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Adults: Chili, fruit, cornbread, dessert

Children: Chicken fingers, corn, tater tots, fruit, dessert

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Through April 10 – Sarah Shelton, Thoughtful Gratitude
April 18 – Maundy Thursday, Christ in the Concrete City
April 19 – Good Friday


UPCOMING PULPIT SCHEDULE

March 24 – Valerie Burton
March 31 – Sarah Shelton

April 7 – Sarah Shelton
April 14 – A Service of Baptisms

April 21 – Sarah Shelton
April 28 – Covenant Choir


EVENTS

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April 10-13, 16-17

BCOC is working with LifeTouch to update our membership directory photos! Appointments are available April 10-13 and 16-17. This includes a Wednesday night for those who are already at BCOC for fellowship programming. 

 

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY

Pastor Sarah believes that gratitude is the key to a full life. Giving thanks is the way to heal the world; appreciation is akin to grace; and a heart full of thanksgiving extends peace and mercy to all. Join us for Wednesday night Bible study which will include study, reflection, and hands on experiences to move us ever towards the goal of living gratefully.

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Lee County Tornados

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We are collecting items with Alabama CBF to help the Lee County community recover from the recent tornadoes. Bring any items to the BMMC commons area.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

  • Tarps

  • Chain saw oil/ chain saws if you have any.

  • Rakes

  • Shovels (square point)

  • Buckets

  • Large garbage bags

  • Work gloves

  • Utility knives

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Batteries

  • Best: Financial donations or Home Depot/Lowes Gift Cards) for rebuilding supplies

 

Easter Flowers

Should you wish to donate money toward collective flower arrangements for the Easter service please do so by April 14. When donating please indicate if you are donating in honor or in memory of someone. Envelopes for the flowers may be found on the piano in the Fellowship Hall. Please include your payment and return it to the church office. You may also pay online

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  • Camp BCOC: May 24 – 27

  • Passport Youth: June 16 – 21

  • Passport Kids: June 30 – July 3

  • SEED Camp: July 14 – 18


TRANSITION NEWS

Reverend Sarah Shelton has provided exceptional leadership for our church over the last 18 years, and we can all be thankful for her pastoral care and stirring sermons. We propose that our remaining weeks with Pastor Sarah be focused on celebrating her service to BCOC.  There will be a specific celebration on Sunday, April 28. Faye and Dennis Wilson are the co-chairs of this event. Please contact them if you would like  join in the planning.

During this season of celebration, the Staff Committee is working to secure an interim pastor.

Pursuant to the Constitution and By-laws, and with the support of the Council on Mission, the Staff Committee is beginning a search for qualified candidates to serve as interim pastor. The plan is to have an interim in place at the beginning of May.

There have been a number of comments and inquiries about Sarah’s availability during the interim period for funerals, baptisms, weddings and other services involving the ordinances of the church. The Staff Committee has discussed this issue and unanimously agree that with the exception of funerals (considered on a case-by-case basis), Sarah will not be available.  While Sarah is retiring from full-time work, she will continue pursuing educational and part-time opportunities for employment. It is the Staff Committee’s thinking that it would be unfair to Sarah, as well as to the current ministerial staff and the interim pastor, to continue to rely on Sarah at these significant moments.

The Staff Committee updated the church on the progress of its work regarding the interim and answer questions on Wednesday, February 27.

Selecting a new pastor is an entirely different process and will present challenges requiring patience. We are confident we will rise to the occasion. The church bylaws outline the process: nominations for a 7 member pastor search committee are taken from the floor of the church during a business meeting and then voted upon. We would like to wait until the May 22nd business meeting to turn the page and select our Pastor Search Committee.

However, in order to educate us all on the selection process, the Council on Mission will conduct a Town Hall meeting on May 1.

Baptist Church of the Covenant is a special place. As we look to the next fifty years, we are grateful for the service of Sarah Shelton, and we know our foundation for the future is strong. 

Respectfully submitted,
Bill Smith, Chair of Staff Committee
David Goodwin, Chair of Deacons
Patrick Chappell, Chair of Council on Mission


HOLY WEEK 2019

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Sunday, April 14

9:00 a.m. – Worship
10:00 a.m. – Coffee Fellowship
10:30 a.m. – Sunday School
2:00 p.m. – Animal Blessing

Christ in the Concrete City
Thursday, April 19

Baptist Church of the Covenant, Crossbridge Church of Christ, and Samford University Theatre have partnered to present a theatrical production of Christ in the Concrete City. The play is a powerful work of drama that connects the biblical account of the passion of Christ to the life we lead today.

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Friday, April 20

6:30 p.m. Tennebrae Service

This year's Good Friday service is being planned by the creative team of Don Sandley and Taylor Bell. Tenebrae is the Latin word meaning “shadows.” In this service, the sanctuary is progressively darkened as the candles are extinguished.  At the end, only one candle remains burning. This light is removed, symbolizing Christ’s death and burial. The light will be returned on Easter morning symbolizing Christ’s resurrection.

Saturday, April 20

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Avondale Park

Egg hunt for preschool and elementary children! Featuring games, refreshments, and of course an egg hunt! Bring a basket! Bring a friend!

BCOC Bus will be at SouthTown Gym at 9:30 a.m. for those who need a ride.

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Sunday, April 14

9:00 a.m. – Worship, Sarah Shelton’s last sermon
10:00 a.m. – Coffee Fellowship
10:30 a.m. – Sunday School