Here are the painters who have been with us since December 16. Today we said goodbye to them, since they are finished with their part of the repairs. They did a great job and it was fun to have them in the building! We are in the home stretch now!
Praise God… Repairs have begun! This picture introduces Criterion Construction, two of the partners, Bob Anderson and Jason Hulse, and the site superintendent, Tim Leedy. They were here at Community Covenant to see the work start. Tim will be here most of the time that there are workers in the building. We are so thankful the process has begun!
The offices are first, and we now have patches where there used to be cracks. The tile floor in the hall is being taken up as I (Cheri McDonald) write this. Please feel free to call if you would like to drop by to see the progress being made. They have all said our building is very well taken care of compared to others they have seen.
If you see anyone on site wearing a construction vest, please remember to thank them! Also, our janitorial staff and maintenance volunteers are the ones who take care of the building, so if you know some of them, please let them know you appreciate them!
The last day of Preschool (until after the first of the year) was December 16, 2020. This picture was taken at the Lions & Lambs Christmas program on their last day. Because of COVID, we did a live stream for the families which made it possible for out of town family members to join in the fun. Live streaming is definitely a part of our future!
Congratulations to the Lions and Lamb’s preschool assistant, Stephanie Conlan! Stephanie just graduated from UAA with a degree in natural sciences. In addition to being a preschool assistant, Stephanie has helped with middle school ministry and was a middle school intern at Community Covenant last summer. We are so proud of Stephanie and her accomplishments!
As a group, we donated over 500 cans of green beans to help our neighbors put Thanksgiving dinner on the table.
312 families in Chugiak and Eagle River thank YOU.
The kids from our Lions & Lambs Preschool always bring a smile to my face. Love this view from my office window! - Pastor Tyler
Since the Eagle River Grocery Bag project started in August, we have distributed hundreds of meals to families in need in the community! In partnership with the Children’s Lunchbox program, we are now one of two places in Eagle River that families can go to for help with groceries. Partnerships with the Anchorage Food Bank and the Eagle River Food Bank, as well as donations from individuals and local organizations are making it possible to distribute a wider variety of food every week. We rely on about 20 volunteers to retrieve, bag, distribute, and sometimes deliver the food.
Hello! I have the joy of serving Community Covenant as the High School Associate Youth director. Hailing from Excelsior, MN, it is a gift to begin my post-graduation ministry in Alaska!
I have deep roots in the Covenant Church (and fully understand/embrace its entwined web of connections☺), and a passionate love for youth ministry.
This past May, I graduated from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, with a degree in Youth Ministry and Biblical Studies. My heart for youth ministry was established through multiple summers serving Covenant Pines Bible Camp in McGregor, MN, and Covenant Bible Camp in Unalakleet, AK. I grew up attending Excelsior Covenant Church and interned with Maple Grove Covenant this past year.
My passions include walking with and loving people, embracing the beauty of the outdoors (skiing, hiking, running), cultivating my creativity, studying God’s Word, trying new recipes, and creating/listening to music. My prayer and desire is to guide/equip students through the hope of Jesus and a Biblical foundation on which to base their lives.
Youth Ministry Update
Our youth ministry year is in full swing, and we are filled with prayerful anticipation for the weeks to come. One of the most difficult adjustments we are facing this year is approaching ministry in the midst of a global pandemic
(as you all are well aware). We (Mike and Katie) cherish our students deeply, and care for their whole being (relationally, physically, and spiritually). In light of this, we are striving to be creative in the ways we approach youth community this year.
We are moving away from the entertainment fanfare and embracing intentional discipleship with our students. The plans and ideas for this year are constantly changing and evolving. Although we would love to provide a concrete plan/vision for this year, our vision changes just as rapidly as information about COVID-19! But this year, you can anticipate a re-centering of relationships, God’s Word, and discipleship.
Earlier this month (Oct. 3-4), we had the gift of embracing our youth community in God’s creation at Chickaloon! Our fall retreat centered around this question: can we trust the Bible? Our discussions were rich with questions, wisdom, mystery, and the Holy Spirit’s guidance! Through many shenanigans, time for reflection, awesome teaching, and simple moments, we were able to share in God’s goodness.