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.

Services

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 Haggai

    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  chronologically, or as closely as we can, using the events of the Scriptures in chronological, or historical, order. The suggested times will be based as much as possible in archaeological & researched findings as well as timelines developed by Biblical scholars.

    September~ This month we spend our time in the chronological readings in Ezekiel, Joel Daniel, Ezra, Haggai, Nehemiah, and parts of Malachi, Luke, and John.  These readings cover from roughly 590BC to 430BC (but for the Gospels which refer to the history or are connected in some way to it...) AS in lst 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 at our  September 2019 Bible Reading Plan.

        A Study in Psalms           A Study in Ezekiel   

        A Study in Daniel              A Study in Joel   

    A Study in Ezra     A Study in Nehemiah    

   A Study in Haggai     A Study in Malachi     

    A Study in Luke       A Study in John     

This Week's Sermon -10 Nov 2019
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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 "Orderliness"  
Orderliness vs. Disorganization ~

Preparing myself and my surroundings so I will achieve the greatest efficiency. including knowing

what to remove from my life and surroundings and having the courage to do it.  

“Let all things be done decently and in order.
~ 1 Corinthians 14:40 ~ 

This Month's companion Hymn Histories   "This Is My Father's World"

by Rev. Maltbie Babcock (1858–1901)

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  Immunization AwarenessMonth  ~

This month learn about the pros & cons of immunizations, their ingredients, the correct amounts/age, the right frequency of taking shots.  Be a Berean -- dig deeply & know the whens, wheres, & whys of protecting you & yours.

*Sept 1 ~  Pastor Billy Robertson   Fellowship & Friends Sunday ~

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

   Evening service ~7 pm Elder Vanessa Justice  

Hymn Histories   This Is My Father's World"

by Rev. Maltbie Babcock (1858–1901)

*Sept 2 ~    Labor Day - enjoy this ending of the summer break & be safe.   The first Labor Day was held in 1882. Its origins stem from the desire of the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers. It became a federal holiday in 1894. It was originally intended that the day would be filled with a street parade to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. (One of the reasons for choosing to celebrate this on the first Monday in September was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. )   Some history surrounding Labor Day from Bill Federer

            http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Did-you-know-this-LABOR-DAY-history-.html?soid=1108762609255&aid=VO0Ycs2UtV0

*Sept 2 ~   V-J Day! In 1945, Japan formally surrendered to the Allies in a ceremony held aboard the USS Missouri.

*Sept 3 ~   Back to School!!  Watch out for buses and children.

*Sept 4 ~ 7 pm A Study in Haggai  Pastor Joshua     A Facebook online interactive question &  answer session.  

*Sept  6 Home Fellowship - Micah & Hannah's

*Sept 7 ~ Petersburg Saturday Noon Prayer Walk

*Sept 8 ~ Grandparents' Day   1st Sunday after Labor Day    Marian McQuade hoped to establish a national day that would honor grandparents, and in 1970 she began a campaign to do so. McQuade raised awareness about senior citizens throughout the 1970s. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter declared the first Sunday after Labor Day to be National Grandparents Day. Each year, the president issues a proclamation to keep the tradition going.   Grandparents Day has both an official flower and song. The official flower is the forget-me-not, and the song is Johnny Prill’s “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa.” Both were chosen by the National Grandparents Day Council.   https://www.almanac.com/content/when-grandparents-day

*Sept 8 ~ Pastor Billy Robertson   

     4 pm ~ Helping feed every 2nd Sunday of the month ~ Join the Justices and the Burgesses as we serve food to the less fortunate in concert with Regenesis.     

   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 

      https://www.facebook.com/notes/covenant-bible-fellowship/hard-questions-bulletin-board/1213937488735588/?fref=mentions

*Sept 11 ~  Remembering 9/11/2001

*Sept 11 ~  7 pm A Study in Haggai  Pastor Joshua     A Facebook online interactive question &  answer session.  

*Sept 12 ~                                    Happy Anniversary, Phil & Vanessa Justice!       

*Sept 13~ Home Fellowship - Amanda's         and        It's Uncle Sam Day!  

There are two theories as to how Uncle Sam emerged. Both date back to the early 1800's.

The officially recognized theory dates back to soldiers stationed near Troy, New York during the war of 1812. Barrels of meat they received were stamped "U.S." The supplier was Samuel Wilson of Troy, New York. Solders jokingly referred to him as "Uncle Sam". In 1813, the first image of "Uncle Sam" appeared. In 1961, the U.S. Congress issued a resolution recognizing "Uncle Sam" Wilson, and authorizing a monument in his hometown in Troy, NY.  There is a second, less popular theory of the creation of Uncle Sam. During the early 1800's, Irish immigrants were coming to America. Some believed that Uncle Sam emerged from these immigrants. In their Gaelic language, the United Stares of America was "Stáit Aontaithe Mheiriceá", abbreviated "SAM".  Uncle Sam Day became official in 1989, when a joint resolution of Congress designated September 13 "Uncle Sam Day".  This date was selected, as "Uncle Sam" Wilson was born on September 13, 1776.

*Sept 14 ~ Petersburg Saturday Noon Prayer Walk

*Sept 15 ~ Pastor Billy Robertson   AND a very special celebration!  CBF turns 31!!

                  Join us for games and a cookout on the grounds after our morning services!!!

*Sept 17 ~ The signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.  Constitution Day & Citizenship Day is observed each year on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, & “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.”  This commemoration had its origin in 1940 when Congress passed a joint resolution authorizing & requesting the President to issue annually a proclamation setting aside the 3rd Sunday in May for the public recognition of all who had attained the status of American citizenship.  The designation for this day was “I Am An American Day.”  In 1952 Congress repealed this joint resolution & passed a new law moving the date to September 17 to commemorate “the formation & signing, on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution of the United States.” The day was still designated as “Citizenship Day” & retained its original purpose of recognizing all those who had attained American citizenship. This law urged civil & educational authorities of states, counties, cities, & towns to make plans for the proper observance of the day & “for the complete instruction of citizens in their responsibilities & opportunities as citizens of the United States & of the State and locality in which they reside.”  In 2004 under Senator Byrd's urging, Congress changed the designation of this day to "Constitution Day & Citizenship Day" & added two new requirements in the commemoration of this Day. The first is that the head of every federal agency provides each employee with educational & training materials concerning the Constitution on September 17th. The second is that each educational institution which receives Federal funds should hold a program for students every September 17th.   https://www.loc.gov/law/help/commemorative-observations/constitution-day.php

*Sept 18 ~  In 1947 President Truman signed the National Security Act which established this new defense organization and, along with it the creation of the US Air Force as an independent service, equal to the US Army and US Navy.  Happy Birthday, USAF!

*Sept 20 ~ Home Fellowship - Jon & Viviana's 

*Sept 21 ~ Petersburg Saturday Noon Prayer Walk

*Sept 22 ~ Elder Phil Justice     Fasting, Prayer. & Missionary Sunday.  Join us for prayer for the missions we support & a covered dish meal upstairs after the morning 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 

      https://www.facebook.com/notes/covenant-bible-fellowship/hard-questions-bulletin-board/1213937488735588/?fref=mentions

*Sept 23 ~                                              Welcome, Fall!!!

*Sept 23 ~                                    Happy Birthday, Jacque Robertson!       

*Sept 25~ See You At The Flagpole!  See You at the Pole™, the global day of student prayer, began in 1990 as a grassroots movement with ten students praying at their school. Twenty years later, millions pray on their campuses on the fourth Wednesday in September.   See You at the Pole™ is simply a prayer rally where students meet at the school flagpole before school to lift up their friends, families, teachers, school, and nation to God. See You at the Pole™ is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event.

    7 pm A Study in Haggai  Pastor Joshua     A Facebook online interactive question &  answer session.

*Sept 26 ~ Johnny Appleseed Day  Born John Chapman on September 26, 1774, in Leominster, Massachusetts, to Nathaniel and Elizabeth Simons Chapman. Not much is known about his early life other than his mother died when he was two. His father packed up Johnny and his sister (an infant brother had died the previous year) and moved to Springfield, Massachusetts. His father served as a Minuteman and fought at Bunker Hill.  By 1797, Chapman was in northwestern Pennsylvania propagating his apple seeds and working his way steadily into the frontier of West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and eventually as far west as Illinois and Iowa and as far north as Michigan and Wisconsin. In his wake, he left orchards and the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish spiritual leader whose books he would buy with whatever payment he might receive for his endeavors. In turn, Johnny would give the books away as he traveled and planted his seeds and seedlings for free along with his wisdom. His broad-brimmed pasteboard hat keeping the sun from his eyes as he went. Often shoeless, he traveled mostly by foot and sometimes by horseback or canoe often traveling many miles to nurse an ailing orchard when word would reach him of its poor condition. Bringing the trees back to health would be his chief endeavor while dispersing wisdom, care and kindness as he did. Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated on either March 11th or September 26th. The September date is Appleseed’s acknowledged birth date. The March date is sometimes preferred due to the planting season. While there is some vagueness concerning Appleseed’s death and burial, it is known he became ill in early March of 1845 and passed soon after, possibly March 18th.

*Sept 27~ 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!

*Sept 28 ~                                    Happy Birthday, Kristina Justice!    

     Petersburg Saturday Noon Prayer Walk

*Sept 29 ~ Special Speaker Sunday --to be determined

                                Fasting, Prayer, and Missions Sunday is normally the last Sunday of the month,

                               but this month we are honored to have a guest speaker.  On our Fasting, Prayer,

                             and Missions Sundays, please come and join us after the morning service as we

                               first appeal in prayer to the Lord for the various missions & organizations

                                     which we support & then share in a break-the-fast meal together.

 Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) 5799 begins at sundown.  It ends at sundown on 1 October. 

  Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: ראש השנה), (literally "head of the year"), is the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the High Holidays or Yamim Noraim ("Days of Awe"), celebrated ten days before Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah is observed on the first two days of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. It is described in the Torah as יום תרועה (Yom Teru'ah, a day of sounding [the Shofar]).

The Blood of Christ

Part 2 - Redemption

Pastor Billy Robertson

10 November 2019          message notes

 

   In this second of Pastor Billy's sermon series on "The Power of the Blood of Jesus the Christ", Pastor Billy continues sharing the needs of a perfect, sinless sacrifice of whole and holy blood without which there is no forgiveness of sins. 

   Redemption.    Jesus the Messiah is our Redeemer because of the price He paid with His sinless, perfect, holy blood to cover us who are sinful, unholy, and needy broken people.  His sacrifice does more than lift us out of our sin-filled state ~ it opens the gates of heaven for us by covering us with His perfect blood.  

    Can you reject this? Yes, but it would be foolish above all foolishness.  Can you walk out from under His covering? Yes, but why would you?  

     Listen as Pastor Billy shares the Power of Christ's blood! 

  

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...

We hope to develop 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:

 

     http://www.sermoncloud.com/covenant-bible-fellowship      

http://www.churchcloud.com/covenant-bible-fellowship

 

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,  www.facebook.com/CovenantBibleFellowship

 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.

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. 

*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 center...as 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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