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This Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018
4th Sunday of Advent
Jason Keefer, organ
The Earth Cries Out: We Are Waiting

Dear Covenant friends and family,

A friend once said, "We spend most of our lives in between." 

"In between what?" I asked.

"In between whatever it is we're waiting for," she replied.

She had a point.

How many days until Christmas? And after Christmas, how many days until New Years? Until graduation? Until that baby comes? That loan is paid off? Until the kids come home? 

It seems we are nearly always waiting for something.

But there are different kinds of waiting. There's the kind of waiting that seems to think that the only valuable time is the time that is not here yet. And then there's the kind of waiting that calls for an intentional kind of presence, that finds meaning in the waiting itself.

Advent - our liturgical time of waiting for this Christ who is to come - is nearly over. Which kind of waiting does it teach us?

Sunday we will explore the value of the "in-between." Guest organist Jason Keefer will start the special prelude music early: Eugene Gigout's "Rhapsody on Christmas Themes." 

Grace and peace,
Tracy
Agora - Jesus under the Mistletoe: 
A casual history of Christmas
This Sun., Dec. 23, 9:45am, Lounge
David Connolly will give a brief overview of how Christmas got to be what it is today, from ancient pagan celebrations to the Bible to Germany to Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and more. Ho ho ho!
Christmas Eve with Covenant
Mon., Dec. 24
5pm Children Lead
8pm Stories, Music, Candlelight

New Year's Eve with Covenant
Mon., Dec. 31
5-7pm - Communion. Quiet Meditation. Come and go as you wish. 

Church office closes noon Christmas Eve, all Christmas Day; 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
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.
This Christmas, honor a loved one
 with the gift of 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. 
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.
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. If you are interested in an emailed copy of your statement of giving please reply to Ingrid Smith at  ingridsmith@covenantpcusa.org .
Sunday Flower Dedications Online
Commemorate a special day or honor loved ones by purchasing flowers for a Sunday worship service. Payment for 2019 is $40. Sign up on our website and pay through PayPal there or mail a check for $40 made out to Covenant with Sunday Flowers in the memo line, to Covenant Presbyterian Church, c/o Ingrid Smith, Financial Administrator, 2070 Ridgecliff Rd., Columbus, 43221.
Presbyterian Disaster Relief responds to disasters worldwide. Please help. Donate at 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.