What is Happening This Week 1/7-1/10/21

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 10 Baptism of the Lord Sermon: The Flowing Love of God Scripture: Mark 1:1-11    

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Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:
The Wright family; the Yull family; Rex McAnally; Evelena McAnally; Carlos Ponce; 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.  

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HCUMC Preschool Reopens Monday, January 11
Prayers for the HCUMC Preschool! We are thrilled to announce to our HCUMC family that our preschool is opening on Monday, January 11, 2021. We have had a long 10 months of liminal space to reorganize and re-create a small preschool program for this semester! Please join me in thanking the leadership, the board, the task force and teachers that have been meeting since July to safely find a way to begin this program during a pandemic. A huge Thank You to Erin Shepardson as the Interim Director! We can’t wait to have the children under our roof again next week!  
I am so honored to be serving our church community as the interim director of the Holy Covenant Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP). This beloved school has been a ministry of Holy Covenant UMC for more than 40 years! In March, when we shut down along with the rest of the nation, our families and teachers were devastated. Even though the teachers created a virtual learning opportunity for students, online preschool does not provide the same benefits as being face to face with peers.    After spending months strategically planning, we are so excited to finally be welcoming back students on Monday! During the prolonged closure the ECDP strategic planning team spent time creating a gardening curriculum, designing OLA (an outdoor learning area), and putting together outdoor center tubs, so classes can spend more time outside.    

None of this would have been possible without the dedication of our church leadership, amazing teachers, ECDP school board members, and supportive parents.    

The teachers and I would like to especially thank the following individuals and groups for their amazing support: Girl Scout Troop 7531 for providing the materials and installing the fence around our OLA and for maintaining the garden. Holy Covenant ECDP’s Parent Support Organization (PSO) for their generous monetary donation, for costs associated with the school reopening. Mrs. and Mr. Sawicki for building our outdoor kitchen and tables. And I thank the Holy Covenant ECDP strategic planning team and teachers, without whose vision and hard work in cleaning out and reorganizing classrooms and closets the reopen might not be possible.   

You can watch us learn and grow on Facebook and Instagram. A few ways you can be a part of helping us grow is by purchasing items from our Amazon wishlist, or gift cards (specifically from: Dollar Tree, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target, or Walmart), and by praying for our teachers, students and their families.    —Erin Shepardson  

Food Pantry
The Holy Covenant Food Pantry ended 2020 having served 1,280 families or 5,127 individuals. We delivered 129,716 pounds of food which equates to 108,096 meals. That’s a lot of people and food, and it looks like 2021 will be much of the same. We need all the help we can get, so please go
signupgenius.com and sign up to pack food on January 8th or 9th, or to work the next Distribution on January 10th. You can also contact Lois Eaton at 214-862-8683 or [email protected] to volunteer.  

Someone will be at the church this Saturday to accept donations between 10 am and noon.
We need:
Instant Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Canned Chicken  
Thank you for your continued support of the Food Pantry.          

Highlights Next Week
Racial Injustice Program
with Rev. Marcus Jones
Sunday, January 17 at 9 am on Zoom
Holy Covenant’s Advocates for Justice and Peace are presenting a program on Racial Injustice at 9:00 am during the Sunday School hour on January 17th.  

“Justice work requires the deep wellsprings of prayer, devotion, and intentional spiritual practices. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. understood this, and it was one of the many reasons he had the endurance, courage, and fortitude to withstand supreme opposition during his life’s fight for justice, equity, and equality. Join us as we welcome Rev. Marcus Jones of the Wesley Campus Ministry at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls as he gives us tools and strategies from the life of MLK in our quest as individuals, as a church, and as a community to bring justice to our world.”  

This presentation will be on Zoom. The link will be sent in the Weekly Email the week before the 17th and will also be sent the morning of the presentation.  

Thank You!
Thank you to everyone who helped provide 51 local students with a wonderful Christmas through the Angel Tree program in partnership with Andrea Allen and Connecting the Community. Holy Covenant helped to create wonderful opportunities for giving and receiving that would not have been possible without your generous spirit and gift of gift cards!  
Thank you Donna Johnson and Elise Webb for taking the lead on making all of this possible!  

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Thank you for your generosity in 2020!  
If you typically write a check, please consider online giving.  
2020 Non-Designated Income/Pledge Payments:
Projected $470,776
Actual $439,434

December Regular Donations/Pledge Payments:
Projected $46,365
Received $55,362 ($40,365 Regular; $14,670 Walk to the Manger)  

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Coming Soon
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.  

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].