Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020
Finding the divine center in these times

So much in the world is tearing us apart. In these tumultuous, some would say apocalyptic, times, how do we navigate toward the divine center?

"We need to find a way to center ourselves in grace and decorate our lives with a sense of generosity and goodness," Bob says in today's edition of One Takes. "...Only in that way will the center hold."






Tonight: Laura Belcher on race, housing and reparations
Open Table at 6:30 p.m.
A series called "Making Justice a Habit: Challenging Conversations on Race" brings us together via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. each week.
  • Tonight: Race, Housing and Reparations led by Laura Belcher, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region
  • Next week: Race and Voter Suppression led by Ray McKinnon, Minister and Principal Consultant for Repairing the Breach
Please click here to watch last week's session on race and the role of protest led by Rodney Sadler.





Order a Grab-N-Go meal for next week
Place your order by Friday
Take home a meal to heat up in the oven for you and/or your family prepared by our kitchen staff. Here's how it works:
  • Click here to order online.
  • Next week's menu features Turkey Tetrazzini, Squash Casserole and S'mores Squares
  • Orders must be placed by noon on Friday. There is no drive-up or walk-up ordering.
  • Drive-thru pickup is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the upper parking lot. Volunteers will bring the food from the kitchen to your car.
  • Most of the disposable containers are recyclable.
     


Experts on staying well during pandemic
Two-part series via Zoom in October
Discover new ways to practice physical and mental wellness in the age of coronavirus. A two-part Open Table series via Zoom is presented by the Health & Wellness Committee.
  • Oct. 4: Michael Leonard, MD - Infectious Disease Specialist
     
  • Oct. 11: Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea, PhD, Executive Director, Presbyterian Psychological Services on Stress, Isolation and Self-Care in the time of COVID.


Today! Join hiking group at McAlpine Creek
Group will meet at 6:30 p.m.
Join the Fresh Air and Fellowship group at 6:30 p.m. for a 3-mile hike along a shaded trail through woods and by a pond and marshlands before looping back to the parking area. Details and RSVP here.






Outdoor concert features Irish fiddle, drums
Quartet on Sunday at 6 p.m.
An outdoor concert welcomes Dennis Spring and the Sons of the Full Moon, a quartet featuring Irish fiddle, guitar, Irish drum, penny whistle and vocals. Katherine Kerr will offer a prayerful moment for healing and wholeness.

Repeat attendees are welcome. A carillon prelude begins at 5:45 p.m. with the concert at 6. Feel free to bring a chair, blanket or picnic to the Circle in a socially distanced setting. Click here to RSVP.




New show debuts on Covenant podcast
Episodes come out on Tuesdays
Discover contemporary twists on familiar stories in the Bible, starting with a look at Jesus feeding the 5,000. Grace Lindvall and Ian Clark are your hosts.

Click here to subscribe via mobile app or just search for our church on your preferred podcast provider.





Young Adults host joining day, lunch outing
Sunday, Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m. 
If you're interested in becoming a member, the whole process takes 10 minutes and there are no classes or tests or any other barriers. All you need is a desire to be part of a faithful and supportive community. Contact Ruffin Sykes to learn more.

Young Adults will also pick up lunch from Mert's Heart & Soul for a picnic at uptown's First Ward Park. Space is limited to 15. Click here to RSVP.




Hear from someone who responded to COVID-19
New season of First Sunday Talks
A series called Intersections will explore the relationship between faith and areas of life we often view through a secular lens. Join us at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom on the first Sunday of every month.
  • Sunday, Oct. 4: Rev. Matthew Rhodes, Director of Spiritual Care at Penn Medicine in Plainsboro, NJ, will speak on the intersection between faith and health care.



Relive your drive-in movie days with TLC
Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. 
Covenant's active adults group invites you to watch the film Seabiscuit on the big screen in Covenant's upper parking lot. Contact Bill Fox for questions.

Travel - Learn - Connect is an active group of adults who enjoy learning and travel (and good food).






A big pivot for Covenant Impacts Charlotte
Projects in the community, church campus and your home
Serve throughout October
This year's Covenant Impacts Charlotte has pivoted to service projects spanning the month of October. Our annual service initiative marks the beginning of a stewardship campaign in support of Covenant's 2021 operating budget. Click here to see initial list of projects.



Needed: Texas Hash, desserts for Men's Shelter
Our church's meal is Tuesday
Help the mission team fill the freezer with Texas Hash casseroles and desserts for a meal at Roof Above (formerly Men's Shelter). Below are drop-off times. Please call the church office to arrange a different time.
  • Today from 11 a.m. to noon on the Fellowship Hall patio



Blood drive responds to vital need
Make an appointment on Sunday, Oct. 11
Your donation is needed more than ever as hospitals face shortages of blood due to the COVID-19 crisis. Please make an appointment as part of our social distancing efforts.
  • Click here to make an appointment.
     
  • Click here to contact Covenant member Louise Rogers for questions.



Help newcomers get settled
Welcome bags for Mezzanine neighbors 
Covenant will provide welcome bags to residents moving into Mezzanine at Freedom, the mixed-income community on Freedom Drive. Our goal is a positive, consistent and equitable experience for all neighbors.

Click here to see a list of recommended items (deadline extended through Sept. 30). You can either pick up a bag at the Welcome Center or bring loose supplies and we will place into bags.




Survey: What fitness classes appeal to you?
Your input will help us re-open Rec Wing
In an effort to re-open the Rec Wing and provide the services that our guests want, Director Kevin Harper asks you to complete an online survey to let us know how we can best meet your needs.






Update from Re-Opening Task Force
Guidelines for outdoor gatherings
Under the guidance of medical professionals, we have decided to allow for outdoor programming with appropriate health protocols and designated leadership. Participants will be limited to 50. Click here to learn more.





New class of elders elected
Congratulations to these incoming leaders
Ten adults and two youths were elected to the Session at a virtual congregational meeting this past Sunday. Please click here to meet the incoming elder class and join us in thanking these individuals for their service.






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