Kenni just finished the Hartford Marathon! (10/13/18) #teamzipf

Kenni just finished the Hartford Marathon! (10/13/18) #teamzipf

Family life verse: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

"Faith is a family journey. Our walk with Jesus is a family walk."

Our day starts with family devotions … sitting around the table reading a beat up devotional journal and praying together. Sometimes our kids ask deep theologically challenging questions and talk about sharing Jesus with their friends … sometimes we spend half our time telling the boys to sit back down and the girls to stop poking at the boys. But that is the reality of a real life faith journey.

In our house we have a rule which is followed whenever possible … everyone goes or no one goes. This has resulted in life changing experiences for each of us right here in CT and around the world. It has also resulted in cleaning up vomit on an airplane at 35,000 feet and rocking a little one to sleep – still awake way too late during a rock concert. But we were together. And together we will continue.

We were married in June of 1998. We have 2 daughters (Kendalyn – 2001, Sasha 2004) and 2 sons 

(Ashebir – 2006, Tariku – 2007) and prayerfully more in the future as we continue our adoption journey.

Our family moved to CT in June of 2006 and it has quickly become home. We love being a part of our community and we are excited about how God is leading our church to bring the message of grace and truth to it. Pete is senior pastor here at Covenant Life and holds a Master’s in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary of the East, works full time at Gilead Community Services serving adults in recovery and those with mental illness and he is dedicated to reaching people for Jesus and leading men well. Amy spent over seven years as an RN at Yale in New Haven and now works as a Nurse Educator at UCONN Health in Farmington, She continues run, but slow and steady these days after she was diagnosed with MS in February 2013. The last few years have had their challenges, but we are grateful for God’s faithfulness and guidance through it all. 

We love to be together as a family and it has been through doing life with our family that God birthed the dream of this church … What if we could do church together? Our own children have been a distinct part of our walk with Jesus and the question has lingered with us for a long time … could a church be built on these principles? 

So, on Sunday mornings all ages are together… worshipping together, learning together and sharing together; investing into each others’ lives. In Titus 2:1-5, the Apostle Paul outlines the importance of this kind of life on life investment and we have seen – first-hand – how middle aged families have been blessed by collegiates, how seniors have been blessed by teens, and how newly married couples have been blessed by middle school students.

We firmly believe that Jesus Saves and that God is at work here in this place and that He is calling us to reach out to our world with the Truth of His Word. Come join us Sunday morning as we learn to walk with Jesus together … and what it means to live out the words of Deuteronomy 6:4-9

“Hear, O Israel, the LORD our GOD, the LORD is one. Love the LOD your GOD with all your heart and with all our soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress the on your children. Talk about them when you walk along the road, and when you lie down, and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”

And, we love to have people to our home to eat and spend time together. We will try to remember to invite everyone over, but if we miss you please invite yourself.  We would love to get to know you!