Our Mission Statement
We, the Synod of the Covenant,
in partnership with
our presbyteries, congregations, the General Assembly
and other faith communions,
are called and sent by God
to be a living, active and inclusive witness
to the love of Christ.
Heart and Treasure: 2013 Annual Synod Report
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21 & Luke 12:34 – NRSV)
The New Testament word translated as “treasure” literally means “a storehouse for precious items” and hence, a store or treasure; it is derived from the Greek verb which means, “to put, place, lay, set, establish”. All these nuances are appropriate descriptions are relevant when we reflect on the ministry of the church, especially our Presbyterian church. We do ministry together; we discern, plan, and accomplish ministry objectives together. We also fund, support, and evaluate ministry together as church and as faithful disciples.
Presbyterians in Michigan and Ohio have in essence built and maintained the church and the Synod of the Covenant as storehouses where together we establish priorities and organize to fulfill our mission in this region. Together, we gratefully gather our resources, skills, energies, gifts, and talents. Together we pray and discern how and where God is calling us to serve, and with whom we share this treasure. Together we agree to invest, to store, to spend, and to trade in this most amazing economy, God’s economy, the economy of life, love, justice, peace, and grace. Together we are but one heart, one mind, one body; together we serve and obey one Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.
With gratitude to God and the Presbyterian disciples in this Synod, we hereby take stock of OUR Storehouse, or our treasure where our Heart lives, and where God’s heart gives life eternal. Enclosed is a quick appraisal of the resources with which God and you entrusted us in 2013. Let us celebrate and strive to outdo our generosity and ministry in 2014.
Raafat L. Zaki
Synod of the Covenant
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Help Wanted: Mobile Health Fair Team Member and Mobile Health Fair Supervisor position descriptions and application are now on the Synod of the Covenant website. Application deadline is March 31, 2014. The successful candidates for the Health Fair positions will be meeting at the 1st Health Fair Coordinators Meeting on April 12 at the synod offices. Applications are to be submitted to email@example.com or via fax to 419-754-4051.
Locations needed: We are currently taking reservations for the 2014 Mobile Health Fair Van.
Assembly Papers March 2014: