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

Food Pantry Needs for September

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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 September though any donations are appreciated. Sun Sept 1 Cereal Sun Sept 1 Fruit Juice Sun Sept 15 Canned Fruit Sun Sept 22 Tea and Coffee Sun Sept 29 Spaghetti Sauce

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

From Pastor Tom “New Vitality”

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Churches are struggling these days. Almost all mainline Protestant denominations are facing dramatic declines in membership and attendance. Our church has been no different. When I was called as the pastor of this church 30 years ago we faced an older and declining church. The Lord blessed us with growth. We soon had many young families and lots of young children. But as those children grew and went off to college we didn’t see most of them again. Many families moved out of town and some simply no longer attended services. And, of course, the Lord called many of our … Read More

Important Dates This Summer

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Tuesday Night Bible StudyWe will continue our Bible Studies on Tuesday nights. On the months that Pastor Tom is preaching, he will lead a study on Ephesians. On the months that Pastor Harold is preaching,he will lead a study on Romans. Family Promise June 23-July 6thWe will host homeless families for two weeks this summer as part of the Family Promise ministry. We need volunteers to help host the families in the evening and overnight, as well as people to cook dinner for them. We need lots of volunteers! Please see Dawn, Rose, or Mary if you are able to … Read More

Food Pantry Needs This Summer

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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 July andAugust, though any donations are appreciated. JulySun July 7 CerealSun July 14 PastaSun July 21 Spaghetti SauceSun July 28 Canned FruitsAugustSun Aug 4 CookiesSun Aug 11 Coffee & TeaSun Aug 19 Fruit JuiceSun Aug 25 Pasta

From Pastor Tom “A New Adventure”

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Faith is an adventure. Sometimes God allows us times of stability, comfort, and safe routines. But more often than not God calls His people out of theircomfort zones and into times of adventure. God called Abraham, when he was an old man, to leave the comfort and security of his home and to travel to a new land. God promised Abraham descendants too numerous to count and to give those descendants a wonderful land overflowing with milk and honey. Even though Abraham and his wife had no children and were well beyond child-bearing age, Abraham trusted God and left his … Read More

From Pastor Tom “The End of Your Story is Already Written”

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We don’t know much about heaven. Do we go to heaven right away or do we sleep until Jesus returns in glory? What will we do for the rest of time in our heavenly home? Won’t it get a little boring just sitting around on the clouds? Will we fish or garden or (one of my burning questions) play golf in heaven? The Bible doesn’t give us very many clear details on this topic. So apparently God doesn’t want us to focus on the next life but to live in this life with the hope of heaven. The hope of … Read More