Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020
Ordination service for Daniel Heath

Covenant will host a virtual ordination service on Sunday for Daniel Heath as we celebrate his graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Bob Henderson and clergy guests will lead a joyful time of worship with special music, prayer and Scripture.

Daniel served as director of contemporary worship and arts for eight years before honoring God's call to study as a Presidential Scholar at Princeton.

While at Covenant, Daniel helped to launch two new worship services, each with a unique balance of innovation and tradition. Though music was his primary calling, Daniel also formed a worship arts team to create visuals and installations for Sunday services and liturgical seasons. Daniel and his wife, Katrina, have two sons.

What is ordination? Ordination is an act of the whole church recognizing the movement of the Holy Spirit in setting apart a person to ordered ministry. It reflects a determination that God is indeed calling and has prepared this person to serve.

Sanctuary open for personal prayer 
The holy space so missed by our church family is now open twice a week for personal prayer and contemplation. Up to 10 members at a time may come on Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. under a plan crafted by the Ministry of Worship.

Please sign in at the Welcome Center and wear a face mask while inside. Here are other guidelines.

Get outside! Hiking group resumes tonight
Join us in for two-mile trek in Matthews
Join Covenant friends for fresh air and fellowship tonight at 6:30 p.m. 

On this two-mile outing, we'll explore the Painted Rock Trail at Purser Hulsey Park in Matthews. Groups are limited to 25 per session and participants will be screened and asked to wear masks as we gather.
Learn more and sign up here. Questions? Contact Lauren Sawyers.

Memorial service for Imogene Kinney
Saturday at 2 p.m. via livestream
Covenant will remember the life of Imogene Kinney, who passed away Aug. 10 at age 97. The livestream will be available here. You can leave a message in the comments section to be shared with the family.

Imogene is survived by three children: Mildred Kinney Mielke (Earl), William Lee Kinney III (Mary), and Evelyn Kinney VanHecke (Michael). She was the beloved wife of the late William Lee Kinney Jr. for 68 years.

Adult Sunday School explores Christian practices
9:30 a.m. via Zoom 
Explore practices of faith described in the New Testament, including pilgrimage (this week), evangelism (Aug. 23), and prophecy (Aug. 30). Join us to learn more about these lesser-known topics and understand how to incorporate them into their own faith journeys. Click here for the Zoom link.

Know someone who doesn't use Internet?
You can hear sermon by phone
There's a new way to stay connected to Covenant for folks who don't use the Internet. Dial a dedicated phone number at 704-210-8873 for a recording of the sermon posted by noon on Sundays.

Children's choirs offer pathway to the arts
Register your child online 
Students in grades K-5 are invited to sign up online for children's choirs. You will receive a CD of music, a notebook of printed materials, and access to video and audio lessons to encourage in-home music learning. This is a great option for parents in need of arts opportunities.

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

Reserve a spot for next outdoor concert
Sunday, Aug. 30 at 5:45 p.m.
Enjoy beautiful harp music on the Circle at the next installment of our outdoor concert series. It's a great chance to see friendly faces in a socially distanced setting. Bring a chair, blanket or picnic. Health screenings will be conducted. Please reserve a spot here.

Open Table offers Grab-N-Go meals
Curbside pick-up begins Wednesday, Sept. 9
Take home a hot meal for you and/or your family prepared by our kitchen staff. Here's how it will work:
  • Menus will be posted in Windows and on the Covenant website, where you can order and pay online. If you do not have access to the website, please call Michelle Williamson at 704-804-7560 to place an order and pay.
  • Meals will be available a-la-carte, so you can choose what you want and how many portions you need. Payment will be based upon what you order.
  • All orders must be placed by noon on the Friday before pickup. There will be no drive-up or walk-up ordering.
  • On Wednesdays, 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.

Be part of Open Table Talent Show 
Record on your own - here's how
A virtual talent show on Sept. 9 will allow us to showcase a wider variety of performers than ever before -- from singers and poets to comedians and magicians. All ages and talents are welcome.

Check out the instructions below to claim your spot in the show, which will air via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. 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.
  • Submit your clip to Jason Graffis via Dropbox here.

Off to college? Let us know
College Council is here to support you
Covenant has a tradition of supporting our college-age students near and far! We match you up with a Secret Saint to send you care packages and uplifting notes through the year. Students, sign up here.
  • A call for Secret Saints: Consider signing up to support a college student with small care packages and encouraging notes. It's a great opportunity for an individual or group. Sign up here.

Young Adults host trivia, picnic and more
Spots are filling up quickly
In lieu of a party, we are offering five smaller kickoff events. There is something for everyone! Each event will include a short discussion on what's in store for the fall. All young adults are welcome and this is a great way to plug in! Those who are interested can sign up here.

Responding to Charlotte's hunger crisis                    
Food bank mobilizes in time of need
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Second Harvest has distributed 8 million more pounds of food than last year during the same period.

Families receive nutritionally balanced food boxes with fresh produce, meat and dairy products. There are also school-based mobile pantries, including at Covenant's CMS partner school, Highland Renaissance Academy.

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

Outdoor fitness classes are Thursdays                  
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.

Knitting group invites all who love yarn                  
Take part in socially distanced fellowship
Join knitting friends to knit warm scarves for sharing this Christmas. We'll provide yarn, needles, and a simple pattern (pictured). In return, we ask that you commit to completing the scarf by mid-December for Room In the Inn guests and local teachers. Contact Sally Graves to learn more.

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