The Lord is near to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit—Psalm 34:18 Walking the Mourner’s Path is a Christ-centered, spiritually-directed grief support group for those who are mourning the death of a loved one and are experiencing the pain of grief. Group members become aware of God’s presence and healing comfort as they share their own stories with each other. Participants learn ways to honor loved ones, seek spiritual direction and discover Christ’s promise of comfort as they move forward. Walking the Mourner’s Path is not a psychologically-based therapy group. Two trained group leaders and a Covenant pastor serve as facilitators. Group enrollment is open to church members or nonmembers, and uses a workbook that is available for $25 at the first meeting. Scholarships are available upon request. We welcome anyone who is grieving the death of a loved one whether or not the death was recent. 2017 winter, spring and fall sessions will take place: Saturdays, Jan. 21 through March 11, from 9:30-11 a.m. Thursdays, March 30 through May 25, from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, September 28 through November 16, from 6:30-8 p.m. The eight-week sessions are limited to 10 people. Contact Kay Austin at email@example.com or (512) 334-3030.
Below is a collection of reflections and stories written by Covenant members. We encourage you to take some time every day to read these pages as you anticipate Christ’s birth. Focus, this season, on the coming of Jesus Christ, on celebrating his birth and on the hope that He will come again.
Maker Fun Factory: Created by God, Built for a Purpose VBS will run June 12 – 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration Get ready for a week of faith, fun and friends. At Covenant’s Vacation Bible School kids are immersed in Bible stories through song, taste, smell, touch and sight. It’s a glorious week of fun activities that bring the Bible to life. The mission of our VBS is to provide a shared faith experience that parents and children will talk about all year long. To do this we ask each family to provide an adult volunteer for two (2) days of VBS. We also would love for you to show up at 11:45 and worship with us. Camp VBS, Ages 2-3 Maker Fun Factory, 4 years old to Incoming 5th Grade Youth Volunteer, Incoming 6th Grade and up We rely on volunteers to make this week spectacular! We seek volunteers to handle many small, easy-to-manage jobs that, when put together, add up to a whole lot work getting accomplished with many hands. Our volunteers are blessed by helping the children of our community and sharing their love for Jesus, the Light of the World. Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered. Click here to register, or get more information For additional information about VBS or to find out how you can get involved, contact Ashley Ellison at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find Covenant VBS on Facebook.
The next session of Covenant’s Career Transitions starts Thursday, Sept. 24 Career Transitions, a Christ-centered five-week curriculum for those facing employment uncertainty or change, runs Thursdays at 7 p.m. in FE 100. Participants explore new topics each week. Sessions include: Sept. 24: Maximizing LinkedIn by Gary O’Neal, Director of TalentWaves Oct. 1: Resumes That Work by Angela Loeb, author, speaker and career/personal vision consultant at InSync Resources Oct. 8: Adventures in Job Interviewing by David Hughen, Principal Austin HR Oct. 15: Networking for Introverts by TJ Johnson, Associate Vice President of Group Services at C4 Benefits Group, Inc. Oct. 22: The Non-Traditional Search; Building Your Brand by David Hughen Come to one session or all. Contact Kay Austin at email@example.com or (512) 334-3030.
Upward Basketball 2016-2017 Register Now! (You must proceed as a guest on the registration page.) 2016-2017 evaluations will be: Thursday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Upward coaches will run the players through a few quick drills, record their height and send them on their way. Evaluations take place at the Covenant gym, fourth floor of the Fellowship and Education Building. Covenant is located at 3003 Northland Dr. Upward Overview Upward programs introduce children to Christ through sports. Upward is structured so children can participate in practices and play games without league standings. By participating in Covenant’s Upward basketball program, kids learn and practice basketball skills are taught and practices. During mid-practice devotionals, our volunteer coaches teach kids about characteristics such as sportsmanship and kindness. Upward is offered to kids in kindergarten through 6th grade. Our season runs from the end of November through February, with a break for Christmas. Upward programs introduce children to Christ through sports. Upward is structured so children can participate in practices and play games without league standings. By participating in Covenant’s Upward basketball program, kids learn and practice basketball skills are taught and practices. During mid-practice devotionals, our volunteer coaches teach kids about characteristics such as sportsmanship and kindness. Upward is offered to kids in kindergarten through 6th grade. Our season runs from the end of November through February, with a break for Christmas. Practice start the week of Nov. 28. Covenant schedules Upward basketball practices Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Each team practices once a week for an hour. We schedule practices for the younger kids first with the older kids practicing later. Practices generally start at 5 or 5:30 p.m. and are finished by 8 p.m. Players have a one-hour game every Saturday in January and February. For more information, contact Covenant’s Upward Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. All interested players may register HERE for Upward now. Register early! This league may fill up! Covenant Presbyterian Upward Basketball Fast Facts Who can play? Boys and girls in kindergarten through sixth grade What is the cost? $85 if you register before Oct. 20; price increases to $95 after that date. League may fill up. How are the kids grouped for teams? Our make-up may change slightly due to the ages and genders of kids who sign up. In the past, we have a boys league for 4-6 graders, a girls division for 4-6 graders; boys 2-3 graders, girls 2-3 graders. How we divide the kinder and first graders is dependent on our numbers. Can I request teammates? No. We create our teams using the Upward database and these teams are based on our evaluations. Where are games played? All games and practices take place in the Covenant gym, which is on the fourth floor of our Fellowship and Education Building. Games are played on Saturdays, starting Jan. 10 and running for seven Saturdays. Does this league fill up? Yes, we set limits on each of our groups and when we reach those numbers, registration for that group will close.
Reel Ministry will present a film every Wednesday from July 8–August 5 for your enjoyment and reflection. After seeing the film, we will have the opportunity to discuss the various themes each film presents and the ways each speaks to us about such things as moral courage, forgiveness, love, faith, grace and redemption. All films begin at 7 p.m. in FE 200. July 8: The Best of Men is a factually based 2012 television film that describes the pioneering work of Dr. Ludwig Guttmann with paraplegic patients, which led to the foundation of the Paralympic Games. July 15: Stranger than Fiction is a 2006 American comedy-drama fantasy. The main plot follows Harold Crick, a nondescript white-collar worker, who begins hearing a disembodied voice narrating his life as it happens – seemingly the text of a novel in which it is stated that he will soon die. He frantically seeks to somehow prevent that ending. July 22: Something, Anything. When a tragedy shatters her plans for domestic bliss, a seemingly typical Southern newlywed gradually transforms into a spiritual seeker, quietly threatening the closest relationships around her. Roger Ebert’s website rates this movie 4.5 stars. July 29: God Grew Tired of Us is a 2006 documentary film about three of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” a group of some 25,000 young men who have fled the wars in Sudan since the 1980s, and their experiences as they move to the United States. August 5: As It Is In Heaven. A successful international conductor suddenly interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in the far north of Sweden. It doesn’t take long before he is asked to come and listen to the fragment of a church choir, which practices every Thursday in the parish hall. He can’t say no, and from that moment, nothing in the village is the same again. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 2004.
Covenant Presbyterian Preschool and Child’s Day Out has spaces available for the 2015-2016 school year. There are openings in classes for children who are three by Sept. 1, 2015, four-year-olds and five-year-olds. The three-year-olds meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with an optional fun Friday, four-year-old group meets Tuesday – Friday, while the five-year-old group meets five days a week Monday – Friday. All classes run from 9 a.m.—1 p.m. Please contact Christy Milam at email@example.com or (512) 454-8370 to enroll. Application fee is $75.
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The Journey Youth Choir will present the musical, Godspell Jr., on Sunday, April 19, at 1:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Based on the gospel of Matthew, Godspell is the story of how Christ’s loving message transforms lives, builds communities and grants salvation to all of us. Admission is free. A light lunch will be served in Eaton Hall immediately following the 11 a.m. worship services and prior to the musical. Please stay, eat and enjoy the fellowship and the show!