Faith Covenant Church

Testing…Testing…1-2-3…

Posted on May 14, 2015 in Faith Updates

 

When I say the word “test,” what comes to mind for you? For some it might be anxiety, for some fear, for some relief (because it’s finally over!) and for some, it is an opportunity to prove what you’ve done or what you’ve learned.

One of the things great educators know is that a test is not simply the end of the line in a course or section, nor is it simply a call to regurgitate knowledge. Instead, a test can be (or should be) part of the learning process. When I got an answer or two wrong on a well-designed test, I often remembered it from that point forward.

It was the getting it wrong that actually helped me get it right in my mind – it actually helped with my education even if getting it wrong didn’t help with my GPA.

This is why tests are so important, and even so valuable (I know…some of you are in finals week right now and it doesn’t feel that way, but hang in there!). Though they might strike fear into our hearts, they also help us assess what is really happening in our lives, whether our values are truly the same between what we say and what we actually believe, and whether we have adequately prepared for this moment.

God loves you enough to test you. How you respond to these tests in your own life (and I’m not talking about geometry here anymore) will prove your mettle, and in some circumstance, prove the depth of your faith and your trust in Him.

I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday to dive into this idea further in our final week of the SHIFT series as we consider a shift from Legend to Legacy.

See You Sunday,

-Brian Martin

Children, Youth, Family Director

Here’s What’s Coming Up

Momentum (Young Adults)

This summer, a group of young adults (18-25ish) will be gathering on Sunday evenings for worship, testimonies, and connection (with half-price apps!). If you, or someone you know, is looking for some connection this summer, we would love to meet you! The first gathering, for prayer and vision-casting for this new ministry, will be Sunday, May 17 from 8-9:15pm at Faith. The group will then continue to meet on non-holiday weekends throughout the summer starting May 31 from 7-9:30pm. Small groups will be forming for the summer as well as into the school year. Contact Lisa Boldenow for more information at boldenow@q.com.

Survey says

The Pastoral Call Committee requests your participation with the brief survey that will be included in Sunday’s worship folder. If you prefer, you can fill it out electronically by clicking HERE. This information will assist the team in the search process for Faith’s new lead pastor.

Call Committee Update

The team is assembled and beginning the search process. We ask for your continued prayer as we move forward with the search.  Following is a list of the search team members: Koren Willetts–Chair; Karen Wilson–Vice Chair; Kristy Kammerer–Recording Secretary; James Boldenow–Communications; Rob Dahlin–member at large; Mark Heimkes-Council; Carolyn Woelfel–Council; and Susan Lay–Council. If you have comments or questions, send us an email at SearchCommittee@FaithCovenant.org.

Faith4Freedom Website

Faith4Freedom invites you to browse our new website at www.faith4freedom.org. You can also access it through the Faith Covenant website under “local missions.” Come see what our ministry is doing, find out where the latest ALC bags will be offered for sale and check out some links to some great organizations in the fight against human trafficking! Please visit soon and drop us a line via our contact page!

Walk for Life

Participation in the Amnion Crisis Pregnancy Center’s 25th Anniversary Walk for Life on Saturday, June 6th is a great way to save a life! This family-fun event helps Amnion provide pregnant women in crisis with free life-saving assistance and an opportunity to hear the Gospel message. Join our church Walk Team by contacting Walk Captain Deb Devine at dsdevine@charter.net or 952.432.2289. Faith Covenant is the host church for this event, so please join us in representing Faith in our community

All Church “Garage Sale” 

Faith Covenant typically offers a summer garage sale where all proceeds go to one of the missions Faith supports. This summer’s event will benefit the M.O.M.S. program. However, the process will be slightly different this summer, with your donated items being directly loaded onto a Goodwill truck instead of being offered at a sale. Watch for your reminder postcard that will list the things accepted, along with the specific date of donation in July.