Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
Stewardship campaign nearing goal, but still short
Tonight, Session will adopt a budget 
In the last few days, we are grateful to have made additional progress toward reaching the 2019 pledge goal. The congregation has pledged $2,620,000, which, while strong, still leaves us $355,000 short of our goal of $2,975,000. The Session will adopt a 2019 budget this evening and will make the requisite budgetary adjustments. Your support will shape our ability to fund ministries in 2019.
Congregational meeting is Sunday
10:30 a.m. in Sanctuary
A congregational meeting is Sunday to present the annual budget, vote on any proposed changes in terms of call for the installed ministers and elect members of the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee. 

After soliciting and receiving many nominations, the Personnel Committee is pleased to present these names: Marilynn Mickle, Chair; Henry Trexler; Terry Horne; Mollie James; and Leslie Pack Rankin.
  • Special music on Sunday: Angelus and Choristers Choirs at 9:30 a.m., Violin trio at 11 a.m.
Add a prayer and your name to the beam
Sign the steel that will support new building
Beginning Sunday at 8:30 a.m., the "topping out" beam, which will complete the archway of the new building, will be placed on the Circle. Please take a moment to sign the beam with your name, a written prayer or a blessing for the successful completion of the building and the activities it will support. The beam and markers will be accessible through Sunday, Feb. 3. 
  • Carl Powell, chair of the campus construction implementation team, will share the latest news on our campus projects Sunday in worship.

What's new with Open Table
Two series continue tonight
Dinner is in the Fellowship Hall from 5 to 6:30 p.m. followed by programs for all ages. Tonight's menu is taco bar, salad bar and churros for dessert.  Make dinner reservations here.
  • Embracing Jesus' Ways of Peace: How gun violence shapes our communities and how we can craft an a different future. With Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler; Andrea Manigat and Susan Browder, Moms of Murdered Offspring; Covenant member Robby McNeill; and guests from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and CMPD. FH207. See the full series here.
     
  • Make or Break: Resolutions for a Healthy New Year: Find out how to approach healthy eating with gusto as we welcome Alice Watson. Rec Wing Room 3A. See the full series here.
Preschool will host open houses
Thursday at 10 a.m. or 7 p.m.
Prospective parents are invited to the art studio on the Preschool floor of the Education Wing. Director Kathie Grabert will lead an info session and tour. To schedule a tour, please contact Kathie Grabert or call us at 704-333-8658. Registration is Jan. 28 to Feb. 8.
 
January book club will meet 
Thursday at 7 p.m. at home of Debbie Enna
Join Debbie Enna, Jacqueline McAbee and Loretta Brown to discuss the story of a child from a Palestinian refugee camp who confronts an occupying army, gets an education, masters an instrument and dreams of something bigger than himself: a school to transform lives through music. RSVP here.

New to Covenant? Dinner is on us
Sunday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
Learn more about Covenant and our mission at Starting Point, a catered barbecue dinner and Q&A with Senior Minister Bob Henderson. Child care is available. Feel free to bring kids, too.  Get connected here.
 
Author of Color of Law will speak in Charlotte
Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church-West
A Covenant small group has been discussing The Color of Law, a book on the forgotten history of how our government segregated America. This is part of a community-wide book read that next includes a talk by author Richard Rothstein. Please click here to RSVP for the event.

We will host a special Wednesday Room in the Inn
Our guests will join us for Open Table Jan. 30
Please help us extend hospitality to our guests as they join us for Room in the Inn dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Contact Lucy Crain to get involved.

Covenant will host this special evening so that we can participate in Charlotte's annual Point in Time Count, a day when cities survey individuals experiencing homelessness to get an accurate assessment of needs and demographics. 

Mission Festival needs your donations
Festival is Sunday, Feb. 24 in Rec Wing
Covenant mission trips provide transformational experiences of faith. Proceeds from the Mission Festival keep our trips affordable for youth and adults while also supporting our partners. Please consider contributing:
  • Experiences: Host a dinner, cater a party, share your talents, etc.
  • Services or goods: Ask your favorite stylist, shop or restaurant for an in-kind contribution.
  • Tickets: Provide tickets to games, events or concerts.
  • Vacations: Donate time at a beach or mountain home or other vacation experience.
  • Art: Share a special piece in any medium.
  • Household items: Give nice pieces (treasures, not jumbles!) that need a good home.
Contact Lucy Crain to arrange a contribution.

Provide dinner for Men's Shelter of Charlotte
Next meal is Tuesday
Help serve our neighbors by preparing Texas Hash and desserts. Our next meal is Tuesday. Please place items in the Fellowship Hall freezer at your convenience. Contact Terry Horne to let us know if you made a drop-off.


Coming soon: Church-wide Habitat build
We have 13 build dates in March and April
This spring, we will do a full house build lasting 13 days. We have opportunities for groups and individuals to swing hammers, provide lunch or fill other volunteer roles. To get connected, contact Julia Watkins.
Summer internship for Christian discipleship
Please apply by Feb. 1
Covenant is seeking a summer intern for Christian discipleship. The intern will enjoy a broad range of experiences. A stipend is paid. Details here.

Managing director of child care development programs
New, full-time position
For this newly created position, we are looking for a motivated self-starter with high energy and a passion to serve children and their families. Your key responsibility will be to start, manage and grow enrollment for the full-day child care development center with our number one goal to be licensed as a 5-star center within 12 months of opening. Details here.

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