March 3, 2021
In today's edition of One Takes, Bob reflects on a Lenten devotion written by Beth Koonce. One of life's elusive challenges is translating what we know into what we do and who we become. As Fred Craddock says, sometimes the longest trip we can take is from the head to the heart.

See a schedule of Lenten season opportunities as well as an important update on the capital campaign For A Whole Community.

Mid-day worship offers moment of peace
Noon music, readings and rituals
Music, readings and ritual observances will enrich the Lenten journey. These 15-minute livestream services are rebroadcast on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. 

Today, Julia Watkins explores the theme of "Expand" with readings from Psalm 63:1-8 and Philippians 1:3-11.

Bob and Grace lead tonight's Bible study
Focus: Leaning into what we don't yet know
Open Table resumes at 7:30 p.m. as Covenant ministers prepare our hearts and minds for the Lenten journey. There will be time for questions and small group breakouts.

Tonight: Grace and Bob - Expand - Leaning into what we don’t yet know 
Week three: Grace and Julia - Community - Leaning into others
Week four: Grace and Bob - Accept - Leaning into change
Week five: Grace and Serenitye - Wonder - Leaning into hope
Week six: Grace and Ian - Leaning into Holy Week

First Sunday Talk: Faith and music
Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Dr. Martin Tel's love for music began in a dairy barn in rural Washington State, where he heard his father belt out psalms and hymns while milking the cows. 

Sam Burchfield grew up on Appalachian music and made an album called Graveyard Flower to reconnect to the roots that raised him.

What do Martin and Sam have in common? A shared love for the craft and a willingness to talk with Heather Potter on Sunday about how music can inform our faith journeys.

Matt Garfield to depart staff
Communications director accepts new role
Matt Garfield has resigned his position as Director of Communications effective March 19. Matt has accepted a new opportunity in the communications field.

Matt joined Covenant in May 2016 and through these almost five years has played key roles in our Capital Campaign, website redevelopment and the recent switch to virtual worship and programming. 

"What an eventful five years it has been for Covenant – and for me," Matt said. "I’m proud of how we shared the Covenant story and produced meaningful change in areas like racial justice, housing and education. I’m especially proud of my friendships with colleagues and church members. I hope that our work will have lasting value for the church. I know it will for me."
Please join us in thanking Matt for his time and service among us and wishing him well in his next endeavors.

Sign up to visit campus on Easter Weekend
A day of music, art, baby animals
This Easter, the Covenant campus welcomes you to a celebration of new life, including vibrant music, art, a menagerie of baby animals and contemplative time in the Sanctuary.

While plans for the day remain fluid, you are invited to sign up below for your family (however you define family, in groups of up to 12 people) for fellowship and festivity.

How you can be part of Palm Sunday
Share photos for worship montage
Be part of Palm Sunday and commemorate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Here's our invitation:

  • Take a photo of you and/or a loved one holding a palm branch or piece of greenery/branch.
  • Send us your pictures with the subject line "Palm Pics." 
  • Your images will appear in a virtual palm processional during the opening hymn. 

Record yourself saying the Lord's Prayer
Add to cacophony of voices
Add your voice to a presentation of the Lord's Prayer that has become a hallmark of Sunday worship. All are invited. Contact Heather Potter for instructions to get started.

Flower deliveries will lift up seniors
Needed: Volunteers to assemble and deliver
Thank you to all who contributed jars and vases to hold floral arrangements that we will deliver to older members. A drop-off bin is available until tomorrow in the Welcome Center.

On March 18, you're invited to bring bunches of flowers to the church, assemble bouquets and deliver to homes in a contact-free fashion. Please click here to learn more and sign up.
See March menus for Grab-N-Go
Prepared meals on Wednesdays
The kitchen staff offers prepared meals to heat in the oven at home. March specials are Greek salad with chicken, Italian pasta salad by the pound, rolls and cookies.

March 10: Chicken cacciatore with bow tie pasta, spaghetti squash, lobster bisque soup, garlic bread, cheesecake

March 17: Shepherd's pie, Brussels sprouts, loaded baked potato soup, bread pudding

March 24: Taco casserole, black beans & rice, chicken tortilla soup, churros

March 31: Sliced ham, collard greens, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, chili, cornbread muffins, molten lava cake

Freedom School asks for volunteers
Sort materials in preparation for summer
Freedom School Partners seeks volunteers to help prepare materials for summer in the Latrobe warehouse at 3605 Latrobe Drive, Suite D. The dates are:

  • Friday, March 5 – 1 to 3 p.m. – 3 people 
  • Friday, March 12 – 1 to 3 p.m. – 3 people 
  • Friday, March 19 – 1 to 3 p.m. – 3 people 

Please click here to sign up for a timeslot. You can contact Beth Koonce if you have any questions.  

Highland asks for math tutors
Work with a student once a week for an hour
Math tutors needed: Many have asked what we can do to support students returning to in-person learning. Good news! HEART Math Tutoring will be offered at Highland virtually from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. once a week. 

To express interest, please contact Marilynn Mickle, who is helping to coordinate the program.

Highland Heroes Appreciation Brunch: Contribute food, drinks, flowers or a note of encouragement so that staff may enjoy a light breakfast on Monday, March 22. Learn more and sign up here.

Assemble lunches for Room in the Inn
Spots available on Monday, March 22
Once a month, volunteers meet at Covenant to assemble lunches in a safe, socially distant manner. We also need volunteers to deliver lunches and to donate fruit, snacks and water bottles.

We'll make more lunches to serve folks who were living in Tent City and have recently moved into hotels. Learn more and sign up here.

Join the crew at Loaves & Fishes
Pack food boxes for neighbors in need
Since Covenant volunteers have responded so enthusiastically to food sorting shifts, we recently added additional spaces on fourth Tuesdays every month, including March 23.

Our team packs food boxes from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on designated days. Learn more and sign up here.

Needed: Texas Hash for neighbors
Our next meal is Tuesday, March 30
Help the mission team fill the freezer with Texas Hash casseroles and desserts for a meal at Roof Above. Terry Horne will be on the Fellowship Hall patio at these times:

  • Wednesday, March 17 from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 24 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Contact the church office to arrange another drop-off time.

Hiking group will visit Latta Nature Preserve
Saturday, March 13 at 9 a.m.
Join the Fresh Air and Fellowship Group for an easy hike at Latta Nature Preserve in Huntersville.

A flat, natural-surface loop trail will take us by the equestrian center, toward the banks of Mountain Island Lake and around the Carolina Raptor Center. Learn more here.

Director of Contemporary Music and Worship Arts
Coordinate, plan and lead contemporary worship music for the contemporary services and provide leadership for the worship arts ministry. Learn more 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