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This Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018
What If It Is Not About Should?
Katie Kinnison preaching

Dear Covenant friends and family,
    Here we are in the midst of the twelve days of Christmas. Are there any glimmers of awe left for you? Has Love bursting into the world again made any sort of difference?
     Forces in the world are quick to have their ways with us: busyness, productivity, consumerism, anxiety…... And it is almost New Year’s Eve: time to reflect on all the ways we are to change if we are to be good enough.
     [Insert big sigh here.]
     It turns out that even our religion can diminish our wonder and our joy. We take stock of ourselves and find ourselves lacking.  We compare what we should be doing with what we are doing and with what we are failing to do. We have been taught to do this, after all, to continually judge our behavior, our thoughts, our ways of living and being.
     But is this all there is? Can we ever give up our moral book-keeping and the tallying of the state of our souls? Is there life beyond our shoulds ? Another way of being?
     I suspect there is, and I suggest we look at this Love bursting in to find our answers.
     I hope we will get to see you Sunday. It is always better when we are all here.
Yours in the Journey,
Katie
New Year's Eve with Covenant
Mon., Dec. 31, 5-7pm, Come and go as you wish.
Communion. Quiet Meditation
(Church office closes noon New Year's Eve, all New Year's Day)


Sundays: Regular Traditional Service: 8:30am and 11:00am, Sanctuary;
Alternative Gathering Service: 10am, Fellowship Hall
Mark Your Calendar:
3rd Annual Parent Party
Sat., Jan. 5, 7pm, Columbus Italian Club (1739 W 3rd Ave.)
All grown-ups are invited to come enjoy each other’s company after the holidays are over. Bring a snack to share and your own grown-up beverage. Don’t forget to bring the ugliest gift you got for Christmas for our White Elephant gift exchange.
Sun., Jan. 20, 12:15pm lunch, 12:30pm film, Lounge; 
AND 6pm pizza, 6:15pm film, Fellowship Hall
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 anxiety. Contact Katie Kinnison or Erin Wise.
New Picture Directories 
For church members who have a photo in our new directory, please pick up your copy in the hall this Sunday. Look for the label with your name and start meeting and learning about your church family. Soon, you’ll receive info on how to access this directory on the new app on your phone.
For the New year: a labyrinth brick
for the entrance to our neighborhood prayerful wandering space. The labyrinth is a walking meditation where we can step out of the busyness of life to be still and focus on what we find within. Please consider purchasing a paver brick with your etched message for $100 or a plain brick for $80. Order forms and sample bricks are in the hall or click here to submit a form and pay with PayPal on our website. 
It's Not Too Late:
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.
Now you can receive your quarterly statement of giving by email
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 .
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.