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Advent Greetings

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” – which means, “God with us.” 

~ Mathew 1:23 ~

Dear Mission Friends in the Great Lakes Conference, 

In this final week of Advent, as you take time to consider the deeper meaning of the Gospel, as you anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth with family members and friends, and as you invite people who don’t yet know Jesus to your church’s worship services, may you experience the reality that “God is with you,” and may you be filled with the peace that only He can give. 

We in the Conference office are grateful for the partnership of our churches. We’re grateful for the financial contributions you made to help our Conference start three new churches in the past 12 months; to help us come alongside at least 14 churches...

Hope City Covenant Church Signs Covenant Agreement

On Wednesday November 15, Harvey Cozart signed the Covenant Agreement for Hope City Covenant Church in Richmond, Kentucky. The signing was part of the Wednesday morning worship service at the Fall Pastor’s Retreat in Lakeside, Ohio. Hope City had their first preview service on November 19th and their second was on December 17th.  We welcome Harvey, his wife Melissa and Hope City Covenant Church to the GLC! You can read more about the Cozerts here!

Fall Pastor’s and Spouse Retreat

Eighty one people gathered in Lakeside, Ohio for the 2017 fall retreat. The retreat was a combination of worship, teaching, discussion and large blocks of time to just relax and unwind. The teaching was preceded by worship led by Joe Poppino and Eric Ek who did a wonderful job of focusing us all on God and God’s glory. This year’s speaker was Dave Kirsten, Dean of North Park Theological Seminary, and a long time Covenant pastor and leader. 

Dave led us in a reflection on the pastoral call through a focus on John’s Gospel. The overriding theme for his four talks was Being. His challenge to us was to: Be Well, Be Ready, Be Yourself and Be Centered in Christ. He challenged us to lead healthy, Christ grounded lives so that we can meet the challenges facing pastors and churches today. The call to us was to not compare...

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