What is Happening This Week 8/20-8/23/20

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.  

Highlights This Week
Elections 2020 Presentation
Sunday, August 23rd 
9:00 am via Zoom
This Sunday, August 23rd during the Sunday School hour (9:00-10:15) we will have representatives from the League of Women Voters join us for a non-partisan, educational discussion about Elections. Your Advocates for Justice and Peace are hosting this program on Zoom. The link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86270455593?pwd=NnJkUTFUc2hCMnlzNzdEZE5rRFIvUT09#success.
Meeting ID: 862 7045 5593
Passcode: 968343  
Here is a helpful handout from LWV.  
With elections taking place on November 3rd, it is important to know about registration, eligibility, where & how to vote, and what will be on the ballots. Please join in so you can raise your Voice with your Vote. ______________________  
Blood Drive
Sunday, August 23
From 8:30 to 12:30
in the Holy Covenant parking lot
Carter BloodCare will bring their bus to our parking lot. 16 donor time slots available. The slots are limited to observe social distancing. Schedule your slot here.  

Scripture for Sunday, August 23:
2 Timothy 3:14-17
Sermon Title: Habits of the Heart  

Prayers of the People   Hands
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:
A.P. Loyd who has been moved to assisted living. Carlos Ponce who is home now. Our friends at Atria Carrollton. Those who have lost employment.   
And continued prayers for the following:
The family of Rev. Gene Wisdom; Paul Fincke; Charles Hinton; Janet Trumble; Barbara Wright; Aletha Craven; Mary Harrison; Florence Richter; Tyler Ackerman; Jojo Sain; and Mike Gilbert.  

Food Pantry
Our next Drive Through Food Distribution is this Sunday. We served 117 families at the last Distribution. It takes a lot of food to feed that many people, and it has become very expensive. In July, we spent about $1,700 on food. So far in August, we have spent $2,400, and we have another week to go.
Our money has come from grants and the generosity of the congregation. If you would like to donate to the Food Pantry, you can do that online, send a check to the church, or drop off your donation in the church office. Be sure to note that the donation is for the Food Pantry.
There are some food products that we have not been able to get from the North Texas Food Bank:
Hearty soups
Large canned chicken
Pasta sauce
Dog and cat food  
We still need help unloading food on Wednesday mornings. If you can help, please contact Lois Eaton at 214-862-8683 or [email protected].  
We also need people to help pack boxes and bags on Friday. If you are willing to help, you can sign up on signupgenius or contact Lois Eaton.   Someone will be at the church on Thursday and Saturday from 10:00-noon to accept your donations.  
We look forward to serving our community with the help of the Holy Covenant congregation.  

Youth Director Sponsors Requested
You may have heard that we are excited to be interviewing for a Youth Director for Holy Covenant! We are hard at work on forecasting and budget planning for the months and years ahead. However, because of the tremendous interest in this ministry, a sponsorship campaign is underway to help cover the salary in the meantime.  

Suggested monthly commitment amount: $50 or $100
Commitment start date: September 1, 2020
Length of commitment: 7 months minimum, through Q1 of 2021  

Once forecasting and budgeting are complete in the coming weeks, we will communicate directly with the sponsors regarding any ongoing need beyond that time frame (if any).  
If you would like to commit to a sponsorship, please contact Christine Perry at [email protected] or 817-239-3575.  
A line item for the sponsorship has also been added to the donation page on our website.            

Finances checkbook-pen.jpg
Everyone is concerned about finances at this time, and Holy Covenant is no exception. 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  
August Giving:
Budgeted $34,365
Received $30,093  
Online Giving 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 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. Please contact Tim Shepardson at [email protected] if you are interested.    

hands_teamwork_puzzle.jpg 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].