Posted on Apr 20, 2017 in Faith Updates
“The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:30-31
Friends, as you’ve likely heard, I began a three-month sabbatical on Monday, April 17. That means that you won’t see me or hear from me until mid-July. No emails, no phone calls, no social media… I will be elsewhere, as will my family. Sounds pretty nice, huh? I am so grateful for this gift of time and space, but I’m also aware that it’s more than just a long vacation. It’s essential for my soul…
Simply put, a sabbatical is an intentional time of rest. Time for a giver to receive, a teacher to be taught, a shepherd to be led, and a child to just plain enjoy time with her Father. Ministry work is unique in that it is 24/7/365, and it involves connecting intimately with God and with others. In order for us to pastor well, to “equip the saints to do the work of the ministry,” and to continue to dwell in intimate places in a healthy manner, we need to be sure we are guarding our own hearts, minds, and souls. I need to be sure that my relationship with Jesus remains vital and growing. I need to be sure I am receiving well what God has for me. I need to be sure my family is receiving the best of me. I need to cease from leading and allow God to lead me. For awhile…
Jesus modeled for us what this looks like. If you read the gospels, it’s easy to see that He continually withdrew from people, daily life activities, and the demands of his ministry to be alone with the Father and pray, and He encouraged the disciples to do the same.
Church, I love the ministry that God has called me to! I love the church family that I’ve called “home” for 23 years. And while part of me will definitely miss the relationships and connections that are being suspended for this particular amount of time, I am so excited for a time of healthy separation, and I can’t wait to hear what God has for me!
See you in July!
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
Faith Family on The City
Sunday, April 9, Faith launched our new communications tool called The City! This is an on-line platform, just for Faith Covenant, that will help us all stay connected to the ministries and people of our church, so we can serve more effectively together! If you are not yet on, we want you to join us! You should also note the give-away for those who join before June 20! If you did not receive an email that invited you to join, please let us know your correct email address, or request to join online. For those wanting some assistance using The City, join us at an orientation class April 30 or May 21 at 9:15am. For more information or to RSVP, contact email@example.com.
If you’ve been attending Faith Covenant for awhile and feel like now is the time to consider membership within our “Family of Grace,” we’d love to have you join us for our next round of New Member classes. Classes will be held on Wednesday nights, April 26 and May 3, from 6:15-7:45pm. New Member Sunday will be May 21. To save your spot, contact Ellen, firstname.lastname@example.org. Childcare available by request.
If you’re new to Faith Covenant and/or looking to connect here, plan to join us for a free lunch and delightful conversation with Pastor Brad this Sunday, April 23, 11:45am-1pm. Childcare is provided by reservation to email@example.com. Please contact Ellen, firstname.lastname@example.org, with dietary needs.
City Tip #1 – Smiling Faces Needed!
An important part of being on The City is completing your profile! The City is private and by invitation only, therefore only people who are a part of our church can see your smiling face. A City profile helps everyone know a little bit more about each other. Here are some tips to help you fill out your profile: use a clear, recent photo of yourself; add/edit your phone number and your physical addresses, and edit your email settings for each of your City groups. Note: your phone number will NOT be shown unless you select the “Show my phone number to”… box. Your home address can also be kept private, by selecting Private from the drop-down menu. Then, after you’ve completed these steps, don’t forget to go to the News page and find the “Get on The City” post! That is where you can type a message and be in the running for our computer tablet give-away that will be awarded June 25 at our Annual Congregational Meeting!
Spring Women’s Bible Study
In Laughing in the Dark: a Bible Study on the Book of Job, Chonda Pierce looks at Job through the lens of a woman. She parallels her life and many women’s experiences to Job’s struggles and enduring faith. This 6 week study will be offered Tuesday mornings only from 9:30 – 11:15 am, starting next Tuesday, April 25. Books are $10 and area available at Faith. Pleas note: childcare will not be offered this session. Sign up in the lobby this Sunday or email email@example.com
We will be collecting clothing and accessories (including shoes, jewelry, hats, scarves and coats-anything you wear!) plus any soft goods, such as towels, blankets, etc. to support the Romania mission trips this summer. Bring your donations to the box by the east door upstairs until April 30. What a great way to get your closets cleaned out and help this mission love orphans in Romania!
Ever wonder just what Faith4Freedom is all about? Join us on Tuesday, May 9 at 7pm in classroom A, as we host Trafficking Justice’s Monthly Social Meeting. May’s topic is on prevention in schools and youth groups. Come to listen and learn more or join the conversation! Contact Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Summer Galactic Starveyors Camp
The Galactic Starveyors Camp on-line information page is up and ready to take registrations. Volunteers and children can register HERE. VBS will be held June 12-15. The cost is $10 per child which includes a t-shirt.
Online Giving = Good Planning
Want to help your church manage its resources well? Setting up monthly automatic giving allows you and Faith to plan more strategically the use of our resources. Doing so is easy. Click here!