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What a hot week it has been! The summer heat has arrived! The 2020 Olympics is energizing and challenging! And the reality of a new school year is on the horizon bringing anxiety, excitement, challenges and now it appears, masks again. Among the many lessons we are learning about resilience and determination, we are also gaining a deepening understanding of what grace means in our community.
Most of us who have been eligible, have braved the stick of the needle once or twice to receive the COVID vaccination. However, our children have not had that opportunity yet. And everyone is so thankful, in this heat to take off the mask feeling safe. But it seems that might have been a bit premature. So you are invited to join us for worship on Sunday in the sanctuary for both the 8:30 & 10:30 services. We have a very small crowd at the early service and except on Communion or rainy Sundays we will be outside. We will continue to live stream the 10:30 services and all churchwide meetings. If you are more comfortable in a mask, you are welcome to wear one. If you are more comfortable watching from home, please continue to enjoy a cup of coffee while you worship.
We are all finding our own way in this odd pandemic season. We will continue to do all we can to keep everyone safe and healthy. We will strive together to be judgement free, offering grace to those who are finding a different path in this strange journey.
We hope you will continue to be a part of the HC ministries and worship services as you feel safe to do so.
This Sunday we will be sharing in the holy meal of the Lord’s Great Thanksgiving. It will be a new and different nontraditional way. You will pick up the elements as you enter the sanctuary. We hope you will be grace-filled and glad to be a part of this holy service.
I look forward to greeting you on Sunday!
This Sunday we will gather inside the sanctuary for Holy Communion at 8:30 am.
10:30 am Sunday Morning Worship
In-person and Livestreamed W
e 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, August 1
Scripture: Luke 14:12-14 A
ll Are Welcome at the Lord’s Table! T
he Communion Offering will benefit the Advocates’ Micah Sunday presentation. Communion offering envelopes will be available in the narthex.
Prayers of the People
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:
Karen Guest; Darrell Moore; Butch Dunn; Becky Eaton; Helma Gentry’s mother; Travis Williams; Lana King; Jacquelin Solenberg; Mary Harrison; Richie Moreno; Ed Webb and our friends at Atria Carrollton.
Youth meet 11:30 am-1:30 pm this Sunday
Highlight This Week
Food Donations for Austin Street
Saturday, July 31st
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, July 31st, between 9 am and noon. Bottled 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. If you would like to help serve the food at Austin Street on Sunday morning, August 1st, we will meet at the church at 6:00 am, load up and head there. Please contact Rick Davis (972-814-5325, [email protected]) with any questions.
Pantry Hours: Tuesday-Thursday from 10-2 2nd and 4th Sundays from 12-1 pm.
Please go tosignupgenius.com to volunteer. We accept donations on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10-12. Currently, we need: chili, hearty soups and canned vegetables.
The Missions Team thanks you for always being there to support the Food Pantry with your donations, your time, and your prayers.
Highlights Next Week
Choir Rehearsals Begin Wednesday, August 4 7:30-9pm
The Wesleyan Choir will begin rehearsals on August 4th at 7:30 – 9:00pm. Their first Sunday to sing an anthem is September 12th. We are looking for new members. Anyone who wants to be a part of this ministry, is between the ages of 16 and 100, and has a song in their heart is welcome to join.
Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday, August 8 During worship
During worship, everyone is invited to gather your backpacks, briefcases or other tools and supplies you will be using this fall. Pastor Cheryl will offer a blessing to begin this new season.
Holy Covenant is Hiring!
We are currently accepting resumes for a Director of Children’s Ministry. Details. We are also accepting resumes for a Youth Minister. Details.
Please direct questions and resumes to Pastor Cheryl [email protected]
Micah Sunday Presentation
“Immigration: The Fate of Children Who Cross the Border Alone”
Sunday, August 15
9 am In-person and livestreamed
Holy Covenant’s Advocates for Justice and Peace will host this Micah Sunday presentation. Owen Ross, Director of Church Development for the Conference will participate as a panelist as well as our own Jeff Murphy who spent time working with youth in Dallas who were waiting for placement after immigrating. Candace Valenzuela, former candidate for US Congress, will be our third panelist.
This presentation will be in-person and streamed
If you would like to contribute to help cover the costs of our Micah Sundays, please go to hcumc.org to donate or send a check to the church office. Be sure to put “Advocates” in the note.
Our next Advocates meeting is on August 5th at 6:00 pm on Zoom. We would love to have you join us. Please contact Lois Eaton at 214-862-8683 or [email protected] for a link to the meeting.
Wednesday, August 18
12:30 pm in the Covenant Center
Need to learn CPR? Need to renew your certification? Join us! Cost is $35 cash or $37 credit. Contact Heather Hinton [email protected] if interested.
Churchwide Quarterly Meeting
Sunday, August 29
11:30 am to Noon
In-person and livestreamed
We will meet virtually to share information on our various ministries and what is coming up.
You may send your checks to:
Holy Covenant UMC
1901 E. Peters Colony Rd.
Carrollton, TX 75007
July Regular Donations/Pledge Payments:
Given to Date $30,539 (66%)
Or you may submit your offering electronically through online giving.
Online Giving Donate Here. You may set up a regular pledge payment by choosing the Donation Frequency.