Through our various caring ministries, we seek to embody Christ’s gracious love as we sacrificially serve one another. Our deacons look after their care groups; our various support groups provide ongoing care, support and education to help navigate difficult times. For more information, contact our Congregational Care assistant Kay Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 334-3030 or Jill Williams at email@example.com.
October is Meet-Your-Deacon Month. Every Sunday during October, Covenant Deacons will be on the patio. The mission of our Deacons is to ensure that members of the Covenant church family receive the care, support and encouragement needed to face life’s challenges. Your Deacon will contact you to let you know which Sunday(s) she or he will be out.
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 2017 dates: Thursdays, Sept. 7 – Oct. 5, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
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.
- 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.
Prayer & Visitation
- Mission Trip Prayer Team
- Weekly Mission Prayer Calendar
- Prayer Warriors
- Prayer Shawl Ministry
- Drive Thru Prayer
- Prayer Labyrinth
- Stephen Ministry
- Hospital Visitation
- Transportation ministry
- Westminster Manor
Behind all of our missions are prayers. During mission trips, our prayer team prays for travelers and serves as the liaison between travelers and the church. This group also provides intercessory prayer for mission trips. For more information about prayer teams, contact Jan Obar at Jjansobar@aol.com or (512) 259-1492.
Each week, the Covenant Mission Committee places the name of a ministry and a missionary into the worship bulletin. We ask members and guests to pray for the safety, finances, Holy Spirit, openness, joy, health and travel associated with the ministry and missionary every week. Specific prayer requests for the ministry or missionary may also be written on prayer cards and put in the prayer box in the Narthex.
The Prayer Warriors are Covenant members who have a great heart for prayer. Those congregants in need of prayer contact the church. With permission from the one being prayed for, the church sends the prayer requests to our Prayer Warriors, who pray for the person in need. For more information, contact Kay Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 334-3030.
The Covenant Prayer Shawl Ministry provides shawls and blankets to anyone enduring life-altering treatments and chronic illnesses, and to families grieving the loss of a loved one. The Prayer Shawl group knits or crochets these gifts of love as a tangible reminder that God is ever-present. Recipients have shared that these handmade pieces bring reassurance and the feeling of being “wrapped” in God’s love during a difficult time. The Prayer Shawl Ministry welcomes participants of all ages and skill levels, and happily instructs those new to knitting and crocheting. Every meeting is a gathering of dedicated servants: The group prays, shares stories and feedback from past recipients, and reads thank you notes from families. This ministry, made up of women of many faiths, meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 1:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary Parlor. For more information, contact Kay Austin at email@example.com.
Covenant has opened its campus to an innovative ministry designed to engage the surrounding community in prayer. Drive-thru prayer offers our neighbors an opportunity to bring their prayer requests to our prayer team in the Covenant parking lot. Next dates to volunteer are TBD.
Located in the Southeast corner of the church parking lot, the labyrinth is a sacred space for meditation and prayer.
Stephen Ministry is a program that equips lay people to provide distinctively Christian one-to-one care for those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances, both in our congregation and community. Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of initial training in important caring ministry skills, and are well equipped to provide spiritual care. The care a Stephen Minister offers is confidential and free. For more information, contact Joe Denton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kay Austin at email@example.com
Covenant members who are hospitalized are reguarly visited by a hospital visitation team, who offer the ministry of prayer and support.
This ministry provides transportation to the 11 a.m. service for members who no longer drive. Members volunteer using their own cars on a rotating schedule every Sunday.
Because of the number of our members living at Westminster, Covenant has a special relationship and a designated liaison who serves as a chaplain and bridge between the Westminster community and Covenant. There is a communion on the first Wednesday of each month at 2:30 p.m. in the Westminster chapel, and a gathering on the third Thursday of each month.