Covenant Matters

Covenant Matters 

February 2019

Lent Invitation

During Lent, the Covenant congregation is invited to read "Mirror for the Soul: A Christian Guide to the Enneagram." Members and friends may read the book individually or with a small group. If you would like to join a small group for Lent, register at

Know Your Number: Enneagram Workshop March 1-2

The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system that helps identify what motivates us, for better or worse. All are invited to join Enneagram master teacher and best-selling author Suzanne Stabile, who will guide interested members and friends through a Know-Your-Number Workshop in FE 200 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. During the workshop, Suzanne introduces the nine Enneagram Types. Each personality type is reviewed in detail, including an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses, and the likely interpersonal challenges that may be involved in an unhealthy expression of the Type. Whether you’re new to the Enneagram or you want to learn more about your Type, this workshop is for you!

Find out more about what Enneagram is and sign up for the workshop at Contact Kathryn for details. Childcare for children ages 0-12 will be provided on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Email Elizabeth for childcare.

Baptism Celebration for Families

Join Covenant families who have baptized their children over the past year for fellowship and food at Central Market at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24. Families and deacons are invited to celebrate this special milestone and get to know other families in the same age and stage of life. Light appetizers will be provided. Dinner and beverages can be purchased at the Central Market Cafe. The Central Market Patio is located at 4001 North Lamar. Contact Christy Milam.

VBS 2019: Power Up! 

The most fun week of the summer 2019 is June 3-7! Join the kids and volunteers of Covenant for Power Up, VBS 2019. Each day, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, our kids will discover how “God’s power has given us everything we need to live a godly life" (2 Peter 1:3a, NIV). Get more information and sign up here

Also, Triumph Sports Camp will offer an afternoon camp June 3-6 from noon to 4 p.m. for children ages 4-12. Through this fun camp, kids get their energy out with various sports while learning more about God's love. Learn more here

Family Game and Movie Night

Covenant Children and Family Ministry is hosting a Family Game and Movie Night! Kids, parents and grandparents are invited for pizza, popcorn and fun on Friday, March 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a board game to play with other families or sit back and watch a movie. Contact Christy Milam. Register on Realm!

Looking for Hearts for Service 

Beginning in February, Covenant Children and Family Ministry will be recruiting all ages of volunteers to help nurture the spiritual lives of our children in the 2019-2020 school year. When we baptize children, all members take a vow to travel with our youngest congregants on their Christian journey. Volunteers will be trained to teach, assist and foster a welcome and safe learning environment for our children. Opportunities include nursery care, buddying with children with special needs, teaching and mentoring. For more information or to volunteer, contact Rachael McConnell or visit our "Hearts for Service" tree in the lobby of the Fellowship and Education Building. 

Covenant Seeks a Graphic Designer/Webmaster

Covenant is looking for a part-time graphic artist/webmaster. Responsibilities include designing and laying out materials for print, media, web and other forms of electronic media, serving as webmaster and owning some social media accounts. This individual will be detailed oriented and able to manage several projects at one time. Some admin work is required. Knowledge of Adobe In Design, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress and Mailchimp; photography and videography skills desired. Two-year college degree and two years of experience. This is a 20-25/week position. Email resumes here

Ash Wednesday Services

Easter comes late this year. Ash Wednesday, which kicks off the Lenten season, is March 6, and Covenant will have Ash Wednesday Services at noon and 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Ashes will also be imposed at the 7 a.m. Wednesday Morning Prayer Service in FE 100.  Easter Sunday is April 21. 

March VISIONS Activities Day

The next VISIONS Activities Day is Tuesday, March 5. 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. Contact Sue Gunnels at (214) 403-7981.

VISIONS Lunch is Tuesday, Feb. 19

"The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard" is the presentation for the Feb. 19 VISIONS lunch. Join us for lunch, which will be served at 11:30 a.m. Afterward, Covenant member Kristin Schell will tell us how she used an ordinary picnic table to transform her front yard into a place of hospitality and connection with friends and neighbors. This idea has swept the country in the most amazing way! Please bring $6 for your lunch. Make reservations by calling Jennifer English at the church office at (512) 454-5231. Contact Beth Daniel for questions about lunch and all activities for seniors.      

VISIONS TRAVEL to the Georgetown Theatre

On Sunday, Feb. 24, VISIONS TRAVEL will go to Palace Theatre in Georgetown to see "Pump Boys and the Dinettes." The group will meet at Covenant at 12:45 p.m. to catch the bus for a toe-tapping country musical that tells the story of several men who own and run a gas station near Smyrna, Ga., and the women across the street who own and run the diner featuring pie and coffee. Featured songs include "Taking It Slow," "Fisherman's Prayer" and "The Night Dolly Parton Was Almost Mine." Sign up starts at VISIONS Activities Day on Feb. 5 and will last until Feb. 19. Only 18 tickets available at the reduced price of $20. Dinner following performance at Cracker Barrel (on your own). Contact Judy Gunnels at (214) 823-5636 or Pat Noel at (207) 730-2741. 

Armchair Travelers Journey to Arizona

Armchair Travelers will meet on Thursday, Feb. 7, when Jim Robinson shares his trip to Phoenix and Tucson with visits to South Mountain in Phoenix, and Saguaro National Park, Old Tuscon movie set, Tombstone, Bisbee, Pima Air and Space Museum, and Tohono Chul Park and Gardens in Tucson. We will meet in FE 200 at 7 p.m. with refreshments during intermission. Armchair Travelers is open to anyone who enjoys travel and good fellowship. For more information, contact Marv Hackert at

Preschool Spring Fundraiser

Covenant Presbyterian Preschool will host "The Gatsby Gala," its annual spring fundraiser, on Saturday, March 2, at Chez Zee American Bistro. This fundraiser provides the preschool with supplemental resources needed. All proceeds go directly to the school's operating expenses. Last year we raised more than $20,000. 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. You can directly impact our preschool program's 120+ children through facility and curriculum enhancements, teacher support, and learning opportunities such as Spanish and music. To find out more about supporting the fundraiser, contact Katie McFarlane.  

Food Care Ministry Seeking Organizer

Over the years, Covenant has nurtured our congregation by offering a "Food Care Ministry,” most recently with our Rock-a-Bye freezer for the arrival of new babies. We hope to reenergize this important ministry and provide food for families with new babies, and also for families experiencing loss or illness. We are looking for a team of at least two people who feel called to be the hands and feet of the church in this palpable way. You do not have to cook to be an organizer. If you would like more information or have questions, contact Christy Milam. Many Covenant families would love the comfort that a warm meal provides.

Covenant Supports Harvey Victims

In fall 2017, Covenant members responded with extravagant generosity to disaster relief collection for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, giving a total of $66,967. Covenant immediately donated $7,500 to Austin Disaster Relief Network and in subsequent months covered expenses for materials and volunteers to help out in Houston, Port Aransas and Port Arthur. Covenant volunteers included Steve Bissell, Danny Bissell, Kate Murphy, Gaines and Leslie Bagby, Mike Austin, Jen Kost and Jim Rumbo. Covenant also purchased insulation to help a Houston homeowner volunteers met on a trip. 

The mission committee also donated $20,000 to Rebuilding Together Houston, an organization that repairs homes damaged by Harvey that belong to veterans and the disabled. Covenant participated in RTH work twice, with volunteers Steve Bissell, Brian Millington, Jim Rumbo, Brian Millington, Harold Skaggs and Monroe Talley. Disaster relief funds covered expenses. The mission committee recently approved an additional $20,000 donation to RTH to repair another home. To date, Covenant has allocated $48,742 to Harvey relief. The remaining funds are available for ongoing relief needs. Thanks to all members who supported these efforts with money, time and prayers.

CROP Walk for Hunger

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the CROP Hunger Walk is known to many as the “granddaddy of charity walks." The $80,000 raised in Austin last year provides much-needed food assistance locally and around the world. For the 2018 Austin CROP Walk, Covenant was the second largest fundraiser. The first was another Presbyterian congregation that raised almost twice as much. This year, we are stepping up our game! You can “walk the walk” with the Covenant group at Camp Mabry on Sunday, Feb. 24. Registration is at 2 p.m.; the walk starts at 2:30 p.m. You may also sponsor a walker or contribute to the Covenant team here. For more information, contact PW mission coordinator Sally Rowe.  

IF: Gathering 2019 Is March 29-30

Women of Covenant and beyond are invited to link arms with women across generations, denominations and cultures for a time of worship, reflection and to discover what it looks like to lean on God’s wisdom for 2019. Invite friends, family and neighbors to join us for the IF: Gathering 2019 in FE 200 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 29, and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. We will use Proverbs as our guide. Register here. Scholarships are available: contact Stephanie Campbell. We believe gathering is the spark to fuel discipleship in our community and to spread God’s love. 

Handbells for Youth

Do you know a youth who is interested in playing handbells? Emmanuel Ringers is a handbell group of 6th through 12th grade students who will rehearse each Sunday from 3:45-4:30 p.m. The group started on Sunday, Feb. 10, but it's not too late to join in. The Emmanuel Ringers will perform with the Journey Youth Choir at the 8 a.m. service on Easter Sunday. Journey members AND non-Journey members are welcome and encouraged to come ring with us! Contact Stacy Curtis

MOMS Group February Meetings

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, Feb. 18, we will discuss "The Five Love Languages of Children" and how we can better love our children as the individuals they are.

For more information on MoMs, contact Katie McFarlane. For free childcare, please make reservations at least 48 hours in advance by contacting

Mo Ranch Spring Retreat Is March 24

As we count down the days to the Mission Presbytery Retreat, we are thrilled that almost 70 women from Covenant will attend. As the host church, our planning committee continues to nail down the details to make it a fun weekend for everyone. If you have signed up to attend and would like to help with greeting, events, transportation or decorating, we have a spot for you! Please remember to send in your registration form, available in the PW box. While all the housing set aside for the retreat is full, we are maintaining a waitlist. If you have an extra bed or a change of plans, please contact Bretna Hackert, (512) 284-9010. More details on Facebook.

Drive-a-Senior – West Austin Needs Volunteers

Drive-a-Senior – West Austin, formerly West Austin Caregivers, is 34 years and rolling. It's perhaps Covenant’s oldest mission. In 2016, the group gave 5,956 rides; in 2017, Drive-a-Senior West Austin gave 6,482 rides, and in 2018, 6,554 rides. Austin is growing and the senior population is one of the fastest growing in the country. We need driver and volunteers. The schedule is very flexible. To volunteer, call (512) 472-6339.

Also, Drive-a-Senior West Austin is part of Amplify Austin/ I Live Here/I Give Here. On this day, Feb. 28, consider donating to Drive a Senior – West Austin. Go here to donate. 

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