New Covenant United Church of Christ
The New Covenant United Church of Christ was founded September 20, 1974 with the merging of the former Lloyd's Memorial Congregational Church (which was joined with the newly formed United Church of Christ in 1958) and St. Peter's United Church of Christ.
New Covenant began under the dual pastorate of Reverend Jimmie L. Sawyer until 1975 and Reverend Philip Smith until 1978. .
We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, who is made known to us in Jesus our brother, and to whose deeds we testify:
God calls the worlds into being, creates humankind in the divine image, and sets before us the ways of life and death.
God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
God judges all humanity and all nations by that will of righteousness declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord, God has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the whole creation to its Creator.
God bestows upon us the Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.
God promises to all who trust in the gospel forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace,the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto God.
"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Everyday they continues to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those whom were being saved." Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)
Evangelism: Reaching those who are without Christ. All members should take responsibility for reaching out to our guests who have worshiped with us.
Worship: Using our spiritual gifts to bless the church service. We worship through prayer, establishing a daily habit of reading the Bible, obeying God's word, sharing our faith, building relationships with other Christians and serving others.
Fellowship: Providing a warm and friendly atmosphere of openness and acceptance toward members who are new to the congregation.
Discipleship: Development of passionate, mature and obedient believers to love, win and train others. Trust and obey God's word and teach others to win and train others to do the same.
Ministry: Using our spiritual gifts to bless the church. Each member should be involved in ministry using their spiritual gifts, heart's desires, abilities, personality and experiences.
We recognize that the church cannot exist without Stewardship: "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the LORD Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it." Malachi 3:10 (NIV)
New Covenant United Church of Christ