Holy Covenant United Church of Christ
A progressive Christian church
Weekly News & Announcements through
Week ending July 10 , 2016

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

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Photos:  Hannah Allison, my niece and Sharon Temple, Pastor of Brookmeade UCC in Nashville. Me with Dave & Jim at their home in La Vernia, TX. My car loaded with Laura's stuff and her dog, Jack, on drive back from California. Top is in front of a Hobbit Hole, New Zealand.
There aren't enough ways to thank you as a congregation for  the love  and support and encouragement you offer to me and to one another in times of need. But Paul does a great job in the first chapter of Colossians which just happens to be our lectionary text for Sunday.
I'm looking forward to expressing my gratitude to you for this sabbatical time and sharing with you about my sabbatical experiences. I appreciate the stories I have already heard from you about the ways you valued hearing from one another throughout my absence and on Laity Sunday, and the wonderful care you received from our clergy and our members.

worshiped  with a variety of churches in many traditions and must say (with no surprise here) that I deeply value what we are trying to accomplish each Sunday in worship. We want folks to sing in ways that reach heart and soul, we want to be challenged to think about God's work in the world today using Scripture and we want to pray together. I hope to see you Sunday as we attempt, once again, to honor God in all we say and do as a community of faith.

~glad to be "home", Nancy

Holy Covenant Happenings
We KNOW most of you don't cook all that much - but we also KNOW that some of you make great cakes, some of you specialize in all vegetarian dishes and some of you are Crock Pot Queens!  Please submit your favorite recipe, of any food category, by July 15. Send your recipe to Debbie Davis, debbiekdavisnc@gmail.com Judi Lord, jklord17@gmail.com or Linda Carver, 2547A Stockbridge Drive, Charlotte NC 28210.

The community garden continues to ramp up its production. So far, over 88 lbs. of produce has been contributed to Friendship Trays, whose mission is to deliver daily, in a caring and friendly manner, balanced meals to individuals in the community who are unable to obtain or prepare their own meals because of age or infirmity. Thanks to Ann Watkins and Joe McLelland for leading this important community ministry!  Youth from a neighboring summer camp program will be creating a scare crow, and helping to harvest the bounty on Friday, followed by a guided tour of the trails by John Rapp. Bill Hildebrand keeps the Memorial Garden looking tip top. Electricians are busy connecting power to the garden this week.  Way to go team!

It's not too late to register for summer camps at Johns River Valley Camp If you know a rising 3rd grader, you should make them aware of this narrow window to experience a sampling of Johns River Valley Camp.  Campers enjoy a half week of traditional camp activities (crafts, aquatics, hikes, stories, games, vespers, campfires) under the direction of two superb leaders, Sue Howell (Warwick UCC) and Rev. Jim Humphrey (retired).  In addition to above highlighted activities, campers will explore implications of "Fearless Faith:  Courage in Community."  On-line Registration available for all JRVC summer camps

The Sojourners welcomed a new young lady from New Hampshire to our class last Sunday. Sarah is planning to attend UNCC for graduate school and has been writing elementary textbooks and lesson plans for schools in Kenya. Her fascinating story fit right in with our discussion of the book, Toxic Charity:  How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help. We only discussed up to page 34, and then we stopped to join Rev. Pat Conover in the Gathering Room, so, if you missed last Sunday, the class will pick up again on page 34. We hope you can join the Sojourners on July 10th to continue the journey. Come as you are-no preparation necessary!

We will be meeting on Monday, *July 11*, at 1:30 pm at the Sharon campus. Our new choice is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, an engaging and quick read! Barbara Schneller will be leading the discussion.  We will meet again on Monday, August 22, at 1:30 pm at the Sharon campus. Sue Pascucci will be selected the title for August, and she will notify the book club members and you as soon as she has made a choice.
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Charlotte PRIDE, the third-largest LGBTQ Pride organization in the American Southeast, will hold its annual festival August 19, 20 & 21. We need all members of Holy Covenant to volunteer in helping Holy Covenant be present throughout the weekend. Please contact Phil Kaveler to let him know when you can volunteer.  There will be a sign up sheet beginning July 10 in the Gathering Room.

On July 31, 2016, we will receive the UCC Christmas Fund offering to show appreciation for the many pastors who have helped carry our burdens. Many of these aging and retired pastors have served small churches in rural areas that simply do not have the means to financially support them once they retire. These dedicated men and women served selflessly, and we have a chance to give them the thanks they deserve.  This is the one time we are asked to match our appreciation with our resources for those who have retired from faithful service to the church. Please memo your offering "UCC Christmas Fund".
Prayer Concerns
Paul Bomely, Gail Bushman, Leanne Bushman,  Ginny & Bob Fisher, Marianne Gannon, Karen Griffin,  Chuck Johnson, Helen Lambert,  Irene Mikkelson,  Deb & Yvette Ross, Dave Stoimenoff & Jim Germann,  Mamie Stokes, Jean Washburn
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),  Barbara Lees (Donna Collins), Urban Linn (Julie McLelland),  Pat & JoAnn Murphey (Laura Murphey), Candy Propes (Sue Rettberg), Luz Soto (Aida Marcial)
Participant Reminders For Sunday
Greeters: Bill Hildebrand, Connie Hildebrand
Ushers: Kevin Edwards-Knight, Sue Godfrey, Tom Magraw, Barbara Rutelonis
Media: Brian Hankins, Joe Craig
Tabulators: Sally McLester, Kathi Smith
ELDER FOR JULY: Michael Baldonado , michaelbaldonado@hotmail.com or 502-541-5957
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.

Judah and the Doo Dahs
Thanks to "Judah and the Doo-Dahs" for music on Sunday!
left to right: Beth Christian Sharp, Karen Long, Judah L. Jones, Tina Dickens, Donna Collins