What is Happening This Week 3/24-3/27/22

Holy Covenant Family,  

Hope everyone is safe and well after a rough stormy start to our week in Carrollton.  

We are hoping for some financial gifts this week (last Sunday of the quarter) that will help us to cover Holy Covenant expenses. If you are not current on your pledge, please drop a check off on Sunday or go ONLINE to give. We are struggling with the mail and have missing checks. Please be sure the checks you have sent have been received. We are grateful for your faithful generosity!  

We have a very special Micah Sunday this week beginning at 9:00 AM in the sanctuary. Some of our church families, that have experience with foster and adoption programs, will be sharing their unique stories. They will help us understand more deeply the challenges parents face and the amazing kids we have in our midst! Hope you will make a point to be present. This program will NOT be livestreamed.  

These past few weeks have made me feel like the ground beneath me is shifting, challenging me to find my balance and remain steady. So this week during worship we will reflect on having a heart of resilience.   

Our 8:30 worship service will be outside beginning this week (weather permitting), so wear appropriate clothing (blankets) and bring outside chairs if you are joining us. The bulletin will be sent out at 8:00 AM.    

Shalom Blessings,
Pastor Cheryl  

8:30 am Sunday Outdoor Worship  
We gather Sundays outside by the cross at 8:30 am.  
In case of rain or extreme cold, 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, March 27
Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-17
Sermon: A Heart of Resilience  

Sunday School
9:15 am
Children’s Classes:
Kinder to 5th – Covenant Center
Confirmation – Upstairs
Youth – Youth Room
Infants to PreK – Nursery

Adult Classes:
Seekers – Room 210 Upstairs
Spiritual Journeymen – Room 212 Upstairs
“When Christians Get It Wrong” Study – Room 213 Upstairs

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.  

Prayers of the People  
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:
Jeriann Bayley; Ryan Baumgardner; Jon Lasley; Norma Boren; Ed Webb; Jim Ott; Gina Ott; Randy Sutherland; Belinda Harden; Randy Norris; Sharon Harris; Travis Williams; Mary Harrison; and our friends at Atria Carrollton.    

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Children’s Church
We are using the Lenten season to pilot a Children’s Church program during the 10:30am worship service. Children will come in for worship with their families and leave with Laulie after the Children’s message. Parents will pick up their kids in the gym at the end of the service. Children’s Church will include a short lesson, a relevant activity and free play. It is open to elementary aged children Kinder-5th grade. Sundays though April 10.  

Lenten Series: A Season of the Heart  
The Holy Covenant Advocates for Justice & Peace invite you to join them on a Lenten journey focusing on social justice issues.  
March 27 from 9-10:15 am – This is Us: The Face of Foster/Adoption Discussion
April 3 from 9-10:15 am – Housing Insecurity Panel Discussion  

Greeters Needed
We need some friendly faces to greet members and guests each Sunday for 10:30 am worship. Please contact Pastor Cheryl [email protected] if you would like to be added to the list!  

Highlights This Week
Church Work Day
Saturday, March 26
9 am to Noon
It’s all hands on deck! All volunteers are welcome for indoor and outdoor projects.

Playground Popsicles on the Playground
Saturday, March 26
10 am to Noon
Calling all kids and families!! Join HCUMC Family Ministries for fun and fellowship! Come play, enjoy a sweet treat and build community!  

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

URGENT needs: large pasta sauce, hearty soup, canned chicken 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 Next Week
Fairy Tale Plays
Thursday, March 31
9:30 am
Join ECDP in the sanctuary for their Fairy Tale Plays. The kids have been working hard to bring their interpretation of some familiar tales. You won’t want to miss it!  

Closeup of female hands with shredded papers Coming Soon
Secure Document Shredding
Saturday, April 23
8:30 am to Noon
Sponsored by Holy Covenant’s Green Team. Open to the public. Protect your identity while supporting Holy Covenant. Watch your documents being shredded on site with the utmost security. $5 per copy paper sized box. Invite your friends and family to bring their sensitive documents to be shredded. Shredding will be done by Secure On Site Shredding Inc. Visit www.secureonsiteshredding.com for more information about the company. All proceeds will benefit HCUMC ministries.  

Calling All Former Choir Members & Bell Ringers! Treble clef
We would love for you to sing and/or play with us for Holy Week! If you would like to sing with the choir for the Good Friday cantata, please join us for rehearsals Wednesdays from 8:30-9 pm. If you would like to join the handbells to play Easter morning, we will rehearse Wednesdays from 7-7:15 pm.
-Vera Kleinhenz [email protected]  

Aid for Ukraine
Holy Covenant has so far donated $6,475 for Ukraine! Thank you for your generosity.  

If you are looking for a secure way to support relief efforts in Ukraine, please read the following regarding UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)   The United Methodist Church in Ukraine and Moldova has created a crisis committee to oversee all incoming foreign support through UMCOR Advance #14053A and direct it to assist refugees within and outside of Ukraine. You can give by donating online and choosing Ukraine Relief Efforts.

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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.  

March Regular Donations/Pledge Payments
Goal $38,268
Given to Date $18,401 (48%)  

We are on track to close Q1 pretty far behind our goal. If you are able to catch up on your pledge–or donate even if you didn’t pledge–please consider doing so as soon as possible. Thank you!  

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