Thank you! Thank you, Covenant, for your kind hearts. Thank you for your willingness to serve. Thank you for encouraging one another always. We have had a month of coming together in the newness of our journey. You have welcomed me with open arms in my new role as Senior Pastor and have encouraged me daily with prayers, kind words, and uplifting spirits. We have embarked on a new adventure which calls us to examine ourselves and open up to others around us to know God. I pray that Covenant can continue to keep this at the forefront of our minds and that God uses us in all situations.
With this change has come great responsibility. We have come together as a family to take care of our own. I am so proud of this church family. We all gathered to serve the Cloud family and Hase family during their time of sorrow. I am so thankful for each and every person’s contribution in their own way. God has granted us abilities to help and that is exactly what we did. God has asked us to be His hands and feet. That is exactly what has happened. These families’ legacies will live on through the generations and we were able to honor them because of your efforts.
I am very excited about our upcoming Family Camp at Maranatha on Oct 26-27. It will be a time to grow together as a church family, get to know each other on a more personal level, and see how God plans to use Covenant to influence the world through Jesus Christ.
As we move forward, I encourage you to continue to keep our strategic goals handy.
- Be Transformed from Disciples to Apostles
- Maximize Covenant’s Impact for the World
- Balance Covenant’s Ministry
Look into each goal and see how you can make it personal. How can you become the person that God is molding you to be? How can you serve the people in the world but not be one of them? Is God guiding you out of your comfort zone into another ministry that hasn’t even begun yet? I pray that God will grant Covenant clarity as we commission our church to pray for those not in our congregation. Give us courage to go where He guides us, listen to His voice, and pray through Jesus Christ that others will come to know Him.
I leave you with our Charge. Take these words and make them your daily anthem. Ask God to give you the strength and patience of the Holy Spirit as these words come alive in your life and the life of our church.
Wherever we go, God has sent us.
Wherever we are, God has put us there.
He has a purpose in our being there.
He has something He wants to do through us,
Wherever we are.