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This Sunday, April 21, 2019
Easter Sunday
How Does the Story End?
Don Hilkerbaumer preaching

Before I invite you to our Easter celebration on Sunday I want to thank you for your gracious hospitality and wish you well as you journey into the future. 

Easter makes all the difference in how we face that journey. Walter Brueggeman describes the Easter message in these words:

“The Easter question for us is not whether you can get your mind around the resurrection, because you cannot. Rather the question is whether you can permit in your horizon new healing power, new surging possibility, new ways of power in an armed, fearful world, new risk, new life…No more frightened hearts, but hearts alive to a powerful, unimaginable alternative” 

I invite you to join us this Sunday as we celebrate the wonderful good news that Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!

Don
TGIGF (Thank God It’s Good Friday)
Tomorrow Fri., April 19, 9:30-11:30am
Children aren’t the only ones who wonder why this sad day is called good. We’ll talk about that, about how amazing and wonderful it is that nothing ever can stop God’s love. We’ll learn about this Holy Week and the story of Jesus’ loving and lovingg. We’ll make things, play games, eat hot cross buns and some other snacks and have a wonderful time. Cost is $5.
Remember, we have child care provided for all of our Holy Week services.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES AND EVENTS
April 18 - Maundy Thursday
   7pm  Taizé Worship Service, Tenebrae, Communion, Campanile Handbell Choir; Cora Kuyvenhoven, cello; Chancel Choir
April 19 - Good Friday
   9:30-11:30am  TGIGF for children;   7pm  Worship Service. Jason Keefer, organist; Handbell Ensemble 
April 20 - Easter Vigil,  8pm . Readings. Remembrance. Communion. Agape Dessert Feast. 
April 21 - Easter   Worship Services
   8:30 & 11am  Jason Keefer, organist; Brass Ensemble;   10am  Gathering Celebration
April 28,  10am  - More Easter Celebration & Children’s Egg Hunt
With great love and appreciation we thank Reverend Don Hilkerbaumer for pastoring us these last several weeks. May the grace and peace of Christ be with him in his life and ministry.
 
On May 1 st our Interim Pastor, Jeri-Lynne Bouterse, will join our Covenant family for at least the next year. With joy, we will welcome her to our pulpit on Sunday, May 5 th .  Everyone is invited to share coffee and doughnuts with her in between services that day, from 9:30 to 11:00am.  (Hint: Bouterse rhymes with routers .)
 
Thanks be to God for all our many blessings. The Spirit is on the move, and our adventure of following the Living God into the Way of Love continues.
Collected thru Easter, April 21.
Each year, churches from every corner of the denomination rise to meet the needs of brothers and sisters who need a hand up. One Great Hour of Sharing is one of four church-wide offerings of the PC(USA) collected in the Lenten Season, a time when we intentionally focus on aligning our lives with God's calling for us. Money collected is directed toward hunger, disaster, and development and provides relief in three specific ways: 32% to restore hope through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance; 36% to reducing hunger: and 32% to the self development of people program. We appreciate your generous support.
Wine and Eggs
Mon., April 22, 7pm, The Pierce's House, 1480 Windham Rd.
Filling plastic eggs with candy for the children’s egg hunt is a BIG job. It's more fun when grown-ups get together to get it done. Bring a beverage and snack to share and help stuff the eggs. Please bring wrapped candy to fill the eggs and join us for a fun night. See Erin with questions.
Vacation Bible School 2019
June 24-28  
Register today: tinyurl.com/covenantvbs2019  
One small step for your kids...one giant leap for God's Kingdom! Blast off with the first VBS to land on Mars...and beyond! Children will discover the wonders of God's universe and become Voyagers on a journey through space, exploring where God's power can take them. They'll lift off to distant planets on special missions to collect power sources. Along the way, they'll learn how God walked with heroes of the bible, and that God is always with them, too. Add to the adventure with out-of-this-world fun, learning, and bible stories that inspire children to give glory to God who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask...or imagine!  

ALSO, Volunteers needed for VBS!  Youth entering 6th grade and older and adults are needed to help teach, feed, entertain, craft, sing, dance and enjoy the children of our church and community. Sign up to help at http://tinyurl.com/covenantvolunteer .
Electronic giving options like GIVE+Text offer you the opportunity to give simply and securely from anywhere

Covenant’s E-giving options:
  1. Free Mobile appGivePlus Church
  2. Zelle - Through your bank using giving@covenantpcusa.org
  3. Text to a dedicated Covenant number: 614-907-8226
  4. PayPal on our website
  5. Auto Debit from your bank account. Fill out the Authorization Form on our website or welcome table. Or download a PDF here.
  6. Credit and debit card payments on our website
More information and instructions are on the Welcome Table and our  website  under "giving."
Need childcare for a church event? 
Email Erin Wise to schedule: erinwise@covenantpcusa.org .
YouTube LiveStream:   Sunday Services 8:30am, 10am & 11am & Special Services: www.youtube.com/user/Covenantpcusa/live
For past services, special music, other church videos, visit our main YouTube page: www.youtube.com/user/Covenantpcusa
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.