DETROIT, MI (January 3, 2013) – Covenanters will have more than a dozen outreaches to choose from in a two-day mission plunge during “Covenant Mission Detroit” June 25-27 preceding the 2013 Annual Meeting.
“The mission plunge is an opportunity for people of all ages – children, youth and adults – to link arms with our Detroit-area Covenant churches in their ministries of compassion, mercy and justice to the people in their respective neighborhoods,” says Garth McGrath, superintendent of the Great Lakes Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church.
Local churches are excited to host the event and hope that as many as 300 people will engage in the experiences.
Debbie Blue, executive minister of the Department of Compassion, Mercy, and Justice, noted that the theme for the Annual Meeting is “Loving Mercy, Doing Justice,” in response to the prophet Micah’s “clarion call” (Micah 6:8). “Opportunities abound for incarnational ministry among the marginalized and disenfranchised, the hungry and the homeless, the stranger and the alien, the sick and the helpless,” she notes.
Covenant Mission Detroit begins on Tuesday evening, June 25, with dinner, worship and orientation in Clark Park, which is within view of the historic Ambassador Bridge to Canada. On Wednesday and Thursday, teams will work side-by-side with Detroit church members in activities that include assisting a mobile medical/dental clinic, providing home repairs, teaching English to immigrants from at least a dozen nations, and becoming immersed in an experience of living on the street as well as participating in a Detroit version of “Sankofa.” Click here for a full list of opportunities.
Covenant pastors in Detroit say the city is coming back to life – both economically and spiritually. ‘It is fitting that the Annual Meeting of our denomination, which at its core is a celebration of new life in Christ. will take place in the “Renaissance Center” of a city that is coming back to life,” says McGrath. “How equally fitting it will be for representatives of Covenant churches all over North America to play a part in the spiritual aspect of that renewal.”
People can register online for Covenant Mission Detroit beginning in late January. Cost is $100 per person for participants age 12 and over, $50 for children ages 6 to 11, with a maximum of $250 for a family. Cost includes food, transportation to and from sites, and lodging in homes and churches, plus a contribution to project supplies.
Don’t miss this important opportunity to put your faith into action, organizers say. Be a part of making a difference for the sake of the kingdom through this transformational partnership with Detroit Covenant churches and their communities.
The Annual Meeting will be held June 27-30. It requires separate lodging and registration.