With Him, With You in Faith
Posted on Jan 27, 2017 in Faith Updates
Last night we kicked off our winter Wednesday night Grow classes. It was so fun to see the over 150 kids, teens, and adults coming together to grow deeper. We launched a new men’s discipleship ministry called Resolute. The women launched into a study of the book of Hosea. Pastor Char is leading men and women in a deeper walk of prayer, and my class, Identified, is a biblical journey with the question: Who am I?
I was so blessed by the people I was with last night. Our class discussion started with an opportunity for each person to introduce themselves answering the simple question: Who am I? Some of the people in my group I knew, but since I’ve only been at Faith Covenant for a year, I really didn’t know most people’s stories. Wow! Amazing stories. It’s such a simple endeavor to share your story with another, but something supernatural always happens as we open ourselves up to others and trust them with our stories. Why is that?
Simply put: Christianity is nothing but with. It is fundamentally a life with God and with each other in faith. The story of our faith begins in the garden—the man (Adam), and the woman (Eve), simply living with God and with each other. God designed humans to be with in the beginning!
Sin, of course, broke our ability to be with God and each other, but Jesus (Emmanuel—God with us) paved a way back to being with God and with each other (read Ephesians 2 and you’ll see the gospel is nothing but good news about the road back to “with!”).
Then Revelation tells us our eternity will be a restoration of with:
“I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Revelation 21:3-4
I pray you are growing deeper in a life of with. It is not good, nor is it necessary, for us to walk this journey alone. We are designed to be with!
In Him and with Him with you!
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
Are you new to Faith Covenant or looking for a deeper connection with our family of grace? If so, plan to join pastors Brad and Char for lunch and an informal (yet informative) discussion this Sunday, January 29th, 11:45am-1:30pm (Classroom B). Childcare provided by request. Contact Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org to save your spot!
20s & 30s Winter Blues BBQ
Come and escape the cold with us on Sunday, February 12 at noon as we gather for a FREE BBQ lunch and indoor yard games. This event is open to all twenty and thirty-somethings and serves as an opportunity to connect, eat, and just have fun! Please come and bring a friend and your favorite yard game! We’ll take care of the rest! Please RSVP by February 5 to email@example.com.
Community Bible Study (CBS) is a national group that meets at Faith Covenant on Monday evenings at 7pm. They are beginning a new session February 6 on Daniel. All are welcome to join. Sign up online at burnsvilleeve.cbsclass.org.
Join us for a 7-week study of Hosea, unpacking how God’s “Unfailing Love changes Everything”. Cost: $13. Childcare available Tuesday by request only. Contact Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952.432.2289. Study is Tuesdays 9:30-11:15am OR Wednesdays 6:15-7:45pm beginning January 24/25.
Small Group Launch
Looking to grow deeper in relationship with God and others? Small groups are an excellent way to do this, and we’re excited to launch several new groups this winter. Mark your calendars: Sunday, February 12 is Launch Day! You’ll have the opportunity to connect with group leaders and sign up to join a group that’s a good fit for you. Contact either Hal (email@example.com) or Dave (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack
FMSC is hosting a weeklong meal packing event, with the goal of packing 4 million meals to improve the lives of malnourished children throughout the world! This is a wonderful way to serve alongside others from our church family (minimum age: 5). To register click HERE. To join the packing group going on February 6, choose the 7:30-9:30pm group, Contact Char for questions at email@example.com.
Prime Time Luncheon
If you’re 65+ and free for lunch, plan to join us Thursday, February 16 at 11:30am as Pastor Brad leads us in a discussion on how we might build a church now for our children/grandchildren! RSVP to Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, February 13.
Weekend to Remember
Every marriage requires intentional effort and attention and we are pleased to partner with FamilyLife MN to promote this retreat, March 3-5. Bob & Jaymie McNamara, longtime FCC members, recently attended one of these retreats and have agreed to serve as “hosts” for anyone at Faith who would like to attend. Bob & Jaymie will be in the lobby beginning January 29, with details and to answer any questions you might have. Registration will be offered Sundays, February 5 – 26
Acts of Kindness Cards
We are excited to share a concrete way that all of us at Faith Covenant can show God’s love to our community to remind people that God loves them. There is a Kindness Card available at the welcome desk that you can use as a first step conversation starter, or even anonymously, to bless someone you come across in your daily routine. Please take several of these and give them out when you bless others through an act of kindness, whether it be to pay for their cup of coffee or change a tire.