As various harsh -- and often, important -- cultural conversations and conflicts pervade our days, I'm grateful for faith that provides a framework to navigate our way faithfully. This weekend at Covenant, we'll celebrate World Communion Sunday, a timely reminder that our God transcends all national, gender, and racial boundaries, and imprints upon each person - no matter what we may have done or from whence we have come - the indelible image of God. It's good news, important news, and we'll celebrate it well this weekend. You can prepare by reading this passage, Jesus' last words to his disciples.
In addition, I'd like to make a singular exception to the Weekend Update to announce that Joan Watson, our Minister for Congregational Life and Care, has announced her intention to retire. Joan has served faithfully and well in ministry for forty four years, the last fifteen being here at Covenant. In addition, she has been, for me and many others, a capable partner in ministry as well as a valued friend and colleague. Make plans now to join us on Sunday, October 28 at noon to celebrate Joan's ministry. More details about the celebration are soon to come, and you can read Joan's letter to the Session in its entirety here.
Please keep Joan and David in your thoughts and prayers during this poignant time of transition. Also, please remember the important ministries and relationships that will now experience transition. Amidst it all, perhaps we can hear the words of God through the prophet Jeremiah: "For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future." (Jer. 29:11)
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