October 7, 2020
In today's edition of One Takes, Bob shares ways to deal with conflict, particularly at a time when many are experiencing COVID-19 fatigue and strong feelings over politics.

  • Ask God's blessings on the person with whom you are having a conflict.
  • View the space between stimulus and response as a place of freedom.
  • When you engage, kneel in humility even as you stand with gentle conviction.

New podcast episode is out
In this week's episode, Grace and Bob find hope for troubled times in the story of Jesus turning water into wine. Listen now on Spotify.

Tonight: Saying no to habits, yes to God
6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Feeling overwhelmed? Be still in the midst of chaos and say "no" to certain habits in order to tend to your soul. 

Gail Henderson-Belsito, director of congregational care and worship at Caldwell Presbyterian Church, will show us how to be still and "no," knowing that God is still doing what only God can do. 
Order a Grab-N-Go meal for next week
On the menu: Chicken salad, tomato bisque
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: Chicken salad, pasta salad, fruit salad, croissants, tomato bisque soup and chocolate chip cookies
  • 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.
Starting next week: Hope in troubled times
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
A three-week study explores the book Love Is The Way by Bishop Michael Curry, head of the Episcopal Church and a respected voice on matters of ethics and morality.

  • Week One – Oct. 14 – What is this Thing Called Love?
  • Week Two – Oct. 21 - Love Isn’t Easy
  • Week Three – Oct. 28 – The Still More Excellent Way 
Memorial service for Jim Morton
Saturday at 10:30 a.m. via livestream
Covenant will remember the life of Jim Morton, who died on Oct. 1. You can leave a message in the comments section to be shared with Marcia and the family.

Jim found his greatest fulfillment as a member of Covenant. An active member for over five decades, there was never a call he did not answer. View the service here.

Blood donor
Church will host blood drive
Sunday appointments from 10 a.m. to noon
Your donation is needed more than ever as hospitals face shortages of blood due to the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Click here to contact Covenant member Louise Rogers for questions.
Get insights on self-care during pandemic
Sunday at 7 p.m. via Zoom
Discover new ways to practice physical and mental wellness in the age of coronavirus. Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea, PhD, of Presbyterian Psychological Services will speak about stress, isolation and self-care. Details here.

Relive your drive-in movie days with TLC
Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Watch the film Seabiscuit on the big screen in Covenant's upper parking lot. You may listen on your car radio or sit outside and listen with our speakers. Wear a mask and maintain social distancing when outside. Please RSVP to Michelle Williamson or call 704-804-7560 by Friday.

Travel - Learn - Connect is an active group of adults who enjoy learning and travel (and good food).

New group for all who have lost a spouse
Sunday, Oct. 18 at 12:30 p.m.
Covenant's Surviving Our Spouses (SOS) group invites widows and widowers to a casual gathering under the magnolia tree outside the Fellowship Hall.

Bring your own lunch and drink. Tables, chairs and dessert will be provided, along with live music, a blessing from Bob Henderson and socially distanced mixing. Details here.

Bike rodeo welcomes youngsters
Saturday, Oct. 17 in the Circle
New date! A bike rodeo welcomes all ages and wheel types (scooters and skateboards, too!). The times are 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. for preschoolers to 2nd graders and 11 a.m. to noon for 3rd to 6th graders. 

  • Bike races
  • Obstacle course
  • Speed trials
  • Relay games

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Hiking group will visit nature preserve
Saturday, Oct. 24 and Wednesday, Oct. 28
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.

Covenant Impacts Charlotte spans October, kicking off a stewardship campaign in support of the 2021 operating budget. Choose as many projects as you like! Happening this week:

  • Work in Crisis Assistance Ministry Free Store. Sign up here.
  • Assemble Welcome Baskets for Charlotte Family Housing. Sign up here.
  • Prepare lunches for 15 children learning at QC Family Tree's Tiny School (a pod school for children in Enderly Park). Sign up here.
A way to lift up educator heroes
Teacher brunch on Monday at Highland
Teachers and staff are returning to Highland Renaissance Academy. Let's embrace those who nurture and educate students at our CMS partner school.
You are invited to contribute breakfast items, flowers and notes. Items can be homemade or store-bought, but please individually wrap. Details here.

See what's happening with little ones
Update from Director Chris Callaway
From crawling to climbing, see how children are growing in Covenant's Child Development Center, which publishes a monthly e-newsletter. Read it here.

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