What is Happening This Week 11/12-11/15/20

tree_with_fallen_leaves.jpg We hope you are joining us for online worship on Facebook Live. We will be on Facebook again this Sunday at 10:30 am. If you have missed any of the services, or do not use Facebook, you may also find them on our website hcumc.org.  

Outside Worship – 8:30 am  
OUTSIDE WORSHIP – Continues at Holy Covenant Sunday, November 15 with Rev. Jim Guest preaching.  
We meet at the cross on the east side of the building. We will email the bulletin to you Sunday morning.
-Wear a mask!
-Bring a chair or blanket!
-Bring coffee or a snack!
-Dress for the weather
– casual and comfortable!  
Prepare to encounter God and celebrate our worship leaders!   You are invited to distanced fellowship and safe gathering to worship with your church family!  
-Pastor Cheryl      

Scripture for November 15
Matthew 25:14-30  
Sermon Title:
Investment Opportunities!
Rev. Jim Guest preaching  

Prayers of the People  
Prayer 2
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:
Carlos Ponce who is undergoing radiation. Our friends at Atria Carrollton. Those who have lost employment.   
And continued prayers for the following:
The Parsons family; the Brooks-McCutchen family; the family of Terrence Nix; Nikki Holmes; Max and Nicole Thomas; Paul Fincke; Charles Hinton; Janet Trumble; Barbara Wright; Aletha Craven; Mary Harrison; Florence Richter; Tyler Ackerman; Jojo Sain; and Mike Gilbert.  

Highlights This Week  
Environmental Justice Panel Discussion
Sunday, November 15
9 am via Zoom
This Sunday, November 15th from 9:00 – 10:15 am, the Advocates for Justice and Peace will present a panel discussion via Zoom on Environmental Justice, often referred to as Environmental Racism.  

Rev. Andrew Fiser, Associate Director of Missional Outreach for the North Texas UMC Conference will moderate the panel.  
The panelists are:
1. Professor Evelyn Mayo, the chairperson of Downwinders At Risk 2. Misti O’Quinn, the Dallas Organizer for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign
3. Olinka Green, an environmental activist at the local, state, and national levels and one of our own,
4. Dr. Sharon Harris, an Instructor of English at TCU.   The Advocates are very excited about this program and hope many of you will attend. See the link below.  

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84398177382?pwd=U1U5cDBuak52TkF2TWJHWlR2cXJqUT09
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Welcome Youth Director Julian-Louis Carter
Greetings to you in Christ Our Savior! I am so very blessed and honored to be called your new Youth Director here at Holy Covenant UMC! First and foremost, I want to you know that Jesus has come to bring you life and life abundantly. In this life that he has given us, let us remember this during this weird time in our society. With that being said, I wanted to take some time out and introduce myself! I am a New Orleans native and came to Texas at 18 due to Hurricane Katrina hitting in 2005. I finished at two different high schools and graduated from College in 2009. I have a beautiful Daughter named Sarah that is my true pride and joy. This will be my third Methodist Church to serve in as Youth Director coming as a cradle Catholic but who loves the inclusivity of Methodist Doctrine, Worship, Social Justice in regards to our Black, Latino, & LGBTQ brothers and sisters alike. I love to play piano, worship, play lots of Minecraft! Lol Yes, I am a nerd lol. I look forward to seeing and meeting all of you.  

If you have any questions for me or would like to just say Hello, my number is 817.535.9639 and my email is [email protected]. I would love to hear from you. If there are any youth out there who have not been in a while, please come! My indeed intent always is to teach our young people about the Transforming work of Christ, to worship him in spirit and truth, and to serve him the best way. That is what I bring to your kids. May God’s blessings be with you always, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!

Julian-Louis Carter
Youth Director of Holy Covenant United Methodist Church  

Food Pantry
We will be handing our our Thanksgiving food at the next Food Distribution on Sunday, November 22nd from 1-3 pm. This Saturday is the deadline for donating Thanksgiving food. After that, we will go out to purchase what we need to make up the difference.  

You may sign up on signupgenius.com or contact Lois Eaton at 214-862-8683 or [email protected].  

We need:
Green Beans
Instant Mashed Potatoes
Stuffing – bread or cornbread
Soup – we still need lots of soup
Canned yams or sweet potatoes
Dog and cat food  

Someone will be at the church on Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 am-noon to accept your donations.   Thank you for your continued support of the Food Pantry.  
Delivery Drivers Needed
We need volunteers to deliver Advent bags to church members’ homes in the area. Please contact Pastor Cheryl [email protected] if you are available to drop off bags any time during the week of Thanksgiving.      

Angel Tree

Holy Covenant and Connecting the Community plan to serve boys, girls and families in the Carrollton area this Christmas. Due to COVID, we are working with connectingthecommunity.org to offer a virtual Angel Tree. Instead of buying gifts, we are inviting you to instead purchase gift cards. Go to connectingthecommunity.org and choose Amazon or Walmart gift cards, or you can make a cash donation to the church which will be used to buy gift cards. You can have the gift cards emailed to the church, mailed, or you can drop them off at the church office.  

All gift cards need to be received at Holy Covenant by Sunday, December 6.  

Online Giving
Donate Here. You may even set up regular giving by choosing the Donation Frequency.    

We are coming to the end of the year so it’s a good time to catch up on your pledge! If you typically write a check, please consider online giving or mail your check to: Holy Covenant UMC, 1901 E. Peters Colony Rd., Carrollton, TX 75007  

Year to Date as of 10/31/2020:
Regular Donations/Pledge Payments
Projected $350,047
Actual $332,755  

Budgeted $409,257
Actual $353,001  

November Regular Donations/Pledge Payments:
Projected $34,365
Received $10,378  

Remember, your pledge helps us plan our ministries for next year. Please turn in your 2021 pledge TODAY!  

Coming Soon

Advent Study 2020
Starts November 30 via Zoom  
During the season of Advent, you are invited to attend a Zoom Advent Program.   We will meet on Monday evenings beginning November 30 following the first Sunday of Advent from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. We will be following a study Adam Hamilton created this summer for the 2020 Pandemic Advent season. The study is called Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significand of Christmas. You are welcome to buy the book or not. I will be using his book as a foundation but it is not required reading for this program. If you are struggling this advent season with your lack of joyfulness, perhaps deepening your faith and seeing how our Lord arrived into a very dark world will be helpful. We are all in this together!  
We will meet: November 30, December 7, 14, 21, and end on January 4. We will be send out the Zoom invite on November 30, watch for the link.

Advent Devotions
Starting December 1
Beginning December 1, we will email an Advent devotional out every morning. There will be scripture, a brief reflection and a short prayer. We hope this might be a blessed way to begin each day as we seek light, as we journey to the manger.  

Blood Drive
Sunday, December 13
8:30 am to Noon
HCUMC parking lot
COVID-19 Antibody Testing is available for all donors. Give blood and get Mavericks gear! Carter BloodCare observes social distancing guidelines.  

Volunteers Needed!
Would you like to help with our online worship? We are looking for volunteers for our worship streaming ministry. You will be asked to commit to 2 worship services per month to operate either a video switcher or a camera.    Experience welcome–but not required! There will be training. If interested, please contact Tim Shepardson at [email protected].