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Covenant Matters: November 2018

Thanksgiving Worship Service Covenant will hold a Thanksgiving worship service at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The service will be followed by a light lunch in FE 200. Please join us for this time to give thanks. There will be no additional programming that night. The Covenant business offices will be closed on Nov. 22 and 23.  Hanging of the Green Is Dec. 2 Advent starts Sunday, Dec. 2, with Covenant’s annual Hanging of the Green at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. Traditional... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Schultz at Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Faith Through Film

“Fifteen years ago, I was a filmmaker in L.A. and God got a hold of my heart and changed things greatly.” Brent Gudgel, partner in Deidox Films, was a speaker at the Presbyterian Women’s (PW) fall luncheon. He told the group of about 100 women about starting Deidox Films and shared some of his documentaries with the group. It was 2003 when Brent and now-Deidox partner Dave Mahnaes were showing a film at a mission conference in Florida. On the flight back to... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Schultz at Monday, November 12, 2018

Covenant Seeks Director of Music

Covenant Presbyterian Church is growing. The church is home to 1,700 members who worship in four different Sunday morning services – three traditional services and one contemporary service. Located in central Austin, the church attracts a diverse mix of congregants who come together to follow Jesus. Music at Covenant One thing that attracts worshipers to Covenant is its vibrant music program. Led for nearly a quarter-century by Director of Music Ministry Tom Brown, the choirs... Read More
Posted by Noel Kalmus at Monday, November 12, 2018

Make A 2019 Pledge!

Covenant is encouraging all members and visitors to sign onto Realm, our new online community, to make their 2019 pledge. Realm will also enable members and visitors to sign up for classes and events, to access our directory and to participate in groups online. If you have not yet signed into the system, step-by-step instructions are given below. If you are not interested in joining Realm at this time, email your pledge to  Duane Dube , Covenant Administrator, or drop your pledge card... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Schultz at Sunday, November 11, 2018

Are You Shaped to Serve?

Shaped to Serve 2018, Covenant’s tenth annual church-wide day of service, is Nov. 10. On this day, members form teams to do proj­ects in the community that benefit our mission partners. On Saturday morning, from 10 a.m. to noon, bring the following items to Covenant Hall for  Refugee Services of Texas Items needed:  Cleaning supplies: all-purpose cleaner, sponges Laundry supplies: Laundry baskets, detergent, fabric softener Paper products:... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Schultz at Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Register for the 2019 PW Retreat

Download the registration form here. The Covenant women are so excited about the March 22-24 Mission Presbytery Mo-Ranch Retreat that they are planning! Keynote speaker Beth Daniel will explore the theme of “friendship.” The Covenant team has been working hard on all aspects of this weekend and appreciate those who have already signed up to help. However, they hope as many Covenant women as possible will share this experience. Don’t wait to make your reservations!... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Schultz at Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Congratulations Whitney!

Covenant has hired Whitney Bell as our Mission Director. This new position is a key to growing our mission ministry. As such, the search committee was seeking a person who could both expand the ministry and get more Covenant people excited and involved in mission. Whitney is very qualified to achieve those goals. As Covenant Director of Middle School, Whitney has been instrumental in growing Covenant Student Ministry in terms of number of students involved and depth of programming. During... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Schultz at Sunday, September 30, 2018

ESL Teachers Needed

Did you know Covenant is a satellite campus for Manos de Cristo educational classes? Five years ago, we started with one English as a Second Language (ESL) class of five students and two teachers that met twice a week. This year we have three English classes with about 30 students; and three morning classes (Levels Intro, 1 and 2) and one evening class (Level 3). Our classes meet Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30 - 11:45 a.m., and Tuesday/Thursday 7 to 9 p.m. Would you consider being a teacher... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Schultz at Monday, September 24, 2018

The Music Man: Tom Brown raises the bar for church choirs

illustration by Noel Kalmus Four senior pastors. Three interim senior pastors. Too many associate pastors to count. One music director. Tom Brown has been Director of Music at Covenant for 25 years. “What’s kept me here is the ambitious attitude of our adult choirs and their willingness to sing good music that spiritually enriches worship. Our choirs don’t merely entertain or appease congregants. We are a very active ministry with a rather diverse... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Schultz at Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A Letter from the Pastor: Fall Sermon Series and More

Friends,   I hope this letter finds you well as our long and hot Texas summer begins to wind down. I trust that these days allowed for times of rest, reflection and renewal. As fall approaches, it is natural to feel the increased pressures of busy calendars and “to do” lists crowding in on us. In all of this busyness, however, I encourage you to intentionally ask: “Am I busy with the right things?” We should not allow our schedules to drown out our... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Schultz at Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Reel Ministry Summer Film Series 2018

This summer’s Reel Ministry film series will again be shown at Alamo Drafthouse Village. We will screen films three Wednesdays, July 11, 18 and 25, starting at 6:30 p.m. After seeing the film, we will have the opportunity to discuss the various themes each film presents and the ways each speaks to us about such things as moral courage, forgiveness, love, faith, grace and redemption. Doors will open at 6 p.m. – get there on time to order snacks.  The films are free, and Alamo... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Schultz at Monday, July 30, 2018

Oklahoma City Middle School Mission Trip

by Drew Smith In the weeks leading up to the middle school mission trip to Oklahoma City, I was nervous. I wasn’t sure what work we would be doing, where we were sleeping or if anyone I knew would be going. I went into the tr ip not expecting anything and came away with experiences I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else. Our first da y was a scavenger hunt downtown and visiting kids at daycare. I made it through the scavenger hunt (my group came in last) and then went to visit... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Schultz at Monday, June 18, 2018

Climate Change: Facts, Fiction and our Faith

Texas Tech University Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe shared her views on climate change with a large Covenant crowd late in April. Katharine said climate change is not an environmental issue. "Climate change is a humanitarian issue; it is an issue of loving our neighbor, of loving others as Christ loves us." Katharine was focused not on the right or left of the topic, but on the “crucial conversation to learn how our faith informs our being and how God might be calling us to address... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Schultz at Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Institute for Missional Formation Cohorts FAQ

  As one of the first initiatives of the Institute for Missional Formation (IMF), Covenant is launching three formation cohorts in the fall of 2018. The three new cohorts will start meeting in September and each will include 20 people. There will be four retreats for each of the groups, and participation is mandatory. This is a one-year commitment that will require you to devote time and energy throughout the year. We have anticipated some of your questions and answered them... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Schultz at Saturday, April 7, 2018

A Quiet Transformation

by Elizabeth McBride When my kids were babies we lived in Washington, D.C. My husband took our car to work each day, so the kids and I did a lot of walking in our neighborhood. On our walks I would frequently pass by a church in our neighborhood with a sign out front that said: “God is still speaking. Are you listening?” The sign always prompted me to pause and listen for God. For about two seconds…until my daughter dropped her favorite stuffed animal on the sidewalk or my son’s... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Schultz at Monday, March 5, 2018

Drive-Thru Prayer

  "How do we become a love letter to Austin?" That question had been sitting with Joe Skraba. As Covenant pastors preached and discussed spreading God’s love to our city, Joe pondered: How can we utilize our campus as an outreach to the neighborhood and the entire community? His wife, Holly, felt the same. “We have this great location, and it was bugging us to figure out what we could do.” Joe's inspiration manifested as a fusion between this desire to serve Austin and two... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Schultz at Monday, April 10, 2017

I See Color

Covenant member Alyson Wagnor attended a Covenant Lab. She wrote the following article, reflecting on the class and her background.  At the introductory session of Jon Wasson’s Covenant Lab, Creating the Beloved Community: A Christian Response to Racism, Jon asked each of us to think about our first experience with race. Long after class was dismissed, I pondered the question. Race has been part of my entire life. Yet until recently, the uncomfortable word occupied my perceptions of... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Schultz at Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Q Commons Austin

Covenant Presbyterian Church hosted Q Commons in October, welcoming three local presenters and many guests. The crowd descended upon the church to be part of a global conversation on hot topics in our world. The conversations were led by Q founder Gabe Lyons, who -- along with several nationally-known presenters -- joined us via video. Covenant followed up to this event early this year, with the three local presenters returning to the church for longer, separate discussions. For a... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Schultz at Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Prayer and Work: An Integrated Relationship

Tish Harrison Warren was at Covenant Wednesday, Oct.5, as part of our Faith and Lecture Series. Warren, a priest in the Anglican Church in North America who serves at Resurrection South Austin, talked about vocation as our mission. She said that after the Reformation, the “earthy notion of vocation,” more than the scholastic wrangling of justice, captured the imagination of Europe and the hearts of lay people. “It was a new concept that a farmer could teach the story of God in the field... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Schultz at Thursday, October 6, 2016

Need a Lift?

Here’s how God changed my life this year. It’s almost like He had it all planned… We all have our “church friends,” right? They are the people we look for across the patio and rush to catch for a few minutes of laughter before everyone disperses on Sunday mornings. Maybe they are the people we bump into at dinner and introduce to others as our “friends from church.” Have you ever wondered how to transform your church friends into real-life friends? My church friends include... Read More
Posted by Stephanie Schultz at Thursday, September 29, 2016

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