We distribute Covenant Matters on the first and third Sundays of each month during all traditional services. If you do not receive a physical copy, you can typically find one at the Covenant Hall front desk, in the Narthex or in the lobby of the Fellowship and Education Building.
April 9, 2018
Explore Membership in April
Covenant will offer a condensed version of its Explore Membership class in April. Those interested are invited to attend this session, which will take place on two Wednesday nights, April 11 and April 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. Childcare or Wednesday evening children’s activities are available. To learn more, contact Amy Skaggs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Covenant’s new Institute for Missional Formation (IMF) provides a framework for nurturing spiritual formation, both individually and as a congregation. As one of our first IMF initiatives, Covenant will launch three cohorts of 20 participants in the fall of 2018.
Covenant is seeking members who can commit one year to deepening their relationship with God and discovering how God is calling them to be part of His mission in the world. Within their cohorts, they will attend four mandatory retreats, meet in small groups and devote time and energy throughout the year to spiritual practices.
If you are interested in joining a cohort, the first step is to fill out the online form at covenant.org/imfcohort by April 30 with your preferred retreat dates. The first two retreats are at a nearby, but out-of-town location and last for 2½ days. The latter two are at Covenant. Each cohort will attend their specific retreat dates – no mixing and matching dates. The specific dates are spelled out online.
Because we need to ensure that we have three cohorts of 20 people each, we may be unable to grant all requests to join. By May 15, we hope to let you know what your next steps are. Cohorts will start meeting in September 2018.
Contact Jill Williams at IMFCohort@covenant.org for more info.
VISIONS Activities Day April 3
Due to technical difficulties, our last Activities Day movie, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” (2017) , wasn’t shown. We will show it April 3. 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. For more information contact Sue Gunnels (214) 403-7981.
“Shipwrecked” VBS is Coming Soon!
Vacation Bible School is June 11-15! Registration has opened, t-shirts are being made and all the details are being prayed over! Our Covenant family is invited to support VBS in SO many ways, including volunteering! Sign up at covenant.org/childrens-ministry or email email@example.com. We need volunteers of all ages to help bring this most fun week of the year to life.
We also need DONATIONS! Drop off the following items in the back of Eaton Hall or contact Christy (firstname.lastname@example.org) for pick-up:
Rope (any size/thickness)
Green garden hose (can be full or already in pieces)
Cardboard tubes of all sizes (wrapping paper, carpet tubes, etc.)
Nets (fishing type)
Green and brown craft paper (large roll)
Seashells (all sizes)
Rocks (medium to large)
Scrap wood (plywood, 2x4s, pallets, etc.)
After-Church Potluck & Family Fellowship
Families of all ages are invited to share food and fellowship after church on Sunday, April 22. We are opening the fourth floor of the Fellowship and Education Building to play and gather for a meal at 12:15 p.m. We will provide plates, flatware and beverages. You simply bring a dish to share! Make your own or pick up a local favorite. For more information, contact Christy Milam, email@example.com or Amy Skaggs, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sanctuary Concert is May 20
Save the date for the spring choir concert. Covenant’s Sanctuary Choir and GraceNotes will perform on Sunday, May 20, at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This concert is always a beautiful way to spend a weekend afternoon.
Climate Change: Facts, Fictions and our Faith
Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change, will present “Climate Change: Facts, Fictions and our Faith” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, in FE 200. Hayhoe, who will present virtually, will untangle the complex science behind global warming and highlights the key role our faith and values play in shaping our attitudes and actions on this crucial topic.
Ride the Shuttle!
Covenant worship attendance is up and we are running out of parking space. 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.
Belize Share Night is April 11
For the fourth year, Covenant families traveled to Belize over spring break to continue our partnership with Ebenezer Church, which is in the slums of Belize City. A team of 17 Covenant members visited, and a few of them will share their stories about the relationship with Ebenezer and all that God did during the week. Come hear about this meaningful experience on Wednesday night, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. in FE 200.
Covenant Preschool is Taking Applications
Covenant Presbyterian Preschool is currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year! With classes for children from 9 months to 5 years, our half-day program is supported by a community of parents, teachers and children working together to provide high quality, play-based learning in a Christian environment. Visit covenant.org/preschool for more information or call (512) 454-8370 to schedule a tour of our facility.
MOMS Group meets 16
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, April 16, we will talk about the upcoming summer and how to plan for camps, vacations and all the fun activities that the warmer weather brings. Come share your favorite scheduling tips!
Spring Dates for Career Transitions
Covenant’s spring program of Career Transitions started on April 5. This class, which focuses on pertinent job finding strategies, is for those facing employment uncertainty or change. Participants are invited to attend one or all of the five sessions on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in FE 100 until May 3. On April 12, Angela Loeb, author, speaker, career/personal vision strategist, will present “Resumes That Work.” Visit covenant.org/career for future topics. For more information, contact Kay Austin at email@example.com.
“Phew, It’s Typical for Their Age”
On Sunday, April 22, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., renowned child therapist Jacklyn Sepp will provide parents with information to help them identify important developmental needs and challenges for children at different ages; implement developmental appropriate practices to connect with children; and identify signs of when it’s important to seek help from professionals.
This Sunday, April 8, Jacklyn will present “Setting Limits” from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in FE 109.
Covenant is sponsoring these important workshops so our community can attend for free! Free childcare when reserved at least 48 hours in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for either workshop, email email@example.com.
Keep Austin Beautiful Day
Volunteers are needed to help improve the landscaping in front of the Family Resource Center at Webb Middle School from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 14. Volunteers will plant bushes, flowers and mulching. A picnic lunch with other service project volunteers working in the area follows. To volunteer, please contact Julie Weeks at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 797-4847.
VISIONS LUNCHEON ON APRIL 17
Come hear renowned fiddle player Paul Schlesinger and his wife Tara perform a unique blend of country swing, classic western and traditional gospel tunes. Paul is the music team leader of the Lee County Cowboy Church and its band Second Chance. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Gatesville in 2012. He and Tara were named its Entertainers of the Year in 2016. Join us for good food, fellowship and an uplifting program by some of the area’s most talented musicians. We guarantee that the program will put a smile on your face and have you tapping your toes. Please make a reservation by calling the church office at (512) 454-5231. Cost of lunch is $6 paid at the door.
VISIONS SAFARI TO JOHNSON CITY April 26
Grab your hat and camera to enjoy a guided tour on an open-air bus to see the Exotic Resort Zoo in Johnson City featuring more than 500 animals. Afterward, we have free time for lunch, to explore the many antique shops on Main Street or visit the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park. Bus departs at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 26. We will return around 3:30 p.m. Registration begins April 8. Space is limited to 21 people. Cost is $23 per person for bus and tour. Lunch on your own. Contact Susan Antoniewiez at email@example.com or (512) 695-6268.
PW Birthday Offering
In recognition of the importance of “having a home,” the women of the Presbyterian Church (USA) will distribute their annual Birthday Offering to a tiny house village in Oregon, a retreat center in Honduras, and a safe harbor for women and children escaping domestic violence in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Since 1922, Presbyterian Women (PW) have chosen to celebrate their birthdays by giving rather than receiving. The circles and other women’s groups at Covenant will collect this offering during April and dedicate it at the Women’s Spring Luncheon on Wednesday, May 9. For more information, contact Carol Sheppard, PW Treasurer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connecting Christian Community in Cuba
In Cuba, American and Cuban Christians assembled by God gather for mutual blessing. Absent most electronic connectivity, we explore new paths of outreach where God may be leading us. We enter Cuba under religious visas, requiring us to complete registration many months in advance of our late October/early November trip. Preference is given to the first 15 Covenant members completing registration by June 3. For more information, visit with Cuba veterans on the patio, view the Cuba ministry display in the east side of the patio kiosk, and visit covenant.org/cuba. Contact Jack Kern at email@example.com for an application.
Austin Samaritans Mission Trip
Austin Samaritans mission trip to Nicaragua will take place from April 28 to May 5. The Samaritans invite you to prayerfully consider joining this amazing opportunity to share God’s love and grow in relationship with our broader Christian Community. Our time will be spent adding an additional classroom at Club Cristiano School, handing out reading glasses and painting Biblical Murals at Colegio Cristiano Presbiteriano School. For more information and applications, please visit austinsamaritans.org or call (512) 465-2073.