Our Purpose:  At Covington Presbyterian Church we SEEK ways to better understand and share God’s good news of salvation offered by Jesus Christ.  We shall STRIVE to be living examples of His love for our congregation as well as local and global communities .  We SHARE our wealth, time talents and faith with those in need.  We SERVE our neighbors as Christ calls us to do.


Reverend Jeff Sims’ topic at the 10:30 worship service Sunday, September 23, is “HELP!”   Psalm 54.  Dakota Jenkins, our Choir Director, has written a piece of music specifically for CPC.  Brett Luneau, art student at SELU, will provide visual art to compliment the music and Psalm.   It is our hope that your whole being will be engaged by our various aspects of worship at CPC.  


Children’s Sunday School Classes are underway and begin at 9:15 a.m.  During the same hour there will be a fellowship/coffee hour for parents in the education building.  There are three classes:      

Nursery for 0 to 4 year olds  –  1st floor Education Building.  

PreK to 2nd Grade – 2nd floor Education Building.  

3rd to 6th Grade – 2nd floor Education Building


Don’t cook, take a break and come enjoy a good meal at CPC.

Wednesday, September 19th, there will be a Salad Dinner in the Fellowship Hall at 6 PM.  The cost is $5.00 a person or $10.00 for the entire family.  Jennie Tresvik, a speaker from the Habitat for Humanity Restore just off Highway 59, will update us on the latest of what is happening there


Thoughts from Pastor Jeff

What would Christianity be without Jesus’ resurrection?  It would just be a first century philosophical school.   But Christianity is alive and well because of His transformation.  

A resurrection is also occurring at CPC. The Resurrection Fern  is a fascinating plant that grows just outside CPC’s front door on our beautiful “Presbyterian Oak.” 


Resurrection Fern is an air plant that lives on the branches of live oaks and other trees.  It can survive long dry periods and appear dead. But during wet periods, such as we’ve had recently, it will open up and resurrect itself into a beautiful green fern.

Hence the name, Resurrection Fern! 

Some worry that its presence harms the host tree. That is not true. The fern attaches itself to the branches and absorbs the water and nutrients that collect on the outer surface of bark. 

This reminds me of John 15:5. “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in Me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from Me you can do nothing.” Jesus is the true vine and we, followers, must abide in the love of Christ.

It is my great hope that each time you pass by Presbyterian Oak, you will remember that we are similar to the Resurrection Fern.

We are resurrection people! Yes, perhaps there are times when we appear withered and even dead, but give us just a taste of water and watch us spring to live. The water that sustains us is the love of Jesus. So, let’s attach ourselves to others and show Christ’s great love, while we shine bright pointing the way to the true branch. The true branch of Christ.

Serving with you, Jeff  


The 2018 Wallace Carr Award for Outstanding Service to CPC has been presented to Jeff Schoen and Gordon Mellencamp.  Amy Heintz, Chair of the Nominating Committee presented the award to Jeff  at the August 12 worship service and Gordon on August 5. 

Jeff Schoen  accepts the award from Delitha Lane, Clerk of Session.  He is a third generation member of CPC and has been active in many areas of the church including serving in an elected capacity on the Session and Pastor Nominating Committee.  He has also been generous with his counsel on many legal matters.

Gordon Mellencamp was a winner for his service as a Deacon, member of the “Property Brothers” and willingness to volunteer for many “under the radar jobs that keep CPC running smoothly.  


Recently we celebrated  “Bluegrass Sunday”  with Chris Talley and Three Rivers Cooperative leading our 10:30 worship service in song and music.  Highlights were the singing of “Just a Closer Walk,”  “Footsteps of Jesus,”  “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,”  and “I’ll Fly Away.”

There was also a “Blessing of the Backpacks” for students returning to school.  Erin Johnston, Children’s Director, led the prayer for a safe and successful school year.  


Pastors’ Bible Study

The Pastors’ Bible Study has resumed and will meet again on Friday September 28 at 12:30 p.m. at CPC.  Pastors Jeff Sims and Zac Ritchie of Madisonville Presbyterian conduct the studies that meet twice monthly and alternate between locations.  Subject material comes from Proverbs.  Please bring a sack lunch.  


CPC’s goal for 2018 is to contribute 9,000 pounds to the Northshore Food Bank.   To date we have donated over 2,500 pounds of food and more than $3,500 for a combined total of over 6,000.

The Food Bank has a special need for old-fashioned, screw-type can openers.  Because of the many types of can-goods it is distributing, there is a need for one in each package. 

During summer when children are not having meals at school,  the Food Bank needs our donations even more.  As mentioned, canned goods are always perfect and fruits cups are popular this time of year.  Also suggested are cereal, peanut butter,  canned meats, dried beans, rice and oatmeal.  

Thanks to all for your donations — please keep them coming.


Vacation Bible School (VBS) — “Shipwrecked-Rescued By Jesus”  —  was a big success with more than 60 participants and volunteers taking part.  



The September-October issue of The Lamplighter is now available.  You can get a copy in several ways:   1) On Line at www.covpresby.org under the “CPC Events” tab;  2) Sent directly to your email address; and 3) A printed copy that is available in the sanctuary foyer.   



A new Adult Bible Study will begin Wednesday September 5 at 10 a.m. and all adults are welcome to join.  It is a 12-week DVD series “The Unshakable Hope” by Max Lucando that is designed to help participants view their problems in light of God’s many promises.   Participants are encouraged to sign up so that study guides can be ordered.  

The Sunday morning Fellowship Class is now studying “Reformation Questions, Reformation Answers: 95 Key Events, People and Issues” by Donald K McKim   It meets each Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall and all are welcome to visit or join the class.  Last fall we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  


Suzanne Davis recently joined.   Welcome, Suzanne.  We are pleased to have you in our congregation.  

Our Confirmation class completed its preparation and also recently joined.  

And we also welcome Stephanie Mize, Thelma Stallcup and Linda Stewart.