Covenant Baptist Church

  "Making a difference for the Kingdom"

Pictures from the PNBC Midwest Region Planning Session, November, 2016...
Pastors from the PNBC Ohio Pastors Fellowship and delegates...
Below are also pictures of members from the Covenant Hospitality Ministry, serving during the PNBC Midwest Region Planning Session...

"TIES:  Rebelling Against Low Expectations..."

On Saturday, January 14th, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon, Covenant Baptist Church hosted a FREE special workshop entitled, “TIES: Rebelling Against Low Expectations.” TIES is an outreach program that has as its mission to empower, engage, and stimulate young men with tough talk and conversation about their lives and the life skills they need to survive. The program is committed to building young men to be the successful individuals they were born to be. Our TIES Facilitator, Bro. Dwyane Lee taught the young men, literally how to "tie ties" while speaking with them about the realities of life, choices and consequences, mistakes and opportunities, and the gifts God has given them to become GREAT men!

"Pearls of Great Price" Luncheon...










In honor of our 60th Church Anniversary, Covenant held a special luncheon on Saturday, October 29th, 2016, "Pearls of Great Price:  Words of Wisdom From our Elder Mothers."


(From left to right on stage) Mother(s) Irene Robertson, Edwina Moss, Catherine Johnson, Juanita Jett, Sandra Gilbert and Almira Byrd responded to questions regarding lessons learned in life, faith in the midst of trials, handling disappointment, chastity, boundaries, self-esteem, life, love, single living and marriage.  Their words were filled with wisdom, seasoned with salt and articulated with honesty and grace.  Ladies and gentleman from all ages listened, laughed, cried and asked questions as they sat on the edges of their seats, gleaning nuggets of great truths from these "Pearls of Great Price!" 


Each Pearl received a gift bag with a plaque and a personalized white, cotton lace handkerchief, embroidered with the phrase, "Our Pearl of Great Price" and their name,  "Covenant Baptist Church" and the date. 


To view pictures of this special event,  click here...

Covenant Baptist Church joins with other faith based organizations to support Tri-C's "Interfaith Community Initiative..."

Pastor Chris, Dr. JaNice Marshall (Vice President, Cuyahoga Community College Pathway Programs red jacket) Tri -C Interns and other community leaders at the Cleveland City Club

(Excerpt from Cuyahoga Community College online brochure...)

Inter-faith Community Service Initiative

Cuyahoga Community College’s (Tri-C)


Interfaith Community Service Initiative was created to raise awareness of educational and workforce development opportunities among members of faith- based communities.

The Whitehouse has emphasized interfaith cooperation and community service as an important way to build understanding between different communities and contribute to the common good. The White House has invited all institutions of higher learning to join this powerful movement.*

Many local faith leaders have expressed a desire to improve the quality of life in our region, and this is one way that a successful partnership can accomplish that goal. Individuals who receive information about education and jobs in a familiar setting are more likely to finish high school, a GED, college or a workforce program.

Through the Office of College Pathway Programs, Tri-C works to promote academic opportunities, workforce development, and innovative and culturally relevant experiences necessary for success and completion of high school and college.


“When faith-based organizations join with institutions such as Tri-C to support equal opportunities for higher learning experiences, we fulfill the moral mandate to ‘do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God’ (Micah 6:8).


Rev. Christine A. Smith,

Senior Pastor, Covenant Baptist Church; Executive Director,

Covenant Outreach through Advocacy and Agency Networking


To read more about this initiative, click here


Pastor Chris and "1st G" invited to travel to the Holy Land, Israel...












January 25th - 31st, 2016, Pastor Chris and 1st Gentleman, Aristide Smith, Jr., were invited to serve as delegates of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, in collaboration with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews to visit the Holy Land, Israel.  Together, we not only toured the places where Jesus walked, but visited and worked with special mission projects such as orphanages, an army base and underprivileged communities.
We visited "Pantry Packers" a place where volunteers can go and package and box food supplies for the needy in the Jewish community. We participated "assembly line style" by preparing labels, filling, sealing and boxing bags of rice.  We also visited a home for Jewish Ethiopian Girls...girls who without the support of the home would be homeless, abused and neglected.  To view pictures, visit our Photo Gallery.

Covenant Honors Jordan Community Resource Center, A Ministry for Women in Transition on "Jordan House Sunday ..."

Since 2012, Covenant Baptist Church has worked in various ways to support women in transition, particularly those returning home from incarceration.  Through our COTAAN Ministry, Covenant has sought to provide spiritual and community resource support through Bible studies at local prisons, participating in county wide resource networks and through partnering with Cuyahoga Community College to sponsor a "Re-Entry Fair," an event designed to connect female returning citizens with employment and educational opportunities, as well as other supportive services such as housing and healthcare resources.

In keeping with our vision to support women in transition, on Sunday, October 30th, 2016 during our 11:00 a.m. Worship, Covenant held "Jordan House Sunday."  Jordan Community Resource Center is a local ministry that provides "Prevention, Intervention, Mediation and Housing" support to women in transition. 

As a part of our Anniversary Celebration, Covenant honored Founder and CEO, Elder Tenisha Watson and ladies from the Jordan House Ministry by presenting them with a monetary donation and holding a special reception in their honor after worship.  During worship, two of the ladies shared their testimonies of  struggle, hope and perseverance.  Our fellowship together with them was beautiful!

To see pictures from this event, click here .
To read more about the Jordan Ministry, visit
www.jordan4change.org .

Covenant Begins 2016 with "Strategic Prayer Focus..."

Beginning January, 2016 Covenant members will engage in "Cottage Prayer Meetings" monthly in their homes (one meeting per month).  Pastor Chris, along with Covenant Associate Ministers will visit our members' homes for an hour long prayer meeting and Bible Study.  Members are encouraged to invite family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. to share in this time of "fervent" strategic prayer and study.

Covenant Baptist Church has historic Ordination Service, Sunday, October 18th, 2015...

On Sunday, October 18th at 5:00 p.m.,  Covenant Baptist Church ordained two of its Daughters in the Ministry, Minister Rhonda Lawrence and Minister Tanya Wright. This was the first time in the 59 year history of Covenant that associate ministers have been ordained! In the presence of a couple hundred family, friends and clergy from across the Greater Cleveland Area, now "Rev. Lawrence" and "Rev. Wright" were officially consecrated and presented as the newest members among the ranks of the ordained.  Our guest preacher was Elder Yvonne Tufts Jeans.  To read more and to view the official Ordination Service Program, click here.  To see additional pictures of this beautiful occasion, visit our Photo Gallery here.

Elder Yvonne Tufs Jeans preaching...
Takia Bryant praise dancing...






NEED PRAYER?


We invite you to come to Covenant each 3rd Wednesday of the Month from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. for intercessory prayer.  We will pray with you!

 


Covenant's Motto:

"Expect great things from God and attempt great things for God"


Covenant's Vision:

"To be a strong , vibrant, evangelistic and

               disciple making ministry"

                

                    Covenant's Mission: 

                         "TEAM"

              Teaching, Evangelizing, Accountable, Making a difference for the Kingdom!