Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020
Covenant News: September e-edition

Click on the image above for a guide to the fall season filled with opportunities for community, service and spiritual growth during a time when we cannot gather in-person. You can also see the slate of elder nominees.

Update from Re-Opening Task Force

The Re-Opening Task Force has been hard at work to continue Covenant's vibrant ministry in Charlotte and across the globe. As we have learned more about the pandemic, many decisions have remained in effect, and a few have been appropriately refined.
Now, as we turn our attention to autumn, we face additional important decisions about our life and ministry. Please click here to read descriptions of our way forward.
  • Town hall on Sunday at 7 p.m. Hear from staff and lay leaders about these decisions and our plans for fall programming. There will be time for questions and comments as well as opportunities to learn about ways to serve and participate in the life of the church. Click here for the Zoom link.

Announcement from Planning & Evaluation Board

We are called to be God's prophets,
Speaking for the truth and right;
Standing firm for godly justice,
Bringing evil into light.
Let us seek the courage needed,
Our high calling to fulfill,
That we all may know the blessing
Of the doing of God's will.

Verse 3, "We Are Called to Be God's People," James Gilbert

As our country and community begin to examine more deeply racial injustice and inequity, Covenant has an important opportunity to become more introspective in our own faith community. To help in this undertaking, the Planning & Evaluation Board ("P&E") has developed a Framework for Covenant's Response. The Framework is not meant to be all inclusive. Rather, it is meant to serve as a guide for us in our Christian response to racial injustice and racism.

Each Covenant Ministry is proposing at least three actions the Ministry will take to contribute to our church's response. Those actions are meant to be measurable and they will be conveyed to Session and the congregation in the near future.

Part of the Framework involves the appointment of a P&E task force to look specifically at art representations throughout our campus which can be seen as supportive of racial injustice or racism and to research the reasons for their inclusion in our buildings. The task force will report its findings to P&E which will report to, and make recommendations to, the Session.

By taking a comprehensive approach to identifying any racial inequities or racial injustices within the practices and structures of our church community, we believe we will be responding in an honest way to Jesus' teachings to love God and love neighbor. And, we trust these undertakings will deepen our own faith, both collectively and individually.

While the journey will not be easy or comfortable, it is the right course to take. We ask for your prayers and support.

Jerry W. Jernigan
Chair of P&E

Betty Graybeal
Vice Chair of P&E, Chair of the Task Force

Memorial service for Robert Pickard
Saturday at 1 p.m. via livestream
Covenant will remember the life of Robert Pickard, who passed away Aug. 22. You can leave a message in the comments section to be shared with Rob's beloved wife, Kathy, and members of the family.

Adult Sunday School explores Christian practices
9:30 a.m. via Zoom 
Explore practices of faith described in the New Testament. This week, we examine the concept of prophecy. 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.

Outdoor concert is full; next date is Sept. 20
Live music series on the Circle
The Sunday concert has reached capacity. You can click here to RSVP for the next performance on Sunday, Sept. 20. A carillon prelude at 5:45 p.m. is followed by instrumental programs. Please BYO chairs, a blanket and picnic if you wish. Please limit your registration to one concert so that everyone can have an opportunity.

Record a video for Open Table Talent Show 
Here's how to be in the show
A virtual talent show on the first night of Open Table on Sept. 9 will showcase a wider variety of performers than ever before. 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.
  • The deadline for submissions is Sept. 4.
  • Submit your clip to Jason Graffis via Dropbox here.

New! How to order a Grab-N-Go meal 
Pick up dinner beginning Wednesday, Sept. 9
Take home a meal for you and/or your family prepared by our kitchen staff. Here's how it will work:
  • Click here to see the menu and order online.
  • Opening Night menu features baked ziti (cheese or meat), green beans, garlic Texas Toast
    and oversized chocolate chip cookies
  • Meals are 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 Friday before pickup. There is 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.

Outdoor fitness class Thursdays at 9 a.m.                
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.

Get outside! Hiking group invites you                    
Morning and evening options
Join Covenant friends for fresh air and fellowship on family-friendly hikes. Next up is McAlpine Creek here in Charlotte on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m.  

This easy 3-mile hike will follow the gravel-surface Campbell Creek greenway to a shaded trail with a pond and marshlands. Groups are limited to 25 per session. Learn more and sign up here.

Help neighbors settle into their new homes                
Welcome bags are a gesture of hospitality
Help the mission team provide welcome bags to residents when they move into apartments in Mezzanine at Freedom. 

Click here to see the items suggested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership. You can either pick up a bag at the Welcome Center to fill and return by Aug. 31 or bring supplies and we will assemble for you. 

Census, voter registration drive coming up      
Ensure voices are heard
The missions team is also asking for volunteers for outdoor Census and voter registration events at the Mezzanine community in September. You can prepare snacks, serve as a greeter or help people complete forms. Click here to learn more and sign up.

Do gardening work for a good cause
In support of QC Family Tree
Our partners at QC Family Tree envision a community orchard to serve neighbors in Enderly Park.

A Covenant team led by Anne and Jimmy Davis uses rakes, shovels and hedge trimmers to turn this grand idea into reality. The effort happens Saturdays and Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m (before it gets too hot). You can sign up here.

Let us know about your college student
College Council is here to support you
Covenant supports 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 volunteers to be Secret Saints: This is a great opportunity for an individual or group. Sign up here.

It's a great time to connect with Young Adults
New season opens with multiple events
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.

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