A verse and three requests

I don’t want to be pessimistic, but things are hard now, and they might get harder--with coronavirus continuing, with the political chaos, with racial strife, with economic hardship for many.

In the spirit of trying to help us get through this challenging time, I have one scripture verse and three requests. 
Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
--1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Request #1--Please vote. (And pray.)
Every election has hyperbole, but this really does feel like the most important election of my 56 years. I joined a webinar last night with Brian McLaren and Diana Butler Bass (two of the most respected church leaders today) and in addition to encouraging people to vote, they are asking people of faith to pray—for our leaders, for our country, for a fair election, for no voter suppression, and for results to be clear and respected. Click on the image below to watch their one-hour presentation. Please pray. And vote.
Request #2--Please support each other and the church.
Jesus calls us to love each other. This love manifests in many ways. Pray for each other. Send notes or emails of encouragement to each other. Can you make the effort to reach out to someone today?

As for the church in particular, be involved in worship, education, and mission to keep your spirit strong and to encourage others. (We have a baptism in worship this coming Sunday!) And you can support each other through our Generosity Campaign to keep Covenant strong in 2021. As you’re able, please make a generous financial pledge and fill out our Serving Survey. More info below.

Our church is making a difference. Two of our mission partners tell us how, below:
Michael Johnson of the Boys and Girls Club is grateful for Covenant support of BGC. Click here to learn how the BGC is making a difference!
Paul Terranova of the Lussier Community Education Center is grateful for Covenant support. Click here to learn how the LCEC is making a difference!
Request #3--Please take care of yourself.
We have to be very intentional about self-care these days. Rest and good nutrition are vital. Avoiding excesses of alcohol, internet, junk food, and sloth is vital. Finding healthy habits (walking, exercise, music, books, etc) is vital. Remembering that God loves you is vital.

Can you pick ONE WAY to care for yourself in the next 24 hours?

One way I do self-care is with books. I’m working on three right now:

I'm glad to be part of this wonderful church community. Together we help each other to keep alert, be courageous, and live in love.
On the journey, apart but together,
Commitment Sunday, October 25
We have high hopes for the ministry of Covenant in 2021!

Making a financial pledge to support Covenant helps us to continue making a difference together. Click on the logo to make a pledge and/or fill out the Serving Survey now.

If you have questions about your giving or about Covenant finances, please contact the church office. Thank you for your generosity with Covenant and beyond. You are making a difference.
Hymn of the Week
A Weekly Series Celebrating Covenant Members' Most Beloved Hymns

Each week throughout October and November, a Covenant member will choose their favorite hymn to share with us through video. This week's hymn was chosen by Ben Welch. Read his reflection on "Let Us Build a House (All are Welcome)" here, and listen along with the accompanying video here!

If you missed last week's video, hear Pastor Jeff sing one of his favorite hymns here!
Upcoming Youth Connection Events
Middle & High School
Working through the NewBridge nonprofit of Dane County, we’ll be raking yards for some of the older members of our community.

Middle schoolers will rake on Saturday, October 24 from 1:00-3:00. Please sign up by the 22nd.

High schoolers will rake on Saturday, October 31 from 1:00-3:00. Please sign up by the 29th, and wear a costume, if you'd like!
High School

For our annual Shop & Bake, some youth will be baking cookies at Covenant for last year's grads now in college, while other youth will shop for food for the River Food Pantry. We hope you join us for this important work that feeds hungry bellies and builds community!

On Friday, October 23 from 10:45-1:30, high schoolers will be serving at the River Food Pantry. Sign up by Oct. 21.
Adult Education
“How to Read the Bible”
October 18 & 25, November 1 at 10:00 am
This fall, Adult Ed begins a new video series that will last throughout the 2020-2021 program year. Using the BibleProject, a nonprofit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, we will explore the literary art of the Scriptures and trace the themes found in them from beginning to end. Click the image to watch a short teaser! 


Virtual Guatemala Mission Auction Updates
The auction site is live for previewing items, and bidding begins this Sunday, Oct. 18 at 8:00 am! Bidding will last until the Sunday, Oct. 25 at NOON. You will be notified with the results of your bids.

Select and bid on items of interest on the site, and be sure to check the website often, as new items could be added. Invite your friends and family members to bid as well! To lessen physical contact, please pay by credit card on the website rather than in-person. Click here for more in-depth instructions on how to bid.
If you're not interested in buying anything but would like to support the mission, you can donate via the green "Donate" button in the upper right side of the auction site.  
We will not be able to ship items won from the auction, so please make arrangements to pick up your items from the church at any of these times:
Monday, October 26: 4:00-6:00 
Tuesday, October 27: 2:00-4:00  
Sunday, November 1: 10:30–1:00 

Thank you for helping to make our first virtual auction a success!
Coming up on Sunday, November 1
Honoring Loved Ones on All Saints' Sunday
On All Saints’ Sunday, we will read aloud the names of loved ones we’ve remembered with a white rose this past year. You are welcome to submit a name to be included to the church office by October 25.

Communion Elements
Please use this link to sign up to have Communion elements, made and assembled with love by fellow Covenant members, delivered to your home.
Sunday, October 18
  • Sermon by Pastor Charlie on Philippians 4: 4-7 and the practice of celebrating: "This is the Day"
  • Covenant friends share their joys and celebrations!
  • Children's Time with Melissa Hinz
  • Baptism of Margot Punt (from the courtyard). Click on the photo below to hear the family singing "This Is My Father's World" after the baptism!

We'd love to see you at the Sunday morning

Internet Safety
After noticing several emails from scammers recently, we have decided to stop publicizing Covenant members' email addresses. Please contact the church office if you need an updated church directory, and know that no staff member from Covenant would solicit money or gift cards from you in an email! Triple-check the email address of the sender, and only click on links you can trust. If an email seems fishy, it's probably phishy!