This month I would like to address these topics:
As we head into the fall, I encourage you to be intentional about growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ by connecting with one of our groups. Our Sunday morning groups meet at 9:45 and are open to anyone, as are our Wednesday Night groups, which begin in September. In addition we have a men’s Bible study on Monday morning and three women’s Bible studies: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. All are open. You also sign up to join new small groups starting this month (in the Narthex). Gathering in community with others can be life-giving. We grow, learn, and love best together. In small groups we learn to listen to and respect others, we commit to accept others where they are, and we sharpen our attitudes and views as we grow together. I know that I grow best when I am in close community with others.
Fran Gibbons, our financial secretary and friend in Christ, is retiring as of September 30th, after twenty-five years of service. Fran has been an outstanding employee of Covenant, a valued colleague on our staff and an approachable confidant and friend. It is hard to imagine our office environment without Fran’s smiling and welcoming presence. Fortunately, while we will lose her financial skills, she will continue as a faithful member or our Covenant community. You will be hearing more about how we express our gratitude in a separate communication. Please pray for our leadership as we search for a new person to fulfill these responsibilities.
Finally, I want you to be aware of the work our Session is doing as we respond to recent controversial General Assembly actions. After time in prayer and discussion, the Session authorized Don Searcy, Jack Royster, and me to draft a letter communicating our concerns and stand to you. This letter will be sent to you within the next two weeks. Thank you for your communications, prayers, and patience as we seek to be faithful to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.