A Letter To Covenant Church

Hey Church! We are in such an amazing season right now! God has really been at work all summer long, and I can honestly say, that I have NEVER been as excited and pumped about our Church as I am right now! Here are a couple of highlights from this week and a few ways for you to get even more involved!

#1- This past Sunday we had a ViP and Volunteer Luncheon, and I can truly say that I was blown away! We had nearly 100 people who stayed after our worship experience to hear about the vision, leadership and direction of Covenant, and we also had 56 new people sign up to Volunteer at Covenant! WOW! We are a volunteer driven church, so we place a high emphasis and value on those who serve, and I for one couldn’t be more excited! Special thanks goes out to Jamie Miller our Volunteer Director for making this day happen, and also a special thanks to Amanda Mishnee and the cKids vols. who stayed to watch all of the children. If you are not serving in a postion at Covenant, or if you didn’t get the chance to sign up to volunteer this past Sunday, email our Volunteer Director at jamie@covenantchurchonline.com  and see how you can get plugged in!

 

#2- All this week we have been spending time working out the kinks at Rave Cinemas for our upcoming campus move. Everything from lights and sound, kids check in and storage. We have been so blessed to be provided with such a great new atmosphere that will not only allow for much more needed space, but also put us in a place of high visibility in our community. It’s gonna be awesome! I absolutely cannot wait for you to see what is in store at this new location. Remember to be inviting everyone you know to be your ViP on September 16th at 10AM. I really think God is going to do something special that day!

 

#3- I celebrated my 8 year anniversary with my wife Vanessa this past monday. Pretty much the best thing that ever happened to me. This doesn’t really have anything to do with you, but it should earn me a few brownie points for putting it in my post. I’m so thankful to do life and ministry with my best friend. I know a lot of Pastors say this about their wife, but I can truly say that I mean it.  She is an amazing woman, and she get’s more beautiful with every passing year. I on the other hand just stay at the same level of pale, white, red-headedness. 

 

#4- Starting this Sunday you will have the opportunity to sign up to be a part of our Doorhanger Handout. This will be taking place on Sunday evening at 6pmon the 9th of September. We will meet up behind Rave Cinemas and pray/divide up/ and head out in teams. We will be handing out 5,000 doorhangers in Grove City in preparation for our 9/16 launch. And we want YOU to sign up and serve! We are praying that we have 100 people who commit to giving an hour of their time that Sunday evening. If this is the case, we will knock these doorhangers out of the park, and if not, it’s gonna be a long week for me LOL! SIGN UP —> SERVE —> MAKE AN IMPACT!

 

#5- Not only do we place a high value on our ViP’s and Volunteers, but we also place a high value on our children (cKids) at Covenant as well. We want to invest in the next generation, provide them with a venue to flourish and learn, and have them fall in love with Jesus in a nurturing atmosphere. Many of you have asked if there would be items that you could donate or purchase in the transition to our new campus, in fact, so many of you have asked (I love this by the way!) that I decided to make a list of items that you could invest in by purchasing or donating to our cKids ministry. Here is a comprehensive list broken down by age categories. Bring your donations and or purchases to church this Sunday and the next, and we will have an area in the front lobby where we will be collecting these items. If you have any further questions please e-mail amanda@covenantchurchonline.com

 

Baby Bug Needs

  • small stereo w/ some classical whimsical music
  • bumbo (1)
  • diapers (sizes 2,3,4) many many many (target has their own brand that are very reasonable)
  • diaper wipes (please NON scented. We need more of these than you can imagine! 1000’s)
  • lysol disinfecting wipes (also target has a great generic brand cheaper than ‘lysol’)
  • hand sanitizer
  • snacks (kix, cheerios NO honey nut, baby ‘puffs’ in the infant section, goldfish like mad, plain animal crackers)
  • tissues
  • a few onesies of different sizes~ short and long sleeved (for when accidents and blow outs occur)
  • pack n play (neutral)
  • some books with “hard” pages. Please no pop outs. Babies eat these 🙂


Preschool
  • small stereo w/ preschool fun worship cds
  • diaper wipes (again non scented)
  • lysol disinfecting wipes (see above)
  • legos (the larger ones like mega blocks~ BIG bag at walmart is super cheap. Need in boy and girl colors (bins would be amazing)
  • Melissa and Doug Magnetic Dress Up Set for boys and girls
  • Lots of cars, big ones, little ones, anything that has wheels for the boys
  • baby dolls
  • snacks~goldfish (different flavors, animal crackers, kix, animal cookies, cheez its, etc) No nuts or peanut butter things please
  • crayons (larger would be FANTASTIC, tons and tons)
  • construction paper
  • hand sanitizer


Grade School
  • small clipboards
  • crayons (tons and tons, big and small)
  • colored pencils
  • regular pencils
  • construction paper
  • tissues
  • hand sanitizer
  • cups (for crayon distribution~plastic)



I can’t wait for this Sunday! Bring your friends, come with lost of anticipation, and let’s see God continue to move mightily on our behalf!
-Pastor Travis

What’s Your Problem?

Maybe more important than figuring out your purpose in life, is to find out your problem in life, or more specifically, the problem God has given you to solve. I see so often the correlation of our purpose and our problem. When working with a team, the team must first discover it’s problem before it can ever move forward. If you don’t know what you are fighting, or fighting for, then in reality you are only fighting with yourself, or most likely your team. But when their is a clearly defined problem that you and your team recognize, then you can define victory, and what must take place in order for victory to be achieved.

 

“What is the Problem God has                                                                                                               given You to solve?”

In no better place is this a better example than in the sports world. A sports team always defines the problem,(losing) and it always defines the victory,(winning) and it is clearly understood. One winner, one loser.. Easy right? The problem is, identifying what victory is, is only 1/4th of the process. But none the less, you must identify.

It’s not always so easy with a team outside of sports. One of the reasons is because there are always so many problems that at times it can be hard to nail down the “One Problem”, but you must. When this is identified, then you can move to step two, “What is the solution”? This gets even more difficult, and not only because of the brainstorming, wisdom, life experience, and time put in to come up with a solution, but because in true team atmosphere, this must be a solution where everyone is invested emotionally.

You see i am a firm believer that people must buy in, before they pitch in. You have to commit peoples hearts to a cause and not a task. There are many tasks in life, there are many things that we “do” in life, but there are not many of us that can claim to be part of a cause. Only when everyone has put their opinions and concerns and ideas on the table can the team commit to a solution to the problem.

But this takes you as a leader bing able to clearly define the vision. What is the vision? What is your personal vision? What does it look like for you to win? These are the questions you must ask yourself. All this week I will be writing about vision. Everything from getting a Christ centered vision for your life, to getting a Vision for your family, to giving your life to passionately run after the vision God has given with wreckless abandonment. But first I have to ask you…..“What’s Your Problem?” 

A Letter From Travis

What’s Up Covenant? Here are 5 things I want you share with you today…

#1- It has been an amazing week!!! We have been getting in most of the gear for the new campus move happening Sept. 16th at Rave Cinemas in Grove City. Keep praying that God will move in a powerful way as we make this transition. It’s going to be awesome. If you don’t know what i’m talking about, check out this video link  

#2- I cannot wait to share with you what God has laid on my heart for this Sunday. Hopefully it is encouraging and challenging We will be continuing our, “Covenant University” series, and we will be covering the topic of worship. I’ve been looking forward to this Sunday for a while now. I love to talk about worship. I truly believe that it’s going to be one of the greatest  day’s we’ve ever had. Show up with lots of anticipation, and don’t you dare miss it.

#3- I also cannot wait for our ViP Luncheon and Volunteer sign up happening this Sunday at 11:30 immediately following our worship experience. This is going to be a great time to hear about the vision of Covenant, the leadership structure of our church, and also answer some questions plus get you serving in a position you can be excited about. If you are new to Covenant, then this is for you and if you’re a Volunteer at Covenant, we’d like for you to stick around . Lunch and childcare are both provided.

#4- If you have’t done so yet, make sure to check your facebook events for the upcoming launch service invite to Rave. And don’t just check it out, check that you will be attending our worship experience that day. We want to pack out our new location from day one.

 

#5- Who are you inviting to come with you to Covenant THIS Sunday? Stop making the same old lame excuses, and invite your friends and neighbors to join you this Sunday!!! Be the church, be the launch team, step up and lead! Let’s God!!!

 

See You Sunday!

Travis

 

 

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