From Pastor Tom for January 2020: “Renovation or Recreation”

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For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. Ephesians 2:10 This is the time for New Year’s resolutions: setting new goals, vowing to lose that weight you can’t seem to lose, tackling things you have been putting off, making some progress toward a new you. But there is something quite flawed with that kind of thinking. I’m going to quote Craig Barnes at length here because he says it so well: After a while you get tired of self-improvement programs. You stop trying … Read More

Missions Focus for January

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Pastor Harold will lead a study of Romans on Tuesday nights in January. Sessions are in Fellowship Hall and all are welcome. We start at 7 pm with refreshments Fellowship and Bible study goes from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. We are going to do something new this year. Each month we will focus on a mission that we have been supporting and will ask you to give above your normal giving toward that mission. We will take a special offering on the last Sunday of each month and all gifts collected in that offering will go to that mission. Our … Read More

Food Pantry Needs for January 2020

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Items can be placed in the wicker basket near the back entrance or on the table in the narthex. The following are suggested for Januray though any donations are appreciated. Sun Jan 5 Cereal Sun Jan 12 Fruit Juice Sun Jan 19 Canned Fruit Sun Jan 26 Tea and Coffee

From Pastor Tom for December: “Silent Night—Sounds of Glory”

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“Silent Night” is my favorite Christmas Carol. It portrays in a beautiful way the quiet and humble birth of our Lord. He came into this world largely without fanfare. There was no glitz and no glamour. No media attention. No crowds swarming to see this amazing event. Jesus’ birth occurs without any of the events that we associate with great moments in history. It was a silent night with God in human form, sleeping in a borrowed manger, in a lowly barn, in a little town called Bethlehem. Few people knew that one of the greatest miracles of all time … Read More

From Pastor Tom for November: “Water into Wine”

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“Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.” John 2:11 The first miracle of our Lord was performed in the country setting of Cana of Galilee. Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding He was attending withHis disciples. It’s really a pretty insignificant miracle (if any miracle can be insignificant). No one is healed or fed or raised from the dead. Jesus beginsHis public ministry by turning about 180 gallons of water into wine. Wouldn’t you think that Jesus would perform His first miracle in … Read More

From Pastor Tom for October: “Will We Recognize Him When He Comes?”

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It’s fun when you recognize a famous person. We were in New York number of years ago, just walking down a street in midtown Manhattan, and we noticed a guy with a TV camera and another with a microphone and out of a black car emerged George Clooney. We watched him give a brief interview, and then he was gone. That was probably the closest I’ve been to a star. It was easy to recognize George because we have seen his face a hundred times, but in the days before mass media, famous people were harder to recognize. Carl Sandberg, … Read More

From Pastor Tom for September: “It’s Nice to be Nice to the Nice”

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Frank Burns from the TV series, “M.A.S.H.,” said a lot of funny and stupid things. But one of his more memorable lines was, “It’s nice to be nice to the nice” (for those of you who have no idea who Frank Burns is or what the show “M.A.S.H.” was all about, please catch some reruns—it’s one of the best TV series ever!). I think most of us would agree with Frank’s words. We have been taught from the earliest age to be nice. When we describe someone we will often say, “He’s a nice guy.” We want to be seen … Read More

Exciting Relationship With The House of Praise and Worship

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We have entered into an exciting relationship with another Covenant Church.  It is called, “The House of Praise and Worship.”  They are a large congregation of about 150 members and will be worshiping in our facility at 10:30 am each Sunday morning.  Their membership is largely Hispanic but they also have Blacks, Anglo’s and Brazilians in their congregation.  Their worship service is bilingual – everything is presented in both Spanish and English and the music is contemporary in style.  Our two congregations will partner in taking care of our facility, worshiping together occasionally, supporting each other’s ministries, and enjoying the … Read More