IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR


  • September is National Suicide Awareness Month. See this link for more information.

  • Thrive with Pride Large group meeting on 9/28. See below

  • Blessing of the Animals, October 2nd. More information below

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

  • Congregational Meeting November 14th - Mark your calendar!

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.
SEPTEMBER 2021 GIVING

Needed Weekly
(4 WEEKS) $1,166


The Difference is -$1,920.00
Please consider contributing to
Holy Covenant via PayPal, Check, or Square.

Our bills are listed below for the month of September.
Your generosity helps us pay the bills.
Any amount helps us meet our obligations.
THRIVE WITH PRIDE
LARGE GROUP MEETING TUESDAY, SEPT 28TH

Making
Medicare
Work
The Thrive with Pride Large Group meeting will be Tuesday, September 28 at 11 am via Zoom—see the newsletter for the link. A member of AgeOptions’ Advisory Team will be sharing the latest on Medicare—very important information!

A programming note about why we’re doing a Medicare presentation now: For those of you not receiving Medicare benefits quite yet, you may not know this: Medicare open enrollment begins on October 15th. Every year (yes, seriously, EVERY year), participants need to review their plans and coverage – this stuff is confusing AND changes every year. This presentation will go over the basics AND offer time for folks to ask specific questions from one of our insurance experts, setting them up for success in choosing the plan(s) that will work best for them. You’re welcome to share this session with anyone who you think would benefit.

Click on the document above to download the PDF

Age Options on Facebook & Instagram & Website


Meeting ID: 892 1212 6305
Passcode: 391805
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,89212126305#,,,,*391805# US (Chicago)
+16465588656,,89212126305#,,,,*391805# US (New York)
THRIVE WITH PRIDE
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.

Registration is OPEN at our website: https://www.thrivingwithpride.org/sage-table.html .
Education Opportunities and Resources Through MCC
SSOL Classes
Check out all the great classes and resources still available at Sacred Space Online Learning (SSOL) including MCC-specific classes. Yes, we no longer have the OFLD (Office of Formation and Leadership Development) but SSOL classes are still available.

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

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
OCTOBER 2ND - 11:00 AM
Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 2 at 11 am for an Animal Blessing service! If your animal companion travels well (leashed, caged, or otherwise contained), you are welcome to bring them! If they don’t do well away from home or with other animals, or if they have crossed the Rainbow Bridge but you would like to remember them in this way, a photo can also be blessed! Cats, dogs, turtles, lizards, birds—all creatures are welcome! 

This will occur outside by the back deck.
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:

2Samuel 11: 2 - 15
Psalm 32: 1-17
Matthew 5:21 - 26

Sermon
Rev. Martha Daniels
Sermon Title:
"Repentance and Forgiveness"

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
October 14th 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, October 14th.
Pub 78
3733 Grand Ave
Brookfield, IL 60513
MEDITATION IN PERSON ON SEPTEMBER 29TH!
Meditation has returned! The next meditation is on Wednesday, September 29th,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.
FALL GARAGE SALE INFORMATION
Our annual fall garage sale has been put on hold until we have a coordinator and enough volunteers to help. If you are interested in coordinating the garage sale, please contact Rev. Martha at revmarthadaniels@gmail.com

Our garage is full, and we cannot accept any more donations at this time. Thank you for your understanding!

NEXT BOARD MEETING October 21, 2021
The next in-person Board meeting will be on October 21st.

You can find the September Board minutes on our website and the October Agenda 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!
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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
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Prayers for Barbara and Mary Ann's dog Gracie who has been diagnosed with lymphoma.1

Prayers for Lorraine, Steve, Jackie, and Joe for health issues3

Prayers for Eugene T. and Gordon M. for health issues.3

Prayers for Daniell R. for recovery from Covid.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

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH


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!