What is Happening This Week 12/17-12/20/20


Holy Covenant Family, We have some very gifted and talented counselors in our church family. We have invited them to write a hopeful note each week during this Advent season. We are so grateful for their insight and pearls of wisdom! Today we have great wise words from Anne Michael:  

Dealing with depression and anxiety during these difficult times.
As a practicing therapist, I have seen a marked increase in depression and anxiety this year. Here are some straight foreword ways to help.

First, take care of the basics. This is really important and will go far to help with symptoms of depression (sadness, lack of motivation, feelings of hopelessness, guilt, low self-esteem) and anxiety (constant fear and worry with physical symptoms like racing heart, shortness of breath, and nausea). Many who suffer try to “self -medicate” with food, drugs and alcohol.
Those basics include:
-Eating-don’t skip meals. Eat healthy and limit salt and fat in your diet.
-Sleeping You do need 8 hours of sleep. Try it for one week and see if you feel better. Exercise This is one of the best ways to mitigate mild anxiety and depression.
-Exercise 30 minutes per day.
-Get outside! This will take more effort as temperatures cool and days get shorter, but it can really help. Try the labyrinth at Holy Covenant.
What else can help? Talking to someone. It can be a trusted friend or a therapist. Practice relaxation breathing for 5 minutes several times a day. Take slow deep breaths -4 seconds in and 4 out. Write in a journal, play music or sing, paint or draw.  

If your symptoms interfere with work, school or relationships, or you have thoughts of suicide, it is time to seek professional help. Begin with your primary care physician who may recommend you seek therapy and who may refer you to a psychiatrist (a doctor who specializes in mental health).  

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255  

  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 – Suspended    
OUTSIDE WORSHIP – Will be suspended until weather warms up.      

December 20, Fourth Sunday of Advent
Theme: PRAISE the Light
Scripture: John 1  

Prayers of the People   Prayer 2
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:
The Wright family; the Yull family; the family of Thomas Elms; Carlos Ponce; Ginny Long; Andy Edwards; Max and Nicole Thomas; Paul Fincke; Charles Hinton; Janet Trumble; Barbara Wright; Aletha Craven; Mary Harrison; Florence Richter; Tyler Ackerman; Jojo Sain; Mike Gilbert; our friends at Atria Carrollton; and those who have lost employment.

  Food Pantry
Our last Food Distribution for the year will be Sunday, December 20th from 1-3 pm. We still have some positions open if you would like to volunteer to help. I can promise you that you will find it rewarding. You may sign up on signupgenius.com or contact Lois Eaton at 214-862-8683 or [email protected].  
If you would like to donate food to the pantry, please bring it to the church office on Saturday between 10 am and noon.  
We need:
Pasta Sauce
Instant Mashed Potatoes
Green beans  

Thank you for your continued support of the Food Pantry.  

Treat Bags If you received baggies in your Advent bag to fill with treats for children, please drop them off by this Sunday, December 20th. We will give them out to families in our Food Distribution line. colored-candy-canes.jpg        

Christmas Eve Worship  
Christmas Eve In-Person Worship in the Holy Covenant Soccer Field at 3:00 pm   We will be telling the Christmas story. We invite the children to help in the retelling if they would like to join in. We will be singing the first verses of familiar hymns.   Come dressed for the cool weather, wear a mask and bring a lawn chair to sit in.    
Live Streaming Candlelight Worship at 5:00 pm  
At 5:00 pm, the HC Praise Team and Pastor Cheryl will be posting our Christmas Eve service. You are welcome to watch it live or anytime during the evening. It will be on Facebook and on our website.   
May our Christmas Eve service be a blessing to you and your family! Bring your candle, the worship bulletin, and a candy cane! See you then!     

Advent Study Mondays at 6:30 pm via Zoom
The final evening for the Advent Study will be Monday, January 4th when we will discuss Epiphany.   Pastor Cheryl is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: HCUMC Advent Study
Time: 06:30 PM Central Time        
Jan 4, 2021 06:30 PM
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Walk to the Manger
Remember you can submit your special Christmas offering online by selecting Walk to the Manger on our website giving page or by mailing it to Holy Covenant.   Thank you!          

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Thank you for your generosity this year! If you typically write a check, please consider online giving.  
December Regular Donations/Pledge Payments:
Projected $46,365
Received $27,208 ($21,908 Regular; $5,300 Walk to the Manger)  

Your pledge helps us plan our ministries for next year. If you have not yet sent your pledge or submitted it online, please turn in your 2021 pledge TODAY!  

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

Volunteers Needed!
Would you like to help with our online worship? We need 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].