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This Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018
2nd Sunday of Advent
The Earth Cries Out for Itself
Tracy Keenan Preaching


Dear Covenant friends and family,
“The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight,” is how the old carol describes Bethlehem, where the holy and the human came forth in vulnerable glory. Hopes and fears come together for us in a very real way each time we hear another report of the state of our planet.
If we humans were given dominion over the earth, to replenish and care for it, as it says in Genesis 1:28 , we have not done so well. Scientists describe a bleak future, giving us a range of possibilities from ugly to apocalyptic, a notion so overwhelming that most of us throw our hands up and turn to distractions. This Sunday we will continue our Advent series of “The Earth Cries Out” with “The Earth Cries Out for Itself.” Can this be a season of hope even as our fears eat away at it?
Hopelessness steals our ability to act, and there is much we can do as faithful Christians, faithful humans, to live into God’s continuing call to care for creation. God has not thrown in the towel, and we are a significant part of how God acts in this world.
I hope to see you Sunday as we help one another take heart and dare to be hopeful.
Grace and peace,
Tracy
Neighborhood Family Christmas Party
Tomorrow Fri., Dec. 7, 5:30-7:30 pm, Fellowship Hall
You’re invited to get in the holiday spirit! We’ll help children with cookie and ornament decorating and everyone can enjoy pizza and Christmas caroling led by Tracy Keenan and Katie Wynkoop. Bring your friends and just show up for this wonderful way to start the Christmas season!
Agora
This Sun., Dec. 9, 9:45am, Lounge
Christmas Art from the National Gallery - a visual presentation of art by Columbus Museum of Art docent, Louise Minor. Join us for a time of learning together.
Help Needed with Our Angst
This Sun., Dec. 9, 12:15pm, Lounge, Lunch Provided
This is a big deal, a big undertaking, important work. As people of God and the body of Christ who know much about the realm of the spiritual, we have important insights and practices within our theology and tradition that can help us manage the anxiety that plagues us and our children. Reclaim this knowledge and begin to share it. Come to the defense of our children. Help us plan and strategize together. RSVP  Katie Kinnison or  Erin Wise.
COVENANT CONCERT SERIES -  Music for the Greater Good
A Barbershop Christmas
Sun., Dec. 9, 2pm 
Features The Singing Buckeyes and the Choirs of Olentangy Orange HS. A love offering will be taken for scholarships for the Ohio Harmony Xperience. Thank you for supporting our concert series!
Christmas Poinsettia
Commemorate a special life event, loved one or the holiday season by purchasing a poinsettia. Only $8 each. Click here for a form and to pay with PayPal . Or you can get a dedication form in the hall to fill out and mail with a check made out to  Covenant  with  flowers  in the memo line to Covenant Presbyterian Church, c/o Ingrid Smith, 2070 Ridgecliff Rd., Columbus, OH 43221. Thank you!

We’d like to hear from you!
Would you like to receive your quarterly statement of giving from Covenant electronically? Emailing statements is much less expensive for the church, provides quicker delivery, and you can save and print your statement for your files. Please reply back to Ingrid Smith if you are interested in an email copy of your statement of giving at  ingridsmith@covenantpcusa.org .
Advent Devotionals
Pick up your copy of the Covenant Advent Devotional today. Copies are in Fellowship Hall and on the welcome table. Or click here to download a PDFKatie Kinnison.
Christmas Joy Offering: Give Online
50% of your gifts provide support for current and retired church workers and their families with critical financial need. 50% of your gifts make it possible for students to learn and grow in faith at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges. To give online or learn about giving through our mobile phone app, CLICK HERE . Questions? C ontact Ingrid Smith.
Peanut ($7) and Cashew ($9) brittle
can be purchased in between and after services each Sunday until sold out.
Presbyterian Disaster Relief is responding to disasters in the US and worldwide. You can help. Please donate at www.presbyterianmission.org/donate/.
Becoming A Member of Covenant
​O​n the second Sunday of each month, people may become new members at any of our three services (8:30, 10:00, 11:00). Brochures with details are on the welcome table and our website. Contact: Katie Kinnison.
Our Mission
Covenant Presbyterian Church is an open, accepting community awakening to God's life-giving love together.
Our Vision
Covenant Presbyterian Church glorifies God and builds relationships with Christ and each other through: worship that inspires, nurture that embraces, education that challenges,
fellowship that energizes, ministry that responds.