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

  • Thrive With Pride April 7th

  • Meditation Wednesday, April 13th at 7 pm

  • Board meeting 4/21 at 7 pm

  • Mark your calendars! Spring cleanup is April 9th.

  • We need egg cartons! See below.
FIFTH 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 -$2,925
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.
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 Isaiah 51:1-8
Wisdom of Luke 13:18-21

Sermon Title:
"Mustard Seeds"

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

OUR AIR CONDITIONING
NEEDS TO BE REPLACED!
During the last two years, the church has been closed (COVID-19) and we did not need the AC. As we have reopened, we had the AC tested and found out it is broken and cannot be repaired (can we say over 20-years old) so we are in need of a new air conditioner and handler.
From our Giving Tuesday campaign back in November 2021 we received donations that we put towards the AC. As we sought out a quote we found out that the prices have risen for the products and installation. We have come up a tad short on money to pay for the units, so we started a Go Fund Me page to ask for donations to make up the difference.

If you feel you can donate even a few dollars, please click on the link below to donate through the Go Fund Me page or you can donate directly through our PayPal site by clicking here, with a notation that the donation is designated for the AC.

Thank you and God Bless

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 of 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 9th, 9 am to 2 pm (weather permitting). The rain date will be April 16th. 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 APRIL 13th!
MEDITATION IS OPEN TO ALL!
The next meditation is on Wednesday, April 13th, 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.
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EASTER ALTAR FLOWERS
Easter is a celebration of new life. We show our jubilation with color, and what better way to celebrate new life than with beautiful spring flowers. Please consider purchasing one of these plants in memory or honor of a special person, occasion, or event in your life. 

Order your flowers to decorate Holy Covenant by April 7th. You can order Daffodils, Tulips, or Hyacinth! The church will smell so wonderful with your flowers and it will look beautiful with all the color! You can take them home with you after service or donate the plant to the church, where it will be planted in our memorial garden area.


AGING WELL APRIL 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 -
PLENARY
ONE ROOF CHICAGO
LGBT+ HOUSING
On Thursday, April 26th at 11 am Thrive with Pride will host our monthly plenary. This month’s topic is a One Roof Chicago - LGBT+ Age Friendly Housing featuring One Roof Chicago Treasurer Janice "Jano" Boyd-Layne discussing building a welcoming and inclusive intergenerational community for older adults and young people most in need of affirming housing

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

Join by clicking or calling on April 16th 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 recovers from a follow-up ankle surgery.2

Prayers for Katie's baby to be born healthy and Katie handles the birth well.2

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?

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Every day brings something new—and God is
with us always!