Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018
A look at Christmas Eve worship schedule

A special offering will support God's work through our mission partners at Highland (Charlotte), Renguti School (Kenya) and Accion Ministries (Yucatan). Watch the video below and click here to give.

  • 11 a.m. Children's Worship: This child-centered service lasts 20 minutes and is followed by Nativity animals on the Circle and birthday cake for Jesus.
  • 3 p.m., Music of Appalachia: The worship team and special guests will showcase the mandolin, fiddle, banjo, double bass and piano.
  • 5 p.m., Traditional Candlelight: This Communion service features the Covenant Choir. A prelude begins 15 minutes before the service.
All services will be livestreamed at

Covenant will host Christmas Eve community potluck
Room in the Inn on Tuesday night
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.
Where we stand: 2019 Stewardship Campaign 
Your support is needed to reach our goal
A team has begun making phone calls to encourage pledges as Covenant seeks to fully fund our programs and ministries for the coming year. 

We are currently 21 percent short of our pledge goal of $2,975,000. We ask you to commit so that we may plan our budget.
Update on 2018 year-end giving
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 on Monday, Dec. 31.
  • To be deductible in 2018, your gift must be received or postmarked prior to midnight on Monday, Dec. 31. Church offices will be open until 5 p.m. on Dec. 31. For information on stock gifts, please contact Virginia Rumbley.
Learn about People in Mission at a coffee Q&A
Summer opportunity for college students
Consider spending your summer on a life-changing urban mission experience sponsored by Covenant. Learn more on Sunday at a coffee at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall Library.

Choir alumni invited to sing in worship
Sunday at 11 a.m.
Is your young person in town for Christmas? College students, young adults and youth choir alums are invited to join the Covenant Choir for "Masters in This Hall," a carol beloved by our youth. Rehearsal is in the Peek Music Room at 10 a.m. Contact Heather Potter for questions.
We have concrete! Construction moves ahead
Progress report on new campus building
In spite of the winter storm and wetness, crews began pouring footings and installing rebar. This work will continue, and with the cooperation of the weather, could be completed by Christmas. Foundation work can begin at that point.

PNG was finally able to move the gas line, so that is now behind us. Now all we need is some sustained dry weather to get the foundation down and begin erecting steel. Let's hope dry weather will prevail over the next couple of weeks.

College Council hosts annual Christmas party
Tonight at 6:30 p.m.
Covenant's College Council invites college students and college-age young adults to a Christmas dinner hosted by Mollie and Philip James at 4011 Churchill Road. Contact Isabel Bader for questions.
Unified worship on Sunday, Dec. 30
10 a.m. in Sanctuary
Coming on the heels of Christmas, and approaching the new year, we'll focus on the Three Wise Men in Matthew's Gospel. They are often reduced to little more than add-ons in our Nativity. In fact, they are people of great influence whose lives were changed through an encounter with Christ. 

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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