IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

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

  • October is Pastor Appreciation Month!

  • Help a Graduate Student! See below.

  • 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.
OCTOBER
2021 GIVING

Needed Weekly
(5 WEEKS) $932


The Difference is -$437.00
Please consider contributing to
Holy Covenant via PayPal, Check, or Square.

Our bills are listed below for the month of October.
Your generosity helps us pay the bills.
Any amount helps us meet our obligations.
HELP A GRADUATE STUDENT!
My name is Nik Lampe, and I am a graduate student in the Sociology Department at the University of South Carolina - Columbia. I am conducting a research study as part of my dissertation research requirements in UofSC’s Sociology Ph.D. Program. I was wondering if y'all could share my dissertation study recruitment flyers with faith community members.

Click on the image to download a PDF of the flyer.

I also posted the flyers on social media in case you would like to share them that way:



Specifically, I am studying the health and health care experiences of Americans 65 years and over who identify as transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, intersex, someone living with differences in sex development (DSD), or someone who identifies with a different sex or gender identity than what they were assigned at birth.

If folks decide to participate, they will be asked to talk via telephone or virtually meet with me for an interview about their health and health care experiences. They will receive a $40 prepaid Visa debit card through the mail for participating in the study after they complete the interview.

If you know someone who would like to participate, they can reach out at (lampen@email.sc.edu or 803-881-8332 via text or telephone) to discuss participating in this study. I am also happy to answer any questions about me or this study.

Thank you for your time.

Cheers,
Nik
Nik Lampe, MA
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Sociology / Women's and Gender Studies Program
University of South Carolina
Pronouns: They / Them / Theirs
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 .
HOW WILL YOU BLESS YOUR PASTOR?
October is Pastor Appreciation Month, where we pause and remember how thankful we truly are for our pastoral staff. We don’t always recognize the sacrifices they make and the big and little things they do to shepherd us and lead us. We should take this time to think about how we can bless our pastors and leaders who minister to us each week. Just because they are leading us does not mean we cannot minister to them.


We should remember that:
  • Our pastors are people too who have good and bad days yet still help us through our WORST days.
  • Our pastors need their cups filled too. A kind word and a pat on the back can go a long way to help them when they're feeling worn and weary.
  • We are called to pray for them.

1 Timothy 2:1 says, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly, and dignified in every way.”
 
How will you bless your pastor this October, and will you commit to continuing this ministry throughout the year?
Education Opportunities and Resources Through MCC
ELDER CONVERSATION SERIES
An Intergenerational Conversation with Troy Perry and Matthias Roberts - Wednesday November 3, 2021 at
2pm EDT / 1pm CDT / 11am PDT
Join us to honor the decades of courageous work of The Rev. Elder Troy Perry in an intergenerational conversation with Matthias Roberts. 
Welcoming the Stranger: Immigration and Faith Communities

November 6th 2021
9:30am-12:30pm EDT /1:30-4:30pm GMT
Join Yale Divinity School, Center for Continuing Education online to look at the role of faith in caring for the strangers in our midst, from the Bible’s instructions to current day laws. Find more information and registration for this free event at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/welcoming-the-stranger-immigration-and-faith-communities-tickets-168115270299?aff=odeimcmailchimp&mc_eid=86af0acb8c&mc_cid=176998ec5d
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

SUNDAY ONLINE SERVICES
REV. DOREEN STERBER DEZUR!

SUNDAY WORSHIP ON FACEBOOK
10:00 AM CST
Rev. Martha Daniels is taking a Sunday off and we are blessed to have Rev. Doreen Sterba Dezur filling in for her. The service has been prerecorded and will be available on Sunday, October 10th to watch and listen to on our Facebook page. We thank Rev. Doreen for filling in for Rev. Martha to give her a much-needed weekend vacation with women from the congregation!

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:

Mark 6: 1 - 6

Sermon
Rev. Doreen Sterba Dezur
Sermon Title:
"Are You The Loan Ranger?"

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 OCTOBER 12TH!
Meditation has returned! The next meditation is on Wednesday, October 12th,
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!
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!
Prayers for Eric and Jason1

Prayers for the family of Audrey Bidochka-Chmura as they mourn her untimely passing.2

Prayers for Barbara and Mary Ann's dog Gracie who has been diagnosed with lymphoma.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!