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

  • Meditation on 6/23 at 7 pm upstairs in Sanctuary

  • Thrive with Pride 6/28 at 11 AM.

  • Board meeting June 16 at 7 pm

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HAPPY PRIDE MONTH
JUNE 2022!

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

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.
May 2022 GIVING

Giving Needed Weekly
(5 WEEKS) $933

The Difference is -$2,793
Please consider contributing via PayPal,
Check, or Square.

Our bills are listed below for the month of May 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.
HISTORY OF PRIDE MONTH
In 1969, police raids of gay bars in Manhattan followed a template. Officers would pour in, threatening and beating bar staff and clientele. Patrons would pour out, lining up on the street so police could arrest them.

Photo is of Marsha P. Johnson & Sylvia Rivera

But when police raided the Stonewall Inn in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, things didn’t go as expected. Patrons and onlookers fought back—and the days-long melee that ensued, characterized then as a riot and now known as the Stonewall Rebellion, helped spark the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement.

Each June, Pride Month honors the history of Stonewall with parades and events. In the years since the uprising, LGBTQ activists pushed for—and largely achieved—a broad expansion of their the legal rights, and in June 2015, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling guaranteeing same-sex couples the right to marry.

Before these gains, however, LGBTQ people had long been subject to social sanction and legal harassment for their sexual orientation, which had been criminalized on the pretexts of religion and morality. By the 1960s, homosexuality was clinically classified as a mental disorder, and most municipalities in the United States had discriminatory laws that forbade same-sex relationships and denied basic rights to anyone suspected of being gay. Although some gay rights groups had begun to protest this treatment publicly, many LGBTQ people led their lives in secret.To be continued...

You can read more about Gay Pride Month and other news by clicking the links below.
WEAR ORANGE DAY ON JUNE 3rd to 5th!
National Gun Violence Awareness Day and
Wear Orange Weekend!
What is Wear Orange Day? National Gun Violence Awareness Day is an annual event that takes place on the first Friday in June and is the beginning of Wear Orange Weekend. We #WearOrange to honor the lives of people in the United States affected by gun violence and elevate the voices of those demanding an end to this crisis.

For more information check out https://wearorange.org/  

Also, check Chicago Community Safety Coordination Center (CSCC) The Ripple Effect at https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/cscc/home/ripple-effect.html
CAN YOU OPERATE THE MACHINE
IN THE PICTURE?
If you can operate the lawn mower in the picture, then we need you!

We need volunteers for lawn-mowing! If you can commit to mowing the lawn once a month, please contact Rev. Martha or Mary Ann Latsaras at only1amar@yahoo.com
SUNDAY IN-PERSON SERVICE

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

Sunday Reading:
Acts 2:1-17
Wisdom of John 14:8-17


Sermon Title:
"HOLY FLAMES"

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 required
  • No temperature check required
  • Singing permitted (with mask only)
  • 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 ON
THURSDAY, JUNE 23RD!
MEDITATION IS OPEN TO ALL!
The next meditation is on Thursday, June 23rd, 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 JUNE 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 - JUNE 16TH
The next Board meeting will be on June 16, 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
$5,000 Matching Challenge can DOUBLE Your Impact
Summer should be a wonderful time of year. Our thoughts go to picnics, camping, swimming and so many other fun-filled activities. But for some, summer is just another season during which they struggle to provide their family with healthy, nourishing food.  
 
But some families will have a hard time. 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 as we have been fortunate enough to receive a $5,000 matching challenge that will make your dollar go twice as far.
 
Take advantage of this special opportunity. Please continue to support our efforts to eliminate hunger in our community. We are ready to take on the challenge and hope that you will join us in the fight! 
 
Thank you!

A $1 Donation Can Provide 6 Meals!


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 - PRIDE BINGO!
Thrive with Pride Café on Tuesday, June 28th at 11am via Zoom—socializing and and playing Bingo! Contact Rev. Martha for the link

Pride Bingo! Join us for a fun session of bingo with burlesque artist "World Famous Bob!" To receive a set of bingo cards, register online with AgeOptions (link in the newsletter) or by calling Kate Spelman at AgeOptions.
 
Click here to join us on Zoom 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.
PINTS WITH THE PASTOR IN-PERSON
JUNE 9TH at 6:00 pm
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, June 9th.
Pub 78
3733 Grand Ave
Brookfield, IL 60513
SAGE AND OTHER INFORMATION
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
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 the information and links.
PLEASE DONATE TO HOLY COVENANT
Click on PayPal or Square to Donate!
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.

Prayers for Naomi Judd's family as they grieve her loss and for those who suffer from mental illness.3

Prayers for Laura P.being back pain free after surgeries.3

Prayers for the family of Linda DeMark who passed away after a long illness.3

Prayers for Morgan, a 17-year old with mental issues who is causing turmoil in the family and for her family to have the wisdom to help her.3

Prayers for Tony P. for his pain.3

Prayers for Mary Ann L. that the Doctors find out what is wrong with her so she can feel better.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!