October 21, 2020
Covenant’s Session and staff are making every effort to sustain — and, in many cases, enhance — the vitality of our congregation’s life. Worship, though online, continues to be compelling. Our global and local outreach efforts have pivoted. Education and Congregational Care efforts are even more vital. Click here for an update.

Virtual stewardship celebration welcomes all
Monday at 7 p.m.
You'll get a behind-the-scenes look at virtual worship and meet people whose lives have been touched by Covenant over the past eight months.

This church-wide program, known in the past as the Elder Dinner, kicks off a stewardship campaign chaired by Katie and Lee Cornwell in support of the 2021 operating budget.

How you can prepare for All Saints' Day
Interactive opportunity to remember loved ones
On All Saints' Day, Sunday, Nov. 1, we pause for communion and a remembrance of those at Covenant who entered the heavenly realm in the last 12 months. 

In preparation for this occasion, you are invited to come to the church on Friday, Oct. 30 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. to place a flower in memory of a loved one. You can write on a prayer board and visit the Sanctuary for personal prayer time beginning at 10 a.m.

The flowers will be placed on fabric panels and moved to the columbarium over the weekend. There will be flowers available on Sunday for people to place as well.

Tonight: Wisdom from Bishop Michael Curry
Open Table at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Consider the radical love of Jesus and how we are called to be agents of love in the world. We'll identify daily practices to turn this call into action with help from a respected voice on matters of ethics and morality.

  • Tonight – Love Isn’t Easy
  • Next week – The Still More Excellent Way 
Pick up a Grab-N-Go meal from the kitchen
See weekly menus through November
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: Broccoli chicken casserole, roasted potatoes, minestrone soup, rice krispy treats
  • 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.
This week! Hike in scenic nature preserve
Saturday morning and Wednesday evening
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 trunk-or-treat at the church
Saturday, Oct. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m.
A socially distanced trunk-or-treat event features 12 vehicles 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 Grab-N-Go pizza 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 Monday.  

First Sunday Talk: Faith and family life
Sunday, Nov. 1 at 9:30 a.m.
With a series called Intersections, we're exploring the relationship between faith and areas of life we often view through a secular lens. Join us via Zoom on the first Sunday of every month.

  • Up next: Dr. Robyn Lowery of Sanctuary Counselling Group shares how families can work on gratitude, forgiveness and compassion. This talk is inclusive of all family types.

Election 2020 in the USA. Variety Of Presidential Election Buttons on American flag
Ministers will lead prayer time on Election Night
Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 8 to 8:30 p.m.
All five Covenant ministers will pray together for our nation during a 30-minute virtual gathering, allowing you to return to election coverage having grounded yourself in God's sustaining love. Click here for the Zoom link.

Young Adults Pop Up: Can it get any worse?
Sunday at 7 p.m. via Zoom
Every year before Halloween, Young Adults hosts a special educational offering on the spooky sides of Christian theology. This year’s event looks at Presbyterian views on the end times. What do we actually believe? Find out by joining here.

Young Adults Bible Study set to kick off
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
This new small group is open to anyone interested in a monthly opportunity to study Scripture together. Our first session features religion professor Suzanne Watts Henderson, PhD - an expert on Mark's Gospel. Contact Ruffin Sykes to get connected.

Ten days are left to serve together with friends and support our partners as Covenant Impacts Charlotte responds to urgent needs. The following projects have openings:

  • March to the Polls. Join with QC Family Tree to learn more about issues affecting Charlotte’s Historic West End, then walk to the polls. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Pumpkin Carving at Hope Haven. Enjoy seasonal fun with families at Hope Haven! Volunteers will share in pumpkin carving in a safe, socially distanced way. Oct. 30; 4-6 p.m.; Hope Haven (3815 N Tryon St); Ages 10+

A reminder about donations: We are collecting donations of new or gently used twin sheet sets, pillows, books (especially for children), non-perishable food items, and welcome bags for the Mezzanine apartments.
Needed: Guest readers for Zoom Read-a-Thon
Tuesday, Oct. 27 with Highland students
The missions team is seeking guest readers for Highland's annual Read-a-Thon -- happening live via Zoom. Please sign up by Thursday for the event, which is planned for Tuesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. You can sign up for a 15-minute timeslot here.

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