Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019
There's still time to support stewardship campaign
2019 budget is short of goal
Our campaign stands $389,432 short of our goal of $2,975,000 and we need your pledge so that our annual budget can be finalized in the coming weeks. We intend to invest strongly in music, children, youth and local outreach -- and your support is crucial to make it possible. 
  • Congregational meeting: The Session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, Jan. 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary to present the annual budget, vote on any proposed changes in terms of call and elect members of the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee.
A festive night of trivia, food and fellowship
Open Table returns tonight
Come play trivia, hear stories of life-changing mission experiences and taste food from regions of the world. Our own Will Gaston emcees a family-friendly program at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. How is God calling you to serve in 2019? Start here! 

 

Two new series begin next week:

Elders will be ordained, installed
Sunday in 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship
Covenant will ordain and/or install members of the Session Class of 2021:  Susan Billmire,  Allen Brown,  Deana Cooper,  Sarah Crowder,  Anna Ferone (Youth Elder),  Sarah Gaston,  Jessica Hindman,
Jerry Jernigan,  Alan Morrow,  Katherine Roehrig (Youth Elder),  Joe Taylor,  Derek Thomas

New group for parents: Making sense of middle school
Begins Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
Parents of middle school students are invited for a discussion series called Making Sense of Middle School. Join us at the same time as youth fellowship to explore topics relevant to the middle school experience. We'll also meet on Feb. 10, March 17, April 7, and May 5, alternating between speakers and fellowship gatherings. RSVP to Perrin Tribble.

New series: You and your emerging adult
Begins Sunday at 7 p.m.
Covenant's College Council invites you to a Sunday night series to discuss
your changing relationship with your emerging adult. Parents will explore our
new roles in the lives of our children. Our first gathering is at the home of Fielding and Rusty Williams. RSVP to Susan Ferone.


Construction moves ahead on new building
Retaining wall is now in place
The weather and holidays combined to slow our progress somewhat. Shelco, our general contractor, worked on the weekends and made progress in framing the forms for the large retaining wall next to the Circle. 

Workers poured the wall on Monday. If the weather cooperates, they should complete all the footings next week and then be in a position to begin steel work. Once the steel is up, weather will not be as much of a factor. 

A look at January small groups, Bible studies
Welcoming newcomers in 2019
It's a great time to try a new group!  Small Group Bible Studies kick off the week of Jan. 7.  Adult Sunday School classes begin new studies Sunday, Jan. 13. Take a closer look at featured groups here.

Preschool will host open houses
Thursday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. or 7 p.m.
Prospective parents are invited to the art studio on the Preschool floor of the Education Wing. Director Kathie Grabert will lead an info session and tour. To schedule a tour, please contact Kathie Grabert or call us at 704-333-8658. Registration is Jan. 28 to Feb. 8.
 
Read with a kindergarten student
New volunteer opportunity at Highland
Join us Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for a new reading buddy opportunity at Highland, our CMS partner school.  A training session is Tuesday, Jan. 15. Contact Betty Graybeal to get connected.
  • On third Mondays every month, we deliver a brunch spread to the teachers lounge at Highland. Please bring items to the collection point near the Fellowship Hall kitchen prior to Monday, Jan. 21. Get connected here.
How you made a difference during Advent
Christmas Eve offering raises $40,000
Your generosity on Christmas Eve helped Covenant raise $40,000 to support the work of three mission partners serving vulnerable children: Highland Renaissance Academy here in Charlotte, Renguti School in Kenya and Accion Ministries in the Yucatan.

In addition, the Alternative Gift Market supported micro-businesses for women and disadvantaged communities across the world, resulting in a contribution of more than $23,000. And our Lessons & Carols service raised more than $8,000 for Crisis Assistance Ministry, a huge increase over last year.

There is more to the story than money. Our church hosted 14 guests (maximum capacity) every Tuesday night in December through Room in the Inn, plus an additional Monday during the ice storm, for a total of 70 guests served. On Christmas Day, Covenant folks came together to host a Room in the Inn community potluck for 80 guests.

The numbers tell a story of need and generosity, but the interactions behind those numbers are what make them special. Thank you for being part of an impactful Advent season.

Next week: Book discussion with The Park Church
We're reading The Color of Law
Covenant will hold a small group conversation with our friends at The Park Church on The Color of Law, a book that explores "the forgotten history of how our government segregated America." Join Sandra Boozer and others on Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in FH207. RSVP to Sandra Boozer.

This is part of a community book read that includes a gathering on Monday, Jan. 28 when author Richard Rothstein speaks at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church - West.

Grief and healing: Taking the journey together
7-week discussion and support group
Covenant's care ministry offers a 7-week discussion and support group for adults who have experienced the loss of a spouse, parent, sibling or friend. Our first meeting for 2019 will be Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parlor. Contact Susan Ferone to get connected.

See what's new in the Rec Wing
A video tour with Kevin Harper

Contribution statements will be mailed to you
Look for a statement in mid-January
Be on the lookout for your year-end contribution statement from Covenant. For questions, contact Virginia Rumbley in the finance office.

Summer internship in Christian Discipleship
Apply by Jan. 21
The summer intern for Christian discipleship will enjoy a broad range of experiences in ministry, and should be committed to growing in a life of Christian faith and interested in exploring how to help children, youth, and adults grow in their journeys of faith, as well. Learn more here.
 
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.
 
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