E-news for January 9-15, 2022


This series is a several-week journey through the book of Romans.

Paul’s epistle to the Romans encompasses foundational theological truths for the Christian life. We will look together at the Apostle Paul’s letter as he describes the sinfulness of humanity, the atoning work of Christ, and the transforming power of the Spirit. It is not enough merely to know the gospel; we must let it transform us and let God impact every aspect of our lives!


  • Sunday, January 9 – Livestream-only service!
  • Tuesday, January 11 – Leadership Team Meeting!
  • Thursday, January 20 – Midweek Fellowship resumes!
  • Saturday, January 22 – Midway Covenant’s Annual Meeting!
  • Sunday, January 23 – Sanctity of Human Life Sunday!


For a couple weeks, due to an influx of Covid-19 infections, we are holding our services online rather than         in-person. We will postpone in-person gatherings including Sunday Services, Midweek Fellowship, and Bible Study Groups, to allow time for people to recuperate in the safety of their own homes. This Sunday, January 9, please join us online at 10:00 a.m. at live.midcov.org. If the recent virus spike has diminished and it is safe to regather, we plan to resume regular in-person services and activities starting Sunday, January 16. Thank you, Midway Family, for your ongoing prayers, and for your patience and consideration for one another in our church family!


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

Faith in Action is the unifying theme for an eight-week series beginning on Sunday, January 16.   It will focus on the heroes and heroines of the faith listed in Hebrews 11, who put their faith into action. The structure will be to join 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!


Quick Quips:

– Don’t be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built Noah’s ark; professionals built

   the Titanic!

– Even if there’s nothing to laugh about, laugh on credit!

– When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!


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

Last Sunday, we heard from several speakers in a very special “Best of 2021” service. Who said the following…

  • We are exhorted to contend for the faith that has been entrusted to us. ________________
  • “Dynamis” is one’s ability to do something beyond one’s natural strength through the power of the Holy Spirit. ________________
  • My attempted suicide should have killed me, but God had a different plan. God said, “No, I’m not done with you!” and He literally redeemed my life from the pit.________________
  •  “It is finished!” No other statement in all of scripture carries so much significance. ________________
  • If you are a believer, you are sanctified, or set apart. You are preserved, or renewed day by day, by the Holy Spirit. ________________
  • Romans 8:28 does not mean that “Bad is the new good,” or that “Bad things are just good things in disguise.” The truth is, bad things and hard things happen to those who love God._________________
  • God’s love is amazing! When He shows up on the scene, we are free to run, free to dance, and free to live for Jesus! ________________
  • God works, even through bad things, to accomplish his redemptive purposes in the lives of those who love Him. ________________
  • Is the Holy Spirit, who indwells believers today, the same Spirit that empowered the apostles to perform mighty miracles in Jesus’ day? Unequivocally and emphatically, YES! ________________
  • If you are not a believer, all God’s wonderful promises don’t apply to you…but they can! ________________
  • If you are still here, then God is still interested in working in and through you! Ask Him to direct and establish the work of your hands. ________________


Don’t forget your masks as you are out and about! The Covid-19 virus is extremely contagious. For the health and safety of all, particularly those in our church family with fragile or compromised immune systems, we at Midway will continue the mask-wearing protocol when we resume in-person services. Thank you all for your patience and consideration for one another!


1. Pray for healing and renewal of strength for all those in our midst who are fighting the Covid-19 virus.

2. Pray for health and safety for teachers and students as they resume on-campus classes.

3. Continue to pray for those in our church family who are dealing with physical challenges, mobility limitations, and other issues.

4. Pray for the churches in our community, that we represent Christ and his message of redemption to the lost.

5. Continue to pray for wisdom and strength for nations and leaders around the world, and that they will look to the Lord for direction for all the difficult decisions they face.

                                                                SERMON SCHEDULE

                                                   January 9:   Rev. Shaun Higgins, Romans 1

                                                   January 16: Rev. Shaun Higgins, Romans 2

                                                   January 22: Rev. Shaun Higgins, Romans 3

                                                   January 29: Rev. Shaun Higgins, Romans 4


Sometimes when life’s storms are raging, I’m not even sure how to pray. I have found that it calms my spirit when I pray the words to familiar hymns like this one:

Way Maker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper, Light in the darkness.

My God, that is who You are!

You are here, moving in our midst. I worship You.

You are here, working in this place. I worship You.

You are here, touching every heart. I worship You.

You are here, healing every heart. I worship You.

You are here, turning lives around. I worship You.

You are here, mending every heart. I worship You.

Even when I don’t see it, You’re working.

Even when I don’t feel it, You’re working.

You never stop working!

Aren’t those words reassuring? So many hymns were written in the midst of unimaginable adversity or tragedy. No matter what you may be facing as the new year unfolds, you are not alone. To strengthen your heart and re-anchor your soul, consider turning a favorite hymn into a prayer!


  • 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 Worship Service: 10:00 a.m. online at live.midcov.org
  • Sunday Morning Bible Study: resumes on Sunday, January 16
  • Children’s Sunday School: resumes on Sunday, January 16
  • Women’s Discipleship Lunch Group: resumes on Wednesday, January 19
  • Midweek Fellowship: resumes on Thursday, January 20
  • Men’s Bible Study Breakfast Group: 8:00 a.m. at Tuscany’s in Des Moines