Wednesday, May 13 , 2020
Message from Bob Henderson

Giving thanks for educator heroes
We'll honor teachers -- at Covenant and around the world
The school year isn't ending like we expected, but teachers are still working hard (from a distance!) to nurture and inspire. A Covenant team honored the staff at Highland, our CMS partner school, by supplying gift cards and cookies, painting the school rock and inviting folks to wave and honk as teachers arrived for their gifts. 
  • This week in worship: We'll highlight the amazing work of our partners in education. You're invited to submit a photo of a teacher in the Covenant community. A montage will accompany the opening hymn. Click here to submit.

Tonight! Bob leads talk on The Book of Joy
Live at 6:30 p.m.
Bob Henderson teaches this week on the topic of humor. Our study is inspired by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who looked back on their long lives to consider joy in the face of life's suffering.

Coffeehouse: A chat on faith and health care
Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Coffeehouse will continue its Faith and Politics series with a look at the intersection of faith and healthcare, top of mind for all of us these days.  All views are welcome.  Grab a cup of coffee and join us on Zoom for an informative discussion hosted by Young Adults ministry.

College students invited to connect via Zoom
Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Catch up with peers as the College Council hosts a virtual hangout. Freshman and sophomores, please join us from 7 to 8. Juniors and recent graduates are from 8 to 9. Click here for the Zoom link.

Book club to read 'psychological masterpiece'
Hosted by Young Adults; open to all
After a highly successful launch, the Virtual Book Club has announced its next book selection: Demian, a  classic coming-of-age story that continues to inspire readers in its exploration of good and evil.

The hero faces a struggle between two worlds -- the show world of illusion and the real world of spiritual truth.  Contact Ian Clark to get connected.

Please do not volunteer if you feel ill, belong to a high-risk category or care for someone who does.

A way to support vulnerable seniors 
Volunteer teams will serve meals 
The missions team has taken on a new project: Serving boxed meals to seniors who are staying at a hotel through Urban Ministry Center during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Volunteers age 12+ will work in the hotel lobby to get meals ready for distribution and check off guests after they pick up their meals.  We need 4-6 individuals (or 2-3 families) to commit to sharing weekly time slots for Tuesday dinners and Saturday lunches. Starts this week!   Contact Lucy Crain to get involved.

Bring canned goods to the church
Friendship Trays will deliver to those in need
Unable to bring in volunteers during the pandemic, Friendship Trays staff has stepped up to personally deliver meals. They are running longer routes and running low on canned food items for recipients.

How we can help:
  • You can bring nonperishable food donations to the church's Welcome Center drop-off spot. The organization specifically needs canned chicken/tuna and vegetables.  
  • You can also purchase items from the Amazon wish list. 

Help sort at Second Harvest Food Bank
You can volunteer on Wednesdays 
Join the crew to help provide food for those in need. In order to participate, you should be 17 or older and not in a high-risk category or caring for anyone who is. Morning and afternoon shifts are available.

Upcoming blood drive stars special guest
Sunday, June 7 from 8 to 11:45 a.m.
Your donation is needed more than ever. The blood drive is for  folks who are well with no high risk factors for COVID-19. We'll be in the Fellowship Hall to allow for easier entry and exit.

An added bonus awaits: Parish Nurse Mary Mattiacci, who recently retired and moved to Durham, will return to campus for the occasion and be on hand to greet you.

Grocery store crew stands ready to help
Covenant volunteers available 
A group of eight volunteers led by Todd Capitano is offering to deliver groceries and essential items for elderly people who are confined at home. Click here to contact Todd.

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