What is Happening This Week 11/25-11/28/21

A reflection on this Thanksgiving Day for all of us!  
Find the blessings in the gathering of family around the table through conversation and the yummy food!  
This Day We Say Grateful

A Sending Blessing
It is a strange thing
to be so bound
and so released
all in the same moment,
to feel the heart
open wide
and wider still
even as it turns
to take its leave.  

On this day,
let us say
this is simply the way
love moves
in its ceaseless spiraling,
turning us toward
one another,
then sending us
into what waits for us
with arms open wide to us
in welcome
and in hope.  

On this day,
in this place
where you have
poured yourself out,
where you have been
and filled
and emptied again,
may you be aware
more than ever
of what your heart
has opened to
what it has tended
and welcomed here,
where it has broken
in love and in grief,
where it has given
and received blessing
in the unfathomable mystery
that moves us,
undoes us,
and remakes us
for joy.  

This day
may you know
this joy
in full measure.  

This day
may you know
this blessing
that gathers you in
and sends you forth
but will not
forget you.

O hear us
as this day
we say
this day
we say
this day
we say
this day
we release you
in God’s keeping
and hold you
in gladness
and love.
—Jan Richardson  

Shalom Blessings,
Pastor Cheryl Murphy    

Advent Countdown Candles are available again this year. You may get one for your family at the Advent Festival this Sunday or pick one up in the narthex. The candles are free to take, but donations are appreciated!  

8:30 am Sunday Worship  
We are moving 8:30 worship to inside the sanctuary until warmer weather.    

10:30 am Sunday Morning Worship In-person and Livestreamed
We hope you are joining us either in-person, or 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.   

Sunday, November 28
Scripture: Luke 1:57-80
First Sunday of Advent – Hope  

Prayers of the People  
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:
Sharon Harris; Patsy Taylor; Helma Gentry’s mother; Travis Williams; Mary Harrison; Jonathan Garrett and family; and our friends at Atria Carrollton.  

Sunday School
Sunday School 9:15 am
Kinder to 2nd – Upstairs
3rd to 5th – Upstairs
Confirmation – Youth Room
Youth – Youth Room
Infants to PreK – Nursery
For more information or questions, contact Laulie Eckeberger at [email protected] If you are interested in teaching or helping with Sunday School, please sign up HERE.  
Children’s Choir
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
For K through 5th
Education Building Room 206
Led by Melanie Luce. Contact Laulie Eckeberger [email protected] for more information.  

Pledge Update for 2022
Thank you to everyone who has already submitted your pledge for 2022! If you haven’t turned in your pledge yet, it’s not too late.  
Pledges Received: 71
Annual Total $338,784
% of Budget 65%  

Highlights This Week
Advent Festival
Sunday, November 28
4-6 pm
HC Covenant Center
Bring your family and friends to celebrate the beginning of Advent. We will have crafts, cookie decorating, hot chocolate and fun for everyone! You can pick up an Advent candle and maybe even ride a Christmas train!    
Angel Tree
November 28 – December 12
Starting Sunday, November 28th, you are invited to take an angel representing a child in need in our area. We are again asking for either Amazon or Walmart gift cards, or you can make a monetary donation to the church which will be used to buy gift cards. You can have the cards mailed to the church, or you can drop them off Sunday mornings at the tree or during the week in the church office. And you can give online and designate “Angel Tree” for your donation.      

Office Hours for the Week of Thanksgiving:
Wednesday, November 24-Monday, November 29: Church Office and Food Pantry closed.
Both the office and the pantry will reopen Tuesday, November 30.  

Food Pantry
Pantry Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday from 10-2 
2nd and 3rd Sundays from 12-1 pm.  

Currently, we need: hearty soups and dog/cat food.  

The Missions Team thanks you for always being there to support the Food Pantry with your donations, your time, and your prayers.            

Finances   checkbook-pen.jpg
You may send your checks to:
Holy Covenant UMC
1901 E. Peters Colony Rd.
Carrollton, TX 75007  
Or you may submit your offering electronically through online giving.  

November Regular Donations/Pledge Payments:
GOAL $54,930
Given to Date $18,457
Gather & Give Auction $24,437
TOTAL $42,894 (78%)  

Five Sundays left in 2021 – We need $83,513 to cover the 2021 Budget.  

Online Giving
Donate Here. You may set up a regular pledge payment by choosing the Donation Frequency.