Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Weekly One Takes: Grace Lindvall

In today’s Weekly One Takes, Grace Lindvall reflects on the name given to the early Christian church, hodos, which means “the way.” It described the people who followed the way of Jesus.

“They weren’t people who arrived at any one destination,” she says. “They weren’t people who had life or faith all figured out. They were people who continued to learn and grow and constantly worked to practice the way of Jesus Christ. The way of love, reconciliation and peace.”

Grace invites the congregation to participate in this summer’s series, See. Grow. Act. as a way to continue to keep growing, learning, and stepping out in faith, trusting that we are all seeking the way.  

Watch today's Weekly One Takes.

An Update from the Re-Opening Task Force

Beginning June 6, live, in-person worship will return for both the 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services in the Sanctuary. Sign-ups will be available on the Covenant website beginning June 1.

Also, effective in June, a number of new guidelines for re-opening Covenant's campus will take effect.

Deana Cooper, Chair of the Re-Opening Task Force, shares that the committee will continue to monitor state and local conditions and continue to make revisions as they are able.

"We appreciate your continued patience and prayers as we move toward returning to a time when we can resume a fully open campus," she says.

Read Covenant's new guidelines.

This Week at Covenant

Sign up today: Walking the City as a Labyrinth

Join a Covenant group this Saturday, May 15 at 10:00 a.m. (rain date May 16 at 1:00 p.m.) for a two-hour walking tour of Uptown to explore Charlotte’s history of racial and economic injustice and how we as Christians are called to respond as we look towards our city’s future. Afterwards, we’ll gather for lunch and a discussion led by tour developer Greg Jarrell of QC Family Tree.

Participants also have the option to walk, bike or drive the tour on your own using an audio guide on your smart phone before joining the May 15 lunch discussion.

Reserve your spot for the tour and lunch.

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.

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

Take-and-bake dinner on Wednesday, May 19, will be Gyros (lamb), cucumber salad, Greek fried eggplant, and lemon berry mascarpone cream cake.

See the May menu and order now.

News and Announcements

Interim Children's Ministry Co-Directors Named

We are pleased to announce that Anne Lowrance, who served as Covenant's Children's Ministry Director for 10 years before retiring in 2018, and longtime Covenant member Sarah Askins will serve as Interim Children's Ministry Co-Directors through the summer as the Personnel committee works to permanently fill the position.

Anne and Sarah both bring a love of children and a love of Covenant that will be palpable throughout the summer as we re-engage with in-person gatherings and continue to build friendships within the church. 

Both will be at the upcoming Family Fun Days, and will work together to provide family engagement opportunities throughout the summer, including Sunday School, Wednesday evening Open Picnic Table, and Vacation Bible School.

May Contribution Statements

Covenant's emailed contribution statements were sent on May 11. If you did not receive your statement, please email Virginia Rumbley. Also, please add to your contact list to prevent this giving statement from being flagged as spam or junk by your email provider.

Following Up: A Conversation with the Arts Task Force

Couldn't make it to our Wednesday night series exploring our stained glass windows and the significance of those people depicted in them? Replays of the session are now available. You're invited to watch and share your thoughts with the Arts Task Force.

Check out the program.

Recreation Wing Open Extended Hours

The Recreation Wing is now 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 our Stapleton-Davidson Interns

Four Stapleton-Davidson interns who are serving at a variety of mission partners throughout Charlotte this summer are living in “The Landing,” the space in Fellowship Hall’s lower level used for Room in the Inn), from Memorial Day through early August. We have an opportunity to show them lots of warm Covenant hospitality by cooking, cleaning linens, and providing snacks. 

Learn more 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, June 7. Drop-off will be 10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the Circle.

Learn more and sign up.

Coming Soon

May 17 and 18: COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Covenant

Covenant is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic (Pfizer) on May 17 and 18 from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Appointments are available and walk-ins are welcome.

Make your appointment.

May 19: Death and Resurrection in Christ

Covenant's Surviving our Spouses (SOS) group is sponsoring a program led by In Christ Supporting Ministries via Zoom on Wednesday, May 19 at 7:00 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 and sign up to participate.

June 6: Young Adults Crawfish Boil

Our annual spring social is back! We’ll have crawfish straight from the Louisiana bayou, cold drinks, music, games, and fellowship! This is a great opportunity to make new friends or to reconnect with old ones. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to welcome our new pastoral resident, Molly Smerko!

Contact Seth Puckett to learn more and sign up.

Fresh Air and Fellowship: South Fork Trail

Join Covenant friends on Saturday, June 8 at 9:00 a.m. for an easy, 3-mile hike at the South Fork Trail in McAdenville, NC.

Learn more and sign up for the hike.

A Summer Racial Justice 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 with a civil rights and justice tour around Charlotte, 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.

Learn more and sign up.

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