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Covenant Lutheran Church Newsletter
July 11, 2018
THIS SUNDAY at 9:30 am
Summer Roundtable:
Let's Talk!

Pastor Kathy Haueisen & Carol Flores talk about their book, "A Ready Hope"
Our summer series of discussions is currently focusing on Disaster Preparedness. This Sunday, we will talk with Pastor Kathy Haueisen and Carol Flores about their book, "A Ready Hope: Effective Disaster Ministry for Congregations." After having experienced Hurricane Harvey last year, we want to focus on how we can be prepared in the event of another disaster situation. Come to the Community Room at 9:30 am for this discussion!
Cleaning & Hygiene Supply Donations Needed!
As part of our Disaster Preparedness efforts, we are collecting cleaning and hygiene supplies to make disaster relief kits. Get the list of needed items HERE or pick one up in the lobby. We will take collections through July 29, and hopefully assemble the kits on July 22 & 29, along with some discussion on how Covenant can be a resource and safe haven in the event of a disaster.
Vacation - Office Update
Office Manager Sue Tabbert will be out on vacation next week (July 16-20) and back in the office on Tuesday, July 24. There will be limited volunteer coverage of the office during that time, and Pastor Ele will be at a training July 16-18. Thank you for your understanding!
  3785 Barker Cypress Rd,
Houston TX 77084
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Season of Pentecost
Amos 7:7-15
Psalm 85:8-13
Ephesians 1:3-14
Mark 6:14-29

8:15 am - Heritage Worship

9:30 am - Summer Roundtable: A Ready Hope with Pastor Kathy Haueisen & Carol Flores - Community Room

11:00 am - Contemporary Worship

Nursery available for ages 3 and under
Children, Youth & Family News

Summer Christian Education Schedule
Classes for middle school and under will break for the summer.

July Schedule:
Summer Roundtable: Let's Talk!
This summer we will come together during the 9:30 am Education Hour to discuss a variety of topics of concern to us as individuals and as a Covenant community.
Hurricane Season has arrived, so July is the perfect time to talk about how we can be prepared, as individuals and as a church community, in the event of a hurricane. The Synod website offers some great resources. Make sure you and your family have all the necessary supplies to be a "72 Hour Lutheran." See the usher table near the sanctuary entrance for some free resources!

July 15: Pastor Kathy Haueisen and Carol Flores will lead us in a discussion their book, "A Ready Hope: Effective Disaster Ministry for Congregations."
July 22 & 29 We will be collecting cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products to make disaster preparedness kits, and putting the kits together, as well as discussing how our facility can be used as a resource and safe haven during a crisis. Please join us!

The whole family is invited to be a part of these informal sessions!
Other Events & Activities
Covenant Day Camp - July 23-28, 2018 - REGISTER NOW!
DAY CAMP is almost here! This year's Covenant Day Camp, led by counselors at Camp Lutherhill, will be held at Covenant the week of July 23-27 from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Register HERE! Day Camp is for completed grades K-7th. (The 6th & 7th graders are part of a junior leadership camp, and they have their own counselor.) Youth 8th grade and older are encouraged to help as volunteers. This summer we will delve into our theme Be Someone” and how God gives us the power to use our faith to change the world!
Cost is $60 per participant ($35 for each additional sibling). The best deal in town!


 ** CLICK HERE for a letter from Marian Shelton to see how you can help!

There are sign up sheets for items needed on the tables in the lobby!
Farewell & Godspeed Reception for Rebecca - August 5 at 9:30 am

Plans are underway to show our thanks and best wishes to Rebecca for her wonderful contributions to our community and worship and music experiences at Covenant. Plan to attend on Rebecca's last Sunday with us, August 5 at 9:30 am.
Godspeed to Rebecca McDonald!
Covenant is sad to announce that our director of worship and music, Rebecca McDonald, is leaving us. Rebecca has been prayerful and deliberate about this change in the course of her ministry to the church, and as a congregation, we affirm her need to make this change at this time. Rebecca’s life-long commitment to worship and music in congregational settings has blessed many over the years, and we pray God’s richest blessings for her as she takes on new challenging roles in her personal life.
Covenant is picking up the pace on a search for a leading musician. We are open to conversation with anyone who is interested in exploring this opportunity to serve. Referrals are welcome. We are taking a flexible approach to filling this position, since we know that skills and approaches vary. A draft job description will follow an initial conversation with Pastor Ele. Contact Pastor Ele (281-698-0681).
Back to School Drives!
Covenant has been asked to help with back-to-school supplies and financial donations for area students.  Please help with one of these programs. Your donation will assist families and teachers, reduce the stress level that may be attributed to financial hardship, as well as put a smile on a child's face who will now be ready to attend school starting this fall!  See the brief outline of needs below. READ MORE HERE!

Katy Christian Ministries
Need: Financial donations
Your donations will support KCM's Red Apple Program, which assists families in need by providing school supplies.
Needed by: August 19

Schmalz Elementary
Need: School Supplies
Copies of the list of needed supplies are in the lobby or HERE .
Needed by: August 5

MESA Outreach
Need: Composition Notebooks
This year's request is for composition notebooks (wide rule, black marble cover)
Needed by: August 5

STUFF THE BUS: Volunteers will be needed to distribute the school supplies at Bear Creek United Methodist Church (16000 Rippling Water Dr, Houston 77084):
Monday, August 6 , 6:00 - 8:00 pm - set up
Tuesday, August 7 (Distribution) - for 2 1/2 hour shifts starting at 3:00 pm
Contact Sue Tabbert if you can help!
Women's Group News
The Covenant Women's Group will meet on Sunday, July 22 (note change of date) at 7:00 pm in the Community Room. Please join us for fellowship and Bible Study, which is based on Psalm 141:2, with a focus on prayer.
Tuesday Morning Women's Bible Study
The Tuesday Morning Women's Bible Study Group meets every Tuesday from 9:00 - 11:00 am in the Community Room. ALL women are invited! You are welcome to jump in any time, but a new study of Genesis will begin on Tuesday, July 24. Come join in for brunch, Bible study and prayers.
General & Community News
Altar Flowers
The flowers on the altar this Sunday are given by Julie Bohland in honor of Kaylee's 1st birthday. If you have a special date you'd like to honor or memorialize someone special, take a look at the Flower Chart on the bulletin board near the Fellowship Hall, and sign up. The cost to sponsor is $50 and you may take the flowers home after services on your special day.
Covenant Lay Pastoral Ministry Team
If you have a pastoral care concern this week, please contact Irvin Smith or Connie Smith . For emergency pastoral concerns, contact Pastor Ele at 281-698-0681.
Meals on Wheels Trainings
The Meals on Wheels distribution at Covenant has two routes, and help is always needed. There are monthly volunteer trainings from 10:00 - 11:30 am, in the Covenant Conference Room. The next training will be August 7. (The monthly training days are the first Tuesday of the month.) Contact Sue Tabbert with any questions. We encourage you to participate if your schedule allows!
Generous Living Opportunities
Easy Ways to Help Covenant:

Kroger Plus Card
We only have 13 families using the Kroger Community Rewards program, so please
remember to use your Kroger Plus Card when you shop or consider signing up for the program to direct donations to Covenant! If you selected Covenant as your charity of choice last year, you do not need to renew! If you haven't selected Covenant yet or need to check to see if you are enrolled, find out how HERE! It is an easy way to help our church. If you still need help signing up, contact Sue Tabbert.

Remember, you can support Covenant when shopping on Amazon!
By using AmazonSmile ( when you shop on Amazon, a portion of what you spend will go to Covenant!

There are several ways you can help Covenant just by doing what you normally do! ( Thrivent Financial, Randalls , Kroger, AmazonSmile, Clays Restaurant

Grocery Givers Program
We can use your help in our ongoing need for gift cards! Please remember to pick up a gift card (suggested $25) for a grocery store or Wal-mart or Target, etc. for our Grocery Givers program to help those in our community who need support.  Also suggested are $10 gas station gift cards. Cards may be dropped in the metal box attached to the Information Desk.  Please mark the value of the gift card. Thank you!
Financial Reports
Copies of a monthly summary of Covenant's finances are available at the Information Desk. More detailed reports are available upon request from the church office.
Covenant Leadership during Redevelopment
2018 Executive Committee
Ele Clay - Redevelopment Pastor
Carol Flores - President
Irvin Smith - Treasurer