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

  • AgeOptions will be holding several COVID19/Flu clinics over the next few months. More info on COVID boosters and flu shots are at this link CLICK HERE

  • Meditation with Mary Ann on Wednesday, October 25th, 7 pm - All are welcome!

  • Movie discussion is this Sunday after services!

  • Annual Congregational Business Meeting is Sunday, November 12th!


October is observed as National Clergy Appreciation Month (also known as Pastor Appreciation Month). The month recognizes the contributions and services of pastors, priests, reverends, ministers, and all other clergymen.

Devotees, on Pastor Appreciation Day, come together to express their gratitude to pastors and other staff of the church. Many congregations observe the day by taking up a special offering to bless their pastors. Others may show their gratitude through different means such as honoring their pastors with meals, gifts, and even paid vacations.

AgeOptions will be holding several Covid-19/Flu clinics over the next few months for older adults in Suburban Cook County. Please check the website for dates and locations of upcoming clinics:


If you or someone you love or serve needs a COVID-19 booster and/or flu shot brought to their home, AgeOptions has partnered with CIMPAR to offer in-home vaccines to home bound folks in Suburban Cook County. To qualify for an in-home vaccination, a person must: 

  • Live in suburban Cook County (any part of Cook County except the City of Chicago)
  • Be 60 years or older or an adult (18+) with a disability.


This information and more are shared on the public AgeOptions webpage: 

 Contact AgeOptions:

·        Phone: 708-383-0258

·        Email:


NOVEMBER 12, 2023

The Annual Congregational Business Meeting is coming up! It is scheduled for Sunday, November 12, with a Congregational Forum on Sunday November 5. At the forum, we will discuss the proposed budget for 2024—this is the opportunity for make any changes, since it is just up for approval at the business meeting.

We have two available positions on the Board. Nomination forms are available online and on the back table—and you may nominate yourself!

The business packets will be available by November 5th. If you are someone who is responsible for a written report, please get that to Barbara by October 20—we prefer a written report so people have time to review the information before the business meeting. Please email her at

Support Holy Covenant MCC

with Your Generosity Today!

At Holy Covenant, we rely on the generosity of our community to keep our church running and continue serving our members. We are reaching out to you today to ask for your support, as we need to raise at least 4,672 every month to meet our obligations for bills and salaries.

There are multiple ways you can donate to Holy Covenant. You can donate through PayPal, which you can access through our website or by sending your donation to However, please note that PayPal charges a fee to the church, so if possible, please consider helping us cover that fee.

Alternatively, you can use Zelle to send your donation directly to the church at This option has no fees attached to it, and your donation will go directly into our general account.

You can also send an electronic check from your financial institution or send a personal check to our address at 9145 Grant Ave, Brookfield, IL, 60513.

Every little bit helps, and we are grateful for any support you can offer. Together, we can keep our church going and continue providing a welcoming community for all who seek it. Thank you for your generosity!

October 2023 Giving

Giving Needed Weekly

(5 WEEKS) $936

The monthly difference is -$903


Our bills are listed for the month of October 2023.

Your generosity helps us pay the bills. Any amount helps us meet our obligations.

If you would like to pay one of the bills,

please designate that in your donation. 



The next meditation is on Wednesday, October 25th, at 7 pm at the church.

Mary Ann will be leading the meditation upstairs in the church. This event is

open to all men and women.

Please be prompt at 7 pm so there are no distractions. We ask that you use hand sanitizer as you enter the building.

For more information about meditation please contact Mary Ann Latsaras at

Rev. Daniels Reading/Listening/Watching Suggestions

Joseph - The Movie
This month it's a movie!

Joseph! After talking about Joseph a few weeks ago,
I re-watched the movie I mentioned, titled (not surprisingly) Joseph. It is available on YouTube Joseph - The Movie and is about 3 hours long in total (remember it was a miniseries on TV).

The Old Testament story of Joseph, favorite son of Jacob (Martin Landau) and great-grandson of Abraham, who was sold into slavery by his brothers, but who rose to become prime minister of Egypt. Joseph (Paul Mercurio) governed the country during a seven-year famine, during which his brothers visited Egypt seeking grain, only to encounter their brother, whom they had long presumed dead.

I invite you to join me on October 22 after church for a discussion of this account of Joseph's life (CW for the movie--SA is mentioned but not shown; harassment is shown between Joseph and Ptophar's wife).


On Sunday, October 29 we will be observing All Saints. Bring a photo or other item to honor your departed loved ones (friends, family, pets, mentors, etc.).

Want to learn more about All Saints Day? Click here!



Something new! For the Passing of the Peace moment in the service, we would like to create a video montage of members sharing greetings—“Good morning, peace to you!” and so on. It doesn’t need to be long, about 5-10 seconds. Roxann will create a video of the greetings to play during the passing of the peace.

Whether you are usually with us in person or online, we would love a greeting from you to share with the congregation! Send your videos to Roxann at in the next eek or so. If this works well, we will be updating them for holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc.


In honor of LGBTQ+ History Month, join us for a virtual community event featuring two storytellers from Chicago Methodist Senior Services GOLD program. The GOLD Program (GLBT+ Older Adults Leading Initiatives to Drive Change) amplifies the voices of LGBT+ older adults to promote inclusion in aging services.

Special Guest: Dr. Katie Fasullo, Corporate Director of Population Health and Health Equity at CMSS, & GOLD Program creator

​Join us on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 11 am (Central) by clicking or dialing (312)626-6799, then enter ID 966 6129 4106 at prompt.

​This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required.

Download the EVENT flyer here..


In 1994, a Missouri high school teacher named Rodney Wilson – the first out public school teacher in the state – wanted to give students better access to LGBTQ history as well as more role models with whom they could identify.

He established a planning committee with LGBTQ leaders from around the country, and from there, Gay and Lesbian History Month was born.

The group selected October for what would ultimately become LGBTQ History Month because school would be in session. October is also when we celebrate National Coming Out Day (on the 11). The two LGBTQ marches on Washington in 1979 and 1987 also took place in October.

After its founding, organizations like the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, GLAAD, and the Human Rights Campaign endorsed Gay and Lesbian History Month, and in 1995, the National Education Association passed a resolution officially recognizing it as a commemorative month.

In 2006, the civil rights organization Equality Forum became the official organizer and promoter of the month. Each year, Equality Forum selects 31 icons to honor, one for each day.

Today, as conservatives continue their widespread attacks on the rights of LGBTQ students, LGBTQ History Month feels more important than ever, serving to remind LGBTQ young people that they are part of a long, storied history of strength, resilience, and bravery.

What is LGBTQ History Month?

LGBTQ History Month is celebrated both nationally and internationally and has become a crucial tool in ensuring that queer history is shared, taught, and celebrated, as it is rarely included in school curricula.

Thus, LGBTQ students are often unaware of the fact that many figures they study in school were in fact LGBTQ. They also miss out on learning about the LGBTQ rights movement and the many figures who have fought heroically for LGBTQ equality.

LGBTQ History Month is a way to encourage schools, media, and other institutions devoted to sharing knowledge to amplify the important stories of the LGBTQ community.

When is LGBTQ History Month Celebrated?

In the United States, LGBTQ History Month is celebrated every October. Canada and Australia also celebrate it this month. It is also recognized in the United Kingdom (in February), Hungary (in February), Finland (in November), and Berlin (in June).

And this past year in May, Cuba became the first country in Latin America to celebrate it. Italy also celebrated its first one this year in April.

Please check out the Holy Covenant website for videos each day on LGBTQ heroes.


The next Board meeting will be on November 16th at the church.

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




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, October 22, 2023

Psalm 96: 1-10

Matthew 22:15-22

Rev. Martha Daniels

Sermon: "Who's In Charge"

Have a candle ready to light, a 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


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


Join us all month long for informative seminars, health programs, fitness, entertainment, and more!
Hello Neighbors! Below is our June schedule. Join us all month long for informative seminars, brain health programs, fitness, history, entertainment, and more online and in person! Just click here for the list of classes.

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, please email

Know Any Older Adults who Need Home Repairs?

We have an incredible gift/program to be able to bring to our clients. Please think of anyone you know who might meet the eligibility requirements and can benefit from this service – anyone with safety concerns or issues, poor lighting, no handrails near stairs, no grab bars in the bathroom, no smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors, is there a need for a lock box, etc.? Are there any areas in need of repair – cracks, uneven flooring, broken doors or locks etc.?

If you know of someone, please contact Jan Walch to see if they can help.

Jan L. Walch Ӏ Director of Philanthropy and External Affairs
Aging Care Connections
111 W. Harris Avenue, La Grange, IL 60525
D: 708-603-2243 Ӏ P: 708-354-1323, Ext 243



Food insecurity has become a public health crisis that continues to affect our communities, with an alarming increase of 19 in the number of households facing hunger compared to pandemic levels. The situation is even worse for Black households, as the number has risen by 37. With the recent cancellation of extra money in the SNAP program, it is now more vital than ever to support organizations like Share Food Share Love.

By donating to the Share Food Share Love Food Pantry, you can make a real difference in the lives of those who are struggling to put food on the table. With just a $1.00 donation, you can help provide 3 meals for a family in need. Your generosity can help ensure that our neighbors do not go hungry.

We are calling on all members of our community to help us fight food insecurity by donating to the Share Food Share Love Food Pantry. There is a food box located in front of Tischler's where you can drop off your non-perishable food items 2/47 or bring your food donations to the church and we will take it over. Let's come together to support each other during these challenging times. Thank you for your support!

The food box located in front of Tischler's You can drop off your non-perishable food into this box 24/7!

Thank you!



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, November 9th.

Pub 78

3733 Grand Ave

Brookfield, IL 60513

West Suburban Senior Services (previously known as West Suburban 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 ( if you plan to attend in person as space is limited. Click here to join the meeting

West Suburban Senior Services website click here
WSSS Facebook Page click here

We have updated our "needs" list online at Amazon. We ask that you look at our list of what items we are in need of and purchase something for the church.

This list is available to see here HC Need List and is updated as needed. You can order and pay for anything off this list and have it shipped directly to the church. We appreciate anything you can order for us!

We thank you for your continued support of Holy Covenant!


Contact the Center for Disability & Elder Law at Center for Disability and Elder Law. Click this link to see more information and links.

We mourn and pray for all the families who have suffered personal losses from gun violence at our schools, churches, and hospitals. public venues and other places.

Prayers for Tony still recovering from heart surgery and having issues with his lungs, and for his Mother who fell and broke her clavicle.1

Prayers of healing for Cindy (Marsha Stevens-Pino's spouse) from injuries she suffered in her bike accident.1

Prayers for peace and employment issues for Joanie's daughter Bethany.1

Prayers for Patti & Laura's friend Katelyn who is beginning her journey to sobriety.2

Prayers for Patti & Laura's friend John to adjust to his new feeding tube in preparation for cancer treatment, and for his wife, Joann for strength.2

Prayers for Barbara R.'s friend Rev. David that he gets his knee replacement surgery scheduled so he can plan his church activities.2

Prayers of thanksgiving for all those who helped with the church garage sale, donations given and those who supported the church by purchasing items and giving to Share Food, Share Love Food Pantry.2

Prayers for Mary Ann L.'s cousin Karen and her dog Luci, who is healing from a broken leg.3

Prayers for Ben and Kristin as they begin their married life on October 10th.3

Prayers for Ben's stepmother who is having issues from COVID.3

Prayers for those with harden hearts that feel the need to deface places of worship.

Prayers and strength for Ukraine, for those who are relocating, and to end the war and unnecessary deaths.

Prayers for all our first responders that they stay safe while helping others.

Prayers 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.


There is a universal help line 211 for Cook County. They can help residents with housing, food, health services and more. It is a 24 hour seven day a week operation and have trained professionals answer the phone and are able to help you

Missed a sermon?

Click here to catch up and watch on the Holy Covenant YouTube channel! 
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
Every day brings something new—
and God is with us always!
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