An Open And Affirming Community Of Faith -
We Welcome All Beliefs!
  • Sage meets every Friday at 1 pm. Check here for the church calendar for the link

  • Church decorating on 11/26

  • Giving Tuesday 11/29

  • Dedication at SAGE 12/2

  • Worship team meeting 12/4 after service

  • Special training for worship leaders on Wednesday, Dec 7, at 7 pm at church

  • Pints with the Pastor, Dec 8th, 7pm
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 -$3,232!
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 RESULTS
Our Congregational Meeting on November 20 was held in person with the budget as presented being adopted. Reports from the various ministries were discussed as was the financials and were approved.

There were 3 Board positions open with two people running for those positions that are 2 year terms. There still is an open 1-year board position. The voting resulted in Barbara Adams Latsaras and Roxann Victory being approved for the 2-year positions. Jim Ulisse was approved as our Lay Delegate. The minutes from the meeting should be up on the website by end of next week for you to peruse.

Any questions, please contact Rev. Martha Daniels or any Board members. 
WE HAVE A MATCHING DONOR UP TO $500!
GIVING TUESDAY IS NOVEMBER 29TH!
Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity.

Our church works hard to give you the support you need and bring awareness about Holy Covenant to the community. We are so grateful for the opportunity to get you involved.

Ever since March 30, 1975, our church has been an open and affirming safe place to gather, pray, and give support to those in need. We do this by loving everyone who walks through our door, give them a friendly smile, a big hello and gigantic welcome home! We also do this by hosting events and raising money to help keep us a vibrant part of the community of Brookfield.

What if we all came together to support Holy Covenant and its mission of being and open and affirming community of faith? We can!

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving and Holy Covenant MCC is participating. We’re humbly asking for your support as it is essential and very much appreciated.

Can you give to Holy Covenant to continue our mission to be open and inclusive to the LGBTQ+ community and be a loving space for all to attend?

One person has stepped up and will be an anonymous donor who will do a match up to $500. Can you make that happen by giving?

At Holy Covenant MCC we have a goal of $4,000 raised on #GivingTuesday. Thanks to supporters like you, we believe it’s possible.

  • $25 donation can buy some building supplies.
  • $50 donation can help pay for our ATT internet.
  • $100 donation can pay for one of our utilities.
  • $250 donation can pay for snow removal for the winter.
  • $500 donation can go towards Rev. Martha' salary.

Will you help us? Please click on the button below to donate and help us reach our goal. We accept Zelle, PayPal, and personal checks. To send us a donation via Zelle, please send to donations@holycovenantmcc.org and mark for Giving Tuesday!

Thanking Jesus for you!

In Memory of
Robert "Wiz" Hathaway
It is with great sadness that we were informed of Robert's passing on November 15th at 8:05 pm. He had heart bypass surgery which he could not overcome. His loving caretaker Julie Feiza Voirol was at his bedside when he passed. Robert was cremated and there will be no services. Please keep Julie and his family in your prayers.
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.
SNOW REMOVAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED OR
DONATIONS TO HELP PAY FOR SNOW REMOVAL
We recently received a quote for snow blowing from another company. The cost for each snowfall is as follows:
  1. $50 to shovel
  2. $40 for return to shovel
  3. $20 for salting

We are looking for donations to the snow removal. If you can, we would be so grateful for any donations to help us pay for snow removal for 2022-2023. Please mark your donation for snow plowing. You can donation via Zelle, PayPal or regular check. The email for PayPal and Zelle is donations@holycovenantmcc.org.

If you cannot donate, can you volunteer for snow clearing? We do have a snow blower! If you are able and willing to assist with either of these, please contact any Board member or email socialmedia@holycovenantmcc.org.
UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST
DEDICATION OF JERRY RICKERT ROOM
Mark your calendar for the dedication of Jerry Rickert Room at West Suburban SAGE Center in Bellwood on December 2nd at 1 pm.

Join us in person or by Zoom for the dedication of the SAGE lounge to the memory of Jerry Rickert,
a longtime SAGE member, and friend of Holy Covenant. If you would like to join the SAGE group in person or for the meal, please contact Rev. Martha, as reservations are required. 

West Suburban Senior Services
439 Bohland Ave.
Bellwood, IL 60104

THRIVE WITH PRIDE CAFE
AGEISM AND ERASURE OF LGBTQ+ SENIORS
Thrive with Pride Café—small group; meets Thursday, December 1 at 7 pm via Zoom.

Join us for a discussion of ageism and the erasure of LGBTQ+ seniors.

Join Zoom Meeting
Click here to join the meeting.
Meeting ID: 892 1212 6305
Passcode: 391805
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,89212126305#,,,,*391805# US (Chicago)
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 Matthew 24: 36-44
Wisdom of Isaiah 2: 1-5
Sermon Title "Remember When"

Have a candle ready to light, a 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

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 HAS BEEN CANCELLED
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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 - DECEMBER 15TH
The next Board meeting will be on December 15th.

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
BOOK STUDY - JANUARY 2023
Our next book study will be January 22, 2023. We will be readingBraiding sweetgrass: indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the teachings of plants 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 losses from gun violence at our schools, churches, and hospitals. public venues and other places.

Prayers of healing for Steve M.1
Prayers of healing for Martha's brother-in-law Jim.1
Prayers for the family of Susan C. who is mourning her passing.2
Prayers for Debbie C. for a good outcome of tests for cancer.2
Prayers for the family of Robert "Wiz" Hathaway who transitioned on 11/15/22.1

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