Volume 3, Issue 5
May 1, 2014

Birthdays and Anniversaries
Beverly Beck

Joanna Stookey Walker

Jonah Guy

Margo Whiting          5/21

Helen Heckert

Marty Martin


Don Hiscox

Jennifer Roberts

Dale & Donna Schnoor

Bob & Donna Avaux

Paul & VeeAnn

in our prayers 
Jayde Hildebrand
Gale Holmes
Donna Wilcox
Jo Sohn
Karen Hart
Marilyn Etzel
Samantha Heuss
Gwen Graham

Nico & Ayla Stookey
Becky Legg
Mardelle Minear
Emily Schafer
Kim & Nancy Wassen
Lucas & Brandy Darling

Financial Notes   
Apr. 13     $1,654.00
Apr. 20     $1,636.56
Apr. 27     $   580.00
Project     $   137.26
Apr. 13  56
Apr. 20  63
Apr. 27  41

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Spring is surely showing her stuff around here! Colors are popping up and out all over the place.  Storms are shaking off the winter dull.  Church is bubbling up with new life and activity.  We had an exciting Easter Weekend, complete with an Easter Egg hunt that drew lots of interest from the community.

From work days to retreat days, the church is opening its doors for your journey to take you where you can live and grow in faith.  See below for more about Taize worship nearby, a picnic outing to camp for kids and families, a retreat day here for prayer and reflection and other fellowship opportunities.

May your Spring days bring life and fullness to you and your family.

Peace, Paul Witmer
Journey Up... growing in our love of God. 
Team Leader: Karen Vroman   

SUNDAY, 4 MAY 2014
Faith Lutheran Church 10395 University Ave., Clive, Iowa
Explore the Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition at 3:00 p.m.
Prayer in the Style of Taiz´┐Ż
at 4:00 p.m.
Sponsored and supported by local ecumenical partners, including the Southeastern Iowa Synod (ELCA), the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, and Faith Lutheran Church

Journey In . . .deepening our connection to each other.

Team Leaders: Tammy Lair, Lynn Heuss

First Friday Fellowship Update!
Friday  May 2, 6:30 p.m. Join us for "First Friday"

A get together for All Covenant Adults & Children-friends & members

At the home of     

Lynn Heuss & Paul Witmer 

Please RSVP to lheuss@gmail.com  

or 201-9405


Join us for

"First Friday" for Adults!

A get together for All Covenant Adults--friends & members


Sue & Ron Stookey's home

Please RSVP to suestookey@att.net

or 276-3568 

4140 NW 46th Place, Des Moines IA

(north of Aurora Ave. & east off Beaver)

(Please park in driveway or south side of NW 46th Place)


Please bring:  Appetizer or dessert


What we do:  discuss, socialize, share, pray, laugh, eat............


Jason and Morgan Hoover welcomed their new daughter, Alexa Lyn, on April 22. Alexa joins big brothers Miles and Garin.   


SUNDAY, MAY 4: Gearing up for Summer Camp!


Trip to the Christian Conference Center

Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014

Time: 11:30 AM-2:30 PM

Transportation Plans: RSVP to Sarah by clicking this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3J6V6SY  She will coordinate rides with the information collected on the RSVP form.  Please reply by Wednesday, April 30.


We are very excited for camps this summer!  In preparation, we are inviting the children to go on an adventure with us to the Christian Conference Center in Newton, IA, after worship on Sunday, May 4.  We will plan to leave Covenant by 11:30, and share an outdoor picnic lunch together once we arrive, followed by an opportunity to explore the grounds and play outdoor games.  We will be back to Covenant by 2:30.  We hope you will join us!    


SPLASH Returns May 7

Our midweek offering for children and families resumes on May 7.  Join us for a meal at 6:00 p.m. followed by learning and fellowship opportunities for kids.  We'll meet on May 7 and May 14 and celebrate with an end-of-the -year party on May 21. 


Senior Recognition Sunday May 18

We want to wish special congratulations to our graduating seniors:

    Grant Denny

    Tad Guy


We will celebrate our seniors with a recognition moment in worship on Sunday,  

May 18. 

Journey Out . . .sharing with the world our passion for justice and peace.

Team Leaders:  VeeAnn Cartwright, Corby Roberts
Family Promise (Formerly IHN) 
The work of the church is expressed in many different ways.  One of the ways to reach beyond our walls is to volunteer at Family Promise, a ministry to the homeless.  Four times a year, Covenant partners with Urbandale United Church of Christ to house and feed the homeless.  There are typically three families (12-15 people), which includes children and parents.  The families are coming to UCC May 4-11 and we still need people to help prepare a meal, serve a meal, stay overnight, drive the van, do laundry, and set up/tear down the Sunday School rooms.  Please contact VeeAnn,
at veeann.cartwright@gmail.com or 515-321-6342 for more information.
Journey Down . . .from the ground up, every journey relies on the physical plant.
Team Leader: Doug Minear
Kids planting seeds for a garden project

Spring Work Day: Saturday, May 17
9 a.m. to 11:30 
Please join us for a second Spring Work Day on May 17.  This one will focus on outdoor work, removing the Gazebo which is in poor condition.  In addition, there will be some odd jobs both indoors and outdoors. (painting, yard work, etc.)
Doug Minear will have a list of jobs and supplies necessary to put you to work, so please join us!
Notes from the Board

Next Board Meeting May 6, 7:00 p.m. 

The Board has made a lot of progress on three separate documents now: By-Laws; Ministry Plan; and Policy and Procedure Manual.  These will be presented to the congregation for discussion, editing and approval. (A date has not been set) 


At the April board meeting the board approved the purchase of a new refrigerator for the kitchen.