Your Place in the Story
Posted on Oct 19, 2017 in Faith Updates
This month and next we are journeying through the Old Testament book of Nehemiah on Sunday mornings. Nehemiah is a great story of God’s people trusting God to rebuild the wall surrounding Jerusalem, and consequently their devotion to God as well. Nehemiah has a cast of characters? Which one might you play?
Nehemiah—broken-hearted over the brokenness of the wall surrounding Jerusalem. Faithfully, prayerfully crying out to God for change, stepping boldly into God-ordained change despite the risks.
King Artexerxes—King of Persia, sensitive to the needs of his trusted servant Nehemiah, but disinterested ultimately in the greater needs of God’s people.
The People of Jerusalem—a remnant who has returned to Jerusalem from captivity in Babylon, willing to live with the rubble around them, waiting for someone else to step up.
Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem—critics and scoffers from neighboring communities.
Each of us always plays a part in God’s redemptive plan. What part are you playing these days?
I would like to cast Faith Covenant in the role of Rebuilders, Reconcilers, and Ambassadors.
Like Jerusalem in Nehemiah’s day, our world seems filled with too much ruin and rubble. I admit it’s easy to be overwhelmed by it all. Yet, In the midst of it all, God has always chosen people to play the part of rebuilders:
“They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.”
And then in 2 Corinthians we read we are reconcilers and ambassadors:
“And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 2 Corinthians 5:18b-20
Understanding which part we play in God’s story helps us know how to move through God’s story. When we know who we are, we know what to do.
It’s my prayer Faith Covenant will always cast itself in the fashion of Nehemiah—a rebuilder, a reconciler, an ambassador of the Lord’s work in a world being transformed.
Trusting in Him,
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
Pastor Appreciation Month Opportunity
Because October is Pastor Appreciation month, a lay team is offering a special card box located in the lobby should you desire to express your appreciation to our pastors and directors by leaving them a note. You are encouraged to share a story about how your life has been touched by the ministry they provide or bless them by sharing your favorite scripture. A small supply of note cards will be available each week by the box. Cards will be delivered to Brad, Char, Vicki, Nick and Ryan each week as they come in.
Supporting the Transform Capital Campaign
We are asking everyone who calls Faith Covenant Church home to join us for 1 of 3 meetings to learn how we might together pool our resources to support the interior refresh of our building. These “Circle of Support” meeting dates are: Sunday, November 5 at 4pm; Tuesday, November 7 at 7pm; and Thursday, November 9 at 7pm. The gathering will include time for conversation, refreshments and your invitation to support our capital campaign. You will not be required to offer your financial commitment at this event. Please watch for a mailed invitation and rsvp as to the meeting you will attend, especially if you need childcare.
Operation Christmas Child Collection Center Volunteers
Faith is offering our facilities as a place for people to drop off their filled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes from November 13-20. We need volunteers to welcome people coming into our building, to check & track shoe boxes, and to help load the OCC semi-truck that will be parked in our lot. This ministry is a wonderful way to share God’s love to the community around us and impact children worldwide with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Please volunteer on The City or contact Roy for more information.
If you’re new to Faith Covenant and/or looking to connect here, plan to join us for lunch and conversation with Pastors Brad and Char, October 29, 11:45am-1pm. Childcare is available with rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Ellen at email@example.com with dietary needs.
Candy Donations Needed
We are once again planning our Harvest Outreach, October 27, 5-8pm. We are asking you to donate bags of candy (peanut free) to be used as game prizes. We have a big bin on top of the Youth Desk in the lobby serving as the drop-off. Thank you for your generosity.
Harvest Festival Outreach Volunteers
The Harvest Festival is a great place to bring your children and invite neighbors. There will be carnival games, treats and a few concessions. The food cost is minimal, but the event itself is FREE! However, we can’t do it without you! Please sign up at the Youth Desk in the lobby to help or respond to the post sent on The City. Contact Nick, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
3rd Grade Bible Presentation
Each year Children’s Ministry and Faith Covenant Church are honored to partner with our families in the presentation of a Bible to each of our 3rd grade students. This year we will present a Bible during worship service on November 12. Parents, please watch for a letter with information for you regarding this service. If you feel we do not have current information for your family or we have missed you, please contact Vicki or Lynn at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faith Kids Stepping Stones
FaithKids Stepping Stones is an optional class for kids to take with a parent or caregiver that centers around communion, baptism, the church body, and what it means to be a Christ-follower. It offers a chance for your child to take another step in their faith journey as young disciples of Jesus. Many children take this class as a requirement for participation in believer’s baptism at Faith, but a child may take this class at any time, and we recommend it for all children at some point. The class, Sunday, November 12 from 1-3pm, is open to children in grades 2-5 and includes a journal for them to continue using at home. RSVP to Lynn at email@example.com.
“We are looking for a “few good men…tors” for our M.O.M.S. Program. If you are a woman who knows Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and has the time and willingness to bring another relationship into your life, please call Jenny at 952.890.5072.
Hurricane Maria Response in Puerto Rico
The Love Mercy Do Justice mission priority in collaboration with Covenant World Relief is partnering with a network of churches and congregations in the United States and Puerto Rico to coordinate relief efforts, including delivery of funds and supplies to sister churches on the island which are serving as designated centers for the distribution of food, water, generators, and other basic needs. Hurricane Maria has caused catastrophic damage across the northeastern Caribbean. Puerto Rico has suffered terribly—it was still recovering from Hurricane Irma two weeks prior and approximately 80,000 residents remained without power as Maria approached. Puerto Rican relief will be a long-term effort. It is estimated that the island will be without power for at least six months. To contribute to this need, click HERE