Service Check-Up August 2015

Service Check-Up

Holy Covenant UMC 

August 2015

In This Issue

Supplies Drive

Food Pantry


Lend a Hand

Work Week

Sack Summer Hunger



International Peace Day

Youth First

Stephen Ministry

Elijah Connection


Upcoming Meetings

Missions       August 13 6:30

Advocates    August 11 7:00

Blood Drive Dates:

August 30

November 1

January 3


Harvey’s Kids Dates:

September 12

October 10

November 14


Check Out Advocates:


Check out the Holy Covenant Website for the new updated description of your Advocates for Justice and Peace.  With fidelity to the DNA of Holy Covenant, we invite all to join us at our regularly scheduled monthly meetings.  Next meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 16th.  We hope see you there!

It doesn’t feel like fall is in the air, but the calendar says it’s so!  Lots of great opportunities exist for Missions, Advocates for Peace and Justice, Elijah Connection, and Stephens Ministers.  Our goal is to keep you informed, and ensure you’re aware of all the opportunities for servanthood.

As a new information source, we’re anxious to hear what you think.  Simply Reply to this newsletter to provide your feedback.  We strive to make this valuable for you.  Let us hear from you!

School Supplies Drive 


Going back to school is right around the corner!!  While we have been working hard this summer through Sack Summer Hunger to help families out that cannot afford lunch, now it is time to move on to school supplies.  We will be helping students at Furneaux and Davis with their back to school essentials by bringing school supplies to church on August 16th & August 23rd.  Please bring what you can donate to help these students have a great school year!  

Supply lists for each grade at Davis and Furneaux are available at the Service Station.  Pick up a supply list and fulfill it, or simply buy school supplies and bring them in.  We’ll make sure they get to a child who needs them.  Every child deserves to start school with a new box of crayons!  Won’t you make sure this happens?

We appreciate your help and look forward to growing with our community through this event. 

Food Pantry Needs YOU!

Missions – Food Pantry

What:  Food Pantry pick up from Metrocrest


When:  Tuesday – choose to help once, once a month, or every week!


How:  contact Colleen Evans ([email protected]) to find out more or volunteer


Who: YOU!!!


SALT – Seek Accept Love Transform   


With the beginning of school comes the ramp up of our SALT program for this school year.  SALT is an elementary school program adults are paired with students from Furneaux and Davis schools.  There are a couple of ways that you can participate.  We have a reading program which requires 20 mins of your time each week to meet with the student and read.  Occasionally other activities may be given by the teacher.  If you cannot make a weekly commitment, there is a Lunch Buddy program that is a once a month meeting with a student at lunch.  During this time, you will eat and get to know the child.  This is a great opportunity for the child to get one on one care that they might not otherwise get.  

If you would like to volunteer but can’t make daytime commitments, there is a need for a volunteer coordinator for a side project for the teachers.

If you volunteered last year, you will soon receive an email telling you about these opportunities.  If you have never volunteered but this seems to be the opportunity for you, reach out to Andrea Allen at [email protected] or call 214-402-3244 with any questions.  We will be holding a training on Sunday, August 30th in the Sanctuary after the 11am service.  

Please volunteer to help these children in our community grow into great readers and students.  

Lend a Hand – or a Hammer  


Holy Covenant is partnering with the City of Carrollton to assist residents with minor home repair issues.  Many Carrollton residents are in danger of ordinance violations, or simply don’t have the mobility to do work themselves.  They turn to the City for assistance – and the City will turn to us!  Mark your calendars now for October 2nd, 3rd, 9th, and 10th.  On these two weekends (Friday and Saturday), Holy Covenant volunteers will gather their hammers, paintbrushes, and yard tools to help our neighbors.

We will gather at the church at 9 am and be assigned work areas.  Teams will disperse to their sites, and spend the day completing their tasks.  There will be a break for lunch, which will be provided.  It is our hope that the residents of the home will join us for fellowship during this time.

We are looking for individuals to assist on the worksites, but also need help in the kitchen!  Can you help prepare a meal?  Can you donate food?  Sign up now!  See the table in the Service Station to let us know we can count on you!  Children between the ages of 13 and 18 will be allowed to participate if parents will sign a waiver.

Because the sites will be nearby, you will be able to volunteer for a few hours, or a few days.  We need all the help we can get to help our neighbors in need.

Work Week 


Need a job?  Or just looking for a better one?  Holy Covenant can help!

September 21-25 marks Holy Covenant’s first Work Week, daily workshops designed to help you find a job.  Sessions will be held 7-9 pm daily.

Monday – How to Find a Job

Tuesday – Writing a Resume

Wednesday – How to Interview (including dressing for success)

Thursday – Mock Interviews

Friday – Job Application Assistance

Sessions are free, and childcare is provided.  However, space is limited to register at today.

CAN YOU HELP?  Volunteers are still needed to support this awesome opportunity.  Sign up at the Service Station, or contact Rick or Vicki Davis at [email protected].

Sack Summer Hunger


Our Sack Summer Hunger program has now concluded.  Thanks to your generosity, we were able to server 45 families, with 106 children.  We had over 40 volunteers throughout the program.


In our final distribution on Saturday, August 9, Holy Covenant was able to provide a $25 gift card to each family.  You are truly an amazing body!

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP)


There are “Fault Lines” in the traditional support of the death penalty in Texas.  Notably, through mid-year 2015, there have been NO death sentences imposed in Texas this calendar year.   Sadly, with the June 18th execution of Gregory Russeau, Texas has now executed 9 people, with 9 more scheduled in 2015.   Only one other state, Missouri, has a scheduled execution in 2015.  Your Advocates for Peace and Justice conduct 30-minute vigils on every execution date.  This is a time to come together, pray, remember the victims and make a public statement about state sanctioned killing.  Join us and meet in front of the Holy Covenant sign.  Upcoming dates are: August 12- Daniel Lopez, August 13- Tracy Beatty, August 26-Bernardo Tercero, September 2-Joe Garza.  Six death row inmates have received temporary stays during 2015.

Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN)


Reconciling Ministries Network is a collection of UMC individuals, communities, churches, student organizations, and others who support full inclusion of all people in the life of the United Methodist Church.  Currently, the Book of Discipline (law of the church) specifically discriminates against LBGTQ persons.  Advocates for Justice and Peace have joined the movement to publicly state that all persons should be allowed full participation in the life of the church. Future steps in the process of whether Holy Covenant will become or not become “Reconciling” will be determined at the completion of a congregational survey to be conducted soon, using both on-line surveys and hard copy surveys for those who do not have or use e-mail. 


Roy Evans and Jason Redick will represent your Advocates at the annual Convocation in San Antonio in early August.

International Peace Day


Planning is in process for a Holy Covenant event in preparation for International Peace Day.  September 21st is the day recognized internationally, and we will have an event during the Sunday School hour on Sunday, September 13th.    Themed “3 Books- One Message”, we have guest presenters and an exciting moderator to lead us in discussions about peace from three religions’ perspectives.   Mark your calendars for this experience.

Youth First


“Breakfast for Dinner” provided by Holy Covenant has become one of the favorite events at the Dallas Resource Center’s Youth First Facility that provides support to marginalized youth and their families.  The next scheduled date is Friday evening, October 9th.  For those who would like to assist, please contact Mary Mitchell Trimble (214-232-5736) or Rose Lovell (214-228-6665).

Caring Through Sharing

Stephen Ministry

Pastors will always be on the front lines of care, especially during times of crisis.  But there are always many more needs for ongoing, one-to-one care than pastors can effectively meet by themselves.  Many of us face worries, anxieties, and fears as our lives unfold.  Events often occur, such as the loss of a loved one, financial challenges, job loss, relationship issues, loneliness, sickness, disabilities, unsettling life changes, faith issues, and the like.  When this happens, we often have difficulty coping.  In such situations – even if the struggle is temporary – no one should have to suffer alone. You don’t have to!

Holy Covenant UMC is a “Stephen Ministry” church.  Stephen Ministry is “God’s people helping God’s people.”  Stephen Minister volunteers receive more than 50 hours of initial training followed by ongoing guidance and continuing education.  They have been commissioned by our church to give you caring, non-judgmental, empathetic listening.  They are trained to be there for you, to walk with you and care for you in your difficult times. 

Anything you share with them is strictly confidential.  No one will know you even have a Stephen Minister unless you tell people yourself.  Their ministry is free and continues for as long as you need it.  The Stephen Minister will meet with you in your home or wherever you feel comfortable.  They come to you.

Members, as well as nonmembers who are experiencing worry, loss, anxiety, concerns, and loneliness should take advantage of this wonderful ministry.  You can contact Stephen Leaders Susan Bryan ([email protected]) or Susan Kasten ([email protected]) for assistance.

“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

Remember, no one should have to suffer alone.

HCUMC Stephen Ministry Team Update

In 2012, Holy Covenant trained its first Ministers and Leaders and have helped carry the burdens of many care receivers.  In July, Gary Feltner and Patti Jenkins completed the Leaders Training and will be joining the current Leader’s Team.  Their commissioning will be held in September.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you feel called to this ministry, please contact the leaders listed above for more details and the next available training.

Telling Your Story

Elijah Connection

For the next few newsletters, Elijah Connection will be sharing their stories with the congregation to help others begin thinking about their own story.  Reviewing our experiences helps us understand where and how God is calling us to serve.

Tamyra Belo

I grew up in Carrollton as a child after moving to Texas from Philly when I was 6yrs old. I never really had many worries, of course my family was not one with a lot of money however I never wanted or needed for anything. But one thing that was my normal was I did grow up without my father present. I know him and spent time with him but didn’t have him like other kids in my neighborhood. All through middle school and high school I was an athlete. Basketball, Volleyball and Track was all I knew outside of hanging out with friends skating, riding bikes, playing football and swimming. However my life made a change when I got pregnant at 16 and his father left. I knew from that day forward I would live my life making sure my son had a life of support, love, experiences, and God. Once I entered college at TWU I grew to know that my passion in life is making sure all kids had the same things I wanted for my own son. 

Since 2004 I have made it my life’s goal to provide a welcoming environment no matter where I am and what I am doing to families I serve. I’ve worked in daycare’s, after-school care, recreational programs, elementary schools and community organizations and at each one of them I know that if I have the community involved then each family I serve will get everything I set out to provide for them from the beginning. My life is kids. My life is community. My life is giving what someone may not have. My life is serving others the best way I can. I hope that being apart of the Elijah Connection I will be able to show others my passion and they will join me. Will you join me? Will you be open to serving others with me? Will you just be you and share that with others? Let’s do this together!