Giving Thanks To God
This past Saturday night rain came. Heavy rain after midnight. There were questions of what would happen with our day of Celebration.
I was up before dawn to hear drops of water pounding against the skylights of our home. Porch lights on, it was obvious there was standing water in the yard and more rain to come.
By the time Laila and I arrived at Covenant darkness was easing away. The photo was taken with rain coming down.
During First Service a torrential downpour. The pounding of water on the roof of the sanctuary was thunderous! Water flowed deep in the roadways and across parking lots.
Then within minutes the storm was gone. The sun came out gloriously. Incredibly beautiful with temperatures rising pleasantly into low 70s.
First and Second Service both had strong attendance. We rejoiced to welcome home many former parishioners. It was a family reunion!
The afternoon 2:00 time of special music was delightful. Our regular choir and Filipino choir blessed us. Special guests filled the atmosphere with worshipful presentations. One of the delightful moments was for Pastor Jerry Steele (Valley Covenant), Bobby Crickenberger and Danny Bare to close a 20-year gap with one of their favorite songs.
We expressed appreciation to the family of the Founding Pastor, Dr. S.H. Landreth and Ethel, his wife. Attention was given to other founding members and those who came to Covenant in the 1950’s and 1960’s. We recognized visiting ministers. We invited former parishioners to share their name and where they live now.
Speakers were: Joe Mirkovich, Administrative Bishop of Virginia Church of God; T. Burke, CFO Bell Funeral Home; Rob Fultz, Chaplain Lee University; and George Morris, Team Leader FCA and Chaplain with University of Virginia football and basketball teams; and the Bouch family, testifying of the benefits of long-term membership.
The Dedication Service lasted about an hour and a half. We ended with a joyous hymn giving God the glory.
More than an hour and twenty minutes later there were gatherings of people in the sanctuary, foyer and into the new lobby! My heart rejoiced. Laila was awake for hours Sunday night reflecting with happiness.
With Occupancy and Dedication we move forward. My sermon this Sunday will be "Go to Samaria". We will practice what we preach.
*****URGENT, URGENT, URGENT--- Notice the timeline*****
This Sunday will be two opportunities for blessing others:
Operation Compassion out of Portsmouth serves some of the poorest people in America. A truck will pass through Charlottesville in a few days. THIS SUNDAY bring non-perishable food items, winter coats/sweaters, socks, gloves and other clothes. MUST BE IN GOOD CONDITION. Bring them to altar in front of the church.
Shoeboxes for Samaritan's purse will also be available. Last year about 8500 shoeboxes were in the truck that left Covenant Church. We would like to see that number 10,000. Spread the word.
Matthew 26, Jesus reminds us of the task to reach the sick, the naked, and those in prison. We ambition to fulfill this passion to serve those less fortunate.