Our Missions

Through personal involvement and financial support, Christ Covenant Church fulfills its mission to “help all men and women love and serve Jesus Christ through worship, study, training, and hands-on ministry in the community and the world.” The list below illustrates the breadth of mission outreach programs that we support.

Beyond Partnership, Central America
Rick and Lee Ann Myers serve as East Coast Representatives, helping to minister in Central America by leading work teams from U.S. churches to help build churches and provide Christian love and support in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala.

Bridge of Hope BuxMont, Lansdale
Ending homelessness, one family and one church at a time – by connecting homeless single-parent families with professional case management and trained mentoring groups from Christian churches in order that the families will be able to achieve permanent housing, financial self-sufficiency and family stability.

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The Brothers-In-Faith (BIF) men’s small group spearheads a free hot breakfast for the community on the last Saturday of each month from 8:30-10:00am. We involve multi-generational members of our church to set up, serve and clean up. We minister to those of the community who wish to nourish their bodies. We also nourish their souls by having friendly BIF and Christ Covenant Church members serve our guests, sit with them, and introduce them to many available Christian resources. We then send them on their way with a snack bag and an invitation to worship with us. Come join us; new volunteers are always welcome.

Community Dinners
These dinners give the congregation an opportunity to help plan, organize, and participate in providing their community with a free meal served in a family- style setting. Members are encouraged to invite, and interact with guests from outside the church family.

Community Housing Services, Lansdale
This agency serves over 4,200 individuals and provides permanent solutions to housing and related problems faced by the homeless, near homeless, victims of domestic violence and other housing-related issues encountered by low and moderate income people. Throughout the year, Christ Covenant Church collects and donates non-perishable food items to Community Housing Services.

Habitat for HumanityOur crew
Habitat provides affordable housing for low-income families. Christ Covenant Church members, for many years, have volunteered at Habitat sites for both ‘rehab’ and ‘new build’ construction. In recent years, multi-generational groups from our church have worked both locally (Montgomery County) and throughout the eastern United States.

Haven of Hope, Philadelphia
Our church spent more than 10 years helping to renovate this former crack house into a Biblically-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation ministry for women. Pastor Hector Torres serves as the administrator. Please pray for these women and for the Board of Directors as they recruit additional volunteers to serve on the Board, gain funding, and offer support to the residents through Christian love and visits, etc.

Keystone Opportunity Center, Souderton
A nonprofit social service organization, Keystone Opportunity Center serves communities in the Souderton Area, North Penn and Pennridge school districts. The services include providing transitional housing, financial education, the Inter-Faith Hospitality Network shelter program, English as a second language tutoring, plus food and clothing. Throughout the year, Christ Covenant Church collects and donates non-perishable food items to Keystone Opportunity Center.

Lamb Foundation, North Wales
Lamb provides safe, affordable and attractive homes for senior citizens and disabled adults in Bucks and Montgomery Counties who would otherwise be homeless. While receiving no government support, Lamb encourages independence and self-reliance of their clients and works at creating relationships within each home while providing security, meals, laundry and companionship. Our church collects used clothing and household items for their Sweet Repeats thrift shop.

Manna on Main Street, Lansdale
Since 1981 Manna has fed the hungry through their soup kitchen and food cupboard, and provides emergency financial aid for rent, utilities and medical needs. They ask for prayers for the elderly, working poor and disabled and those negatively impacted by economic conditions. Throughout the year, Christ Covenant Church collects and donates non-perishable food items to Manna on Main Street.

Morning Star Ministries, Souderton
This local Christian maternity home provides a positive alternative to abortion by offering a loving home environment for up to 3-4 unwed mothers (age 13-25) during their crisis pregnancies. They minister to the young women by offering physical, emotional and spiritual support. They also work to rebuild family relationships, provide for instruction in basic life skills, diet and nutrition, budgeting, continued education, housing, career options and future goals. A new transitional house will be opened shortly, where the girls, upon leaving the Maternity Home, will be able to stay for a few more months as they work out future job prospects, housing, and child care.

Nehemiah’s Way, North Wales
Part of Laurel House (Norristown), this agency offers up to two years of low-cost housing to survivors of domestic violence, along with support groups and other services to give them a place to heal, learn how to love, and be loved. They provide subsidized rent, utilities and household needs, property management and insurance. Members of Christ Covenant Church head up their hands-on projects like painting, routine repairs and moving of donated furniture.

New Life Youth & Family Services, Harleysville
New Life is a Christian organization that provides residential, educational and community-based services for troubled youth (ages 11-18) and families.

Stephanie and Francisco Ramos, Francestephanie_and_francisco_ramos_2012
Stephane and Francisco are Covenant missionaries in France whom we support through our denominational giving. In partnership with national evangelical churches, Covenant work began in France in 1996 with a focus on church development. Although few French people attend church and most consider it irrelevant for today, there is growing interest in spirituality, faith and God. For this reason they are also working to bridge the gap between the church and general French culture through the arts, discussion groups, and friendship evangelism.

Shepherd’s Shelf, Kulpsville
Begun by Christ Lutheran Church, this emergency food pantry also provides financial assistance to residents of the surrounding communities as well as other basic household items. Patrons of Shepherd’s Shelf are never questioned about their religion nor are they pressured in any way to become members of Christ Lutheran or any other church. Throughout the year, Christ Covenant Church collects and donates non-perishable food items to the Shepherd’s Shelf.

Thanksgiving and Easter Food Basketsthanksgiving_baskets_2011
Annually at Thanksgiving and Easter, Christ Covenant Church members donate food items to supply local charities and families with complete holiday meals. Baskets are provided based on need.

Youth Missions, Christ Covenant Church
The Youth Ministry team plans one or more mission outreach trips each year. The youth pay for these trips themselves or through fundraising efforts.

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LEADERSHIP TEAM Christ Covenant Church is governed according to a "congregational" system, in which the members of the church make all major decisions in congregational meetings that are held at least twice per year. Throughout the year our church is led by an eight-member Leadership Team whose members serve 2-year terms (with half of the members elected annually, and able to be elected to new terms to succeed themselves no more than twice). Terms expiring at the end of 2015: Dan DiStefano (Chair) - twice re-elected LT member Tom Moyer (Financial Officer) Bob Kaler - filling an unexpired term Carolyn Stuart Terms expiring at the end of 2016: Susan Cressman - twice re-elected LT member Linda Lotier Jeff Schneck Frank Thierer Christ Covenant Church also has three key standing committees, to which the congregation and Leadership Team elect members as noted: MUTUAL MINISTRY COMMITTEE Jeff Schneck (LT rep and chair) Carolyn Stuart (second LT rep) Jodi Scribner (at-large member, term expires at the end of 2015) Linda Szojka (at-large member, term expires at the end of 2016) NOMINATING COMMITTEE Dan DiStefano (LT rep and chair) Lois Moyer (at-large member, term expires at the end of 2015) Walt Boguslaw (at-large member, term expires at the end of 2016) Rev.'s Jim & Cathy Stanley-Erickson (co-pastors) FINANCIAL COMMITTEE (LT liaison = Linda Lotier) Craig Ikeda (leader, term expires at the end of 2015) David Lotier (term expires at the end of 2016) Claude Bevan (term expires at the end of 2017) Tom Moyer (Financial Officer)   MINISTRY TEAMS As provided in our Bylaws, our leadership structure also includes the establishment of Ministry Teams to implement the varied ministries of the church. Ten such ministry teams are established at present. Each of our Ministry Teams is listed below, along with its Team leader and Leadership Team liaison: Administration: Don Lepp (LT liaison = Susan Cressman) Buildings & Grounds: Thelma Craig (LT liaison = Bob Kaler) Christian Formation: Sandie Thierer (LT liaison = Pastor Jim) Community Connections: Mig Robertson (LT liaison = Frank Thierer) Congregational Care: Jan Marcheski (LT liaison = Jeff Schneck) Congregational Life: Lynda Bair (LT liaison = Carolyn Stuart) Missions: Andrew Giampa (LT liaison = Tom Moyer) Small Groups: Jill Gower (LT liaison = Dan DiStefano) Worship Planning: Pastor Cathy and Carla Metz (LT liaison = Pastor Cathy) Youth Ministry: Marie DiStefano, Emma Edwards, Craig Ikeda, Bob Siegfried (LT liaison = Dan DiStefano)
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