Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020
Paying attention to what's in front of us

In today's edition of One Takes, Bob previews Pardon the Interruption, a sermon series on how we deal with unexpected events in our lives. 

"I've been with many families during this COVID-19 crisis who have lost a loved one," Bob says. "Without exception, it's been poignant to be with them. And I've noticed how privileged I am to get an intimate glimpse into the journeys they've taken."

See what's happening in September and meet elder nominees in preparation for a congregational meeting to elect elders on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 10:30 a.m.

backpack-sm.jpg What does school look like for you? 
Share a photo for worship montage
As we embark on perhaps the most unusual school year ever, we can find strength in our shared experience. Send us an image of what school looks like for you or your family. A montage will open worship on Sunday. Please submit by Thursday at 9 a.m. Click here to share.
  • Communion is Sunday: Prepare for worship by setting a communion table in your home and joining us to celebrate the Lord's Supper. 

Tune in for a night of talent and laughs
Open Table kicks off tonight
A virtual talent show at 6:30 p.m. will showcase a wide variety of performers as the kickoff to a new season of Open Table.

One special feature is a comedy routine recorded by the late John Ramsey, who loved humor as a way to deal with life's ups and downs. 

Next week: Three challenging conversations on race
Open Table series begins Sept. 16
A series called "Making Justice a Habit: Three Challenging Conversations on Race" will bring us together via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. each week.
  • Sept. 16: Race and the Role of Protest led by Dr. Rodney Sadler, Director of Union Presbyterian's Center for Social Justice and Reconciliation
  • Sept. 23: Race, Housing and Reparations led by Laura Belcher, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region
  • Sept. 30 Race and Voter Suppression led by Ray McKinnon, Minister and Principal Consultant for Repairing the Breach
Please RSVP here so that we may assign you to the same breakout group each week. We also invite you to engage with additional materials through the Eddie Moore 21-Day Challenge.

Order a Grab-N-Go meal from Covenant
Place your order by Friday
Take home a meal for you and/or your family prepared by our kitchen staff. Here's how it works:
  • Click here to order online.
  • Next week's menu features Meatloaf; Mac & Cheese; Roasted Veggies; Rolls and Apple Pie.
  • Orders must be placed by noon on Friday. There is no drive-up or walk-up ordering.
  • 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.
  • Most of the disposable containers are recyclable.

Memorial service for Phyllis Perry                 
Friday at 1 p.m. via livestream
Covenant will remember the life of Phyllis Perry, who died on Aug. 28. You can leave a message in the comments section to be shared with the Perry family, including Phyllis' husband, Keith Perry; their daughter, London, and their son, Chadwick. The livestream will be available here.

Youth invited for kickoff unlike any other
Dress up, decorate your car Sunday at 6 p.m.
Learn about fall activities and meet the new youth advisers at a drive-in program in Covenant's upper parking lot. A volunteer will direct you to a parking spot and take your photo for use in a virtual parade. Dress up in a costume and decorate your car in a festive theme! Details here.

Uptown Bible Study goes virtual                  
New season begins Tuesday at noon
With a look at the Epistle to the Hebrews, we'll seek to better understand who Christ is while also learning a great deal about the religious and cultural contexts from which he came. We'll meet every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. Click here for the Zoom link.

YAs to talk dating, careers, money and politics       
Young Adults host event on Christian ethics 
Christianity is, fundamentally, about embodying the love of Christ in our everyday lives. But what does that actually look like? A virtual educational event on Tuesday at 7 p.m. focuses on Christian ethics for the things you think about the most. Click here to RSVP.

A guide to Sunday School classes                
New and returning educational opportunities
Sunday School classes reconvene this week via Zoom with topics ranging from Scripture and theology to parenting in the age of COVID-19. Find a group that fits your interest using the link below.

New group for those who have lost a spouse  
Sunday at 4 p.m. via Zoom
All Covenant surviving spouses are invited to attend the first-ever SOS gathering, where we'll greet one another, discuss plans for the future of this important ministry and share ideas and stories.
  • Click here for the Zoom link.
  • Having trouble with Zoom? Call Anne Gildea at 704-842-9931 or Susan Murphy at 631-662-6786 for help.
  • Those who are unable to join us will receive a follow-up email with a summary of the meeting and plans for the future.

Support groups begin new seasons
Connect with peers in times of challenge

Grief Support Group
Covenant will host a six-week Grief Support Group for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. The group will be facilitated by Kiley Thiel, known to many for her work at KinderMourn.
Caregiver Support Group
Connect with peers and learn helpful ways to take care of yourself as you care for a loved one -- whether at home, in a care facility or long distance. The fall session kicks off tomorrow with Susan Ferone as facilitator.

Did you know each person counted in the Census annually brings in around $2,000 in federal funding for education, health care, housing and more? 

That's one reason why Covenant is supporting Census and voter registration drives this month for residents at the Mezzanine at Freedom apartments. Now is a critical time for residents to update their addresses, request absentee ballots and prepare to cast their votes. 

Thank you to all who have already volunteered for these events. If you would like to support residents at the Mezzanine, consider providing a Welcome Bag (deadline extended through Sept. 30).

Bagged lunches for neighbors staying in hotel 
Next drop-off date is Tuesday, Sept. 22
Our church is providing lunches for neighbors staying at an off-site Men's Shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We'll send you the guidelines when you sign up. Please drop off between 10 and 10:15 a.m. in the Circle drive. Click here to learn more and sign up.

Contribute items for Men's Shelter dinner               
Our next meal is Sept. 29
Help the mission team fill the freezer with Texas Hash casseroles and desserts for an upcoming meal at Roof Above (formerly Men's Shelter). Below are drop-off times. Please call the church office to arrange a different time.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in conjunction with Open Table meal pick-ups
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to noon on the Fellowship Hall patio

Want to be a project leader?      
Covenant Impacts Charlotte in October
Please consider leading a small group of volunteers during socially distanced projects throughout October. There are projects to do at home, on campus and outdoors. Contact Julia Watkins to learn more.

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