Nov. 11, 2020
The market is open! Purchase gifts of meaning while enhancing our church's mission endeavors around the world.

You can buy honor cards to support your favorite mission organization. The cards are beautifully designed by Covenant artists and depict the Nativity window, offering a sense of peace and hope for this Christmas season. 

In the online store, you'll find carefully chosen items - from fair trade olive oils to benefit our partners in Palestine to colorful masks in support of Renguti School in Kenya. Gifts will be available for pickup the week of Sunday, Dec. 6.

One Takes: Where do you find true satisfaction?
In today's edition of One Takes, Bob recommends four ideas to cultivate contentment in your life. Repeat the mantra: "It could be worse." Ask yourself: How long will something really make me happy? Practice gratitude. Identify the source of your satisfaction.

  • New podcast episode: In this week's edition of Old Stories/New Twists, Grace and Julia discuss the modern day relevance of the Prodigal Son. Listen here.

Preparing for Commitment Sunday on Nov. 22
This week in worship, Marilynn Mickle will speak on the culture of care that sustains us in times of need.

Marilynn helps lead Stephen Ministry, a team that listens, cares, encourages and prays with people going though difficult times.

Please consider Marilynn's story -- and others like it -- as you make your pledge.

  • Click here to pledge online and complete a Ways to Run in 2021 survey.

  • Click here to see a montage of faces and hear ways to creatively "Run with Covenant" in 2021.

  • Click here to see a T-shirt with a logo designed by our own Ron Boozer.

Thank you to all who have already pledged. We are grateful to run this race with you.

Katie and Lee Cornwell
2021 Stewardship Campaign Chairs

Tonight! New series with Katherine Kerr, Juliet Kuehnle
Open Table at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
In today's polarized climate, disagreements over politics and culture can lead to broken relationships with neighbors, friends, co-workers and even loved ones.

A two-part series will equip you to handle tough conversations with grace.

"It's not something that comes naturally to most of us," Katherine says. "But as followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to seek that still more excellent way -- not to weaponize our beliefs, but rather to shape our words and actions so the love of God will come through."

Discussions are led by Katherine and Juliet Kuehnle, a Covenant member and Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor.
Turkey and trimmings next week
Grab-N-Go meals available for curbside pickup
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: Sliced Turkey with Gravy, Green Beans, Cornbread Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin & Roasted Apple with Bacon Soup, Rolls, Sweet Potato Pie
  • Please order by noon on Friday. 
  • Curbside pickup is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the upper parking lot. 

Sanctuary will host Vespers services during Advent
15-minute gatherings on Mondays at noon
Covenant welcomes you to the Sanctuary for 15-minute services of readings, music and ritual observances. Services will be live-streamed and replayed at 9 p.m. Attendees are asked to wear masks while on campus. See the schedule here.

  • 2020 Advent devotional: Sign up here to subscribe to Waiting with Hope, a daily e-devotion written by members of the Covenant community.

Evergreen wreath
Today is last day to order a wreath
Wreaths available for pick-up Nov. 29
The annual wreath sale supports Covenant children's ministries. Wreaths will be available for pick-up on the Green beginning Sunday, Nov. 29. 

  • Pick up times are Sunday, Nov. 29 from noon to 1 and 4:30 to 5:30 and Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 5 to 6 p.m. 

Today! Wreath-making event on Zoom
5 p.m. via Zoom
Gather up the children and join Kim Lee to make homemade Advent wreaths. Heather Potter, director of traditional music, will join us to introduce the Advent wreath response we will hear in worship.

What you'll need: A waffle, cookie or piece of fruit (anything circular), greenery from the backyard and four candles.

Memorial service for Ann Blinn
Thursday at 10 a.m. via livestream
Covenant will remember the life of Ann Blinn, who died Oct. 18 at Sharon Towers. Ann worked as a financial consultant for TIAA-CREF in Charlotte. Click here to join via livestream.

Hike with Covenant folks at Reedy Creek
Options are Saturday morning and Wednesday evening
Join Covenant folks for a 3-mile hike through shaded woods and by creeks and ponds. We’ll stop at the ruins of the Robinson Rockhouse, believed to have been built in 1790. Learn more and RSVP here.

Coffeehouse explores faith, career choices
Sunday at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom
We’re all thinking about our careers. What do we want to do? How do we want to progress? How do we decide what’s next? Grab a cup of coffee and join us on Zoom as we explore this topic from the perspective of faith. Click here to join live.

Young Adults will host Friendsgiving
Sunday, Nov. 22 from 3 to 5 p.m.
A festive gathering includes a service project for our neighbors at Hope Haven. Bring a big portion of your favorite Thanksgiving side dish and we’ll work together to make 150 meals for those in need. We’ll enjoy music, fire pits, dessert and hot cider. Space is limited. Click here to RSVP.

Giving Tree awaits your generosity
Take an ornament, purchase gift for child in need
The Highland Giving Tree - now set up in the Welcome Center - is a way to support children at Highland, our CMS partner school.

  • Stop by to pick an ornament from the tree.
  • Purchase a toy and book suggested on the tag.
  • Wrap both items together (no gift bags, please).
  • Attach entire tag to gift.
  • Return gifts with ornament and tag back to the tree by Monday, Nov. 30.
  • For questions, contact Julia Watkins.

Prepare to-go meals for Moore Place Thanksgiving
Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Covenant will continue a cherished tradition by cooking, assembling and delivering 140 holiday meals to our friends at Moore Place, a transitional housing community.

You can deliver prepared food items in advance or join us on Nov. 24 to serve on the assembly crew. Sign up here.

How Room in the Inn is pivoting
Churches asked to provide bagged lunches
While churches are not hosting guests this year, Covenant’s partners at Roof Above will increase the number of shelter beds to meet increased demand in colder weather.

Volunteers are needed to prepare bagged lunches. If your group (i.e. Bible study, small group, Women’s Circle, etc.) would like to coordinate lunches together one week, please contact Lynn Morrow.

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