Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
Tonight! Christmas Caroling in Dilworth

A special night of Open Table welcomes you to share the joy of Advent with our neighbors in Dilworth. Make a dinner reservation here. 

  • 5 p.m. - Soup and sandwiches in the Fellowship Hall
  • 5:45 p.m. - Practice singing carols
  • 6 p.m. - Depart on foot to visit homes of our neighbors (They're expecting us). We'll carry song booklets. Bring a flashlight!
  • 7 p.m. - Return to church for cookies and hot chocolate
Service of healing and wholeness
Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Chapel
Bob Henderson and Julia Watkins will lead a service of healing and wholeness designed especially for those facing grief, illness or uncertainty.

Through quiet reflection, meaningful words and stirring music, we will seek peace in the good news of Emmanuel. All are welcome .
Ring in the season with Lessons & Carols
Sunday at 5 p.m.
The choirs of Covenant, accompanied by majestic brass, timpani, organ and bells, will lead our congregation in joyful worship celebrating Christ's birth. 
  • A special offering collected during Lessons & Carols will support the work of Crisis Assistance Ministry. You can give online here.
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem - a time to pray for Holy Land: Prayer stations will be open in the Chapel for you to pray for our mission partners working for peace in the challenged Holy Land on Sunday from 10:30 to 11 a.m.
Pledges for 2019 stand at 68.6 percent of goal
Please commit for the coming year
We realize that this will be among our most challenging years because of attention toward the capital campaign and an uncertain economic outlook. 

We also realize that the mission and ministry of Covenant is important -- and we can only be the church we long to be with everyone's financial participation.

Lecia and Steve Shockley, our stewardship chairs, will share an update Sunday in worship. Teams will make phone calls beginning next week to encourage pledges.
Year-end giving update regarding current year 
A reminder on how to make your gift eligible 
Each year, Covenant receives 16 percent of annual contributions in December. Please consider a tax-deductible contribution in these ways: 
  • During Sunday worship. Contributions made during services through Sunday, Dec. 30, will be credited to 2018 unless otherwise noted.
  • Online via our secure giving site at Any contribution must be complete before midnight Dec. 31.
  • To be deductible in 2018, your gift must be received or postmarked prior to midnight on Dec. 31. Church offices will be open until 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28. For information on stock gifts, please contact Virginia Rumbley.

Affordable housing complex breaks ground on Freedom Drive
A milestone in our campaign For a Whole Community
A ceremony Tuesday celebrated the start of construction on apartments for families of diverse economic backgrounds. When it opens next year, the newly named Mezzanine at Freedom will help to address our city's critical shortage of affordable housing. 

A $2 million investment from Covenant made the plan possible. Watch the video to see our journey to this milestone. Learn more about our campaign here.

Share your input on associate pastor search
Listening sessions are Sunday (make-up date due to weather)
As we begin a search for staff leadership, the Personnel Committee invites you to share your thoughts on qualities needed in Covenant's next  associate  pastor. We also welcome suggestions for people to serve on a search committee.
The committee will host listening sessions on Sunday after 9:30 and 11 a.m. services in FH203. If you prefer to give comments in writing, send an email to

Highland Heroes brunch is Monday
Support teachers at our partner school
You can contribute food, drinks, flowers and notes. Our team will deliver to the school. Click here to see the needs through SignUp Genius. Please drop off items in Fellowship Hall collection point near kitchen.

Room in the Inn welcomes our neighbors
Serve with us on Tuesday nights
On Tuesday nights from December to March, you can drive the van, serve dinner, stay overnight or fill other roles. We encourage groups to serve together, and there's space for individuals, too. Contact Julia Watkins to get involved.
Summer opportunity for college students
Learn about People in Mission experience
Consider spending your summer on a life-changing urban mission experience sponsored by Covenant. Learn more on Sunday, Dec. 23 at a coffee at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall Library.

Covenant women invited for retreat in Pinehurst
Deadline is Saturday to reserve a spot  
Spend the weekend Feb. 1-3 with Covenant women, exploring the depths of our God-given beauty, the ways the world turns that on its head, and how we can seek the beauty in the midst of it all. Please RSVP so we can book our rooms. Click here to register online.

Director of operations
Full-time position 
This position is responsible for the coordination of the church's general operations including oversight of technology services and operations, property management, recreation ministries and facilities, and food service. Learn more here.
Front desk receptionist
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon-Thurs and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Based at the front desk in the Sanctuary building, join the team to greet visitors, receive phone calls and help with office-related tasks. Learn more here.
classes, hours
december issue 
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