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.
May 6 – 20, 2018
Sanctuary Concert is May 20
Save the date for the spring choir concert. Covenant’s Sanctuary Choir and GraceNotes Vocal Ensemble will perform All the Beauty of the Lord: A Spring Concert on Sunday, May 20, at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The performance will be an eclectic mix of anthems of the church, hymns, spirituals and more including works by Philip W.J. Stopford, Gwyneth Walker, Dan Forrest, Will Todd and Moses Hogan. This concert is always a beautiful way to spend a weekend afternoon.
Summer Worship Schedule
Beginning Sunday, May 27, Covenant will have three worship services on Sunday mornings: Traditional Services at 8:15 and 9:30, both in the Sanctuary, and Contemporary Service at 11:05 in FE 200. Fewer Sunday services will enable the pastor to be present with congregants throughout the entire service. Another positive is that we’ll be worshiping together in bigger numbers, enabling us to maintain and grow our momentum and energy. Covenant returns to four services on Aug 19.
“Shipwrecked” VBS is Coming Soon!
Vacation Bible School is June 11-15! Registration has opened, t-shirts are being made and all the details are being prayed over! Our Covenant family is invited to support VBS in SO many ways, including volunteering! Sign up at covenant.org/childrens-ministry or email email@example.com. We need volunteers of all ages to help bring this most fun week of the year to life.
We also need DONATIONS! Drop off the following items in the back of Eaton Hall or contact Christy (firstname.lastname@example.org) for pick-up:
Rope (any size/thickness)
Green garden hose (can be full or already in pieces)
Cardboard tubes of all sizes (wrapping paper, carpet tubes, etc.)
Nets (fishing type)
Green and brown craft paper (large roll)
Seashells (all sizes)
Rocks (medium to large)
Scrap wood (plywood, 2x4s, pallets, etc.)
Large coffee cans
Beat the summer heat: coffee Will Move Inside
Beginning June 3, beat the heat and enjoy fellowship with friends over iced and hot coffee at the Fellowship and Education Building coffee bar! Covenant summer churchgoers will enjoy coffee and conversation inside. We need your help! We’re putting together a serving team. Sign up for once a month or more. Contact Amy Skaggs for more information and to sign up to serve: email@example.com.
Mother’s Newly Renovated Nursing Rooms
New mothers, check out our two newly renovated nursing rooms! These private and comfortable rooms are located outside of the Sanctuary and behind the second floor desk just outside of FE 200 in the Fellowship and Education Building. Special thanks to Maris Troiano, Skip Crowe, Juan Medrano, Jim McNabb, Darleen Kleinhenz and the men of the “wrecking crew.”
Spring Mulch Day is May 12
Covenant’s fifth spring mulch day has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 12, from 9 to 11 a.m. Invite your friends! We welcome volunteers of all ages, with adult supervision of elementary and younger ones. There are a few non-mulching jobs. We will spread bags of cypress mulch in the church and preschool flower beds. (Cypress mulch is much lighter and easier to handle than the hardwood variety.) Bring your gardening tools, including shovels, rakes, knee pads, gloves, sunscreen, etc. We will have water, coffee, and snacks. Contact Melissa Mathews at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate our High School Seniors
Covenant will honor its high school seniors at the 9:30 Traditional and the 11:05 Contemporary Worship Services at Senior Commissioning Sunday on May 20. This is a chance to pray for our graduates as they prepare for college and other post-high school activities. Contact Billy Streu to find out more at email@example.com.
Covenant Preschool is Taking Applications
Covenant Presbyterian Preschool is currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year! With classes for children from 9 months to 5 years, our half-day program is supported by a community of parents, teachers and children working together to provide high quality, play-based learning in a Christian environment. Visit covenant.org/preschool for more information or call (512) 454-8370 to schedule a tour of our facility.
MOMS Group May 21
The MoMs Group meets on the first and third Mondays of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary Parlor. Please join us for coffee, a snack and fellowship with other moms.
On Monday, May 21, the group will discuss the power of patience, how to find more patience and how to use it effectively in your own families.
For more information on MoMs, contact Katie McFarlane at firstname.lastname@example.org. For free childcare, please make reservations at least 48 hours in advance by contacting Elizabeth at email@example.com.
Summer Sunday School for Children
June 3 is Sunday School “graduation” day. All kids will move up to their next class, including children currently in the nursery who will be two years old by Sept. 1, 2018. Preschool Place classrooms for twos and threes will be on the second floor of the Fellowship and Education Building in FE 209 and FE 213. (This is new!) Preschool Place Pre-K (fours) through 5th grade will be on the third floor. Curriculum for two-year-olds through 5th graders will be largely from the New Testament (including the book of Romans alongside the sermon series) and will cover themes such as comfort, trust, forgiveness, service and friendship.
Sunday School hour is 9:30-10:30 a.m. At the 11 a.m. worship services, we offer Kids@11 in FE 300 for four-year-olds through 1st graders ONLY. Get more information or volunteer to teach this summer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
River Float is June 4
Hey Students! On June 4, Covenant’s Student Ministry will float the Comal River. All kids in our middle school and high school programs (grades 6-12) are invited to participate. The group will meet at the church at 9 a.m. and plan on a full day of activity. The group will roll back into the church parking lot about 3 p.m. For more information or to sign up, contact Whitney Bell at email@example.com.
Middle School Pool Parties
Covenant middle school students (grades 6-8) are invited to pool parties most Wednesdays this summer. This is a time to swim and make friends, and also to worship and learn about the Bible. Mark your calendar now for the first pool party of the summer: June 6 at the home of Jack and Amy Skaggs (7700 Stoneywood Drive). The party will start at 6:30 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. See the full schedule at covenant.org/student-min. Contact Whitney Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 15: Last Visions Lunch Until Fall
The May 15 VISIONS Luncheon is our last until September. Come hear about the one thing that every living creature must have. Water is an absolute necessity, which makes it more valuable than gold. Attorneys Ty Embrey and Sarah Schlessinger will update us on The Future of Water in Texas. The third Tuesday comes early so mark your calendar for May 15 at 11:45 a.m. to hear a very interesting and informative program about the water situation in the state of Texas. Please make a reservation by calling the church office at (512) 454-5231. This will be your last opportunity until fall to enjoy good food and good fellowship while learning valuable information on an important topic. Cost of lunch is $6 paid at the door.
Time to Nominate a Special Woman at Covenant
Since 2003, an Honorary Life Membership or a Special Recognition Award has been presented to 32 Covenant women whose service and leadership in one or many areas of the church’s work deserve special recognition. For a list of past recipients, visit covenant.org/pw, and then prayerfully consider whose name belongs on the list for 2018 Nominations are being accepted through June 15. Forms are on the website or in the office where there is a box for submissions. This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize a woman who has honored God through her life and her work. For more information, contact PW Historian Alice Weatherby at email@example.com or (512) 345-2408.
“Our Journey from Zero to Eight”
Have you met the Plondkes? Covenant members Melissa and Eric have eight children from ages 3 to 11. We invite all women to hear Melissa’s story of motherhood and family at the PW Spring Luncheon on Wednesday, May 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in FE 200. This is a time for Covenant women celebrate another inspiring year of Bible study, mission and fellowship. To share our love with Austin, please bring donations for the Rainbow Room, a resource supporting children in the Child Protective Services system. Urgently needed items are toiletries or gift cards for teens, more information at covenant.org/pw. Childcare available with reservation: firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch is an enhanced salad bar ($10 donation). Reservations are helpful but not necessary. Contact Lisa Fry: email@example.com or (512) 983-1660.
Building Bridges & Digging Wells in Cuba
We continue to build Christ-filled community between our churches. We bring Christian support, love, caring and encouragement to our brothers and sisters called to Christ’s service in Luyanó. We work and play, laugh and cry in fellowship together. We learn to trust more in God’s provision. We enter Cuba under religious visas issued by the Cuban government, requiring registration completion many months in advance of our late October/early November trip. Preference is given to the first 15 Covenant members completing registration by June 3. For more information, visit with Cuba veterans on the patio, view the Cuba ministry display in the east side of the patio kiosk, or go to covenant.org/cuba. Contact Jack Kern at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
Help Covenant Appreciate Webb Teachers!
Help us thank Webb Early College Prep teachers as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week! Covenant has formally adopted Webb and is serving the hard working teachers breakfast on Tuesday, May 8. We need an organizer, as well as volunteers to help set up the breakfast the night before and to help serve in the morning. For more information and to sign up to help, contact Julie Weeks at email@example.com.
Drive a Senior Volunteer Opportunities
Covenant mission partner, Drive-a-Senior ministry, is a 33-year strong outreach to the community. The organization aims to enhance their clients’ quality of life and enable them to continue to live independently. We drive seniors 60 and older to the doctor, store or other errands. We need driver volunteers. The hours are very flexible; simply schedule to be a driver when it works for you. Learn more by contacting Kit Chenault at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvey Needs Continue
Covenant’s Disaster Relief Team deployed to Houston in March to reconstruct the exterior of a home flooded during Harvey. Working with a group of Wisconsin college students, the team replaced siding, repaired and painted porches, and rebuilt window frames. The Covenant team will travel again to Houston again, May 15-17. We need volunteers to rebuild homes and restore lives affected by Hurricane Harvey. Bring skills in carpentry, drywall, insulation, basic home repairs, painting, debris and yard cleanup, or just a heart to help. Contact Steve Bissell at email@example.com, (512) 658-8178.