Hi, I’m Larry Szyman one of the pastors of Faith Community and for twelve weeks now we have putting together these brief videos in response to a virus that has rocked our world. Our building may have been quiet, but the church was not. We were reminded that the church is people and that some of the best ministry that takes place apart from a facility.
Things are starting to change. Restaurants are opening their doors again. Shopping is more accessible. You can go to the local YMCA and get your work out in. Each of these openings is partial in nature. It’s not like the good old days yet, but there are signs of hope.
I’d recommend this exercise. Grab a pen and paper...or your phone. Consider how life was before COVID. What was working for you? Write it down. Place a star or otherwise mark those areas that seem vital for your future. What about those things that weren’t working for you? Were you or your family burning the candle at both ends? Were you marked by constant activity, yet no productivity, no vitality? Write those down.
Consider the present. We Americans like our freedom. Stay at home orders and limited recreational and entertainment options do not sit well with us. However, were there new routines that emerged that you found helpful, even life-giving? Eating dinner together as a family. Reading more. Addressing projects in the home and yard. I learned to play the game “Code Names” online with family and friends all over the country. Where the pockets of sunshine in this otherwise cloudy season.? Write them down.
In the past few months, we have discovered that there can be times in life when things outside our control can have a major impact on us. But what about those things you can control? Consider how you will shape the new season ahead of you, so that you actually do those things that make you alive to God, your family, and others with whom you share life.
You don’t have to jump back into every activity you participated in before COVID struck. You don’t have to be defined by an out of control calendar or finances. You can decide to live differently. This upcoming season can provide for you the life-changing, family tree-altering opportunity to give yourself to things that enliven you and to set aside those that don’t. You can’t control everything, but what about those areas you can? This could be the difference between surviving and thriving.
Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10.10).
At the center of your life, the center of your family, I encourage you to whole-heartedly embrace Jesus, the center that holds---no matter what. At Faith Community, we want everyone to meet, know and follow Him.
I hope these times together have served you well. We’re going to take a few weeks off to prepare content and approaches that will serve you even better as together, we seek to live dynamically for Jesus in this unique position we find ourselves. So we will see you in July for our next offering of FAITH & Life.
We can approach the future with hope, even if our candidate loses.
It’s hard to believe that something so significant could happen that it would replace COVID in the headlines, but it has. Another charged incident of racial conflict and death has grabbed our attention. What has set off the explosion in MPLS are the differences; what will set healing into motion are the similarities. Watch this week's FAITH & Life as Pastor Larry Szyman explains.
Loneliness is a sign that something is off, because we were made for community. So where is there hope for the lonely? Pastor Larry shares the promise Jesus gives us and the hope we can find in Him.
Over the last couple of months, not only have we been confronted with a virus, but we have also been confronted with our illusion of control in our lives. Watch this week's FAITH & Life video, as Pastor Tim Porter shares the invitation Jesus gives us to trust God with the things we cannot control.
To mask or not to mask, is that the question? Opinions abound on how we should move forward in this pandemic.
Are you finding it difficult, stressful, or downright impossible to teach your children at home? Find encouragement from Shannon Christopher in this week's FAITH & Life video.
Are you frustrated with all the changes and lack of progress brought about by COVID-19? I think we all are to some extent. But God calls us to use our frustration as a tool of transformation in our lives.
Struggling with grief, sadness, or depression? Pastor Pat Stream, Pastor of Counseling at FCC, shares the hope that's ours, and invites you to an online event called Faith & Life Conversations.
Moms, are you feeling weary from the abrupt transition to the combined role of Wife, Mom, Teacher and/or Employee? Well, this week's FAITH & Life video is for YOU. Tracy McCutcheon, Director of Women's Ministry at FCC, shares hope-filled encouragement to the worn and weary: "Moms, you’re not alone. You aren’t the first woman who’s felt like this, and God wants to bring His perspective of hope and peace to you."
Over the last several weeks, almost 17 million people have lost their jobs in our country. MANY OF US are experiencing this emotional and economic hardship and ALMOST ALL OF US fear that we may be the next to hear our job is gone. In this Faith & Life video, Pastor Steve Holsteen tells us how God brings us hope in the shadow of job loss.
"Hope is only as helpful as what we are hoping in... our hope needs to be anchored to something more powerful than the things threatening us." In today's FAITH & Life video, Pastor Larry Szyman tells us about a Hope that will carry you through whatever trials you face.
In today's FAITH & Life video, Pastor Steve Holsteen shows us how the Holy Spirit establishes rhythms of relationship and a pulse of purpose in our lives during this time of physical distancing and "Safer at Home."