Posted on Oct 27, 2015 in Faith Updates
“Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Exodus 20:9-11
As a child, a young adult, and a young wife and mother, Sabbath for me equaled Sunday. And Sunday meant church in the morning, our big meal of the day at the noon hour (as opposed to the evening hour, as was the case every other day of the week), and an afternoon of play, catch-up or preparation for the week ahead. My parents tried to refrain from working on Sundays, and our own family has tried to do the same.
As a pastor, however, Sabbath as defined above equals a workday. Meaningful work, blessed worship, prayer with/for others, and time with the “Faith Covenant family” is wonderful! But in reality, Sundays are workdays for me. Good thing God isn’t legalistic about the Sabbath occurring on a certain day and looking a certain way.
What is the Sabbath, and why does God command it? Well, God knows it’s not good for anyone to work all the time (neither our animals, our children, nor the servants or slaves of old). Life is about so much more than work, than a to-do list, than striving, always thinking about what’s next. That’s just plain not healthy. God knows that we all need a physical break, a mental break, an emotional break. To just “be.” To enjoy. To rest. To pray. To be unproductive. To be thankful. To regroup and to recharge. What a great God we have – one who looks out for our best interests even in asking us to rest (which He Himself, of course, was the first to model for us).
To that end, I have been enjoying a week-long “staycation” in my own home. A six-day Sabbath, resting and enjoying and being thankfully unproductive and (shockingly!) unplugged. I hope you’re able to carve out some time to do the same!
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
Council Quarterly Update
It’s that time again – time for an update from our council leaders. This quarter the council has chosen, in lieu of a formal meeting, to update us during worship on November 8. The reason for this is that we have no voting items and nothing significant to discuss/decide. Please note: informational handouts will be available in the lobby that morning and council members will be available after the worship service in Classroom A. Please stop by to thank them for their work and ask any questions you may have.
Sugar Time Baking
Women of Faith, join the M.O.M.S. Program and Women’s Ministry as we partner together for “Sugar Time”: a gathering of women for fellowship and baking to support the MOMS Christmas Bake Sale Fundraiser. Our first baking session is November 12 from 4-8pm. Please bring your favorite recipe(s) and any special ingredients needed (general ingredients will be provided). Sign up with Barbara at email@example.com or Kathryn at firstname.lastname@example.org/952.890.5072. Other baking times will be November 17 from 10am-2pm and November 19 from 2-6pm.
Are you a Thrivent Financial Member?
We are pleased to inform you that Faith Covenant has been enrolled as a participating organization in Thrivent Choice, a charitable grant program that allows members to recommend where Thrivent distributes part of its charitable outreach grant funds each year. Funds may be used to carry out religious, charitable or educational purposes. Faith Covenant Church will be listed in the program’s searchable online catalog within one week. Go to thrivent.com and then to Direct Choice Dollars, or connect with Carol at email@example.com if you have questions.
November’s retiring offering, taken as you exit the worship service Sunday, will go to Faith’s Missions budget. If you would like to hear more about the missionaries we support on both a long-term and short-term basis, please contact the Global Outreach (GO) Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a world map page showing where our missionaries are serving around the globe and giving information about their ministries on Faith’s webpage: faithcovenant.org/ministries/outreach/.
Krumkake and Lefse Orders
If you would like to have krumkake or lefse for your holidays, consider buying it from the MOMS program at our December 6 Bake Sale. Preorders are encouraged, as we have run out of these items each of the past 2 years! Contact MOMS at 952.890.5072 or email@example.com, or place your order in the lobby on Sunday.