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

  • Membership Class 10/9

  • Pints With the Pastor 10/13

  • Plainfield Pride 10/16

  • Fall Dance returns on 10/22 more information soon!

  • Congregational forum 11/13
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.
SEPTEMBER 2022 GIVING
Giving Needed Weekly
(4 WEEKS) $1,168
The Difference is -$2,838!
Our bills are listed for the month of September 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
Interested in running for a board position? Are you a member of Holy Covenant, if yes then you can run for the Board.

The application form is now available by clicking on this link, and is due by October 23rd. 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. If you are interested in being a Lay Delegate, please email revmarthadaniels@gmail.com stating your desire and the reason why.

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 October via Constant Contact. You will be able to review the minutes from 2021 and the 2023 Operating Budget.

Any questions, please contact Martha Daniel or any Board members. 
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:
Hell is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement
A collection of essays written by individuals who have experienced solitary confinement for shorter or longer periods. Sometimes restorative, sometime harrowing, these pieces speak the truth of those who have been confined in a "very small space."

Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation. by Kristin Kobes Du Mez
So how did we get to this place, where politicians are pushing the exact opposite of what the Bible says Jesus taught, and white supremacy is a badge of pride for some people? Du Mez's history of white evangelicals' involvement in politics, and that history may sadden or enrage you--or both. I have just begun this book (c.1/3 into it) and I am fascinated. Highly recommended.
UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST
LGBTQ FOREST
THERAPY WALK
PRIDE AT PARC
PLAINFIELD - 10/16
The Morton Arboretum is offering a forest therapy walk for the LGBTQ+ community. The walk will be led by a certified forest therapy guide who is also queer. It'll be a fun and inclusive opportunity to connect with nature and each other through gentle walking meditations in a peaceful setting. Ages 16+ After the program, stick around to enjoy the grounds, have lunch, and visit the Human+Nature Exhibit.


WHEN: October 1, 2022
TIME: 12 PM TO 3 PM
WHERE: Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL
TICKETS: REGISTER HERE
The village voted on approving ‘Pride at PARC’ Plainfield Pride Fest! The amount of love and support was overwhelming!! We made so many new friends and seen so many new faces! This is most of the crowd! Thank you to everyone who shared with the board why this is important to them and what it means for the community.

We are so excited to host the inaugural Plainfield Pride fest and have a wonderful, safe, affirming fest! Hope to see you all on October 16th! Read about it here.

Holy Covenant will have a booth at this event. We do have some people who have stepped up to man the booth, but we do need a few others. If you are interested, please contact Rev. Martha.

WHEN: October 16, 2022
TIME: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
WHERE: Prairie Activity & Recreation Center
24550 W Renwick Rd
ADVENTHEALTH MISSION CLINIC - OCTOBER 8-9TH
The clinic is free and open to the public.

This event is intended to help those who cannot afford their healthcare. Families and children are welcome!

Click on the document to download it to your computer.

Saturday, October 8, 9 am – 2 pm

Lyons Township High School
South Campus — Gymnasium
4900 South Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, IL 60558
MEMBERSHIP CLASS - OCTOBER 9TH
Do you want to be able to vote at the yearly congregational meeting? Would you like to be a Board member? You can accomplish both by attending the membership class and making the commitment to be a member of Holy Covenant MCC.

A membership class will be offered on Sunday, October 9 after church. Please let Rev. Martha know if you are interested--all are welcome!
SUNDAY HYBRID WORSHIP
IN-PERSON & LIVE ON YOUTUBE
REV. DEXTER BRECHT 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 4: 12-25
Sermon By: Rev. Dexter Brecht

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

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, OCTOBER 5TH! MEDITATION IS OPEN TO ALL! NEW DAY!
The next meditation is on Wednesday, October 5th, 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.
  • Please bring your mask even if you are vaccinated.
  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
  • We ask that you use hand sanitizer as you enter the building
  • You must be vaccinated or have a negative COVID test.

For more information about meditation please contact Mary Ann Latsaras at only1amar@yahoo.com.
AGING WELL OCTOBER 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 - OCTOBER 20TH
The next Board meeting will be on October 20th.

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, October 13th.
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
WE ARE AN AMAZON CHARITY!
We recently received monies from Amazon for the 1st quarter of 2022. As of March 2022 we have received over the years a total of $693.88 from Amazon Smile because of your purchases and designates us as your charity.

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.

For all who have experienced the terror of Hurricane Ian—friends, family, and the many MCC churches in Florida, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Virginia.1 
Prayers for Blythe and the family of Victor C. who passed away recently.2
Prayers of healing for Barbara's Aunt Marion who fell recently and had stomach surgery.2
Prayers for Kathy V. and her family on the passing of her husband of 51 years Joe V. who passed away on Monday after a 3-week fight with pneumonia.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