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.
Dennis 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.
November 3 2012 at 11:10 pm 2 Comments
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
- packaged food, crackers
- toilet paper
- jackets and coats, shirts, and other clothing
Where to drop:
- the big red trailer in the church parking lot
- 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,
on behalf of the pastoral team
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.
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.
August 23 2012 at 7:17 pm 0 Comments
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.
Thank you for considering this important ministry!
November 13 2011 at 5:14 pm 1 Comments
This coming Sunday we’ll be celebrating the completion of the baby home at Rancho 3M Orphanage and School in Gaudalupe, Mexico. Covenant Life has been partnering with Director Dean Adamek and the Rancho 3M Ministry since 2005. Completion of construction on the baby home this summer was the culmination of seven Covenant Life missions trips over a two-year period and 6000 man hours of work.
Working hand in hand with the appropriate governmental authorities, Rancho 3M plans to take in orphaned babies from the community while seeking adoptive homes for them.
The video (top) and slideshow (bottom) above provide a look at the construction process, the Covenant Life members involved, and the some of the children and staff of Rancho 3M. Thank you, Covenant Life Church for praying, believing, and giving to make the baby home possible.