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Courier  Summer




 “Now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation…” these were the words to the Corinthian church from the apostle Paul.  They were acceptable then and they were acceptable to the founding fathers on July 4th 1776.  A Declaration of Freedom, a declaration of purposefulness, hopefulness that would change the course of history and introduce democracy to people long in bondage to others who claimed authority.

Those words were appropriate on July 9, 1967 when Covenant was founded as a congregation.  They will be a touchstone in our celebration of the church’s 54th anniversary July 4th, 2021.  Along with the rest of the world we have come through a horrific period of time and experience.  Now is the acceptable time to step outside the bubbles of the past—into the present and anticipate the future! 

Help us express our gratitude in Christ to the Father.  Be a part of the Spirit’s presence in worship and fellowship as we reorient ourselves in serving the community and the world.  If you choose to mark the Fourth of July this year at Covenant, you will enjoy Danny Zirpoli on the piano in the Fellowship Hall with a special indoor picnic of Turducken, Ham, macaroni and cheese, fresh strawberries, vanilla ice cream, blueberry pie and German chocolate cake!  Why else would we call it a “Red, White and Blue Indoor Picnic”?

Now that we are meeting again in person and virtually for worship, let’s up the ante so to speak , by sharing a special meal and setting our sights on the future, instead of looking over our shoulders to see what is pursuing us?  Following Jesus Christ has always required a vision for sharing the good news of Christ’s resurrection.  Sharing the mercy and compassion of our Heavenly Father with those who have suffered and continue to grieve as we seek ways to care for the needs of others.

Session has declared that 2021 will be a time of sharing with migrant farm laborers at Mision Peniel.  We are going to have a visit from our Mision Co-worker Pam on August 20th.  Let’s kick off this summer in fine fashion this Sunday during worship, after worship in the Fellowship Hall and out into the world.

Now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation, come share it with us.

                             In His Service, Michael Mansperger




The Hummel’s daughter Cynthia struggling with brain tumor), Norma Lewis, Lois Reed, Carla Chase, Paul Gerhardt, Charlene Orletski, anonymous need, Linda Page,  Tom Miner, June Wright,  Gail Heins (has moved from Bay Village), Marilyn Gabriel, David King, Ronnie Crain ,Howie Werstiuk, Nancy and Curt Hood, Carol and Harold Paul, Barbara O’Reilly, “Chickie” Johnson, , Mision Peniel and their pastor Miguel Estrada and Mission Coordinator Ruth De Yoe ,  the Nation, gratitute for vaccination, Laurel Civic Association.  Melana Scruggs the General Presbyter of Peace River Presbytery.

Please add Edward Ruby to our prayer list as he and his physicians continue to search for a kidney donor.  Eddie is the son of Joyce Ruby and has been on dialysis for three years.

Thanks be to God for the labor of love that has begun for Carla Chase, Allen Steiger, Diane Steiger, Frank Chase, Dana Trimble and Linda Mansperger.  These brave souls have begun to work the “streaming equipment” that was installed in the sanctuary in March.  Our capacity to send our worship service to the corners of the world has been greatly enhanced through a grant from Peace River Presbytery.  The access and quality of audio and visual images is dramatically improved and can be seen and heard on the church’s website  

or Sunday morning on Facebook at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Sarasota FL.

Happy Birthday in July to:  Marilou Swenson 5th , William Krizen 12th, Anna Fox 22nd, Norma Cunningham 29th.

Happy Birthday in August to:    Patrick O’Reilly 1st,  Judith Bremer 2nd,  Nancy Krizen 4th,  Ron  Cota 8th, Danny Zirpoli 9th,   Ross Reed 9th,  Muriel Maxwell 17th,  William Kraut 24th.



AROUND THE BUILDINGS (CH-UR-CH- you are at the center of the church)

What a wonderful difference Juan P Lawn Service has made in the maintenance of our landscape here at the church; pruning trees; trimming hedges, mowing with a willing and winning attitude!

Fresh plantings at the main entrance to the Sanctuary.

Repairs to Fellowship Hall have received the attention of Jeff’s Home Services where there has been some water intrusion around a window on the south side of the building.  We recently discovered a minor problem with one of our doors that has required filing an insurance claim for repair or replacement.  We will offer more detail  as the process proceeds.

While Allen Steiger and Dana Trimble are gone for the summer the Holy Handymen are down to one wonderful guy by the name of Clark Niepert!  We are most thankful for these three and their willingness to reduce maintenance and repair costs with the Buildings and Grounds.

Have you noticed the “Luna” hibiscus shrubs recently planted?



Mark your calendar for Friday, August 20th at 5:30 p.m. when our very own Pam will be sharing the evening with us telling us how our mission giving is helping to shape the lives of University students on the other side of the world.

The only thing we ask of you is to sign up for the meal catered by Darrell’s Restaurant in Venice.  Those of us who have eaten there know their barbque, slaw, beans, cornbread and banana pudding will be worth the wait.  The only thing it will cost you is the time it takes to make a reservation!  Send the church an e mail or sign up on the bulletin board outside the church office.

Then join us on August 20th to hear how Christ is shaping a new generation in Christian faith because of your faithfulness here at Covenant.  See you then!


Session has given permission to a new Alcoholics Anonymous meeting for Meditation on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 in the Chapel.  Who knows some of us may be sharpening our meditation skills or maybe just “resting our eyes”.

Rev. Mansperger and Linda will be travelling to CA with visits to Santa Cruz CA, Calvin Crest Conference Center and Zephyr Point at Lake Tahoe.  In Mike’s absence The Reverend Victoria Millar will be filling the pulpit.  Victoria is a wonderful pastor  and a premier teller of story -with a heart for Christ and his church.  If she is not already a favorite of yours, please worship with us in July when she will see to it that Mike and Linda enjoy a well deserved vacation!


Knit & Sew  will be on vacation from Tuesday, June 29th thru July 27th  and will resume on Tuesday, August 3rd,  9 A.M.— 11.00 A.M.

Clothes Closet Boutique will be on vacation July 2nd & 3rd and July 9th & 10th.  Clothes Closet will reopen on July 16th with regular open hours Fridays and Saturdays 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.

The Courier is published by:     Presbyterian Church of the Covenant

7950 S. Tamiami Trail,  Sarasota, FL 34231   Tel. 941-922-5509, Fax 941-921-4040,     E-mail address for Church:

The Reverend Michael R. Mansperger, Pastor

Sunday Worship at 10:30 A.M

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