What is Happening This Week 9/23-9/26/21

The wonderful autumn temperatures are finally arriving! I am hoping to do my fall planting soon.
The 8:30 worship services are going to be more inviting with the cooler breezes.
And this week at 10:30 the choir is finally arriving back in the choir loft leading us in worship! Vera and I have been waiting for them for so long – we are thrilled! Hope you will create space on the Sabbath day to be with us at Holy Covenant. I will look forward to greeting you there!

Shalom Blessings,
Pastor Cheryl Murphy

Outside Sunday Worship 8:30 am
OUTSIDE WORSHIP – We gather Sundays outside by the cross at 8:30 am. In the event of rain, worship will move inside and children will be invited to the Covenant Center for supervised play.

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, September 26
Scripture: The Story of Esther
Sermon: Living Into Our Destiny

Prayers of the People
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:
Hefina Greensted and family; the Coleman family; Darrell Moore; Butch Dunn; Helma Gentry’s mother; Travis Williams; Mary Harrison; Jonathan Garrett and family; and our friends at Atria Carrollton.

North Texas Giving Day
You probably know by now that today is North Texas Giving Day. Below is a list of some of the organizations we partner with or support. We hope you will consider making a donation to any of them at the NTX Giving Day website.
Connecting the Community
Metrocrest Services
North Texas Food Bank
Carrollton Early Childhood PTA
Christ’s Foundry United Methodist Mission
Our Calling
Resource Center
Austin Street Center
CASA of Denton County
Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON)
Christian Community Action (CCA)
League of Women Voters (LWV)
Methodist Children’s Home
Operation Kindness
And, of course, any day is a good day to give toHoly Covenant UMC!

Food Pantry
Pantry Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday from 10-2 
2nd and 4th Sundays from 12-1 pm.
If you would like to volunteer to pack or distribute food bags this weekend, please sign up HERE.  
We accept donations on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10-12. Currently, we need: hearty soups, chili, canned vegetables 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.

Highlight This Week
Blood Drive
Sunday, September 26
8 am to Noon
HCUMC Parking Lot
Donate blood with Holy Covenant September 26th and receive a limited edition 9-11 shirt along with Covid-19 antibody testing!
Please remember, it is safe to donate blood and your donation is urgently needed.

FACES Closet Now Open! Male and female clothes arranged and hanging in a walk in closet
F.A.C.E.S. = Foster Adopt Community Education Support
A (New!) Ministry of Holy Covenant UMC 
Supporting individuals and families impacted by foster and kinship care.
We are now collecting clothing and accessories donations for youth ages 10 to 18.
Clothing Sizes: Youth Medium through Adult XXL
Shoes: Youth 3 through Adult sizes
Bras: new and gently used
Underwear: new

If you would like to know more or would like to volunteer, contact Erin Shepardson at 469.645.8990 or [email protected].Follow us on Facebook @FACES.clothingcloset

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Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 10
that the 8:30 a.m. worship service
The Blessing is inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, whose life exemplified harmony between humans and nature.    
Whether you will be bringing your pet for an in-person blessing or if you would like for them to be virtually blessed, please fill out the registration form HERE no later than October 3, 2021. 

If your pet will be attending in person, be sure they are secure in a carrier or leashed and please clean up after them. 

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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.

September Regular Donations/Pledge Payments:
Goal $54,081
Given to Date $18,839 (35%)
THANK YOU to everyone who pledged for 2021 as you all are faithfully fulfilling your promise. Meeting our budget has always depended on these pledges as well as non-pledged giving. Holy Covenant really needs some ‘above and beyond’ giving this month. Please consider giving what you’re able–every bit helps!

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

Highlight Beyond Holy Covenant
Save the Date!
Coffee with a Missionary
Wednesday, September 29 
10:30 am via Zoom
Join missionaries Wes and Leah Magruder at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, for a virtual cup of bush tea in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where they serve at Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary. You’ll hear stories about ministerial students, cultural challenges, African Methodism and giraffes. Zoom ‌