Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020
One Take: Bob previews the fall season
Click on the video above to hear Bob explore the theme of interruption and how scripture equips us to handle it. Bob also previews what's ahead in the fall season.

Update from Re-Opening Task Force
In a step toward returning to holy space that has been so missed by our church family, the Sanctuary will soon open for personal prayer and contemplation.

Up to 10 members at a time may come on Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. under a plan crafted by the Ministry of Worship. The first day is Monday, Aug. 10.

A prayer guide will be available as a resource for your time of reflection. In keeping with church protocols, members must sign in at the Welcome Center and wear face masks while inside the building. Here are other guidelines.

This step is another part of incrementally increasing our activity as a congregation. We can now have small groups that meet outside and sponsor small public events with strict safety parameters around them. We have not yet made any decisions about when to resume in-person worship.

Working together, we will be able to resume important dimensions of our life and mission. We remain deeply grateful for the gift of participating in this family of faith.

You're invited to sign a gift for Daniel Heath
Ordination will be livestreamed Sunday, Aug. 23
Covenant will host a virtual ordination service for Daniel Heath, our former director of contemporary worship and arts, as we celebrate his graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary.

We will present Daniel with the gift of a custom designed, hand-print stole to represent this congregation's blessing and sending of Daniel into ministry, our support of his calling and our gratitude for sharing the journey with him.

Please sign the stole! You can visit the front desk in the Welcome Center at the following times:

Zoom interactive worship
Watch 9:30 worship with opportunities to say hello and chat in breakout rooms. 

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.
Share images for worship montage
This week's theme: New life in nature
You're invited to share a photo that involves the presence of new life - perhaps in your garden or a favorite spot in nature. We'll create a montage for the opening hymn on Sunday to enhance our worship. Click here to submit.
  • Lord's Prayer: Add your voice to a presentation of the Lord's Prayer to be included in Sunday worship. All are invited to record yourself. Contact Heather Potter for instructions to get started.

Great time to check out Adult Sunday School
9:30 a.m. via Zoom 
Explore practices of faith described in the New Testament, including fasting (8/9), pilgrimage (8/16), evangelism (8/23), and prophecy (8/30). Join us to learn more about these lesser-known topics and understand how to incorporate them into their own faith journeys. Click here for the Zoom link.

New! See our guide for conversations on race
Around the Kitchen Table now available
Grace Lindvall and Julia Watkins co-authored a resource called Around the Kitchen Table to foster conversations around racism. Consider identifying one time each week at your kitchen table - maybe with your children, your parents, your neighbors, your spouse, or yourself. We can mail you a printed copy! Click here to access the resource.

Get outside! Hiking group set to resume
Two options to fit your schedule
Join Covenant friends for fresh air and fellowship on family-friendly hikes on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 9 a.m. or Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. 

On this two-mile outing, we'll explore the Painted Rock Trail at Purser Hulsey Park in Matthews. Groups are limited to 25 per session and participants will be screened and asked to wear masks as we gather.
Learn more and sign up here. Questions? Contact Lauren Sawyers.

Outdoor concert will feature string quartet
Sunday, Aug. 16 at 5:45 p.m.
Enjoy music and friendly faces in a socially distanced setting. A carillon prelude at 5:45 p.m. is followed by a string quartet with violinist Emily Chatham. Feel free to bring a chair, blanket or picnic. Only a few spots remain! Health screenings will be conducted. Please reserve a spot here.

Child of the Covenant: Born, adopted in 2019
Sunday, Aug. 16 worship, virtual reception
Each year, we celebrate with families of children who came into the Covenant family in the past year. This year's Child of the Covenant had to be postponed due to COVID-19.

Make plans to join us Sunday, Aug. 16 for 9:30 online worship followed by a meet-and-greet virtual reception via Zoom at 10:30. Please send a photo of your family to Sally Jackson by Monday, Aug. 10.

New season is a great time to get involved
Join us for team trivia, picnic and more
In lieu of a kickoff party, we are offering five smaller kickoff events. There is something for everyone! Each event will include a short discussion on what's in store for the fall. All young adults are welcome and this is a great way to plug in! Some events are space-limited. Those who are interested can sign up here.

Support kids, teachers returning to school             
Our efforts to provide resources, lift morale
Our partnership with Highland means that we lift up teachers and families in an economically disadvantaged part of North Charlotte, just off Tryon Street north of uptown. The COVID-19 crisis has particularly impacted people of color, making our work more urgent than ever.
  • Backpacks for kids: Covenant will provide 100 backpacks for Highland students. Your donations support students who are learning in unprecedented ways. See the Amazon wish list.
  • Fill the backpacks: Fifth grade students are invited to Covenant's campus to assemble the backpacks Wednesday, Aug, 12 from 10 to 11 a.m. Contact Kim Lee to sign up.
  • Calling all teachers and educators! We are collecting names of educators who are members of Covenant so that our congregation can praying for them by name as a new school year begins. Please contact Julia Watkins.

Make room for garden in Enderly Park                   
Growing the ministry of QC Family Tree
Here's a way to get involved in a cause near and dear to the heart of Covenant. Our partners at QC Family Tree envision a community orchard to serve neighbors in Enderly Park. 

A Covenant team led by Anne and Jimmy Davis uses rakes, shovels and hedge trimmers to turn this grand idea into reality. The effort happens Saturdays and Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m (before it gets too hot). You can learn more and sign up for a shift here.

Preschool hiring lead teachers, assistants, substitutes                  
Part-time roles this fall - urgent need for substitutes
Join the outstanding team of educators at Covenant Preschool, treasured by generations of parents in our community. Director Becky Stout is hiring for a number of part-time roles to begin this fall. Click here for details.

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