Steve’s Corner

A Message From Pastor Steve Nofel— Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. I have the responsibility to inform you, my brothers and sisters in Christ at Covenant Church, that Teri Antti’s last Sunday as our worship leader was June 2....

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Steve’s Corner: Surprised by Joy

For me, Easter, Resurrection, and life in Christ always comes as a joyful surprise. Every year, every time I think about it; it is a wonderful surprise that not only sustains me, but keeps me awake and alive. I have Jesus, C.S. Lewis, and my mom and dad to thank,...

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Pastor Steve’s Ash Wed Message – Kicking Off Lent

Luke 9:51-53 51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53 but they did not receive him, because his face...

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Fat, Dumb and Happy Makes a New Year’s Comeback

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 2Corinthians 5:17 I am a great one for New Year’s resolutions and they usually work, um, well, for a while. I often do lose a few pounds through to the...

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Welcome Teri Antti – Thank You Jun Harada

I am very excited to share that we have called Teri Antti as our worship leader.  Teri is a gifted singer, pianist and leader.  She has great experience and is a wonderful person. In October the Worship Arts and Prayer Commission realized that the contract of our...

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Prayer for Pittsburgh

Dear Friends, Our hearts are breaking for the people in Pittsburgh.  Jill Duffield of Presbyterian Outlook composed a prayer for us to use.  Please take a few minutes to join in this intercession. Grace and Peace, Pastor Steve Nofel Prayer for Pittsburgh October 27,...

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Failing the Fruit of the Spirit

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23. Saturday I did ok with love, peace, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. I fell short on patience and...

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Thank You Jun!

As you saw on the the homepage of our church web page, we have begun the search for a permanent worship leader.  As we do so, I must thank Jun Harada from the bottom of my heart for stepping into the interim position at a moment's notice back in the spring.  He has...

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On Being Pleased as Punch

O.k. so I am dating myself. Former Minnesota Senator, Vice-President, and presidential candidate Hubert H. Humphrey was known for expressing his pleasure by saying, “I’m as pleased as punch!”  Don't know what it meant, but obviously it has stuck with me. The phrase...

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Student Ministry News

Dear Covenant Church Family Members, On Monday, July 9, 2018, the Session passed a motion to accept Gabriel Jaramillo’s resignation as Director of Youth Ministry with much regret effective August 15, 2018. Our love and prayers go with him, Kristy, and the boys. I...

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