October 14, 2020
In today's edition of One Takes, Bob seeks insights on persevering in difficult circumstances from Mitri Raheb, a Palestinian theologian who founded Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem. Mitri is a longtime mission partner and friend of Covenant.

Virtual stewardship celebration welcomes all
Monday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.
Join the Covenant community for an evening program to celebrate how our congregation is finding innovative ways to live out our mission.

Known in the past as the Elder Dinner, this event kicks off a stewardship campaign in support of the 2021 operating budget. Order a complimentary charcuterie board to pick up from the church on Oct. 26 and enjoy during the festivities.

Tonight: Hope in troubled times
Open Table at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
In a time of division, fear and injustice, consider the radical love of Jesus and how we are called to be agents of love in the world. Inspired by Bishop Michael Curry's new book, we'll identify daily practices to turn this call into action. Bishop Curry is head of the Episcopal Church and a respected voice on matters of ethics and morality.

  • Tonight – What is this Thing Called Love? Hosted by Grace Lindvall
  • Week Two – Oct. 21 - Love Isn’t Easy
  • Week Three – Oct. 28 – The Still More Excellent Way 
Tried a Grab-N-Go meal yet?
On the menu: Shepherd's pie
Our kitchen staff prepares meals available for pick-up on Wednesdays for you to re-heat in the oven at home.

  • Next week's menu: Shepherd's pie, brussels sprouts, cream of potato soup with bacon, bread pudding
  • Please order by noon on Friday. 
  • Curbside pickup is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the upper parking lot. 
  • Most of the disposable containers are recyclable.
Memorial service livestream for Reitzel Snider
Friday at 11 a.m.
Covenant will remember the life of Reitzel Snider, Jr., who passed away Oct. 10. As founder of Synco real estate investment firm, Reitzel helped lead the renewal of historic Fourth Ward and was an advocate for economic justice and equality. Messages left on the livestream chat will be shared with Vonda and the family. Click here to join via livestream.

The Sanctuary will be closed for prayer time on Friday due to the service.

Bike rodeo welcomes youngsters
Saturday in the Circle
A bike rodeo hosted by the Rec Wing welcomes all wheel types (scooters and skateboards, too!). The times are 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. for preschoolers to 2nd graders and 11 a.m. to noon for 3rd to 6th graders. 

  • Bike races
  • Obstacle course
  • Speed trials
  • Relay games

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New group for all who have lost a spouse
Under the magnolia tree on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Covenant's Surviving Our Spouses (SOS) group invites widows and widowers to a casual gathering called a "Mix-nic" under the magnolia tree outside the Fellowship Hall.

Bring your own lunch and drink. Tables, chairs and dessert will be provided, along with live music, a blessing from Bob Henderson and socially distanced mixing. Details here.

Hike in scenic nature preserve
Saturday, Oct. 24 and Wednesday, Oct. 28
Join the Fresh Air and Fellowship group for a hike through RibbonWalk Nature Preserve, a scenic park featuring a large beech tree grove and several species of birds and butterflies. Details and RSVP here.

Dress up for outdoor Halloween event
Saturday, Oct. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Drop by the church for a socially distanced trunk-or-treat event. Twelve vehicles will be decorated and parked in the upper parking lot with hosts to greet young people (and the young at heart). Click here to RSVP.

You can also reserve a Grab-N-Go meal to pick up while you're on campus.

How you can help: Please bring donations of large bags of individually wrapped, peanut-free candy to the Welcome Center before Oct. 26.  

Enjoy the fall weather, serve together with friends and support our partners as Covenant Impacts Charlotte responds to urgent needs in our community. The following projects have openings this week:

  • Spruce up the grounds around Hope Haven by planting fall flowers, raking leaves and completing other seasonal tasks.

Coffeehouse explores faith and money
Sunday at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom
Whether or not we like to admit it, money plays a big role in our lives, often shaping our career choices and social decisions. But how can we think more faithfully about it? Grab a cup of coffee and join Young Adults for a thoughtful and casual conversation. Click here to join live.

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A time for prayer on Election Night
Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 8 to 8:30 p.m.
For many, Election Night is a time of fear, hope, anxiety, joy and sadness. Join all five Covenant ministers as we pray together for our nation. This virtual event will last 30 minutes, allowing you to return to election coverage having grounded yourself in God's sustaining love. Click here for the Zoom link.
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