This coming Sunday, our morning worship service will look a bit different. In light of the global pandemic we have decided to celebrate our annual Harvest Ingathering during a Sunday morning worship service instead of our traditional Tuesday evening time. Even though the time of celebration has changed, we still plan to have a lovely time of worship, thanksgiving, sharing testimonies, and growing in community. We will also have the opportunity to give a thanksgiving offering for our partner in ministry Covenant World Relief and Development.
For more than 60 years, Covenant World Relief (CWR) has been the Evangelical Covenant Church’s response to human suffering and injustice in the world. This year, we are excited to celebrate that, as of October 1, Adam Edgerly has stepped in as the new director. Additionally, it has been announced that CWR is now CWRD: Covenant World Relief and Development! This additional wording is necessary to convey the majority of work that CWRD global partners engage in, and the value that, together with their global partners, CWRD commits to sustainable transformation in communities through long-term development strategy.
Through local partnerships, CWRD invests in community development and responds to global disasters. The mission is to join God in loving, serving, and working together with the poor, the powerless and the marginalized. Through strategic partnerships, CWRD seeks to demonstrate the good news of Jesus Christ in word and deed. They believe that the church is at its best when it holistically serves the most vulnerable—spiritually, physically, economically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally.
CWRD strives for comprehensive and sustainable development that leads to holistic transformation, valuing the quality of impact more than the quantity of people impacted. CWRD believes that all people are made in God’s image and are worthy of being treated with dignity and respect and they work to address the root causes of injustice through reconciliation, peacemaking, solidarity, and advocacy.
Jesus said in Mathew 25:31-46 that whenever we reach out and touch another hurting person in His name, we do it to Him. We are honored to partner with CWRD in mission and ministry and we invite you to be a partner in this vital ministry as well through the Thanksgiving Offering this coming Sunday. To give toward this ministry please note CWRD in the memo line of your check or select the designation CWRD on the giving page of our website.