Cove 2009 Annual Report

The Year in Summary

- January: Mom's Day Out. We added a session on Fridays that met at FPC. This new class has grown and now both Thursdays at The Cove and Fridays at FPC are operating with an average of 8 children. Mom's Day Out continues to be an outreach to families. 50% of our families are from outside either church.

- March: Holy Week Good Friday Tenebrae - We constructed a 16 foot tall cross where we re-enacted the passion of our Lord’s crucifixion. Attended by 85.

Strategic Planning Retreat at Clos du Bois Conference Center in Geyserville. With the help of Pat Byrne, we tackled three important aspects of our ministry: The Sunday morning experience, Communication, and Fellowship Groups/On ramps for fellowship. More than 30 Cove leaders participated in this important event.

- May: We continue subletting to three tenants: Sanctuary United Christian Fellowship (Latino), Calvary Christian Church (Fijian) and the California Virtual Academy (a homeschool group).

Women’s retreat at St. Columba’s in Inverness was a real highlight. The topic was prayer and workshops included “the Anglican Rosary,” Praying through collage, Ignatian contemplation, Franciscan, Augustinian and Thomistic prayer styles. The Cove has a regular Contemplative Prayer gathering, once a month on Saturdays.

- August: City Kid’s Festival - distributed 13,000 books to under-resourced children in our community. More than 4000 people showed up for this ecumenical-community picnic-gospel-event. We don’t know where all the books come from. They just keep appearing, every year.

Pastor’s Class: This weekly group started in August. It gives Pastor Jeff an opportunity it try out his Sunday message on a group of sharp theologians 4 days before he has to preach it.

Men’s Ministry Breakfasts started in September. We have 9-12 men every Wednesday, from 6:30 to 7:30am for breakfast, prayer, personal check-in, and Bible study.

- Fall: Pulpit Exchanges. Teaming up with Adam Peacocke of City Life Fellowship and Dustin Gallup of New Day Christian Church, we swapped pastors for a day, on Oct 18 and Nov 22. Both of these churches are the same size and style as The Cove. It was helpful and illuminating.

CoveKids Christmas Choir: For the second time we offered a choir for kids ages 5-12 during Advent. They rehearsed at the 9am service for each of the first 3 Sundays of Advent and then sang their program, "Christmas around the world-Christ came for all nations" at both services.

- December: 217 attend Christmas Eve services featuring an original movie, “A Grandfather’s Christmas.” We also had two morning worship services during Advent. On the first Sunday of Advent, we baptized 5 young people.

Highlight - The St. Nick Connection

We invented and implemented The St. Nick Connection: a benevolence that reached out to those in our community in practical ways. We made 56 St. Nick connections during Advent. Some of the “recipients” were church members, some were strangers, eight were the beat cops that patrol the Cove’s neighborhood on W. Steele Lane. We tried to show the love of Christ in practical and unexpected ways to each of the 56 people receiving gifts. The St. Nick Connection represents the best of the Christmas Spirit: loving all people in the name of Christ out of the overflow of what God has done for us.

Vital Statistics

Average Weekly Attendance
Worship (7th - adult)97 Baptisms9
Sunday School (Nurs - 6th)25 Change in Membership+11
Youth Group11 Births6
Average Monthly Giving$15,516 Deaths1
2007 Total Income: $237,631 Total Expenses: $234,261 Net Income: $3,370