Hope (Michelle Verrill, Contemporary Service, December 3, 2017) Sermon Discussion Guide available at covenant.org/covenantgroups
View bulletins:8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Pamphlets are handed out at the entry to the 11:05 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service.
“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.)
Christ the King (Thomas Daniel, Contemporary Service, November 26, 2017) Sermon Discussion Guide available at covenant.org/covenantgroups
View bulletins: 8:15, 9:30, 11 a.m. Worship pamphlets are handed out at the entry to the 11:05 Contemporary Service.
Faithful Presence Coloring Outside the Lines (Thomas Daniel, Contemporary Service, November 19, 2017) Sermon Discussion Guide available at covenant.org/covenantgroups
View bulletins: 8:15, 9:30, 11 a.m. Pamphlets are handed out at the entry to the 11:05 Contemporary Worship Service.
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.
Faithful Presence Priorities (Thomas Daniel, Contemporary Service, November 12, 2017) Sermon Discussion Guide available at covenant.org/covenantgroups