A FEW QUICK MESSAGES

  • Thrive With Pride Cafe - March 23rd

  • Good Friday Service - 7:00 pm on 4/2

  • Save the date! Garage sale May 15th - More to come!

  • SAGE meets via Zoom on Fridays at 1 pm. The link is on the church event calendar!

  • Easter Sunday is April 4th! We will, of course, be celebrating with a special Easter service. Please join us as your are able for all these special worship celebrations!
LENT IN A BAG - CANDLE
This is the fifth Sunday of Lent.

This week our Lent in a Bag symbol is a candle.

Winter can be cold and dark. Spring is a time where we think of sunshine and flowers blooming. Jesus is called the Light of the World. Jesus told his disciples to be a light in the world too and make a difference. So where do you shine? What do you think you are good at? What is your talent? How can you encourage someone to see the good in themselves?

Read Matthew 5: 14-16 and sing the song This Little Light of Mine (click on the link to play the song)! How do you let your light shine?
ANDERSON'S BOOKSHOP FUNDRAISER FOR
HOLY COVENANT ENDS TODAY 3/20!
Fundraiser! We’re joining with Anderson’s Bookshop to raise funds for Holy Covenant. From Sunday, March 14 through Saturday, March 20, Anderson’s will donate 20% to Holy Covenant when you mention us at purchase! You can order online or shop in person at their Downers Grove location.

If you order online, use the code COVENANT21 at checkout to be sure we receive that 20%. There are a lot of gift giving occasions coming up—Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, weddings, graduations—take care of all those gifts and help Holy Covenant as well. Anderson’s ships nationwide, too!

Anderson Bookstore
5211 Main St
Downers Grove, IL 60515

HOLY COVENANT RECEIVES A PPP LOAN!
Holy Covenant has applied for and received a second wave PPP loan in the amount of $6500. The funds may only be spent on salary and utilities, and does not cover all our monthly expenses, although it helps. The loan, like the first one, is potentially forgivable. Many thanks to our treasurer, Joanie, for her work in completing the successful application!
NEED POWER OF ATTORNEY OR WILL?
Contact the Center for Disability & Elder Law
Did you miss the presentation by Elisabeth Hieber on Powers of Attorney(POA) and other documents for LGBTQ+ seniors? Never fear as we have the information for you below.

It is very important that you have the proper paperwork for yourself with instructions for those who may take care of you in the future.

The Center for Disability & Elder Law has given us the presentation and some links to follow up with. You can make an appointment by calling the number on the flyer. You can download the flyer as a PDF by clicking on the image. These services are provided to you for free.

Here's a link to the full presentation:

Illinois Department of Public Health, Advance Directives page, includes the power of Attorney forms, POLST form:

Compassion and Choices, Dementia Values and Priorities Tool:
Dementia Decoder Tool:

SAGE, Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide:

End of Life Collective:

The Conversation Project: https://www.theconversationproject.org/

10 Tips for Finding LGBT Affirming Services:https://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources/pdfs/10%20Tips%20for%20Finding%20LGBT%20Affirming%20Services_Final-new-logo.pdf

The Order of the Good Death: http://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/

SUNDAY ONLINE SERVICES


SUNDAY WORSHIP ONLINE 10:00 AM CST
ZOOM &
Our worship celebration is every Sunday at 10 am CST. If you would like to join us, you may go to our Facebook page at Holy Covenant Facebook Page and click on the Live button to watch the service, or you may join via Zoom (link is below).

Sunday Reading:
MATTHEW 5:14 - 16

Sermon
Rev. Martha Daniels
"City Lights"

Topic: Holy Covenant Worship Celebration!
Time: March 21, 2021, 10:00 AM Central Time (U.S. and Canada)


Meeting ID: 828 1827 5027
Passcode: 299339
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Meeting ID: 828 1827 5027
Passcode: 299339
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kb1pgOacn

Have a candle ready to light, cookie or bread, and a glass of your favorite libation for communion.

You can also find the sermon 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

PINTS WITH THE PASTOR NEW DAY
THURSDAY, 04/22/21 - ONLINE WITH ZOOM
Grab your dinner (carryout from Irish Times?) and a beverage and come chat with Rev. Martha and your friends from Holy Covenant about whatever is on your mind!

Topic: Pints with the Pastor
Time: 6 pm, Thursday, April 22, 2021

Join Zoom Meeting by clicking the link below!

Meeting ID: 850 8841 0591
Passcode: 825722
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+13126266799,,85088410591#,*825722# US (Chicago)
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    +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
    +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
    +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
    +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
    +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
Meeting ID: 837 3977 8551
Passcode: 188302
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbopjp9jam
BOARD MEETING ON 04/15/21 - VIA ZOOM

The monthly Board meeting is Thursday April 15th at 7:00 pm. We will be doing the meeting from our homes using Zoom.

If you would like to attend the meeting and listen in, please contact Rev. Martha for the link.

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

You can find a PDF of the past Board Meetings Agenda and Minutes here
Thrive With Pride - The Importance of Affirming Care
03/23/21 - VIA ZOOM

Matt Vail of Rush University Medical Center's Affirm community clinic will discuss the importance of affirming care for the LGBT+ community. Learn about how your relationship with your health care provider can impact your care, how to find affirming care, and how to better communicate with all your care providers.

Join by clicking or calling: https://zoom.us/j/96661294106
Or dial (312) 626-6799 (Enter ID 966 6219 4106)

Thrive with Pride Cafes provide safe and affirming spaces for all older adults. Join a Thrive with Pride Cafe in your area for a follow-up discussion where you can share and receive support, learn more about local services and resources and discuss topics that matter.

For more information on this or past cafe presentations, links to recordings or to find a cafe in your area, see our NEW website Thrive With Pride Website or email kate.spelman@ageoptions.org

AgeOptions is the Area Agency on Aging of suburban Cook County. We are now proud recipients of the SAGECare platinum credential, signifying our commitment to LGBT+ inclusivity.
WE ARE AN AMAZON CHARITY!
You can make an impact while you shop on Amazon. Simply shop here at Holy Covenant Amazon Smile Link and AmazonSmile will donate to Holy Covenant Church - M C C, at no cost to you.

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. If you would like to give to help with the flooding funds, then please notate that in your message so that money will go to that designated fund.

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 GIVING

Needed Weekly (4 WEEKS) $1,163
The Difference is -$2,610.00

PLEASE DONATE TO HOLY COVENANT
Click on PayPal or Square to Donate!
LINKS AND OTHER INFORMATION
SUICIDE HOTLINE -
If you or someone you know is in an emergency call 911
NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Health

Holy Covenant YouTube channel click here
Missed a sermon? Click here to catch up!
Prayers for the People
Prayers for Holly for upcoming oral surgery2

Prayers for Linda C. for health issues3

Prayers for Tony and Lucille are able to get their COVID vaccines3

Prayers that insulin costs go down3

Thanksgiving that Karen V. has gone home from a long hospital stay1

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