Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018
Covenant breaks ground on building
Child development, hospitality space 'open to all who seek nurture'
Groundbreaking Highlight Video

Open Table offers dinner, classes for all
On the menu: Potato bar, chili, brownies
You're invited for dinner in the Fellowship Hall from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Programs for all ages are at 6:30 p.m., including these opportunities:

* Authentic Living in a Wired World: Prevent social media from hijacking the courage to be your unique self, FH207.

* The Bible Skimmed, Our 10 Favorite Back-Pocket Scriptures with Bob Henderson and Jessica Patchett, FH203.

* Childcare for infants-K is available from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Special music this week
N.C. Baroque Orchestra joins worship
The N.C. Baroque Orchestra brings new life to old music. The group will join the Covenant Choir to add a unique, stirring sound to the 11 a.m. worship experience as we hear Bach's Cantata 111
Note: Come early to hear a special prelude.

The 8:45 a.m. Chapel service features a solo by Ryan Harrison, bass, and an anthem by the Covenant Choir. An ensemble of NCBO players will accompany.

Flu shots available at Covenant
Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The only people who should not get a flu shot are those who are under six months of age or who have a known allergy to one of the ingredients. There is no other reason not to get one. 

Covenant will have a flu shot clinic on Sunday in FH105 and again on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m., also in FH105. Walk-ins are welcome. Contact Mary Mattiacci for questions.

20 Years and Counting: A Marriage Workshop
Saturday, Oct. 13; registration ends soon!
Can couples change patterns that have existed for decades? Yes! Find a better balance of separateness and togetherness, independence and intimacy -- even after 20 years together. Details here.

A follow-up discussion on Wiley Cash's book
Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
Interested in gathering with others to discuss Wiley Cash's The Last Ballad?
Join a group of local Presbyterians at Union Presbyterian Seminary on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 a.m. RSVP appreciated but not required. 

Or join Covenant friends at the home of Covenant members Loretta Brown and Jacqueline McAbee on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 5 p.m.  Loretta and Jacqueline will kick off a monthly book club. If you're interested, please contact Sally Jackson.

Last call for Covenant fall retreats
Join us Oct. 12-14 in the mountains
Registration closes Monday! Families and middle school youth will be at Camp Grier. High school youth and young adults will gather in Montreat. On Saturday night, all groups will convene after dinner for a campfire and s'mores.  Details here.

Series for middle school parents continues
Sundays at 5:30 p.m. in FH207
  • Sunday, Sept. 30: Understanding Technology and the Middle School Student, a panel discussion with Alan Becker, Covenant parent and teacher; Susan Billmire; MSY Director Perrin Tribble and current seniors Zane Shockley and Katie Batten.
  • Sunday, Oct. 7: Popular author Michelle Icard will talk about her book Middle School Makeover
First Sunday Series 2018-19: Walk a Mile of Faith in My Shoes
Sunday, Oct. 7 at 9:30 a.m.

On the first Sunday of every month, we'll pause Sunday School to hear Covenant members talk about their journeys through difference and difficulty. Our series kicks off Oct. 7 with Jessica Patchett and Lucy Crain joined by guests Greg and Helms Jarrell of QC Family Tree. Our topic: "When we welcome the stranger, we welcome God into our midst."


New faces will greet guests at reception desk

Leslie Ford, our morning receptionist, will depart the staff on Oct. 5. Leslie plans to remain active as a Covenant member and parent. In Leslie's words, "While I am excited about the new volunteer opportunities that I will be pursuing, I will fondly remember by time here at Covenant." Please join us in wishing Leslie much happiness and in giving thanks for her service among us.
As Leslie prepares for her transition, Covenant is pleased to announce that  Reba Hardaway will join us on Oct. 1 as morning/Friday receptionist. Reba and her husband, Doug, have been members at Covenant for many years. Reba was most recently a self-employed architect and, prior to that, a Designer and Selections Manager with DeRhodes Construction. She also previously served as Publications Director and Administrative Assistant at Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church. Reba has degrees in Architecture and Geography from UNC Charlotte.
Lillian Gerardi will join us on Oct. 15 as afternoon receptionist. Lilli graduated from UNCC with a degree in criminal justice and worked in the financial sector for many years, most recently as a Lending Manager with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Lilli and her husband, Richard, are members of South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church.
Please join us in welcoming Reba and Lilli to the staff and supporting their ministry among us.

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