Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Work As Worship

God is good.

Here at Covenant Heights, we have the privilege of being engaged in year-round ministry, outreach, service, & worship. People come to our grounds every day of the year- to attend a retreat, host their own event, participate in Outdoor Education courses, be a summer camper, deliver mail, ask to use the phone, and for so many other purposes.

But our God has a greater aim for each of our lives and days than we may initially see in the physical tasks & purposes, and we at The Heights are so grateful to have the opportunity to partner with Him in this, as we create space for encounters with Christ, have conversations that encourage growth, provide services that bless, and participate in the lives of all who enter camp's sphere.

One of my favorite weekends of the year, where we get to see Christ's Bride truly live out our calling, is our Work & Worship Weekend.

Our annual May weekend is an amazing opportunity to interact with other believers, utilize time & skills for the enhancement of Kingdom work, and experience growth & encouragement in our own walks with the Lord. To me, it often feels like a microcosm of the Christian walk & purpose, as His people gather together for a common goal, worshipping Him through work, fellowship, and sacrificial service. It is a mix of imperfect people serving through various jobs & efforts the bigger purpose of His work and loving on each other in many ways.

During our 2016 Work & Worship Weekend, I was reminded of the overwhelmingly-miraculous nature of how that in all that we do, we a part of eternal consequences, effecting others' lives forever.

In all that we do, we are a part of eternal consequences, effecting others' lives forever.

While we moved rocks, dug ditches, insulated buildings, and worked on so many other projects, we set the stage for interactions of counselors with their campers, mentors with younger staff, camp personnel with delivery men, and more. The beautiful depth is that while we were setting the stage for these future moments of ministry, we were also doing our own Kingdom work- both in the physical service and in the interactions with others we had while working that weekend.

Our theme of the 2016 Work & Worship Weekend came out of our speaker's welcome sermon:

"May we hear what You have for us and quickly act on it"

I believe the collection of His people who gathered to serve that weekend lived this out with abandon. I saw families travel to camp with the pure intent of serving outside of themselves (even on one couple's anniversary), a man stop his busy task to help a challenged young boy put his shoe back on with dignity, a father pour into his adult daughters with intentional time & conversations, a skilled laborer taking time to teach young men how to do a task well and with full effort, and so many others live out their love for God by helping others & building into His Kingdom.

My prayer is that, in and with Him (for what has value or fulfillment without Him!), each of us in continuing to live this out, in our daily service, in our relationships, through our work, and in all aspects of our lives. There is more to be done in His Kingdom, and we are called to "make the best use of [our] time" (Ephesians 5:16). Our earthly lives are but "a mist that appears for a little time and vanishes" (James 4:14), but the mark we make on eternity can be broad.

May your heart be afire for the movement of God in your life, community, and world. May you serve Him whole-heartedly in whatever ways He calls you.

If you would like to join us for a weekend of Work & Worship, where you can build into His work and grow closer to Him, check out our website and ask us any questions. And please pray for this year's weekend- for safety of workers, cooperative weather, supplies to arrive, equipment to work, productivity to happen, hearts to be bent on serving Him & preparing the way for others' eternal appointments, good conversations, deepening of relationships with & understanding of Christ, and all that God has for us to partner with Him in.

May you worship God in your day today, in all of the wonderful ways He has created for us to worship Him.

For He is Good.

Jessica Drogowski
director of marketing

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

We're so excited for WTB 2017!

Just the other week we went out to the sledding hill with cardboard sleds in hand to test their sledding capabilities. In my office, art supplies are strewn everywhere as I prepare this year’s winter craft. Outside, snow is falling as I think of snowball fights and broom-ball. Winter Trailblazer is coming up soon! 

The anticipation is hard to bear as I think about how much fun we have each year at Winter Trailblazer Camp. When asked what I am most excited for at Winter Trailblazer this year my answer is everything. I look forward to the amazing campers and volunteers, I can’t wait for the new activities and old classics out in the winter air, and I eagerly anticipate the work that God is going to do throughout the weekend. 

I like to think of Winter Trailblazer Camp as

“a cool time to get serious about God.”

Throughout the weekend we will be having awesome chapel sessions with music led by Michael Harris Jr. (of Christ Community Covenant Church) and messages prepared by Brandon Alverson (of Grace Place, our covenant church in Berthoud). Combined with each chapel session, we will have small group discussions designed to help every camper draw closer to Christ. Throw in some cardboard sled races, capture the flag games, and a massive party complete with a human-size foosball field and you’re bound to have a great time! Want to see what a winter weekend at camp can look like? Check out last year's video and know we anticipate much more snow this year!

Registration for Winter Trailblazer is open now, so be sure to sign up your campers soon! Also, anyone interested in volunteering at Winter Trailblazer can send me an email for more information. I hope to see you there!

Ethan Dixon
program director

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"Covenant Heights . . . Just an amazing place to be."

Covenant Heights . . .  Just an amazing place to be. I mean you have the Rocky Mountains, fresh pine trees, deer, elk, moose, games, ziplining, dogs and I mean it has everything anyone would want in a camp setting. But what sets Covenant Height aside from any other camp or any other place I worked at were the people.

Covenant Heights is more than just a camp and a job, it is a family. A family that will welcome you in with open doors and open arms and make you one of them. Shortly after working at Covenant Heights I went on an abroad trip to Uganda and it was there I learned the importance of community and at that time I finally appreciated the community that Covenant Heights had to offer. As I reflect-back to my time as a counselor, I had many hard and challenging days with my campers, but I don’t remember it being all that bad. This was because somehow someone I worked with helped me find the motivation to make that week the best week of my camper’s lives.

I can’t say if I made the same significant upbringings to my co-worker’s rough days but, because of my amazing co-workers being so compassionate with me, they helped me make a difference in my campers’ lives. Since working as a camp counselor, I receive cards from my campers expressing their excitement to come back in the following summer. I cannot take the credit for that all alone, but Covenant Heights is by far one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. I still communicate with many of the amazing people I worked with and some of us have even met up for coffee and lunch occasionally.

Covenant Heights is a magical place for all who come and surly God dwells there. However, to conclude I am a young adventurous adult from Southern California and after just one short summer in Colorado, I now have a family there and they will always be there for me- even if I am a thousand miles away.

Vincent Luna
summer staffer, 2016 & returning this summer!

Want to be on staff with us this summer? Apply today!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What A Volunteer Can Do

As we move into a new year, we are grateful to reflect on the past years of camp and those who have sacrificed of themselves to make camp what it is today. Camp was founded by men & women volunteering their time, tithe, and talents in order to move something bigger than themselves forward in advancing The Kingdom.

Today, our many volunteers carry on that proud tradition, impacting camp and all the people who pass through our property. In these past months, we've had our mobile missionaries (VMMers), weekly Keepers of The Heights volunteers, YMCA interns, Denver Street School boys, and more here helping to improve camp. These volunteers have accomplished so much:
Winter Lodge Expansion
  • framing and pouring the foundation and laying the flooring for Winter Lodge's expanded bathrooms 
  • cutting, splitting, hauling, and stacking massive amounts of firewood
  • staining and painting camp buildings
  • putting in many hours in the construction of the now-completed waste plant!
  • maintaining and repairing camp vehicles
  • renovating and preparing Storm Peak (staff house) for the upcoming, new executive director and family
  • cleaning & organizing Westside (maintenance storage & supplies)- a BIG project!
  • refinishing camp picnic tables
  • improving staff homes (for which staff are very grateful!)
  • washing windows
  • performing slash mitigation (fire prevention/brush hauling)
  • updating camp fire pits with new wood boxes
We are so grateful for all these and other volunteers have done for camp and we look forward to partnering with them in the future as we seek to keep moving camp forward!

Interested in bringing yourself or a team up to camp to volunteer? Contact Tom Hoskins to get started!

You can also come up to camp during this year's Work & Worship Weekend (May 19-21) to fellowship and serve alongside other believers. Learn more HERE!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Director’s Reflections

Looking back on this past year, once again I see and feel the grace and provision of a loving God. We have been privileged to be a part of a ministry that affects the lives of so many people of all ages.

As I near the end of my time as the Director of Covenant Heights, my fondest memories will be of all the campers, retreaters, summer staff and full-time staff members that have walked these blessed camp grounds. While we serve in a blessed mountain area and have seen God provide exciting new features to this camp, it is the people, both campers and staff that define what Covenant Heights is all about.

Knowing lives have been changed and affected for good, will always be the best that God has given us.

I have been grateful for all the volunteers who have come along side and made this camp a better place to minister to campers. They have sacrificed time and resources to improve the facilities that better accommodate and serve folks of all ages. As camp looks to the future with the provision of the new Activity Center, it is my prayer that our faithful friends and supporters will embrace our new Executive Director, Scott Shaw, and make him feel as blessed and encouraged as you have made me feel over the past 19 years.

May God bless you for your part in this ministry and bless Covenant Heights for many years to come.

Tom Cousineau
executive director

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Announcing: Our New Executive Director!

We are excited to announce...

we have a new director!

After 19 years of service as executive director at The Heights, Tom Cousineau is retiring. He and Connie will be staying on at camp for a year, while Tom serves as project manager of our Summit House Activity Center build project (see here for current status of fundraising and for project details). We are rejoicing & praising with the Cousineaus for their faithful ministry!

While we will greatly miss Tom & Connie, we are very excited about who God has put in place to lead camp forward in our next years of ministry. After a thorough hiring process and much prayer, Scott Shaw has been hired as the new executive director of Covenant Heights!

Scott, Rylee, Kate, Cooper, and Kristen
Scott has served at New Life Ranch (of Oklahoma) for many years, in a variety of positions. This gives him a unique background that will enable him to work in and understand Covenant Heights' different ministries. He holds a Bachelors in Business, Masters in Ministry, and Certificate in Fundraising Management. Scott is a native of Oklahoma and loves the Oklahoma Sooners. He also enjoys hiking, golfing, and fly fishing. Scott and his wife, Kristen, are excited to be at Covenant Heights, along with their three children: Kate, Cooper, & Rylee.

Beginning February 1st of 2017, Scott will officially take over the duties of executive director. He and his family are excited to meet each & every Covenant Heights family member, and to see God continue to do great things at The Heights.

Once here, Scott will be visiting our Front Range Covenant churchs and looking forward to meeting all of you. If you have any questions for Scott, please contact him at:

Thank you for praying through this process with us; please join us in rejoicing in God's direction and praying for the continued ministry here at The Heights!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Puppy Pointers

A few weeks ago, I was working on some home project or another. My seven month old labrador-mix puppy came trotting over and threw her head into me, demanding my attention.

My initial irritation of wanting to finish what I was working on was quickly replaced with a cute thought of what she was saying with her head-butt: Love on me! I'm here to be loved and to love you!

This was followed with the reflection of how God is saying the same thing to us- not out of desperation or need, but out of deep desire:

Let me love on you. I made you to be loved by me & to love me.

That quick head bump from my pup led to a heart-touch moment with our Savior and a precious reminder of oh how He loves!

My dog's interruption of what I felt was important at that moment (a project that I cannot even recall as I now write this blog) with her desire to play and have my attention also reminded me that God calls us to fun and joy and enjoyment with Him and in His world, along with the service and work and efforts to which we're called. What a privilege, to walk this life with Him. Praise be to God!

Jessica Drogowski
director of guest services