Upcoming Dates at Covenant

Pastor’s Get Acquainted This Sunday at 10:10am in room 214 Open Table Discussion ​Trustees: ​Wednesday, March 19th at 5:30pm in room 114 ​Finance: ​Sunday, May 4th at 12:30pm in room 114 Covenant 101 ​Sunday, March 16th at 10:10am in room 214 Children’s Sabbath Sunday, March 23rd. If you would like your child to participate, Please contact Lisa Rush. Spiritual Gifts Course ​Sunday, March 30th at 12:30pm in room 114 Spiritual Gifts Ministry Exploration ​Sunday, April 6th at 12:30 in room...

Food Pantry Weekly

Greetings Foodies! Katherine apologetically told me that she had another commitment on Wednesday night and couldn’t come to Food Pantry. Then last night she was having second thoughts. “I can cancel…” No, I said. God will provide volunteers, He always does. I remember saying to her, We’ll probably have 12 people show up to help! I was wrong. We had 15. He is amazing, even in these little things. Great news! Remember my plea recently for a donation of a larger refrigerator? The Koffends are donating theirs! That will really help us out. Thanks Mary & Mick! Please pray for our good friend Anita who wrestles with the powers at Whole Foods to get eggs, dairy, bread and many other items that would otherwise be thrown away, and brings them to us and other food pantries. She has been sick and not able to make her rounds this week. But – praise God! – through the contributions of our many supporters we are able to purchase extra items on weeks like this. Hope you get well soon, Anita! Another prayer request: the food pantry at St. Marks UMC was temporarily shut down by Capital Area Food Bank. Pray that they can resolve their issues quickly and resume serving the poor in their area. I’m confident God will use this bump in the road to help His children! Tonight’s numbers: # volunteers: 15! #households served: 37 #individuals helped: 142 (See attached chart) Blessings to you all....

Hand Bell Rehearsals Beginning

Thursday, March 20 in the Cry Room 7:00pm-8:30pm At long last, Covenant UMC is going to explore the wonderful world of hand bell ringing! We have arranged to borrow a set of hand bells from another church so that we can take a test drive! At this time we have them through the Christmas season. Most likely, we will not rehearse through the summer months. We need 10-14 people who can commit to a weekly rehearsal, and we hope to play for our church congregation a couple of times over our ‘test-driving’ period. It’s a team sport, so we’re counting on you to attend weekly practice as frequently as possible! For now, this will be primarily a teenagers (9th grade) to adult group, but if you are in 6th to 8th grade and want to join we can probably do that too. Don’t know how to read music? No problem! We can help you learn. Come help us create a joyful noise! Sign up online or at the Welcome Desk by March 12th. Cathy Bruce Purdy 512-423-3091...

Food Pantry Weekly

Greetings Foodies! It was a week of extremes. The volume of food and its source never ceases to amaze me. And the specific selection of foods is sometimes downright hilareous. On Monday, Anita calls from Whole Foods and says they’ve got so many chips I just can’t leave them to be thrown in the garbage. She made two trips to get them all. Then Maja and Joe made two trips to meet her and get them inside. I didn’t try to count them, but there had to be 500 bags — maybe 700 — I don’t know. It was crazy. And cookies, and canned meat, and milk, and frozen meat, and eggs, and cereal and on and on. Oh my gosh, so much. It’s an incredible feeling before we open, just knowing everyone will be fed abundantly. God is like that. God is extreme. And extreme blessing. We always talk about how we are blessed each week – a prayer of thanksgiving for a new job, thanks for the food, warm smiles and greetings – to offset the sometimes harshness of the world. Tonight, one woman brought a small envelop. On the front was a handwritten, unsigned note, offering thanks and praising God, and saying what an honor it is to offer a tithe. Inside, cash. I was humbled. It may look like a room full of food. But we stand on holy ground. God’s grace is extreme! Tonight’s numbers: # volunteers: 9 #households served: 42 #individuals helped: 153...

Family Promise is Coming to Covenant

It is time for Covenant’s 1st week of hosting “Family Promise” (formerly IHN)! To volunteer, you can sign up online or email Billy Barnes. Typical Host Week During the week there are approximately 50 slots for volunteers. Some congregations have a different member for each slot; others have volunteers take on multiple roles. Volunteers come from the host and support congregations and are assigned duties by the Volunteer Coordinators—members of the host congregation who oversee the week. Sunday: A Network truck or van arrives in the afternoon with beds and the families’ personal belongings to be set up in designated space. Guest families arrive at the Host congregation Sunday evening. The rooms for the families and the common area have been set up prior to the arrival. Each night of hosting: Families settle in, relax and meet the coordinators and the evening volunteers. At 6:00/6:30 dinner is served family style. Guests and volunteers share the meal together. Families are responsible for their children and help with clean up and chores. After dinner, volunteers fellowship with families. Hosts and their families play games, help with homework, watch videos, or just talk. Food for lunch is available in the kitchen area and parents make sack lunches for their families for the following day. Adults turn in around 10:00 PM; children at appropriate earlier bedtimes. Wake up is around 5:30- 6:00 AM. 1 to 2 Volunteers will spend the night at the congregation. Breakfast is usually self-served during the week; typically cereal and other convenient foods. The host may make coffee. The Network van picks-up the families at 6:30 AM. During the day (Families are not at...