Upcoming Events

Fall Festival – Sunday, October 8, noon to 2 pm at Frontier Ranch at Mission Springs Conference Center. There will be a taco cart, bounce houses and a dessert potluck. Please bring a dessert to share. Suggested donation $5/person to cover costs.

Wings Harvest Jamboree – Sunday, October 15, 3-8 pm, Aptos Village Park. Fundraiser to benefit Wings Homeless Advocacy – tri tip BBQ, square dance caller, games for kids. Tickets available at www.wingsadvocacy.org

Faith Communities Shelter – Saturday, October 21, 5:30 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. Join Pastor Jeremiah in serving dinner to 16-20 homeless individuals before they are housed overnight at St. Philip’s church.

Congregational Business Meeting – Sunday, October 22, 11 am, in the sanctuary. Members, please plan to attend.

Club 4-5 – Youth Group for grades 4 and 5 will meet Saturday, October 28, 4 pm, at church.

Young Life Santa Cruz Silent Auction & Banquet – Saturday, October 28, 5 pm, Chaminade Resort & Spa. For tickets contact Young Life office 831.423.5478 [email protected]

Coming soon

Men’s Breakfast, Saturday, February 13, 8:30 am, Mollie’s Country Cafe in Scotts Valley

Youth Groups, Sunday, February 14, 6-7:30 pm Middle School, 6:45-8:15 pm High School, dinner provided. Meet in the sanctuary.

Adult Bible Study, Tuesday, February 16, 10 am, Fireside Room

Wings Homeless Advocacy Training, Saturday, February 20, 9:30-2:30, Twin Lakes Church, Room 703, Monschke Hall, lunch provided. RSVP to Peggy at [email protected]

Faith Communities Shelter, Saturday, February 20, 5:30 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Scotts Valley

Club 45, Friday, February 26, 7-8:30 pm. Meet in Sanctuary.

All Church Fall Festival & BBQ


Everyone is invited to the ALL CHURCH FALL FESTIVAL & BBQ next Sunday, October 18, after church at Frontier Ranch.The staff took a short field trip to Frontier Ranch this week and rediscovered the possibilities – there are two ping pong tables, regular foosball, human foosball (whatever that is), disc golf, carpet ball (again, ???) and a huge lawn for bocci ball, 3 legged races, etc. There will be bingo and a cupcake walk for all ages and, of course, music and food! We’ll supply and BBQ the hot dogs. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. We’ll head over after church, start up by 12:30 and go until around 2:30.

Directions from church: Take Mt. Hermon Rd. past Lockwood Lane, turn right onto Lockhart Gulch Rd. Continue on Lockhart Gulch to the Mission Springs Camp & Conference Center at Cathedral Drive and turn right. Stay on Cathedral Drive through the conference center and drive up the hill. Turn right on Frontier Road at the fork in the road. Frontier Ranch is at the end of Frontier Road. There is plenty of parking on Freemy Circle and also at the top of Frontier Road. If you are unable to make the hike down the hill, have the driver drop you off. There is some parking at the bottom if needed.

This week and next:

Saturday, October 10, 8:30 am, Men’s Breakfast at Mollie’s Cafe in Scotts Valley – All men are welcome, meets 2nd Saturday of the month

Saturday, October 10, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, Wings Training at Garfield Park Church, 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz – RSVP to Peggy Benedum at: [email protected]

Sunday, October 11, Youth Groups – Middle School 6-7:30 pm, High School 6:45-8:15 pm, Dinner is provided.

Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 pm, Women’s Bible Study in the CE Bldg. Meets weekly, no advanced prep required.

Saturday, October 17, 5:30 pm, Faith Communities Shelter, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church on Scotts Valley Drive. 

CHIC, Photo Directory and more…

This weekend, Brian McCutchen & Erin McMorris and 10 high school kids will travel to Knoxville, Tennessee for CHIC. Starting Sunday, July 12th, each night you can catch Mainstage on Live Stream! Go to the website at http://chic2015.org

Church Photo Directory
We’re creating a new photo directory for our church. To be included, you should…

Provide Your Contact Information – Cell phones and email may ​now be included, along with your name, address and home phone​e. Complete a form (available in the narthex) or reply to this email.
Provide a Photo – Send us your favorite family photo, an informal, head & shoulders shot, landscape (4 x 3), JPEG or PNG, about 1 Mbyte. Email to [email protected] – if you prefer, we’ll take a photo for you on Sunday, July 19th or Sunday, July 26th.
Check Your Information – Check the draft in the narthex. Add anything missing, and correct any errors. If it’s perfect, check the little box on the right to confirm.

Faith Communities Shelter Program
On the third Saturday of the month, Community Covenant Church partners with St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, feeding a meal to a group of 16-20 homeless individuals, while St. Philip’s provides the shelter. Erik & Heather Hedstrom would like to team up with people from Community Covenant to prepare and serve the meal on July 18th. The meal can be prepared in your own kitchen or at St. Philip’s. Reimbursement with receipt is available up to $50 – see Claudia in the church office for details. If you would simply like to help Erik & Heather serve to gain a better understanding of the ministry, that would be great. Please contact Claudia at [email protected] or Erik at [email protected]

Wings Training Event
July 25, 20159:30 am – 2:30 pm (includes lunch)
Garfield Park Christian Church (Circle Church)

Please join us for our next Wings Homeless Advocacy training session. If you are interested in joining Wings, or are just curious and want to know more, this is a great no-obligation session with lunch provided.

Some of the subjects discussed are:
The state of homelessness in the nation and in our county
Housing First philosophy
Trauma informed care
Sensible boundaries
Self care
and dive deeper into our operational details
Please let us know if you are planning on attending so we can ensure adequate space, lunch, and materials.

RSVP by email to Peggy Benedum [email protected]

(Wings Homeless Advocacy is a ministry of Community Covenant Church).


What’s Happening?

YOU ASKED FOR IT!!!!! Church Photo Directory
We’re creating a new photo directory for our church.
To be included, you should…

1. Provide Your Contact Information
Cell phones and email may now be included, along with your names, address and home phone. Complete a form (if you didn’t 
in 2014) or email your info to [email protected]. (Forms are in the narthex)

2. Provide a Photo
You can send us your favorite family photo. We’d like informal, head and shoulders shots, landscape (4 x 3), JPEG or PNG, about 1 Mbyte. Email to [email protected].
Or if you prefer, we’ll take a photo for you on Sunday, July 19th or Sunday, July 26th.

3. Check Your Information
Check the draft in the narthex. Add anything missing, and correct any errors. If it’s perfect check the little box on the right to confirm your entry.

HSC Campus Beautification Day
July 11th from 9 am to 1 pm
115 Coral Street, Santa Cruz

The temporary closing of the Loft and other emergency services provides an opportunity for some spring cleaning. Homeless Services Center is holding a Campus Beautification Day on Saturday, July 11th. There will be gardening, organizing, and general clean-up of the grounds. Wings is looking for all available volunteers and would love to have CCSV participate! Contact Cassie Strusis-Timmer if you are willing to help. All supplies will be provided.

Joni & Friends
Joni & Friends is in need of Short-Term Missionaries for the July 12-17 JAF retreats at Mission Springs. We especially need people for campers of the ages of nursery to teens as well as a few “floaters” who can help set up activities, etc.
If you are interested, see Karen Meyers for more information.

More happenings:
Saturday, 7/11, Men’s Breakfast, 8:30 am at Mollie’s in Scotts Valley
Monday – Friday, 7/12-17, our High School Youth will be at CHIC (Covenant High in Christ) 2015 in Knoxville, Tennessee
Saturday, 7/18, Faith Communities Shelter Program at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. Please contact the church office if you are able to help (438-4276 or [email protected])
Monday – Friday, 7/27-7/31, “Hometown Nazareth” Vacation Bible Camp for grades K-5; register on the “Children’s Ministries” page.

Church Happenings

Saturday, June 6, Wings Homeless Advocacy Training session at Garfield Park Christian Church (the Circle Church), 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. If you are interested in joining the Wings Ministry or are just curious what we are about, this is a great no obligation session with lunch provided. Please RSVP to Peggy Benedum at [email protected]

Saturday, June 13, Men’s Breakfast, meets at 8:30 am at Mollie’s Cafe on Mt. Herman Drive in Scotts Valley. All men are welcome; it’s a great, casual way to get to know other men in our church.

Also Saturday, June 13, is the Faith Community Shelter at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Scotts Valley. Community Covenant is joining with St. Philip’s where a group of 16-20 homeless participants rotate sleeping in a different church each night of the week. St. Philip’s is providing the sleeping space and Community Covenant is providing the meal. The Faith Community Shelter is scheduled for the second Saturday of the month. Volunteers are needed to prepare and/or serve the evening meal, and we are starting to put together a monthly schedule through the end of the year. The immediate need is for this month, June 13. If you are able to participate by preparing or serving the meal, please contact the church office 831-438-4276 or [email protected]. If you are interested in participating in the program in an upcoming month, please also contact the office.

Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 pm concludes the spring Men’s Bible Study session. It meets in the church library. Look for information about fall Men’s Bible Study in future emails.

Friday, June 19, is the Men’s BBQ from 5-9 pm on the church patio. All men are welcome. Please bring a friend and enjoy a meal while getting to know other men in our community. Main meal/drinks/dessert provided. Please bring a side, salad or chips or just $3 for the basket.

Joni & Friends is in need of Short-Term Missionaries for the June 14-19 and the July 12-17 retreats at Mission Springs. We especially need people for campers of the ages of nursery to teens as well as a few “floaters” who can help set up activities, etc. If you are interested, please see Karen Meyers.

What’s Happening!

Sunday, May 17th: Youth Group BBQ at the Anderson’s, 6:30 pm

Tuesday, May 19th: Adult Bible Study, 10 am, Fireside Room

Wednesday, May 20th: Men’s Bible Study, 6:30 pm, Library

Friday, May 29th: Club 4-5, 6:30 pm, Fireside Room

Friday, May 29th: Join us for a Bridal Shower for Tracy Roberts, 6:00 pm, CE Bldg. for a salad supper. Please call the office if you can help by bringing salad, bread or dessert.


Our pastoral search committee is excited to recommend a candidate for our lead pastor. This recommendation is unanimous. There will be several opportunities to meet our candidate over Memorial Day weekend and also the following Sunday. Here’s the schedule:

Sunday, May 24th: The search committee will introduce our candidate for lead pastor at this all-age worship service.

Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th, 12:00: Join us for a BBQ on the patio at noon. You’ll have the opportunity to meet our lead pastor candidate and his family. The main course will be provided; please bring a side dish or salad to share. We’ll have a Q&A time with our candidate about 1:30.

Sunday, May 31st: Our lead pastor candidate will be preaching this Sunday morning. Please join us for worship together.

Sunday, May 31st, 4:00 PM: Return in the afternoon for our congregation business meeting. We’ll hear from our search committee, and have time for questions and comments. This is a time of discernment; we’ll vote on the question: “Is God calling our candidate to be lead pastor here at Community Covenant?”


Also of note:
Wings has a new request from our Rebele Family Shelter. One of their client families is moving into a new home this month and is in need of a few items by early next week:

Dishes and cups
Rugs for bathroom
Cooking utensils

If you have or are willing to obtain any of these items, that’s great! They need to be in very good condition. Drop off the items at Community Covenant Church at “the porch of the log cabin” with a note “for Wings” or contact Jim (Willie) Young to make other arrangements.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, March 8 – Daylight Saving Time – Spring FORWARD!!
Adult Sunday School, 9:15 am, Fireside Room
Worship Service, 10:30 am, Kristin Van Pykeren is preaching
Youth Group – meets at 7pm in the sanctuary

Tuesday, March 10, Women’s Bible Study, 10 am in the Fireside Room

Saturday, March 14
Men’s Breakfast, 8:30 am at Mollie’s in SV
Wings Training, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm (lunch provided), at Peace United Church of Christ – Library, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz – if interested, RSVP to Peggy Benedum [email protected]

On Sunday, March 15, Abi Young and Scott Weiss will share the VOC (Vulnerable & Orphan Child) Program and Scott’s recent trip to Ethiopia after our 10:30 am worship service. Meet in the Community Room (next to the kitchen).

On Sunday, March 22, we will kickoff a new members class after church. If you are interested in attending, please contact Scott or Sally.

Can we end homelessness?


Representatives of our Wings Group, Jim Young and Peggy Benedum, attended the Smart Solutions to Homelessness Summit on December 1st. This Summit was attended by almost 250 community members who came to learn more about homelessness, discuss its impacts, hear about innovative solutions taking form in other communities and establishing a plan for greater community engagement and action. To learn more read the full article:
Do You Believe We Can End Homelessness? (PDF)