Celebrating a “New Year”

Celebrating a “New Year”

Author: Jim Anderman
Published: August 29, 2018
This article can be found in the September 2018 Newsletter.

If you just landed on planet Earth from some distant galaxy you might think we are celebrating a New Year. September is a month of new beginnings in so many ways. All around us schools are reopening after a summer break. Students, from college age to nursery school, are starting the regiment of regularly scheduled classes. Summer vacations have wound down, things are returning to “normal.”

In September things also begin anew at church. September’s busy schedule will include several important dates. September 9th is Rally Day, a time to fill the church as we relaunch many of our ministries. September 16th is the first day for Sunday School Classes at Covenant for students of all ages. September 23rd we begin the sermon series, Grounded: The Basics, as well as related study groups.

As we near the end of the month, September 29th at 9:00 a.m., to be precise, we will be joined by other churches to review the past and move to the future with our annual Church Conference. This year our Springfield churches will host the event at our Covenant location and have the opportunity to show hospitality to our neighboring United Methodists. At the meeting, we will hear a report on the state of the churches, elect officers, endorse candidates for ministry and layout our plans for the future. This is a wonderful occasion to meet with fellow United Methodists, share ideas, thoughts, plans, and prayers.

As we look to the future, how do you see yourself fitting into God’s plans for Covenant and Hancock Churches? What ministries seem particularly important to you? How can you answer God’s call to serve?

This September pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to ignite our passions for ministry.

“Lord, send those tongues, as of fire; fill us with your Holy Spirit 
that we may boldly witness for Jesus Christ as we serve our neighbors. Amen.”

Grace & Peace,
Pastor Jim

This article can be found in the September 2018 Newsletter.