Trusting God’s Plan
Posted on Aug 4, 2016 in Faith Updates
I have a tendency to want to take control over my own life, believing that my plans are better than what God has in store for me, but He is relentless in reminding me that His plans are better than my own. He’s so good, patient, loving, and I’m so incredibly blessed that He cares so much about every little detail in my life.
A year ago I left my previous church family and youth group in order to find full time ministry work as I felt this was the call God was asking me to do for Him. The ministry that God blessed me with at my previous church was very successful, and I was madly in love with my youth group. When my plan for wanting to stay wasn’t working out I felt devastated. I couldn’t believe God wasn’t going to bless “my plan” and “hopes” for continuing “my ministry” with them. At the time I was reading the book of Acts for my daily Bible reading, and I found myself relating to Philip when he was ministering in Samaria.
Philip had a very successful ministry there, he brought many to know The Lord, and even exposed a false teacher that was proclaiming to be a great power of God. However, Philip was told by an Angel of the Lord to leave Samaria, and to travel the road towards Jerusalem and Gaza. I can only imagine how Philip was feeling. I was reminded that “my ministry” wasn’t mine, but His. I was humbled and reminded that I need to trust God’s plan, and His alone.It was on the road towards Jerusalem and Gaza that Philip met an Ethiopian who was reading the scroll of Isaiah, but was having difficulties in understanding it.
34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”
After a conversation about Jesus, Philip led him to The Lord, the man was baptized, and because of this the Gospel message was going to be proclaimed throughout all of Ethiopia and surrounding areas.
It’s been almost a month since I began my new role here at Faith Covenant, and I feel so incredibly blessed to be here serving our youth. I’m already in love with my new group of students, church family, and fellow staff members. As difficult as it was to wander down a road of uncertainty, I’m grateful that God has led me here to serve at Faith Covenant, and I feel even more blessed to be reminded of His faithfulness, patience, love, and that His plans are better than my own.
I’m really looking forward to what God has in store this upcoming ministry year, and for the blessing of new relationships.
Have a blessed week!
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
Twin Cities 6K for Water
Did you know that the average distance children walk for water in Africa is 6K (3.72miles)? Join our Faith Kids on August 27 as they help bring other children clean water. This family-friendly event, at 9am at White Bear Lake County Park, allows you to walk, run, or even push a stroller. Each registration provides lasting clean water to a child in Africa and on race day you walk/run with the photo of a child on your bib who will get clean water from the 6K! To register, go to www.teamworldvision.org/team/FaithCovenantKids and click “Join our Team.” (For inviter, put Vicki Newendorp or a Faith TWV team member you know). If the registration fee is a hardship to your participation, please let us know. Contact Vicki at email@example.com for more info.
The August retiring offering, taken as you exit the worship service this Sunday, will go to Faith’s Missions budget. If you would like to hear more about the missionaries we support on both a long-term and short-term basis, please contact the GO Team (Global Outreach) at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find information about the missionaries Faith supports by going to the “Ministries” tab on Faith’s webpage and selecting the “Outreach” page. There you will find missionary bios and an interactive map.
CBE Leader Orientation
This fall, Faith Covenant (and the entire Covenant denomination!) will go on an 8-week journey through the New Testament, reading and discussing it in a fresh (chronological) way. We’re boldly asking all to journey with us, preferably in community via a small group. To that end, we’re offering two orientation nights for small group leaders, current and brand-new. All leaders should plan to attend on Wednesday August 31 or September 7, 6:30-7:30pm. Please RSVP to SmallGroups@faithcovenant.org. Also to note, new small groups will be forming in September for those not currently in one.
Men’s Camping Opportunity
Looking for an adventurous 3-night getaway with other guys from Faith? The Men of Faith are heading to the BWCA September 8-11, and there are still FIVE spots open. Experienced guides, no prior experience necessary, and guaranteed great fellowship, all while enjoying the beauty of “God’s great northwoods.” Contact Joe at 952.297.6984 (call or text) if you’re interested.
Valleyfair Day with Nick
9-12th grade students, come enjoy a fun-filled day at Valleyfair with Nick on Wednesday, August 10. Please email Nick, (email@example.com) to let him know you are coming and if you need a ride. On the day of, meet at the park at 10am, at the ticket sales area.
Paid Childcare Workers
We are looking for several people to be paid childcare workers for the occasional church meeting or Bible study. You must be 18 and willing to have a background check performed. The biggest requirement is an enjoyment of kids and the desire to share God’s love with them. Please contact Lynn in the office if you are interested, 952.890.3110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer Ministry at Faith
We consider prayer to be a vital part of our mission here at Faith Covenant, and offer two structured prayer opportunities during the week that everyone is invited to be part of. Prayer times are Tuesdays at 7am (in the coffee shop) and Sundays at 9am (in the Prayer Chapel). Feel free to drop in or call Sharon at 952.890.6749 for more information.
Name Tag Sunday
To encourage community and give us all the opportunity to get to know someone new in the congregation, we ask that you wear a name tag this Sunday, August 7, during worship service. They will be in the lobby on the high-top tables or at the welcome desk. Please write one out before coming into the worship center.