Christmas 2021

Advent Devotional


The Advent Devotional is a free resource we create annually to accompany you and your loved ones through the season of Advent. The pages are filled with thought-provoking devotions, poetry, art, recipes, and commentary from the Covenant congregation.  A digital version can be downloaded at the link below. Hard copies are available on campus.

 

Tamale Sales

Sunday, November 7 - Friday, December 3

It's tamale time again! Spice up your holiday celebrations with delicious tamales and support Covenant's long-time mission partner Manos de Cristo. Tamale sales help fund year-round programs like the food pantry, clothes closet, ESL classes, and the dental clinic. Tamales can be purchased for $16/dozen through the Manos website but be sure to select Covenant as your pick-up location. You can also find us on the patio every Sunday in November. Our order deadline is Friday, December 3, and pick-up will be on December 10 at Covenant. For questions or more information, contact Bretna Hackert.
 

 

Christmas Giving Tree

Sunday, November 28 - Sunday, December 19

The Christmas Giving Tree is an opportunity to give back this Advent season by donating gift cards and supplies to mission partners in need. We'll have Christmas trees on campus with labeled ornaments explaining how to support our donation recipients. Our mission partner recipients include:
  • Texas Reach Out Ministries, requesting $25 HEB gift cards
  • Austin Voices for Education & Youth, requesting $25 Walmart gift cards
  • Street Youth Ministry, requesting this backpack 
  • Covenant Refugee Ministry, requesting $25 Target Gift Cards
     

Hanging of the Green

Sunday, November 28
9:30 a.m., Sanctuary

On the first Sunday of Advent, we share the memory and anticipation of Christ’s coming by decorating the church with symbols of joy and hope. This beloved Covenant tradition will be taking place in person once again this year! Join us on Sunday, November 28th at 9:30 a.m. in the Covenant Sanctuary for this joyful Sunday service. 

 

Family Advent Celebration

Wednesday, December 1
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. on the Patio

We're ushering in the spirit of the season and transforming the Covenant patio into a winter wonderland for the night! Come out for cookies, hot cocoa, & ornament making on the patio from 5:30 - 6:30 and stay for carols from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. It is going to be a fun night and there might even be some surprise snow flurries in the air! 
We are asking our attendees to bless mission partner, street youth ministry, by donating new socks, scarves, gloves and hats at the event. 
For more information, please contact Christy Milam cmilam@covenant.org.
 

Youth Thanksmas

Wednesday, December 1
Middle School 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship & Education building
High School 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship & Education building
 
Covenant youth will celebrate Thanksgiving & Christmas all in one with an extra special evening of games, friends, food, and fellowship! Bring a friend and come ready for Chick-Fil-A, Amy's Ice Cream & fun!
High Schoolers will end the evening with a white elephant gift exchange so bring a gift valued at $10 dollars or less. 

Contact Jake Pluenneke at jpluenneke@covenant.org if you have any questions. 

 

Silent Retreat

Saturday, December 4
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at  Cedarbrake Retreat Center, Belton, TX
 
You are invited to “unplug” using the ancient spiritual practice of solitude this Advent. Participants will gather at the Cedarbrake Retreat Center in Belton for a guided silent retreat.  A silent retreat is an extended time in which an individual seeks to be alone with the Lord to listen, rest, and be transformed by God’s Spirit. Prayer guides will be available. There is space for up to 30 participants, ages 16 and up. The cost is $10. Contact Roni Divine with questions.
 

Advent Concert Series

This two-part concert series will feature the very best Advent choral arrangements Covenant has to offer. 

Part 1   |   Wednesday, December 8
7:00 p.m.  in the Sanctuary
Featuring the Children's Choirs, Journey & GraceNotes

Part 2   |   Wednesday, December 15
7:00 p.m.  in the Sanctuary
Featuring the Sanctuary Choir & Pro Musica Handbell Choir

Lessons & Carols

Sunday, December 19
8:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary
9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary
9:30 a.m. online
11:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall

Enjoy our worship service of scripture and carols on the last Sunday in Advent.
 

VISIONS Christmas Music Program

Tuesday, December 21
10:00 a.m in Fellowship Hall

We will gather in-person for the December VISIONS Presentation as Michael Shuman, Director of Music Ministry and Jerry Wise, Director of Contemporary Worship present a Christmas Musical Program.  This will be a great opportunity to gather together and celebrate the season with music.  We really hope you can join us for this special event!

Christmas Eve Services

Friday, December 24

2:00 p.m.,  Traditional Candlelight Service in the Sanctuary
4:00 p.m.,  Children & Family Service in the Sanctuary
5:00 p.m.,  Contemporary Candlelight Service in Fellowship Hall
8:30 p.m.,  Traditional Candlelight Service in the Sanctuary
8:30 p.m.,  Traditional Candlelight Service Online

 

PARKING: Overflow parking is available at Texan Eye located at 5717 Balcones Drive. Our shuttle service will run from 1:30 p.m. to approximately 10:00 p.m.

CHILDCARE: Childcare will be available for ages 3 months - 4 years at the 2:00 & 5:00 p.m. services.

MASKS: Given the current situation, masks will be recommended for all on campus services. 

 

 

Advent Playlist

Enjoy this assortment of music selected by Covenant staff members to accompany the season of Advent. 
Sunday Worship Times

Worship In Person
Traditional services at 8:15 and 9:30 a.m.
Contemporary Service at 11:00 a.m.

Worship Online
Sundays at 9:30 a.m. at covenant.org/worshiponline 

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. -  6 p.m.
Friday,  9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

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