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 for Sunday, August 19, is “The Walk of The Wise.”

Ephesians 5 : 15 – 20  


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.  



On August 5,  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 who will be returning to school.  Erin Johnston, Children’s Director, led the prayer for a safe and successful school year.  



At the service, Pastor Jeff recogized Clay Fonseca for his help in keeping CPC’s lawn well-trimmed.  Clay was presented with  a miniature John Deere riding mower for his service.  Thanks for your volunteerism, Clay!!


Special thanks to Elizabeth Frey and our own Jae Eun Jeon for bringing beautiful music to our July 22 worship service.  Elizabeth’s singing and Jae Eun’s accompaniment were outstanding and added special emphasis to CPC’s July “Music Month.”


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.  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 summer 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.   


The All adults are welcome to join a new Bible Study that will begin Wednesday September 5 at 10 a.m.  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.  


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.