• LIVE PLEASINGLY TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 2021   There is an old saying that “You can catch more bees with honey than with vinegar.” It means that life is more pleasant when people are nice, sweet-natured, and agreeable, and most living things like sweet substances and peaceful environments.   Yet, it seems...

  • LIVING WORTHY OF YOUR CALLING

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 1, 2021  This Sunday is the first day of August.  “August” means “Great” or “To increase.”  The assigned scripture this week calls for us to live up to the greatness of our calling and to increase the effectiveness of our faith walk in fellowship with Christ...

  • “THE VISION IS SHARING JOY”

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2021  The scriptures during the Sundays after Pentecost have concentrated on us growing our spiritual maturity as individuals and as a congregation.  As part of that growth for our church, this Sunday, I will conclude a 3-part sermon series on Covenant’s Vision Statement; “To...

  • NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2021

    “THE VISION IS SHOWING FAITHFULNESS”            This Sunday is the Tenth Sunday After Pentecost.  I will continue my series on Covenant’s Vision Statement which is “To be an inclusive community of faith – Offering Hope + Showing Faithfulness + Sharing Joy.”   This week in Part 2 of this sermon series I will be talking...

  • “THE VISION IS … OFFERING HOPE”

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR RETURNS   FOR SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2021  After 11 years of writing the Note from Pastor JR weekly with a few exceptions, I took a break this year.  However, I think now is the time to begin again.  The weekly Note from Pastor J R is intended to be a sermon...

  • UNCONDITIONAL LOVE WITHOUT CONDEMNATION!

    NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2021 Sunday will be the first day of Daylight Savings Time. Do not forget to set your clocks 1 hour forward on Saturday evening before going to bed. Sunday is also the Fourth Sunday IN Lent also known as “Laetare Sunday.” “Laetare”...

  • LENT – LEARNING TO BLEND BODY AND SOUL

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2021 This will be the Third Sunday in Lent. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for Easter (Resurrection) through prayer, penance, helping of others in need, and simple living through self-denial. It is also the first Sunday...

  • PICK UP YOUR CROSS AND FOLLOW ME

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2021 This Sunday is the Second Sunday IN Lent. It is also the last Sunday of Black History Month. The assigned Hebrew text Genesis 17 reveals a message to an old couple that tis hard to believe; while in the assigned...

  • FORTY IS NOT LONG ENOUGH

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2021 Today is the First Sunday “IN Lent.” Counting the days between Ash Wednesday and Easter you will discover there are 46 days, not 40. That’s because Sundays are considered Feast Days and not part “OF” Lent. Thus, the Sundays IN...

  • VALENTINE’S DAY: BE TRANSFIGURED, NOT JUST TRANSFORMED

    NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2021 This Sunday is “Transfiguration Sunday.” It’s the last Sunday of observing the Sundays after the Epiphany of Our Lord. This Sunday is also Valentine’s Day. It marks the celebration of Valentinus of Rome. We call him today St. Valentine. Valentinus...