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Eat Your Vegetables

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A healthy outlook on children’s ministry

Brussels sprouts; never liked them, never will. The Brussels sprout is a leafy green vegetable that resembles a miniature cabbage. It is a cultivar of wild cabbage that is enjoyed by some, not me, for its edible buds. I so detest this vegetable that I once thought I’d never visit its namesake Brussels, Belgium because of it. I feared my culinary nemesis might appear on every restaurant menu in the city, or worse yet, eating one might be a prerequisite for entry into Belgium. I have since learned that experts believe this vegetable did not originate in, and has nothing to do with Brussels.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against vegetables. It’s just that I never met a vegetable of which I wasn’t suspect. Why you ask? Well, I remember as a child thinking, why is my mother working so hard to convince me to eat something that is supposed to be so good? She tried everything to get me to eat Brussels sprouts. She began by reminding me of all of the starving children in the world to which I was impervious. Next came the time honored account of how my grandfather refused to drink orange juice his whole life only to try it on his death bed. His famous last words were “this is really good. I wish I’d tried it sooner.” She would conclude, “Don’t be like your grandfather.” Ultimately, it was the threat of no dessert and an early bedtime that coerced my compliance. I ate one, but only one, all the while imagining that, as was the case with my grandfather, death might soon follow.

Never having had children of my own I have never had the occasion to plead “Eat your vegetables”; however, I have experienced the pastoral equivalent which is “We need volunteers to help with our Sunday morning children’s program”. My experience has been that it is easier to find people to clean bathrooms and empty trash than it is to help with children. Puzzled? Me too! After all, nearly every Christian will concede the importance of our children’s spiritual nurture. Let’s guard against viewing our church’s children the way some people view vegetables. They acknowledge their importance, even believe they are vital for our overall health, but choose not to engage them grateful that others do.

I don’t want to coerce you into helping with our children on Sunday mornings. I do want to re-affirm my personal commitment to our children, their families and our children’s ministry. I ask you to do the same, and invite you to prayerfully consider participating in one of the many opportunities for involvement on Sunday mornings. Both Pam Swanberg and Deana Chambers will be delighted to provide you with information detailing how you can help. So, allow me to follow my mother’s lead and say don’t be like my grandfather. Don’t wait to try helping in our children’s ministry only to regret not having tried it sooner. You never know. You just might like it!

Pastor Todd

CHIC 2015

August 26, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Parents of students who will be in 9-12 grade for the 2014-2015 school year are invited to attend a meeting in the Student Ministries room to discuss the triennial event that is Covenant High in Christ!

See www.chic2015.org for more information.

With the New School Year Comes Change

Middle School Ministry will kick off the year with Middle School Youth Group for all students in grades 6-8 happening on Sunday Nights from 5:30-6:45p in the youth room. Contact the Middle School Ministry director, Becca Loritz at becca@communitycovenant.net with questions.

High School Ministry moves Youth Group for grades 9-12 to 6:45-8:30p in the youth room on Sunday nights. Contact the High School Ministry director, Mary Rall at mary@communitycovenant.net with questions.

The Lacks and Friends

August 17, 2014 · 4:00 PM
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Drop by the Commons Park on Business Boulevard to enjoy The Lacks and Friends.

Food will be available for a donation, with proceeds going to support Nana’s House, a home with neglected children in Nayarit, Mexico.

In the completely unlikely event that we should experience precipitation, the concert will be held in the sanctuary at church!

Mission Fiesta

September 6, 2014 · 6:30 - 9:00 PM
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You are invited to attend the first annual Mission Fiesta! Come for an evening that is sure to be a great experience! Bring friends or plan a date night, and come enjoy the evening. The evening’s fun includes dinner catered by Jalapeños Mexican Restaurant, an art auction featuring many local artists, and entertainment from Mariachi Agave Azul out of Anchorage, Alaska! The entry fee is $25 per person. All profits will benefit upcoming CCC Short Term mission trips, both in Alaska and around the world.

Register Online

Have You Seen Bigfoot Lately?

A Monstrous Discovery

The legend of Bigfoot is firmly fixed in North American folklore. Although Bigfoot skeptics insist that there is no credible evidence proving the gigantic, hairy, apelike monster actually exists, Bigfoot enthusiasts are as certain the creatures inhabit remote regions of Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia as they are that their neighbors inhabit the house next door.   Learn More »

Double Crossed

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Which Cross Will You Choose?

Jesus made his way toward Golgotha (the place of the skulls) for his final humiliation, death on a cross. Severely beaten he stumbled beneath the weight of the cross he carried. Straining forward he collapsed. He could go no further. Looking into the crowd, Roman soldiers called out to a man, Simon of Cyrene, and forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. I can’t imagine its weight. Can you? Simon was the only person ever to carry Jesus’ cross. What about the rest of us? What are followers of Jesus expected to carry?  Learn More »

What’s In Your Prayer Closet?

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Removing unnecessary clutter from your prayer life.

Have you ever opened a closet door only to be overwhelmed with unnecessary clutter? Perhaps you’ve been buried under an avalanche of accumulated junk that reminded you of why you haven’t gone into that closet for a while. Many of us designate a closet, or occasionally a room, in our homes where we store stuff that has depreciated in value and is seldom, if ever, used. We are reluctant to part with these insignificant “treasures”.

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2014 Statewide Covenant Women’s Retreat

September 19 - September 21, 2014

Celebrates a beautiful tapestry of women from different walks of live who attend the retreat for spiritual inspiration and fellowship.  Held at North Star Bible Camp.