Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Weekly One Takes: Alyssa Pacheco

In today’s Weekly One Takes, Middle School Youth Director Alyssa Pacheco reflects on a year that has looked very different for the young people she leads and their grace and resiliency in leaning into necessary change.

Following last week’s eighth grade confirmation and looking forward to this weekend’s Youth Sunday, Alyssa shares, “I can’t help but be excited for all that they are going to teach us. They’ve taught me so much about my faith and how it’s constantly changing and how we are constantly growing. I know they have so much to teach us all.” 

Watch today's Weekly One Takes.

This Week at Covenant

Beginning Sunday: View Worship in the Sanctuary

Beginning this Sunday, May 2, the Sanctuary will be open for up to 50 members of our church community to view a livestream of the 9:30 a.m. worship service. Reservations are required and safety protocols will be in place.

Reserve your space.

Tonight: A Conversation with the Arts Task Force

During the final session of this program series designed to better understand our stained glass windows and the significance of those people depicted in them, we will learn how other institutions have responded to various images, names and traditions in their organizations.

This Sunday: Youth Lead Worship

This Sunday, May 2 is Youth Sunday at Covenant. The 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services will be led by Middle School and High School Youth.

Watch the livestream service.

First Sunday Talk: Faith and Decision-Making

We make countless decisions every day. Some of them are major and life-altering, while others are more routine. How can our faith help us to make those decisions well? Join us for an enlightening conversation with Dr. Rebecca Davis of Union Presbyterian Seminary as we explore the intersection of faith and decision-making. Our discussion, the last in our Intersections series, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sunday on Zoom.

Learn more and join the program.

Kicking Off in May: See. Grow. Act. A Summer Racial Justice Series

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. A self-guided tour will be available beginning May 1 for those who would like to take it on their own by bike, car, or foot ahead of the discussion.

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.

Learn more and sign up.

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

Take-and-bake dinner on Wednesday, May 5 will be chicken fajitas, Spanish rice, chips and salsa, fire-roasted black beans and corn, and tres leches cake.

See the May menu and order now.

News and Announcements

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.

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.

Meet Laura Capranica, Faith Community 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 10.

Recreation Wing Open Extended Hours

Beginning May 3, the Recreation Wing will be open Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

Sign up for a time slot.

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.

Coming Soon

Fresh Air and Fellowship: Landsford Canal State Park

Join Covenant friends on Saturday, May 8 at 9:00 a.m. for an easy, 3-mile hike at Landsford Canal State Park, home of the world's largest population of Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies.

Learn more and sign up for the hike.

Children's Ministry Family Fun Days

Join Covenant families for fun, fellowship and time with friends. Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 16 or Sunday May 23, both from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pick the day that works best for you and plan to spend the afternoon at Covenant enjoying games, entertainment, singing and time together. 

Learn more and sign up.

May 19: Death and Resurrection in Christ

Make plans to join a program sponsored by Covenant's Surviving our Spouses (SOS) group and 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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