The Significance of Kindness
Posted on Jun 15, 2017 in Faith Updates
I would like to remind you today of one of God’s secret weapons. This weapon is not His power that created the Milky Way. It’s not His justice compelling His Son to suffer and die for our sins. It’s not even His mercies that are new every morning. While all those characteristics of God help us love Him more, today I simply want to remind you of His kindness:
“Don’t you realize that it is God’s kindness that is trying to lead you to him and change the way you think and act?” Romans 2:4.
What a fascinating thought! God’s strategy to lead people to Himself so they change the way they think and act is His kindness!
Kindness is quickly becoming a lost art in our culture. Ranting and scowling seem to make headlines these days. It’s a shame. Think for a moment how much the smile of a co-worker changes the immediate moments after you receive it. I love the Chik-Fil-A workers! Have you ever noticed whenever you thank them for receiving your food or drink they always reply: “It’s my pleasure.” Such a simple gesture, but not without great power!
I’ll never forget the kindest critical email I received! It was a week after a tragedy in the news, and something I said that next Sunday morning was in hindsight clearly tone deaf to the gravity of the situation. A member of the congregation was angered by what I had said, but instead of lashing out at me for my insensitivity, he disarmed me with his kindness. He told me exactly what made him upset, but he did so with grace and gentleness hoping his kindness would lead me to repentance. Sixteen years later I still remember his kindness, and you bet I repented and apologized for my mistake.
This weekend we have two great opportunities to demonstrate simple acts of kindness through our church:
- On Saturday from 9:00 to noon we will be having an Absolutely Free Car Wash in our church parking lot. Just imagine the smiles we’ll see when people take out their wallets to make a donation and we say, “Thank you, but we are not accepting any donations! God’s love is free and so is our car wash!” If you haven’t signed up, just show up at 8:30 AM on Saturday and we’ll hand you a sponge. Bring some towels!
- Sunday morning is our Galactic Starveyors Vacation Bible School Sunday. The kids will be leading us in the songs they learned, and it’s very likely we’ll have some guests with us. This Sunday (like every Sunday) is a great opportunity to share a smile, a handshake, or pat on the back with someone new to our family of grace. Your kindness will point them toward God’s kindness!
If God’s kindness leads people to transformed lives, then God’s people’s kindness will as well. May we at Faith excel at God’s conspiracy of kindness!
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
It’s been 9 weeks since Faith launched The City – our online community page! This platform, just for those who attend Faith Covenant, connects us to the ministries and people of our church, so we can serve more effectively and have deeper fellowship! We have over 220 people connected who are eligible for our tablet give-away on June 25. If you are not yet on The City, and want to be in the running for the tablet, please join us! Contact the office at faith to give us your current email address or let us know that you need another invite. As always, if you have any issues, or want some assistance contact Jen, firstname.lastname@example.org or Lynn, email@example.com.
Faith Twenties & Thirties Summer Fun
Join us on Saturday, June 24, for our next Twenties and Thirties event! We will be meeting offsite in Lakeville to grill, play yard games, and enjoy one another’s 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Congregational Meeting
Attention all who consider Faith Covenant your home church: this meeting is for YOU! We want everyone who worships at Faith to hear what we’re committed to, what we’re working on, and get an update on the facility feasibility process. Members will also vote on the 2017-18 budget and new council members. Please mark your calendars for 11:45am, Sunday June 25.
Summer Play Dates
Want a low key time to just enjoy friends or make new ones? Join up with fellow Faith Covenant families at a summer playdate. Come to one or all. Grownups need to stay with their children. Various Wednesdays at 10am around the community:
July 12 Playdate: movie “Sing” at Regal Theater, Eagan. Admission: $1/person
July 26 Playdate: Cliff Fen Park, Burnsville.
Aug 9 Playdate: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley. Admission: Ages 0-2, Free. Ages 3-12, $12. Ages 13-64, $18. Talk to Vicki if admission is a hardship.
Aug 23 Playdate: Fire Station Tour and DQ–location TBA
GO:Serve is a service and outreach opportunity for families to learn and grow together, in a family-friendly, stretching environment. Families – come June 28, 10am-2pm! Be Jesus’ hands and feet, expand your worldview, be inspired by God’s kingdom call. You’ll learn to extend the hope and love of Christ in tangible, practical ways that you can continue at home. Cost: $15/family (lunch provided). Info/registration available HERE
All Church Retreat at Covenant Pines
We are so excited for the Faith Covenant all-church family camp weekend at Covenant Pines Bible Camp this summer, August 18-20. It will be a weekend of relaxation, inspiration, fellowship and fun in the beautiful northwoods of MN! Registration is now open (click HERE to sign up). Make sure to get it on your calendar and get registered – we hope to see as many Faith families as possible! Cost is $100 per adult and $50 per child (with family cap of $300). For more information, contact Jen at email@example.com
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!