Dec. 2, 2020
One Takes: Our struggle with impatience
In today's One Take, Bob talks about impatience with Bruce Chapman, author of the daily devotion for today. Too often, Bruce says, our culture associates waiting with standing in line at the store or sitting in rush hour traffic.

"Impatience threatens our undoing," Bruce writes. "Advent prescribes not senseless waiting, but eager, expectant waiting -- anticipating the fulfillment of God’s promised grace." Read Bruce's devotion here.
The stewardship campaign is nearing the 2021 starting line and there’s still a place for YOU in this race. To date, we’ve received 330 pledges totaling $1.9 million. We need your help to reach our $3.1 million goal.  

To make your commitment to Covenant’s race, you can click on one of the options above or the QR code at right.
Katie and Lee Cornwell
Chairs, 2021 Stewardship Campaign

A beloved tradition goes virtual tonight as 100+ children gather online for cocoa, card-making, caroling and story time. All are welcome! To participate, you'll need cookie dough, frosting, sprinkles, blank holiday cards and markers.

Share photos of your Christmas decor
We'll create a montage for worship
Send us photos of candles and Advent wreaths as well as Christmas trees, snow villages, yard decorations and whatever else you're putting up - it can be the decorations and/or you putting them up! Click here to submit.

Pushing back against the do-it-all culture
Sunday at 9:30 a.m. with Dr. Nate Stucky
What does it mean to rest? Why do we struggle so badly with it? Busyness is a sickness of the soul shaped by ongoing resume-building, constant digital communication and unceasing activity.

So says Dr. Nate Stucky, a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary. Nate will show us how to see rest as a faithful practice within a busy world. This talk might be particularly helpful for parents, youth and young adults. Click here for more.

Memorial service for Tom Wilson
Friday at 1 p.m. via livestream
A memorial service will celebrate the life of Tom Wilson, who died peacefully this past Friday.

Tom was a decorated World War II veteran who loved camping in the mountains and listening to folk music. Messages posted on the worship chat will be compiled and shared with the family. You can access the livestream here.

Get moving at first ever Field Day
Saturday morning outside Rec Wing
In keeping with the Run With Perseverance stewardship theme, the Rec Wing invites children to outdoor fitness events as part of our first ever Field Day. Click here to register.

  • K to 2nd graders at 10:45 a.m.
  • 3rd to 6th graders at 11:40 a.m.

Blood drive responds to vital need
Sunday in Fellowship Hall
Your donation is needed more than ever as hospitals face shortages of blood due to the COVID-19 crisis. Please make an appointment as part of our social distancing efforts.

  • Click here to contact Covenant member Louise Rogers for questions.

Mid-day worship at noon on Mondays
Weekly readings, music in the Sanctuary
Come to the Sanctuary for 15 minutes of readings, music and ritual observances. These services are also available via livestream. They are re-broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Details here.

Please check in at the Welcome Center and wear a mask while visiting campus.

2nd Monday in Advent (Dec. 7) – Serenitye Taylor
  • Opening Organ Music: My Lord, What a Morning – R. Bellingham
  • Scripture Readings: Isaiah 40:1-11 (OT) Mark 1: 1-8 (NT)
  • Hymn: Prepare the Way O Zion

Personal prayer time in Sanctuary
Please note changes to schedule
The Sanctuary will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for time in prayer and contemplation. The adjusted times (for the next 7 days only) are due to events taking place in the space.

Next week: Drive-in outdoor movie night
Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m.
A special night of Open Table features The Star, a Christian comedy about a small but brave donkey, three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals. Grab-N-Go BBQ and chicken sandwiches are available.

  • Music opportunity: On this night, Covenant Choir will host a caroling drive-through from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Roll down your windows and drive slowly around the Circle to hear carolers lining the drive.
Join TLC for virtual visit to Biltmore House
Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 10:30 a.m.
Covenant's active adults group hosts virtual Christmas festivities followed by a tour of holiday traditions at Biltmore House. We'll conclude with carols led by our own Heather Potter. The first 30 people to register will receive Christmas treat bags. Register with Michelle Williamson by Friday.

Hiking group will visit Evergreen Nature Preserve
Saturday, Dec. 12 at 9 a.m.
Enjoy a leisurely hike at Evergreen Nature Preserve, an urban hardwood forest preserve with a stream and trails. It's haven for migratory birds. The 2021 hiking schedule is now posted! See details and RSVP here.

How Room in the Inn is pivoting
Volunteers needed to provide bagged lunches
While churches are not hosting guests this year, Covenant’s partners at Roof Above (formerly Men's Shelter of Charlotte) will add shelter beds to meet increased demand in colder weather. Volunteers are needed to prepare bagged lunches.

If you or your group (i.e. Bible study, small group, Women’s Circle, etc.) would like to coordinate lunches together one week, contact Lynn Morrow.

Cookies for guests in winter shelter
Deliver to the church on Monday, Dec. 21
Our partners at Roof Above are asking for donations of cookies to serve guests at the winter overflow shelter. Cookies may be provided in sandwich bags or wrapped in Saran wrap.

Operation Sandwich is next week
Deliver to the church on Monday
The missions team invites you to make 25 sandwiches and bring them to Covenant on Monday from 10 to 10:15 a.m. Julia and Lucy will be outside to collect and deliver directly to Roof Above's day services center. Bottled water is also needed.

Help children select gifts for their parents
Urban Promise's Joy of Giving initiative
We can make it possible for children to find gifts for their parents and guardians at Christmas. This program is led by Urban Promise, a mission partner that works in Charlotte's historically under-served communities.

It's an exciting day for children to experience the joy of giving by selecting small gifts. Street Leaders teach the students about God's boundless generosity and then help students package their gifts. Learn more and sign up here.

A way to applaud teachers at Highland
Brunch is Monday, Dec. 14
Let's embrace those who nurture and educate students tirelessly and steadfastly day after day.

You can contribute food, drinks, flowers or notes for staff at our CMS partner school to enjoy a light breakfast and simple reminder of our admiration. Please leave items in the Welcome Center bin by noon on Friday, Dec. 11. See list of needs here.

Women's coat drive supports Dove's Nest
Bin available in Welcome Center
New and gently used coats for women will be collected for Dove's Nest, a recovery program through Charlotte Rescue Mission. Please place coats in the marked bin in the Welcome Center through Dec. 13. For questions, contact Janet Delery.

Collecting holiday cards, 2021 calendars
For Crisis, Center of Hope, Moore Place
Contribute 2021 calendars and new greeting/Christmas cards for neighbors in need. Drop off at the collection bin in the Rec Wing through January. We collected over 400 calendars last year. For questions, contact Jane H. Taylor.

Guide to Advent season
click image for full schedule
Congregational Notes
births, weddings, in memoriam