Mission

Mission

The righteous will say to him, Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?  And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these, who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25: 37-40

At Covenant, we believe, mission (or the idea of “being sent”) flows from a compassionate God whose love calls us to live out the Kingdom of God in the here and now.  The Holy Spirit encourages and enables us as the Body of Christ to put God’s Word into action, facilitating God’s transformation in the lives of individuals and communities.

Criteria for Our Mission Areas of Focus:

  • Addresses Fundamentals (H2O, food, housing)
  • Focuses on Education
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Self Sufficiency (of program, of recipients)
  • Encourages Long Term Commitment (one time only not as highly valued)
  • Seeks Opportunities for Partnership (abroad and locally, denominationally and ecumenically)
  • Advocates for Human Rights
  • Starts with an Individual’s Passion
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Current Areas of Mission Focus:

Refugee Assistance

People who leave their home countries due to persecution in whatever form comprise the refugee community. The Refugee Ministry at Covenant seeks to comfort these vulnerable individuals whom we are blessed to know, and to ease the burden of adjustment to a culture that is strange to them. This hand of friendship gives them the encouragement and moral support to develop self-empowerment, to learn to diversify their resources. and to achieve self-sufficiency. Our commitment to hospitality for the refugee is deep and ongoing.

Covenant Cupboard

Covenant partners with St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in running the Covenant Cupboard Food Pantry, which is a non-profit organization created to address the food security needs of individuals and families in low-income situations in a manner that is both compassionate and dignified.  It is the largest non-profit food distribution center in Arapahoe county, serving over 100 families in the Denver metropolitan area.  Housed at Covenant, the Cupboard is open every Friday from 1-4pm. Visit covcupboard.org for more information.

Guatemala Mission Partnership

Covenant is in partnership with First of Englewood, St. Andrew, Good Shepherd Presbyterian (all in Denver Presbytery) and Living Waters for the World to provide safe drinking water, health and spiritual education, and micro business training.  Since its founding in 2013, the Partnership has installed one water purification system per year in towns and rural Mayan villages.  We are dedicated to building long term, authentic, and enduring relationships with the pastors and families in these communities.  Covenant welcomes your support and involvement both here in the United States and on our mission trips. For more information, visit our website, click here.

Missionary Support in Guatemala

Richard and Debbie Welch are PC(USA) mission co-workers whom Covenant supports in Guatemala.  They serve as educational consultants by working with presbyteries serving the indigenous membership and leaders of the National Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Guatemala. Through these relationships, Richard and Debbie help indigenous people gain access to primary, vocational, and theological education.  In addition, they provide in-country support for the Guatemala Mission Partnership teams on trips to install clean water systems.  You can follow them on: http://guatemalapanorama.blogspot.com/ and https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/richard-and-debbie-welch/

Help for the Homeless

Each month after church, we gather to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and assemble sack lunches for our less fortunate neighbors in downtown Denver.  Everyone is welcome to participate in this joyful, hands-on ministry.  Covenant children especially enjoy helping their parents make sandwiches.  Donations of bread, PB&J, cookies, bottles of water, fruit, chips, and baggies are always welcome.  There is also a “donation of the month” of necessities such as lotion, toothbrushes, socks, or gloves.  Immediately afterwards you can go with the group to give the lunches and donated items to our brothers and sisters in need.  They will greet you with smiles and grateful thank-yous.

 

Village Resource Center

Covenant along with the churches in Greenwood Village partner together in a mission to offer emergency financial assistance and help individuals connect with other resources in our community for help to get back on their feet.  Instead of each church having a small fund to offer assistance, the churches are combining their financial resources into one fund called The Village Fund.  The fund is administered by Case Worker, Diana Huerta. Diana will be in the Covenant Library on Fridays during the Covenant Cupboard’s afternoon hours.  Contact Diana at 720-636-5382.

For more information about our mission partnerships or ways to get involved with our mission team, contact Dave Chase at chase.dm@gmail.com.

If you are applying for a  mission grant through the William K. Bryan Fund, please click here for the application form.  When completed, please submit to the church office by mail or personal delivery.  Thank you.  Questions regarding grant applications, contact Neal Wiler, saildenver@comcast.net.

Operation Christmas Child

In the Fall, we fill boxes with love through this ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.  Your shoeboxes filled with essentials and toys along with a message of God’s love will go to impoverished children across the globe.  Every item lovingly added to a shoebox gift has the potential to influence a child and have an eternal impact delivered in Jesus’ Name.