What is Happening This Week 4/28-5/3/20

Message from the Bishop
Bishop Michael McKee says it’s best that UM congregations of the North Texas Conference not meet face-to-face through the end of May. No date is set to reopen in-person worship, but he is hopeful for June. See his full message below.  
Bishop’s Message  

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.  

Breakfast for Austin Street Holy Covenant is scheduled to again provide breakfast for the homeless at Austin Street Shelter. If you are able to donate food, please prepare 12 sandwiches, 12 pieces of fruit and 12 hard-boiled eggs and deliver them to Holy Covenant on Saturday, May 2nd between 9 am and noon. Bottled water and juice boxes are also appreciated. Please drive around to the kitchen door where members of the Spiritual Journeymen will receive the donations from you. The food will be delivered Saturday afternoon and it will be served by the Austin Street staff on Sunday morning.  

Food Distribution This Sunday, May 3rd, from 1 to 3 pm, we will once again give out food to those in our area in need. There are still some food items we need which can be brought to the church on Thursday, April 30th, between 10 am and noon. There are still slots available for volunteers to fill bags on Saturday afternoon, May 2nd. And there are still some volunteer roles to fill on Sunday during the actual distribution. To volunteer, please for to signupgenius.com. Please see below for what food items we are lacking. .  

Now for some distractions! Here is a bible lesson about not worrying and activity sheets for the kids.
Message from the Food Pantry Team
We are so appreciative of all of the people who have donated food and money to the Food Pantry for our Food Distribution Event.  
We are still in need of the following items:
Peanut Butter
Pasta Sauce  
Lois Eaton will be at the church on Thursday, April 30th from 10:00 am to noon to receive donations.  We are also in need of people to help pack bags on Saturday, May 2nd and help run the operation on Sunday, May 3rd. Again, you can sign up for jobs on signupgenius.com or call or text Lois at 214-862-8683 or email her at [email protected].  Thank you again for your commitment to the Holy Covenant Food Pantry and to your neighbors.  

Prayers of the People:  
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:
The Parsons family on the death of Toni’s nephew Chad. The Kees family on the death of David Tordoff. Our friends at Atria Carrollton. Susan McAnally recovering from foot surgery. Sharyn Yetman recovering from surgery. Charles Holley in need of employment. Betty Morse dealing with health issues. Carlos Ponce dealing with health issues. Susie Ponce dealing with health issues. Those who have lost employment due to the quarantine.   
And continued prayers for the following: Barbara Taake; Shelley Fincke; Barbara Wright; Aletha Craven; Mary Harrison; Florence Richter; Tyler Ackerman; Jojo Sain; and Mike Gilbert.  
If you have other prayer concerns to share, please call 469-487-8432.  

Scripture for Sunday,May 3:
Acts 2:42-47 1 Peter 2:19-25 John 10:1-10
If you would like to follow daily readings, they are listed here.  

Ways to Help:
Pen Pals Requested for Atria Residents When was the last time you had a pen pal? Now is the perfect time to embrace the charm of classic correspondence. Our friends at Atria Carrollton would love to hear from you! Choose one of these story-sharing prompts and share a bit about yourself in a card or letter: What things from today will only be seen in a museum 100 years from now? What message in a bottle would you send to the year 2120? If you could be instantly transported to any place on earth, where would you go and why?   Address your mail to the attention of “Atria Pen Pals” and they will match you with a resident.
Atria Carrollton, 1825 Arbor Creek Drive, Carrollton, TX 75010  

Bags Needed for Mats Our mat makers arestaying busy making sleep mats for the homeless. If you have plastic grocery bags you would like to contribute, please contact Lois Eaton [email protected], 214-862-8683. You may leave your bags by your front door and Lois will pick them up.  
Everyone is concerned about finances at this time, and Holy Covenant is no exception. If you typically bring your offering to worship, please consider online giving.  
April Giving:
Budgeted $40,765
Month to Date $23,070  

Online giving
Go to hcumc.org, choose Donate from the menu in the right-hand corner and under Online Giving you can even set up regular giving by choosing the Donation Frequency.  Another option is to download the GivePlus app from the App Store or Google Play, choose Holy Covenant and make your contributions from your mobile device. The app is free to download and install.