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New Local Missions Committee

March 22 2014 at 11:57 am 1 Comments

UPDATE, MARCH 28: Added skills list at the bottom of this post.

Do you love God? Love your neighbors? Love this community? This may be just the opportunity for you!

Since its formation in February 2013, the Global Missions Committee has been sharpening our understanding and practice of world missions. As a church we have much reason to be proud of the good work that the Global Missions Committee has been doing.

But the need for gospel witness and gospel service is not limited to other continents. Montgomery County needs Jesus! There are huge needs and opportunities right here in our own neighborhoods, nursing homes, schools and jails. That is why Covenant Life Church is forming a Local Missions Committee.

Like the Global Missions Committee, the new Local Missions Committee will include 12-18 members who represent a diverse cross-section of this church. They will work closely with the elders and the Missions Department to ensure that every church member has the motivation, training and opportunity to saturate our community with gospel influence.

To understand more about how this new committee will function, read the Local Missions Committee Charter (PDF).

If you have a love for God, a love for neighbors, and a love for this community, we would love to have you apply to serve on the new Local Missions Committee. Just download and fill out the Local Missions Committee Application (PDF).

Completed applications should be e-mailed or delivered to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Local Missions Director, by April 6.

If you have questions or need more information, please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call him at the church office.


Local Missions Committee: Skills Needed

Researchers: People who love to gather information and do research. One of their contributions to this team would be to learn about and understand both our local community and our church community. Examples: census/ demographic research, local history research, creating and conducting surveys, interviews, etc.

Strategists: People who can take the research data gathered, discern needs and opportunities, and then formulate ministry strategies to address them. They might also serve by evaluating ministry teams and working with team leaders to make them more effective.

Connectors: People who are great at building friendships with people from all walks of life and at seeing opportunities for ministry. Using their knowledge of resources both inside and outside the church, they initiate strategic relationships with various organizations and institutions in the community in order to create new and more effective ministry.

Visionaries: People who have the ability to think at the 50,000-foot level and can imagine and shape what a culture of local missions could look like for our church and community. They can help develop long-term goals for community transformation for the church. They are able to articulate and transfer a vision for local missions to fellow church members. 

Implementers: People who take big ideas and then create the structures and processes necessary to achieve them. They are planners who chart a clear path from the current reality toward the end goal.


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Every Day is Christmas

November 7 2013 at 8:56 am 0 Comments

EDIC Softball Players

What do penguins, softball and families in need have in common? If your answer was ‘nothing,’ let me introduce you to Every Day is Christmas (EDIC).

EDIC is a unique ministry that reaches out to families in need during the holiday season. Through sporting events like flag football and softball, last year EDIC raised enough money to bless 60 families. And Dennis Castenada, co-founder of the ministry, happens to like penguins so much that he based the EDIC logo on the flightless bird.

EDIC’s final sporting event of 2013 took place October 19, a softball game between players from Covenant Life and Gracia Soberana. Covenant Life walked away with a solid 33-18 win, leaving them 2-0 for the year in softball.

Both teams were winners because the game raised $600, bringing the total for 2013 to over $2500. The funds will be put to use to make Thanksgiving baskets and reduced-price Christmas presents available to struggling families.

How To Get Involved:

• Visit EDIC’s table in the church lobby November 10 or 17 for complete information on how to participate.
• Thanksgiving baskets will be assembled on November 23. Volunteers are needed to buy food, assemble, decorate, and deliver baskets.
• The Christmas “store” will take place December 14. Donations of new clothes and toys are needed.

EDIC logoDennis and his mother, Gloria Noel, co-founded EDIC in 2007.  As a single-parent family, they received many Thanksgiving baskets over the years and know the impact this ministry can have.

EDIC’s goal is to “empower, equip, and provide resources for families to advance and create a better future for themselves,” not simply to provide a free hand out. Families that benefit from the ministry are invited to attend a “Resource Event” where they receive encouragement and equipping for building a solid financial future. Dennis is eager to see EDIC have a lasting impact on the families it serves.

Visit EDIC on Facebook.

Thanks to Jessica Harris for writing this post.


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Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

November 3 2012 at 11:10 pm 2 Comments

Dear friends,

Many of you have seen and heard of the difficulties of our neighbors in New York and New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. In response to the needs of the people in these areas, one of the members of Covenant Life Church is planning to send a truck and trailer with food and supplies in an effort to bring some relief.

What you can bring:

- cases of water
- non-perishable food
- cans of soup, chicken, tuna
- diapers
- packaged food, crackers
- toilet paper
- blankets
- jackets and coats, shirts, and other clothing
- flashlights
- batteries
- candles

Where to drop:
- the big red trailer in the church parking lot

When:

- Sunday Morning before and after both services (11/4)
- Before and after the Members Meeting Sunday night (11/4, 6 p.m.)
- Monday morning (before 9 a.m.)

The supplies will be transported on Monday (11/5) to distribution points and communities that are in need. Please pray for the safety of those involved, and that the Lord will lead this effort for his glory.

Thank you for prayerfully participating in serving our neighbors,

Joshua Harris
on behalf of the pastoral team


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Mexico Mission Trip – November 10-17

September 2 2012 at 12:45 pm 0 Comments

Children play on the Rancho 3M school grounds

The second mission trip of 2012 to Rancho 3M Christian Orphanage and School in Guadalupe, Mexico, is planned for November 10-17. The work project for the team is constructing a roof overhang for the middle school to provide shade, and a trash enclosure.

If you have experience in construction, especially masonry, or are just willing to work hard and get your hands dirty, you are invited to apply to join the team. Cost per person will be approximately $700.  E-mail or call .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at the church office by September 18.

Covenant Life Church has been serving and partnering with Rancho 3M now for several years. Last summer (2011) work was completed on a home for orphaned babies.


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Coffee and Tea: A Team Effort

August 23 2012 at 7:17 pm 0 Comments

Each fall we serve coffee and tea between services in the main lobby of the church. We need 20 more volunteers before we can get started. This is a great way for families to serve together. Please e-mail my assistant .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to get involved.

—Joshua Harris


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Discovery Land Needs You!

August 20 2012 at 5:16 pm 0 Comments

Discovery Land, the children’s ministry here at Covenant Life, needs your help for the upcoming school year. Are you curious to know what it would be like if there were no Discovery Land volunteers? Find out in the “breaking news report” video above! Special thanks to Caleb Barker for his hard work on this.

Would you please consider serving here and also pray that God would provide workers?

Discovery Land is a wonderful way to not only serve the dear families of this church, but also fulfill the command of Psalm 78:4: “Tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.” We want Covenant Life’s children to come to faith in Christ, and what better way to be part of that than to come alongside parents on Sunday mornings to help teach their kids the gospel?

A couple quick items to consider:

  • The need for classroom volunteers is great. But there are also many other ways to serve in Discovery Land, including caring for children in classrooms, welcoming guests, hallway security, singing, teaching and more. Whatever your gifting and interests, there’s probably a place for you!
  • If your family is planning to benefit from Discovery Land in 2012-13, we ask that at least one parent serve at least once a month. Please keep in mind that this is the minimum requirement. If you can serve more, that would greatly helps us.
  • We love champions! A champion is someone who serves each week for a whole year. It’s a big commitment, but it’s well worth the investment.
  • Our annual volunteer training night is on Aug. 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the main auditorium. We ask that all volunteers attend, regardless of how long you’ve been serving in the ministry.
  • If you’d like to fill out an application form or ask more questions, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at the church office.

Thank you for considering this important ministry!


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