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 this Sunday July 22, is “Promises Kept”  ——-      2 Samuel 7 : 1 – 14.




Join us in Fellowship Hall Wednesday July 18, at 6 p.m. for Tacos and all the trimmings.  The meal is $5 per person/$10 max for family.  After the meal there will be a movie for the adults and a separate movie for the children.  


July is Music Month at CPC — Each Sunday we  will combine singing and some special music with our 10:30 worship service. 

On July 22, Elizabeth Frey will participate in worship with her gift of singing.  She has sung with the Utah Festival Opera for their 2017Summer Festival and was recently Artist-in-Residence with the Dayton Opera.  

During next Sunday’s worship service, she will sing Felix Mendelssohn’s “O Rest In The Lord” from “Elijah,” J.S. Bach’s “Agnus Dei” and The Lord’s Prayer.



Mark your calendar for August 5,  “Bluegrass Sunday.”  Chris Talley and Three Rivers Cooperative will be leading the worship service in song.  There will also be a “Blessing of the Backpacks” as a way to pray for students who will be returning to school.  Following the service we will have a Back-to-School potluck lunch.  Please bring something to share.


Great news!!  During Vacation Bible School families donated 350 pounds of food.  CPC’s goal for 2018 is to contribute 9,000 pounds to the Northshore Food Bank.   To date we have donated 2,388 pounds of food and $3,520 for a combined total of 5,908.

In addition to food, monetary contributions also count.  Each dollar equals a pound.  

Now that summer is here, children are not having meals at school and the Food Bank needs our donations even more.  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.  It began Monday, June 18 and all were “rescued” by Thursday, June 21.  

Kids from Pre-K 4 through 5th Grade participated.  

A big thank you to Children’s Director, Erin Johnson and all who volunteered.  

We sang and played

…and had chicken fingers for dinner

yummm, good

…and learned how Jesus can “rescue” us!


The 2018 Wallace Carr Outstanding Service Award will be announced on “Bluegrass Sunday,” August 5.  We are currently accepting nominations.


The award is given annually to no more than two people who have demonstrated faithful and outstanding service to CPC and the greater church.  These people will exhibit faithfulness in worship attendance, faithfulness in giving, care for the church and those in it, as well as be good communicators of our Shared Vision.  

If you would like to nominate someone, contact either Rev. Jeff Sims (jeffsims77@gmail.com) or Clerk of Session Delitha Lane (banddlane@gmail.com)


During the summer months we combine the July and August issues of The Lamplighter into one.  It will be available in early August.  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.   


The Wednesday Adult Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. and is continuing with its video study titled “A Clash of Kingdoms” by Ray Vander Laan.  As Christians, we are called to proclaim God’s name in all the earth, but how do we do that in the midst of false gospels?  Discover how Paul communicated the Good News of Christ.  All adults are invited to attend.  


Our Beautiful Oak!


On April 16, the stately oak at CPC’s front entrance was inducted into membership of the Live Oak Society of the Louisiana Garden Club Federation.  It is now known as “Presbyterian Oak,” and the Certificate of Membership is “In recognition of a Live Oak Tree that is deemed worthy by the society.”  


On July 15, Suzanne Davis joined CPC.   Welcome, Suzanne.  We are pleased to have you in our congregation.  

Our recent Confirmation class is pictured from left to right are Eil Wirtz, Abby Wirtz, Georgia Boushie, Addison Sims, Landon Cuevas, Grant Voyles, Austin Sledge and Taylor Sledge.  

Also joining recently were Stephanie Mize, Thelma Stallcup and Linda Stewart.