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

  • Board meeting May 19 at 7 pm

  • Meditation on 4/27 at 7 pm.

  • We need egg cartons! See below.

  • Thrive with Pride 4/26 7 pm
DOUBTING THOMAS SUNDAY

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.
April 2022 GIVING

Giving Needed Weekly
(4 WEEKS) $1,165

The Difference is -$2,145
Please consider contributing via PayPal, Check,
Square, or Every.org.

Our bills are listed below for the month of April 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.
LABYRINTH DEDICATION ON MAY 1ST
Our new beautiful labyrinth that was hand-painted by Mary Ann Latsaras will be dedicated during services on May 1st. Please mark your calendar for this special date!
COVID-19 UPDATE
After discussion and prayer, the Board has decided on the following guidelines: 

  • Masks required
  • No temperature check required
  • Singing permitted (with mask only)
  • Social distancing required
SUNDAY IN-PERSON SERVICE

SUNDAY HYBRID WORSHIP
IN-PERSON & LIVE ON FACEBOOK
REV. NILSA IRIZARRY
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:
Acts 1:3-5, 12-14
Wisdom of John 20:19-31


Sermon Title:
"A locked Door, A Room, and Believe, Oh My!"

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 WILL BE REPLACED!
Due to the generosity of many people we met our goal of an additional $1,500 to help pay for our air conditioning to be installed. Holy Covenant will be cool in the summer!

Thank you to everyone who gave to the fund! We are grateful for your generous hearts!
WE NEED A PRIDE PARADE COORDINATOR!
Pride Parade coordinator! We are seeking someone willing to coordinate our appearance in the Aurora Pride parade on June 12! We have applied for our spot (waiting on approval by the parade committee), and have two vehicles for the parade. The coordinator would be working with a committee to obtain the giveaway items, gather volunteers, coordinate the entry on the day, and share an evaluation afterwards. Please contact Rev. Martha 
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 take down 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 - NEW DATE
Mary Ann Latsaras will be heading up the cleanup of the grounds for Spring on Saturday, May 7th, 9 am to 2 pm (weather permitting). 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
MEDITATION IN PERSON ON APRIL 27th!
MEDITATION IS OPEN TO ALL!
The next meditation is on Wednesday, April 27th, 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.
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 - MAY 19TH
The next Board meeting will be on May 19, 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
OPEN HOUSE IS MAY 22nd, 1 TO 3 PM
Open house is May 22, 2022 1 pm to 3 pm. More information will be coming!

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.
 
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!
PINTS WITH THE PASTOR IN-PERSON
MAY 12TH 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, May 12th.
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 Barbara and Mary Ann as they mourn the death of their beloved dog Gracie Ann.1

Katie's baby to be born healthy and Katie does not have any problems when giving birth.1

For Gayle F. whose husband died unexpectly1

Prayers for Valerie who is fighting throat cancer3

Prayers for Jim U's dad for good health and for Jim U. test results3

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!