Dec. 23, 2020
One Takes: Choosing kindness
In today's One Take, Leah Fischer talks about becoming a first-time mom and finding fulfillment in simple gestures of kindness. "Sometimes the best moments that bring us hope are not life-changing events. Instead they are smaller, everyday events that we often take for granted," she says. Read Leah's devotion here.

Christmas Eve at Covenant
Online worship at 5 and 8 p.m.
Christmas Eve at Covenant promises to be a meaningful time of reverence and celebration.

For those visiting campus, please arrive at the beginning of your 30-minute timeslot and plan to be on campus for about 20 minutes. You may want to bring an umbrella - this is a rain or shine event!

Gather for Christmas Eve worship featuring traditional carols, readings, Communion and the lighting of the Christmas candle at 5 and 8 p.m. via livestream. See the bulletin here.

Click here to learn about this year's Christmas Eve Offering.
Watch children's Christmas Eve Nativity
9:30 a.m. via livestream
The telling of the Nativity is a milestone for our Kindergarteners -- and an adorable way for us all to experience the Christmas spirit.

Invite friends and family for this year's unique portrayal of the familiar story. You can watch here.

As we look toward the future, your resilience will help Covenant emerge from this pandemic stronger than before. Support our church's work in 2021 and live into all God wants us to be.

To date, we have received 440 pledges totaling $2,556,540, or 82 percent of our $3,100,000 goal. The Session will adopt a budget in January with the necessary adjustments.

We are grateful to be part of this community with you. Thank you for your commitment.

One week left to make your giving count in 2020
How Covenant can finish the year whole
Many have fulfilled your 2020 pledges early and, for that, we are deeply grateful. As of last week, Covenant needed $400,000 of giving in order for our operating budget to end the year whole. 

To be deductible in 2020, your gift must be received or postmarked prior to midnight on Dec. 31. Church offices are open until 5 p.m. For questions, please contact Bill Keith or call 704-804-7575;

First Sunday Talk: Faith and business
Sunday, Jan. 3 at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom
Hear from a panel of entrepreneurial Covenant members who have started their own unique businesses. They'll share how their faith shapes how they run their businesses, serve their customers and make decisions. Learn more here.

  • Jessica Hindman: An architect and entrepreneur, Jessica leads an award-winning full service single family residential design firm specializing in renovations and additions.

  • Hugh Gaither: Founder and CEO of Feetures, the leading running sock brand in the United States.

  • Lauren Heald: President of Hot Shots Distributing, the leading distributor of hot sauce and spicy food products to U.S. retailers.

Update on Rec Wing
We will pivot to remote programs
The Rec Wing will remain closed until March based on recommendations from infectious disease experts and our Re-Opening Task Force.

"We are sad that we won’t be able to serve you in the building, but as the church has proven, we are more than just a building," said Rec Wing Director Kevin Harper. "With a defined timeline, we can focus on bringing you programming to serve your needs on other platforms."

Look for news on upcoming activities in next week's Windows. Thank you for your understanding and know that we are looking forward to the day we can gather in person. 

Needed: Texas Hash, desserts for meal next week
We're providing dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 29
Do some holiday cooking on behalf of others by preparing Texas Hash casseroles and/or individual desserts for Roof Above (formerly the Men's Shelter). Covenant is providing dinner and we need you to help fill the freezer! You can drop off at the Fellowship Hall patio today from 11 a.m. to noon or during the church's regular hours.

Plan ahead for next Operation Sandwich
First Mondays every month - next date is Jan. 4
The missions team invites you to make 25 sandwiches and bring them to Covenant. Julia and Lucy will be outside to collect and deliver directly to Roof Above's day services center. Bottled water is also needed.

Prepare bag lunches for shelter guests
We'll assemble meals at the church Jan. 4
This year, churches are not hosting guests on our campuses. Instead, Roof Above will add shelter beds to meet increased demand in colder weather.

In support of this new approach, Covenant will provide bag lunches weekly. Volunteers are invited to assemble those lunches on Covenant's campus. We also need volunteers to deliver lunches and to donate fruit, snacks and water bottles.

Help respond to our city's hunger crisis
Sort with us Jan. 12 at Loaves & Fishes
Food insecurity will affect nearly 1 in 5 North Carolina residents in 2020. Loaves & Fishes has launched temporary mobile pantries across the city. Covenant folks can sort food on a monthly basis from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
This part-time position provides administrative support to church staff and performs front-office duties that include greeting all visitors and guests arriving in the Welcome Center and managing incoming phone calls. Learn more here.

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