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This Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019
Where'd You Get Those Shoes?
Tracy Keenan preaching

Dear Covenant friends and family,

Several years ago, I bought a pair of crazy shoes. Not the ordinary black, brown, navy things. They were “two-tone tongueless lace-up spectator pump” to any who care about such descriptions. A couple years later, I fell in love with some multi-colored high-tops that look like what we used to call “clodhoppers,” although I have yet to hop any clods in these. Then I found a pair of hand-painted boots at Winterfair (“wearable art,” they called them) and added those to my dubious collection. Since then, I have looked past the black, brown, navy things, and have given away most of my more “ordinary” shoes. And yes, I have added one or two more crazy shoes/boots to the flock.

They make people laugh, which is not a bad thing. And they invariably ask, “Where’d you get those shoes?”
There is a connection between those shoes and  1 Corinthians 15:1-11 , where the Apostle Paul tells about receiving the message of God’s love revealed in Jesus Christ, and about passing that message along to others. If you can figure out the connection before Sunday, shoot me an email, and I’ll give you a prize. Or just wait and see…
 
See you Sunday!
Grace and peace,
Tracy
Transition Plans for Covenant
After more than fourteen years of ministry with us, Tracy Keenan and Jim Mehler are moving to the state of Delaware at the end of the month. A search committee for an interim senior pastor is underway now, and we expect to have someone in that role perhaps just after Easter. In the meantime, there will be a temporary senior pastor coming by March 24. (It's far too big a load to place on Katie Kinnison for more than a few weeks!)
ALSO, Tracy and Jim's last Sunday will be Feb. 24, and we’ll have a going-away party after the congregational meeting that day. There will be a catered lunch buffet and a brief program. Please plan to come and celebrate their time with us and to wish them well.
Agora - Dealing With Trauma continues
Led by Jacqui Buschor
Sunday, Feb. 10, 9:45am, 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? Perfect for Stephen Ministers, those who volunteer with CATCH Court, children and youth ministry, or HM3, for parents, teachers, anyone who loves people who hurt. 
Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
Don't miss this important film.
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. 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.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
Sun., Feb. 24, 12:15pm
As you know, Senior Pastor Tracy Keenan has received a call to be the Missional Presbyter for the New Castle Presbytery in the state of Delaware beginning March 1. Her last day at Covenant will be on Feb. 24. The session has called for a congregational meeting at 12:15 on February 24 for the purpose of dissolving the pastoral bond between Tracy Keenan and Covenant Presbyterian Church as mandated by the Book of Order in such a transition as this.
Click here https://goo.gl/forms/ayLJm6abkc5DhZEP2 to enter your act into Variety Show 2019.
Acts should be limited to 3 minutes. Please consider having each person be in a maximum of 2 acts. Rehearsal that morning from 10am-12pm. Performances after our annual CPW Spaghetti Dinner, 6:30pm.
Tickets : $8 (10 & under only $4). Buy tickets Sun., March 17, 24, 31 between services
or call Betsy Sebastian 614-457-4383
This is going to be a night to remember! Spread the word!
This summer our youth will be attending
the Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue University
We are asking the congregation of Covenant Presbyterian Church to help sponsor our trip to Triennium and the meaningful experiences our youth will have there. 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. For more information, please visit our website . Contact Erin Wise .
Spotlight on Youth:
Charlie Van Aman
My name is Charlie Van Aman. I am fourteen years old. I am a freshman at Upper Arlington High School. This year I played football and lacrosse for the Golden Bears. In my free time I like to golf, travel and fish. I have attended Covenant Presbyterian Church since I was born and I was baptized here. I am currently in the Confirmation class this year. My parents and grandparents also attend Covenant. Thank you for supporting the Covenant youth. We have so many wonderful opportunities to enjoy fun activities, help others and grow as individuals. We appreciate your support.
Meredith Hanosek
My name is Meredith Hanosek. I am 14 years old and I’m an 8th grader at Hastings Middle School in Upper Arlington. I like to travel, bake, do theatre shows with Columbus Children’s Theatre and do volunteer work. I went to Ghost Ranch this past summer and it was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. I want to thank the church for such a wonderful experience.
Donald Speas
Hi- I’m Donald Speas and I am a freshman at Upper Arlington High School. I am on the cross country and track teams and love to run year-round. I’m hoping to run my first marathon by the time I finish high school. I’m the oldest of three siblings and all of us appreciate our Covenant family. Thank you for all you do to support our youth.  
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 .
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.