We hope you will join us this year as we celebrate 125 years as a congregation. The year-long celebration begins February 15, “Covenant Heritage Sunday” and continues through the 2015 Christmas season with special speakers, parties and picnics. Keep yourself posted with announcements on this website. The “biggest” plans are for June 7 with a guest choir and conference Superintendent Jerome Nelson to help us celebrate Pastor Greg’s ordination, the August 30 family and community picnic, and November 7, the banquet with denomination President Gary Walter, but a lot will be happening between times. Stay tuned!
As January unfolds our church is gearing up for its Annual Meeting on February 8. Hard work is being done on our budget as the leadership has a cast a new vision for the pastoral office at Elgin Covenant. We are hoping to make the role of Associate Pastor for Youth and Family full-time. This means an increase in our total budget over 2014, but we believe God is setting this challenge before us. In the weeks leading up to February 8 it is our turn to discern what this means in each of our households. This is the focus of the January-February newsletter; you are invited to launch and read that for more details.
We are thrilled by the service that Pastor Greg is bringing to our church in the Associate role, which under the plan, he will continue to perform half-time through the summer, assuming full-time responsibilities on September 1. Our desire is that by investing in this role we are helping make the church continue to be a place that is welcoming to families who can be confident that their kids are receiving a foundation in faith through the Sunday morning and midweek activities.