What is Happening This Week 1/21-1/24/21

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

Sunday, January 24 Third Sunday after the Epiphany Sermon: Following Jesus Scripture: Mark 1:14-20    

Prayers of the People   Prayer 2
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:
The family and friends of Carlos Ponce who passed away January 8th. The McAnally family on the loss of Rex’s mother Evelena. The Boren family on the loss of Wendell Stephens, Scott’s stepfather. The Piccola family on the loss of Tracy and Jeff’s grandmother, Mamie Piccola. Randy Richter on the loss of his friend Lynn McCasland. Doug and Carol Jones and Sarah Jones Kolbye who have all tested positive for COVID.
Rex McAnally; Andy Edwards; Max and Nicole Thomas; Paul and Shelley Fincke; Nomi Lippincott; Diane Prindle; Charles Hinton; Janet Trumble; Mary Harrison; Tyler Ackerman; Jojo Sain; our friends at Atria Carrollton; and those who have lost employment.  

Food Pantry
FACT: Prior to COVID, 13% of Texans were food insecure. Now, in the midst of COVID, 29% of Texans are food insecure. That’s almost 1 in 3 people. The next time you are in a group of people, take a look around, and imagine that 1 in 3 people there are hungry. That’s very scary, and it is why it is so important to support the Holy Covenant Food Pantry.  

Our next Distribution is January 24th. Please go to signupgenius.com to sign up to join our group of volunteers. This time we are asking you to sign up to pack bags on Friday or to work the Distribution on Sunday. You can also contact Lois Eaton at 214-862-8683 or [email protected] to volunteer.  

Someone will be at the church Thursdays and Saturdays to accept donations between 10 am and noon.
We need:
Hearty Soups
Pasta Sauce
Canned Chicken  
Thank you for your continued support of the Food Pantry.  

Highlights Next Week    
Churchwide Meeting Sunday, January 31 11:30 am on Zoom
We will meet virtually to share information on how we ended 2020 and look forward to the year ahead.    

banana Breakfast for Austin Street
Food Donations Accepted Saturday, January 30
from 9 am to noon
Holy Covenant Kitchen
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, January 30th, between 9 am and noonBottled 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. Contact Rick Davis for more information 972-814-5325, [email protected].           

  Lent 2021 Devotionals
You are needed! Please volunteer to write a devotional that we can share with the Holy Covenant family each morning during Lent. Please select a favorite scripture and write a belief reflection and a prayer that we can email out to everyone each of the 40 days of Lent. Send them to Elise at [email protected].  
If you are one that does better with suggested themes, below are the themes of the weeks. If you would like to have your devotional fit into the theme of the week, please select one of these:
Feb 17 – Ash Wednesday – keeping the faith
Feb 21 – Lent 1 – Healing
Feb 28 – Lent 2 – Self- Compassion
Mar 7 – Lent 3 – Grace
Mar 14 – Lent 4 – Hope
Mar 21 – Lent 5 – Faith
Mar 29 – Holy Week   
Feel free to contact Pastor Cheryl [email protected] for suggestions. We need 40 devotions – please be faithful, we want to hear your witness, your story, your passion for Jesus!    

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Thank you for your continued generosity!  
If you typically write a check, please consider online giving.
January Regular Donations/Pledge Payments:
Needed $49,713
Given to Date $32,490  

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Donate Here. You may 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].