Covenant Presbyterian Church
Palo Alto, California 1951-2021 Celebrating 70 Years of Ministry
How do you go about celebrating seven decades of ministry? Searching through the treasures and old photos that commemorate our life together in ministry, it seems a daunting task Seventy years signify for the Covenant congregation almost four thousand Worship Services, more than a thousand Baptisms and Celebrations of the Lord’s Supper, and countless weddings and memorial services. And who could have imagined that during a Pandemic our church family would grow on Sunday morning as we welcomed worshippers from Texas, Washington, Ohio, Australia, and Africa.
When we consider all of our many activities throughout the years, potlucks, Yule log festivities, Christmas pageants, Vacation Bible School, Mission Trips, Women’s Circles, Men’s Fellowship, Sunday School, Bible Study, the Sewing Circle, Music Ministry, the Food Closet, Broadway musicals, and the numerous outreach projects to our community and beyond, we have a brilliant tapestry that describes all that has taken place in the Family of God since we became a chartered congregation.
During the next few months as we move toward the anniversary date that marks our beginning, I would like for you to prayerfully consider several things:
Think about those who have given us this legacy, recalling the names of those who have gone before us. Consider the gifts of time and talents that have brought us to this time and place. Think not only of pastors and elected leaders, but of those who worked patiently and quietly behind the scenes.
Think about the possibilities for ministry in this time and place. Consider what God might have in store for this faith community as we move into the next seven decades. What legacy might we leave? How might we be a part of giving this gift to future generations?
As I think about my time with you, I am amazed that it has been eleven years since I first came into your warm and welcoming presence. What a privilege it is for me to be a partner with you in ministry.
It is exciting to stand at this moment in time as we gaze back at the years that have led us here, while at the same time looking ahead to a future that beckons us forward. May God continue to guide us and bless us as together we make this life-giving journey.
Serving Christ Together,
The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ, our Lord.
She is his new creation by water and the Word.
From heaven he came and sought her
to be his holy bride.
With his own blood he bought her,
and for her life he died.
Samuel John Stone, 1866