priorities in this world. God’s Grace and Peace be with you!
Interim Children’s Ministry Director
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
Immersion Baptism Class
If you haven’t been baptized and desire to learn more about/prepare for this sacrament, please join Pastor Brad on Wednesday, May 25, 6:30-8pm. RSVP to Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Children wanting to be baptized are welcome as well with their parents. (***This class is required for all who desire to be baptized June 5.)
This Sunday we honor Dan (& Annie) Booker and Tommy (& Laura) Case as they finish their interim staff positions at Faith and prepare to move to their new calls. We are grateful that in our time of need, they were available and prayerfully said Yes! We are grateful for their faithful service during a key time of transition. We are grateful to have entrusted our kids and our students to their spiritual care and friendship these past 10 months. And we are grateful for their voices on our staff team. Please join us for a cake reception in the lobby following the worship service and extend your personal thanks to them. Please be in prayer for the new faces that God will call to lead our children and youth into the next season!
Calling All Quilters…
A new quilting group is beginning! Are you looking for an opportunity to put your hands and heart to good use, using an existing skill or learning a new skill? Instruction will be available for all skill levels. Finished projects will be donated to local charities (in the name of Jesus) as a blessing to others. If interested contact either Athele (email@example.com) or Beth (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Amnion Walk for Life
Amnion Crisis Pregnancy Center exists to extend the love and grace of Christ to women (and men) facing unplanned pregnancies. Believing that Jesus is the author and giver of life, Amnion’s goal is to support women as they carry their babies to term and deliver healthy little ones. The annual Walk for Life, Saturday, June 4 (hosted once again by Faith Covenant) is their biggest fundraiser – won’t you commit to walking 2 miles in support of LIFE? For more information, or to register, contact Deb at email@example.com.
Women’s Retreat Early Registration
In honor of Mother’s Day, registration for the September 23 Women’s Fall Retreat at Covenant Pines is being offered at a $30 discount. This retreat is designed by women and for women and will not only give you a chance to have fun and be with friends, but to explore your relationship with God and experience deeper levels of His love. Register or get more information at covenantpines.org.
New Member Welcome
Please join us this morning in welcoming these people as new members at Faith Covenant: Sue Herzberg, Mark and Mackenzie Madsen, Kevin Shea, Neal and Lisa Steward and Glen and Barbara Thill. They will be celebrated with a cake reception in the lobby following the service today. They will be wearing a boutonniere, for easy identification!
Our Current Series Prayer
Make our foundation rooted in you, O God.
Direct and shape our priorities, as we pursue Christ,
and pursue Christ’s priorities in this world.