Sage meets every Friday at 1 PM. Check here for the church calendar for the link.
Meditation with Mary Ann on Wednesday, November 8th, 7 pm - All are welcome!
Pints with the Pastor November 9th!
Senior Health and Resource Fair - November 9th - See below.
Annual Congregational Business Meeting is Sunday, November 12th!
Rev. Daniels will be hosting a HUB for MCC on prison ministry on November 16th. More information will follow for this Zoom discussion.
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL BUSINESS MEETING
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 online at our website. If you are a member, you should have received an email about the meeting, where to find the information and how to download all the paperwork. Please bring it with you on November 12th.
If you are someone who is responsible for a written report, please get that to Barbara NOW—we prefer a written report so people have time to review the information before the business meeting. Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
Rev. Martha is working on future discussions and movies.
UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST
PINTS WITH THE PASTOR
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.
3733 Grand Ave
Brookfield, IL 60513
HAVING A RAINBOW PRESENCE
IN PRISONS AND JAILS!
This is a hub that focuses on how to be a spiritual advocate for our incarcerated LGBTQ+ siblings, will gather on Thursday, November 16th at Noon EST / 5pm GMT. This Hub will feature Rev. Martha Daniels, pastor of Holy Covenant MCC in Brookfield, IL USA. If your ministry includes prison ministry or if you would like to explore the possibility join this Ministry Hub at Rainbow Presence Link
PASSING THE PEACE - SOMETHING NEW!
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 email@example.com in the next eek or so. If this works well, we will be updating them for holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc.
SENIOR HEALTH & RESOURCE FAIR
AT WEST SUBURBAN
On Thursday November 9 from 10AM-12PM we are hosting a Senior Health and Resource Fair with some exciting guests, including health screenings from Loyola School of Nursing, important resources for older adults from the Solutions for Care Aging & Disability Resource Network and AgeOptions, the Area Agency on Aging for Proviso Township.
The Bellwood Fire Department will also be present with important safety information, as well as ClearCaptions with information on closed captions for people with hearing loss, the Illinois Secretary of State's office with an informational display, and information for older adults on Medicare and insurance issues from Crystal Clear Insurance. If you would like to also attend for lunch at 11:30AM on Nov 9, please let us know. November menu and activities calendar are below for you to download.
On Thursday November 16 from 11AM-12:30PM we will host a Thanksgiving Luncheon sponsored by Illinois Speaker of the House, Emanuel "Chris" Welch. Please RSVP by November 10 to Maggie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-234-1869!
THRIVE WITH PRIDE - LEGISLATIVE UPDATES FROM EQUALITY ILLINOIS
Mike Ziri is Director of Public Policy at Equality Illinois, the state's LGBTQ+ civil rights organization. At a time of unprecedented, hateful, and harmful attacks on the rights of LGBTQ+ people across the country, Mike will present about the challenges LGBTQ+ people experience in Illinois; how this state continues to advance pro-equality, pro-family policies that support and affirm LGBTQ+ people; and ways that community members can engage in advocacy to build a better Illinois.
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, Minutesand church financialshere
WEEKLY SERVICE INFORMATION
HYBRID - IN PERSON AND ON YOUTUBE
REV. MARTHA DANIELSPREACHING
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, November 5, 2023
Rev. Martha Daniels
Sermon: "Leading From the Back of the Crowd"
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 email@example.com
DO YOU WANT TO HELP WITH WORSHIP?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGING WELL NOVEMBER PROGRAMS
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!
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
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!
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 (email@example.com) if you plan to attend in person as space is limited.Click here to join the meeting
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!
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 Patti & Laura friend's daughter Tianna who's baby Layla was 3-months early and is in NICU.1
Prayers for a swift recover for Lynda C. as she recovers from surgery.1
Prayers for Patti & Laura's friend John as he goes through cancer treatment.1
Prayers for Jim and Tony to feel better.1
Prayers for Jim U.'s Uncle Chuck who is IN Hospice.1
Prayers for Cathy to stop smoking.1
Prayers for Roxann's friend Kim's health and her job search.1
Prayers for Roxann's brother Michael's continued recovery and thanksgiving for how far he has come.1
Prayers for Juan, Benny and Alex.1
Prayers for the friends and family of actor Matthew Perry on his sudden death.1
Prayers healing prayers for Kimber.3
Prayers of healing for Cindy (Marsha Stevens-Pino's spouse) from injuries she suffered in her bike accident.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.
LINKS AND OTHER INFORMATION
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?
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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.