October 22nd: “Three Foci to Live By”

This month celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  Martin Luther began this movement [unintentionally] by focusing on Paul’s understanding of faith.  This week in our worship we will look at his thoughts on not only FAITH, but also on LOVE and HOPE, which, all together, form Paul’s great triad.  Though more well-known from 1 Corinthians 13, we will be examining his use of these three terms in 1 Thessalonians.

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 – (New International Version)

1 Paul, Silasa and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you.

2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.

3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

4 For we know, brothers and sistersb loved by God, that he has chosen you,

5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.

6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.

7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.

8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it,

9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,

10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.

Rev. Larry Smith
Interim Senior Pastor

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Weekly Events

Sunday

9:30    Sunday School-adults & children (Donuts and Coffee available)
10:15  Transportation available at Panorama Apartments
10:45  Sanctuary Worship (Nursery Care is available from 9:30-12:00)
12:00  1st Sunday Lunch following worship
1:00-3:00   Hispanic Praise and Worship

Monday

6:30 p.m. Cub Scouts (first, second, and third Mondays)  Check out the Children and Youth page for details.

Tuesday

7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

Wednesday

10:30  a.m. Prayer Group
3:00    p.m. Panorama Bible Study
6:00    p.m. Ivy Knoll Worship Service
5:30    p.m. Worship Band Practice
7:30    p.m. Choir Practice

Thursday

6:30 a.m. Breakfast for All
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

Friday

8:30 p.m.  Narcotics Anonymous

Saturday

10:00 a.m. Narcotics Anonymous
5:30 p.m.   Community Dinner

Thursday Breakfast

 

How about breakfast? Why not?

We have partnering with the Breakfast Ministry of Covington to provide food for those in the community who would otherwise go without the most important meal of the day.   Come and eat with the community on Thursday morning. The meal is free and served in our fellowship hall. (Use entrance in the back of the church)

Looking for a place to volunteer and connect with the community?

This is a great way to plug into the heart of Covington! Be the hands of Christ by meeting the needs of the ones who need it the most.  Join us on Thursday morning and talk to Tom or Elaine to find out more about this opportunity to serve.

Breakfast is 6:30-8:00.

New Welcome Statement

Welcome! 

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, divorced, remarried, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, y no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds. We welcome you if you can sing like Taylor Swift or if you can’t carry a tune in bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re Catholic, Baptist, Muslim, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s baptism. We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like organized religion (we’ve been there too). If you blew all your offering money at the casino, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, can’t work, can’t spell, or came because grandma is in town and she wanted to go to church. We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts…and you! (If any part of this statement offends you…you’re welcome too!)