Spring is in the Air??

Updated: Mar 25

February 12, 2020


Leadership Notes


I was knocked down last week with that virus that's been going around. I stayed home, sick, for three days. And it's still dragging on. Many of you have been through it, too. After two worship services on Sunday, I was ready to crash by the afternoon. I'm looking forward to the first day we can open windows and let the fresh air in.


As spring approaches, there are a few things to look forward to. We'll be announcing the date of our Annual Meeting, which is a celebration of the previous year of ministry, as well as a time to elect church officers. We'll also be rolling out the beginning of our Vision Plan for the next few years. This is a measured, deliberate process to discern where God is leading us, and then joining together in the journey. I think of this as the last act {however long it will take} in my ministry here at Covenant Church. Every day I thank God that we can make this journey together. You are faithful, kind, and generous people.


Finally, beginning the first Sunday in March, I'll be teaching a class on healthy ways for talking about issues that matter to us. It's based on the book, "Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides." How do we talk about things like abortion, economics, evolution, and gender politics in ways that reflect the love of Jesus that is in us?


Last month, while Lori and I spent a weekend away celebrating our 42nd wedding anniversary, we had a guest preacher. He said some things I wouldn't have said. He shared some beliefs I don't agree with. The beauty of Covenant Church is some people agreed with some of his beliefs and some didn't. I've had great conversations around those things. They've been serious and humorous. At the end of the day, these kinds of conversations are enlightening and helpful. They are only divisive if we let them.


As we emerge from a pleasantly mild winter, I look forward to what the new season holds. I am so blessed that you allow me the privilege of serving this wonderful church. Jesus Christ is Lord!


In the Fullness of His Grace and Mercy,


Richard