What is Happening This Week 4/25 – 4/28


Farewell Celebration for Gretchen Church
Sunday, April 28 following worship
We have truly enjoyed our time with Gretchen Church serving as our church accompanist. She and her husband now have an opportunity to return to Illinois where they moved from and where their family are all located. Gretchen has also enjoyed her time at Holy Covenant but is happy to be returning. She will also be able to return to the positions she held in Illinois. We are very happy for Gretchen, but sad to see her go. Gretchen’s last Sunday will be April 28. We will have a farewell celebration for her directly following the service on that day.

Blood Drive
Sunday, April 28
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
in the Covenant Center


Weekly Schedule

Thursday, 25th
12:00 PM 4H-EB201-5
1:30 PM ECDP Chapel-sanctuary
6:30 PM ReFit-CC
Friday, 26th
HC Family Campout-Turner Falls
9:00 AM ECDP Fun Friday
Saturday, 27th
HC Family Campout-Turner Falls
9:00 AM C.O.D.A.-202EB
9:00 AM GS SU405 Derby Races-CC
2:00 PM Recital-sanctuary
Sunday, 28th
8:30 AM Blood Drive-CC
9:00 AM Sunday School for All Ages
11:45 AM Covenant Cafe-EB201-5
11:45 AM Farewell Celebration for Gretchen Church-Narthex

Sunday Highlights – April 28, Second Sunday of Easter
Zuri Erenberger

Cindy Baucom and Lorrie Hammons

Ryan Baumgardner

Tim Shepardson and Rodney Stewart


Next Week’s Highlights
Holy Conversation and Potluck Lunch
Sunday, May 5
following worship
We will meet in the Covenant Center for lunch and round-table discussion regarding General Conference 2019 and our response as a church, specifically regarding same-sex weddings. This is a chance to ask questions and share thoughts leading to a Church Conference on Tuesday, May 21 when we will vote on whether or not same-sex weddings will be performed at Holy Covenant.
The Advocates for Justice and Peace will provide meat and you are asked to bring side dishes.

Feeding the Homeless
Holy Covenant is providing breakfast at the Austin Street Shelter at 6:00 am on Sunday, May 5. We will provide breakfast for 400 men, women and children at the homeless shelter.
We will provide:
12 sandwiches (individually bagged)
12 pieces fruit
12 boiled eggs in shell in carton
Cases of bottled water/ juice boxes
Snack/granola bars

We will receive all donations on Saturday, May 4 from 9 am-noon in the HCUMC kitchen. All are welcome to travel with us to Austin Street on Sunday morning at 5:15 am from the HCUMC kitchen. We will drive to Austin Street, set up and serve breakfast. We will also collect retail plastic bags for the residents to carry their food because all residents must leave the shelter at 7:00 am. For more information, contact Rick Davis 972-814-5325.

Coming Soon!
Church Conference – Tuesday, May 21
Church members will vote on whether or not to allow same-sex weddings at Holy Covenant. (Please plan to attend the Holy Conversation on Sunday, May 5th if you have any questions.)


2019: A Year in the Bible
Feel like you’ve missed the boat on reading the Bible in chronological order? Don’t! You can jump right in in any of the following ways:
1. Download the free Bible app by You Version. This link should take you to the group from Holy Covenant that are doing this reading together: Invitation.
2. You can use the link above on-line as well. If you don’t want to be connected to others you can just go to bible.com. Go to plans and search The One Year Chronological Bible.
3. You can listen to The One Year Chronological Bible through Audible.com at Audiobook or you can download the app and listen to it on your phone.
4. You can buy a The One Year Chronological Bible in book form through Amazon at Amazon or download it to your Kindle or E-Reader.
5. You can use any Bible you want and follow this print out that tells you what scriptures to read each day: Reading Plan.

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