Celebrating 100 Years of Faith, Hope & Love

Covenant’s year-long Anniversary Celebration of Faith, Hope and Love for the community and the world begins on February 20, 2022. Please join us as we worship, serve, celebrate, remember the past and anticipate the future. Watch this page to learn about Covenant’s history from our Archives, to honor those who came before, and to plan and celebrate a faithful future in Springfield and beyond.

Join us in Celebrating Our 100th Anniversary

"Everything He Needed to Know He Learned at Covenant"



Rev. Russell Atkinson, Son of Covenant, returned to the pulpit.

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Chalice is a Copy of One From the St. George's Church Museum



The chalice given in memory of Frederick William Schwarz in 1975 is a copy of one at Old St. George's in Philadelphia.

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Covenant's Longest Tenured Pastor Returns to the Pulpit



Rev. Bob Mongold returned to the pulpit. We need to relearn again the teachings of Jesus and to live and share them with passion.

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Covenant's Very Own Mystery



This chalice of uncertain origin was used for Communion in September and October.

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The Greatest of These is Love - Covenant Celebrates 100 Years of Weddings



A video of wedding photographs was created as part of Covenant's Anniversary Year.

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Covenant Couples Renew Their Commitments



A celebration of marriage, commitment and vow renewal was held on September 18 in the Sanctuary. Couples took the opportunity to renew their vows surrounded by friends and family.

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Covenant Welcomes Rev. Diana Esposito



On August 24, Covenant welcomed Deacon Diana Esposito. Diana's primary responsibilities are ministries to families, children and youth, and community outreach.

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Rev. Haydn McLean, Son of Covenant, Remembers Sermons, Youth Choir and MAD Magazines



Haydn McLean grew up at Covenant and went on to serve churches in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference as well as several hospital chaplancies. He retired as chaplain of Hershey Medical Center.

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Rev. Michael Roney Remembers Covenant as Traditional and Innovative



Rev. Roney (Associate Pastor from 1972-1977) remembers Covenant as a learning experience for a young pastor where the innovative met the traditional.

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Covenant Supports the People of Ukraine



Support for Ukraine is shown in Sanctuary decorations, prayers and financial support through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

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Covenant's History Continues: The Third 25 Years



1972-1997 was a time of great activity and intense involvement in missions and ministries to support children, alleviate hunger, and address homelessness in our local community, in the nation, and around the world.

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Rev. Mark Young Returns to Covenant and His Hometown



Rev. Mark Young, who served Covenant from 2009 to 2012, gave the message on July 31. He grew up in Springfield and commented on the changes.

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ASP Sunday: Reflecting on 41 Years of Service & Dedication of ASP Hall



As part of Covenant's ongoing 100th anniversary celebration, on Sunday during the ASP Service we were honored to have past and present volunteers from the Covenant Appalachia Service Project (ASP) team offer reflections on ASP, followed by the dedication of ASP Hall.

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Rev. Doyne Sumner Remembers Covenant as His "Alma Mater"



God has called several sons and daughters of Covenant into pastoral ministry. As part of the Anniversary Celebration, we've invited them to reflect on what Covenant has meant to them during their Spiritual Journey.

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Rev. Janice Puliti Recalls the Faith Formation and Christian Fellowship that Supported Her Call to Ministry



Janice Puliti felt called to the ministry during an Ash Wednesday service at Covenant. She reflects on the ministers and friends at Covenant who encouraged her to answer the Call, and the activities that led her there.

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A Time of Goodbyes and New Beginnings



On June 26, Covenant said goodbye to the Rutledge Family as they move to Berwyn UMC.

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Pastor Sharon Vandegrift (2004-2009) Remembers Covenant’s “Heart for Mission”



“Covenant's heart for mission on global, national, and local levels was always inspiring.” Read Pastor Sharon’s full reflection here.

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Gift for Long-Time Members Shows Covenant in a Unique Way



Using objects and architecture elements unique to Covenant, Jennifer Terry fashioned this photo collage that spells “Covenant”.  Those with continuous membership of 50 or more years received this gift.

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Covenant Celebrates Pentecost with Long-Time Member Celebration



On Covenant’s 100th Pentecost, members with 50 or more years of continuous membership were honored.

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Covenant’s History Continues: The Second 25 Years



Did you know that to temporarily meet the needs for meeting and Sunday School space, Covenant purchased an army surplus building?

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June's Communion Chalice – A Husband’s Tribute to His Wife



The chalice, used on June 5 (Pentecost and Communion Sunday), was designed and crafted in 1988 by Covenant member Leon (Lee) Sperow...

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Music at Covenant: Tradition & Innovation



On May 8, the Chancel Choir and Covenant Ringers continued a long tradition of music at Covenant with a special music service.

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Rev. Bruce & Ellen Hazelwood Reflect on Their Years at Covenant



In April, Bruce and Ellen Hazelwood sent a reflection in honor of Covenant’s Anniversary and their time with us.

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Surely The Presence of the Lord Is In This Place



Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place: Anthem performed by the Chancel Choir on April 24.

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Covenant Nursery School Celebrates Anniversary Hands Down



See the mural made by the Covenant Nursery School (CNS) children to help the Church celebrate its Anniversary.

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He is Risen Indeed!



Covenant’s 100th Easter Celebration was indeed joyous.

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Easter Egg Hunt Brought Out Lots of Rabbits and Chicks



Covenant’s egg hunt saw lots of rabbit ears (Pastor Mark included) and chick headbands scurrying through the yard and playground at Covenant.

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Covenant Celebrates Its 100th Palm Sunday



With palm branches, choir and percussion, and very loud “Hosannas” from the congregation directed by Pastor Kevin, Covenant celebrated its 100th Palm Sunday.

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Rev. Dale and Patti Owens Reflect on Covenant



The call to come to Covenant came as a surprise! But, Dale and Patti found many of the same blessings that are still in evidence at Covenant today. Read Pastor Dale’s complete reflection as told to Pastor Mark.

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Communion Set Remembers Long-Time Chancel Choir Member



In 1986, the Chancel Choir gave a set of four pottery communion cups and plates in memory of Millie Stretton.

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Covenant’s Communion Sets



Look for posts, over the next few months that highlight the stories behind Covenant’s Communion Sets and their use during this Anniversary Year.

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Girl Scouts Receive Anniversary Patches



Covenant celebrated Girl Scout Sunday on March 20.   To commemorate the event and the important place the Girl Scouts have in the Covenant Family, Brownie Troop 5555 and Senior Troop 5783 and their leaders will receive custom-made patches with the Covenant Anniversary logo.

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Have You Seen Our Anniversary Banner?



If you’ve been by the church recently, you’ve probably seen the banner celebrating our Anniversary.  But have you seen it up close?

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Covenant’s Anniversary Highlighted in Conference NewsSpirit Digest



The February 26th edition of the NewsSpirit Digest of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference includes an article on Covenant’s Anniversary.

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Worship Celebrates Legacy and Anticipates the Future



“On a windy and snowy day, just above freezing in 1922, a group of believers gathered to say: “We are the church.” This began the Call to Worship and a very meaningful worship experience to start Covenant’s 100th Anniversary Year.

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Those Who Led Us



Through its 100-year history, Covenant has had 17 senior pastors, 30 associate pastors, and 9 assistants who helped with visitation and ministries to families, youth and children.

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We Remember 1922-1947



Throughout the anniversary year, our Archivist, Nancy Hansen, will provide short histories each spanning 25 years. Here’s the first installment.

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District Superintendent Begins Anniversary with Worship



On February 20, Rev. Dr. Evelyn Kent-Clark, South District Superintendent, will lead us in worship.

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