Holy Covenant United Church of Christ
A progressive Christian church
Weekly News & Announcements through
Week ending August 14 , 2016

In This Issue
Charlotte Pride Events
HC Happenings
Prayer Concerns
Participant Reminders
Church Information
(Staff details below)

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Nancy Ellett Allison
The Church is dying!  The Church has always been dying and it will continue to die and be reborn. The passing of churches which met vital needs but were unable to keep pace with a quickly shifting society will be the church's now and forever story.
In this Centennial year, we have the privilege of gathering as beneficiaries of a faithful people. Holy Covenant has deep roots of faithfulness and generosity that have nourished our spirits for decades. We are living into our calling to be a welcoming, inclusive community of love and justice that continues to challenge each of us and give us direction for our future. 

Like the saints named in Hebrews 11, we are a community on pilgrimage. Our journey has not been a flawless march to the top; but it has been a faithful journey where in each generation the imagination of the members has been stirred by God and a new vision has been loosed in the land. Join us this Sunday to welcome new members who will continue to help us engage the world with new eyes and ideas.

~ sojourning to the wonderful not-yet, Nancy
Charlotte Pride Events, August 14-21
We are hosting a meeting with a Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Officer on August 14th at 1 pm in the Conference Room to explore ways to effectively de-escalate tense conversations. If you have concerns about dealing with confrontational behavior, please make plans to attend. We are hosting this specifically for those who will be working in the booths at the Pride Festival, but these are skills that each of our ushers and greeters and any of you who deal with the public might value.

An interfaith worship experience celebrating the dignity, value and worth of all people.  Sunday, August 14, 4 p.m. First United Methodist Church  501 N. Tryon St., Charlotte  Refreshments following the Service
2016 PRIDE FESTIVAL AUGUST 19, 20 & 21
Holy Covenant, along with 3 churches, will be present throughout the weekend to be a show of community support from Charlotte Area UCC churches. Thank you to all who have volunteered. 
P articipant s are needed for each of the following times : Saturday, 8/20, 8-9 am for set up of the church booth, and 7-8 pm; Sunday 8/21, 5-6 pm and for assistance with tear down, 6-7 pm.  Contact  Phil Kaveler , or sign up in the gathering room this Sunday. 

Holy Covenant Happenings

Baby boy
Following worship please join us for a r eception hosted by the Hospitality Committee.  Registry at Target and Babies R Us, Gift cards are welcomed. 
Please join us to celebrate and welcome baby Matthew!

The Earth Care team announces Reuse a Sneaker drive. The project, with collections of any brand sneakers that have reached the end of their useful life, recycles and transforms them into Nike Grind, a material used in creating athletic and playground surfaces, as well as select Nike products. As you prepare for the beginning of school and fall cleaning consider a new life for your old gym shoes. Drop off your old  tenniesAugust 7 to September 11, in the collection bin in the gathering room. (Regular shoes are not included in this project.)

The Backpack Ministry, founded five years ago, supports hungry children at David Cox Elementary School and Morehead Academy, feeding students and younger siblings each weekend. With the help of HCUCC, University City UMC and other churches, they will expand the program to a third school. Now that school is starting back we have an opportunity to continue to help some of these children whom are our neighbors.  Each weekend the children receive backpacks complete with protein, vegetables, soup, starches, fruit, breakfast items and a snack.  Don 't have time to shop? Make a donation and a personal shopper will do the rest!  Click for suggested donations and printable  shopping list.

David Smith is leading yoga classes for all levels. For more information, contact David at  prizmsongs@gmail.com or 704-533-2142.

The Sojourners will be discussing Wise Giving, Chapter 7, of Robert Lupton's book, Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help. There are 3 more chapters and then the class will move on to something different--another book, videos, articles, Bible study, TED Talks, other???  What suggestions might you have?  All are welcome to join us on Sunday--no preparation necessary.

Please join us at the Sharon Campus on August 22 for a discussion lead by Sue Pascucci of the book "Marriage of Opposites" by Alice Hoffman. For our September 19th meeting, we have tentatively selected William Kent Kruger's "Ordinary Grace"; discussion lead by Barbara Schneller.

The sale process for the Sharon Road property is still moving along as expected. The required community meeting as part of the rezoning process was held on Wednesday, August 3. There was good attendance from a variety of neighbors surrounding the property.  Information about the proposed site plan was shared with the neighbors and feedback was taken by the design team. The next steps are for the public hearing to be scheduled at the September City Council meeting, followed by a City Council vote at their October meeting. These dates could get pushed back if further design work is requested or required from the planning and zoning department. If you have questions about this sale process, feel free to contact Robbie Furr, Consistory Chair (704-453-9042) or Renee Brown, Long Range Planning committee Chair (704-996-5378).

Many of our little ones are having their first birthdays! We need some items to keep them entertained and safe while playing.  
-Pool noodles- to use as toddler proof door stoppers---no smashed fingers! and no slammed doors :)
-Beach sand toys-shovels, rakes, molds, sifters, cars and trucks...things for our sand box.
-Outdoor toys- sturdy ones like Little Tyke or Step 2 brands, to ride on or climb...toddler age appropriate items.
Gently used contributions welcomed. See Caryn in the preschool or Dawn in the office.
Gifts from Artist Guild in Appreciation
The Kindred Spirits Art Guild is a cloth doll artist guild and club with members which range from beginners to advanced doll makers and designers. They meet monthly at the Harris Campus, to create their beautiful hand made crafts, and in appreciation of their use of the church facility, have made this generous contribution of diapers and formula offered to Bottles N Bottoms, a local organization that provides important necessities for newborns and toddlers.

Thank you to both organizations for their wonderful outreach to the local communities!

Prayer Concerns
Jean Berg, Gail Bushman, Leanne Bushman, Charlotte Carbone,  Ginny & Bob Fisher, Marianne Gannon, Karen Griffin, Laura Hankins,  Chuck Johnson, Joy Johnson, Helen Lambert,  Irene Mikkelson,  Deb & Yvette Ross, Ed Sharp, Dave Stoimenoff & Jim Germann,  Mamie Stokes, Sheryl Stogner
The family of Jean Washburn. The family of Paul Bomely.
Friends & Family Members
McKenzie (Sue Godfrey), Rose Bouchonville (John Maze),  Charlotte Carbone, Matthew Christian, (Beth Sharp),  Bill Funderburk (Donna Collins), Frances Helms (Lynn Helms),  Mike Hinson (Kathi Smith), CD & Alice Huskins (Jared Fischer),  John Jacobsen (Holly Middleton), Aaron Johnson (Joy Johnson), Ashely Jones (Annette Shoop),  Barbara Lees (Donna Collins), Urban Linn (Julie McLelland),  Pat & JoAnn Murphey (Laura Murphey),  Luz Soto (Aida Marcial), Milton & Jane Thompson (Kevin Decker), Janet Watson (Donna Collins), Charles Weaver (Susan Rettberg)
Participant Reminders For Sunday
Greeters: Barb Schneller,  Lisa Sherman
Ushers: Kevin Edwards-Knight, Sue Godfrey, Tom Magraw, Barbara Rutelonis
Media: Brian Hankins, Joe Craig
Tabulators: Sally McLester, Kathleen Smith
ELDER FOR AUGUST: Tina Ettesen, cettesen@carolina.rr.com or 704-458-2511
Holy Covenant United Church of Christ
3501 West W.T. Harris Blvd, Charlotte, NC, 28269
 704 599-9810
Dawn Simmons, Executive Assistant:  office@holycovenantucc.org
Nancy Ellett Allison, Pastor: Pastor@holycovenantucc.org  704-621-0235
Steven Burleson, Youth Pastor: YouthMin@holycovenantucc.org  704-706-4170
Jared Fischer, Director of Music: music@holycovenantucc.org 423-443-1676

No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey,

you are welcome here.