Questions deserve answers...

You have a right to know the Truth.

 John 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall MAKE you free.

 We can and will help you uncover

 the Truth of the Scriptures ~

 Knowing Truth will make you free

 to choose peace with your Maker,

 with others, and yourself... 

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   Welcome, and thank you for visiting Covenant Bible Fellowship online! We are excited that you have chosen to spend some time with us. We are a family of believers, excited about truth and building good into each other's lives.  

    Please feel free to read more about our church, visit our Facebook page, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbor. 

Our Mission

How is your life going right now? Can you of a full assurance say, right this minute, that if you were to die tonight, you would be safe in heaven?  

 We will end up somewhere after death, and there will be a time of judgment, but will it be for reward or punishment? 








     We believe that the door to salvation is always open and that Truth is the key to unlock the seeker from the weight of problems and despair or the hopelessness of not knowing.  Our mission is to help you in search of the Truth, then help you learn to apply principles from the Word that work not only in your spiritual growth but in your daily life.  We want to give you the tools, show you how to use them, and be a partner with you in your walk with Jesus Christ.

Are you choosing heaven or hell?  Where you go is entirely up to you.
Weddings and Family

   Our church offers premarital counseling to couples and stands firmly on the Scriptural definition of marriage as one man and one woman.   We believe it is the responsibility of parents to raise children in the nurture and admonition

of the Lord, and that as a

body of believers we are to teach, support and help families be strong in the faith, but not take the place of parents in doing so.


Sunday Morning services are at

9:45 am for Sunday School and

Worship Services begin at 11 am.


    The first 3 Sunday mornings Pastor Billy Robertson has the pulpit.  On the 4th Sunday an Elder or deacon will present the message. Pastor Joshua has 3 Sunday evenings & shares his discussions & thoughts online through Facebook Live.  These are interactive sessions & you are invited to join in the conversation.        On the 1st Sunday of the month we look at an important hymn, its history, & impact on the church & once a month at a major player in the spread of Christianity around the world.   On 5th Sundays, we enjoy special speakers from one of the many organizations we support. 

     The 7 pm Wednesday night study is Pastor Joshua's series  A Study in Ezekiel

    Friday night Home Fellowships are in various places according to the week of the month & the season of the year. Please see the monthly calendar for more information. 

The Latest News  

This year we have another reading challenge, using a different schedule.  We will be reading  the Scriptures, New and Old concurrently, with the Psalms and Proverbs repeated each month.  By the end of the year, the history of the testaments and the wisdom of the Psalms and Proverbs should be very much a part of our daily thinking, and through that, our growth towards being more and more like Jesus and and honor to the Father above.

FebruaryThis month we spend our time in the reading through Leviticus, Numbers, and part of Deuteronomy plus Mark and through chapter 15 of Luke.  As in last month's readings, the Scriptures provide the histories of surrounding events and prophecies given to the people called out by Jehovah as His own.  You can follow our reading schedule by reading 1 chapter of the New Testament each day, 3 chapters of the Old, and Psalms and Proverbs by reading each one for its day plus 30. (ex. day 1=Ps 1, 31, 61, 91, 121, & Prov 1. Read all of Ps 119 and Prov 31 on every 31st of a month.)

              A Study in Psalms          A Study in Proverbs  

      A Study in Leviticus    A Study in Numbers   

A Study in Deuteronomy     A Study in Mark

   A Study in Luke       A Study in John      

A Study in Ezekiel   

This Week's Sermon -2 Feb 2020
Isaiah 61-3  Put on the Garmentof Praise

Pray for our people, here & abroad, & all government agencies from local to federal.  Pray for a national revival & return to our Judaeo-Christian foundations.  Also pray for our nation, its leaders, military, law enforcement, EMT, fire & other public service members who provide such important services.  Ask the Lord to watch over those who need to turn to Him, no matter where they are & what they now believe. 

        This month's character focus is "Flexibility"  
Flexibility vs. Resistance  ~

Not setting my affections on ideas or plans which could be changed by God or others.


“Set your affection on things above, non on things on the earth.”
~ Colossians 3:2 ~ 

This Month's companion Hymn Histories   " "Have Thine Own Way, Lord" by Edward Perrone

This Month's companion Hero of the Faith    is  to be determined

 A bit of history about the calendars the modern world uses... "The  History  On Calendars"

* Events   

National  Black History Month   ~

 Its roots rest in "Negro History Week," an initiative of Dr. Carter G. Woodson. In 1915, Woodson established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History). In 1926, he launched Negro History Week to bring national attention to the contributions of black people to American history. Woodson chose the second week of February for Negro History Week because it marks the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. The celebration is still sponsored by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. In 1976, the Association expanded the celebration from one week to a month-long celebration.this age-old evil and work as you can to fight it. 

*February 1 ~ Petersburg Saturday Noon Prayer Walk

*February 2 ~ Pastor Billy Robertson   Fellowship & Friends Sunday ~

                 Join us after the service for a fellowship meal at a local restaurant 

   Evening service ~

   Evening service ~7 pm Pastor Joshua  "Hard Questions"   

If you have any questions that cause confusion, or you wonder about principles or events in the Old or New Testament, write them on the CBF Bulletin Board at

*February 2 ~ Ground Hog Day  a popular tradition celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2.  It derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog (Deitsch: Grundsau, Grunddax, Dax) emerging from its burrow on this day sees a shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks, and if he does not, due to cloudiness, spring season will arrive early.

*February 4 ~ Happy Birthday, Deacon Micah Justice!

*February 5 ~ Happy Birthday, Sister Tina Clawson (88!)

 A Study in Ezekiel  Pastor Joshua     A Facebook online interactive question &  answer session.

*February 7 ~  Home Fellowship - Micah & Hannah's

*February 8 ~ Petersburg Saturday Noon Prayer Walk

*February 9 ~ Pastor Billy Robertson

   Evening service ~7 pm Pastor Joshua  "Hard Questions"   

If you have any questions that cause confusion, or you wonder about principles or events in the Old or New Testament, write them on the CBF Bulletin Board at

*February 12 ~ Abraham Lincoln's birthday  1809-1865 Known as the Great Emancipator, Lincoln does not have a federal holiday, but there are state celebrations, a ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and  a wreath ceremony at Lincoln’s birthplace in Kentucky. 

 A Study in Ezekiel  Pastor Joshua     A Facebook online interactive question &  answer session. 

*February 14 ~ St. Valentine's Day   honors a 3rd Century saint and Roman Christian leader, who honored love & marriage, defied the Roman culture,  and paid for it with his life when he made a stand for Christ.

     Home Fellowship - - Amanda's   

*February 15 ~ Petersburg Saturday Noon Prayer Walk

*February 16 ~ Pastor Billy Robertson

   Evening service ~7 pm Pastor Joshua  "Hard Questions"   

If you have any questions that cause confusion, or you wonder about principles or events in the Old or New Testament, write them on the CBF Bulletin Board at

*February 17 ~   President's Day  (a federal holiday to honor George Washington and give folks a long weekend: PL Public Law 90-363)  In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved a number of federal holidays to Mondays. The change was designed to schedule certain holidays so that workers had a number of long weekends throughout the year) the observed federal holiday is actually called “Washington’s Birthday.” Neither Congress nor the President has ever stipulated that the name of the holiday observed as Washington’s Birthday be changed to Presidents’ Day. Additionally, Congress has never declared a national holiday binding in all states and each state decides its own legal holidays    Notes on why PL 90-363: ~The primary reasoning behind the move to Mondays was commercial, according to Jennifer Mittelstadt, a history professor at Rutgers University.  “It has everything to do with commerce in the United States,” she says. “Travel organizations had been pushing for three-day weekends like this since the 1950s, and they finally got the employee unions on board and the federal employee unions on board because there was a fair amount of agreement that it’d be good for business.”

One of the provisions of this act changed the observance of Washington's Birthday from February 22nd to the third Monday in February. Ironically, this guaranteed that the holiday would never be celebrated on Washington's actual birthday, as the third Monday in February cannot fall any later than February 21.

Contrary to popular belief, neither Congress nor the President has ever stipulated that the name of the holiday observed as Washington's Birthday be changed to "President's Day."

*February 19 ~  A Study in Ezekiel  Pastor Joshua     A Facebook online interactive question &  answer session. 

 *February 21 ~ Home Fellowship - Jon & Viviana's 

*February 22 ~ Petersburg Saturday Noon Prayer Walk

     President George Washington's actual birthday, 1732-1799

*February 23 ~ Pastor Billy Robertson   

   Evening service ~7 pm Pastor Joshua  "Hard Questions"   

If you have any questions that cause confusion, or you wonder about principles or events in the Old or New Testament, write them on the CBF Bulletin Board at

*February 25 ~  Happy Birthday, Pastor Emeritus Chuck Clawson (88!)

  Shrove Tuesday - the day before Ash Wednesday. Though named for its former religious significance, it is chiefly marked by feasting and celebration, which traditionally preceded the observance of the Lenten fast.

*February 26 ~  A Study in Ezekiel  Pastor Joshua     A Facebook online interactive question &  answer session.

    Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer and fasting. It is preceded by Shrove Tuesday and falls on the first day of Lent, the six weeks of penitence before Easter. Ash Wednesday is traditionally observed by Western Christians.

*February 28~ Our Upper Room Celebration Covered Dish Supper at CBF!  6:30 pm.  We celebrate each other and our Lord every 4th Friday of the month.  Join us as we sing songs, honor birthdays, anniversaries, answered prayer, and have a great meal together while gratefully acknowledging the good things God has done for us this month!

*February 29 ~ Petersburg Saturday Noon Prayer Walk

  Leap Year!!  Ayear is the length of time it takes for the Earth to revolve once around the sun. In that span, the Earth fully rotates on its axis 365 times. Each rotation is 24 hours, i.e. one day. That’s all pretty straightforward, right? But here’s where it gets tricky. The Earth actually rotates slightly more than 365 times in the span of a year. Four years worth of extra rotation adds up to one extra full rotation, and thus one extra day.

*March 1 ~ Pastor Billy Robertson   

   Evening service ~7 pm Pastor Joshua  "Hard Questions"   

If you have any questions that cause confusion, or you wonder about principles or events in the Old or New Testament, write them on the CBF Bulletin Board at

Putting on the Garment of Praise

Pastor Billy Robertson

       2 February 2020          message notes


   Putting on a garment of praise is much like putting on or taking off a loved and favorite outfit.  It looks good on you; it fits well; it lifts your spirits; it shows off the tailor's skills; it carries you through a day and helps when things could be less than joyful.  And yet, it is so much more.

    The garment of praise tells others of the Lord of all Creation; it guides your walks through your day; it is a gift from God that we give back to Him. 

    Before we can put on, we must take off -- take off lies, poor self-talk, and ignore the flesh's need to lead us to greed, sorrow, self-deprecation, and the oh-poor-me's...      Listen as Pastor Billy takes us through the practical steps to take off the old attitudes and self-defeating inner talk, and learn how to put on a garment of praise and blessing to and for our Lord.  

    This is Sermon 3 in his series Growing a Heart of Worship.     

Our Missions of Hope ~ Opportunities to be Involved in the work CBF is doing in sharing the Gospel & Meeting  Needs in our Church &  Local Community.

The Gideons ~  If you want to make sure everyone has a chance to read the Bible, this is your opportunity, as either a 'Friend of the Gideons" or as a Gideon member.  Check with Elder Phil.

Working with children & families needing hope, help, & healingKhamrada's Hope.

Director Amy Grieco has worked with child abuse, child behavior, & family dynamics since graduate school in her capacity as a researching student, a sexuality educator, as the Assistant Director of a rape crisis center, & in her business since 2005. She & her husband Jeff are willing to train volunteers to help with families & children who need hope & help while using the horses as a vehicle for trust & healing.  Check with Sister Hannah Justice for more information. 

Visitations & Support Ministry ~ at some point we all need help. From new babies in the house to illnesses to accidents & aging, CBF tries to encourage & be there for our folks.  From shopping for the shut in, and emergency runs to  bringing in meals, helping the kids learn to read, or helping with insurance issues, we have people in the congregation that are available to our members.  Check with Elders Phil & Vanessa for more information. 

Our Prison Ministry ~ Deacon Alwyn Floyd is our Prison minister, & will be happy to talk to you about reaching those who find themselves in a bondage only Christ can free. Pastor Billy Robertson spent years ministering to those in prison, & is also a resource to find out more...

Our Webmaster has taken quite ill, but as the illness allows, she will update the calendar and the Read Through the Bible Challenge verses.  Please keep her, her family, and the church in prayer as we go through this trying time.  Thank you. 

 Local, National, &  International Missions  CBF Supports (& opportunities to serve...)

Every week  we have an opportunity to support various local, national & international organizations, including The James House, CARES, The Gideons, The Pregnancy Support Center, SetFree, The International ALERT Academy, Verity, the ACLJ, New Tribes Mission, Promise Keepers, The Voice of the Martyrs, Wycliffe Associates, Friends of Israel, Dayspring International, Downtown Churches United, ReGenesis, The Salvation Army, and Equipping the Nations.

We participate in a Good News Club in the Petersburg public schools.  We need volunteers to meet with students once a week all school year long.  Check with Jon & Viviana Burgess if interested in being a part of this fledgling ministry.  

If you did not  make one of the services this week, you can listen to our sermons & teachings via  this direct link  to our chirbit site  or access those teachings/discussions/sermons uploaded to the following:


We also have a YouTube channel,  Covenant Bible Fellowship, Petersburg, VA.  There you can find our study videos and leave comments which we will monitor. 

And you can find videos and leave comments at our Vimeo site.  

Finally, you can also check out our CBF  Facebook  page,

*We fully support the Tri-Cities Pregnancy Support Center...   

If you want to know more about this effort, please enjoy this video by a sister well as the following information from the National Right to Life folks...

A PowerPoint for National Sanctity of Life Sunday & Week  18-24 January 2015

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