Faith Covenant Church

Oh the Difference a Day Makes

Posted on Jan 26, 2018 in Faith Updates

Sunday morning we’re talking about being intentional with our time. Boy did God give us an object lesson this week!

  • Monday 9:30am: I’m driving to an appointment. Roads are clear, a few gentle flakes are falling.
  •  Monday 11am: Appointment done. Snow needs to be brushed off my car. Roads are slippery.
  • Monday noon: Snowing heavily
  • Monday 2pm: Took the dog out and let her romp and leap in snow taller than her!
  • Monday 9pm: A foot of snow on the ground, snow still falling, plows haven’t come through yet

If the snow had ended Monday at 11am, this wouldn’t have been a big deal. Even Monday at 2pm would have given people the chance to shovel out and plow out. School would likely have taken place on Tuesday.

But heavy snow, over time, created slowdowns and shutdowns. Over time, a snowfall became dangerous, stopping traffic and closing schools.

How does time affect our lives? Well, quite often something done over time becomes a habit, and habits become priorities, and priorities shape our lives. But even something either said or done only one time can change the trajectory or a life or a relationship. The way we spend our time matters!

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:15-17

See you Sunday as we look more closely at what God’s Word says and how Jesus prioritized His time. In the meantime, enjoy the winter wonderland!

Pastor Char

Here’s What’s Happening at Faith

Sunday Morning GROW Classes

Did you know that there are two options for adults on Sunday mornings at 9am? Both are excellent opportunities to GROW in your faith and both are classes that allow you to pop in on any given Sunday. As a reminder, here are your options: Classroom A (Romans) or Classroom B (Chip Ingram). Check out one or both of them in the coming weeks – you won’t regret it!

Praying with Authority Workshop

Join us for a one-day workshop, Saturday, February 10, 8:30am-3pm, featuring indispensable Truth from the Word of God about the marvelous gift of prayer! Come and learn how to claim the authority of Jesus and to pray with confidence through the everyday circumstances of life, as well as those seemingly insurmountable battles that threaten to take us down. The victory belongs to Jesus! Register HERE. Coffee, refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

Intentional Money Workshop

Want to take the fear out of finances? An intentional money strategy will turn that fear into peace. Join coach Dave Jacobson here at Faith Covenant on Saturday, February 24th from 9:00 AM to noon, as he helps us turn our good intentions into intentional living. Register HERE

Weekend to Remember

Attention all married couples or those considering marriage! FCC is again gathering a group to attend this year’s “Weekend to Remember!” A number of us attended last year and were so blessed by the opportunity to spend intentional time with our spouse/spouse-to-be, and we’d strongly encourage you to consider attending this year’s weekend! Dates are February 23-25. Location is the J.W. Marriott, Mall of America. Cost is $100 off per couple if you register through FCC’s group at http://groups.familylife.com/ (FaithCovenantWTR). If you have questions, please contact Bob and Jaymie at bob4mcnamara@gmail.com or see the McNamaras in the lobby on January 14 and 21.

Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack

Looking for a way to tangibly serve those in need, in Jesus’ name? Join hundreds of others at Feed My Starving Children’s annual Mobile Pack! This year’s Mobile Pack is at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church January 29-February 3. FCC has two group slots reserved, but if you’re unable to pack at one of those times, sign up any time during the week that’s convenient for you. To register for FCC’s times, click on one of these dates: Monday, January 29, 6-8:30pm or Saturday, February 3, 11am-1pm. Ages 5+ are welcome to pack!

Twenties and Thirties Super Bowl Party

If you are in your twenties or thirties, we want you to join the Faith Twenties & Thirties group for Super Bowl 52, Sunday, February 4, starting at 5pm! Pizza and soda will be provided but please bring a side dish to share. For the address and to RSVP, email Ryan at rnyquist@faithcovenant.org.

Infant Baptism/Dedication Parent Class

Attention parents: If you are considering either baptism or dedication for your little one, you are invited to attend a one-hour parent class (required) to prepare your family for this special day. A parent application needs to be completed and returned to the office by the Monday before class. Next class: Sunday February 4 at 9am in the library. Baptism/dedication Sunday will be on February 18. Contact Ellen at eresh@faithcovenant.org.

The City at Faith

The City is an important (and private) place where our Faith community connects about fellowship, grow opportunities, events and prayer. We want everyone who considers Faith their church home to have access to this. If you have not registered, contact Jen or Lynn to receive an email invitation; call 952.890.3110 or email info@faithcovenant.org. If you already have an account but have questions and would like some assistance navigating it, join us at a brief City Help Session after service Sunday, February 11 at 11:45am. If possible, bring the device you use to get on The City with you to the session.

Covenant Pines Summer Camps

It is never too early to start thinking of summer camp for your kids, so check out the 2018 summer camp calendar. Bonus: if you register at covenantpines.org before Feb 1 you can get a great discount. Under the CAMPS icon is a special section for parents. Questions, call camp at 218.768.2610 or connect with Faith’s camp rep, Terry Langmaack at langmaack2@frontiernet.net.

Memory Verse of the Week

Pastor Brad issued a challenge to our faith family in the December 28, 2017 blog post: to memorize 52 Bible verses in 52 weeks for 2018. These verses will be posted each week in this Faith Update blog and will be in the worship folder each Sunday. Here is the verse for the fourth week of 2018: Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him. John 14:21