No matter what the issue, God can help you overcome. Covenant hosts and sponsors several support groups for those who are grieving, suffering, transitioning or just need help getting around.
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Career Transitions
- Caregivers Support Group
- Men in Transition
- Separated and Divorced Group
- Transportation Ministry
- Walking the Mourner's Path
Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. Covenant Presbyterian Church is affiliated with the Allandale Group of AA, which meets Monday through Friday at noon and in the evening in the Fellowship and Education Building. For information about Covenant’s 11 weekly AA, contact Dallas Maham, firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 452-3673.
Al-Anon provides support for anyone whose life is affected by another’s drinking. Covenant Presbyterian Church is affiliated with the 2222 Al-Anon family group. Members meet on Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary Building, Room 103. For more information about Al-Anon at Covenant, contact Sandra Winkler at email@example.com or (512) 219-9166.
Career Transitions is a five-week program for those seeking new jobs. The curriculum takes participants through a new stand-alone topic during each class. Topics have included LinkedIn tips, resume and interview pointers, managing the emotional impact of career transitions, social media and networking. Participants are invited to attend one or all of the sessions. Each week is a working session to build skills and create a plan of action. The Christ-centered program enables those involved to gain confidence and strength from the foundation of faith. For more information, contact Kay Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 334-3030.
Fall 2016 dates: Thursday September 29 – October 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The Caregivers Support Group offers a safe and confidential environment for caregivers to share their experiences, concerns and feelings. The support group provides those in a caregiving role the opportunity to share ideas and resources. Meeting attendees can expect understanding ears and non-judgmental, unconditional love and support for combatting the stresses involved in caregiving. The Caregiver Support Group meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. in the first floor library of the Fellowship and Education Building. For more information, contact Kay Austin at email@example.com or (512) 334-3030.
If you or a man you know is facing divorce, separation or another family challenge, Covenant offers a supportive group of men to help navigate these difficult situations. Men in Transition is a group of men of different ages at varying stages in the negotiation of these painful transitions. The meetings are relaxed and flexible, using Christ-centered readings to prompt thought and discussion. This group is not intended to replace mental health services available for divorce recovery; it exists to offer Christian support during a rough time. Whether you are a member of the Covenant community or not, you are welcome to join the group on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Mark Trifiro at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 797-5395.
The Separated and Divorced Group for Women meets once a month to offer members support and to share experiences as they move through this new phase of life. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 7–8:30 p.m. in FE 404. For more information contact Stacey Grooms at email@example.com.
Covenant’s Transportation Ministry aims to provide transportation to and from Sunday morning 11 a.m. worship service for ambulatory, clear-thinking members who would otherwise be unable to attend. Volunteer drivers (members of our church) work a rotating schedule in order to provide this ministry every Sunday. They drop riders off at the handicapped entrance to the sanctuary, enabling them to travel easily from the car to worship. We aim to provide this service to all who request it, but we are limited by the number of drivers. To request this service or to volunteer to help, contact Charisse Hughen at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 non-members, 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.
- Saturday, Jan. 21 through March 11 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
- Thursday, March 30 through May 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
- Thursday, Sept. 28 through Nov. 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The eight-week sessions are limited to 10 people. Contact Kay Austin at email@example.com or (512) 334-3030.