Life is All About… (Thomas Daniel, January 7, 2018)
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MARRIAGE WORKSHOP: CREATE LIFT, AVOID DRIFT! “Create Lift by Avoiding Drift” is the topic of Covenant’s Jan. 27 marriage workshop facilitated by Todd and Beverly Sandel. The couple has been leading marriage retreats and conferences since 2006. This date night workshop, which requires that attendees have a dinner reservation after the session, will help couples identify the ways “hurry” is creating drift and equip them with a few powerful ways to create closeness by guarding your marriage against the enemy of drift. The workshop starts at 4 p.m. in FE 200. Make your own dinner reservation for 6 p.m. at the restaraunt of your choice. Sign up for the workshop at covenant.org/marriageworkshop. Questions? Contact Maureen Crawley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Childcare is available, but is currently full. To get on a waitlist, contact email@example.com. The childcare staff recommends seeking other care options. SILENT RETREAT IS JAN. 11 Covenant members and friends are invited to unplug using the ancient spirtual practice of solitude on Thursday, Jan. 11, from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Cedarbrake Retreat Center in Belton. A silent retreat is an extended time in which an individual seeks to be alone with the Lord to listen, rest and be transformed by God’s spirit. There is space for up to 50 participants, ages 16 and up. Cost is $10. Find out more and sign up by contacting Kay Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit covenant.org/silentretreat. NEW MEMBER CLASSES Covenant’s next four-week new member class will be offered Sundays in January, starting Jan. 7 and concluding on Jan. 28, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Come learn about Covenant and how to connect and get involved in missions and classes. Childcare and/or Sunday school is available. For more information, contact Amy Skaggs at email@example.com or visit covenant.org/explore-membership. CHRISTIAN YOGA: GOOD FOR THE SOUL “I pray that you may prosper in every way and that your body may keep well even as your soul keeps well prospers” (3 John 1:2). Join us for Christian Yoga at Covenant. Yoga is a therapeutic way to embody our spiritual practice through intentional movement, strengthening, balance, stretching and restoring. We practice among friends in the body of Christ. All levels, including beginners, are invited. 2018 classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 9: 1-hour classes: Wednesdays 8:15-9:15 am., $10 per class Sundays 5–6 p.m., free 1½-hour classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30–10 a.m. Cost: $18 per class drop-in; $15 per class if paid in advance. All classes are in FE 107. Please join us and bring a friend. Contact Joy Durrant at (512) 346-7435 or JoyDurrant28@gmail.com. MOVING AND GROOVIN’ NEEDS STORAGE SPACE M&G is in need of a place to store gently-used furniture before delivery to families exiting homelessness. M&G storage requirements are simple. No climate control, loading dock or security other than a lock on the door are required, nor is a wider than normal door opening. Optimal size is 2,000+ square feet. Donations of goods or services to Movin’ and Groovin’ are tax-deductible. Contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 962-2629. AVEY VOLUNTEER OP FOR THE NEW YEAR Starting in 2018, Austin Voices for Education and Youth (AVEY) will manage the Central Texas Food Bank Mobile Pantry food distribution at the For the City Center. On the second Thursday morning of every month, AVEY will help serve 200-250 families with about 10,000 pounds of food. AVEY is looking for eight volunteers. Contact Julie Weeks at email@example.com. WALKING THE MOURNER’S PATH FALL SESSION Walking the Mourner’s Path is a Christ-centered, spiritually-directed grief support group for those mourning the death of a loved one and experiencing the pain of grief. Group members become aware of God’s presence and healing comfort as they share their stories. Participants learn ways to honor loved ones, seek spiritual direction and discover Christ’s promise of comfort. Covenant will hold a winter series starting Saturday, Jan. 13, and running through March 3, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Two trained facilitators and a pastor lead the sessions, which are limited to 10 people. Contact Kay Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 334-3030. KILDAYS: A YEAR IN REVIEW Doug and Thais Kilday, and their three kids recently returned from a year in Cambodia where both Doug and Thais worked for the International Justice Mission (IJM). Their yearlong journey was filled with work, travel, school and more. Come hear about IJM, living abroad and everyday life in Cambodia on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in FE 200. START 2018 OFF RIGHT WITH ROUTINES Covenant Children and Family Ministry and Ensemble Therapy will partner this spring to present a series of five parenting workshops. On Sunday, Jan. 14, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., child therapist Jaclyn Sepp will present “Routines.” Sepp will help parents recognize how consistent routines can help families improve functioning; determine and develop effective morning, afternoon, evening and travel routines; and discover ways children can practice independence through developmentally appropriate chores. Covenant is sponsoring these workshops so our community can attend for FREE! Future topics will cover Sibling Rivalry (1/21), Limit Setting (4/8), Typical Behaviors (4/22) and Mindfulness (5/6). Free childcare: Reserve at least 48 hours in advance: email@example.com. To register for the workshop, email firstname.lastname@example.org. AFTER-CHURCH POTLUCK & FAMILY FELLOWSHIP Start off the new year right by sharing food and fellowship with other Covenant families. On Sunday, Jan. 7, we will open the fourth floor of the Fellowship and Education Building to Covenant families of ALL ages to play and to gather for a meal together at 12:15 p.m. We will provide plates, flatware and beverages. You simply bring a dish to share! Make your own or pick up a local favorite. For more information, contact Christy Milam (email@example.com) or Amy Skaggs (firstname.lastname@example.org). MO RANCH WOMENS RETREAT In the middle of our January freeze, warm weather feels far away, but it is not too early to plan a lovely weekend at Mo-Ranch with the women from central Texas. The Presbyterian Church of Gonzales is hosting the April 6-8 event, themed “Singing in the Rain” based on Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice […]
Join us for an evening of Beer and Hymns at Adelbert’s Brewery on Monday, January 22, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tom Brown, Derek Nafe and the Covenant Folk Band will lead us in singing familiar hymn favorites during this first annual family friendly event. There is a taco truck onsite as well as other food available for purchase. RSVP to Kathryn Sedberry at email@example.com
Love (Jill Williams, Christmas Eve Service, December 24, 2017)
2 p.m. – Traditional Service with candles 4 p.m. – Service for children and families 5 p.m. – Contemporary Service in FE 200 with candles 8:30 p.n. – Traditional Service with choir and candles 10:30 p.m. – Traditional Service with candles, communion and a string quartet Childcare is available for the 2 and 5 p.m. services. Shuttle service will run from 1:30 to 10 p.m. from Texan Eye (5717 Balcones Dr.)
Joy (Thomas Daniel, Contemporary Service, December 17, 2017) Sermon Discussion Guide: December 17- Joy
Join us February 9-10, 2018 for a chance to refresh, worship, and be inspired! Hundreds of thousands of women have been equipped and unleashed to live out their God given purpose through the IF Gathering ministry. Gifted speakers, powerful worship, meaningful conversation, and good food and amazing giveaways await. Covenant Presbyterian Church will be hosting the event on Friday, February 9th from 6-9:30 (dinner included, gluten & dairy free options available) and Saturday from 9-5. Feel free to attend even if you can’t make both days. When you register, IF asks for a donation. Please give as you are able. Scholarships are available. If you or someone you know needs one, please contact Stephanie Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited, so register today: register.ifgathering.com/event/ifcovenant-0.
Peace (Thomas Daniel, Contemporary Service, December 10, 2017) Sermon Discussion Guide available at covenant.org/covenantgroups