Dec. 16, 2020
One Takes: A permanent home
In today's One Take, David Frost shares his family's life-changing journey with the Mecklenburg County Foster Care System. "As I reflect on those two years," David says, "I can see how God used that time to form a new extended family for us and for the girls; a family only God could bring together." Read David's devotion here.



How to worship with us on Christmas Eve
Timeslots added for on-campus festivities
The Covenant campus will be alive with music, lights, decorations, animals and contemplative time in the Sanctuary.

Make plans to spend some time at our church home during the day before returning to your own home for Christmas Eve livestream worship at 5 and 8 p.m.
 
Take-home bags are available at the Welcome Center with candles and communion elements to use during livestream worship. You can sign up below to walk through, drive through or pick up a bag in advance. 

Katie and Lee Cornwell, our 2021 stewardship chairs, gave an update in Sunday worship on the progress of the campaign.

To date, we have received 390 pledges totaling $2.27 million, or 75 percent of our goal. The Session will adopt a budget in January with the necessary adjustments. Your commitment makes it possible for:

  • Our mission teams to serve hungry people in our own city and throughout the world; 

  • Worship services to claim God’s covenant promises and offer hope and guidance through these uncharted waters.

  • Care teams to personally reach out to every member and deliver care packages to those most isolated.



Where we stand with 2020 budget
How Covenant can finish the year whole
Many have fulfilled your 2020 pledges early and, for that, we are deeply grateful. Between now and the end of the year, we are counting on receiving just over $400,000 of yet-to-be fulfilled pledges as part of achieving our annual budget.

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 Virginia Rumbley or 704-804-7576.

Church directories have arrived
Stop by to pick up a copy
Pictorial directories are available in the Welcome Center for those who were photographed for the directory. New images will be uploaded to the online directory. If you did not have a photo taken and would like to purchase a directory for $10, please contact Lora Borrelli.



Service for wholeness and healing
Tonight at 7 p.m. via livestream
Amid holiday celebrations, many of us struggle with hard realities of grief, illness and unfulfilled dreams. A candlelight service led by Katherine Kerr is intended to bring comfort and re-center our focus. Join us for reflection, words and stirring music as we seek peace in the good news of Emmanuel. 
Young Adults host virtual Christmas gathering
Thursday at 7 p.m.
This event is open to all and promises to be a wonderful and safe pause within this Christmas season! During the festivities, we'll see the work of students at Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem.

Our own Dr. Suzanne Henderson, a board member of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, will be on hand to help us learn about life as a young adult in the Holy Land. Learn more here.



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YA Coffeehouse explores faith, friendships
Sunday at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom
Friendships make life better. But what role does faith play in them? Can our faith make us better friends? And why – despite our many connections – is it so hard to make real friendships? Learn more here.
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.





Pam Smith accepts new position
Best wishes to front desk receptionist
Pam Smith has resigned her position as receptionist to join Donate Life North Carolina as the Manager of Multicultural Initiatives. Her last day is Dec. 31. Pam says: “It has been an immense pleasure and a blessing to work with the wonderful and hard-working staff, greet the children and youth at the Child Development Center and Epiphany School, and interact with the loving and cordial members of Covenant.”

Please join us in giving thanks for Pam's service among us. She promises to stay in touch and visit as she is able. 


Need a last-minute gift idea?
Last chance to purchase honor cards
Make a gift in honor of a loved one. Honor cards must be purchased today if mailed to you and Dec. 23 if you pick up at Covenant. These gifts are 100% tax deductible and appear on giving statements.





How we're responding to hunger crisis
Join a sorting crew 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.





Plan ahead for next Operation Sandwich
First Mondays every month
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.





Bag lunches for winter shelter guests
Volunteers invited to assemble at the church
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 winter shelter guests, 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.




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
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Congregational Notes
births, weddings, in memoriam