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As many of your prayers went up for our meeting with the Mayor on Thursday, Our God Showed Himself FAITHFUL.

The Lord Strong and Mighty gave us everything that we prayed for, plus some.

As we stated in our email, our purpose for meeting with Mayor Berke was not to get him to sign the proclamation. We were there to 1) hear his explanation for not signing the Proclamation, 2) glorify God by sharing the Gospel, and 3) make clear the goal of Covenant Keypers and the Churches.

Well, you need to know that 13 faithful people showed up including, Pastors, laypersons, brothers and sisters both Black and White to meet with our Mayor.

YES, YES, YES, God answered all of our prayers and the meeting was a great victory for the cause of Christ.

As we convened the meeting, the very first thing Mayor Berke’s Deputy Assistant said was, how sorry she was that the original Proclamation we submitted was not signed. She said it should have been signed just as it was written, however, the proclamation was only seen and handled by the language department but did not go through the complete review process.

They offered to sign it yesterday even though they acknowledged that the date had past. I expressed how grateful we were to hear her words of apology. And I accepted their offer to sign the proclamation even though it had past for our files.

We continued in the meeting with several pastors sharing what the Church and God’s people still believe about marriage and how God’s word changes the hearts of men not just the external.

Other pastors and leaders made clear that we want to be assured that the Mayors’ office will not discriminate against us because we believe the Word of God and that marriage according to the scripture is still between a man a woman.

Mayor Berke agreed and expressed that the Church has to be the Church and that it plays a vital role in the community. He also noted the vast number of churches in our area and that we are considered the bible belt. When asked by me, Mayor Berke also stated that going forward, he would not discriminate against the church and Covenant Keypers what we believe.

I closed by asking that he consider the value-add that Covenant Keypers and the churches can be to his agenda to fight the crime in our city and he agreed.

Mayor invited us to work together wherever we can with the understanding that Covenant Keypers is Christian and Faith Based and all of our outreach to the community will be from that perspective. He has no problem with that position.

We exchanged business cards and agreed that we will be in touch with any ideas that we would like for the City of Chattanooga to consider to help resolve and reduce the crime in our city.


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Many have written to let us know how their churches celebrated Marriage Recognition Sunday 2013. Here are a few testimonials. We hope you will enjoy reading how much they all enjoyed the day!



My name is Cheryl Marsh and I’m the church clerk for Thankful Baptist Church. We wanted to let you know we participated in Marriage Recognition Sunday by recognizing all married couples and mentioning this special day in our 2-10-13 Bulletin.

Thanks for ALL you and the Covenant Keypers’ ministry does!

Yours in Christ


We really enjoy Sunday morning service as we join in with all married couples, to lift up the name of Jesus and thank Him for the spouse’s that he has placed in our lives. We had one of couple’s to come up and ask all the couples to stand and the ushers passed out bookmarkers. One of our Minister’s talked on in time’s of trouble that we should go to the Lord in prayer, after that we had a love song sung to all the couples. Thank you so much for getting back to us this has really been great. I have attach the bookmarker for you to see. Have a blessed day and may God richly bless you.

Mr. and Mrs. Roderick Woodfin
Knoxville, TN


On Marriage Recognition Sunday, we at The Church of the Firstborn asked all married couples present to stand and be recognized.

1). 460 was the combined total # of years couples at Firstborn had been married (this total was for present and absent members).
2). We recognized the month for the(2) couples combined who had the greatest # of years (that was April with a total of 63 years),31.5 yrs average.
3). recognized the month for(1) couple who had the least # off years of marriage (that was July 7 yrs).
4). The couple married the longest was visiting and they were married for 44 years. If they qualify, I can send you their information. The couple married the shortest time was seven months.
5). We recognized two engaged couples.

Marriage is very important to our church and society, and everyone agreed that marriage is important. We are very happy to say that Firstborn and visitors on Marriage Recognition Sunday had a total of 539 years of marriage combined. If you have any questions email churchfirstborn11@yahoo.com or call me @423-756-0704 (church) or my cell 423-718-3013.


We really enjoyed the meeting on Saturday. Here is our Marriage Recognition Sunday info.  Pastor Jordan had all married couples to come to the front with their spouses and also those whose spouses may not have been there. He also had all single men and boys from the age of 14 and up to come down and stand behind us. He wanted them to see what married couples looked like and to set an example for them when they got married.
Sis. Orr


Good Afternoon Sister Rosalyn, I pray that all is well with you and Brother Gary today. I am giving you a report on the marriage recognition Sunday at St. Elmo. The Lord blessed us to have a wonderful, spirit-filled service with a special message entitled, ” The Beauty and Joys of Marital Love”, taken from Proverbs 5:15-19; and Selected passages from the Songs of Solomon. We did something a little different this year in celebrating our married couples.
Instead of having a gift for the oldest and newest married couples, we recognized each of them individually, gave each a gift, and then had drawings to give out about seven gift baskets; we also recognized widows and widowers. Thanks again for your continued faithfulness in helping to build and protect the “Biblical Traditional Marriage”. May the Lord forever bless you! Please continue to pray for us!!!

In His Love, Pastor & Sister Church


We, New Sholar Ave. Baptist Church, celebrated MRS giving gift cards and candy to each married couple in honor of their commitment. Thanks for your vision and dedication to local churches and marriages.

Serving Him,
Pastor Kenneth Ware

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