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Sunday, Dec 9th - 2nd Week of Advent

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This Sunday is the second Sunday in Advent. We read about the Good Shepherd in our Hebrew Bible text, which compares the ruler (and by extension, Jesus) to a shepherd who cares tenderly for the sheep. And so our theme today is Sheep---are we just sheep? As we move through Advent, we continue to consider who we are in relation to Jesus, and why we celebrate his birth.


We light the second purple candle on our Advent wreath for Peace.

An Open And Affirming Community Of Faith -

We Welcome All Beliefs!


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



  • No parking on Sunday's on east side of Maple Ave when there is 2" of snow.


  • Decorate Holy Covenant for the Holidays, Saturday December 9, 11 am



  • Longest Night Service is December 21st at 7:00 pm


  • Click here to listen to the Advent Message from Rev. Elder Karl Hand, MCC Council of Elders - The Gift of Being Present - Joy - 3.16 min
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CHRISTMAS DECORATING


Break out the tinsel and hang up the mistletoe, because the holidays are coming to Holy Covenant! We're calling on all our merry congregants to join us on December 9th at

11 am to help us transform our church into a winter wonderland. We'll be putting up our Christmas tree and adorning it with all the trimmings, and we'll need all hands-on deck to make it happen. So don't be a Scrooge, come spread some holiday cheer with us at Holy Covenant!

Support Holy Covenant MCC

with Your Generosity Today!

Holy Covenant relies on the generosity of our community to continue serving our members. We need to raise at least 4,672 every month to meet our obligations for bills and salaries. We ask for your support today to help us keep our church going.


You can donate through PayPal or Zelle, and every little bit helps. However, please note that PayPal charges a fee to the church. If possible, please consider helping us cover that fee by choosing the Zelle option. You may also mail a check to the church to our address at 9145 Grant Ave, Brookfield, IL, 60513


At Holy Covenant, we strive to provide a welcoming community for all who seek it. Your donation will directly support our efforts to do so. Join us in keeping our church running and donate to Holy Covenant today! Thank you for your generosity. 



December 2023 Giving

Giving Needed Weekly

(5 WEEKS) $936

The monthly difference is -$566

MAKE A DONATION TODAY!

Our bills are listed for the month of December 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. 

MEDITATION WILL BE PAUSED UNTIL FEBRUARY!

Meditation will continue in February. Mary Ann is taking a sabbatical through the cold winter months.


For more information about meditation please contact Mary Ann Latsaras at only1amar@yahoo.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST

PINTS WITH THE PASTOR

DECEMBER 14TH!


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, December 14th.

Pub 78

3733 Grand Ave

Brookfield, IL 60513

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.



 It's not too late! If you haven't sent Roxann a video of your greeting for the Passing of the Peace, you can still do that! It doesn’t need to be long, about 5-10 seconds. 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 roxann.victory@outlook.com in the next eek or so. If this works well, we will be updating them for holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc.



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 rozann.victory@outlook.com in the next week or so. If this works well, we will be updating them for holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc.

THRIVE WITH PRIDE - Focus Group for LGBT+ Older Adults in Suburban Cook County

Join us Tuesday, January, 23, 2024 at 11am-12:15pm (CST)!


Thrive with Pride by AgeOptions wants to hear from you! Whether you have attended one of our events before or not, we welcome your valuable input on meaningful programs and ways to reach LGBT+ older adults in our area.


Invite a friend! As an incentive for your participation, we will be raffling off one $50 Visa giftcard and two AgeOptions swag packs. ​

Download & share our SAVE THE DATE: PDF

Pre-registration is highly encouraged. Once you register you will receive the Zoom invite. 


Download the EVENT flyer here.

HOLY COVENANT BOARD MEETING - DECEMBER 20th

The next Board meeting will be on December 20th, 7 pm 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

WEEKLY SERVICE INFORMATION

HYBRID - IN PERSON AND ON YOUTUBE

REV. MARTHA DANIELS PREACHING

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, December 10, 2023

Isaiah 2:1-5

Matthew 24: 36-44



Rev. Martha Daniels

Sermon: "Light!"


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 revmarthadaniels@gmail.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 roxann.victory@outlook.com.

AGING WELL DECEMBER 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!

For questions about the programs listed, please email AWN@agingcareconnections.org.

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.? Do you live in the northern part of Cook County?


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

She/her/hers

111 W. Harris Avenue, La Grange, IL 60525

D: 708-603-2243 Ӏ P: 708-354-1323, Ext 243

jwalch@agingcareconnections.org


Aging Care Connection Website

SHARE FOOD, SHARE LOVE

FOOD PANTRY NEEDS YOUR HELP!

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!


If you live in the surrounding area of Brookfield, you may qualify to be our neighbor at Share Food, Share Love. You can stop in on Tuesday evenings 7pm to 9 pm and Saturday mornings 10 am to 12 pm to apply and gather up some food for you and your family. If you do come, please try to bring your own reusable bags but if you forget, we will have bags for you.


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



Thank you!


SHARE FOOD, SHARE LOVE GIVING PAGE

WSSS (SAGE) CALENDAR, EVENTS & MENU

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. Please contact Eric Eugenio Vironet (evironet@cmsschicago.org) if you plan to attend in person as space is limited.

Friday Dec 8 West Suburban LGBT+ Hybrid Discussion Group 1PM (in person or on ZOOM) Topic: WSSS LGBT+ Friday Discussion Group

Time: Dec 8, 2023 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89599382182?pwd=b0tVc3VFR1ZIdHY1OW9meU1GckhiQT09

 

Wednesday December 20 12:30PM (in person only) - Monthly Movie Day featuring Tab Hunter Confidential, a 2015 American documentary film focusing on the American actor, singer, and author Tab Hunter. It is inspired by his autobiography of the same name. The film was produced by Allan Glaser and directed by Jeffrey Schwarz and features extensive interviews with Hunter, as well as contemporaries and associates, including John WatersClint EastwoodDebbie Reynolds, and more.

 

Thursday December 21 Senior Center Holiday Party featuring live music from Ray the Sax Guy! Music starts at 11, lunch 11:30.

 

WSSS CLOSED for Christmas 12/25 and 12/26 NO LUNCH OR ACTIVITIES

 

Our discussion group will occur every Friday this month as normal! Crafters will occur Mondays Dec 4, 11, and 18 (off Monday 12/25 and 1/1)


West Suburban Senior Services website click here

WSSS Facebook Page click here

PASTOR'S PICK CORNER -

Rev. Daniels Reading/Listening/Watching Suggestions


With Thanksgiving behind us, preparations for Christmas begin! Here are some movies and books that not only celebrate Christmas but lead us to ponder on the deeper meanings of Christmas.


A Christmas Carol: There are several wonderful movie adaptations available (my two favorites are the 1954 Alistair Sims version and The Muppets Christmas Carol with Michael Caine). If you haven't already, find and read Charles Dickens' novella on which they are all based. While Dickens celebrates the festive aspects of Christmas--the feast, the punch, the games--he makes the point that our well-being is not based on our bank ledger, but our love and care (or lack thereof) for others.


It's a Wonderful Life--an old favorite for the holidays, and again focusing on the value of friendship over worldly possessions. Who doesn't want to live in Bedford Falls when George Bailey is around?


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever--What happens when the "wildest kids in town" want to be part of the church Christmas pageant, even though they don't know much about Jesus? The questions they ask make the adults around them question themselves--and maybe their hearts grow a bit too.

Speaking of hearts growing,


I'll close with another Christmas classic--How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Of course, the Grinch didn't steal Christmas, did he? Which is the point of this wonderful Dr. Suess story, which has contributed to our Christmas vocabulary. "Don't be a Grinch!" we say, and my family still calls the main course at Christmas dinner "roast beast."


Yours Adventfully,

Rev. Martha

PLEASE MAKE A DONATION TO HOLY COVENANT TODAY!
AMAZON HAS OUR LIST OF NEEDS!
UPDATED LIST!

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!

NEED POWER OF ATTORNEY OR WILL?

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 Lynda C. as she recovers from surgery and is in rehab.1

Prayers that Barbara R's friend Joanne's hip replacement is successful, and she heals quickly.1

Prayers for Jim U. as his Uncle Chuck transitioned on Thursday.1

Prayers that Barbara R's nephew will be able to sell his house.1

Prayers of thanksgiving that Roxann's Dad Mike had successful shoulder surgery.1

Prayers of healing for Roxann and Colin who have COVID, Kim, Karen, Cheryl and Noemi.1

Prayers for Tony P. still recovering from heart surgery, Gio P, Jim's mom and Lucille M. who are all sick.1

Prayers for Laura and Patti's friends John, Joanne, Layla, Ellen, Tiana, Bernadette and for Laura's daughter, Renee to find a good job.1


Prayers for Donna, Artis and Bryan who recently had their beloved pittie Pebbles go over the Rainbow Bridge.2


Prayers for Joyce who had another stroke.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.

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Health
Every day brings something new—
and God is with us always!
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