Staying Connected &
Making a Difference
Greetings!
I miss seeing you in church. I miss singing together and passing the peace and praying together in worship. I miss small talk and Bible study. I miss classes and coffee, I miss the busyness of church during the week, and I even miss committee meetings!

But staying physically apart is the right thing to do. And even though we are physically apart, and even though the building is mostly closed, God is still with us, and our church continues to make a difference in the world. 

We are making a difference with carry-out activities for kids, youth ministry, online music, fellowship, and learning opportunities. (See info below.) And we’re making a difference with our mission giving, and our partners are grateful. 
Jed Koball is a Presbyterian Mission Co-worker in Peru, with his wife Jenny. They focus on environmental justice. Click above to watch a two minute message from Jed for us at Covenant.
Sarah Galanter-Guisekwicz is the principal of Stephens Elementary School, our partner school. Click above for a brief thank you from Sarah.
We’re making a difference by caring for each other. People are calling, emailing, writing, and praying for each other. People are offering to help in many ways. And we’re connecting when we can be safe. 

Over the past week, I was lucky enough to connect with several church families:
  • officiating at a memorial service at a cemetery in Portage,
  • making a tender pastoral visit in the ICU,
  • sharing communion at hospice with a couple celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary,
  • and visiting a young family to talk about baptism

And best of all (??) we had over 100 people come for Drive Thru Donuts and Devotions last Sunday! (See photos below.)

We continue to follow our calling to learn God's love and to live God's love. All of these things happen because of your generosity. 
Our Generosity Campaign packet is in the mail, and I ask you to prayerfully think about your giving to Covenant for 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.
We would love to receive pledges by Sunday, October 25, so that the Session can make plans for 2021. I know that some people are struggling financially, others aren’t. Together, we give what we can, and together we continue “making a difference.”

On the journey, apart but together,
Charlie
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 Pastor Jeff Fox-Kline. Read his reflection on "Called as Partners in Christ's Service" here, and stay tuned for the accompanying video to be available on our website and Facebook by early next week!
Love Your Neighbor
Yard Signs
We will be changing our outdoor banners soon to convey a message we think we ALWAYS need, but especially in the coming months:
Love your neighbor. No exceptions.
If you'd like a double-sided yard sign featuring both of the images above, please email Communications Coordinator Lexie Ofe by Wednesday, October 14. Delivery is expected to take 5-7 business days. We are asking for a suggested donation of $15 at receipt to help with cost. Thank you!
Drive-Thru Donuts & Devotions

Humans and pups alike had a great time at our DDD event this past Sunday. This monthly event has been a wonderful way to connect with one another while we're apart.

Click on the collage to see more photos!

We hope to see you on Sunday, November 1st for another DDD!
Youth Connection
Our Middle and High School Youth Connection groups will have the finest in tubular meats cooked over the open fire pit in our courtyard this Sunday!

After feasting on hot dogs and brats, youth will move indoors for small groups and devotions. Masks are required at all times, except when eating.
Adult Education
“Justified Journey”
Part 2: Sunday, Oct. 11 at 10:00 am
Adult Ed will finish watching and discussing the 40-minute video “Justified Journey” this Sunday. If you're unable to join the class, you can view the 40 minute video here.
 

Racists Anonymous
Sessions begin Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 pm

Covenant is offering a chance to address the sin of racism as a personal addiction through a Racists Anonymous (RA) educational session based on the AA 12-step program.

This 12-week session will be offered virtually Thursday evenings from 7-8 pm. Participants are encouraged to participate in all or most of the sessions. Email Pastor Jeff Fox-Kline for more information.
Mission

Virtual Guatemala Mission Auction Updates

Final Drop-Off Period:
Sunday, Oct. 11—1:00-3:00

Contact Sally Lorenz if you need to make arrangements for porch pick-up.

If you prefer working with a hard copy, paper forms will be available during drop-off periods. Contact Chan Sommers with questions about the form.
 
The auction site will go live for previewing items this Sunday, Oct. 11! The bidding period is Oct. 18-25.

Worship
Sunday, October 11
  • Sermon by Sue Melrose (our former Interim Parish Associate) on Psalm 23:4: "Space for Lament"
  • Jeremy & Heather with the Children's Time
  • Melissa Hinz with special music
  • The start of our 2021 Generosity Campaign: "Making a Difference, and Looking to Our Future With Hope"

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!