The Covenant HANDS team is preparing to travel to Belize next week from February 25 to March 8, 2019. Team participants are: Al & Geraldine Attema, Wally Mulder, Cynthia Krikke, Bernie Olydam, Dawn Czuroski, Anne Veldhuizen, Willie Olydam, Murray & Helen Lobert, Erik Veldhuizen and Justine Lobert. They are going to help work on the Unity Presbyterian School. Their work is finishing six washrooms (3 for boys and 3 for girls). Presently the school has one bathroom for 212 students. This is the sixth trip Covenant has sent a HANDS team on, and the team has been fundraising for the last two years.
HANDS stands for Helping Another Nation Develop Schools and it is through an organization called Edu Deo. Edu Deo's goal is to bring Christian education to developing countries and through that, the hope is to bring transformation. Their goal is the make Christian education accessible, provide training to the teachers, and construct new classrooms. We work alongside local builders, and people from the community creating a strong bond with brothers and sisters in Christ in other countries. The HANDS team would like to thank everyone for their continued support through prayer and financial giving. Please continue to pray for our team.
This is a ministry of fellowship and inclusion, and owes its success to a team of volunteers willing to share their time as a mentor-friend, and share in their musical or other special talents. Friendship Ministry includes people with different abilities growing deeper in their relationship with God and with each other in community.
Our group here at Covenant has been together for over 30 years. A number of churches are represented in our group, from our friends who may or may not belong to a specific church, to mentors who come from various supporting churches in Edmonton. Many of our friends and mentors have become friends outside of the group as well as being together for many years at Friendship.
Friendship is all about showing the love of Jesus to everyone who comes in our doors. Some of our friends put it this way . . "It's like a Sunday School program for adults." "It's where we listen to Pat's stories and where we see Jesus' love." "It's where we sing songs, come together in prayer, make crafts and eat snacks."
The essence of true worship is internal - heart and head, emotion and thought, spirit and truth, whether we are referring to life as worship or corporate gatherings of worship.
I am always amazed by the thoughtfulness, prayer and hard work the Worship Committee and Visual Arts Team demonstrate - especially around Christmas. From the Worship Bulletin Board, to "setting the stage" for Sunday Worship and special events, they come together with one vision - to Praise and Worship our Lord and King, Jesus!
Thank you for all you do!
"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks." John 4:23
Now that the snow is on the ground and we are watching winter approach, I can't help but feel a little bit lonelier at the church. I miss greeting and watching all the avid gardeners digging, weeding, watering and just enjoying the beauty of God's creation by hanging out at the Community Gardens. I also miss all the little song birds, and the sounds of the frogs and insects. Nonetheless, the garden still has a silent winter beauty; from the frosty sunflowers still holding their heads high, to the pure white of the blanket of snow covering everything. We are thankful for this blessing at Covenant. We are grateful that our members and neighbours can experience the garden together. A big thank you to John Feddes, Mary Van Driesum, Eric Veldhuizen and Sally Leder for their work with the gardens and to all the hardworking gardeners. I can't wait to see you next spring!
We are truly blessed for all that Church Life does. Church Life always goes above and beyond expectation when planning for events. From carefully selecting flowers and decorations, to providing food and desserts for Covenant Events. Thank you for all that you do!