Wednesday, July 7, 2021

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Weekly One Takes with Serenitye Taylor

In this week's One Takes series, Pastoral Resident, Serenitye Taylor, speaks to the internship program at Covenant. Watch to learn how Stapleton Davidson and People in Mission interns work with our mission partners across Charlotte to make a meaningful difference for the people they serve. As part of their reflection time, Serenitye and the interns are also reading A Riff of Love by Greg Jarrell, founder of QC Family Tree. Please keep an eye out for our interns across campus during worship, bible studies and more this summer.

You can support our interns this summer with hospitality opportunities. Click here to learn more and sign up.

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This Week at Covenant


This Sunday:

Worship Schedule and Sunday School Resume

This Sunday, July 11, we resume our regular 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services. Please join us in person in the Sanctuary or live online.

Sunday School for both children and adults will resume this week. Childcare will also be available for children under 3.

Adult Sunday School will continue with the "Everyday Theologians" series and will be held in the Fellowship Hall starting at 9:30 a.m. This week's discussion will be hosted by Katherine Kerr and will cover the lessons and teachings of the late Christian writer, Rachel Held Evans.

Tomorrow, 7/8: Final Summer Book Study

This past year has challenged our Covenant community - and our nation - to listen, learn, understand and grow as we continue to walk the journey toward a more inclusive and equitable world. As we continue our work, we invite you to participate in our ongoing Summer Racial Justice series, See. Grow. Act.

Final Book Study: Thursday, July 8

Our summer series, focused on better understanding racial and economic injustice, continues withour final book study on In My Grandmother's House by Yolanda Pierce. The book is available through Covenant at the Welcome Center ($14, cash or check). Sign up for tomorrow's book study.

This Saturday, 7/10:

Hike with Covenant at McDowell Nature Preserve

Join Covenant friends this Saturday, July 10 at 9:00 a.m. for an easy, 3-mile hike through the woods and along the banks of Lake Wylie.

Learn more and sign up for the hike.

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This Saturday, 7/10:

Young Adults Second Saturday Service, International Ministry Cookout

Join us for a very special “lunch-and-learn” edition of Second Saturday Service this Saturday, July 10 at 12:00 p.m. on the Covenant patio.

We’ll enjoy lunch together and listen to guest speakers who will share a little more about Covenant’s national and international ministry partners such as those who are serving in places like Mexico, Kenya, and Avery County. You’ll also learn more about how you can be involved in mission work through Covenant.

Sign up here.


Tonight: Open Picnic Table

Join friends for Open Picnic Table, a weekly informal Wednesday evening family gathering under Covenant's Magnolia tree. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy time together every Wednesday between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. through the summer. Sweet treats are provided. This is a rain-or-shine event. In the case of inclement weather, we'll meet in the Fellowship Hall.

News and Announcements


Stephen Ministers are Here to Support You

We all experience challenges in life –times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend.

Assisting our pastors on the front lines of congregational care, Covenant's Stephen Ministers are trained, listening friends who can bring the caring presence of the church to those experiencing difficult life situations, large or small. First and foremost, Stephen Ministers offer a confidential, faith-based, caring one-on-one relationship. This ministry is designed to offer help in the midst of a challenging time such as death, loss of a job, life transition, illness, divorce, empty nest, isolation, and more.

Read more about Stephen Ministry here.

Should you or someone you know be interested in being paired with a Stephen Minister, please contact Katherine Kerr.

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Join Our Growing Outdoor Ministry Program

Congregational Life is excited to expand Covenant’s Outdoor Ministry to include more practical opportunities for participants to deepen relationships with the church, each other and our natural surroundings and grow in faithful stewardship of the environment. We're looking for leaders and people interested in getting involved. An informational kick-off meeting will be held Wednesday, August 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Covenant. Learn more here.

Interested or have questions? Contact Lauren Sawyers.

Opportunities to Serve

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July 12: Participate in Operation Sandwich

We need your support to help fill the remaining slots for our July 12 Operation Sandwich effort for Roof Above.

To participate, we ask volunteers to make 25 sandwiches each and bring them to Covenant on the morning of July 12. We will be in the circle drive in front of the Sanctuary building from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to collect and then deliver directly to Roof Above for lunch that day. You may also sign up to provide water bottles and/or help us deliver the sandwiches to Roof Above.

Click here to sign up and review sandwich-making guidelines.

Questions? Contact Lucy Crain.


Extend a Warm Welcome to Covenant

Our Worship Ministry is seeking new volunteers to join our usher team. This is a wonderful opportunity to help serve as an extension of our hospitality, extending a warm welcome to both Covenant members and guests alike.

Interested in helping? Please contact Ashley Roehrig.


Build and Serve in Avery County This Fall

Make plans to join us for our first adult mission trip since the pandemic began. We will visit Avery County from September 26 - October 2 to work on Habitat houses and to partner with other organizations in the area such as the Crossnore School and Children's Home. There will be many opportunities for bonding and fellowship with attendees, helping the group to create memories that will last well beyond the trip.

Learn more and apply here.

Questions? Contact Lucy Crain.


Young Summer Scholars Still Need Your Support

There are still opportunities to help support the Freedom School summer literacy program this summer.

Click here to see how you can help and to sign up.

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Beautify our Worship Space this August

Please consider donating floral arrangements for our worship space in the month of August. Flowers can be given in honor of a special person, event, or simply to add beauty to our worship experience.

Schedule a Sunday here.

Coming Soon


Get Moving This July in the Rec Wing

The Rec Wing is open for workouts (by reservation) and for personal training. The July schedule is now available and can be accessed here.

Contact Kevin Harper with questions.


Next Thursday, July 15: Quarterly Young Adults Happy Hour

July 15 at 6:00 p.m.

After a long week, grab a drink with your friends in the Young Adult community—we will be at Summit Seltzery at 6:00 p.m. and would love to see you. All are welcome!

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Visit the Brooklyn Collective

*Corrected Date*

August 29 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

As part of our ongoing Summer Racial Justice Series, See. Grow. Act., we will visit The Brooklyn Collective, an organization of members and actions that honor the historic Brooklyn community leaders and the founders of the historic uptown buildings. These buildings represent the cornerstones of the Brooklyn neighborhood since the 1880s through its unjust destruction in the late 1960s with so-called "urban renewal" programs. Enjoy refreshments and fellowship after the tour

Learn more about the Brooklyn Collective here.

Click here for Congregational Notes

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