Covenant will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 16. This will include the preschool, the business office and all scheduled activities on campus. Stay safe!
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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.)
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 email@example.com. Space is limited, so register today: register.ifgathering.com/event/ifcovenant-0.
“Create Lift by Avoiding Drift” is the topic of Covenant’s Jan. 27 marriage workshop at 4 p.m. in FE 200 facilitated by Todd and Beverly Sandel. The couple has been leading marriage retreats and conferences since 2006. Todd serves as the managing director of The LifeGate Group in Atlanta. He is a certified executive coach and a licensed marriage and family therapist. Beverly is a full-time mother to four children and is trained as a Gottman Educator in the areas of parenting and marriage. The workshop will focus on couples today, who seem to live life wide open and thus in a constant state of hurry. This pace of everyday life together will eventually lead to relational drift in marriage and a slow erosion of closeness and intimacy as a couple. This workshop, which requires that attendees have a dinner reservation at the restaurant of their chose 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. There is a waitlist for childcare, which is available from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the duration of the workshop and dinner. Cost will be $12/child. Request to get on the childcare waitlist at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up for the workshop: Sign up (On this form, you will be prompted to make a dinner reservation at the restaurant of your choice. For questions, contact Maureen Crawley at email@example.com.)
Covenant members and friends are invited to unplug using the ancient spiritual practice of solitude this Advent. Make plans to attend Covenant’s Guided Silent Retreat on Thursday, Jan. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cedarbrake Retreat Center in Belton. A silent retreat is an extended period of time in which an individual seeks to be alone with the Lord to listen, rest and be transformed by God’s spirit. We have space for up to 50 people, ages 16 and up. Cost is $10. Sign up here. For more information, contact Kay Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prepare your heart for Christmas with the Covenant Advent Devotional. In the booklet and emails, you’ll find devotionals written by Covenant members wrestling with scripture, questions to reflect on and discuss with others, and suggestions for activities to do with your family. We also hope that you’ll build a habit of spending time in scripture that will last long after Christmas comes and goes. Download a PDF here. The Advent devotions will also be used in our Daily Devotional email during the season. Sign up below. For more information, contact Kathryn Sedberry. Subscribe to the daily devotions mailing list Here are some suggestions for making the most of your Advent journey with the help of the booklet or emails: Each Sunday in Advent, we light one candle in our Advent wreath during worship for each of the four themes of Advent: hope, peace, joy, and love. Look for these weekly themes of Advent as you read. How do you see the coming Christ in each story? The daily scripture readings include a Psalm, an Old Testament reading, a New Testament reading, and a Gospel reading. We encourage you to read all the scriptures for each day, even though the author may have chosen only one or two from which to write their reflection. Pay attention to how God may be speaking to you through the daily scripture readings and the author’s reflection. Each page of the devotional contains a Family Connection segment, with suggestions for family activities pertaining to that week’s Advent theme. These practical, simple, and meaningful activities are intended to engage your entire family to celebrate the season and be reminded of the light of Christ coming into the world. Each author has shared his or her family’s favorite Christmas tradition, which perhaps will help your family create new traditions or enhance your existing ones.
Movin’ & Groovin’ is Covenant’s ministry that collects gently used furniture and delivers it to families recovering from homelessness. It’s been around since 2005, and it serves clients of nonprofits like the Foundation for the Homeless, Austin Voices for Education and Youth, and Front Steps. Effective Jan. 1, volunteer coordinator Paul Mowry is retiring. A search for a replacement is underway. The job requires two to four hours per week and involves receiving phone calls or emails, and arranging pickups and deliveries that take place on Saturday mornings. Currently, teams from Bethany UMC, Austin Stone and Catalyst Teen Center provide teams of volunteers the first three Saturdays each month. Storage is maintained near Parmer and MoPac. To volunteer, contact Paul at (512) 422-5608 or email@example.com. Learn more: All about Movin’ and Groovin’ M&G Mission: We collect gently used basic furniture and deliver it to families exiting homelessness under the case management of the Foundation for the Homeless/Interfaith Hospitality Network and selected other nonprofit organizations that support the homeless in the Austin metro area. We are a mission of Covenant Presbyterian Church. M&G Vision: We believe enough unused furniture exists to satisfy the requirements of every needy family in the area. We believe the challenge simply is to move that furniture from point A to point B, hence our slogan “It’s all God’s stuff – we just move it around.” Our prayer is that Movin’ and Groovin’, with the help of volunteers from other Austin churches and organizations, grows to a point where it is able to satisfy every need. Scriptural Foundation: Matthew 25:35 – “For I was hungry, and you gave me food: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in.”
Do you know someone who would be a great Deacon, Elder or Trustee? Please pray about members who can serve in these roles and submit confidential recommendations to the Congregational Nominating Committee (CNC) by Oct. 22. Download the form below to get more information and to nominate someone. Information and nomination form. For more information contact CNC chair Regina Schlotter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From https://adrn.org/portarthur/ – “What if the Lord was inviting the whole Church in Greater Austin to mobilize to Port Arthur for one day, to reveal God’s great love for a whole city? Well, it’s happening. As churches, pastors, and leaders have gathered over these last few days, we believe the Lord is leading us to go…together. Only God could orchestrate such a magnificent thing, a whole Church in a city serving alongside of the whole Church in another city! And on short notice, but we serve a God whose works are wondrous! Will you be a part of the 1,000+ we hope will go?” ADRN is calling for as many people as possible to help in Port Arthur this Saturday. You don’t have to be ADRN trained! Read more and sign up at https://adrn.org/portarthur/.