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

  • Napier Pride 9/10

  • Diversity Rally 9/11

  • Board Meeting 9/15

  • Worship Team Meeting 9/21

  • Garage Sale 9/24 - Start clearing out your house!

  • Pints With the Pastor 10/13

  • Plainfield Pride 10/16
UNITY RALLY - DIVERSITY DAYS IN LA GRANGE

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 -$588!
Please consider contributing via PayPal and check.

Our bills are listed below 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 below
please designate that in your donation.
PASTOR'S PICKS 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:
While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Wake-Up Call for Mental Health Care in America; by Eli Sanders. Sanders is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who shares the story of three people whose lives came together on a summer night with devastating results. Jennifer and Therese were in love, planning a commitment ceremony in a few weeks. They lived in a small house just outside Seattle, and were liked in their neighborhood. Isaiah Kalebu was the disturbed man who broke into their house and attacked both of them, killing Therese. Sanders traces the lives of all three, and then follows the convoluted path of Isaiah’s competency hearings and trial. Sanders examines how the breakdown of the mental health system in the US has contributed to the high numbers of people with mental illnesses and personality disorders inside prisons and jails, and how little can be done, at this point, to effectively change laws and policies. Well-written, with understanding and sympathy, yet without excusing or dismissing the terrible effects of Isaiah’s actions.
 
Firekeeper’s Daughter, by Angeline Boulley. Daunis Fontaine is an A’nish’naabe teen, just graduated from high school, trying to decide what to do with her unpromising life in the Soo (Sault Ste Marie, MI). Then she witnesses a murder, goes undercover for the FBI, and has to chose whether to save her family, or protect her people. This is an award-winning young adult novel, but one of those YA books that us grown-ups can enjoy as well. Highly recommended.
 
The Mitford Books, by Jan Karon. These are my “escape” books. Karon has created a series about an Episcopal priest in North Carolina, Father Tim Kavanaugh, and his life in the little town of Mitford. One of the things I appreciate about the series is the way people age and change over time. The troubled young man we know from the early books becomes a standout student and goes to vet school, helping to find and raise his siblings, scattered through the neglect of his parents, and supporting his mother as she enters recovery and finds new hope and new love. Father Tim himself goes through changes, good and not-so-fun, as he develops diabetes, falls in love with his next-door neighbor and marries her, loses friends in town and gains new ones, retires, finds a long-lost brother, and travels to Ireland (among other things). While the books all end on an up note, they are not in the least cliché or Hallmark—everything is not always solved and things do not always turn out for the best.
 
Another podcast! “Serious Trouble” with Ken White and Josh Barro; available on most podcast platforms. Ken White (aka “Popehat” on Twitter) is a former US attorney, now a well-known defense lawyer in LA, who specializes in free speech cases. The duo previously had a podcast, “All the President’s Lawyers,” from about 2017 – 2021. They have returned with this pod, focusing on the legal issues of not just the former president, but many other prominent politicians. Concise, humorous, expert—what’s not to like?
UNITY RALLY - DIVERSITY DAYS
IN LA GRANGE ON SEPTEMBER 11TH

There will be a Unity Rally on Sunday, September 11th at 3:00 pm at the
La Grange Village Hall. You can click on the image to download the flyer for more information.

For more information click here http://www.communitydiversity.org/
UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST
NAPER PRIDE FEST
Naper Pride
West suburban Naperville will be celebrating its LGBTQ community this summer when it hosts its 2nd annual Naper Pride Fest with plenty of fun for all ages.

With Naper Pride being a family-centered organization focused on diversity, Naper Pride Fest will bring together people from all walks of life: family, friends, neighbors and allies—all in a proud celebration of inclusivity.

The fest will feature plenty of music and entertainment in addition to food, kids’ activities, artisans, sponsor and community booths, and much more.

WHEN: September 10, 2022
TIME: 12 PM TO & 5 PM
WHERE: 523 S. WEBSTER ST, NAPERVILLE, IL
TICKETS: CLICK HERE
PRIDE AT PARC
PLAINFIELD
The village voted on approving our ‘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 & Recreaction Center
24550 W Renwick Rd
Plainfield, IL 60544
NEED A COVID BOOSTER AND CAN'T LEAVE HOME? SEE BELOW FOR IN-HOME SHOTS!
For in-home Covid vax/boosters in Cook County you can register below.

MCC AND YOU!
CONNECT WITH METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH AND RESOURCES
Nancy Wilson's Ministry Jubilee:
50 years of service and not done yet!

For those newer to MCC, Nancy Wilson was the second Moderator of our denomination. As we celebrate her, you will learn more about her influence and contributions to MCC.

SAVE THE DATE and consider joining her and the folk of Suncoast MCC (Florida, USA) for a celebration dinner Saturday, September 24th. You can register now for the dinner although details are yet to be announced. Register Now.

Sunday, September 25th the guest preacher at Suncoast MCC will be Florida State Rep. Michele Rayner-Goolsby, who is an out lesbian and person of faith. Click here for worship link.
Prayer Time with the Moderator
Most THURSDAYS
at 5:15pm EST / 9:15pm GMT


Join the Moderator for a time of reflection and prayer on Facebook Live.
Trans Kinship Gathering
August 6 – December 3 (first Saturday of the month)
11am PDT / 1pm CDT / 2pm EDT / 7pm BST / 6pm GMT
Join Zoom Meeting below.
Meeting ID: 839 4427 5180
Passcode: TransMCC

MONKEYPOX INFORMATION
City of Chicago has great info and infographics on MonkeypoX.
Created for you, the members and leaders of MCC! Visit the site and familiarize yourself with the menu and easy to access blocks. Use the quick link to get to the Resource Bank where you can search for the tools you need.

Remember, we also have our visitor website https://visitmccchurch.com/
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
LGBTQ CHURCH INCLUSION - LAST WEEK TO DO!
Join in a Research Study on LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Church led by Dr. Megan Yost, Associate Professor of Psychology and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Dickinson College. The study is looking for adults (18 years or older) who identify as LGBTQ+ and are members of an open, welcoming, or affirming church. The purpose of this study is to learn more about LGBTQ+ people who have found a home in a welcoming congregation, because most of the research in this area has examined LGBTQ+ people who have left churches due to experiences with homophobia, heterosexism, and sexual prejudice. Participation involves an online questionnaire, which includes an essay component (a spiritual autobiography). Participants will be offered a $15 honorarium for taking part. To learn more and participate in the study, go to this link: https://dickinson.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3CyaJVW6oLp6kGG
CAN YOU OPERATE
THE MACHINE IN THE PICTURE?
CAN YOU PULL WEEDS?
If you can operate the lawn mower in the picture, then we need you! Or if you can just stop by the church and pull some weeds for an hour we'd appreciate it!

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

A big thank you to those that have stepped up and mowed the lawn. We do need a few more volunteers to cut the grass and to just pull the weeds around the church. If you do pull the weeds, just put them into the black garbage cans.
SUNDAY IN-PERSON SERVICE

SUNDAY HYBRID WORSHIP
IN-PERSON & LIVE ON FACEBOOK/YOUTUBE
REV. NILSA IRIZARRY 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 15: 1-10

Sermon Title: "THE ONE"

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! THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND! MEDITATION IS OPEN
TO ALL!
The next meditation is on Thursday, September 22nd,
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 SEPTEMBER PROGRAMS
Join us all month long for informative seminars, health programs, fitness, entertainment, and more!
 
Hello Neighbors! Below is our August schedule. Join us all month long for informative seminars, brain health programs, fitness, history, entertainment, and more online and in person!

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 -
SEPTEMBER 15TH
The next Board meeting will be on September 15th.

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
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!

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
SEPTEMBER SUBJECT MEDICARE UPDATES!
It's almost time for Medicare's Open Enrollment period. Are you getting the best coverage for you? Navigating your insurance options is never easy – but you don’t have to go it alone! Avisery by AgeOptions offers information and trainings for professionals and consumers to help make Medicare work for you. Join Thrive with Pride for a brief presentation on Medicare basics, and an opportunity to ask all your questions to a Medicare expert and receive answers live!

Join on Zoom, Tuesday, September 27nd (CST) 11am to Noon. Click here to join or dial 312-626-6799 ID 966 6129 4106 at prompt.

Download the Aging With Pride Flyer here
PINTS WITH THE PASTOR IN-PERSON
OCTOBER 13TH 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, 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 the information and links.
PLEASE DONATE TO HOLY COVENANT
Click on PayPal 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 improved health and function for Patti.2

Prayers for Laura to get answers & relief from back pain.2

Thanksgiving for all those in our church who love, care, & support each other.2

Continued healing for Holly's brother and all our congregants who are healing from accidents and illnesses.2

Prayers for Joe V. who is on a respirator with pneumonia.1

Prayers for the family of Queen Elizabeth, her country and for King Charles III.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

SUICIDE HOTLINES

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

Missed a sermon?

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