Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018
Construction cam shows our progress
See hospitality space, child development center rise 

Unified worship service on Sunday
10 a.m. in Sanctuary
Approaching the new year, we'll focus on the Three Wise Men in Matthew's Gospel. They are often reduced to little more than add-ons in our Nativity. In fact, they are people of great influence whose lives were changed through an encounter with Christ. 

Covenant will host New Year's Day dinner
Volunteer with Room in the Inn on Tuesday
On Tuesday nights from December to March, you can drive the van, serve dinner, stay overnight or fill other roles. We encourage groups to serve together, and there's space for individuals, too. Contact Julia Watkins to get involved.
Update on 2018 year-end giving
A reminder on how to make your gift eligible 
Each year, Covenant receives 16 percent of annual contributions in December. Please consider a tax-deductible contribution in these ways: 
  • During Sunday worship. Contributions made during services through Sunday, Dec. 30, will be credited to 2018 unless otherwise noted.
     
  • Online via our secure giving site at covenantpresby.org/give. Any contribution must be complete before midnight on Monday, Dec. 31.
     
  • To be deductible in 2018, your gift must be received or postmarked prior to midnight on Monday, Dec. 31. Church offices will be open until 5 p.m. on Dec. 31. For information on stock gifts, please contact Virginia Rumbley.
Where we stand: 2019 Stewardship Campaign 
Your support is needed to reach our goal
A team has begun making phone calls to encourage pledges as Covenant seeks to fully fund our programs and ministries for the coming year. 

We are just over 80 percent of the way toward our pledge goal of $2,975,000. We ask you to commit so that we may plan our budget.
Bible, Violence and God's Concern for the Vulnerable
Winter Convocation, Sunday, Jan. 6
Dr. Breed will speak at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. He will also join Jessica
Patchett for a dialogical sermon in 11 a.m. Fellowship Hall worship.

Dr. Breed is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. His research focuses on how our understanding of the Bible compares to the historical contexts in which it was written.

How to make, keep faith-based resolutions 
Sunday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. in FH203
In 2019, you might be considering life changes to enrich your spiritual journey. But what can you do? And once you make a faith-based resolution, how can you stick to it? Join Covenant's senior pastor, Bob Henderson, as we explore
this topic together.  Afterward, we head to Dilworth Neighborhood Grille.

Deep Dive Questions is a new monthly series led by rotating speakers.

Sisters in Spirit welcomes Sally Brewster 
Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 a.m. in Fellowship Hall
Sally Brewster, owner of Park Road Books, will offer book suggestions for winter reading. Since 1977, Park Road Books has been the cornerstone of
independent bookstores in Charlotte. RSVP if you plan to have a meal.

Trivia, travel, global food and fellowship
Open Table returns Wednesday, Jan. 9
Come play trivia, hear stories of life-changing mission experiences and taste food from regions of the world. Our own Will Gaston emcees a family-friendly program at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. How is God calling you to serve in 2019? Start here!


Betsy Ragone joins staff as front desk receptionist

Betsy Ragone joined the staff Dec. 18 as our Morning/Friday Receptionist. 

Betsy worked for 18 years with Carolinas Healthcare System (now Atrium Health) as a clinical application specialist and business analyst. In 2014, she chose early retirement to become a full-time caretaker for her mother. Betsy founded and leads a nonprofit to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic.
 
Betsy attended Suffolk County Community College, CPCC and University of Phoenix, where she is earning a degree in business management.  Please join us in welcoming Betsy to Covenant and supporting her work among us.

Reserve a spot for Men's Getaway 2019
March 22-24 in Etowah Valley
The Getaway, an annual outing hosted by men's fellowship, provides simple, easy paths for prospective, new and existing members. Join us for a weekend of hiking, sports and great food. Learn more and register.

Director of operations
Full-time position 
This position is responsible for the coordination of the church's general operations including oversight of technology services and operations, property management, recreation ministries and facilities, and food service. Learn more here.
 
FITNESS at COVENANT
classes, hours
COVENANT NEWS
december issue 
CONGREGATIONAL NOTES
memorials, celebrations