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Covenant Lutheran Church Newsletter
January 10, 2018
Message from Pastor Don

Applebee's Breakfast Fundraiser
Saturday, January 27

Join us for a FUN fundraiser breakfast at Applebee's on Saturday, January 27 from 8:00 - 9:30 am (I-10 just east of Fry Rd). The high school youth will be selling tickets ($10/each - cash or check to Covenant) in the lobby on January 14 & 21 for an all-you-can-eat full breakfast (pancakes, eggs, potatoes, sausage, bacon & beverage). The proceeds will go toward the high school youth attending the National Youth Gathering this summer.
  3785 Barker Cypress Rd,
Houston TX 77084
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Baptism of Our Lord
Genesis 1:1–5
Psalm 29
Acts 19:1-7
Mark 1:4-11

8:15 am - Heritage Worship

9:30 am - Christian Education

11:00 am - Contemporary Worship

Nursery available for ages 3 and under in the morning

Donuts with Don!

Join us for donuts and conversation after each worship service THIS SUNDAY and introduce yourself to our new interim Pastor, Don Carlson. Welcome, Pastor Don!
January Calendar & Volunteer Schedule
You may view and print the January Calendar and the January Volunteer Schedule.

There are hard copies of the calendar and schedule at the Information Desk.
Children, Youth & Family News
Sunday School Classes

Classes for ages 3 through high school are available at 9:30 am each Sunday - come join us!

Watch for news on upcoming opportunities for adults. If anyone is interested in leading a topic for adults during the 9:30 am hour, contact Sue Tabbert!

Family Bible Discovery Lunch & Learn*
* This article includes updated information!
A special workshop for elementary students and their families will be offered on Sunday, January 21 immediately following the 11:00 am worship service. It will last from 12:00 - 2:00 pm and will include lunch.

Pastor Kathy Haueisen will lead this event in the Fellowship Hall. She will lead family groups through some basic introductions to scripture in a way that helps parents reinforce what they like to emphasize for their children. Even if your student has attended a similar workshop in the past, we encourage them to attend to continue to learn and grow their faith. 2nd & 3rd grade students will receive a Hands On Bible during worship on January 21!

  Please reply to Sue Tabbert by January 16 or sign up in the lobby on the table near the cafe.
Other Events & Activities
Mesa Outreach Food Distribution Day - January 20
MESA Outreach (formerly Houston NW Community Center) needs our help on Saturday, January 20! We are scheduled to help unload the food produce truck and distribute food to clients that morning. Arrive at Bear Creek United Methodist (16000 Rippling Water) at 8:30 am.
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Applebee's Breakfast Fundraiser - Jan. 27
Join us for a FUN fundraiser breakfast at Applebee's on Saturday, January 27 from 8:00 - 9:30 am (I-10 just east of Fry Rd). The high school youth will be selling tickets ($10/each - cash or check to Covenant) in the lobby on January 14 & 21 for an all-you-can-eat full breakfast (pancakes, eggs, potatoes, sausage, bacon & beverage). The proceeds will go toward the youth attending the National Youth Gathering this summer.
Women's Group News
Plan to join us for our next activity: Bible study on Sunday, January 21 at 7:00 pm. No need to prepare ahead of time; we read and discuss at the meeting. For more information, contact Carolyn Green or Debbie Winkelmann.
Congregational Meeting, Part 2 - January 28
The Annual Congregational Meeting, Part 2 is scheduled for Sunday, January 28 at 9:30 am. The agenda will include our annual report and election of delegates to attend the Synod Assembly on May 17-19, 2018. Your voice is important, so plan to attend! There will be combined Sunday School for elementary ages and under during the 9:30 am hour.

NOTE: Please pray for the council as they meet this weekend for their annual retreat. We appreciate their service, especially as we move into this new transition period in the life of our congregation!
General & Community News
Altar Flower Sponsors Needed for 2018!
The 2018 Flower Chart is posted so you can sign up for your special dates to sponsor flowers in honor or in memory of someone special. WE STILL NEED SPONSORS for most of the upcoming weeks. Please take a look. If there is not enough interest in sponsoring flowers, we may discontinue altar flowers.
Lay Pastoral Care Team
If you need lay pastoral care this week, contact Marian Shelton (713-240-2517) This group will no longer be called Community of Hope. Watch for an announcement soon about the official new name and how you can be a part of this caring ministry!
Memorial Service for Edith Dorfi
A memorial service for Covenant member Edith Dorfi is being planned for Saturday, January 20 at 11:00 am at Covenant.  There are plans for a reception afterward, but we don’t have all the details yet. Judy Garrelts will take the lead on that when we have more details. We should have more information on Monday. Please keep Edith’s family and friends in your prayers.
Thank You to the congregation
Covenant received a thank you note from Rebecca McDonald's sister and her husband:

Dear friends at Covenant,
How can we ever express our gratitude for your amazing generosity to us as we continue to recover from Hurricane Harvey?! You know us only as "Rebecca's sister" and yet you have embraced us as your own family. Thank you for your second - and completely unexpected - gift to us. We will begin construction at the house this month, and we appreciate your support so very much! With great gratitude, Kathy & Mike Schwarzbach
Meals on Wheels Trainings
The Meals on Wheels distribution at Covenant has two routes, and help is always needed. There are monthly volunteer trainings on the 2nd Monday of every month, from 10:00 - 11:30 am, in the Covenant Community Room. Contact Sue Tabbert with any questions. We encourage you to participate if your schedule allows!
Generous Living Opportunities
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
2018 Church Council
Carol Flores - President
Irvin Smith - Treasurer

Interim Pastor - Don Carlson
Council Secretary -
Financial Secretary -