October 28, 2020
One Takes: Preparing our hearts, minds for election
Instead of being afraid this week, let's be thankful that we're part of a faith tradition and a church family that affirms that God alone is lord of the conscience. We can recognize that love, not unanimity of opinion, is the source of our unity.

Message from our stewardship chairs
Dear Covenant friends:

We chose the theme of perseverance for Covenant’s 2021 stewardship campaign. 

Hebrews 12:1 calls to us: “Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

Over the course of the next few weeks, we are inviting each of you to join us in this race. The neighbors, mission partners, families, students and members who depend on Covenant need to know that we are ready. We have a race to run and it’s going to take your commitment, time, talents and financial gifts to help us reach the finish line. 

You will receive more information in the mail this week and we hope you will join us on Sunday, Nov. 8 in worship to find out ways that you can run with perseverance!

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

Click here to order a T-shirt with this year's logo, designed by our own Ron Boozer.

Click here to watch highlights from the Stewardship Celebration on Monday night.

Katie and Lee Cornwell
2021 Stewardship Campaign Chairs

Church-wide First Sunday Talk: Faith and family life
Sunday at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom
Learn how your family can work on gratitude, forgiveness and compassion in difficult times. This talk by Dr. Robyn Lowery of Sanctuary Counselling Group is inclusive of all family types.

It's part of a series called Intersections on the relationship between faith and areas of life we often view through a secular lens. Click here for the Zoom link.

Election Night prayer gathering
Tuesday from 8 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom
All five Covenant ministers will offer prayers 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.

Tonight: Becoming agents of love in the world
Open Table at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
In the finale of a three-part series, 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.

  • Tonight – The Still More Excellent Way 

Next week: Cheryl Hoover leads cooking class
Open Table at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Our own Cheryl Hoover is a registered pharmacist, cancer survivor and expert on plant based nutrition. Cheryl's book Healthy Living for a Sharper Mind shares her "Pharmacy In Your Kitchen" philosophy to improve your overall health. 

  • Bonus offering: Hear a talk on addiction by Charles O’Dell of the Dilworth Center for Chemical Dependency. This Stephen Ministry event is open to all.

Grab-N-Go meals on Wednesday nights
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: Beef stew, broccoli, French onion soup, chocolate cake
  • 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.
How you can remember a loved one
Interactive opportunity for All Saints' Day
Sunday is All Saints' Day, a time to pause for communion and a remembrance of those at Covenant who entered the heavenly realm in the last 12 months. 

You are invited to come to the church on Friday 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! Hike in scenic nature preserve
We'll meet at 5 p.m. at RibbonWalk
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.

A few spots are left for trunk-or-treat
Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Please reserve a time slot for a socially distanced trunk-or-treat event featuring 12 vehicles decorated and parked in the upper parking lot. Hosts will be on hand to greet young people (and the young at heart). Click here to RSVP.

Young Adults to meet at Whitewater Center
Community meal is Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
We'll meet at the River's Edge Restaurant (outdoors) at 12:30 to pick up lunch. Afterward, feel free to hang around to hike, mountain bike, raft or use the zip line! Details and RSVP here.

Update on what's ahead for Preschool
Search committee seeks next director
Our commitment to providing a leading preschool remains unchanged. In just the past few months, we have re-aligned the Preschool’s reporting structure, placing it back into our overall educational ministry, as it was for many years.

We have also recruited a top-notch search committee to find our new Preschool Director. That search committee, along with the Covenant staff, will work closely with our new hire to assure a seamless re-start of the school.

This committee will be led by Lecia Shockley, an experienced teacher and long-time Covenant member. The rest of her committee will consist of Amy Capitano, Luke Askins and Lauren Scarboro.

Additionally, the Re-Opening Task Force and Personnel Committee are committed to opening Covenant's Preschool for the 2021-22 school year.. Please see the job posting here and help us spread the word to potential candidates. Click here for the full letter to families.

Evergreen wreath
Order a wreath in support of children's ministry
Wreaths available for pick-up Nov. 29
Yes, it's that time again! The annual wreath sale supports Covenant children's ministries. Please order by Wednesday, Nov. 11. Supplies are limited. Wreaths will be available for pick-up on the Green beginning Sunday, Nov. 29. 

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

  • Pumpkin Carving at Hope Haven. Enjoy seasonal fun on Friday afternoon with families at Hope Haven! Volunteers will share in pumpkin carving in a safe, socially distanced way. 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.
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 Urban Ministry Center.

Pack food boxes for neighbors in need
Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Join a crew to sort food in support of Loaves & Fishes, a local mission partner providing emergency aid to individuals and families in our community.

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