Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Re-Opening Task Force Update

As we celebrate this season of new life, we are thrilled to share good and hopeful news about the reopening of Covenant’s campus. While we will continue to maintain an abundance of care for the health and wellness of everyone in our community, improving COVID-19 conditions mean we can safely resume some in-person activities at Covenant. 

Learn about what you can expect in the coming weeks.

Weekly One Takes with Bob Henderson

In our new Weekly One Takes, Bob Henderson invites the Covenant community to join tonight’s discussion with the Arts Task Force on controversial figures depicted in the stained glass windows, carvings, and art in our sanctuary.

“Come and learn. Come and be open to new ideas and new growth. And come accepting Jesus’ command to fear not, because when we are un-afraid, we have constructive options about how we can live fully.”

Watch today's One Takes.

This Week at Covenant

Tonight: A Conversation with the Arts Task Force

Covenant’s Arts Task Force has been working throughout the past months to better understand the history of our stained glass windows and the significance of those people depicted in them. This valuable work has led to conversations about the history of the confederacy and its symbols and how to faithfully respond at this time in history.

Join for a conversation and opportunity to learn and grow on April 14, 21, 28, where we will learn about the figures depicted in the windows and their stories, learn from Dr. Karen Cox about symbols in the confederacy, and learn of other institution’s responses.   

Learn more and sign up.

Join us Sunday for a virtual Town Hall meeting

The Covenant community is invited to a virtual town hall meeting on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for a conversation with members of the Re-Opening Task Force about plans to broadly expand opportunities to engage with our church family and enhance our congregational life.

Join the Zoom meeting.

Sunday: Young Adults Coffeehouse Tackles Injustice

Join Young Adults on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for a conversation on injustice and the right way for Christians to respond to it. All are welcome for this important, timely, and welcoming discussion.

Join the Zoom meeting.

Open Table: Order a Grab-n-Go Meal for Next Week

Take-and-bake dinner on Wednesday, April 21 will be cheeseburger casserole, mini corn on the cob, Key Largo vegetable Blend, chicken and wild rice soup and blueberry cobbler.

See the April menu and order now.

News and Announcements

Congragulations Serenitye Taylor

Serenitye Taylor, who has served as an intern at Covenant since fall 2020, will graduate from Union Presbyterian Seminary-Charlotte with a Master's in Divinity on Saturday. She will begin her role as Pastoral Resident for Congregational Care at Covenant on May 24.

Send Serenitye a note of congratulations.

Easter Banner Art

The Covenant sanctuary was adorned with breathtaking art for our Easter services. Learn more about meaning behind the banners created by Covenant Member and artist Ron Boozer. Look for more information soon about visiting the sanctuary to enjoy the artwork live.

Opportunities to Serve

Assemble Room in the Inn Bagged Lunches

Roof Above has extended the Room in the Inn season through the end of the month and Covenant will provide 116 bagged lunches for neighbors on April 20. Volunteers are needed to assemble and deliver lunches and donate fruit, desserts, snacks and bottled waters.

Learn more and sign up.

Earth Day Celebration at The Mezzanine

The Mezzanine on Freedom plans to host an Earth Day celebration for residents, including a free farmer's market, children's activities, a raffle and a virtual cooking class, hosted by Covenant's Cheryl Hoover. Covenant members are invited to support the event by making craft kits or volunteering at the farmer's market.

Learn more and sign up to volunteer.

Help Prepare "The Landing" for Interns

Covenant will host clean-up days in The Landing on April 23 and 24 to prepare this space in Covenant's Fellowship Hall for four Stapleton-Davidson interns who will be living there this summer while working with our non-profit partners.

Learn more and sign up.

Blood Drive at Covenant

Covenant will host a blood drive on Sunday, April 25 from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

Learn more and register now.

Wedding Coordinators Needed

The Wedding Committee is seeking enthusiastic, organized individuals to join a small group of Wedding Directors. Covenant Wedding Directors commit to coordinating 3-4 weddings per year, which includes preliminary meetings with the couple and attendance at rehearsals and ceremonies. Directors work in pairs and training is provided.

Email Nancy Atwell to learn more or volunteer.

Coming Soon

Hike with Covenant: Saturday, April 17

Join Covenant friends on Saturday, April 17 at 9:00 a.m. for an easy, 2.5-mile hike at Southview District Park, just 10 minutes from Uptown.

Learn more and sign up.

Save the Date: A Farewell to Ian Clark

Join us on May 8 at noon as we say farewell to Pastoral Resident Ian Clark with an outdoor worship service at Covenant featuring bluegrass music, prayer, and faithful reflection. During the service, Ian will officially take his oath of office as an officer in the United States Navy and officially begin his new ministry as a chaplain to our nation's Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. Following the service, there will be a barbeque and time for in-person farewells.

This event is limited to 100 people. Learn more and reserve your spot.

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