Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019
Stewardship campaign remains short
2019 budget must be finalized soon
Our campaign stands $379,100 short of our goal of $2,975,000 and we need your pledge so that our annual budget can be finalized in the coming weeks. We intend to invest strongly in music, children, youth and local outreach -- and your support is crucial to make it possible. 
  • Congregational meeting: The Session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, Jan. 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary to present the annual budget, vote on any proposed changes in terms of call and elect members of the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee.
What's new with Open Table
Two series begin tonight
Dinner is in the Fellowship Hall from 5 to 6:30 p.m. followed by programs for all ages. Tonight's menu is fried chicken, collard greens, mashed potatoes, banana pudding and salad bar.  Make dinner reservations here.
  • Embracing Jesus' Ways of Peace: Psychologist Brandon Risher will explore the power of language, racial bias and his experience of losing his grandmother at Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston. FH207. See the full series here.
  • Make or Break: Resolutions for a Healthy New Year: Find out how a stronger mind-body-spirit connection can boost your well-being and joy. Rec Wing Gym. See the full series here.
Covenant names director of operations
Ken Muenster will join staff Feb. 1
We are pleased to announce that Kenneth (Ken) M. Muenster will join the Covenant staff on Feb. 1.  As Covenant's first director of operations, Ken will report to Business Administrator Bill Keith and oversee technology, property, recreation and food services.

Ken brings a diverse background across IT systems, operations and facilities with a passion to train and lead staff.  Ken and his wife, Susan Moorefield, are parents of a college-age student. Please join us in welcoming Ken to Covenant and supporting his work among us.
Katie Stewart
Vice Chair - Personnel Committee

Construction moves ahead on new building
Steel work about to begin
The good weather has allowed work to continue on preparing the site. If the dry weather can hold for next week, the final footings, building pad, waterproofing and other preparatory work can be completed and steel work can begin the week of Jan. 21. 

Preschool will host open houses
Thursday, Jan. 24 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 next week
Thursday, Jan. 24 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, Jan. 27 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.
Fellowship Class hosts series on New Year's resolutions
Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall 203
The Fellowship Sunday School Class is hosting a series on "New Year's Resolutions: Helps from The Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew." All are welcome to drop in. Get connected here.
  • This week: Save Money for What Matters with Ben Mallicote 
  • Jan. 27: Worry Less; Rest More with Jessica Mallicote
  • Feb. 3: First Sunday Talk
  • Feb. 10: Pray Every Day with Ian Clark
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 or services: Host a dinner, cater a party, share your talents, etc.
  • 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.

Coming soon: Church-wide Habitat build
We have 13 build dates in March and April
Our congregation was one of seven founding churches of Habitat Charlotte 35 years ago. This spring, we will do a full house build lasting 13 days. All are welcome to swing hammers, provide lunch or fill other volunteer roles. To get connected, contact Julia Watkins.
Provide dinner for Men's Shelter of Charlotte
Next meal is Jan. 29
Help serve our neighbors at Men's Shelter of Charlotte by preparing Texas Hash and desserts. Our next meal is Tuesday, Jan. 29. Please place items in the Fellowship Hall freezer at your convenience. Contact Terry Horne to let us know if you left something. 
Lift up teachers, staff at Highland
Monthly appreciation brunch is Monday
On third Mondays every month, we deliver a brunch spread to the teachers lounge at  Highland . Please bring items to the collection point near the Fellowship Hall kitchen prior to Monday, Jan. 21.  Get connected here.

Summer internship in Christian Discipleship
Apply by Jan. 21
The summer intern for Christian discipleship will enjoy a broad range of experiences in ministry, and should be committed to growing in a life of Christian faith and interested in exploring how to help children, youth, and adults grow in their journeys of faith, as well. Learn more here.
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