Faith Covenant Church

The Great Act of Giving

Posted on Dec 7, 2017 in Faith Updates

Where meek souls will receive Him still,
           the dear Christ enters in.
O Little Town of Bethlehem

The Christmas season is upon us, Faith!

And with this season comes the great act of gift giving. Here’s a question I want all of us to ponder these next 2 weeks: Who in your life most needs the gift of the Christ-child this Christmas?

Each of us is surrounded by people who do not yet know how crazy in love God is with them. As you think of your gift giving this Christmas, how about prioritizing giving to someone who has yet embrace the newborn King?

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Give the gift of prayer. Make a commitment starting today to pray every day until Christmas for the person God has laid on your heart.
  • Give the gift of time. Let this person know you want to spend time with them. Emmanuel means “God with us.” Christmas can be a lonely time for many. Be with them.
  • Give an actual gift. Is there a simple gift you could give this person that they would find meaningful? Something unexpected from your heart they would cherish? Make the plans today to give it to them!
  • Give the gift of the gospel. At our Christmas Eve services (10:15 AM and 4:00 P), we will thoughtfully and creatively share the good news of Christ in a way that won’t embarrass you or your friend. Christmas Eve is an easy invite: “Hey, do you have a church to celebrate Christmas Eve? My family and I would love to have you join us at our church!”

Love gives. It’s why God gave.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

In Him,
Pastor Brad

Here’s What’s Happening at Faith

Meatball Dinner & Christmas Carol Sing

In a season of glitz and tinsel, it’s a gift to offer our community a simple evening of warm fellowship and Christmas hymns. Join us Wednesday, December 13 for a Swedish meatball dinner and carol singing. Dinner is at 5:30pm and tickets are required: $8/adult 16+, $4/children 4-15; tickets may be purchased in the lobby on Sunday mornings. The Carol Sing is at 6:30pm in the Legacy Chapel and is free. Invite a friend!

Pray for Christmas at Faith

This Advent season, let’s join together as a church family in intentional prayers of preparation and protection over Christmas and the Christmas Eve services here at Faith. Two specific ways to do that are: use the prayer points card (available in the lobby) as your guide to focus your prayers throughout Advent on 4 specific topics; and participate in the 24-hour Prayer Vigil for Christmas by committing to pray during a 1-hour time period of your choice from Saturday, December 16 thru Sunday, December 17 (6pm-6pm). Visit the table in the lobby to choose your prayer time or for more information.

Christmas Eve Invite

Our Christmas Eve services (10:15am and 4:00pm) are planned so we will thoughtfully and creatively share the good news of Christ. We hope you will invite your friends/family to come hear about the hope Christmas offers! It can be an easy invite: “Hey, do you have a church to celebrate Christmas Eve? My family and I would love to have you join us at our church!” We also have a Christmas graphic that you can use to let your Facebook and email friends know when our Christmas Eve services will be held. Click HERE to download to use as your Facebook banner on your homepage, or to send in an email.

Twenties and Thirties Christmas Party

Join us for a night of fun and celebration at our first annual Faith Twenties & Thirties Christmas Party Friday, December 15! Dinner will be potluck style so please bring a dish to share. We’ll also be doing a white elephant gift exchange so please bring one gift per person (valued no more than $10) to play! Friends and kids are always welcome! Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 13 to rnyquist@faithcovenant.org.

Evening Building Welcome Volunteers

In wishing to be a church that makes an impact in our community, Faith offers our building to several groups throughout the week for meetings and events. Because we also need to be good stewards of the building/resources we have, we rely on volunteers to be at the receptionist desk during these evenings to let people in and direct them to their meeting. Can YOU be one of those volunteers? We have shifts throughout the month that need coverage for 2-2.5 hours per evening. For more information or to sign up, please contact Kevin.

All Church Tubing and Fellowship

We’ve scheduled some wintry fun again at Buck Hill’s Tubing Hill, Wednesday, January 10, from 6:30-8:30pm. We would love to see you there to snow tube or to just hang out and enjoy some fellowship in the Hillside Room! Please stop at the table in the lobby on Sundays, now – January 7, to buy a ticket. If you buy tickets with us they are $8; they will $12 per person the day of the event at Buck Hill. Children must be 5 years of age and 42” tall to tube.

116 New Years Eve Lock-In

Come ring in the New Year with 116 Student Ministries (6-12 grades). It’s the only youth lock in this year and sure to be filled with games, fun and food. Don’t miss out and be sure to invite friends! December 31, 8pm to 8am sharp!!