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This Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019
Understanding
Katie Kinnison preaching

Dear Covenant friends and family,
    I don’t know about you but I often feel like Christianity isn’t translating very well these days. People don’t seem to know what we mean by the words we use, and our intent, our commitments, get misunderstood. Maybe even by some of “us.”
     Following Jesus, living out the reality of the Trinity, delighting in a God of Mystery so far beyond our ken – all these things are hard to understand, hard to interpret, hard to explain to other people.
    The people of God have always been working to understand: to understand the events of their lives in terms of their relationship with God, to understand how all this is recorded in the scriptures, to understand how words written generations before can offer some guidance for how to live.
    So this Sunday we are going to explore what it means to try to help this world understand what it means to follow Jesus into the way of Love and to work for the kingdom of God. I hope you will join us. Somehow it’s just better when we are all here.
 
Yours on the journey,
Katie
Agora - Led by Jacqui Buschor
Sundays, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, & 10, 9:34am, Lounge
It’s rare to turn on the news without hearing of some new traumatic event - from sexual abuse to school shootings to natural disasters. Research on trauma shows how our brains process these traumas and how that affects us long after the danger fades. This research influences our public lives - from medical care to education - in healing ways. As we follow Jesus into ministry among the broken and wounded, how might this new understanding of trauma help the Church better love and understand those we serve - and ourselves? 
  These sessions are perfect for Stephen Ministers, those who volunteer with CATCH Court, children and youth ministry, or HM3, for parents, teachers, and anyone who loves people who hurt. 
The After Party
Cathedrals 101:
The Kingdom and the Power and the Glory
Sundays Jan. 27 & Feb. 3, 12:15pm, Lounge
David Connolly will lead a 2-week intro to the history of cathedrals as seats of Christian worship, service, and life in the Middle Ages.
Covenant Performing Arts
presents
WAY OF LOVE
Abby K. Davis & The Gathering Band
This Sun., Jan. 27, 3pm, Sanctuary
All are invited to experience this remarkable concert featuring original contemporary Christian music by Abby K. Davis. ( Learn More about Abby.) Free Admission. Open to All! A love offering, after expenses, will be donated to Ronald McDonald House.  Click here for more info
This summer our youth will be attending 
the Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue U
This gathering is held every three years for high school age students and is five days that help form a younger generation of active Presbyterians. This is a life changing, life giving and faith growing gathering that shapes the leadership gifts and deepens the discipleship awareness for our youth. 

It is important that our youth are meaningfully involved in the life of our church and we have been working to increase this involvement. Our youth are sharing their gifts through the Youth Vocal Ensemble, Youth Instrumental Ensemble and are being trained as greeters, lay readers and ushers. Our youth care deeply about their church family and are committed to being an important part of church life on a regular and continual basis.

We are asking the congregation of Covenant Presbyterian Church to help sponsor this trip to Triennium and these experiences for our youth. We are hosting a sponsorship drive,  Pave the Way , where 100% of monies contributed will go to youth missions. Contributions can be made via check or Zelle through your bank using  giving@covenantpcusa.org  with the memo Youth Mission .

Please help us Pave the Way to send our youth to Triennium so they may strengthen their leadership skills and deepen their faith to be a strong presence in this church and this world. Contact: Erin Wise .
Parenting Together
Tues., Jan. 29, 5:30pm, Lounge
Dinner and childcare provided. We'll discuss how to help our children. Grown-ups meet in a separate room for some great conversation.
Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
Don't miss this important film.
Rescheduled Showings. New Dates:
Sun., Feb. 17, 12:15pm, Lounge & 6pm, Fellow. Hall. Food Provided
ANGST. Do you suffer from anxiety? Does your child? Partner? Learn how to cope and find hope. One could make the case that anxiety is the most prevalent 21st Century disease afflicting the United States – certainly it is doing its best to cripple our youth. As people of God and the body of Christ, we have important insights and practices within our theology and tradition that can help us manage the anxiety that affect us and our children. It is time to reclaim this knowledge and to begin to share it. It is time to come to the defense of our children. Join us for this important film and discussion...a film about anxiety, truth, coping and hope.  Candid interviews with real teens about anxietyClick here for more information. Contact  Katie Kinnison or  Erin Wise.
Family Service Opportunity
Sat., Feb. 2, 10am-12pm, Westerville Area Resource Ministry,
150 Heatherdown Dr.
Plan to join us to help serve this vital local mission. We’ll take a tour to learn about the services they provide and sort food for their food pantry. Please bring non-perishable food to donate.
Contact: Erin Wise.
Year end statements of giving were recently either mailed or emailed to you . Please let the finance office know if you haven't received yours.  ingridsmith@covenantpcusa.org .  Thank you for your dedication to Covenant. 
2019 Per Capita is $35.75 Per Member
Each member of Covenant is also a member of the larger church, the Presbyterian Church USA. As such, it is part of our responsibility to support the work of the administrative bodies of the national church – the General Assembly, the Synod, and the Presbytery. We do this by making a per capita payment each January which for 2019 is $35.75 per member. We invite you to pay your share of the per capita so that this money does not need to come from this year’s budget. Your contribution will free up funds for other vital church programs that meet the spiritual needs of our congregation. Envelopes are on the welcome table.
Get your quarterly statement emailed
Emailing statements is much less expensive for the church, provides quicker delivery, and you can save and print your statement for your files. If you are interested in an emailed copy of your statement of giving please reply to Ingrid Smith at  ingridsmith@covenantpcusa.org .
Women’s Theology
1st & 3rd Fridays, 9:30-11:30am, rm 120
Discuss The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World's Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian by Brian D. McLaren. For info, contact Louise Davidson or Susan Imel.
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.