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About

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Faith Connection Covenant Church is a new church in Washington, KS.  

Brief History

It began with a small group at the parent church (Clay Center Covenant) in Clay Center dreaming about bringing what they had to Washington.  A group formed and began praying about it in 2009.  After lots of prayers and over time the group formed into a bible study.  That bible study formed into a Launch Team and on October 6th, 2013 it launched its weekly worship services. 

When and Where does it meet?

We meet at 1803 Wilson Dr, Washington, KS.  It's the red barn just South of Washington and just North of Bradford Built on the East side of the road.  

For more information check out our When and Where section under this about tab.

Values

Faith Connection values the following ...

The Bible 

Life works best when guided and deeply influenced by His word.  

 

Creativity and Innovation

We were created to create and innovate in a way that makes God real in the world around us.  

 

Inclusivity

God's message was for all people and so is Faith Connection.  We strive to include everyone in participating in God's work in Washington.  We feel this is one of the best ways to introduce people to the life-changing relationship with God and His hope for our lives. 

 

Meeting Needs

The Good news of God affects all aspects of our lives and drives us to care for people in all areas.  

 

Families

Families are important to God and so they are important to us.  

 

Unity

We are all about the "capital C" church.  We are better together.  

 

 

Our Mission

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We feel that our church is called to minister to the entire Washington area and that our actions should impact the entire community and "make a difference."  Our hope is that this mission excites you as much as it does us.  If so please join us in "making a difference" in the Washington area.  

Photos

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Clicking on one of the events under this menu will show an album of photos from the event.  Enjoy and if you have any photos from events let us know and we'll get them online.  

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor Rustin

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My Story

Hello, my name is Rustin McClure and I just wanted to take this space to introduce myself.  I grew up in a rural area of SE Kansas.  This heritage has given me a unique passion for seeing churches planted in rural Kansas.  

 

Prior to becoming a church planter, I made my living as a firefighter on the Wichita Fire Department.  During my time on the department, I got to see first hand how messed up the world we live in truly is.  The time I spent running call after call to shootings, drug OD's, stabbings, suicides, drownings, burns (you get the idea...) convinced me without a shadow of a doubt that this world is truly hopeless without Christ.  It was from this that I was led to go back to my heritage (rural Kansas) and reach out to those not being reached by His message.

 

I came into contact with the Clay Center Covenant Church because I had heard they were actively working on a church plant in rural Kansas.  Our relationship developed and they called me into ministry to take point on the Washington church plant that is now Faith Connection.  I'm beyond excited to be part of what God is doing in Washington.  

 

Philosophy of Ministry

I'm a simple guy and have pretty straightforward ideas for ministry.  I figure the more it looks like the way Christ lived His life the better off we are.  If Christ fed the hungry (He did) then maybe we should do that.  If Christ spent time in prayer (He did) then maybe we should also.  Not rocket science, but practically implementing the lifestyle that Christ modeled.  

 

Recommended Books

  • Emotionally Healthy Church, Peter Scazerro
  • The Forgotten Ways, Alan Hirsch
  • Move, Greg Hawkins & Cally Parkinson

 

Links

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Solid Online Teaching

YouTube Channel

  • Bible Project - Quality Short Videos on a Variety of Different topics including Survey's of Books to Word Studies.  Very kid-friendly.  

Online Bible Study

  • Online Bible - BibleGateway.com
  • NET Bible - A recent bible translation with solid scholarship and lots of embedded hyperlinks that explain why certain passages are translated in one way or the other.  Gives some insight into the word choices and struggles inherant to biblical scholarship.  

Offline Bible Study Software

  • Logos - Probably best out there but a bit expensive to get started
  • E-sword - Good with lots of free stuff

Great Smartphone/Tablet Apps

  • Faithlife Bible - Great free study bible by Logos.  Usage on android, kindle and apple products.  Has some really great potential for community connection also.  
  • YouVersion - Great Digital Bible with lots of different translations and apps for every smart phone out there.  
  • E-Sword - They have versions for PC, Mac, iPad, and iPhone
  • Logos - Great if you have the software

Denominational Links

More suggestions?  Click on Contact and send them my way and we'll get them added.

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Support

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There are a few different ways that you can support Faith Connection and what God is doing.  

Prayer

The number one way to support Faith Connection Covenant Church is to do so in prayer.  Prayer is something that we deeply value at Faith Connection.  We firmly believe that all that has been accomplished so far at Faith Connection and all that will come happens because of prayer.  

 

Volunteer

Faith Connection is a growing church that is still filling in most of its ministries.  If you are interested in helping in any way ... from playing in the band, running a soundboard, video, small groups, event planning, prayer team, setting up on Sunday morning or any other way you think you can be helpful then let Rustin know or drop him an e-mail at rustin@connected2faith.com.  

 

Financial 

If you are interested in helping move the mission of "making a difference" of Faith Connection forward then we invite you to help financially by giving online, or by mailing support to directly to ...

Faith Connection Covenant Church

PO Box 84

Washington, KS 66968 

 

Thank you for your support.  Faith Connection is a group of individuals driven to make a difference in our area.  We could not do this without you!

 

 

Weekly Worship

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NOTICE:  We are resuming services outdoors as of May 31st. Same time (9:30 a.m.) and same place (red barn).   

What?

We meet every Sunday for what we call our "Weekly Worship."  Worship is far more than just singing to God.  It is a time that we set aside weekly to sing together, learn together, give together, encounter God together, talk and share our lives together.  (we also drink coffee together) 

When?

Sundays at 9:30 am 

The service usually lasts a bit over an hour.  However, everyone sticks around and visits afterward and enjoys coffee and sweets.

Where? 

1803 Wilson Dr, Washington, KS 66968

The red barn building South of Washington on the East side of the road.  Just North of Bradford Built.  

What about Children?

We love children and provide a nursery for young children.  We do this so that parents can relax and focus during the service.  Parents are free to make use of this or not at their own discretion.  Our messages are tailored for the entire family and most children will engage and get something from each Sunday.  

How should I dress?

Whatever you feel comfortable in.  It is an informal environment and we want people to feel comfortable and like themselves.  Rustin delivers the weekly message in jeans if that is an indicator for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Videos

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We've recorded a number of videos and pray that they serve as a blessing to your day.

Song Lyrics

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Church (Take Me Back)

Verse 1

There was a time that I swore I would never go back
I was blind to the truth didn't know what I had
I was running I was searching
But ev'ry place I turned for healing
Left me more broken than the last

Chorus

Take me back
To the place that feels like home
To the people I can depend on
To the faith that's in my bones
Take me back to a preacher and a verse
Where they've seen me at my worst
To the love I had at first
Oh I want to go to church

Verse 2

Tried to walk on my own but I wound up lost
Now I'm making my way to the foot of the cross
It's not a trophy for the winners
It's a shelter for the sinners
And it's right where I belong

Bridge

Oh more than an obligation it's our foundation
The fam'ly of God
I know it's hard but we need each other
We're sisters and brothers oh

Ending

Yeah I want to go to church
Oh I want to go want to go I want to go
Oh I want to go to church
Oh I want to go to church

 

Lord I Lift Your Name On High

Verse

Lord I lift Your name on high
Lord I love to sing Your praises
I'm so glad You're in my life
I'm so glad You came to save us

Chorus

You came from heaven to earth
To show the way
From the earth to the cross
My debt to pay
From the cross to the grave
From the grave to the sky
Lord I lift Your name on high

 

Open Up the Heavens

Verse 1

We've waited for this day
We're gathered in Your Name
Calling out to You
Your glory like a fire awakening desire
Will burn our hearts with truth

Pre-Chorus

You're the reason we're here
You're the reason we're singing

Chorus

Open up the heavens we want to see You
Open up the floodgates a mighty river
Flowing from Your heart
Filling every part of our praise

Interlude

Oo oo oo oo oo

Verse 2

Your presence in this place Your glory on our face
We're looking to the sky
Descending like a cloud You're standing with us now
Lord unveil our eyes

Bridge

Show us show us Your glory
Show us show us Your power
Show us show us Your glory Lord

Ending

Oo oo oo oo

 

Bless the Lord (10,000 Reasons)

Chorus

Bless the Lord O my soul O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name

Verse 1

The sun comes up it's a new day dawning
It's time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

Verse 2

You're rich in love and You're slow to anger
Your name is great and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

Verse 3

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

Tag

Worship Your holy name
Lord I'll worship Your holy name

Ending

Sing like never before O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name
Worship Your holy name
Worship Your holy name

 

I'd Rather Have Jesus

Verse 1

I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold
I'd rather be His than have riches untold
I'd rather have Jesus than houses or lands
I'd rather be led by His nail-pierced hand

Chorus

Than to be the king of a vast domain
And be held in sin's dread sway
I'd rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today

Verse 2

I'd rather have Jesus than men's applause
I'd rather be faithful to His dear cause
I'd rather have Jesus than worldwide fame
I'd rather be true to His holy name

Verse 3

He's fairer than lilies of rarest bloom
He's sweeter than honey from out the comb
He's all that my hungering spirit needs
I'd rather have Jesus and let Him lead

 

Good Good Father

Verse 1

I've heard a thousand stories
Of what they think You’re like
But I've heard the tender whisper
Of love in the dead of night
You tell me that You’re pleased
And that I'm never alone

Chorus

You're a Good Good Father
It's who You are
It's who You are
It's who You are
And I'm loved by You
It's who I am
It's who I am
It's who I am

Verse 2

I've seen many searching for answers
Far and wide
But I know we're all searching for answers
Only You provide
Because You know just what we need
Before we say a word

Bridge

You are perfect in all of Your ways
You are perfect in all of Your ways
You are perfect in all of Your ways to us

Verse 3

Love so undeniable I can hardly speak
Peace so unexplainable I can hardly think
As You call me deeper still
As You call me deeper still
As You call me deeper still
Into love love love

 

Sermon on Luke 6:37-42

 

My Hope is Built (The Solid Rock)

Verse 1

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus' name

Chorus

On Christ the solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand

Verse 2

When darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In ev’ry high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil

Verse 3

His oath His covenant His blood
Support me in the whelming flood
When all around my soul gives way
He then is all my hope and stay

Verse 4

When He shall come with trumpet sound
O may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless to stand before the throne

 

Build My Life

Verse 1

Worthy of ev'ry song we could ever sing
Worthy of all the praise we could ever bring
Worthy of ev'ry breath we could ever breathe
We live for You

Verse 2

Jesus the name above ev'ry other name
Jesus the only one who could ever save
Worthy of ev'ry breath we could ever breathe
We live for You
We live for You

Chorus

Holy there is no one like You
There is none beside You
Open up my eyes in wonder and show me who You are
And fill me with Your heart
And lead me in Your love to those around me

Bridge

I will build my life upon Your love
It is a firm foundation
I will put my trust in You alone
And I will not be shaken

Contact

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PO Box 84

Washington, KS

(785) 510-6008

rustin@connected2faith.com

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