Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Weekly One Takes: Katherine Kerr

This week, we are launching Weekly One Takes, a glimpse into the life of Covenant. In today’s message, Katherine Kerr reminds us about the importance of intergenerational connectedness and the opportunities our community of faith provides to get to know, learn from, and be challenged and comforted by one another.

As we begin to find ways to return to fellowship and in-person activities around campus, Katherine challenges us to find ways to connect with people who have had different experiences.

“That’s the richness of the community of faith, and that’s something to really celebrate as we begin come back together after a time of distance.” 

Watch today's Weekly One Takes.

Update: Covenant Sanctuary Building Break Room Fire

On Sunday morning, there was an electrical fire in the Sanctuary building kitchen microwave. No one was hurt and damage was largely contained to that room, though smoke filled other areas of the building. A commercial restoration and cleaning service immediately secured the space and began filtering the air. Plans are in the works to repair damage and restore the affected areas.

Thank you to everyone who has offered help. Per our insurance carrier's advice, we are allowing the professional services company to complete the work. Sanctuary building staff continue to work remotely to maintain safety. We will provide updates on the progress.

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.

During tonight's session, we will hear from Dr. Karen Cox, Professor of History at UNCC, and author of the book No Common Ground.

Help Welcome Stapleton-Davidson 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.

This Sunday: Blood Drive at Covenant

There are still open spots to donate blood at Covenant this Sunday, April 25. The drive is 8:00 a.m. to noon.

Sign up to donate.

Tuesday: Young Adults Monthly Bible Study

Join Young Adults on Tuesday, April 27 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a monthly Bible study. Whether you are new to the Bible or a life-long reader, all are welcome to join the conversation.

Email Ruffin Sykes for more information.

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

Take-and-bake dinner on Wednesday, April 28 will be beef tips in mushroom gravy, white rice, broccoli, fully-loaded baked potato soup and brownies.

See the April and May menus and order now.

News and Announcements

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Re-Opening Updates

Covenant's Re-Opening Task Force held a Town Hall meeting on Sunday to share a brief presentation on plans to resume some in-person activities on the church campus.

Watch a replay of the Town Hall meeting.

Read the latest re-opening update.

VBS Registration Now Open

Registration for Vacation Bible School is underway. Join Covenant kids this summer for a week exploring God's great big, beautiful world and discovering the ways God cares for every part of creation.

Children ages 4 through 5th grade are invited to come make new friends, sing songs, share stories, play games, and do art and science projects.

Childcare will be available for volunteers with children ages 2-4.

Learn more and sign up.

Laura Capranica named Parish Nurse

Laura Capranica, a Registered Nurse, will join the Covenant staff as Faith Community Nurse. Laura comes to the church from Novant Health and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from a variety of healthcare settings to her new role. Please join us in welcoming Laura; her first day will be May 9.

Tricia Smith to Support Mission & Outreach

Covenant member Tricia Smith has joined the staff on a part-time basis through the summer supporting the Mission & Outreach Ministry. Tricia will focus on our Kenya partnership and certain local outreach endeavors.

Opportunities to Serve

Support Teachers at HRA

We are planning a "Garden of Treats" for Highland Renaissance Academy's teachers and staff the week of May 3-7. There are lots of ways to contribute to this opportunity to show appreciation for those nurturing some of Charlotte's most vulnerable young children and helping them grow and bloom.

See ways to contribute and sign up.

Make Sandwiches for Roof Above

Volunteers are invited to contribute sandwiches and bottled water for Roof Above's Operation Sandwich on Monday, May 3. Drop-off will be 10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the Circle.

Learn more and sign up.

Young Adults Second Saturday Service: Supportive Housing Communities

On Saturday, May 8, Young Adults will bring new life to a vegetable garden at McCreesh Place in NoDa. This will be a fun way to make a sustainable difference in our community while also learning more about homelessness and recovery.

Learn more and sign up.

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

First Sunday Talk: Faith and Decisions

Join our First Sunday talk on May 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Rebecca Davis of Union Presbyterian Seminary. Dr. Davis will explore the intersection of faith and decision-making. We will consider how our faith can help us make decisions and discern where and how God is leading us.

Learn more and join the program.

May 8: 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.

Summer Series: See. Grow. Act.

Make plans to participate in a summer series focused on better understanding racial and economic injustice. The program will kick off on May 15 from 10:00 a.m. to noon with a civil rights and justice tour around Charlotte led by Greg Jarrell of QC Family Tree, followed by lunch and a discussion on the patio at Covenant.

In June, we'll host a reading of the book In My Grandmother's House by Yolanda Pierce, and, in July, we'll visit the Brooklyn Collective.

Watch Windows on Covenant for more information on how to participate.

Coming May 19: Death and Resurrection in Christ

Make plans to join a program led by In Christ Supporting Ministries on Wednesday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. exploring our culture’s approach to death with Paul’s treatment of death and resurrection in I Corinthians. This will be an opportunity to consider how thinking about our own death in Christ can help us live life more fully now. 

Learn more about the program.

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