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A TRIANNUAL PUBLICATION OF THE EAST COAST CONFERENCE OF THE EVANGELICAL COVENANT CHURCH     OCTOber 2012 THE EAST COAST COVENANTER How can those who are young keep their way pure? By living according to your word.” PSALM 119:9 MISSION EMPHASIS: YOUTH & Families HOWARD K. BURGOYNE SUPERINTENDENT, EAST COAST CONFERENCE Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, ‘I find no pleasure in them.’ Ecclesiastes 12:1 A missional emphasis of Covenanters from our beginning has engaged in the Christian formation of youth and young adults. Our support for Christian parenting and the spiritual nurture of children has flourished in ministries such as Sunday School, Confirmation, Youth Groups, weeks at Camp Squanto, Mission Trips, Winterfest, and the triennial experience of CHIC. North Park University has also served as an extension in the college years, where faith and learning meet. Serving on summer staff at Pilgrim Pines and mission excursions to NESM have cultivated a deep sense of service, compassion, and faith in multiple generations. For a church to think long term, they have to begin to think and plan multigenerationally. If a church marries itself entirely to serve one generation they are guaranteed to be a widow before the next generation. Local church ministry with children, youth and families is a multi-generational cornerstone strategy for most churches as they serve their communities. Wise is the church that sets a priority on excellence in helping young people to become observant followers of Jesus, teaching them to practice everything that belongs to the way of Jesus with the truth of Jesus so they can experience the life of Jesus. This edition of The East Coast Covenanter seeks to highlight what God has been doing across the Conference in youth ministry over the last year. As you read these stories, I hope you’ll pause to give thanks, along with your ongoing support of youth ministry in your church and across the Conference. “How can those who are young keep their way pure? By living according to your word.” – Psalm 119:9 On the move, Have a question for howard? Email him at Paul W. Kahn Editor / graphic design & layout / writer Alicia Sturdy Editor / writer / photography Howard Burgoyne editor / writer contact the covenanter:  email us at: READ the covenanter ONLINE: OCT 2012 STORIES THE east coast COVENANTER TEAM PG 2: PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES: TRINITY COVENANT REACHES OUT TO YOUTH PG 3: CHURCH PLANTING UPDATE: NEW CITY COVENANT CHURCH OF BOSTON ROLLS OUT PG 4: CONGREGATIONAL HIGHLIGHT: COVENANT CHURCH OF THOMASTON PG 5: WHY I WILL LIVE MY LIFE FOR JESUS CHRIST: A TESTIMONY PG 6: A CHIC STORY OF MY OWN: A YOUTH PASTOR’S EXPERIENCE AT CHIC 2012 PG 7: LIVING INCARNATIONALLY IN SALEM: HIGHROCK NORTH SHORE PG 8 KREIG’S KORNER: WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER CONGREGATIONAL VITALITY EAST COAST CONFERENCE 52 Missionary Road Cromwell, CT 06416 860.635.2691

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