Faith Covenant Church

Shmita

Posted on Jul 27, 2017 in Faith Updates

“The Lord said to Moses at Mount Sinai, Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath to the Lord. For 6 years sow your fields, and for 6 years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of Sabbath rest, a Sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. Do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest.” Leviticus 25:1-5

This seventh year was called Shmita and is still practiced by [some] devout Jews. In the pastoral world, we reduce this to a 3-month period and call it a Sabbatical. In any case, it is a precious gift and an important time of healing and renewal of energy and resources… for the sake of future crops.

As the farmer’s land gives of itself (its nutrients, its space, its own life) so that plants may grow, a spiritual leader gives of him/herself (our time, our attention, our spiritual and emotional energy) so that others may grow… This is what a full-time ministry worker does, and it is a most beautiful, but also exhausting and depleting, call. The Shmita is necessary in order for a leader to rest, to rebuild nutrients lost through the years, and to prepare for years of crops to come.

“Whatever the land yields during the Sabbath year will be food for you – for yourself, your male and female servants, and the hired worker and temporary resident who live among you, as well as for your livestock and the wild animals in your land. Whatever the land produces may be eaten.’” Leviticus 25:6-7

What did “the land” produce for us these past few months? Extended periods of quiet. Lengthy times with God. A fresh awareness of His presence. Conversations and reflections and journaling and reading. Time together as a family. We “ate well” during these months, worshipping without ‘working,’ enjoying unhurried days, planning our time to include play and work and spontaneous adventures… and now, a new season awaits. A fresh season of planting and watering and pouring out, excited for the harvests to come!

See you Sunday!
Pastor Char

Here’s What’s Happening at Faith

All Church August Retreat Weekend

The Faith Covenant all-church retreat weekend in McGregor MN at Covenant Pines Bible Camp is just around the corner, August 18-20! It will be a weekend of relaxation, inspiration, fellowship and fun! Cost is $100 per adult, and $50 per child, with a $300 cap per family. Register HERE (Note: even though the fee shows $300, you will input your final registration cost at end of the online form).  For more information, or for other concerns, contact Jen at jsorensen@faithcovenant.org.

Community Outreach Car Wash

If you missed out on the fun last month with the Free Community Car Wash, here’s your chance to get in on serving our neighbors. We need 20 people Saturday, July 29, 9am-noon, to help bless our community with this fun, free, event. Hope to see you there!

Faith 20’s & 30’s Summer Fun

If you’re in your twenties or thirties (whether you’re single or married, a couple with kids or without kids), you’re invited to join us this Saturday, July 29, for our next Twenties and Thirties Grill & Chill! We will be meeting offsite to grill, play yard games, and enjoy one anothers company and fellowship. Please bring your own meat to grill and a side dish to share. For more information and to RSVP, please email Ryan at rnyquist@faithcovenant.org.

Communication Update

We’re aware that not all of you have personal access to a computer or smart phone, and since our primary mean(s) of communicating is electronically, we need to know who you are! If you are in this situation, we value you and do not want you to miss out on updates within our church family. If you do not have access to electronic communication, please contact Ellen at 952.890.3110.

Men’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Weekend

Hey Men of Faith, looking for an opportunity to get away from the city and cell phones and have fellowship with God and like-minded men? Join us on a trip to the BWCA on September 14-17. All food while camping, canoe and gear rental, and entry fee is included in our event cost with a $50 deposit due by the end of July. (Total expected cost ~$150). For more information, contact Chase Lenz at cvlenz@gmail.com or Dick Mooers at dickmooers@frontiernet.net.

Front Desk Receptionist Needed

Faith Covenant is blessed by the faithful volunteers who serve as receptionists during our work week! They work 1/2 day each week being the first point of contact to those who walk through our door and who call on the phone. We currently need to fill one of these positions. If you would enjoy this role of welcoming our guests and assisting Faith staff, please contact Nancy at ncstate@iphouse.com or 651.214.2455.

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!