Wednesday, June 10 , 2020
A conversation on race with Dr. Brian Blount

Next steps in the work of racial justice
Study of White Fragility begins June 24
Regardless of our particular political persuasion, Christian faith stands on a solid bedrock of justice, love and peace. It is for us to 'stand our ground' and work toward a world more reflective of God's ideals. Click here for how Covenant is responding.
  • Church-wide book study: Ministers will lead a three-week book study on White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism with breakout groups facilitated by church members. Books are available here.
  • Helping youth talk about racism: A workshop for high school students is Thursday at 7 p.m. with other Charlotte congregations. Parents are invited to join in a listening role.
  • Around the kitchen table: An opportunity to confront racism in our own homes and hearts through conversation, prayer, listening and reflection.

Miss seeing faces? New worship option debuts Sunday
Worship via Zoom, Covenant website or Facebook

Zoom interactive worship
New! Watch 9:30 worship with opportunities to say hello and chat in breakout rooms. Arrive at 9:15 for conversation.

Covenant media page
Worship at 9:30 and 11, follow along with an order of worship and interact with online host.

Facebook Live
Worship at 9:30 and 11 and interact with online host.
College graduates, let us hear from you
We'll recognize you on Sunday
Covenant will recognize college graduates in the bulletin on Sunday. Please click here to submit a photo, the name of your school and your major. Deadline is today!

Update on campus activities
VBS, summer camps are canceled
A Covenant leadership team is monitoring the COVID-19 situation with a focus on the safety of participants and staff. Today's update follows a careful review of government directives and advice from medical experts.
  • The Early Childhood Education Committee canceled Vacation Bible School for this year.
  • All camps for July and August are canceled, including recreation camps (Yes I Can basketball, Junior Jammers music camp, Soccer Shots, Ricky Price Basketball) as well as Preschool Summer Fun Days.
  • Depending on state/local guidelines, the Rec Wing will re-open Aug. 1 for personal fitness by appointment. Director Kevin Harper will offer a once-a-week outdoor exercise class beginning July 6.  
  • The Covenant campus will remain closed for staff, small group meetings and in-person worship gatherings until Phase Three at the earliest.
We ask that you be patient with our careful planning and pray for our world and its leaders.

Wednesday night chat on Book of Joy
Tonight at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Drop into a weekly conversation led tonight by Ian Clark. It's inspired by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who co-wrote a book on the search for joy amid suffering.  Click here to learn more and participate.

Sunday School explores places that shaped Christianity 
Sunday at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom
This week, Ian Clark leads a conversation on Galatia, a key location in Paul's missionary journey and thus the early Church. This region factors heavily into the New Testament narrative. 
Join us  to better understand and apply Scripture by taking a look at influential places, people and practices. You'll feel more confident using the Bible and embodying your faith in today's world.  Click here to access the weekly Zoom meeting.

June: Places of Faith 
  • Discover the political and economic landscapes of ancient cities. What lessons can we draw to better understand today's climate?
July: People of Faith 
  • Meet important - but often overlooked - contributors. How did their contributions influence the early Christian movement?
August: Practices of Faith 
  • Consider the meaning behind fasting, pilgrimage, evangelism and prophecy. Why do we still talk about these things after 2,000 years?
Prepare items for Men's Shelter, and watch us cook
Tuesday, June 16 at 7 p.m. via Zoom
Watch a live cooking show hosted by Jessica and Ben Mallicote as we team up as a congregation to "stash" the freezer with 75 Texas Hash casseroles and 750 desserts for a meal at Men's Shelter. Find more details here.
  • You can bring frozen items to the church Wednesdays in June from 11 a.m. to noon. Staff will be on the patio (socially distanced) to greet you and take your contributions.

Sort canned goods at Second Harvest
Wednesday, June 17 at 1 p.m.
Join the crew to help provide food for those in need. In order to participate, you should be 17 or older and not in a high-risk category or caring for anyone who is. Click here to sign up.

Dove's Nest needs cloth masks
Support a Covenant mission partner
Volunteers are asked to contribute cloth masks for Dove's Nest, a partner that welcomes mothers with their children as they work to overcome alcohol and/or drug addiction. Contact Lucy Crain for details.
Elder nominations are now open
Please submit by July 2
An Elder Nominating Committee is seeking recommendations for Elder and Youth Elder. The congregation will elect 10 adults and two youths for terms beginning in January 2021.

Please describe your nominee(s)' qualifications, including areas of involvement and personal gifts/skills. Click here for the online form.

Beware of scam emails purporting to be from ministers
Ignore, delete suspicious requests
Please be vigilant about any email that appears to be from a minister, asking you to take some kind of unusual action (purchasing gift cards, clicking a link or simply replying quickly). Covenant does not communicate in these ways. Please be diligent in not responding to suspicious emails.

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