We distribute Covenant Matters on the first and third Sundays of each month during all traditional services. If you do not receive a physical copy, you can typically find one at the Covenant Hall front desk, in the Narthex or in the lobby of the Fellowship and Education Building.
January 21, 2018
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. Food will be available for purchase, including a taco truck. Adelbert’s is located at 2314 Rutland Dr., #100.
COVENANT GROUP SIGN-UP IS UNDERWAY
Covenant will create new small groups that will start meeting during Lent, the week of Feb. 11. All groups will kick off with a six-week Lenten study of John Ortberg’s book, The Me I Want To Be. Covenant has a limited supply of books available to purchase for $7 each, or purchase a book online. Learn more, register and order a book at Contact Kathryn Sedberry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JAZZ SUNDAY 2018
Jazz Sunday (#23!) on Feb. 11 promises to be another amazing morning of worship and music as Covenant’s Sanctuary Choir and GraceNotes are joined by a combo of top-flight Austin jazz musicians. As is our tradition, the band will move to the patio at noon for more jazz and a jambalaya luncheon. (Jambalaya will also be served following the 9:30 service.) Don’t miss worship on this unique and exciting Sunday. Be sure to invite your friends! Sign up to volunteer at covenant.org/jazz2018.
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES ARE FEB. 14
Ash Wednesday is Feb. 14. Services will be held at noon and 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. A light lunch will be served in FE 200 after the noon services, and the evening service will follow Covenant’s regular Wednesday night dinner. There is no Student Ministries or What a Wednesday programming. Lent is a period of 40 days that, in the church, is a time to prepare for Easter. It is often a time of introspection, self-examination and repentance. In addition to these services, Covenant will also impose ashes at its weekly Service of Morning Prayer. This is a good opportunity to receive ashes in a smaller, more intimate, liturgical environment. This service is at 7 a.m. in FE 100.
MOMS GROUP MEETINGS IN JANUARY
The MoMs Group meets on the first and third Mondays of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Parlor of the Sanctuary. Please join us for coffee, a snack, and some fellowship with other moms. On Monday, Jan. 22, we will use the motivation of the new year to learn the best organizational style for you and your family. We’ll discuss minimalism, the KonMari method and everything in between. For more information, contact Katie McFarlane at Kates46@msn.com. For free childcare, please make reservations at least 48 hours in advance by emailing email@example.com.
MOMS IN THE WORD IN 2018
Moms in the Word began a new book study, Church of the Small Things by Melanie Shankle, on Jan. 10. This group is intended for mothers who seek to grow in their knowledge of the Bible and meet other women they can relate to in fellowship and prayer, regardless of where they are in their spiritual walk. Moms in the Word is a complement to Lamplighters; the organizers hope to welcome women who feel short on time. While there may be some simple assignments, this group is intended to be low-key and pressure-free. This spring, participants will continue to meet Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Free childcare is available. For more details, contact Med Luckett:firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF:GATHERING FOR WOMEN FEB. 9 + 10
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 email@example.com. To register, visit covenant.org/if.
SPRING IN THE HILL COUNTRY!
In the middle of our January freeze, warm weather feels far away, but it’s 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 women 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOVE AUSTIN 2018: SAVE THE DATE
Covenant Student Ministry’s Love Austin weekend is President’s Day weekend, Feb. 16 – 18. Love Austin is an in-town retreat where students do service projects in Austin and grow in their friendships through prayer, worship and fun. Don’t delay. Sign up for this amazing weekend of loving our city! Contact Billy Streu at email@example.com for more information or find the registration form at covenant.org./student-ministries.
KIDS@11 NEW DROP-OFF PROCEDURE
To ensure the safety and care of our children, Kids@11 will implement a new check-in procedure beginning Sunday, Jan. 28. If your child attends both Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Kids@11, you do not need to pick them up between services. You will hold onto your child’s claim slip and pick them up following the 11 and 11:05 a.m. services. If you are only attending the 11 or 11:05 service, please bring your children to the third floor to check them in. Use our computers to print their name tag and receive a claim slip before dropping off in Room 324. Children will no longer attend the beginning of worship. Families are always welcome to worship together at any of our services.
GOD IS GOOD! 2018 STEWARDSHIP RECAP
We give thanks and praise to God for our congregation’s strong response to this year’s stewardship campaign. Covenant has received pledges from 475 families, for total pledges of $2.92 million, reaching our 2017 pledge campaign totals. If you are still eager to make a pledge, it’s not too late! Pledge online at covenant.org/pledge or pick up a pledge card in the church office or the narthex. Contact Duane Dube at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAVANA NIGHTS-PRESCHOOL SPRING FUNDRAISER
Covenant Presbyterian Preschool will host “Havana Nights,” our annual spring fundraiser, on Saturday, March 3, at Chez Zee American Bistro. This fundraiser provides our preschool with needed supplemental resources. All proceeds go directly to our school’s operating expenses. Last year we raised more than $20,000 and we need your help to do it again! There are many opportunities for you or your business to get involved, from becoming a sponsor to donating a silent auction item. Sponsor information will be displayed prominently at Covenant. Help directly impact our preschool program’s 120+ children through facility and curriculum enhancements, teacher support and learning opportunities such as Spanish and music. To support the fundraiser, please contact Katie McFarlane at email@example.com.
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.
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 restaurant of your choice. Sign up for the workshop at covenant.org/marriageworkshop. Questions? Contact Maureen Crawley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Childcare is available, but is currently full. To get on a waitlist, contact email@example.com. The childcare staff recommends seeking other care options.
HELP AVEY DISTRIBUTE FOOD IN AUSTIN
Austin Voices for Education and Youth (AVEY) is managing 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 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. AVEY is looking for volunteers. Contact Julie Weeks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVENANT REFUGEE MINISTRY: JAN. 25 MEETING
The Covenant Refugee Ministry welcomes and assists refugee families with settlement in our community. We help with initial needs like setting up living spaces prior to arrival and welcoming families at the airport, as well as continuing mentorship. Since the ministry began in 2015, we have sponsored 11 families. We are looking for volunteers to help with new families arriving in 2018. If you are interested in learning more about our work, please attend our meeting on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in CO 208. Email Lori Donley at email@example.com for more information.
Do you sing? Dance? Play an instrument? Do a comedy routine? We want YOU to participate in Covenant’s 5th annual talent show on February 24 at 7 p.m. 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. Contact Stacy Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 began 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., $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 email@example.com.
VISIONS ACTIVITIES DAY FEB. 6
Dame Judi Dench reprises her role as Queen Victoria in the true story “Victoria & Abdul” (2017), the Feb. 6 VISIONS Activities Day movie. The 82-year-old actress, who played Victoria with an Oscar-nominated performance in the earlier movie “Mrs. Brown” (1997), now portrays her “finding unexpected late-life joy of the platonic variety” in this one with Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young servant from India. Games, bingo and puzzles start at 10 a.m. in FE 200, lunch is at noon and the movie will be shown 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.
ARMCHAIR TRAVELERS FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
Join Armchair Travelers on Thursday, Feb. 1, as Brynn and Carl Anderson describe travels in Russia with pictures and souvenirs. They will share their experiences in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Yalta, Caucus Mountains, central Russia, Kamchatka Peninsula and rural Russia. They promise to bring funny hats, souvenirs and many pictures, and interesting stories. Armchair Travelers will meet in FE 300 at 7 p.m., with refreshments during the intermission. This group is open to anyone who enjoys travel and good fellowship. For more information, contact Marv Hackert, firstname.lastname@example.org.