Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m. Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night.
October 17 2012 at 11:50 am 0 Comments
Register now for The Gospel at Work conference, coming to Covenant Life January 11-12, 2013. The conference was born out of a desire to help Christians think and live differently in the workplace. If you work a 9 to 5, will someday be working a 9 to 5, or are in between working a 9 to 5, this conference is designed for you and will build you up.
Come and be taught and encouraged by Os Guinness, Mark Dever, Bob Doll, Michael Lawrence and more fine speakers.
Despite the fact that most Christians spend half of their waking lives at work, most have been taught very little on Sunday mornings about how to apply the truths of the gospel to the practicalities of their Monday to Friday work life. It is not uncommon for Christian professionals to hold an undeveloped, if not flat-out unbiblical, theology of work.
The conference will address questions like:
• What is God’s purpose for my work?
• How does the gospel change my work?
• How does applying the truths of the gospel help me manage differently?
• How does a Christian strategize and plan his or her career?
We hope you’ll make plans to attend. Register online and begin to pray that God would be glorified, that employees would be built up, and that our workplaces will be an area of extraordinary, gospel-centered, faithful and fruitful living. Visit thegospelatwork.com to learn more.
July 27 2012 at 6:14 pm 0 Comments
People gathered for prayer last summer along Wisteria Drive in Germantown
Covenant Life is taking part in the “Pray for Germantown” effort in which local churches have begun gathering to pray on Sunday afternoons that second and third-trimester abortions—indeed all abortions—would cease being performed in Germantown, Md. Our church has adopted next Sunday, August 5, to gather near the late-term abortion clinic at Wisteria Drive and Executive Park Terrace in Germantown from 3-5 p.m. to pray. We want to ask the Lord to work in women’s hearts and turn them from pursuing an abortion. We asked Covenant Life member, Yvonne Wyzga, to write about her experience of volunteering to pray in Germantown:
Have you ever prayed for God to give you a heart of mercy? Tim Keller’s book, “Ministries of Mercy,” challenged and convicted my heart from the Prologue that retold the Good Samaritan story to the last page of how to practically incorporate mercy ministry into one’s individual life and church life.
In the past, I had told myself that mercy was not my spiritual gifting, yet began to pray that God would change my heart to be more like his (Ps.103:8-10, Ex. 34:6). I had been guilty of avoiding mercy ministries out of fear: Fear of being overwhelmed by the needs of others and of losing control of my schedule. I could be OK with being merciful … if I had planned for it.
Over the years, my avoidance had led to a complacent and hardened heart when it came to the suffering of others. I had forgotten how spiritually poor, destitute and needy I was from God’s perspective, although I was rich in health, material necessities and fruitful relationships.
The Lord reminded me of this in January 2011, when late-term abortions began in Germantown. About that time, a neighbor of a prayer partner invited our small prayer group to join other brothers and sisters in asking the Lord to shut down the abortion clinic. I agreed to go once to support this homeschooling mother of six in her weekly, uphill outreach to speak to suffering women, offering them alternatives to abortion. I thought I should not just pray for someone to “be warm and well fed” if there were additional resources God had given me to offer.
My planned one-time visit turned into most Monday mornings. God’s Spirit helped this very reluctant person to go where I did not want to go! I was provoked each week by the other participants’ dedication, commitment to prayer and rescue efforts. A prayer partner and I also went on a Tuesday to represent Covenant Life and were disheartened to see how few people prayed on Tuesdays (5 or 6) compared to the number on Mondays (50-200).
Although I felt ill-equipped on that Tuesday in knowing what to say and do, I cautiously approached a 21-year-old woman who was crying at the corner near the clinic and learned she was waiting for someone to bring her “the rest of the [cash] money” to get an abortion. As I broached the conversation she said, “You are going to hate me.” I assured her otherwise, and she spoke about her family and how they would reject her if they learned about the pregnancy. I attempted to share God’s love for her, some available resources and pleaded that she consider the future consequences of her choice. After she allowed me to pray she walked away … abortion-bound.
As I sadly returned to my friend and those fervently praying, I became overwhelmed with unstoppable grief. My whole body began shaking as I heard myself crying audibly. I never had experienced anything like that before. I was powerless to help this young woman or the baby she carried, and all I could do was cry out to the Lord.
Will you join me and others in crying out for the Lord’s mercy? He is listening. Since those cold January days of 2011, more than 60 women have chosen not to abort, an abortion-alternatives’ site has opened nearby, state regulations have been enforced and Monday business at the abortion clinic has been reduced. Praise God!
Now, instead of praying on Mondays or Tuesdays, my husband and I pray from 3 to 5 p.m. on the sidewalk along Wisteria Drive in Germantown each Sunday we are in town. We hope others in our church will join us, especially Sunday, August 5, when Covenant Life will be leading a worship service and organized prayer to be a witness to hurting women and those in our community. In this outreach, will you consider being the hands and feet of a merciful Savior?
July 14 2012 at 10:18 pm 1 Comments
Todd Keeler had this final report from Day 5 of Outreach Week:
God has been so kind to us to give us the gift of partnering as the body of Christ to take the gospel “across the street” and be a small part of spreading God’s kingdom. It has been a great joy for me to work alongside so many youth and adults who love Jesus and have compassion for those who don’t know him.
• The site leaders (Emory Grove – Neal Stuckenschneider; Laytonia – Jacob Bozarth; Washington Square – Chris Maresco) did an outstanding job this week leading the youth as they loved and taught the kids.
• Matt Maka served behind the scenes all week long cutting trees, mowing grass, washing dishes and grilling hot dogs.
• Dave Brewer, Scott Hendricks, and Brandon Quinones also helped cut trees to help clean up the neighborhoods after the storm damage. This was a last-minute opportunity, and it really blessed the community.
• My wife LeAnne and her kitchen crew served behind the scenes planning, shopping and prepping to feed 80 people all week and 400 at two cookouts last night (may God send more to help with cookouts next year!)
• I am excited that we will have follow-up ministry opportunities in all three neighborhoods set for the rest of the summer and are planning for follow-up during the school year at four sites: Emory Grove, Laytonia, Washington Square, and South Lake Elementary School. This will provide an opportunity for over 100 people to be involved on a weekly basis.
We are grateful that favor in the community is growing, and more and more opportunities for gospel ministry are presenting themselves as God guides us step by step.
July 13 2012 at 3:45 pm 3 Comments
Here are photos from Thursday, day 4 of Local Missions Summer Outreach Week:
And a few brief comments from Outreach Week leader, Todd Keeler:
- This year we are experiencing the highest level of attendance from neighborhood kids.
- God has been bringing a wide range age range to our outreach (age 3 to 19). We are happy to see him bless us with meaningful conversations with the older teenagers in the neighboorhood. One of these teens came to a Bible study last night with some of the volunteers who invited him.
- We are seeing kids be personally impacted by the Christ-centered lessons we teach on a daily basis. One 10-year-old girl was observed extending kindness towards other kids. When asked why she was doing this, she responded that she had been inspired by the example of Jesus as explained during the camp.
- One mom in the neighborhood told the volunteers that she had never seen this many kids join a community activity. It is spectacular to know that adults in the community are affirming and commending our efforts.
July 12 2012 at 5:22 pm 0 Comments
Here are photos from Wednesday, day 3 of Local Missions Summer Outreach Week:
And here’s the report from Outreach Week leader, Todd Keeler:
- God is continuing to bring new kids to the camp every day, and the enthusiasm among the kids is growing.
- We are realizing that many of the kids have deep emotional wounds and needs. Through our love, God is bringing these kids joy and a sense of being cared for in an individual way.
- A teenage sister of one of the kids told our staff that her little brother frequently cries and is usually sad, but since he has been coming to the camp he is all smiles and laughter. It has been incredible to see God bring life into the lives of these kids this week.
- Many kids have surprised us with their enthusiasm for memorizing Bible verses, and even the youngest kids are eagerly talking with the staff about Jesus and why he came. Memorizing scripture has prompted at least one of the kids to start reading the Bible.
- Some of our volunteers visited an elderly community. The residents were genuinely appreciative of having people to talk to. They enjoyed a concert by the volunteers, clapping and singing along.