What is Happening This Week 11/23-11/27/22

Happy Thanksgiving!  

My favorite holiday: yummy food, family and friends around a table, football, gratitude felt and claimed, thankful hearts for the blessings in our lives. (And no gifts!)   

I have shared this quote in a sermon but I thought it was worth another read for us:  “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” 
– Melody Beattie  

Living with a grateful heart, with a claim on the many blessings we experience every day, with a feeling of love – it will transform our souls and our lives!  

I am grateful for each of you and calling this church family my home!  

Enjoy the food, the company, the football!  

Shalom Blessings,
Pastor Cheryl  

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 27
First Sunday in Advent
Scripture: Luke 1:26-39
Sermon: Encountering God’s Messenger
Ushers: Pathfinders  

Pledge Cards  
Thank you to those who have already turned in their pledge cards! You may still bring them this Sunday and place them in the offering plate, mail them or submit your pledge ONLINE.  

Sunday School  

9:15 am
Children’s Classes:
Kinder to 2nd – Room 206
3rd to 5th – Room 202
Youth – Youth Room
Infants to PreK – Nursery

Adult Classes:
Daughters of Shalom – Room 208
Seekers – Room 210
Pathfinders – Room 211
Spiritual Journeymen – Room 212

For more information or questions, contact Laulie Eckeberger at [email protected]  

Prayers of the People  
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:
The Sain family; the Rathbun family; the Davis family; the Guest family; the family of Posy McKee; Susan Prindle; David Gonzales; Sharyn Yetman; Norma Boren; Ruby Peterson; Sharon Harris; Travis Williams; Heath Kelley; Tom Yull; Tom Shore; Janice Pfeifer; Matthew Perry; John Webb; Ed Webb; Jim Ott; Gina Ott; Jessica Parker; and our friends at Atria Carrollton.  

Wear Your Nametag!
Be sure to wear your nametag this Sunday to help our guests learn names. If you need a nametag, please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the nametag table.   

coat_drive_man.jpg Women’s Coats Needed!  
We are collecting gently used women’s coats of all sizes for students at Ranchview High School. Please bring the coats to the narthex this Sunday and we will get them to the students who need them. Thank you!  

Highlights This Week  
Dinner & Game Night
Friday, November 25
6 pm in the Covenant Center
Bring your friends, family and your favorite games! Everyone welcome. Dinner will be baked potatoes–and feel free to bring Thanksgiving leftovers. Sign up HERE if you plan to attend so we know how many potatoes to bake!    

tree_decorations.jpg Advent Festival
Sunday, November 27
4-6 pm in the Covenant Center
All ages are invited to celebrate the beginning of Advent. We will have crafts, food and fun for everyone!  

Food Pantry
Pantry Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday from 10-2 
2nd and 4th Sundays from 12-1 pm.  

We currently need: mac & cheese, large pasta sauce, soup, canned beans.  

Donations may be delivered Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00-noon. In addition to that, we accept donations on Sundays before and after both worship services. There will be carts outside the Pantry for your donations.  

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

Highlight Next Week  
Angel Tree NOW through December 4  
We hope you will support the Angel Tree this year as we gather not only gift cards, but also pajamas. You will find on the tree both angels for whom to buy gift cards and pajama cards (with sizes listed on back). We will also accept cash donations to buy gift cards for children in need in our area. You can donate ONLINE towards angel tree gifts.  

piano_keyboard.jpg Piano Lessons with Sarah Engledow Brown 
Please contact Sarah [email protected] if you are interested in piano lessons.  

gardening-items.jpg Calling All Gardeners!  
Do you have a green thumb? Do you enjoy making things grow? We are looking for someone to water and tend the plants in the sanctuary once a week. Please contact Elise Webb Odell  [email protected] if interested.            

Tuesday Take Five
Tuesdays at 12 noon 
Facebook Live 
Take a few minutes out of your Tuesday for spiritual growth and an uplifting message for the week with Laulie Eckeberger.   

bells Join Choir!
Covenant Carillons Handbell Choir
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary  

Wesleyan Choir
Wednesdays at 7:30 pm in the Choir Room  

Join us as we rehearse music for Advent.    

You may give ONLINE or send checks to:
Holy Covenant UMC
1901 E. Peters Colony Rd.
Carrollton, TX 75007  

Giving.png Online Giving
Donate here or use the QR code. You may set up a regular pledge payment by choosing the frequency of donations.  

Highlight Beyond HCUMC
Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 3
7:30 pm
Tickets available atTicketDFW.com