Feb. 28, 2021
Wednesdays at noon: Lenten worship
Pause for a moment of peace
Music, readings and ritual observances enrich the Lenten journey. These 15-minute livestream services are rebroadcast on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. 

Lenten Bible study on Wednesday evenings
Focus: Leaning into what we don't yet know
Open Table resumes as Covenant ministers prepare our hearts and minds for the Lenten journey. There will be time for questions and small group breakouts.

This week: Grace and Bob - Expand - Leaning into what we don’t yet know 
Week three: Grace and Julia - Community - Leaning into others
Week four: Grace and Bob - Accept - Leaning into change
Week five: Grace and Serenitye - Wonder - Leaning into hope
Week six: Grace and Ian - Leaning into Holy Week

First Sunday Talk: Faith and music
Sunday, March 7 at 9:30 a.m.
Heather Potter, our director of traditional music, will host a conversation with two special guests.

Dr. Martin Tel is the Seabrook Director of Music at Princeton Theological Seminary. He'll help us to see music as an expression of our theology as well as a way of rejoicing in God's love.

Sam Burchfield is a singer-songwriter influenced by rock, folk, gospel, country and soul. His recent album "Graveyard Flower" invites listeners to reconnect with the things that matter most. He'll share how making and enjoying music can be a spiritual practice in its own right.

A day of music, art, baby animals
Choose a timeslot on Saturday, April 3
This Easter, we hope the Covenant campus will be alive with a celebration of new life, including vibrant music, exquisite art, a menagerie of baby animals and contemplative time in the Sanctuary.

While plans for the day remain fluid, you are invited to sign up below for your family (however you define family, in groups of up to 12 people) for fellowship and festivity.

You can make paper butterflies for Easter
Art installation will add beauty
Many have responded enthusiastically to make origami butterflies in preparation for Easter.

This is a great activity for individuals, families and children. You can choose any pattern and even make butterflies as prayers for those you love. 

Kits are available in the Welcome Center in packets of 10. Take as many as you like. Please return by March 15. To have packets delivered or mailed, please click here to contact Carla Leaf.

How you can provide flowers for seniors
A gift for our older members
Thank you to all who contributed jars and vases to hold floral arrangements that we will deliver to older members. A drop-off bin is available until March 4 in the Welcome Center.

On March 18, you're invited to bring bunches of flowers to the church, assemble bouquets and deliver to homes in a contact-free fashion. Please click here to learn more and sign up.

Preschool director brings experience, passion
Welcome, Janice Price
Janice Price comes to Covenant after serving as the Director of the Child Development Center at First United Methodist Church for the past 24 years. Along with Janice’s wealth of experience in Early Childhood education, she brings a passion for continuing to grow in her knowledge.

Janice is continuing to pursue a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at UNC Charlotte. Before her role in the CDC at First United Methodist Church, Janice served as the Director of Children’s Ministry at a church in Midland.

Meet our pastoral resident for mission
Welcome, Nikki Zimmerman
Nikki Zimmerman will join the staff as Pastoral Resident for Mission and Outreach. Nikki’s first day is Aug. 2.

Nikki will graduate in May with a Masters in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is a 2016 graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, where she majored in Global Studies.

While at Princeton, Nikki served at Kingston United Methodist Church in Kingston, NJ, helping to lead worship and community engagement.

Nikki was drawn to Covenant by the congregation’s work on race, inclusion and equity. She previously taught sixth grade Language Arts at a school in Nashville, Tenn.

Nikki will be one of three pastoral residents, joining Serenitye Taylor (Pastoral Care) and Molly Smerko (Education/Young Adults). The pastoral residency program is part of Covenant’s commitment to be a teaching church for young people entering ministry.

See March menus for Grab-N-Go
Prepared meals on Wednesdays
The kitchen staff offers prepared meals to heat in the oven at home. March specials are Greek salad with chicken, Italian pasta salad, cookies and rolls:

March 10: Chicken cacciatore with bow tie pasta, spaghetti squash, lobster bisque soup, garlic bread, cheesecake

March 17: Shepherd's pie, Brussels sprouts, loaded baked potato soup, bread pudding

March 24: Taco casserole, black beans & rice, chicken tortilla soup, churros

March 31: Sliced ham, collard greens, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, chili, cornbread muffins, molten lava cake

Two ways to lift up children
Reading, math with our CMS partner school
Highland Renaissance Academy is seeking guest readers in preparation for a virtual Read Across America Week!

On Wednesday, March 3, you can join via Zoom to read aloud books to children in Pre-K through 5th grade. It takes about 20 minutes and you choose your grade level. Click here to learn more.

Math tutors needed: Many have asked what we can do to support students returning to in-person learning. Good news! Beginning in March, HEART Math Tutoring will be offered at Highland virtually from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. once a week. 

To express interest, please contact Marilynn Mickle, who is helping to coordinate the program.

Director of Contemporary Music and Worship Arts
Coordinate, plan and lead contemporary worship music for the contemporary services and provide leadership for the worship arts ministry. Learn more here.

CDC Assistant Teacher and Floater
Covenant’s Child Development Center is a year-round program for children from six weeks to five years old. Our mission is providing high quality child care and education to children from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more here.

Congregational Notes
births, weddings, in memoriam