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June 2022


JOYS AND CONCERNS

 

    Carla Chase (hip replacement on June 6), June Wright, Tom Miner, David King, Marilou Swenson, Fred and Ellen Hummel’s daughter Cynthia and her family, Bob Harrod, Binnie Trimble, Ken Angotti, “Chickie” Johnson, Donna Adams, Marilou Swenson’s daughter – Beth Beringer, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Russian people, Ronnie Crain, Dona Whitehouse, Eddie Ruby,  Marilyn Brown, Norma Lewis, Alison Brock, Doug and Muriel Maxwell, Dr. Curt and Nancy Hood, Linda Page, Marilyn Gabriel, Barbara Niepert, Dawn McDonald, Don Bates, Charlene Orletski, Bob and Diana Leipprandt, Mendi Boyle, new faces in worship, Borders for our nation,  Congress and the President, Mision Peniel and staff members Miguel Estrada and Ruth De Yoe.  Medical workers, hospitals, nursing facilities, law enforcement officers and the military.  Pam our mission co–worker. 

    Bruce McQuaide going to Michigan for a bicycle tour!

The Reverend Victoria Millar for filling the pulpit while the Mansperger’s travelled.  Linda and I had a delightful experience at the Presbyterian Center called Zephyr Point at Lake Tahoe, Nevada for study, reflection, reading and some writing.  We then flew across the country to Tulsa, OK where we visited friends, watched some in person PGA golf, relaxed and I ate too much.  Thank you for the privilege of serving as your pastor!  We are already exploring the possibility of another visit to Lake Tahoe next spring.

    Please keep in your prayers both the Roots, Nature and Leadership Academy in the coming weeks and months and the proposed development of the acreage around the church.  These two initiatives have many implications for the church and its future, your prayers will play a significant role in the future of Christ’s church’s

The Season of Easter  now gives way to Pentecost and “Ordinary Time” on the ecclesiastical calendar.  However Covenant is experiencing little of what we might recognize as “ordinary”.  I have just returned from Horizon Bank with Steve Santoro to notarize our signatures on a document to establish a new license for:  Roots, Nature and Leadership Academy.  The church has recently entered into a twenty four month lease with Briana and Steve Santoro.  Briana, Steve and their two young sons Kingsley and Austin are busy recruiting families, children, staff, employees and licenses to open a school this September.

Our own James Pratt has taken the lead to negotiate and prepare the lease that Session and the Santoro’s have signed.  It is an exciting time to see both classroom space and the outdoor property, the County’s Bayonne Preserve and perhaps a growing relationship with the Eide Foundation in the days ahead being used to stimulate learning.  Please keep Roots, Nature and Leadership Academy in your prayers through this busy summer season as they paint, resurface, landscape and focus to nurture children and families from the community. The school will be styled to stir children’s curiosity and leadership abilities for children aged three to grade eight in the fall.

Wednesday, June 1 in the Fellowship Hall, Covenant will host a Neighborhood Meeting to hear a proposal to develop 30 acres of land to the north and west of the church.  It will be of interest to hear the proposal, ask questions and have county staff explain the zoning and development process.  June 1 at 6:00 p.m.

The coming months will not be ‘ordinary’ in any sense of a long, slow summer.  David Stasney is setting up a music workshop with nationally recognized composer Joseph Martin on Saturday, August 27th from 9:00 a.m. until mid afternoon!  In previous sessions Joseph Martin has drawn 6-8 dozen choral directors and singers from Naples to Tampa and several states to hear his latest creations for Christian worship.

Pentecost will be celebrated in worship on Sunday June 5!  We hope you will wear something red as we honor the Third Person of the Trinity:  The Holy Spirit (I will be preaching from Romans 8:14-17).  June 12 I will preach from Romans 5:1-5 before following the lectionary into Galatians for the remainder of June.   Happy Father’s Day on June 19th!

  With you in His service, Mike Mansperger

 

TREASURER’S  REPORT by Judy Bremer

            With the signing of a Commercial Lease between  Presbyterian Church of the Covenant and Santoro Financial group USA Inc. (dba Roots Nature & Leadership Academy), Session extends an enthusiastic welcome to Brianna and  Steve Santoro and their plans for a school.  The church has received $1,800 for their first month’s rent.  The term of the lease shall be 2 years, running consecutively from September 1, 2022 and ending on August 31, 2024.  And we can look forward to all the changes they will be making, designed to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning and making the campus a warm and inviting place to be.

   Mission and Action Team Update

 

We wish to thank the members and friends of our church for your generosity this spring.  Donations have exceeded expectations and we know we have made a positive impact in the projects we are supporting.

 

Project CURE - A special collection was made for Project CURE to assist with the cost of shipping medical supplies to the Ukraine. $6,660 was raised!

 

One Great Hour of Sharing – We joined Presbyterians around the nation donating to PCUSA’s One Great Hour of Sharing.  We raised $2,550 to help the Presbyterian Church USA provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed.  An additional $325 was collected specifically to help the people of Ukraine.  This is more than double the amount you donated last year.  Thank you!                                                                                            Contributed by Diane Steiger

ONLINE DONATIONS

With our streaming of worship each week there are an increasing number of donations coming to the church through internet banking.  If you would like to make a donation to encourage the Presbyterian Church of The Covenant in worship, fellowship and mission it is easy to give.  Go to our website: presbyteriancc.org on the website or mobile phone.  Click on the heading: “Giving”.  This will bring you to the button “Give your donations here”; simply fill in the boxes provided.  You can choose where you want your donation to go and designate your gift to be every week, every other week, monthly or annually.   Thank you for your support.

(You might want to read 2 Corinthians 9 for an insight into why we give financially to Christ’s work in the church and the world.  “Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Cor. 9:7)

 

Covenant’s generosity has been heart warming throughout our Covid Ordeal.  Without passing a plate or pleading for increased financial gifts, we have witnessed extraordinary acts of generosity on the part of many.  Please examine your circumstance during these summer months to consider your financial stewardship to Christ’s work through Covenant. 

 

 

Courier 

May 2022

 

 

JOYS AND CONCERNS

 

            June Wright, Tom Miner, David King, Marilou Swenson, Fred and Ellen Hummel’s daughter Cynthia and her family, Bob Harrod, Binnie Trimble, Ken Angotti, “Chickie” Johnson, Carla Chase, Donna Adams, Marilou Swenson’s daughter – Beth Beringer, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Russian people, Ronnie Crain, Dona Whitehouse, Eddie Ruby,  Marilyn Brown, Norma Lewis, Alison Brock, Doug and Muriel Maxwell, Dr. Curt and Nancy Hood, Linda Page, Marilyn Gabriel, Barbara Niepert, Dawn McDonald, Don Bates, Charlene Orletski, Bob and Diana Leipprandt, Mendi Boyle, Borders for our nation,  Congress and the President, Mision Peniel and staff members Miguel Estrada and Ruth De Yoe.  Medical workers, hospitals, nursing facilities, law enforcement officers and the military.  Pam our mission co–worker.

            Gayle  Rivers recently  informed us that  she is moving  back to  her northern home in Sterling, OH.  Gayle has been a loyal and supportive friend of the church and she will be sorely missed in worship and especially around the card table with her closest friends.  We pray Christ’s richest blessings on Gayle and her family, looking forward to her next visit with her church family in Sarasota.

  

            Thank you to the Clothes Closet Volunteers who continue to make a difference on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Clothes Closet Boutique!  Now that the Boutique is taking credit cards the sales have increased and the word of our presence seems to be spreading in the community.

 

           Allen Steiger, Alice Sherwin, Dana Trimble, Gerry Bacon, Bruce McQuade all get a hearty thank you for their service to Christ in recent weeks.  If you have entered the sanctuary from the east, you have noticed that Juan’s Lawn Service removed two very tired shrubs and with a wonderful discount from Albritton’s Nursery new plants have been installed and mulched.  Bruce McQuade led a group of a dozen people through the garden path, identifying various native and invasive species as well as the impressive eagle’s nest to the west on Bayonne Preserve.  Thank you all for your labor and love!

 

         Mark Richmond—Sound;  Carla Chase, Diane Steiger, Allen Steiger, Linda Mansperger, Streaming

We are in desperate need of additional volunteers to continue streaming worship this summer!  If interested please contact one of those listed above.  This is a now vital function of the church.

 

         The canopy of the wonderful oak trees in front of the Clothes Closet Boutique has been raised, so that shoppers can park without scraping tree limbs on their rooftops.

 

 

The Season of Easter will keep our focus in worship for the month of May.  I will be preaching from the book of Acts for these weeks following Easter Sunday as the church and the world discover that death no longer has the final word in God’s design for life.  The book of “Acts” begins with these words:  “In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach…”, the implication being that this is the ‘second’ book.  More importantly this second book of Acts (Luke being the first book and Acts the second), suggests that Jesus continues to “do and to teach”!

            Most of us attribute the book of Acts to the Holy Spirit and Luke certainly intends that, but it is imperative as we read Luke’s second book that we understand it is still Jesus at work through his followers.  Jesus now uses the lives, voices and deeds of the early believers to reveal himself to the crowds, Jewish authorities and eventually to the Imperial Roman Empire. 

            We celebrate Easter as the Day of days.  Now we in the church celebrate the season of Easter as the fruitfulness from the Resurrection.  The Risen Christ is not content with a magnificent revelation of God’s power and commitment to life for a handful of people, but rather is on the march to share with the world the joyful news that the tomb is empty and God’s Christ is on the march!  We pray that you will join us as we continue to celebrate the day that changes all of our days and indeed all of eternity in Christ.

            We are praying this month for a great young couple who are seeking to fulfill their dream of initiating a Montessori School in this part of Sarasota.  Briana and Steve have two young sons and are hoping to find a suitable site for a school that intends to teach leadership, care for the environment with a focus on student centered learning.  Clearly, Covenant’s campus has that potential as we share the neighborhood with the Eide Foundation and Sarasota County’s passive park Bayonne Preserve to our south and west.  Please pray for the discernment of God’s Spirit for this entrepreneurial couple and the church as we explore God’s best. 

            There is a “neighborhood meeting” required by Sarasota County to have the prospective developer of the adjacent property to our north and west inform others of their desire to construct residential units.  The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday evening June 1 at 6:00 p.m. for the Fellowship Hall of the church.  The presentation will be made by representatives of Stantec Engineering with County representatives and the neighborhood invited to hear their proposal, ask questions, make suggestions or air concerns.

            Who knows what this “season of Easter” might bring?  With you in His service, Mike Mansperger

 

 

    The flooring in the Sanctuary hallway has been removed and replaced at the expense of the flooring manufacturer and installer after we found it impossible to clean.  This was a significant undertaking and should provide a bright and clean walkway for many years to come.

  The Eide Foundation has made contact with us to nurture our mutually cooperative arrangement in the future.  We have partnered with them for both recycling and waste removal for several years which has saved both Covenant and the Elling Eide Foundation financially month after month.  They are now open to the public on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for guided tours of their campus at 10 a.m. with a required reservation.  The tour includes both the library and the grounds and takes about 1 1/2 hours to complete on foot with a guide.  In the past the Foundation has chosen to be discreet about their presence in the community and their activities.  Going forward they are seeking to raise the public’s awareness of this community resource and solicit volunteers and the sharing of the history and future of this treasured parcel of land.

 

           Choir Members:  Norma Cunningham, Ann Dorr, Tom Dorr, Linda Mansperger, Mike Mansperger, Clark Niepert,  Jane Pyle, Joyce Ruby, Sue Shaefer, Alice Sherwin, Janet Squier,  Dana Trimble, Alan Washburn and Dr. Danny Zirpoli led by David Stasney invest themselves each week and are deeply appreciated for their time and talent throughout the year.

 

            We hosted the Second Annual Good Friday Service this Holy Week with the Northminster and Bee Ridge congregations here at Covenant.  It was meaningful to have the combined group for choir, bells and vocalists that provided stunning music for the meditation of the Seven Last Words of Jesus from the Cross.  Thank you for those who attended and the rest of us are invited to next year’s service on Friday, April 7, 2023!

 

          We welcome The Reverend Victoria Millar on Sunday May 15th who will fill the pulpit while Mike and Linda take some Study Leave and Vacation days.  Mike will be back with us on Sunday, May 22nd.  Victoria is a wonderful pastoral presence and fine preacher using all of her creative talents to help us discover Christ and the Spirit at work in our lives through worship.  If you have not heard Rev. Millar you are in for a treat!

 

           Congratulation to The Reverend David King on the Wedding Announcement of his oldest grandchild Tatum King to be married in Lenexa, KS on Saturday July 16, 2022!  Paul and Sheri, proud parents.

 

 
 
 

 

Mission and Action Team Update

 

We wish to thank the members and friends of our church for your generosity this spring.  Donations have exceeded expectations and we know we have made a positive impact in the projects we are supporting.

 

Project CURE - A special collection was made for Project CURE to assist with the cost of shipping medical supplies to the Ukraine. $6,660 was raised!

 

One Great Hour of Sharing – We joined Presbyterians around the nation donating to PCUSA’s One Great Hour of Sharing.  We raised $2,550 to help the Presbyterian Church USA provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed.  An additional $325 was collected specifically to help the people of Ukraine.  This is more than double the amount we donated last year.  Thank you!

 

One Hundred Women Who Care - Our church is proud to host the biannual meeting of this group of area women that includes several members of Covenant.  Its purpose is to support our local community by combining members’ donations to impact local charities.  At its most recent meeting on March 11, 2022, three charities made presentations, with the group then voting.  The Education Foundation of Sarasota County was selected and received $20,700 from One Hundred Women Who Care!  (plus a grant of $5,000 from a local foundation).  Interested in joining?  Linda Mansperger can give you more information.

Update on Turkey Mission (Based on an April 2022 letter from our Mission Co-worker.)

Due to challenges in Turkey over the last several years, many people have become disillusioned and are seeking answers. Since Christmas there are four new believers in the women’s group and multiple new believers in the young adult group.

 

Interactive training for the women’s small group leaders was conducted on “How to write and lead effective Bible studies”. One aspect stressed was that the leader is to ask good questions and then “basically listen” and assist the flow of conversation in the group as they enter and engage with the Scriptures. They have seen a very nice impact.

 

Their annual student leader’s conference was held and there is a bimonthly student leader Zoom time. The Zoom time includes prayer, a lively exchange of ideas and plenty of banter! Four cities are represented, the students are preparing a Mark Bible study series to share with students in other cities, and they are planning the National Student conference where they will lead the whole time including the Bible studies and talks. There is love and community developing among them.

 

Please continue to pray for our mission co-worker and the groups as they continue to spread God’s word in Turkey.

                                                                                                    Contributed by Diane Sterger

 

                                                                      EASTER LILIES 2022

        Name                                          Dedication

       Ken & Betty Angoti                  In loving memory of Ricky Angotti.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

       Judith Bremer  In loving memory of my husband, Daniel W. Bremer.

       June Buck                                  To the glory of God with gratitude.

       Virjean Camp                            In honor of Chaplain Dick Camp.
       Carla Chase & Frank Rich      In loving memory of John & Christa Chase and Ed & Lisette Salerno.

       Carla Chase & Frank Rich       To the glory of God.

       Tom & Ann Dorr                        In loving memory of our parents.

       The Gerhardts                          In loving memory of parents.

        Carol Hartz   In honor of my parents, James and Gertrude McNeill.

        Clarice Jardine                          In loving memory of Tom Jardine.

        Claire Johnson                       In loving memory of Bill Johnson.

        Lenore Karo                               In loving memory of Tim Karo.

        Dr. William & Judith Kraut     In loving memory of Dr. Arthur Kraut.

        Dr. William & Judith KrautTo the glory of God, James and Jess Houston.

        Dr. William & Judith Kraut   To the glory of God.  Amen.

        A.J. & Helen Krueger                In honor of sister Wilma’s birthday.

       Michael & Linda Mansperger  In honor of June Wright.

       John & Nan Mattson In loving memory of our daughter and our parents.

        Verona Morse                          In honor of my sons and grandchildren.

        The Nieperts                         In loving memory of our parents.

        Patrick & Barbara O’Reilly     To the glory of God.

         Linda Page            In loving memory of my husband, Ronald E. Page.

         Carol Paul   In honor of my wonderful daughter and son-in-law.

         Jim & Barbara Pratt                In loving memory of our parents.

         Jane Pyle                                    In loving memory of David Pyle.

        The Pyle family                          In loving memory of David Pyle.

         Joyce Ruby                                In loving memory of Edward Ruby, Sr.

         Carol Taylor                    In loving memory of Stephen and Tom Taylor.

         Herman & Marian Wissenberg   In loving memory of our parents.

 

 

 

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