Dear friends:

One of my favorite books is Richard Bode’s First You Have to Row a Little Boat: Reflections on Life & Living. Bode is an avid sailor, and he uses sailing as a metaphor for living.

I turned to the book recently when life issues pressed in and caused me to realize again that life is fragile and precious, and that we have little time for gladdening the hearts of those we meet along the way. 

He writes:

"The prime virtue of my blue sloop was that it compelled me to live in the present and to avoid too much unhealthy speculation about what might happen at some indefinite point ahead which I couldn’t plainly see.

For the truth is that I already know as much about my fate as I need to know. The day will come when I will die. So the only matter of consequence before me is what I will do with my allotted time. I can remain on shore, paralyzed by fear, or I can raise my sails and dip and soar in the breeze.”

I love that image…. living such that we “dip and soar in the breeze.” It’s fundamentally an issue of stewardship, how we live this one wild and precious life. I hope you’ll read this fascinating scripture passage in preparation for a moving worship service this weekend and respond generously to the message below.

With gratitude,
Members and friends of Covenant:

During the past few weeks, we have highlighted the huge impact our congregation continues to have on our people, our city, and our world. We’re proud of the way Covenant has pivoted during this pandemic:

• Our mission teams are actively serving hungry people in our own city and our budget is supporting active feeding programs throughout the world; 

• Our worship services have continued to claim God’s covenant promises and offer hope and guidance through these uncharted waters;

• Our ministers have conducted a multitude of baptisms, weddings, and funerals;

• Our care teams have personally reached out to every member and delivered care packages to those most isolated;

• Our education teams continue to nurture children, challenge adults, and cultivate youth in the life of faith;

Our mission as a church is vital, alive -- and so very important. If there is ever a time when we need your investment, it is now. We will conclude our stewardship season this Sunday with a message about investing the whole of our lives.

If you have not yet made your pledge, we would humbly ask for your commitment this weekend on Commitment Sunday. While the occasion will feel different than usual in this remote environment, its importance is greater than ever.

Our goal for this year’s campaign is 700 households, pledging a total of $3.1 million. We have quite a ways to go, as we currently stand at 151 pledges, totaling $1,018,000.  

As Commitment Sunday approaches, we ask you to prayerfully consider what Covenant means to you and how you can support the church.

We invite you to make a pledge online or print a mailable pledge card to submit to the church.

Thanks for your support.
Katie and Lee Cornwell
Chairs, 2021 Stewardship Campaign
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