Wednesday, May 20 , 2020
One Take: Bob talks with Liz Clasen-Kelly 

Hear from Liz Clasen-Kelly, CEO of Urban Ministry Center, which now includes Men's Shelter of Charlotte. A longtime advocate for neighbors in homelessness, Liz served with our church a number of years ago as a Stapleton-Davidson intern. Today, she's a bright light in the community.

Memorial service for John Ramsey
Noon via livestream
You're invited to a memorial service livestream in remembrance of the life of John Ramsey. Please join us in the following ways:
John cherished his wife of 61 years, Mary Jane Newman Ramsey; his sons, Michael Ramsey and his wife Cecelia of Haddonfield, NJ; Neal Ramsey and his wife Melissa of Oakton, VA; and three grandchildren. You can click here to read the obituary for John.

Ian will lead conversation on The Book of Joy
Tonight at 6:30 p.m.
A big group turned out last week. Tonight, Ian Clark teaches on the topic of acceptance. Our study is inspired by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who looked back on their long lives to consider how to endure life's suffering.

A memory that represents hope for you
Share a photo, see a montage in Sunday worship

"You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust."

To follow Christ is to be a people of hope. In that spirit, you're invited to share a picture of a memory that brings you hope for today and tomorrow. A montage will accompany the opening hymn in Sunday worship. Click here to submit.

Temporary shelter will allow for safer lodging
Covenant to serve two meals in June 
Urban Ministry Center will open an additional temporary shelter site in a former dormitory with 64 rooms and space for 70 guests. 

The space provides a much safer environment during COVID-19 for men to work toward employment and independence. This program, in turn, will open up more shelter space for those who are currently sleeping outside.

Work a socially distanced shift at food bank
Covenant folks volunteer on Wednesdays 
Volunteer slots are nearly filled - a testament to the joy of this initiative. Take part in socially distant fellowship while sorting canned goods. This is for ages 17+ and those not in a high-risk category or caring for anyone who is. Morning and afternoon shifts are available.

Mary will join us for blood drive
Sunday, June 7 from 8 to 11:45 a.m.
Please make an appointment as we adapt to COVID-19 guidelines. We'll be in the Fellowship Hall to allow for easier entry and exit.

As an added bonus, Parish Nurse Mary Mattiacci, who recently retired and moved to Durham, will return and be on hand to greet you.

Please do not volunteer if you feel ill, belong to a high-risk category or care for someone who does.

Partner spotlight: Tomorrow's Youth Organization
How we support children in the West Bank
Watch video below for a thank-you message 
With the danger posed by COVID-19, the situation has only grown more urgent for c hildren in the West Bank and surrounding refugee camps.

Our congregation sent funding to  Tomorrow's Youth Organization for an emergency feeding program, ensuring families can get essential food, medicine and supplies. 

It's the latest effort in a fruitful partnership. Gifts from Covenant enabled TYO to buy a much-needed bus to transport kids to classes, sports and special events. Our church also sponsored a pool party for 350 kids. For many, it was the first time swimming.

TYO has asked us to send back a video in return. Click here to submit a photo or short video expressing gratitude for our partnership.

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