United Church of Christ
5945 Park Lake Road
E. Lansing, MI 48826
Tel. 517 - 332 - 3511
STATEMENT OF COVENANT
We covenant to acknowledge God's claim upon our lives and the work in the Covenant Association. We seek through this covenantal relationship:
- to share common ministry with authorized ministers and local churches.
- to affirm our faith in the living God, Eternal Spirit, Creator and Sustainer, who is revealed in the teachings,the person, and the work of Jesus as the Christ.
- to strengthen the ties of faith and community.
"Racism remains a wound at the heart of our nation
that cannot be wished away or treated carelessly."
-- UCC Pastoral Letter on Racism (2008)
Delegates at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Michigan Conference reaffirmed the urgent need for dialogue, education, and action that address the continuing reality of racial inequity and injustice. Heeding that call, the Covenant Association is offering a two-part workshop series designed for clergy and lay leaders. Inclusive Justice, Radical Welcome in an interactive workshop where participants will explore creative ways to interrupt racism at the personal, congregational, and societal level. Please join us for this critically important workshop series!
Dates: February 22 and March 22.
—Attendance at both sessions is required.
Time: Saturdays, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Facilitator Team: Melanie S. Morrison and Monique Savage
Location: Pilgrim Congregational UCC, 125 S. Pennsylvania, Lansing, Michigan
(includes program, materials, and lunch for both days)
Enrollment limited to 20 participants,
so register early!
Melanie S. Morrison
COVENANT ASSOCIATION MODERATOR'S REPORT 2013
Greetings to Covenant Association,
Last year's Spring meeting of Covenant Association was held in
Jackson at First Congregational UCC. First Congregational was a great
host as we celebrated the theme of planting seeds -- figuratively and
literally. Kari Nicewander put together a good meeting with actual
plant seeds, pots and potting soil to remind us that God wants us to
grow. God wants us to grow in spirit and in faith. God wants us to
grow in our concern and care for the earth. God wants us to grow in
our work for justice. And God wants us to grow in numbers of faithful
disciples who care for one another.
We tried something a little different at the 2012 Spring
meeting by having our program and worship service combined. It all
went very smoothly and the fresh approach was received well.
Attendees were supposed to take their potted seeds to their home
churches to care for, but many people do not seem to be willing to
talk about what happened to their plants. I pray that some people
neglected their plant seeds because they were too busy helping other
In the Fall of 2012, Kari Nicewander took her family to
Zambia, Africa to work with the Community Health Evangelism program
through the Presbyterian Church. CHE helps people improve their
health, find clean water and raise their spirituality. You can keep
up with Kari and her family's activities on the Covenant Association's
web site. We as an Association are also contributing some financial
assistance to Kari's ministry.
In June of 2012, we welcomed the Rev. Dr. Campbell Lovett as our
Conference Minister. Campbell has been a good listener and has made
efforts to improve the communications in the Conference. He initiated
the Two By Two program to encourage our churches to work with other
community agencies and/or churches to do ministry. Our Association
and Conference have a new vitality growing with Campbell's
A number of youth from Covenant Association attended the National
Youth Event in July. It was a great experience of fellowship,
learning and worship.
Our 2012 Fall meeting was held at First Congregational in
Saginaw and the theme was doing social justice issues through drama
and art. Attendance was down for the meeting, but the programs,
worship, business meeting and lunch were all good. Thanks to First
Congregational Saginaw for their fine hospitality.
Camp Talahi is up and running for another season. Our thanks goes to
the people who have worked so hard to keep the camp going. Church
camp is a unique experience and we need to support our youth by
encouraging them to go to camp.
In the Fall, the Justice Advocacy sponsored a workshop held at St.
Stephen's UCC which explained and discussed the immigration issue.
This winter, some Michigan youth met for a ski trip and other means
of fun and fellowship. Other events are planned for our Michigan
The 2013 Spring Meeting of the Covenant Association was on Saturday April 20 at Edgewood UCC in East Lansing. Our business meeting followed the Vitality Day workshop sponsored by the Michigan Conference.
Peace and Love, Pastor Peter Robinson - Moderator
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ECCLESIASTICAL COUNCIL FOR THE EXAMINATION
The ecclesiastical council has been called for Sunday, November 17, 2013, beginning at 3:00 p.m., at Bethlehem United Church of Christ, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
NOTICE OF ECCLESIASTICAL COUNCIL
MISSION - Zambia