• Board Meeting 8/19 at 7 pm at the church

  • Worship Team meeting 8/25 at 7 pm at the church

  • The church will meet in person in August depending on Rev. Martha's mobility! She has a brace and a cane now!

  • Meditation is on Tuesday, August 17th, at 7 pm in the church

  • We need volunteers to cut grass & water. See below.
Our sunflower is 16' tall!
THRIVE WITH PRIDE AUGUST 24TH

DEMENTIA IN THE LGBT+ COMMUNITY
 We will hear from researchers at the University of Washington on their study – the first federally funded study on dementia and caregiving in the LGBT+ community. 

Click on the image above to download the PDF.
SAVE THE DATE!
OCTOBER 14TH!

Once again, we hope to bring together a big, diverse group of LGBT+ folks from around the area for conversation and a free dinner.

Click on the image to download the PDF.
VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP PORTAL
Holy Covenant has started to use an online software program called SignUp Genius to create volunteer opportunities and for future worship.

With this online software, you will be able to sign-up to help with a variety of different events being held at the church. By signing up you will receive reminders for what you have signed up to help with and can keep track of other volunteer opportunities that may arise.

When you see a volunteer opportunity for a sign-up like grass cutting, garage sale, etc. there will be a link that will take you to the sign-up sheet. Please fill it out as needed.

Our partner at Share Food, Share Love uses this online software with great success! Let's make it successful for our church too by everyone clicking on the provided link and sign up to help out Holy Covenant as needed.

If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Martha or Barbara Adams Latsaras at socialmedia@holycovenantmcc.org.

Sign-up Sheets


NAPER PRIDE IS COMING!

Naper Pride!
 
Holy Covenant has the opportunity to participate in Naper Pride! We haven’t been able to participate in a Pride celebration for two years, but here’s our chance!
 
September 11 and 12, 2021, Naper Pride will offer entertainment, vendors, and information booths. This is a great opportunity to reach out into the community and (re)connect with people who are seeking an affirming church.
 
However, it is not free. The cost for a booth is $300 (for both days), and we would provide our own table, chairs and tent. In addition, we would need at least three to four people willing to staff the table for each day, transportation for the tent, tables, chairs, and giveaway materials.
 
How can you help?
  • Donate part or all of the $300 fee, and $50 for 8'ft table
  • Volunteer to staff the table for part or all of a day—either the 11th
  • or the 12th.
  • Help with transporting the equipment and materials to or from the venue each day
  • Help with choosing and/or creating the giveaway items 
 
Any of these would bring us closer to our goal of participating in a suburban Pride event for the first time in two years!
 
Please prayerfully consider what you can do to help Holy Covenant reach out to our community. You can sign up here to volunteer.

If sufficient funds are not donated to cover the fee, we will postpone attendance at Naper Pride as the cost is not in our current budget, and consider it for next year. If that occurs, donations will be refunded to the giver

You can attend yourself by clicking on either link below to see the Saturday and Sunday lineups and to order tickets to attend. There is a cost to attend if we do not have a booth there.

Single Day Tickets
 
Adults - $15.00
Seniors 65+ and Veterans - $10.00
6 and under - Free
VIP - $75.00
 
2 Day Passes
 
Adults - $25.00
Seniors 65+ and Veterans - $15.00
6 and under - Free
VIP - $125.00
VIP tickets include private seating area, bar and restrooms. 2 drink tickets also included.

Naper Pride Times
Saturday - 11:00 am to 10:00 PM
Sunday - 11:00 am to 6:00 pm



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.
AUGUST 2021 GIVING

Needed Weekly
(5 WEEKS) $933


The Difference is $971
Please consider contributing to
Holy Covenant via PayPal, Check, or Square.
SUNDAY ONLINE SERVICES
REV. MARTHA DANIELS!

SUNDAY WORSHIP ON FACEBOOK LIVE
10:00 AM CST
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.

Sunday Reading:
Proverbs 9:1 - 6
John 6:51 - 58

Sermon
Rev. Martha Daniels
Sermon Title:
"Invitation to the Feast"

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

You can also find previous sermons 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

SAGE AND OTHER INFORMATION
SAGE, a social support group for LGBTQ seniors, continues to meet via ZOOM 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
PINTS WITH THE PASTOR
September 9th 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, September 9th.
Pub 78
3733 Grand Ave
Brookfield, IL 60513
MEDITATION IN PERSON ON AUGUST 17TH!
Meditation has returned! The next meditation is on Tuesday, August 17th at
7 pm at the church. Mary Ann will be leading the meditation in Fellowship Hall. This event is free and open to all women.

Please be prompt at 7 pm
so there are no distractions.

We will be following CDC/Illinois guidelines.

  • 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.

Some more information about meditation:

  • An RSVP is now required via call-in, text, or email verification to guarantee coverage for any handouts or other materials.

  • Meditation gatherings are gratuitously offered, a basket will be present for any gracious “Love Offerings” will be provided to cover any costs for the group.

  • The group is open to Women Only and bringing a friend, or two is always welcomed. Because this is a group format in the support of our community, it is healing for each individual to make a personal commitment to participate in exchanges accordingly to one's ability to share, grow and heal as well as the benefit to the group as a whole.

  • Meditation begins promptly after 7 P.M., doors will be locked at 7:01 to prevent interruptions, maintaining group safety, and upholding everyone’s privacy, however, doors will be opened for “socializing” 15-45 minutes or more prior to 7 P.M. to accommodate community social time, as long as RSVP’s are made to accommodate the needs of the group.

  • Depending on the size of the group, the facilitator's presentation, and the material of the evening, session length averages 90 - 120 minutes,
  • 8:30 - 9:00 P.M., but can, in few and rare cases, extend up to 10 P.M. 

  • Personal/Private meditation sessions are available for individuals or small groups, as well as other Holistic Healing. Discussion of facilitators' scheduling and fees available upon request.

If you have any questions, please email Mary Ann Latsaras at only1amar@yahoo.com.
WE NEED GRASS CUTTERS AND WATERING!
It is now summer and our grass is growing as is our flowers and vegetable garden. We need some volunteers that would be willing to come and cut the grass and water the front and back of the church and the rose garden! You can volunteer to do it once, twice, or whenever you want. If you feel you can help, please let Mary Ann know by dropping her an email at only1amar@yahoo.com or you can sign-up on our new volunteer portal called Sign-up Genius. Click SignUp Genius to Volunteer!

We started with a sign-up date of Saturday, but you can come and cut the grass any day of the week that is convenient for you.

We have a lawnmower and all the lawn equipment you will need! 
NEXT BOARD MEETING August 19, 2021
The next in-person Board meeting will be on August 19th.

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

You can find a PDF of the past Board Meetings Agenda and Minutes here
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.
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 of thanksgiving for Wendy S. on getting a new job in her field.1

Prayers for Artis W. and his Aunt Gwen as they struggle with the sudden loss of his Uncle Bill.3

Prayers for Tony and his continuing back problems.3

Prayers for successful job search for Christine C.3

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!