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2-A-Day Meditation: Psalm 36 & Acts 14

February 21 2014 at 11:34 am 0 Comments

In connection with our 2-A-DAY Bible Reading plan, here’s a meditation on Psalm 36 and Acts 14 by Dave Wilcox:

God’s gospel always rises in spite of its opponents.

“[The wicked] plots trouble while on his bed;
he sets himself in a way that is not good;
he does not reject evil…” —Psalm 36:4

In Acts 14, Paul was in Lystra, and Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, plotting to kill him. They persuaded the once adoring crowds at Lystra to stone him, then “dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.”

But they were wrong.

“Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens.”
“The children of mankind take refuge in your wings.”
“For with you is the fountain of life.” —Psalm 36: 5, 7, 9

“When the disciples gathered around [Paul], he rose up” and returned to preaching the gospel with power. Courageously, he went back to the hometowns of his would-be assassins, strengthening those who had believed in Jesus through the gospel.

Indeed, “The evildoers lie fallen;
they are thrust down, unable to rise.” —Psalm 36:12

Jump into the 2-A-Day reading plan anytime! Just download the schedule and follow along.

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Non-Staff Elders: Next Steps

February 18 2014 at 1:53 pm 0 Comments

Thank you for praying and participating as our church walks through the process of nominating and choosing non-staff elders. We have received a large number of nominations, and it is clear from the supporting comments that members have taken the charge to nominate biblically qualified men very seriously.

As the nomination process has progressed, we have grown freshly aware of the grace of God on our church. God has indeed placed many biblically mature men in our midst who have selflessly served our congregation in many ways for a very long time. It is a great testimony to the kindness of God that we have many such men rather than too few!

The pastors will review the nominations on our retreat scheduled for February 25-28 and prayerfully select the men who seem at this time to be most qualified based on the relevant biblical passages (see our elder profile). We will also consider whether each man has demonstrated firm support for, and willingness and ability to teach, Covenant Life Church’s Statement of Faith. In addition we will be looking for men who share the vision and mission of Covenant Life Church, and who possess a history of fruitfulness in shepherding God’s people.

It is important to note that this is the only time non-staff elders will be chosen solely by the full-time pastoral staff. Hereafter, non-staff elders will be chosen by both the full-time pastors and the non-staff elders affirmed by the congregation.

Please pray that the Lord will lead the pastoral staff as we undertake the selection of this first group of non-staff elders. We want to proceed with sober judgment and hearts poised to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Thank you again for your prayers and your engagement in these important matters.

Kenneth Marseco
On Behalf of the Elders

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Missions Opportunities in 2014

February 15 2014 at 9:52 am 0 Comments

Last Sunday, February 9, we celebrated how the Lord is opening up ways for our church to participate in taking the gospel to the nations.

If you’re interested in getting involved in missions at Covenant Life, please check out the 2014 Global-Local Missions Opportunities list. There’s something here for everyone, whether you’re ready to board the next plane to another continent or simply want to discover why the work of missions matters for every Christian.

If you have questions about a particular opportunity, don’t hesitate to contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at the church office.

You can also sign up to receive regular updates through the Missions E-Newsletter using the simple form below.

Thank you for your heart to share the love of our Savior with others!

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Slideshow: Haiti and Uganda Trips

February 10 2014 at 5:00 pm 0 Comments

On Sunday, February 9, we had the privilege of hearing from three members about their short-term mission experiences in Haiti, Central Asia and Uganda. Check out the above slideshow to view more photos from the Haiti and Uganda trips.

To stay connected with our church’s global missions work, you can sign up for the monthly Missions E-Newsletter using the simple form below. If you’re interested in being a part of an upcoming mission trip, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at the church office.

Isn’t the Lord good to give our church opportunities to participate in global Kingdom work?

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Non-Staff Elders Information

February 9 2014 at 12:26 am 0 Comments

With the deadline for recommending non-staff elder candidates just a week away, we wanted to repost the relevant information to make sure it’s readily accessible for everyone. If you’re not informed about this initiative, please follow the links below.

Doctrinally competent, godly leaders are critical to the health and well being of this and every church congregation. Over the course of 2014 we are engaging a process to bring non-staff pastor/elders on board at Covenant Life. This presents an opportunity for every member of the body to participate in the life and future of our church by praying, submitting recommendations and supporting the affirmation process. The final day for recommending candidates as non-staff elders is Sunday, February 16.

Helpful links:

• You can review Kenneth Maresco’s letter from January 9 announcing the process
• Check out Ben Wikner’s and Kenneth’s sermons on elders
• Read the elder profile (describing elder qualifications and the nomination process).
• Recommend a member who meets the qualifications by using the simple recommendation form.

Thank you. members, for praying and playing your important role.

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Ramil Smith’s Story of Adoption

February 3 2014 at 3:35 pm 0 Comments

Above: In yesterday’s service Ramil Smith shared the story of his adoption. Found wandering in Quezon City, the Philippines, as a toddler, he was taken in by a poor family and eventually came to the U.S. through a summer hosting program.

Covenant Life’s Beloved Ministry will be holding an informational meeting tomorrow (February 4) at 7 p.m. to introduce people to Catholic Charities, the summer hosting program the Lord used to bring the Smiths and Ramil together. For more information on this evening, visit the Event page or e-mail the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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