An Open And Affirming Community Of Faith - We Welcome All Beliefs!
SAVE THE DATE!
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING - NOVEMBER 20TH!
  • Sage meets every Friday at 1 pm. Check here for the church calendar for the link

  • Congregational forum 11/13

  • Congregational Meeting 11/20

  • Community Worship Service 11/20

  • Church decorating on 11/26
HELP US GROW BY GIVING!
YOUR GENEROSITY IS NEEDED!
Your generosity is needed, now more than ever! You may give via:

PayPal — access it through our website or send your donation on PayPal which takes out a fee, to donations@holycovenantmcc.org

Zelle - You can send your donation directly to the church using Zelle via the email address donations@holycovenantmcc.org. It will go directly into the general account and there will be no fees attached to the giving.

Electronic Check
Send an electronic check from your financial institution, or by sending a personal check. Our address is 9145 Grant Ave, Brookfield, IL, 60513.

Please remember that when giving through PayPal they do charge a percentage fee to the church unless it shows an option to help out the church and for you to pay that fee.

See the weekly giving below. Holy Covenant needs at least $4,672 a month to meet its obligations for bills and salary. We are now showing what the percentage of giving is and how we are doing on a monthly basis.
NOVEMBER 2022 GIVING
Giving Needed Weekly
(4 WEEKS) $1,168
The Difference is -$621!
Our bills are listed for the month of November 2022.
Your generosity helps us pay the bills.
Any amount helps us meet our obligations.



If you would like to pay one of the bills,
please designate that in your donation. 
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING NOVEMBER 20th
AFTER SERVICES
Applications for the Board positions have been closed.

We have three openings on the Board. Barbara Adams Latsaras and Roxann Victory are up for re-election and will be running in November and there is an at-large position available on the Board. We also have an opening for a Lay Delegate.

Our Congregational Forum (preview of budget and introduction of Board candidates) will be November 13, and the Congregational Meeting will be November 30. Both will be in person. If you are a member, you will be receiving an email the first week of November via Constant Contact. You will be able to review the minutes from 2021 and the 2023 Operating Budget.

Any questions, please contact Rev. Martha Daniels or any Board members. 
GIVING TUESDAY IS NOVEMBER 29TH!
Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity.

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good.
Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Join the movement and give – each Tuesday and every day – whether it’s some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice in your local community.
PASTOR'S PICK CORNER -
Rev. Daniels Reading/Listening/Watching Suggestions
An eclectic collection of books, movies, TV shows, magazines, etc. that I have come across, which I found good or interesting and you might too!

Recently Reading:
Ted Kennedy: A Life
One of the most interesting ways to learn history is through the stories of the people who lived that history. One of my favorite biographers is John A. Farrell. He's written biographies of Tip O'Neill, Richard Nixon, Clarence Darrow, and most recently, Edward Kennedy.

Biography can be tricky to write--many writers fall into the trap of including every detail about the subject's life that they can cram into the book--but that becomes repetitive and boring. Others try to hit only the high points, which usually means what we already know about the subject. Farrell has learned how to strike a balance--the details behind "what everyone knows," and the influence the person had on events, which is why we want to read about them. Farrell also doesn't flinch from pointing out the flaws in his subjects, even when he clearly is an admirer of the person--such as Tip O' Neill and Clarence Darrow.

His book on Ted Kennedy has just come out, and I am enjoying it very much. It's a different angle on the Kennedys--Ted was never the shining star that Joe Jr., JKF, and RFK were. He was more of a plodder, and then smeared mud on himself with the tragedy of Chappaquiddick. Your local library should have it, and it will be out in paperback by Christmas, I would think.
UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST
THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR THE LESS FORTUNATE
Thanksgiving dinner will be served for the homeless, senior citizens, sick & shut-in, and the less fortunate at the LaGrange Community Center. For more information, please call Lynn or April. Click on the flyer to download.

WHEN: November 24, 2022
TIME: 12:00 pm to 4:15 pm
WHERE: LaGrange Community Center
200 Washington St, LaGrange, IL
Contact: Lynn Lacey at 708.983.4613 or
Aprill Hill at 708.674.3233
COMMUNITY WORSHIP SERVICE
NOVEMBER 20TH
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Community worship service and dinner! Sunday, November 20 at 3 pm, First Baptist Church of LaGrange. At 3 pm, we will worship; at 4 pm, finish preparing dinner for the community, and at 5 pm, serve a no-charge Thanksgiving dinner to the community. We hope you will join us there to serve the community.
20 N Ashland Ave, La Grange, IL 60525
DECORATE THE CHURCH CHRISTMAS TREE
Help decorate the church for Christmas! Join us at 10 am on Saturday, November 26 to "deck the halls!" for this festive season.

If you would like to donate any decorations for the church, please bring them with you!
SUNDAY HYBRID WORSHIP
IN-PERSON & LIVE ON YOUTUBE
REV. MARTHA DANIELS PRESIDING
10:00 AM CST
Our worship celebration is every Sunday at 10 am CST. If you would like to join us you may join us in person or go to our Facebook page at Holy Covenant Facebook Page and click on the LINK to YouTube to watch the service.

Sunday Reading:
Wisdom of Luke 21: 5-19
Sermon Title "The End And The Beginning"

Have a candle ready to light, cookie or bread, and a glass of your favorite libation for communion if you are watching online.

You can also find previous services on our YouTube Channel here.

Rev. Martha is available by email, phone, Facebook Messenger, and text for any pastoral needs you may have revmarthadaniels@gmail.com

  • Masks are now optional. If you want to sing you have to wear a mask.
  • No temperature check required
  • Social distancing required

ALL SAINTS DAY
On Sunday, November 6, Holy Covenant will observe All Saints Day. We invite you to bring in a photograph of one or more of your saints, or an item that symbolizes them to you. You may also email those photos to me or Roxann at roxann.victory@outlook.com. We will use those photos and a table display as part of our All Saints remembrance

DO YOU WANT TO HELP WITH WORSHIP?
Do you feel a call to help with worship? To read a prayer, or a reading, or to usher or serve communion? Whether you are here in person or virtually, we need and want your gifts! Contact Rev. Martha or Roxann at roxann.victory@outlook.com.
MEDITATION IN PERSON! WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH! MEDITATION IS OPEN TO ALL! NEW DAY!
The next meditation is on Wednesday, November 16th, 7 pm at the church. Mary Ann will be leading the meditation upstairs in the church. This event is free and open to all men and women.

Please be prompt at 7 pm so there are no distractions.
  • Masks are optional
  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
  • We ask that you use hand sanitizer as you enter the building

For more information about meditation please contact Mary Ann Latsaras at only1amar@yahoo.com.
AGING WELL NOVEMBER PROGRAMS
Join us all month long for informative seminars, health programs, fitness, entertainment, and more!
 
Hello Neighbors! Below is our October schedule. Join us all month long for informative seminars, brain health programs, fitness, history, entertainment, and more online and in person! Just click here for the list of classes.

We encourage you to share our class schedule with friends, family, and neighbors, near & far, of any age – everyone is welcome to join us! All of our classes are free & no advance registration is required. We hope to see you soon on Zoom!

Thank you all for being a part of the Aging Well Neighborhood!

For questions about the programs listed, please email AWN@agingcareconnections.org.
HOLY COVENANT BOARD MEETING - NOVEMBER 17TH
The next Board meeting will be on November 17th.

You can find all the Board agenda, minutes and financials on our website. They are also posted on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.

You can find a PDF of the past Board Meetings Agenda, Minutes and church financials here
SHARE FOOD, SHARE LOVE FOOD PANTRY NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Some families will have a hard time providing healthy, nourishing food. Rising food costs caused by inflation, when combined with the ongoing pandemic, means that many family budgets that were already stretched thin, are no longer adequate to provide for their needs. Sometimes it is even necessary for families to do without essential items like medicine or professional health care, so that everyone has enough to eat.
 
You can make a real difference. Donating now is so important please take a minute to give so we can feed the hungry in our area.
Thank you!

PINTS WITH THE PASTOR
Join us at Pub 78 in beautiful downtown Brookfield for no-host dinner and/or drinks. conversation and good times from 6 pm - 8 pm.

Time: 6 pm, Thursday, December 8th.
Pub 78
3733 Grand Ave
Brookfield, IL 60513
SAGE CALENDAR, EVENTS & MENU
SAGE, a social support group for LGBTQ seniors, meets both via ZOOM and in person on Fridays at 1 pm. We hope to resume our lunches in July. Please contact Eric Eugenio Vironet (evironet@cmsschicago.org) if you plan to attend in person as space is limited. Click here to join the meeting

SAGE Events click here
West Suburban Senior Services calendar click here
SAGE CAFE MENU click here
SNOW REMOVAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED OR
DONATIONS TO HELP PAY FOR SNOW REMOVAL
We recently received a quote for snow blowing with the company we used last year. They were very reliable and good.

For this season, we were quoted the following:
2" and under is $50
5" to 7" is $60
Over 7" is $100

This quote does not include salting as that is $10 more up to 5" and an extra $10 if more than 7". One snowfall could cost us up to $120 for removal!!!

These costs are just about double what they were for us last year with the reasoning being gas, salt, labor is more expensive this year. We would love to be able to have a snow removal company do it for us especially since we have AA meetings all week. Unfortunately, we cannot afford to pay it. We would be so grateful for any donations to help us pay for snow removal for 2022-2023.

We need volunteers for snow clearing and we have a snow blower! If you are able and willing to assist with either of these, please contact any Board member or Mary Ann at only1amar@yahoo.com.
BOOK STUDY - JANUARY 2023
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Our next book study will be January 22, 2023. We will be reading “Braiding Sweetgrass,” an exploration of Native American spirituality and its connection to the physical world of plants.

The book is available in libraries and in a variety of formats via amazon, Bookshop.com, B&N, Powells, etc.
WE ARE AN AMAZON CHARITY WITH A SHOPPING LIST!
As of June 2022, we have received over the years a total of $727.75 from Amazon Smile because of your purchases and designates us as your charity.

We now have a list of items that we need at the church. This list is available to see here Charity Lists. You can order and pay for anything off this list and have it shipped directly to the church. We appreciate anything you can order for us!

You can make an impact while you shop on Amazon. Simply shop here at Holy Covenant Amazon Smile Link and Amazon Smile will donate to Holy Covenant Church - M C C, at no cost to you.
NEED POWER OF ATTORNEY OR WILL?

Contact the Center for Disability & Elder Law. Click this link to see more information and links.
We mourn and pray for all the families who have suffered personal loses from gun violence at our schools, churches, hospitals. public venues and other places.

Prayers of Thanksgiving that Pat C.'s PET scan results showed that the main tumor which is wrapped around her windpipe is reduced significantly from chemo.2
Prayers for the Richey family mourning the death of Connie Richey which is Rev. Martha's Aunt.3
Prayers for the Iranian women as they fight for their rights.3
Prayers for healing for Joyce.3
Prayers for Jim Y. (Patti's cousin) as he heals from his recent heart attack and triple by-pass surgery and for his family.2
Prayers of Thanksgiving for Patti's new job.3

Prayers and strength for Ukraine, for those who are relocating, and to end the war and unnecessary death
That God will provide for those who are hungry, unemployed, and homeless,
or in financial difficulties.
All those affected by HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, COVID-19, and other life-threatening illnesses.
All communities of faith.
LINKS AND OTHER INFORMATION

Missed a sermon?

Click here to catch up and watch on the Holy Covenant YouTube channel! 
If you or someone you know is in an emergency call 911 for help.

Need someone to talk to? Call the suicide lifeline by dialing 988.

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Health
Every day brings something new—
and God is with us always!
9145 Grant Ave
Brookfield, IL 60513
Phone: 708.387.1611