The Church Office Is Closed Today:

Due to the inclement weather, the church office is closed today, Wednesday, January 17,
and all scheduled activities at Covenant are canceled.

(The staff will be working from home.)
Stay safe and warm!

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Covenant Cross Currents Newsletter

Cross Currents-January 2018

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Covenant is a lively congregation and we want to welcome you. See our current newsletter for more information on worship and other activities. Click “Cross Currents”, under “Resources”, for our e-Newsletter.

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Christ Connections Sunday School for all ages at 9:15 AM.

Worship at 10:30 AM.

A professionally staffed nursery is provided for young children.
Children’s Worship is held for children through grade 2 during the worship service.

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The Session has called a Congregational Meeting to be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the end of morning worship to address the following:

– To present as information the 2018 budget for Covenant Presbyterian Church.

– To approve the changes to the Terms of Call for the Associate Pastor.

– To approve a motion from the Congregational Nominating Committee for Courtney Hoge to serve as an Elder in the Class of 2020 rather than with the Class of 2018 as originally approved at the Congregational meeting on December 17, 2017.

– To ratify Will Dibling, Bob Garrett, and Charlie Simmons as Trustees of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Roanoke, for calendar year 2018.

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Which Team Are You On???? A friendly co-opetition begins on Sunday, January 28 to support the PCC Food Pantry and the LOA Soup for Seniors Program! Let’s see which team can bring the most soup! And just to be sure you’re still focused on the game plan, be sure you know which soup you are supposed to bring!

OUR GOAL: To feed 5,000 (2,500 cans of soup).

TOMATO: If you sit on the pulpit side of the sanctuary or in front of the sound booth.

CHICKEN NOODLE: If you sit on the organ side of the sanctuary or in the choir loft.

The final score will be tallied by game time . . . er . . . Worship, FEBRUARY 4!!


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Please note, the deadline for the February issue of the Covenant Cross Currents newsletter is Thursday, January 18.

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The Men’s Bible Study and Fellowship will meet on Saturday, January 20, at 8:00 AM in the Red Room. All Covenant men are invited! Please contact Allan Wulff ( with questions.

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COVYOGRO – Covenant Youth Group:

YOUTH SUNDAY PLANNING WORKSHOPS: All youth, 6th-12th grade, are strongly encouraged to attend Christ Connections over the next few Sundays to prepare for Youth Sunday (February 11). We will gather at 9:15 AM in the Youth Room upstairs.

CovYoGro First & Third: We will have a Youth Sunday Workshop at Covenant from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Sunday, January 21. All youth participating in 2018 Youth Sunday are expected to attend.

FIRST MONTREAT DEPOSIT IS DUE NOW ($150 non-refundable). Montreat is open to rising 9th graders through graduated 12th graders and is held on July 15-21, 2018. Please let Pastor Loren know ASAP if you are planning to attend.

MASSANETTA MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFERENCE: Rising 6th graders through rising 9th graders are welcome to attend the Massanetta Middle School Conference, June 26 – 29, 2018.  The first deposit of $150 (non-refundable) is due on January 21.  To learn more, visit Feel free to contact Pastor Loren with any questions about this transformational conference for young teens!

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The Women’s Bible Study and Fellowship meets on Monday, January 22 at 10:30 AM in the Parlor. All women are welcome! Please contact Sharon Nanz ( or 989-7810) with any questions.

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The Hole in Our Gospel – Taught by Kyle Allen and Gene Collier

Using the text The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns, this class will explore whether we take on our faith fully, or if we follow only portions of the gospel. Stearns compelling story of dramatically altering his life to follow God’s call demonstrates that the whole gospel was always meant to be a world-changing, social revolution: a revolution that begins with each of us. This class meets in the Blue Room. Find out more about this class here:  Adult Study-The Hole in Our Gospel


That the World May Know  Taught by Tom MacMichael, Sharon Nanz, and Don Mankie

That the World May Know is a DVD series created by Ray Vander Laan that guides people in a deeper appreciation of the scriptures by gaining a sense of the land and culture from which the Bible comes. Join this class for lessons from Volumes 14 and 15 of this series, exploring Paul’s message to the church in Philippi and the call upon God’s chosen people Israel and it’s continuance in the life of Christ. This series will take you into the depths of the Scriptures and reveal what the message is for us today in the modern world. The truth of the Gospel still applies! This class meets in the Green Room. Find out more about this class here:  Adult Study-Falling Upward and Clash of Cultures


Texts for all classes will be provided by Covenant! Come join us in Faith Formation!

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Don’t miss getting this collection of favorite recipes from Covenant’s wonderful cooks – just $10! Please make check payable to Covenant and mark “Cookbook” in the memo.

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SAVE THE DATE: Youth Sunday is February 11, 2018 at 10:30 AM Worship!

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Friday, March 16 – Bahama Mamas Steel Drum Band with Spiritual Steel. Featuring all music composed or arranged by our own Scott Ramsburg! More details to follow. Mark your calendar. You don’t want to miss this!

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Anita Gooding, RN will be leading a medical-dental mission team to Guatemala July 13-22, 2018. She is looking for at least 4 medical providers, 2 dentists, several nurses, and several non-medical individuals. The non-medical personnel will work with the children doing fluoride treatments and school related activities. There is also a need for a pastor or lay person interested in leading bible studies/activities with the children. All payments will need to be made out to Roanoke Valley Medical Missions (tax deductible). The cost is $2000. We hope you will consider joining this mission or if you know of someone who is interested please share the contact information below. Anita has forms for those who would like to join the team. We will go to Lake Atilian for 2 days prior to start of the mission and then 2 days in Antigua at the end. Any questions, please contact Anita at 540-915-2495 or

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The Congregational Care Committee wishes to provide care, comfort, and assistance to any member in our congregation who may be experiencing a birth, ill health, death of a family member, or other extenuating circumstances. Please call and let us know if we can be helpful (Deborah Patterson, 520-3306).

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meets on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM in the Blue Room. Dr. Kyle Allen and Rev. Loren Tate Mitchell lead an informal discussion of the scriptures highlighted in upcoming sermons. All are welcome!

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Would your son enjoy making new friends, playing games, hitting targets, hiking, fishing, camping, AND having fun? Come join Cub Scouts right here at Covenant Presbyterian Church, meeting on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM in the Green Room. To learn more, please email Chip White at Give your son the opportunity to build his adventure through Cub Scouts!

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The January 2018 edition of the Covenant Cross Currents newsletter is now available on our website, Printed copies are available on the table in the Narthex.

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New Upper Room ($0.85) and Today devotionals for January/February are on the table in the narthex. Large print Upper Room devotionals are also available ($1.20). Please place money in the nearby jar.

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  • Christ Connections 9:15 a.m.
    Worship 10:30 a.m.

    Office Hours:
    M 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    T-Th 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    F 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Upcoming Events

    1. The church office is closed today due to inclement weather. All scheduled activities are canceled.

      January 17
    2. 6:30pm-Centering Prayer (Red Room)

      January 18 @ 6:30 pm
    3. 6:30pm-Old Stable Village Homeowners meet (Blue Room)

      January 18 @ 6:30 pm
    4. 7:00pm-Greater Deyerle Neighborhood Assn meets (Fellowship Hall)

      January 18 @ 7:00 pm
    5. 8:00am-Men’s Bible Study (Red Room)

      January 20 @ 8:00 am
  • Discover Covenant

    God's Mission and Ours

    The Mission:
    Loving God, loving people, making disciples

    The Vision:
    To fully engage people in and outside the congregation in the ministry of Jesus Christ through worship, learning, missions, fellowship, and stewardship, leading people into faithful, joyful discipleship

    The Core Values:
    At Covenant, we strive to be Christ-centered and follow the Spirit’s leading as we:

    WORSHIP, providing a warm and welcoming spiritual home for all;

    TEACH, offering creative discipleship opportunities;

    NURTURE, fostering caring relationships and maintaining unity in conflict;

    REACH, extending God’s love and compassion locally and globally.

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