Holy Covenant Family,
We are on the eve of Memorial Day weekend. For many Texans it is the beginning of summer. A weekend with warm lovely weather, summer fun, cookouts, favorite water activities and travel. We also fly our American flags and wear red/white/blue patriotic clothes while we remember those, who while serving our country, entered heaven’s gates. This is such a sacrifice for the families and our country. We are able to live freely because of their service and sacrifice. They are lost, but not forgotten and live forever in our hearts.
This weekend, I am wondering if our remembering may include a new group of Americans that have lost their lives. I am reflecting on our own Texas elementary children. Our recent reality is that the number one reason for children’s death in the USA is now gun violence; and that is after two years of living and dying due to the COVID pandemic.
We are heartbroken with the tragic news of Tuesday’s shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. We once again fall to our knees praying with tears running down our cheeks. A friend posted this quote from Miroslav Volf: “There is something deeply hypocritical about praying for a problem you are unwilling to resolve.” As a Christian community that has the DNA of Micah 6:8 weaved within the foundation of our being, I think it is time we move beyond prayers. I challenge us to be Christian Texans that become educated about the issues around gun violence; we become informed on our leaders’ policies and proposed solutions; and we become the change makers that are the adults our Texas and American children need in their lives.
My hope and prayer is that we become a voice that calls for change in policies that will help those with mental health issues and be resources with the help and support they need, so gun violence isn’t their response. We need to begin to address the issues that are impacting our children. We are the ones that can begin creating the world to reflect the Kingdom of God.
I look forward to this holy work beside you!
Hug your loved ones and enjoy the weekend!
NO 8:30 am Worship THIS Sunday
We will not meet at 8:30 this Sunday. The outdoor service will resume June 5.
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, May 29
Scripture: John 14:25-27
Sermon: The Holy Spirit Will Teach You Everything
Guest preacher Rev. Blair Thompson-White
Kinder to 5th – Covenant Center
Confirmation – Upstairs
Youth – Youth Room
Infants to PreK – Nursery
Seekers – Room 210 Upstairs
Spiritual Journeymen – Room 212 Upstairs
Pathfinders – Room 211 Upstairs
Daughters of Shalom – Room 208 Upstairs – studying “The Cup of Our Life: A Guide to Spiritual Growth” by Joyce Rupp
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 Richter family; Karen Guest; Norma Boren; Matthew Perry; Ed Webb; Jim Ott; Gina Ott; Randy Sutherland; Sharon Harris; Travis Williams; Mary Harrison; and our friends at Atria Carrollton.
Highlight This Week
Dinner & Game Night
Friday, May 27
6 pm in the Covenant Center
Bring your friends, family and your favorite games for a night of fun, food and fellowship! Sign up HERE to bring food.
During the Month of May
Choose Your Favorite Hymn
This is the last Sunday to pick up a request card from the basket and write down your favorite hymn(s). We will sing them during worship this summer.
Sack Summer Hunger
Saturdays in June and July
Sign up HERE
HCUMC will be participating in the Sack Summer Hunger Program again this summer. Sack Summer Hunger provides nutritious, easy-to-prepare meals to families with school-aged children who depend on free and reduced lunch programs throughout the school year. Meals are delivered every Saturday free of charge. This program is designed by Metrocrest Social Services who, in conjunction with area churches, supports local families in our community.
The program begins June 4th and lasts through July 30th. We need volunteers to help pick up food from Metrocrest as well as deliver to the families. The commitment is no more than 2 hours on Saturday morning. If you have questions, email Ashley Norris at [email protected].
Sign up HERE!
Take Our Survey!
This fall we’ll be hosting a program fair to invite our church family to join in HCUMC’s ministries! We want all of Holy Covenant represented, so if you lead a committee, small group, Sunday School class, outreach program, or any other ministry, please take 2 minutes and fill out this SURVEY so we can ensure you’re included.
Sign Up Now!
Vacation Bible School
5:30 -8 pm
for kids ages 3 thru 5th grade
Monumental: Celebrating God’s Greatness. Go off-road for a Monumental adventure through the colorful canyons and sunbaked trails of the southwest. By exploring God’s awesomeness, kids form a rock-solid faith for the road ahead. Register HERE!
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!
Tuesday-Thursday from 10-2
2nd and 4th Sundays from 12-1 pm.
URGENT needs: large pasta sauce, hearty soups, large canned chicken, instant mashed potatoes, chili, cereal and dog/cat food.
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.
Donate here or use the QR code. You may set up a regular pledge payment by choosing the frequency of donations.