Covenant Matters

Covenant Matters 

August 2019

Covenant Returns to Four Services

Covenant will again offer four services on Sunday mornings. Our traditional services are at 8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary. The contemporary services starts at 11:05 a.m. in FE 200. This week, we will bless our students, teachers and administrators in the 9:30 and 11:05 a.m. services and celebrate the new school year with popsicles on the porch for kids 12 and under in between services. 

Mark your Calendar for Wednesday Night Fun

Wednesday night programming resumes on Aug. 28. Covenant will serve dinner at 5 p.m. Children’s choir will meet at a new time, 5:30 p.m. What-A-Wednesday (4 years-5th grade) begins at 6 p.m. in FE 300, and Covenant Student Ministry groups meet at 6:30. Adult choir starts at 7:30 in SA 107. Some small groups also meet on Wednesday nights. Click here to learn more or email Kathryn Sedberry.

Explore Membership This Fall

If you are looking for a place to begin your journey at Covenant, Explore Membership is it! Through this class, you will learn more about how we’re living out our mission to encourage one another to follow Jesus wherever we live, work and play. Join this class to connect with the pastoral staff, meet new people and find opportunities to serve. Explore Membership will be offered Sunday mornings in September (Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29) from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in FE 100. Click here to learn more and register.  Childcare is provided.

Ride the Shuttles

It's the start of a new program year and many will be attending worship services at Covenant. Parking is tight! Please use the shuttle! To alleviate parking concerns and leave spaces for our visitors, Covenant provides shuttle service from 7:55 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. carrying worshipers from the parking lot at Texan Eye (5717 Balcones Drive) to Covenant. Thanks for riding!

Promotion Sunday

Promotion Sunday for all children ages two through 5th grade is today, Aug. 18. Sunday school begins for children who are two-years old by Sept. 1, 2019. Preschool classrooms are located on the second and third floors of the Fellowship and Education Building. Check in and drop off Kindergartners-4th graders on the third floor. Covenant 5th graders are on the 1st floor. Parents sign in all children using a secure computer check-in kiosk before escorting them to the assigned classroom. This check-in system prints two labels. One serves as your child's name tag and the second label serves as the parent claim check, which is required for pick-up. We look forward to getting to know your family!

New Children's Choir Times

Covenant's children's choirs will meet at new times this fall. The schedule for the choirs, which start Wednesday, Aug. 28, will be: 

4:30-5:10 p.m. —
Resonant Ringers, Children’s Handbell rehearsal (open to 2nd-5th grade)

5:30-6:30 p.m. —
Children’s Choirs rehearsal (PK-5th grades)

Following choir, children are invited to participate in our What-A-Wednesday evening activities with our children's ministry. Also, Covenant serves dinner beginning at 5 p.m., which is an excellent option for feeding the family, but you may bring your own dinner or feed your child dinner or a heavy snack at home prior to rehearsal. If you have questions contact Stacy Curtis.

Sunday School Orientation

If you are unable to attend Covenant's Back-to-School Night, Children and Family Ministry is hosting two Sunday morning orientations/trainings. The staff will introduce you to what a Sunday Morning looks like in children's ministry and provide an overview of our programming and safety policy. Attending this training will fulfill our annual required training for all volunteers. Sign up through Realm to attend on Aug. 25 at 10:30 a.m. for new volunteers (snacks provided) or 12:15 p.m. for returning volunteers (lunch provided). Stay in the know about Covenant kids by following us on Instagram.

Drive-Thru Prayer is This Week

Covenant will offer Drive-Thru Prayer every day this week, Aug. 19-23, from 7 to 9 a.m. to offer prayers for a successful start to the new school year and more. We need volunteers. Help for two hours, or just 30 minutes. We need people to hold directional signs encouraging motorists to stop and people to take prayer requests and pray for their requests. To volunteer or to learn more, contact Joe and Holly Skraba.

Teach ESL at Covenant

Did you know Covenant is a satellite campus for Manos de Cristo educational classes? This year we have three English classes with about 30 students, and three morning classes and one evening class. 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 or assistant? The class uses a very complete teacher guide. Most people start assisting in the classroom for a few weeks or months before planning and teaching a lesson. For more information, contact Cheryl Banks at (512) 789-2696.   

Small Group Opportunity

More hands than ever are needed to help care for the quickly growing numbers of Covenant's smallest members. Small groups are invited to serve our children together. Here's how: 
•    Once a month, serve together in the nursery (3 months-4 years). Working alongside licensed caregivers, sign up for the Sunday that works best for your group. Contact Elizabeth Moore
•    Adopt a preschool or Sunday school class for the year by committing to pray for them. The kids will receive a photo of the group that adopts them. Contact Rachael McConnell . 

Mentor a Webb Student

Do you want to make a difference in the life of a child? Consider volunteering 30 minutes once a week as a mentor for an elementary or middle school student at Covenant's adopted school, Webb Early College Prep Academy. Austin Voices for Education and Youth is recruiting Covenant members to partner with Austin Partners in Education to do in-school mentoring. If you would like more information, contact Socorro Carrasco, Webb Family Resource Center Director at (512) 841-9019. 

Donation Drive for Hopefest is Underway

Do you have gently used infant's, children's and maternity clothing, and baby gear that you'd like to donate to families in need? Consider donating them to HopeFest, a large family festival organized by Covenant's mission partner, Austin Voices for Education and Youth. Boxes are located in the Fellowship and Education Building, on the preschool floors and in Covenant Hall. There are also opportunities to volunteer at the Oct. 26 event. Stay tuned!  

Kairos Class starts September 5

The new academic year for the Kairos class starts Thursday, Sept. 5, with Tim Keller’s video “The Prodigal God." Kairos meets the first and third Thursday of the month from 10 to 11:15 a.m. in FE 109. Each meeting features a DVD presentation by a notable Christian teacher followed by class discussion facilitated by Beth Daniel. New participants are welcome to come Sept. 5 to preview the study. For more information, contact Charlie Meyer (512) 450-1833 or Beth Daniel (512) 454-5231. 

Morning Prayer on Wednesdays Resumes

Since 2007, Covenant members and friends have worshipped together weekly on Wednesdays. On Sept. 10, we'll meet for a lay-led, 30-minute service in FE 100 at 7 a.m. The group follows the format for Morning Prayer in our Book of Common Worship—rich in liturgical and spontaneous prayers, purposeful silences, a short homily, as well as a sung recently translated metrical psalm, and scripture readings drawn from the lectionary passages for the coming Sunday. Contact Don Davis at (512) 476-5028.

Chapel Class in September

During September, Chesney Szaniszlo will present “Loving Our Islamic Neighbors” in the Chapel Class. This adult Sunday school class meets at 9:30 a.m. in FE 100, with rotating monthly speakers. Chesney's study kicks off on Sept. 8. Participants will learn about Islam’s history and culture with the intention to engage our Muslim neighbors in friendship and dialogue. Contact Kathryn Sedberry

Young Adult Brunches

It is exciting to see the growing number of young adults in worship, and Covenant is pleased to offer a way for this group to connect! This fall, young adults are invited to monthly brunches. The first will be Sunday, Sept. 29, immediately following worship at 12:30 p.m. at the home of Chuck and Lorraine Volk, 5511 Woodview Ave. Please RSVP to Kathryn Sedberry.

Moms in the Word Starts September 4

Moms in the Word will start the new program year on Sept. 4. This group is intended for mothers who seek to grow in their knowledge of the Bible and meet women they can relate to in fellowship and prayer, regardless of where they are in their spiritual walk. Moms in the Word is a complement to Lamplighters; the organizers hope to welcome women who feel short on time. While there may be some simple assignments, this group is intended to be low-key and pressure-free. Participants meet Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Free childcare is available. For more details about Moms in the Word, contact Med Luckett.

Lamplighters Bible Study

“Lamplighters is the best Bible study in the city of Austin,” say women from all over town. This year’s study is “Beholding the Glory of God: A Study of God’s Attributes." Lamplighters first meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 4. The first two weeks are for introductions and fellowship. Lamplighters offers many different options for times and for small groups. Click here to learn more about Lamplighters

MoMs Group Meeting is August 19

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. Join us for coffee, a snack and fellowship with other moms. On Aug. 19, we will have our end-of-summer brunch. Join us for food and fellowship! For information, contact Katie McFarlane. Make free childcare reservations 48 hours ahead

Women’s Lunch Bunch Starting Soon

The Women's Lunch Bunch will meet Wednesday, Sept. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. in FE 107 for a relaxing lunch and fellowship. Formerly known as Mom's Lunch Bunch, this rebranded monthly gathering will meet the third Wednesday of each month to provide Covenant women an opportunity to get to know each other and learn about various topics and organizations. RSVP for this complimentary lunch by Monday, Sept. 16, via email or phone (512) 825-0275. Free childcare is available by making a reservation at least 48 hours in advance.

Covenant to Host Church Women United

Covenant will host the first meeting of the new season of Church Women United (CWU) of Austin on Friday, Sept. 6. Founded in 1940 with the motto: "Agreed to Differ, Resolved to Love, United to Serve," CWU is a racially and culturally inclusive Christian women’s movement working for a world of peace and justice. Ladies from all over the city will gather for refreshments at 9:30 a.m. in FE 200; a program will follow at 10 a.m. Many women from Covenant are active in CWU and invite everyone to participate and learn more about this organization. To help with refreshments, greeting or parking, contact Lynn Bell, CWU Coordinator, (512) 454-3990.

VISIONS Activities Day is September 3

Humphrey Bogart won his only Academy Award for his portrayal of the “Cockney rumpot” Charlie Allnutt who captains the dilapidated river steamboat “African Queen” in the Sept. 3 Activities Day movie (1951) of the same title. Katharine Hepburn received comparable praise in her role as Rose Sayer. Games start at 10 a.m. in FE 200, lunch is at noon, and the movie starts at 1 p.m. Guests are welcome. Donations are accepted and reservations are not required. For more information contact Sue Gunnels at (214) 403-7981.

Spain and Andorra Travelers

Armchair Travelers will kick off its fall series in FE 200 at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, when Marv and Bretna Hackert share their 2018 trip to Spain. Included are visits to Andorra, Barcelona (Montserrat, Sagrada Familia), Oviedo and Covadonga. Armchair Travelers is open to anyone who enjoys travel and good fellowship. There are still slots available for presenters. To present or for more information, contact Marv Hackert.

All Women are Invited to PW Lunch

All women are invited to to a casual PW lunch on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 11:30 a.m. in FE 200. The program includes the presentation of an Honorary Life Membership in Presbyterian Women to a member whose faith has shone through her service to our church and the world. We will hear Covenant’s mission director, Whitney Bell, talk about her mission vision. A $10 donation is requested. Childcare is available with 48-hour advance reservation.  Contact Maria Raper.

A New Perspective on the Ten Commandments

“Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments” will be the 2019-20 Bible study for the Presbyterian Women’s Circles and any other group wishing to reexamine these old rules in a new light. Beth Daniel will lead a monthly preview class open to anyone. The first session is Friday, Aug. 30, at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary Parlor. The PW Circles will begin their monthly Tuesday/Thursday meetings on Sept. 10 and 12. Click here for more information or contact Lori Donley and Julie Stillwell.

Seminary Workshop Features Fall Study AUthor

Covenant women are invited to a one-day workshop led by Eugenia Gamble, the author of “Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments,” the study that PW Circles will follow this year. The workshop is at the Austin Seminary on Saturday, Aug. 24, and will provide valuable background and perspective on this year's topic. Cost is only $30 if more than three sign up together. If you are interested, please contact Bretna Hackert,  (512) 284-9010.

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Traditional Service
8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Contemporary Service
11:05 a.m.
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Covenant Hall is open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

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