Transform – Because Love Changes Us
Posted on Sep 7, 2017 in Faith Updates
Happy fall kick-off, Faith Covenant Church!
As I look out my office window I see change. There are leaves on the ground that weren’t there before. There are autumn colors in the trees turning our hearts away from summer and toward God’s next season for us. The changing of the seasons I believe is an expression of God’s love. His love changes the seasons and His love changes our hearts. Every change He brings is a gift of His love.
This Sunday at Faith we will be launching a new season of messages: Transform—because love changes us. In it we will head into our new season of ministry focusing on God’s vision for Faith Covenant Church.
Here’s a sneak peak into where we’re headed over the next five weeks:
A Transformed Church: Loving
A Transformed Church: Growing
A Transformed Church: Praying
A Transformed Church: Going
A Transformed Church: Welcoming (Congregational meeting after the service)
Each of these messages will be a product of a lot of work behind the scenes helping create practical strategies to fulfill our calling to be a family of grace who makes disciples of Jesus. In them you will see the seeds that will help us Gather, Grow, and Go for the glory of our King and the sake of His good news.
I pray you will make this series an extra special priority for your Sundays. If you can’t be with us, please make a point to listen to the messages online.
See you Sunday!
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
Sunday Morning Fall Kick-off
Faith Family, we’re excited to begin another year of life and ministry together! Sunday, September 10 is an exciting morning for us: Adult and Youth GROW opportunities begin at 9am, Children’s ministries begin at 10:15am, Pastor Brad will kick off an important sermon series, and we’re hosting an all-church picnic on-site immediately after worship. We hope to see you there! We look forward to seeing what God has for us this year. Click HERE to check out the GROW opportunities that will be offered this week and throughout the fall at Faith.
Faith on The City
Faith has been using the online communications tool, The City, for several months. It is an important (private) place where our church family can connect and share. If you are not on The City, we want you to register this Sunday! See staff in the lobby for more information, or contact Jen.
Adult Sunday Grow Opportunities
All adults are invited to join one of two classes offered on Sundays at 9am at Faith. Both are open to be joined at any time. A class about the Attributes of God starts September 10 – contact Heather for more information at email@example.com. The other class, which will study the Promises of God, will start September 17. For more information, contact Char at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Kick-off Night of Worship
Join us for a night of worship and prayer as we kick off our fall ministry season on Wednesday, September 13 at 6:30pm. All are welcome! The worship team will lead us in songs from all generations and styles, and help us celebrate the start of our new ministry year. All are welcome to join as we lift our voices in celebration and worship to our God. After the service we will fellowship and enjoy an ice cream treat.
If you’re new to Faith Covenant and/or looking to connect here, plan to join us for a free lunch and delightful conversation with Pastors Brad and Char on Sunday, September 17 from 11:45am-1pm. Childcare is provided by reservation to email@example.com. Please contact Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org with dietary needs.
Pastor Brad will be leading an Alpha course this fall to train potential leaders and helpers for our winter 2018 Alpha launch. Alpha is a 12-week course built for skeptics, spiritual seekers and people new to the Christian faith. Each session involves dinner, a video presentation and a discussion group where all questions are welcome! Childcare is available. If you’d like to team up with us in building Alpha at Faith Covenant, contact Jayne Stolt. Alpha begins September 20 at 6pm.
Men’s Ministry Resolute Fall Study
All men at Faith are invited to join our midweek study, beginning September 20 at 6:30pm, that focuses on looking at Jesus as our example of how to be a man and disciple. This is a video-based series with small group discussion and NO homework necessary! Childcare is available (preregistration preferred to email@example.com). For more information contact Chase at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Ministry Fall Study
Women of all ages! We are excited to journey together this year in exploring what it looks like to live as a disciple of Jesus. Join us on September 20 at 6:30pm as we kick off the year with fellowship, food, and fun! Our study begins Tuesday, September 26 at 9:30am or Wednesday, September 27 at 6:30pm. Childcare is available for either study with preregistration – contact email@example.com.
20’s & 30’s Fall Kick Off
Join us September 24 for our fall kickoff event! We will gather for a time of food, fellowship, and fun in the lower level parking lot at 11:45 (after church). All in their twenties and thirties – single, married, college student, careers, etc. – are invited to join, along with children and friends! Burgers, brats, hot dogs, and beverages will be provided – please bring a side dish to share. Please RSVP to Ryan by Wednesday, September 20.
Confirmation Class Informational Meeting
Parents of 8th or 9th graders and their student are invited to an informational meeting for Confirmation. If you would like to learn more about enrolling your child in this class, please come to the Legacy Chapel on Sunday, September 24 from 11:30am to noon. Older students who have not yet taken the class are also welcome. Questions will be answered and expectations clarified for this year long class meeting Sundays from 9-10:15am. If you can not attend, but would like more information, contact Nick or Lynn.
Prayer Workshop – Does God Really Hear Me?
How do I talk to God? What happens when I do? Do you thirst for conversation with God, longing to hear from Him? If you’d like to deepen your intimacy with God and learn how to position yourself to hear from Him, join us for a FREE one-day prayer workshop with Kim Gustafson. Saturday, September 30, 9am-3pm. Lunch is included. RSVP to Ellen.
Capital Campaign Prayer Team
During this exciting journey of refreshing our building we are looking for those who have a heart for prayer. We have started a Prayer Force Team to pray for the capital campaign and remodel through the fall. If you are interested, please contact Sharon Auldrich at 952.890.674 or via email. She would love to get you connected into a group that fits your schedule.
Infant Baptism/Dedication Parent Class
Parents: if you are considering either baptism or dedication for your little one, you are invited to attend a one-hour parent class to prepare your family for this special day. Our next class is Sunday October 1 at 9am. Baptism/dedication Sunday will be October 15. Note: a parent application needs to be completed and returned to the office by the Monday before class. Contact Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org.