Feb. 3, 2021
In today's edition of One Takes, Bob reflects on Dr. Howard Thurman, an author, theologian and civil rights leader who co-founded The Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples. It was the nation’s first interracial interfaith congregation.

“Whatever may be the tensions and the stresses of a particular day," Thurman wrote, "there is always lurking close at hand the trailing beauty of forgotten joy or unremembered peace."

See what's ahead for Covenant in the latest e-edition of Covenant News, including these highlights:

  • Message from Bob
  • Mid-day Lenten worship
  • Meet our next pastoral residents

Making service a spiritual practice
Tonight at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom
When you're feeling down or frustrated, ask yourself -- what have you done for someone else today? Serving is just about the quickest way to turn around a bad mood.

So says Jordan Benoit, a Covenant member who will speak tonight at Open Table on the idea of service as a spiritual practice.

As a child growing up in rural Tennessee, Jordan helped her parents deliver Meals on Wheels to elderly neighbors. She decided to become a teacher.

"Service reminds me that I am not the center of the universe," she says. "I feel like that is the way God wants us to view and move through the world."
Update from Re-Opening Task Force
Guidelines extended to March 7
The state of North Carolina and Mecklenburg County have extended their recommended guidelines until Feb. 28. In order to comply with the directive and to make it easier to plan ahead, the church's Re-Opening Task Force has extended the suspension of in-person group activities until March 7.

First Sunday Talk with Lucy Wambua
Sunday at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom
How does education fit into the Christian faith? What does it look like in another country and culture? Hear from a longtime friend of Covenant who serves as director of Renguti School, our mission partner near Nairobi. Learn more here.

Food drive on Super Bowl Sunday
Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. on the Circle
Middle school youth will host a food drive in support of Loaves & Fishes. Please pull up in the Circle and a middle schooler will help you.

Priority needs are canned meat and fruit, low sugar cereal, pasta and low sodium vegetables. No glass please.
Grab-N-Go offers Valentine's Day dinner
Ziti, caprese salad, tiramisu
Stop by the church on Wednesdays for prepared meals to heat in the oven at home. February specials are chicken Caesar salad, pimiento cheese by the pound and sugar cookies. Here's a look at upcoming menus:

Feb. 10: "Sweethearts Dinner" with baked ziti (cheese or meat), caprese salad, garlic bread, Italian wedding soup, cannolis, mini tiramisu

Feb. 17: Meatloaf, mac & cheese, squash casserole, cornbread muffins, fire roasted vegetable soup, apple pie

Feb. 24: Smothered Boneless Pork Chops, Risotto, Green Beans, Butternut Squash Bisque Soup, Strawberry Shortcake

Show some love for teacher heroes
Next brunch is Thursday, Feb. 11
Please contribute food, drinks, flowers and notes to welcome back educators and remind them how much we appreciate their work at Highland, our CMS partner school.

Bag lunches for Room in the Inn
Next date is Feb. 22
This year, churches are not hosting guests, as has historically been the case. Instead, Covenant’s partners at Roof Above will add shelter beds to provide safe lodging.

In support, Covenant's mission team invites you to donate snacks, fruit and water bottles for our turn in the monthly rotation. 

Blood drive responds to vital need
Sunday, Feb. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon
Your donation is vital as hospitals face shortages of blood due to the COVID-19 crisis. Please adhere to our social distancing efforts.

  • Click here to contact Covenant member Louise Rogers for questions.

College students can apply for internship
Competitive pay, leadership experience
Through the church's People in Mission program, students work with a local nonprofit and share the journey with peers via weekly guided conversations. Pay is competitive. Apply by Feb. 15. Learn more and apply here.

CDC Assistant Teacher and Floater
Covenant’s Child Development Center is a year-round program for children from six weeks to five years old. Our mission is providing high quality child care and education to children from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more here.

Congregational Notes
births, weddings, in memoriam