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Covenant Caller Vol. 9, no. 10

October 1, 2017

For some time now, we have been engaging in a process of discernment about a building project at Covenant. You may be wondering what the process is, when we will know the final plans, and how soon the project will begin. The process has been and will continue to be deliberate. It began with prayerful discernment of God’s will for the future of Covenant Church. It was during this time of discernment that we made some changes to our Statement of Purpose (see the home page) and began using the tag line “Changing Lives with Jesus.”

Next, we began to look at how our buildings impact ministry. The Board of Trustees saw a need for changes and updates. After working with architect Jack Althouse, they recommended the creation of a Building Committee (BC) which picked up where the Trustees left off. The BC eventually prioritized a plan to make the Kingswood Building both more accessible and usable with the addition of a new ground level entrance, the building of an elevator, air conditioning, and other updates to Fellowship Hall. In the Epworth Building, plans were drawn to enhance child safety by adding new sinks and restrooms accessible to each classroom.

Our next steps are to see how much money will be pledged, then work with the architect and construction manager to determine just how much of the dream we can build. With congregational input, the Building Committee will make recommendations which will be reviewed by the District Committee on Church Location and Building. That group will take a dispassionate look at the plans and approve them as is or make suggestions for changes to help perfect the plan.

Covenant for the FutureThe final decisions on building changes will be made by you, the members of Covenant Church. The plans will be published and distributed and then a Church Conference will be called where we can discuss all issues before we make final decisions. Once final decisions are made, the architects, construction managers, and engineers will prepare buildable plans to replace the conceptual drawings we have been using.

It sounds like a long and arduous process, and in fact, it is long and arduous! However, it is designed to be sure we do not make hasty decisions that are not in the church’s ultimate best interest.

Please continue to pray our prayer, “Lord, what do you want to do through me? Pray also for the church, “Lord, what do you want to do through Covenant?” With God’s faithful guidance and our attentive listening to God’s will we are indeed making a “Covenant for the Future.”

Grace & Peace,
Pastor Jim

Previous Callers

December 1, 2017

There are two ways of looking at the Christmas season: as the great winter holiday season that has the potential for stimulating the retail economy, or as the season centered on a Holy Day celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. These two ways of considering the season are vastly different. How do you celebrate the season?

Covenant Church is offering a number of opportunities to help you to focus on the Holy Day aspects of the Christmas season. We begin the season by offering a new study led by Pastor Kevin called “A Different Kind of Christmas,” based on the book by Mike Slaughter.


November 1, 2017

For the month of November our Sunday messages will revolve around the idea of our “legacy.” As we begin this sermon series, I thought it might be helpful to understand what we mean by the word. From Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary we read the following: “Legacy, noun: 1. A gift by will esp. of money or other personal property: BEQUEST 2. Something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past.” It is this second definition we will be focusing on during the month.

When I think of my own life, I realize how blessed I am by the legacy left to me by those who have gone before.


October 1, 2017

For some time now, we have been engaging in a process of discernment about a building project at Covenant. You may be wondering what the process is, when we will know the final plans, and how soon the project will begin. The process has been and will continue to be deliberate. It began with prayerful discernment of God’s will for the future of Covenant Church. It was during this time of discernment that we made some changes to our Statement of Purpose (see below) and began using the tag line “Changing Lives with Jesus.”

Next, we began to look at how our buildings impact ministry. The Board of Trustees saw a need for changes and updates. After working with architect Jack Althouse, they recommended the creation of a Building Committee (BC) which picked up where the Trustees left off.


September 1, 2017

You may or may not have noticed, but I am not the most athletic guy around. I’ve never been particularly good at sports, though I do enjoy watching some, playing others, and listening to baseball on the radio. Sports can offer all kinds of benefits: they help kids become physically stronger, develop muscle and hand-eye coordination, acquire a sense of fair play, and maybe most of all, experience the importance of teamwork.

Teamwork: think of the people that were, despite their fame, just one side of a great team. Would pitcher Steve Carlton had as many strikeouts without his catcher Tim McCarver? Would comedian Johnny Carson have been as successful without straight man Ed McMahon? Could Moses have confronted Pharaoh without his spokesman Aaron? Probably not, yet the general public gives just about all the credit for success to a single individual.