Wednesday, July 1 , 2020
Stephen Ministers: Companions on your journey
In today's edition of One Takes, Katherine interviews Kelli McAlister about a quiet yet very important Covenant ministry for people facing tough times -- job insecurity, illness, loneliness and other hardships.

"We've obviously lost the ability to be face-to-face for the time being, but there are many ways we can still be present," Kelli said.

Deadline is tomorrow to nominate an elder 
Submit a recommendation online
You can impact Covenant's future by nominating someone to help lead the church. The congregation will elect 10 adults and two youths for terms beginning in January 2021.

Members of Elder Nominating Committee: Amy Capitano,  Bill Cathey,  Kerry Hamilton,  Jessica Mallicote,  Brad Moore,  Scott Roehrig,  Jordan Schriefer,  Anne White,  Joe Taylor (co-chair) and  Mary Delk (chair).

Make a recommendation: Please describe your nominee(s)' qualifications, including areas of involvement and personal gifts/skills. Click here for the online form.

Tonight: Grace leads church-wide discussion
Hear reflections, share in breakout groups  
Tonight at 6:30 p.m., Grace will continue our three-week study on White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Breakout groups will be facilitated by church members. 
This is one step in responding to the call to 'stand our ground' and work toward a world more reflective of God's ideals for the human community.

Yard signs affirm support for whole and just world
Reserve a sign online - supplies are limited
Covenant yard signs stating our church's commitment to a whole and just world are available for pick-up at the Welcome Center weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Please click here to see the signs and reserve one for $12 to help defray the cost. The signs are 18x24 and include metal stakes. 

Share images of light for worship montage
Your photo will appear in Sunday livestream   
Thanks to all who have already shared. There's still time to submit a favorite photo that involves the presence of light - a sunrise or sunset, a beautiful view or perhaps a drawing of your own.

We'll create a montage for the opening hymn on Sunday to enhance our worship. Click here to submit.

Zoom interactive worship
Watch 9:30 worship with opportunities to say hello and chat in breakout rooms. 

Covenant media page
Worship at 9:30 and 11, follow along with an order of worship and interact with online host.

Facebook Live
Worship at 9:30 and 11 and interact with online host.
Miss saying hi to pew neighbors? Here's your chance
Interactive 9:30 Zoom worship offers chances to chat
For those who yearn to say hello to church friends, the 9:30 a.m. Zoom worship experience is designed to feel like old times.  Try Zoom worship this Sunday and enjoy the chance to chat in small group breakout rooms. A moderator will guide us.

Coming next week: A look at people who shaped Christianity 
Summer Sunday School returns July 12
Our goal is to understand and apply Scripture by taking a look at influential places, people and practices. You'll feel more confident using the Bible and embodying your faith in today's world. 

July: People of Faith 
  • Our next segment, starting July 12, will look at important - and often overlooked (or misunderstood) people who shaped Scripture, as well as how those people influenced more contemporary thinkers.

Watch Rob Dicks play stirring organ music
Sunday, July 5 at 7 p.m.
Rob Dicks, our own assistant director of traditional music, will present selections by Bach, Paul Manz and English composers William Harris and Percy Whitlock. The recital will be livestreamed on the Covenant media page, Facebook Live and the Charlotte AGO's YouTube Channel.

Covenant sponsors a Freedom School pop-up   
We'll provide snack bags for scholars
Responding to COVID-19, Freedom Schools will pivot to outdoor "pop-up" sites in July. As always, the mission is to prevent summer learning loss and inspire a love of learning among children.

Covenant's Freedom School will be in the parking lot at Sugar Creek Library. 
  • Click here to be a site helper, providing snack bags, reading materials and fun activities in an outdoor setting.
  • Click here to sign up for a day to provide snack bags.

Operation Sandwich is Monday   
Needed: Meals for our neighbors
The missions team invites you to make 25 sandwiches and bring them to Covenant on Monday from 10 to 10:15 a.m. Julia and Lucy will be in front of the Sanctuary building to collect and deliver directly to Urban Ministry Center for lunch that day.  You can sign up here.

Sort canned goods at Second Harvest   
Wednesday, July 15 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Join the crew to help provide food for those in need. Volunteers age 17 and over can enjoy socially distanced fellowship while inspecting, sorting and packing donated products. Click here to sign up online.

At-risk families stay in hotels during pandemic     
Roof Above (formerly Men's Shelter) asks for help
Volunteers get meals ready for distribution and check off guests in the lobby after they pick up their meals. You can sign up individually or in pairs for two-hour shifts to safely ensure that each resident gets a catered meal.  Click here to learn more and sign up online.

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