E-news for February 13-19, 2022


In this sermon series, we are continuing our study of foundational theological truths for the Christian life, from the sinfulness of humanity to the atoning work of Christ and the transforming power of the Spirit.   The Apostle Paul urges us to not simply know about the gospel, but to let it transform us, and to let God impact every aspect of our lives!


  • Monday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day!
  • Wednesday, February 16 – Women’s Discipleship Group/Lunch!
  • Thursday, February 17 – Midweek Fellowship/Bible Study!


Theme:   Faith in Action – Hebrews 11

Teacher: Brad Hill

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

In this eight-week series, we are focusing on the heroes and heroines of the faith listed in Hebrews 11, who put their faith into action. Please join us as we put each of these persons into a flowing narrative that not only unifies this concept but also illustrates what “faith in action” looks like and gives us power – not just to emulate them, but through the Holy Spirit, to live a life of empowered faith!


A pastor was greeting his congregants after the service one Sunday. When Walt stepped up, the pastor shook his hand and said, “Walt, I sure want you to join the army of the Lord!” Walt declared, “I’m already in the Lord’s army!” The pastor asked, “Then how come I only see you in church two or three times a year?” Walt leaned in close and whispered, “That’s because I’m in the secret service.”


We have a donation bin in the Narthex where you can place food and non-food items for the Des Moines Food Bank. Following is a list of needed items:

FOOD–cereal, canned corn, fruit cups, pasta, low-sodium soup                 

NON-FOOD–laundry detergent, pet food, toilet paper, diapers (size 4,5,6)


We encourage everyone to continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines for indoor gatherings and to take whatever precautions they feel are necessary. Thank you all for your patience and understanding. 


Please plan to join us on Thursday, February 17! We share a potluck meal at 6 p.m. and then break out for Bible Study from 7-8 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Potluck Details: If your last name begins with A-K, please bring a dessert; L-R, please bring a main dish; S-Z, please bring a side dish.

Bible Study Details: Come join your Midway Family as Gerald continues this inspirational journey through these beautiful and inspiring songs of praise, thanksgiving, and lament. Participants are invited to rediscover, or see for the first time, why you can put your hope in Jesus, the Shepherd, Savior and King! If you have any questions, you may email Gerald @ scotch51g@yahoo.com.


How much do you remember? Fill in the blanks from the box below.

  • From Romans 3:3-26, Pastor Shaun pointed out the transformative power of God’s Word if we will move past merely having the Word in our possession and commit to letting it transform our _______.
  • We have in our hands the instruction ________ for our lives! It has the power to heal and transform us!
  • What sense does it make to possess this Living Word but not read it and ________ its directions?
  • We are to let God’s Word ______ us and be the lens through which we view our lives and this world.
  • Pastor Shaun urges us, “Don’t just take my word for it. Search the scriptures to see if what I’m _______ is accurate. Hold me accountable!”
  • No matter how far we have fallen, God can still raise us up from the _______ of depravity. Redemption is His specialty!
  • God’s redemption is not exclusive; it is __________ to ALL (Jew and Greek alike)!
  • The first step is to acknowledging the truths in this passage that ALL have sinned and fall ______ of God’s glory, and that ALL who put their faith in Jesus are declared righteous. (That’s the gnosis part.)
  • The second step is to receive Christ and let His Spirit and His Word __________ to the very core of our being and transform our lives. (That’s the epignosis.)
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A Thank You from Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)

We thank you for your support which is making the following possible through flights to remote areas of the world:

  • A team of medical ambassadors flown in to Karawa over the past several years have been training local doctors and clinics how to resuscitate newborns, reducing infant mortality in the region by 50 percent!
  • Thirty-one graduates of The Portable Bible School in rural Ngilima in DRC are now equipped to begin new ministries of evangelism, church planting, and discipleship in their respective regions!

Through your prayers and financial support, remote communities are gaining access to medical care, education, food, clean water, and disaster relief. Most importantly, you’re opening doors for the good news of Jesus Christ to transform the lives of people living at the ends of the earth. There are many roles to fill in Great Commission work, and MAF is always looking for pilots, mechanics, teachers, and IT specialists. For more information, visit maf.org/serve.


We are excited about doing evangelism in our community. What a wonderful way to share our faith and invite our neighbors to worship with us! If you’ve always wanted to share the gospel but haven’t had someone to go with, this is your chance! If you’ve always wanted to participate in something like this but haven’t known how to go about it, this is your opportunity to learn! For details, contact Ken @ kenny_thelampstand@yahoo.co.uk


1. Praise that Spring is just around the corner!

2. Pray for Midway and our sister churches as we continue to seek God’s direction and the unity of the Spirit.

3. Continue to pray for our nations and leaders around the world.

                                                                SERMON SCHEDULE

                                               February 13: Rev. Shaun Higgins, Romans 3:27-4:25

                                               February 20: Rev. Shaun Higgins, Romans 5:1-11

                                               February 27: Rev. Shaun Higgins, Romans 5:12-21

                                                      March 6: Rev. Shaun Higgins, Romans 6:1-14


  • The Church Office is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Office phone number: 206-878-4861 // Office email: office@midwaycovenant.org     
  • Sunday Morning Bible Study: 8:45 a.m. in the Library
  • Sunday Morning Worship Service: 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary (or online at live.midcov.org)
  • Children’s Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. in upstairs classrooms
  • Women’s Discipleship Lunch Group: Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
  • Midweek Fellowship: Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
  • Men’s Bible Study Breakfast Group: Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. at Tuscany’s in Des Moines