Through our various caring ministries, we seek to embody Christ's gracious love as we sacrificially serve one another. Our deacons look after their care groups; and our various support groups provide ongoing care, support and education to help navigate difficult times. For more information, contact our Congregational Care assistant Kay Austin or (512) 334-3030.
Covenant Deacons have a mission to ensure that members of the Covenant church family receive the care, support and encouragement needed to face life’s challenges. Every Covenant member has a Deacon assigned to them. The care provided by the Deacons allows people to continue to grow and to reach out with Christ's love in Austin and around the world.
Contact: Kay Austin or Beth Voorhees
What we are facing now in the midst of this pandemic is acute traumatic stress. Resilience and healing from trauma is something that happens best in the context of supportive relationships. With this in mind, trained trauma facilitators Deb and Larry Rieber will be hosting a virtual seminar to explore the personal effects of Covid-19 on yourself and others. This 2-hour interactive seminar will provide an opportunity to share personal experience with Covid-19, reflect on God’s love and care in the midst of this crisis, and learn “trauma-informed” strategies for how to cope and heal from the trauma of Covid-19. (Workshop is limited to 6 people.)
The Lord is near to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit—Psalm 34:18
Walking the Mourner’s Path is a Christ-centered, spiritually-directed grief support group for those who are mourning the death of a loved one and are experiencing the pain of grief. Group members become aware of God’s presence and healing comfort as they share their own stories with each other. Participants learn ways to honor loved ones, seek spiritual direction and discover Christ's promise of comfort as they move forward. Two trained group leaders and a Covenant pastor serve as facilitators. Group enrollment is open to church members or non-members and uses a workbook that is available for $25 at the first meeting. Scholarships are available. We welcome anyone who is grieving the death of a loved one whether or not the death was recent. (Due to the nature of online meetings, there is a maximum of 8 participants.)
Contact: Kay Austin
Covenant’s ministry of encouragement will offer a virtual pie-making class on Sunday, September 20, at 2 p.m. Participants will pick up a box of supplies at Covenant containing all the tools needed and a list of ingredients to purchase on your own. Class participants will learn how to make a pie with the expectation that they will also learn the joy of giving it away. Spots are limited! Stuart Young will teach the class.
Contact: Kay Austin or (512) 334-3030
Do you have heart wounds that haven’t healed? Do you wish you could forgive someone who has hurt you? Consider taking the Trauma Awareness and Recovery course. The group follows a practical approach to engaging scripture and mental health principles. We will cover topics such as: If God loves us, why do we suffer? How can the wounds of our hearts be healed? Two trained group leaders facilitate each workshop. (Each workshop is limited to 12 people.)
Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. Covenant Presbyterian Church is affiliated with the Allandale Group of AA, which meets Monday through Friday at noon and in the evening in the Fellowship and Education Building.
Contact: Dallas Maham or (512) 589-5044
Al-Anon offers encouragement, strength and hope to anyone who has been affected by the disease of alcoholism in a family member or friend. We are a warm and welcoming group of people of all ages and walks of life. We meet on Zoom every Thursday at 6 p.m. If you are interested in joining our meeting, send us an email and we will reply with an invitation. If you have questions about Al-Anon, contact Sandra Winkler.
Contact: Sandra Winkler or (512) 219-9166
Reach out to us if you need care. We are here to provide pastoral care, to pray for you and even to make sure you can get onto the new online platforms we are using.