• Sage meets every Friday at 1 pm. Check here for the church calendar for the link.

  • Sadie Mossell Alexander - Women's History Month selection.

  • Thrive With Pride April 7th

  • Meditation Wednesday, March 30th at 7 pm

  • Board meeting 4/21 at 7 pm

  • Mark your calendars! Spring cleanup is April 2nd.

  • We need egg cartons! See below.
FOURTH WEEK OF LENT!

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 to donations@holycovenantmcc.org

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.

Square
There is a button below to give via Square. Or click this link here

Every.org
This is another way to give which sometimes has a dollar-for-dollar matching program. You can click here to go to the site.

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

See the weekly giving below. Holy Covenant needs at least $4,650 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.
March 2022 GIVING

Giving Needed Weekly
(4 WEEKS) $1,165




The Difference is -$2,150
Please consider contributing via PayPal, Check,
Square, or Every.org.

Our bills are listed below for the month of March 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 below
please designate that in your donation.
WOMAN'S HISTORY MONTH PRESENTS
SADIE MOSSELL ALEXANDER
Sadie Mossell Alexander, who was born in Philadelphia in 1898, became the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in economics in the United States in 1921. Six years later, she became the first African-American woman to receive a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, making her the first African American of either sex in the country to hold both a Ph.D. and Juris Doctor degree. In speaking of her years of breaking down barriers, Alexander once said: "I never looked for anybody to hold the door open for me. I knew well that the only way I could get that door open was to knock it down: because I knocked all of them down."

After she earned her law degree, she became the first African-American woman to be admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and practiced law from 1927 until her retirement in 1982. In 1928, she became the first African-American woman to serve as Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia. Along with her husband and fellow lawyer, Raymond Pace Alexander, Alexander spent many years advocating on civil rights issues. In 1946, she was appointed to the President's Committee on Civil Rights, a committee established by President Harry Truman to investigate the status of civil rights in the country and propose measures to strengthen them; among other proposals, their recommendations contributed to Truman's 1948 executive orders to desegregate the federal workforce and the armed services.

In 1952, Alexander was also appointed to Philadelphia's Commission on Human Relations, a government body that investigates complaints of discrimination in housing and employment; she served in this capacity until 1968. Sadie Alexander died at the age of 91 in 1989.

More information can be read here.

SUNDAY IN-PERSON SERVICE

SUNDAY HYBRID WORSHIP
IN-PERSON & LIVE ON FACEBOOK
REV. MARTHA DANIELS
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 Live button to watch the service.

Sunday Reading:
Wisdom of Song of Solomon 4:7-26
Wisdom of 1 John 4:7-12
Wisdom of John 3:11-17

Sermon Title:
"What's Love Got To Do With It"

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

GARAGE SALE & SPRING CLEANUP
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - SIGN-UP PORTAL

GARAGE SALE VOLUNTEERS
We are looking for a few volunteers that would like to help the organizers for our spring garage sale. The date the Board picked was May 14th with a rain date of May 21st. You would have help from other volunteers but would be the person(s) who would price, arrange, set up (with help from others), and takedown at the end of the day.

GRASS CUTTING
If you would like to volunteer to cut grass during the season, please click on the link below and sign-up for the weeks you would like to do it. We have a mower so all you will need is the key to the garage to access it. You can do it once or a few times.

SPRING CLEANUP
Mary Ann Latsaras will be heading up the cleanup of the grounds for Spring on April 2nd, 9 am to 2 pm. The rain date will be April 9th. If you would like to help with the cleanup of the grounds, please let Mary Ann know or signup on the volunteer portal. Lunch will be served.

If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Martha Daniels at revmarthadaniels@gmail.com or Mary Ann Latsaras, Building and Grounds Manager at only1amar@yahoo.com.

Sign-up Sheets - Grass Cutting & Spring Cleanup
REQUIEM FOR THE LIVING BY
DAN FORREST
FEATURING
THE CHANCEL CHOIR
Please click on the flyer to download more information.

WHEN: Sunday, April 10 at 4:00 PM
WHERE: First United Methodist
Church of LaGrange
100 W. Cossitt Ave
LaGrange, IL
MEDITATION IN PERSON ON MARCH 30th!
MEDITATION IS OPEN TO ALL!
The next meditation is on Wednesday, March 23rd, at 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.
tulips_bokeh_background.jpg
EASTER ALTAR FLOWERS

We will have more information soon on ordering flowers for Easter Sunday!
AGING WELL MARCH PROGRAMS
Join us all month long for informative seminars, health programs, fitness, entertainment, and more!
 
Hello Neighbors! Below is our March program schedule. Join us all month long for informative seminars, brain health programs, fitness, history, entertainment, and more!

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 below, please email AWN@agingcareconnections.org.
HOLY COVENANT BOARD MEETING - APRIL 21ST
The next Board meeting will be on April 21, 2022. If you would like to attend via Zoom, please contact Rev. Martha for the link.

You can find the January Board minutes on our website and the February Agenda for our meeting on our website here.

You can find a PDF of the past Board Meetings Agenda and Minutes here
SHARE FOOD, SHARE LOVE
FOOD PANTRY
Did you know that Holy Covenant is a partner with Share Food, Share Love? They were recently featured in the Greater Chicago Food Depository Blog for their move to their new location at 9030 Brookfield Ave., Brookfield, IL you can read about it here. The new space is without stairs and is larger. They are always looking for volunteers to help on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings. More information on how to volunteer is here. You can donate money to Share Food, Share Love through your giving at Holy Covenant (please note what amount is for SFSL), or by donating directly on their website here.

While they will always accept food donations, (you can drop them off at church) they will also accept food donations at the location when they are open. If you would like to give money, just click Donate and give securely via PayPal.


Need assistance with necessities other than food?
Click here to go to CEDA's "Find Services" page for utility bill assistance and other programs.
THRIVE WITH PRIDE -
CAFE
On Thursday, April 4th at 7 pm Thrive with Pride will host our monthly plenary. This month’s topic is a Legislative Advocacy Update featuring Aaron Tax and Emma Bessire from SAGE sharing current legal and policy issues affecting the LGBT+ older adult community.

For more information, please click here or click on the image to download a PDF.

Join by clicking or calling on April 7th at 7 pm CST.
 
or dial (312)626-6799 and enter ID 966 6129 4106 at prompt.
This event is free and open to all; no registration is required.
WE NEED EGG CARTONS!
We are looking for paper egg cartons to use for see planting. We are planning on having a plant sale in a few months and need the paper cartons. No plastic ones as they will not disintegrate in the ground.

So please start saving them and drop them off at the church. Put them in a bag and just drop them off downstairs at the back door. THANK YOU!
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES
Good Friday, April 15: our labyrinth will be available from 4 - 6 pm for individual walks. The labyrinth is long-time Christian practice, used in the Middle Ages as a substitute for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. It can be a meditation or prayer aid, a simple time of reflection, or an oasis away from the busyness of the world. We will have soft music available as well as educational materials about the labyrinth.

Community Good Friday service will be at 7 pm Plymouth Place, 515 N. LaGrange Rd. Join us for a traditional service of the Seven Last Words, in a worship service shared with several other churches in the LaGrange/Brookfield ministerium.

PINTS WITH THE PASTOR IN-PERSON
APRIL 14th at 6:00 pm
Come have dinner and conversations at a new place in Brookfield called Pub 78 and chat with Rev. Martha and your friends from Holy Covenant about whatever is on your mind!

Join us for a no-host dinner or just drinks, for conversation and socializing. Hoping to see you there!

Time: 6 pm, Thursday, April 14th.
Pub 78
3733 Grand Ave
Brookfield, IL 60513

MCC GENERAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION
 Metropolitan Community Churches General Conference is coming up in July! This year, it will be all virtual—enjoy workshops, transformative practices, keynote speakers, and more, from around the world, 24 hours a day! Most of the sessions will be recorded, so your registration fee will get you access to the content whenever you like! Registration has begun for the regular sessions (business meeting registration will be up soon). Check it out at mccchurch.org!
SAGE AND OTHER INFORMATION
SAGE, a social support group for LGBTQ seniors, continues to meet via ZOOM Fridays at 1 pm. The senior center in Bellwood needed some repairs, so we are still meeting via Zoom for now. Click here to join the meeting
WE ARE AN AMAZON CHARITY!
We recently received monies from Amazon for the 4th quarter of 2021 about $38.89. We thank everyone who uses smile.amazon.com 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 the information and links.
PLEASE DONATE TO HOLY COVENANT
Click on PayPal or Square to Donate!
Prayers for Rev. Martha, as she undergoes follow-up ankle surgery on Monday.1

Prayers for Katie's baby to be born healthy and Katie handles the birth well.1

Prayers for Jim U. for health issues.3

Prayers for Colin to stay seizure-free.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

SUICIDE HOTLINES

If you or someone you know is in an emergency call 911 for help.

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Health

Missed a sermon?

Click here to catch up and watch on the Holy Covenant YouTube channel!
Every day brings something new—and God is
with us always!