Message from the Pastor

September is the month when the children are back in school, the leaves begin to change, and we can begin to dream about cool, crisp weather.  It is also when church programs get back in full swing as we return from enjoying our summer vacations.  Church of the Covenant is gearing up for a blessed and busy fall. We have made plans for Rally Day on September 16 with a celebration following worship—including a special aeronautical treat. Come see what’s new at your church and find out what is happening in worship and have some great pancakes and fellowship afterwards. 

 

We are looking forward to having a new music director in place soon so now is a great time to become involved in music activities at the church. Sing or play an instrument? Let us know.  There is a spot for you.

 

Additionally, Church committees are always looking for new ideas and members. There are many opportunities for service on mission, Christian education, worship, personnel, and property committees. Come to their next meeting with your ideas to learn what each committee does and help shape the future of your church. 

 

We also have begun developing the slate of officers for next year.  We need two Deacons and three elders to serve terms beginning in January. If you feel called to serve in this capacity, come talk to me; and we can discuss where your gifts best fit! 

 

Over the summer, I preached a series of sermons based on the letter to the church at Ephesus.  As you consider your role here at Church of the Covenant, remember the words of the writer of this letter:: “I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called…There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all… the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love (Ephesians 4:1; 4-6; 16).

 

Each of us has special gifts that can be used to grow Church of the Covenant, not for individual gain, but for the ministry of all the saints building up the body of Christ in unity as one. “The wisdom of God in its rich variety” (Ephesians 3:10) tells us that in spite of differences, in fact because of them, the church continues to grow in wisdom and faith as a body. We are the church and each of play an important role. Do what you can do, try something new in the church, come worship with us. I ask each of you “How has God called you to build up the church and minister in the world today?”