Worship is the center of the church’s identity. It is the most distinctive thing we do. Our goal is to love God well through our worship. We emphasize excellence in our two distinctive worship times, utilizing the various gifts of our people. In addition we explore new forms of worship such as our Christmas Eve Children and Family Worship, Christmas Eve Candlelight Jazz, Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday Taize Worship. We are blessed with outstanding staff leadership in Bryan, Betty and Russ, in addition to gifted choirs, instrumental ensembles, praise team, audio and video servants. What if we all made Sabbath worship of God a priority?
Psalm 127 reveals that children are a gift from God. Deuteronomy 6 reminds us that as we adults grow in faith, so we are to pass on this faith to our children. Our goal is to grow our children into faithful disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are blessed to have Cyndy Sarkisian serve as our staff leader and many dedicated volunteers to give generously in order to love, teach and guide our children in God’s way. We aim to reinforce Christian parents in giving our children the spiritual tools which will help them grow in their relationship with God. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our children. What if we all developed a heart to help our children grow in their knowledge of God’s love for them and their love for God?
Paul told Timothy (a young and growing leader) not to let “anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” Chris Soto, our Pastor to Students and Families, along with over thirty dedicated volunteers, are committed to loving young people into God’s kingdom, helping them grow as disciples of Jesus. We want them to have a firmly rooted and growing relationship with God through Jesus Christ, a heart for serving God and sharing with others, healthy relationships with other youth and adults, compassion for others, knowledge of right and wrong, strength to resist peer pressure, and certainty that they are loved by God. We believe this is the work of parents and adult volunteers who surround our young people in the love of Jesus. What if we all developed a heart to help our youth grow in the knowledge of God’s love for them and their love for God?
Colossians 2:6 commands us that “just as we received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” We aim to grow ourselves into mature followers of Christ. We do this through a wealth of committed leaders and teachers in our discipleship groups. These groups meet on Sunday morning and almost every other day of the week as you come together to help each other grow as disciples- iron sharpening iron. As we come together in smaller groups we encourage one another. What if we all developed a heart to grow in maturity of faith?
We are the presence of Christ not only to one another, but also to those outside Covenant. Indeed , someone once said that the church exists for those who are not yet a part of it. There is much wisdom in this kind of thinking. A significant part of our purpose is for the good of those outside the church family. We seek to be the presence of Jesus in our surrounding community, throughout our nation and world. We are touching the lives of people through Habitat for Humanity, having built over ten houses for families in need. We make a difference through Second Mile Development as we provide a Christ-centered preschool, Neighborhood Store, and Parent Initiative. We touch those with emergency financial needs through Huntsville Assistance Program and Manna House. We are Christ’s presence as we take food into homes of senior members through Meals on Wheels. And we make a difference in places like Ireland, Dominican Republic, and Africa. Twenty-five members serve as reading tutors at Ridgecrest Elementary, and many more help provide support to the teachers and staff there. What if we all developed a heart for those outside our church?
Our facility is a home for the worship of God, small group learning and care, and fellowship. But we exist for more than ourselves. Indeed we built this facility not just for ourselves, but for our community. And by all means, our community uses this facility to the max. We host AA, Al-Anon, Alateen, Gamblers Anonymous, and Healing Waters, which reaches out to wounded veterans. You’ll find them teaching fly-fishing and other activities in our Fellowship Hall. It is exciting to see our parking lot full on many days and evenings as we welcome our community into Christ’s home. It takes the work of Keith Pope, our excellent custodian, our dedicated Trustees and many other volunteers who serve to keep the facility in good working condition. In 2014 we have used budgeted, reserve, and specially donated funds to renovate our kitchen and install a new boiler in our worship wing (the old one was installed in 1969), all at a cost of about $85,000. Thanks to your giving and effective planning and saving, we were able to make these improvements. What if we all developed the mindset that the facility here belongs to God, not us?
We make a difference because you give. In the same way , we give because we have received so generously from God. What if our lives and decisions were driven by such an attitude?