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Covenant Lutheran Church Newsletter
February 7, 2018
Message from Pastor Don

Scout Appreciation Breakfast for the Congregation
THIS SUNDAY at 9:30 am

´╗┐Come to church hungry this Sunday! The scouts who meet at Covenant plan to serve an appreciation breakfast to the congregation between services this Sunday, February 11 in the Fellowship Hall. Stop in after the 8:15 am service or before the 11:00 am service. This is a good opportunity to meet some of the scouts Covenant charters. They often help us with Roadside Aerobics and other projects. Thank you, scouts!
  3785 Barker Cypress Rd,
Houston TX 77084
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Transfiguration of Our Lord
2 Kings 2:1-12
Psalm 50:1-6
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Mark 9:2-9

8:15 am - Heritage Worship

9:00 am - 11:00 am - Breakfast served by scouts - Fellowship Hall

9:30 am - Sunday School & Adult Education

11:00 am - Contemporary Worship

Nursery available for ages 3 and under in the morning
February Calendar & Volunteer Schedule
You may view and print the February Calendar and the February 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 adult are available at 9:30 am each Sunday - join us!

Adult Education
Pastor Don is leading a Bible Study on the Gospels through March 4. It is an interesting new way to look at these gospels - READ MORE!
If you want to prepare ahead, read the Gospel of Mark and use this Gospel of Mark outline.
Other Events & Activities
One More Chance to Order a Covenant T-shirt!
The high school youth would like to offer one more opportunity to purchase a Covenant T-shirt if you missed out last fall! Stop in the lobby and look for the youth, who will help you order OR contact Sue Tabbert . The cost is $15/shirt. We need orders for at least 12 shirts to be able to reorder. A t-shirt order form is HERE. Proceeds will help the youth attend the National Youth Gathering this summer.
Share your love of chocolate and free trade this Valentine's Day!
Free Trade Valentine's Day Chocolates
We will be selling Equal Exchange chocolates THIS SUNDAY, February 11 ! Sales benefit Equal Exchange and their support of small-scale farmers and their families. The chocolate is made with organic chocolate and sugar produced in co-ops in Latin America. Not only are they delicious, but they support a more equitable, alternative supply chain. Purchase something sweet for your family, coworkers or special sweetie! Read more about Equal Exchange.
Ash Wednesday Worship & Midweek Lent Services
Ash Wednesday worship will be on February 14 at 7:00 pm. We hope you will be able to join us as we begin the season of Lent.

Passion and Poetry - Discipleship and Robert Frost
On Wednesday nights, February 21 - March 21 at 7:00 pm, we will meet in the Community Room for a 40-minute contemplative service and reflection on what a poem from Robert Frost might mean to us as we follow Jesus on our Lenten journey.
baked potato
Baked Potato Sunday - February 18
The Women's Group's Annual Baked Potato Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, February 18.  The Women's Group and the high school youth will be selling the baked potatoes (with toppings, dessert and drink) for $5 each, all morning.  You are welcome to eat at the church or take yours to go! The proceeds will go toward the trip to the National Youth Gathering this summer.
Blood Drive - Feb. 25
The next Covenant Blood Drive will be held on Sunday, February 25 from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be here and they will give a free t-shirt to all who donate (or attempt to donate). There is a sign up sheet on the table near the cafe to sign up for a specific time or you may just walk in and they will work you in. Please give this valuable gift of life if you can!
Lutherhill Women's Retreat - March 9-11
Covenant women: register to attend the UNWIND retreat at Lutherhill on March 9 - 11. The cost is $155/person, and the special guest for this retreat is Peggy Hahn from LEAD. Spend a weekend with other women and renew your body and spirit. READ HERE for more about this retreat and to register!
General & Community News
Altar Flower Sponsors
The flowers on the altar this Sunday were given by Connie Smith in honor of Irvin's birthday.
Take a look at the Flower Chart posted on the bulletin board near the Fellowship Hall so you can sign up for your special dates to sponsor flowers in honor or in memory of someone special. There are several openings for sponsors in the coming weeks.
Covenant Lay Pastoral Ministry Team
Covenant's lay ministry team (formerly Community of Hope) is training some new members and continues to play an active role at Covenant.

If you have a pastoral care concern, please contact Marian Shelton or Pastor Don.
Souper Bowl of Caring Report
Thank you for your support of this year's Souper Bowl of Caring. The Confirmation youth did a great job in collecting donations, and we received $511.78, which will be given to MESA Outreach food pantry! (In case you are interested, the Eagles/Cowboys pot received the most donations! )
Thank You from Cub Scout Pack 1135
To Our Covenant Family,
A great time and loads of fun were had at our annual Pinewood Derby. We strive to teach them how to win good as well as lose good. It could not be possible without your generous help of the church. We owe you many thanks. Best regards, Larry Guiberteau, BSA, Pack 1135
Note: The photo at left includes Covenant members Chet Krummel and Griffin Morrison!
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
Easy Ways to Help Covenant:

Thrivent Choice Dollars
If you have Thrivent Financial products, you are eligible to direct Thrivent Choice dollars to Covenant! The Thrivent website explains how. The 2017 Choice Dollars expire on March 31, 2018 - don't let your dollars go to waste!

Kroger Plus Card
The donations to Covenant from Kroger in the last quarter were much lower than normal, so please
remember to use your Kroger Plus Card when you shop 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.

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 -