New Year, New Opportunities

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.

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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.

Long Epiphany in a Long Winter

Celebrating Jesus as the light of the world can be hard to do when the winter seems to stretch on, even reaching places that are used to much balmier temperatures by February. Still Jesus is the light of the world, our hope not only when things are tough outside, but when relationships are cold, job leads are cold, and souls are in the darkness and despair. Even if spring takes a little longer than usual arriving, Jesus can be light in your life and warmth in your heart starting today. Receive him, trust his promises, and find a new hope giving birth in your heart in a cold winter.

Like many others our church has been challenged by this winter, as we have discovered a need for some roof repair. So if you will pardon our dust, come and join us on Sunday for a worship experience that will warm your heart!