Covenant eNews
February 8, 2024
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February Communion & Mission Focus
Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center

GOLDEN CROSS Senior Ministries serves the material and social needs of seniors residing in affordable housing retirement communities throughout West Tennessee, Western KY, and Eastern AR. Please take a look at for the exact locations.

100% of your gifts go to providing direct resident assistance for personal care and food, social programs, and activities that
promote a healthy and fulfilled life. To make monetary donations you can use eGive by visiting our website, checks, or cash marked for Golden Cross.
To donate click on the eGIVE link below and choose Golden Cross from the drop-down menu. You may also drop a check or cash earmarked for Golden Cross in the mail, offering plates on Sundays, or by the church office. To learn more visit their
website at
FEBRUARY 13th @ 5:30PM  

Celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday, Shrove Tuesday (also called “Pancake Tuesday” or “Pancake Day”) is the final day before the 40-day period of Lent begins. This year it falls on Feb. 13.
Its name comes from the Germanic-Old English word “shrive,” meaning absolve, and it is the last day of the liturgical season historically known as Shrovetide. Because it comes directly before Lent, a season of fasting and penitence, this was the day that Christians would go to be “shriven” by their confessor.

Shrove Tuesday also became a day for pre-fasting indulgence. In particular, the need to use up rich ingredients such as butter, milk, sugar and eggs before Lent gave rise to the tradition of eating pancakes on this day.

We hope you will join your CUMC family for a night of feasting and fun before the start of our Lenten disciplines on Ash Wednesday!

Please RSVP via the SignUp Genius…
Following Shrove Tuesday, we will begin the Lenten season. Lent is the 40 days (not including Sundays) preceding Easter, and it is a season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The first day of Lent is Ash Wednesday, and it is a day that is marked with a focus on repentance. In biblical times, the wearing of sackcloth and heaping ashes on one's head were signs of mourning and repentance. This is where we get the tradition of imposing ashes upon one's forehead in the sign of the cross.
This year, Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine's Day. With these two special days happening at the same time, I have chosen to modify our traditional plans slightly. At noon on February 14, we will have our Ash Wednesday Service in the sanctuary. That evening, instead of having a service, we will open the sanctuary from 6:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. for an Ash Wednesday observance that will be "come and go." I will be present to impose ashes, and you may remain for a time of personal prayer.
Our focus this Lent will be on our personal testimonies. The Lenten sermon series is entitled "This Is My Story," learning about what our personal testimony is, how we can shape it and share it with others in faithful ways. 
Young-At-Heart – Thursday, February 22nd – 11:30am

All church members are welcome to attend this informative ‘End of Life Planning’ Seminar with Chris Thomas, Director of Family Services at Brent Taylor/ Paul B. McCarver Funeral Directors, and former Probate Clerk. A box lunch will be provided… RSVP by calling the church office at 754-8587 or via SignUp Genius found in the weekly eNews by 2/19. 
Family Life Event
 Sunday, February 25th
Time TBD
Please plan on joining your CUMC family for the movie ORDINARY ANGELS at the Cordova Malco on Sunday, February 25th in the afternoon. All are welcome! Based on a remarkable true story, ORDINARY ANGELS centers on Sharon Steves (Hilary Swank), a fierce but struggling hairdresser in small-town Kentucky who discovers a renewed sense of purpose when she meets Ed Schmitt (Alan Ritchson), a widower working hard to make ends meet for his two daughters. With his youngest daughter waiting for a liver transplant, Sharon sets her mind to helping the family and will move mountains to do it. What unfolds is the inspiring tale of faith, everyday miracles, and ordinary angels.
Host Team Introductory Meeting
Thursday, February 29th at 6:00 PM
Café Area of the Smith Covenant Center
Dinner to be Provided

We are seeking volunteers to be present on Sundays,
 on a rotating basis, to host our community and church.
  • What exactly is a Host Team?
  •  Who can participate?
  •   When is my service needed?
  •   How much of my time is needed?
  •   What are the requirements to be a part of the team?
  •    Where do I sign up to serve my church by being a host?

 To get answers to these questions and more,
please respond that you will attend by clicking on the link below!
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella
(Broadway version)
Sunday, June 23, 2024 @ 2:00 pm
Theatre Memphis - Lohrey Stage
Ticket price = $20
Sensational and Magical. The classic saga of rags to romance is wonderfully captured with all the wonderment that comes with a fairytale. A mistreated young girl finds her way to a Prince’s Ball with the help of a Fairy Godmother’s spell. The Prince and the girl fall immediately in love, but fearful of her true identity being discovered when the spell expires, the girl flees and in her haste loses a glass slipper on the castle staircase. Thus ensues a search for her and a happy ever after. Please reserve your ticket through the SignUp Genius link available in the weekly eNews or contact Thank you!
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