Covenant Matters, January 7, 2018

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 mcrawley@covenant.org. Childcare is available, but is currently full. To get on a waitlist, contact childcare@covenant.org. 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 kaustin@covenant.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 askaggs@covenant.org 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 movinmission@gmail.com 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 jweeks@austinvoices.org.

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 kaustin@covenant.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: childcare@covenant.org. To register for the workshop, email kate@ensembletherapy.com.

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 (cmilam@covenant.org) or Amy Skaggs (askaggs@covenant.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 in the Lord Always.” Covenant woman have volunteered to host the Spring 2019 event. In anticipation of planning for 2019, we hope many Covenant women will attend the 2018 retreat and help generate ideas for the next year. Contact Suzanne McIntosh at mcintosh78746@gmail.com.

Join a Covenant Group for Lent!

Covenant Group registration is open! Covenant Groups are small, intentional communities in our congregation in which participants befriend and pray for one another. Each group has a facilitator who primarily works to create a hospitable space where meaningful relationships are formed through dialogue, study, and prayer. Groups meet in homes and at the church throughout the week.
Covenant Groups will follow John Ortberg’s book, The Me I Want to Be, during Lent this year. Groups will begin to gather the week of Feb. 11. To learn more and/or to sign up for a group, visit covenant.org/covenantgroups. Contact Kathryn Sedberry at ksedberry@covenant.org.

Covenant Groups FAQ

When, where, and how often will my group meet?

Check the list of available small groups online at www.covenant.org/covenantgroups to see when and where different groups meet. Some meet in homes while others meet at the church.

Is childcare provided?

Some groups provide childcare. Check the list of available groups to see which groups offer childcare and join one that fits your schedule.

I’m already in a Bible study. Why should I join a Covenant Group?

Covenant Groups are not Bible studies. The primary purpose of small groups is to provide a community of friendship and prayer. While we will always strive to include scripture, the primary purpose is not to study together.

Will this group meet beyond Lent?

Possibly! We leave this up to the decision of each group. Some groups decide to keep meeting together while others celebrate the short time they met together for community and prayer.

IF: GATHERING FOR WOMEN STARTS FEB. 9

Join us for IF:Covenant. This is a livestream of IF:Gathering, which exists to gather, equip and unleash women to live out the purpose God has for them. It is an empowering time of renewal, relationship building and worship.
Covenant will host the event on Friday, Feb. 9 from 6-9:30 p.m. (dinner included) and Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We’ll have delicious food and incredible giveaways! Space is limited so register early! 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, contact Stephanie Campbell at baker_stephaniee@hotmail.com. To register, visit covenant.org/if.

FIRST-EVER BEER & HYMNS IS JAN. 22

Covenant is having a “Beer & Hymns” night at Adelbert’s Brewery on Monday, Jan. 22, from 5:30 to 8 p.m All are invited to join Tom Brown, Derek Nafe and the Covenant Folk Band for this first annual family-friendly event as we sing familiar hymn favorites. Taco trucks will be onsite as well as other food available for purchase. Adelbert’s is located at 2314 Rutland Dr., #100. RSVP to Kathryn Sedberry at ksedberry@covenant.org.

VISIONS LUNCHEON IS JAN. 16

Rehabilitate or Re-incarcerate? Come learn about the one and only school in any Texas prison that encourages inmates to get an education to help them to be successful in the outside world. The Texas Women’s Prison in Lockhart currently has 150 students enrolled and working toward their high school diplomas in its certified high school program. At the Jan. 16 VISIONS Luncheon, we’ll hear about this unique and valuable opportunity from the people involved. We meet at 11:45 a.m. to enjoy good food and good fellowship. Make a reservation by calling the church office at (512) 454-5231. Cost of lunch is $6 paid at the door.

VISIONS ACTIVITIES DAY FEB. 6

The next VISIONS Activities Day is Tuesday, Feb. 6. Games, bingo and puzzles start at 10 a.m. in FE 200, lunch is at noon and the movie starts at 1 p.m. Guests are welcome. Donations are accepted for lunch and reservations are not required. For more information, contact Sue Gunnels at (214) 403-7981.

PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE IS JAN. 11

Covenant Presbyterian Preschool will host an open house on Thursday, Jan.11, starting at 9:15 a.m. in FE 300. Interested parents and friends will get the opportunity to tour the school, meet faculty and students, observe classrooms and ask questions of the director. Preschool Director Laura Hargrave will give a brief overview at 9:15 a.m. and tours given by current parents will be held between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. RSVP by emailing preschool@covenant.org.

COVENANT’S GOT TALENT, DO YOU?

Do you sing? Dance? Play an instrument? Do a comedy routine? Then we want YOU to participate in Covenant’s 5th annual talent show on February 24 at 7:00 PM in FE 200. Covenant’s Got Talent is a fundraiser for Journey Youth Choir; proceeds will help fund the choir’s spring break mission tour.