Monday, May 22, 2006

Sacred Space

Over the next several weeks, this site will not be featuring the weekly themes for worship as it has in the past. That's because I will not be preaching at Montecito Covenant Church, but will be traveling back to the church sites in France as part of my vacation and study leave, exploring themes from my 2000 sabbatical project on Sacred Space, now titled "Old Stones; a rediscovery of the sacred."
If readers are interested in following these wanderings and ramblings, I encourage them the find reflections at, where I hope to regularly post thoughts, images and podcasts.
Montecito Covenant Church will be hosting, in my absence, a series of excellent preachers: 5/28 Steen Hudson,from the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, 6/4 Matt Mills, youth pastor at Ocean Hills Covenant Church, 6/11 Ben Patterson, campus pastor at Westmont College, 6/18 Hugo Otaola, pastor at Isla Vista Covenant Church, 6/25 Kim Crawford, interim youth pastor at Montecito Covenant and Fuller Seminary student. All services wil begin at 10:00 am throughout the summer.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Free From Debt...Free For Mission

We take Mission seriously; so seriously we want to eliminate all building debt payments so that money normally going the bank can be freed up to be used in the mission of the church. The overall goal is $1.3 million. Before the dinner on Saturday, April 28, members and friends quietly committed over $300,000 toward that goal. After the dinner, about $60,000 in gifts and pledges came in, bringing the current total to $422,405. This excellent beginning now needs completion through the full participation of members and friends of Montecito Covenant Church.
The ladder propped against the communion table is our marking tool, with each rung marked with a dollar value, the top rung being $1.3 million. Along the edge of the ladder is a Montecito oak leaf, marking our progress upwards each week.
Thanks for what you have or will give!