Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020
One Take: Noticing those we're missing

In today's edition of One Takes, Bob reflects on disrupted patterns and diminished relationships. "I've had to intentionally develop time for people who don't come onto my radar easily.-- people who are important to me. Because of pandemic realities, our paths don't cross as naturally as they used to."

Click on the image above for a guide to what's happening in September, including worship, book studies, music and ways to serve. You can also see the elder nominees.
  • Click here for a recording of last Sunday's town hall virtual meeting.

Send a photo for worship montage 
Share your vocation or calling
Share an image of you living into your calling this season - in your professional life or a pursuit outside of work. It could be a picture in your home office, in the workplace or doing a volunteer project.

A montage in the opening hymn coincides with Labor Day Weekend. Click here to submit your image. 

Memorial service for Linda Blythe 
Saturday at 11 a.m. via livestream
Covenant will remember the life of Linda Blythe, who passed away in April. Linda influenced countless children as a preschool teacher for many years at Myers Park Baptist and later Covenant.

You can leave a message in the comments section to be shared with Linda's beloved husband, Bob, and members of the family.

Young Adults host picnic lunch 
Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in NoDa
We'll grab takeout from NoDa Deli, a favorite local spot, and head to the park across the street to enjoy it together and learn about what's on tap for the fall. A few spots remain for this limited capacity event! RSVP here.

How to be in virtual talent show 
Open Table kicks off next week
A virtual talent show on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. will showcase a wide variety of performers. All ages and talents are welcome.

Check out the instructions below to claim your spot in the show, which will air via Zoom as the kickoff to a new season of Open Table.
  • Please record your video in a quiet space with appliances off.
  • Hold your phone or device in landscape orientation (horizontal).
  • Leave 2-3 seconds of video at the beginning and end of your clip.
  • The deadline for submissions is Friday.
  • Submit your clip to Jason Graffis via Dropbox here.

Order a Grab-N-Go meal from Covenant
Place your order by Friday
Take home a meal for you and/or your family prepared by our kitchen staff. Here's how it will work:
  • Click here to order online.
  • Opening Night on Sept. 9 features baked ziti (cheese or meat), green beans, garlic Texas Toast and oversized chocolate chip cookies
  • Orders must be placed by noon on Friday before pickup. There is no drive-up or walk-up ordering.
  • Drive-thru pickup is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the upper parking lot. Volunteers will bring the food from the kitchen to your car.
  • Most of the disposable containers are recyclable.

Coming soon: Three challenging conversations on race
Open Table series begins Sept. 16
A series called "Making Justice a Habit: Three Challenging Conversations on Race" will bring us together via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. each week.
  • Sept. 16: Race and the Role of Protest led by Dr. Rodney Sadler, Director of Union Presbyterian's Center for Social Justice and Reconciliation
  • Sept. 23: Race, Housing and Reparations led by Laura Belcher, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region
  • Sept. 30 Race and Voter Suppression led by Ray McKinnon, Minister and Principal Consultant for Repairing the Breach
Please RSVP here so that we may assign you to the same breakout group each week. We also invite you to engage with additional materials through the Eddie Moore 21-Day Challenge.

Youth will hold drive-in kickoff program                
Sunday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m.
Learn about fall activities and meet the new youth advisers at a drive-in program in Covenant's upper parking lot. A volunteer will direct you to a parking spot and take your photo for use in a virtual parade. Decorate your car in a festive theme! Details here.

Discover joy of music in children's choirs                  
Connect with the arts
Students in grades K-5 are invited to join Children's Choirs. You will receive music recordings, a notebook and access to video and audio lessons to encourage in-home music learning. You can access the form here.

Youth Singers: All 6th-12th graders are invited for opportunities to record and participate in worship leadership. Youth Singers will be the go-to group! Contact Heather to register.

Outdoor fitness class Thursdays at 9 a.m.                
Bring a mat, towel and water
Drop by for 45-minute classes led by Kevin Harper featuring workouts for the major muscle groups. All fitness levels are welcome. Please bring a mat, towel and water. Cost is $5. See details and sign up here.

Hiking group to visit McAlpine Creek                     
Morning and evening options
Join Covenant friends for fresh air and fellowship on family-friendly hikes. Next up is McAlpine Creek here in Charlotte on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m.  

An easy 3-mile hike uses a gravel-surface greenway. Groups are limited to 25 per session. Learn more and sign up here.

Operation Sandwich is next week!                 
Lunches for our neighbors at Roof Above
The missions team invites you to make 25 sandwiches and bring them to Covenant on Tuesday from 10 to 10:15 a.m. Julia and Lucy will be outside to collect and deliver directly to Urban Ministry Center. You can sign up here.

Help neighbors settle into new apartments               
Welcome bags for Mezzanine
Help the mission team provide welcome bags to residents when they move into apartments in Mezzanine at Freedom. 

Click here to see the items suggested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership. You can either pick up a bag at the Welcome Center to fill and return by Sept. 15 or bring supplies and we will assemble for you. 

Help neighbors register to vote      
Outreach project at Mezzanine
The missions team is also asking for volunteers for outdoor Census and voter registration events at the Mezzanine in September. You can prepare snacks, serve as a greeter or help people complete forms. Click here to learn more and sign up.

How we are responding to hunger crisis
Next Second Harvest event is Sept. 16
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Second Harvest has distributed 8 million more pounds of food than last year during the same period.

Many Covenant folks have enjoyed their shifts so much that they have begun serving regularly as individuals. See the available shifts and sign up here.

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