Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

In today's edition of One Takes, Ian and Bob prepare us for World Communion Sunday, a rare and beautiful occasion for Christians to unify across traditions, languages and borders. Up next this week:
  • Thursday: How to create a sacred space for Communion in your home
  • Friday: A look at the sacrament in three different living/family arrangements






Click on the image above to see what's new in October, including:
  • Find ways to serve during Covenant Impacts Charlotte
  • Meet Covenant's new class of elder emeriti
  • Get a preview of Open Table programs


Tonight: Ray McKinnon on race, voter suppression
Open Table at 6:30 p.m.
A series called "Making Justice a Habit: Challenging Conversations on Race" concludes tonight at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tonight: Race and Voter Suppression led by Ray McKinnon, Minister and Principal Consultant for Repairing the Breach
Please click here to watch last week's session on race, housing and reparations led by Laura Belcher.





Order a Grab-N-Go meal for next week
On the menu: Pot roast, green bean casserole, banana pudding
Take home a meal to heat up in the oven for you and/or your family prepared by our kitchen staff. Here's how it works:
  • Click here to order online.
  • Next week's menu features pot roast with gravy, onions, carrots, and potatoes, green bean casserole and garden vegetable soup.
  • Please order by noon on Friday. 
  • Curbside pickup is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the upper parking lot. 
  • Most of the disposable containers are recyclable.
     


Next week: Saying no to habits, yes to God
Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Learn how to be still in the midst of chaos and say "no" to certain habits and invitations in order to tend to your soul. 

Gail Henderson-Belsito, director of worship at Caldwell Presbyterian Church in uptown Charlotte, will show us how to be still and "no," knowing that God is still doing what only God can do. 






Hear from a spiritual first responder
9:30 a.m. via Zoom
A series called Intersections will explore the relationship between faith and areas of life we often view through a secular lens. Join us at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom on the first Sunday of every month. Details here.
  • This week: Rev. Matthew Rhodes, Director of Spiritual Care at Penn Medicine in Plainsboro, NJ, will speak on the intersection between faith and health care.



Catch up on the latest news from Reynosa
Zoom worship at 9:30 a.m.
Colleen Cook of Faith Ministry in Reynosa will join Zoom worship and stick around for a quick Q&A afterward. 

Covenant supports Faith Ministry by helping to build cinderblock and cement houses to provide families with the shelter, warmth and security they need.




Young Adults to host picnic
First Ward Park at 12:30 p.m. 
Young Adults will pick up takeout from Mert's Heart & Soul and enjoy a picnic at uptown's First Ward Park as part of our First Sunday Brunch series. Space is limited to 15. Click here to RSVP. 
  • Sunday is a Joining Day: Ready to become a member of Covenant? The whole process takes 10 minutes and there are no classes or barriers. All you need is a desire to be part of a faithful community. Contact Ruffin Sykes to learn more.



Get insights for staying well during pandemic
Next two Sunday evenings at 7 p.m.
Discover new ways to practice physical and mental wellness in the age of coronavirus. A two-part series via Zoom is presented by the Health & Wellness Committee. Details here.
  • Sunday: Michael Leonard, MD - Infectious Disease Specialist on COVID-19 treatment and the latest on vaccine efforts.
     
  • Oct. 11: Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea, PhD, Executive Director, Presbyterian Psychological Services on Stress, Isolation and Self-Care in the time of COVID.


God... the ultimate multi-tasker?
New podcast episode is out
Don't focus on the belly of the fish, Katherine and Grace tell us. You'll miss what the story of Jonah and the Whale is really about. This week's episode reveals the modern-day relevance of a familiar tale.

Click here to subscribe via mobile app or just search for our church on your preferred podcast provider.





Relive your drive-in movie days with TLC
Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. 
Covenant's active adults group invites you to watch the film Seabiscuit on the big screen in Covenant's upper parking lot. Contact Bill Fox for questions.

Travel - Learn - Connect is an active group of adults who enjoy learning and travel (and good food).






Picnic welcomes all who have lost a spouse
Sunday, Oct. 18 at 12:30 p.m.
Covenant's Surviving Our Spouses (SOS) group invites widows and widowers to a casual "Mix-nic" under the magnolia tree outside Fellowship Hall.

Bring your own lunch and drink. Tables, chairs and dessert will be provided, along with live music, a blessing from Bob Henderson and the opportunity for socially distanced mixing.  Details here.




Stewardship begins with Covenant Impacts Charlotte
Ways to serve throughout October
This year's Covenant Impacts Charlotte spans the month of October. It marks the beginning of a stewardship campaign in support of Covenant's 2021 operating budget.
  • Decorate Pillow Cases for Hope Haven - Friday from 3:30-5 PM. Details here.
  • Make Ornaments for the Giving Tree - Saturday from 3:30-5 PM; All ages. Details here.
  • Assemble Nightstands for Hope Haven - Sunday from 2-4 PM; Ages 12+. Details here.
  • Landscaping at QC Family Tree - Saturday from 8:30-10:30 AM; Ages 10+. Details here.




Reserve a time slot to donate blood
Sunday, Oct. 11 at the church
Your donation is needed more than ever as hospitals face shortages of blood due to the COVID-19 crisis. Please make an appointment as part of social distancing efforts.
  • Click here to make an appointment.
     
  • Click here to contact Covenant member Louise Rogers for questions.



Teacher appreciation brunches set to resume
Monday, Oct. 19
As teachers and staff begin returning to Highland Renaissance Academy, we have a chance to embrace those who nurture and educate students at our CMS partner school.
 
You are invited to contribute breakfast items, flowers and encouraging notes. Items can be homemade or store-bought, but it is important that they be individually wrapped.
 

yellow black 29er mountainbike with thick offroad tyres. bicycle mtb cross country aluminum_ cycling sport transport concept isolated on white background Bike rodeo welcomes youngsters
Saturday, Oct. 10 in the Circle
A bike rodeo welcomes kids of all ages and wheel types (scooters and skateboards, too!). The times are 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. for preschoolers to 2nd graders and 11 a.m. to noon for 3rd to 6th graders. 
  • Bike races
  • Obstacle course
  • Speed trials
  • Relay games


 



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In an effort to provide fitness programs and classes that our guests want, Director Kevin Harper asks you to complete an online survey to let us know how we can best meet your needs.






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