What is Happening This Week 5/5-5/10/20

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.  
Here are Children’s Activity Bulletins for this week for Ages 3-6 and Ages 7-12.  

Scripture for Sunday, May 10:
Acts 7:55-60 1 Peter 2:2-10 John 14:1-14
If you would like to follow daily readings, they are listed here.  

Food Pantry Awarded $500 Grant The Holy Covenant Food Pantry has been awarded a COVID-19 Relief grant from the North Texas Food Bank thanks to Jeff Bezos and Feeding America.   Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon generously donated $100 million to Feeding America, which is being provided to their 200 national network members (food banks) through this grant money.   This money is to support banks and pantries for the cost of giving out food during April 1 through May 12, 2020.

Food Pantry Drive-Through Food Distribution
In a normal month, the Holy Covenant Food Pantry serves about 35 families or 100 individuals. In the last two weeks with our drive-through food distribution, we have served 144 families or 464 individuals.   This endeavor has been an incredible service to our community made possible by volunteers and donations of food and money from our congregation. I have been overwhelmed and awed by this generosity.   Our plan is to continue this project for as long as our food and support hold out and as long as the urgent need exists. Our next drive-through is scheduled for Sunday, May 17th. Someone will be receiving donations at the church on Thursday, May 7th and Thursday, May 14th and also on Saturday, May 9th and Saturday, May 16th from 10:00-noon.  
We need:
hearty soups
canned meats
pasta sauce  
I have a list of people who have volunteered to help with this project so far. If you would like to be added to my list of those who are willing to help, please contact me.   Lois Eaton 214-862-8683 [email protected]  

Prayers of the People:  
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:
The Ponce family. 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.  

Next Week’s Highlights
Ladies In Fellowship Together (LIFT)
Thursday, May 14
6:30 pm over Zoom
The monthly LIFT (Ladies in Fellowship Together) meeting will take place online Thursday, May 14, at 6:30 pm. Contact Lois Eaton at [email protected] if you wish to join in. We will enjoy fellowship and a short devotional. Come and be a part of this time of fellowship!

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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.    

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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 $29,952  

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. 

Like Puzzles?
Are you and your family putting together jigsaw puzzles? Are you tired of doing the same ones? We have LOTS of new and gently used puzzles we would love to share with you! They are 500 piece and 1000 piece puzzles. We would be happy to drop one on your doorstep. We will even share photos for you to choose the one you want.  If you are interested, please contact Elise at [email protected]