Growing in Faith2021-10-15T11:31:37-07:00

Opportunities for Engagement

We want to acquaint all current and future participants in our Covenant faith community with these opportunities for involvement and invite you to consider embracing one or more of them.

In addition to all the energy and commitment our people bring to these activities, we work hard at welcoming everyone (and we mean everyone) into our faith community. So, whether you’re liberal or conservative, black or white, straight or gay, young or old, wealthy or not, be assured that we take seriously our Lord’s injunction to love our neighbors – all of them.

Worship

This ministry team, together with the pastor, is responsible for planning the worship services. We meet monthly with the pastor, the music director, and others on the staff to make the worship experiences meaningful, creative and coordinated. We also pay attention to the décor and arrangement of the sanctuary and the living room to ensure they all build on the Scriptural themes of the liturgical calendar. Volunteer opportunities include being a greeter, an usher or a lay reader.

Coordinator: Kathy Dirks and Judi Morgan

Bryan Swenland, the music director, directs the praise team and the choir. Bryan is the band director at Mountainside Middle School. He introduces the congregation to a variety of worship music genres and recruits talented musicians to join him.

Coordinator: Bryan Swenland

Whether you’ve heard our marimba band during worship, or at one of their gigs throughout Eastern Washington, you’re sure to remember the vibrant energy they bring to any gathering. Played by both young people and adults, the marimbas bring a touch of African music to our worship experience once a month.

Coordinator: June Lamberd

Education

The adult education program offers an opportunity to be more informed and challenged as followers of Jesus Christ. The adult education session is held after the morning service in rooms 13 and 14 off the gym. The resources for the class include teachers from our congregation, area university professors, or a video presentation from a national figure facilitated by a member of the adult education team. We sometimes have small group conversations as part of the class, and other times we have question-and-answer sessions. When classes are online, a Zoom link sent in our eNewsletter.

Coordinator: David Erb

This ministry offers a variety of short-term classes that help us cope with the day-to-day demands of our lives. These are offerings that will appeal to our neighbors, but which are also grounded in a Christian world view. Topics and sessions vary by interest.

Youth & Children

Our two youth groups, are age specific. The older group (grades 7-12), meets every Sunday night from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the church to have fun and to learn about the Christian faith. Our activities include church overnights, ski weekends, and mission trips.

Coordinator: Aric Williams

“FROG” means “Fully Reliant on God,” the theme followed by the ministry team that creates our children’s Sunday School, which is held during the worship service. Children accompany their parents to the beginning of the worship service, gather for the children’s sermon, and then leave to attend their activities in the church’s educational wing.

Coordinator: Nancy Morlock

Eden Kids Garden Club (V.B.S.)
Every year we host a summer long garden program for kids. The program meets one day a week for two hours. Each child plants their own small garden patch and learns about seeds, composting, worm bins, bugs, watering and healthy eating. They learn how to live in FRIENDSHIP – with God, with people, and with all of God’s creation.

Coordinator: Nancy Morlock

This group of adults meets with the youth group leaders to support them and provide a liason with the rest of the church. They also help make the ski trips and mission trips possible.

Coordinator: Rhonda Grecco

Connection

These groups help people to connect with the community in a deeper way. These small groups focus on the following:
1. Deepening our relationship with God and each other by exploring Sunday’s scripture from the lectionary and relating it to our own lives.
2. Deepening our willingness to risk Christian action by sharing how we practice the Wesleyan Three Simple Rules: Do No Harm, Do Good, Stay In Love With God.

Coordinator: Megan Madsen

This is a group for people who want to learn more about the Covenant community. It is an opportunity to meet with other seekers to see if our faith community is a fit for you.

Coordinators: Diane and Rick Thomas

UMW is a group of women making positive changes in our church, community, and world. UMW meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 pm. We usually meet in person at the church; however, we may meet by Zoom if necessary. Our meetings are informative with lively discussion, meditative with scripture/reflection, and busy with various missions. We host a flea market in the fall as our fundraiser, a church-wide sock drive at the beginning of the year for Cup of Cool Water (homeless teens), and other local missions. We have financially supported many programs for this church: Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Lay Ministry, Sister Church, Scout Eagle projects, and mission trips. We also help financially with Global UMW projects. We nurture our church’s congregation when we see a need and can help. We live out our mission statement, “to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission”. Join us – we’d love your ideas, your energy, and your talents to help this UMW body grow in God’s purpose.

For the latest activities visit the Covenant UMW Facebook page.

Coordinator: Peggy VandeLeest

These small dinner groups offer an opportunity to share good food and conversation with others at Covenant. You can join a group that meets in homes four times a year, or a dining-out group that meets monthly at a variety of restaurants. These groups are formed in the fall and continue through the rest of the year.

Coordinator: Marty Erb

Reading a good book and being able to discuss it with others is a treasured activity. Our women’s book group meets at 9:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. We choose a variety of books to read, including best sellers. Newcomers are welcome.

Coordinator: Jeannie Peer

Monthly meeting for conversation and coffee. This is a great way to connect outside of church and to get to know others better.

Coordinator: Betsy Hartman

Health & Wellness

The Tai Chi class is designed to promote a stronger mind-spirit-body connection. We are learning how this gentle Chinese martial art helps us with body awareness, balance, strength, flexibility, and healing. Praying the Lord’s Prayer with hand motions links our Christian faith with the gift of tai chi movement. This group meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Date and time subject to change.
Coordinators: Fleeta Holcomb

(On pause due to Covid 19 safety precations – check with the office for the latest status)

Whether you’ve ever played pickleball or not doesn’t matter. Join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the gym for some friendly competition and an opportunity to meet new friends.
Coordinators: Mahlon Dirks and Craig Tsuchida

These seasonal feast potlucks are scheduled every quarter, immediately after the morning service. We encourage people to bring foods that are locally and organically grown, but we primarily value a time to share a meal during each season of the year.

Coordinator: Diane Ketcham

The Covenant Community Garden ministry incorporates all facets of Covenant’s mission as we try to be good stewards of God’s gifts of nature. Participants may grow organic flowers, fruits, vegetables, and herbs in personal-sized raised beds. There’s a small charge and we ask you to donate some time to help maintain the common areas of the garden. For more information go to Eden Community Gardens website.

Coordinators: David Yarbrough and MJ Woods

Latest Community Activity

Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Billy Graham

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis

Questions on Plugging In?

There are so many ways to become involved in a way that aligns with your faith journey. Let us know if you want to get connected to any of our ministries, or if you have ideas of your own you’d like to create. 

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