Have you heard?
Tim Ciccone has been named the Covenant’s team leader for youth ministry! We are so grateful and blessed to have him join the Make and Deepen Disciples team.
Read recent Covenant Newswire announcement: Ciccone Named Leader of ECC Youth Ministry
Come join us this summer for all the action at our youth camps! Each week includes traditional camp activities, daily chapel services and spontaneous fun, while specific schedules and special events change with the age of campers.
You can also spend a week with your family at camp this summer! Activities are geared to campers of all ages. Whether young or old, single or married, or a family full of little ones, all are welcome at Family Camp!
Check us out here for more information!
Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem
I’m too busy. We’ve all heard it, we’ve all said it. Sometimes being busy seems like the theme of our lives. Yet this frenetic pace poses a serious threat to our physical, social, and even spiritual well-being. In this mercifully short book about a really big problem, best-selling author Kevin DeYoung rejects the “busyness as usual” mindset, arguing that a life of constant chaos is far from what God intends. DeYoung helps us figure out a better way forward as he strikes a mature and well-reasoned balance between doing nothing and doing everything. With his usual warmth, humor, and honesty, DeYoung deftly attacks the widespread “crazy busy” epidemic and offers up the restful cure we’ve all been too busy to find.
For more information, check it out here!
Will you be at Midwinter? Consider registering for lunch (11:15AM) Thursday, January 30 with the Association of Covenant Clergy Women.
2014 Midwinter Clergy Connecting: Life Together – Lunch Together!
In celebration of our unity in Christ, ACCW welcomes men and women clergy to connect in conversation and experience how advocacy and supporting one another strengthens our calling as pastors and clergy. Pre-register for lunch at $12 per person and join us on Thursday, January 30, 2014 in the Heathrow room of the Hyatt Regency at 11:15 a.m for a collaborative advocacy experience and engaging worship.
Covenant Cafe featuring Sharon Irving Carlson and a Jazz Trio Wednesday Evening.
Serving Globally invites you to an evening of the arts, as we create the very first Covenant Cafe. Please stop in any time between 8pm-11pm at Ventana’s (top floor of the Hyatt) to listen to live music, spoken word, and experience the visual arts gallery walk, while connecting with friends and colleagues, old and new, over coffee, tea, and light fare, compliments of the Serving Globally Partners (Covenant Kids Congo, Covenant World Relief, Covenant World Mission, Merge Ministries, Paul Carlson Partnership and Women Ministries). #covcafe
Mikey Bechtold from Crossview Covenant Church in North Mankato, MN, has developed
a great site to connect college students with ministries near their universities.
Check out www.collegeminconnect.weebly.com and add churches who are doing college ministry.
Pass the word!
Youth Worker Connection
Time + God + People= Connection
An important part of connecting with one another is leaving room to play and enjoy one another. We’re making it a priority this year and don’t want to spoil the surprise quite yet but know you won’t want to be late for the Welcome Party on Saturday night or miss any of the other scheduled FUN we have in store for you throughout the weekend!
More information: YWC
Want to volunteer? Sign up here!
In a sermon in 412, Augustine called Epiphany “a feast worth of most devout celebration.” It completes the season of Christmas by inviting us to discern the identity of the Christ child. It means “manifestation” or “showing forth” – Eastern Christians use the term “Theophany” meaning “Manifestation of God”.
For us, it is the commemoration of the first two occasions Jesus’ divinity was manifested:
- when the magi visited the infant Jesus in Bethlehem and
- when John baptized him him the Jordan River
As we celebrate these occasions, we are also led to celebrate our coming to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, Redeemer and Friend. You may call it a cop-out, but while searching for images to include I ran across this blog and I think Holly says what I’m getting at quite well! “Come and see”: What Epiphany Shows us about Evangelism.
Want more?! Check out this resource, graciously shared online in the MIX (Ministry Idea Exchange) by Kyle J.A. Small.
Join us Saturday and Sunday for a theological dialogue with Dr. Andrew Root.
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