Speaking Life and Light
Posted on Feb 9, 2017 in Faith Updates
The snow glittered in the cold sunshine as I looked out the window at one of the kids. Bundled up in a fluffy coat and star wars hat, she stood on the side of the backyard. Wistful glances were cast in the direction of the edge of the yard where a couple of neighboring children were sledding gleefully on one of the hills in our adjoining back yards.
A day or so later, this same sweet little one was talking about feeling left out when people were playing nearby. When asked why she didn’t just jump in to play with them, the teary answer came, “because no one invited me.”
Friends, don’t we all feel that way at times? We stand, off to the side in the cold, longing to join in, but we hold back…because no one invited us.
This has been percolating in my heart over the last week. What would it look like if we were to ask God to keep our eyes, ears, and hearts open to the people around us in a fresh way. To the neighbor, the classmate, the co-worker, the visitor. And, we respond with courage and faith to the opportunities that the Spirit walks with us in. And we INVITE someone. Invite them in, welcome them with open arms…to talk, to play, to eat, to worship, to “do life” with us. It might require getting out of our comfort zone. In fact, it might mean stepping into the unknown or the messy, to pursue people to where they stand on the sidelines, waiting to be invited and going TO people. But the benefits? They’re beautiful.
That cold day a few days ago? One of the neighbor kiddos came over to my child with a big grin and a desire to be together. Giggles, sledding, and delight ensued.
“When we speak life and light into our broken world, it brings the connection our soul craves and the glory God deserves.” Kelli McKnight
Let’s be that, dear friends.
In His grace,
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
Small Group Launch
Looking to grow deeper in relationship with God and others? Small groups are an excellent way to do this, and we’re excited to launch several new groups this Sunday, February 12! You’ll have the opportunity to connect with group leaders and sign up to join a group that’s a good fit for you. Contact either Hal (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dave (email@example.com) with questions.
Honduras Mission Fundraiser
There will be a benefit/fundraiser to raise money to help support Mary Goblirsch’s mission work in Honduras. It will be held on Sunday, February 19, from 12-4 pm at the American Legion in Apple Valley. It will include lunch, a silent auction, a bake sale and more. Tickets can be purchased this Sunday in the lobby at Faith, or by contacting Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unidos en Cristo (UEC)
UEC is a short course in Christian living. It is an encounter with Grace. Experience a structured, three-day weekend that is designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people and bring them to a new and more active awareness of living in God’s grace. It is for people at every stage of their journey with Christ. It is for married couples and for single men and women. It is for anyone wishing to deepen their relationship with Christ and those around them. There are two weekend options here at Faith Covenant: February 16-19 for men and February 23-26 for women. For more information contact: Susan Lay, email@example.com or Al Kitagawa, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prime Time Luncheon
If you’re 65+ and free for lunch, plan to join us Thursday, February 16 at 11:30am as Pastor Brad leads us in a discussion on how we might build a church now for our children/grandchildren! RSVP to Ellen at email@example.com by Monday, February 13.
Hey! Are you, as part of our Faith Family, looking to serve our neighbors? We are taking volunteers to serve on Tuesday, February 21, 6-8pm by bagging groceries for free at Cub Foods (300 E. Travelers Trail, Burnsville). Please sign up with Nick at the Welcome Desk if you’re able to attend, and share the love of Jesus with our local neighbors. Email Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekend to Remember
Every marriage requires intentional effort and attention and we are pleased to partner with FamilyLife MN to promote this retreat, March 3-5. Bob & Jaymie McNamara, longtime FCC members, recently attended one of these retreats and have agreed to serve as “hosts” for anyone at Faith who would like to attend. Bob & Jaymie will be in the lobby beginning January 29, with details and to answer any questions you might have. Registration will be offered Sundays, February 5 – 26.
Infant Baptism/Dedication Parent Class
Attention parents: do you have a little one that you’d like baptized or dedicated? If so, plan to join Pastor Char for a conversation regarding the sacrament of baptism and the rite of dedication. Class is Sunday, February 26, 9-10am, and is required for families desiring to participate. Baptism/dedication celebrations will be held on Sunday, March 12. Contact Ellen, email@example.com by February 19 to register. Childcare available by request.
Ash Wednesday Service
Join us for a reflective time of worship as we pause to prepare our hearts, our community(ies), and our world to receive in a fresh way the final week of Jesus’ life, including his suffering and betrayal, death and despair, and the miracle of LIFE ushered in with His resurrection on Easter morning. Service will be Wednesday, March 1 at 7pm in the Legacy Chapel.
A Fruitful Harvest: Age, Loss, & Transforming Life in Christ
Getting older is not for wimps! If you’re in the autumn or winter seasons of life (which begins in our 40s and/or when the kiddos leave home), it may seem like life is closing in. But did you know that the “losses” of aging can hold the hidden gift(s) of a wide and deep new reality in Christ? Join us as we lovingly share together the wisdom we are learning on the way and look at a key biblical figure who has lots to say about this beautiful, maturing and generative season of life. Saturday, March 11, 8:30am-12:30pm. Cost: $30. Contact Pastor Char for questions and to reserve your spot, firstname.lastname@example.org.