What is Happening This Week 1/19-1/22/23

Beloved Community!  

We are in a week of prayer for Christian Unity. There will be a worship service this evening at Custer Road UMC in Plano at 7:00. Together Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episcopalian and Catholic siblings will join the Methodists in worshipping God. All are welcome!  

On Sunday we will consider how we pray. We will share some ways your prayer life might be enhanced. Our Gospel reading will be Matthew Chapter 6.  

I will look forward to greeting you on Sunday.  

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, January 22
Scripture: Matthew 6:7-15
Ushers: Pathfinders  

Prayers of the People  
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:
The family of Jessica Parker; Lisa Hunsaker; David Gonzales; Sharyn Yetman; Norma Boren; Sharon Harris; Travis Williams; Elizabeth Krause; Ruby Peterson; Heath Kelley; Tom Yull; Tom Shore; Janice Pfeifer; Matthew Perry; John Webb; Ed Webb; Jim Ott; Gina Ott; 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.   

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Kindergarten Information Night
Monday, January 23
6:30 pm in the sanctuary
Join us on Monday, January 23rd at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary for Kindergarten Information Night! Come find out what makes ECDP Kindergarten a great place for our young learners!  

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.   

Highlights Next Week  
Friday, January 27
6 pm
Youth Room  
Bring your friends, family and your favorite games! Everyone welcome. Dinner will be sandwiches. To participate, please sign up HERE    

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Food Collection
Saturday, January 28
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, January 28th, 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.  

Austin Street has raised the total number of beds from 400 to 500 so the need for food has increased. The Journeymen will deliver the food to Austin Street Saturday afternoon. Please contact Rick Davis (972-814-5325  [email protected]) with any questions.     

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Saturday, January 28
9 – 11 am
HCUMC Sanctuary  
Please join us on Saturday, January 28 from 9-11 in the Sanctuary for a very significant conversation about the ministries of Holy Covenant. We will have round table conversation about the vision God is placing on our church and laity.  

Your voice, your spirit, your wisdom is needed at this meeting. Please bring food for Austin Street and drop it off by the Kitchen door and then join us in the sanctuary for this important conversation! There will be coffee and treats!   Please let Pastor Cheryl [email protected] know if you plan to attend.

New Book Study  
Starting in February
Blessings, Holy Covenant Family! Join me in a three-part book study of Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection where she will take us through her ten guideposts of whole-hearted living, a practice defined by courage and compassion towards self and others. Brené is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She is the author of six #1 New York Times best sellers, and she is the host of the weekly Spotify original podcasts Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead.   

Once we have an idea of who is interested, we will choose a weekday evening that works best for the group. I will be hosting this in my home, with the first meeting the week of February 13th. I look forward to standing beside you as we explore issues that keep us from being our very best selves – the ones God is calling us to be. Please email me ([email protected]) if you have an interest in joining me in this journey.   

Melissa Beard  

Coming Soon  
Book Fair
January 30-February 2
and Sunday, February 5
ECDP is having a book fair! Please support our awesome preschool and purchase books for your children and grandchildren.  

Purchasing books at our book fair allows our school to add books to our school library, purchase indoor recess items, manipulatives and much more!   

The in-person book fair is open Monday, Jan. 30 – Thurs. Feb. 2 from 8:30 am – 11:00 am and 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm daily. We will also have the in person book fair open on Sunday, Feb. 5th from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.  

If you are unable to attend in person, or prefer to shop ONLINE, the online book fair is open from January 30 – February 12th.    

Thank you for supporting literacy learning both at home, and at our school.     VBS this year is Compassion Camp!
Sunday. June 4 – Thursday. June 8
5:30pm snack supper
6pm – 8pm program  
Compassion Camp: Changing the World with Lovingkindness has the goal to cultivate compassion for each other, ourselves, and the world. Registration opens February 1st!  

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

We currently need: mac & cheese and soups.  
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.            

Year End 2022
Income $484,918
Expenses $517,167 (32,249)  

January Regular Donations/Pledge Payments
Goal $46,090
Given to Date $21,341 (46%)  

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

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

Highlight Beyond HCUMC  
Understanding Poverty Group Experience
Thursday, January 26
6:30-8 pm
Arapaho United Methodist Church
1400 West Arapaho Road
Richardson, TX, 75080
Register HERE

Would you like to have a deeper understanding of the experience of poverty in our local community? From 6:30 – 8:00 pm on January 26, AUMC will host a poverty simulation developed by CitySquare staff members based on their interactions with our neighbors in the Dallas area. In this group activity, participants ”experience” life in Dallas through the lens of four characters from different socio-economic backgrounds. Each character is given a set deck of cards with real-life circumstances and scenarios. Participants experience the effects of each scenario as moves on the board game.  

During a 40-min period, participants will gain insight into what life is like living in poverty and be exposed to structural barriers that shape the day-to-day of individuals experiences homelessness and poverty. The activity is completed with an open discussion facilitated by CitySquare staff members. Please consider bringing a snack/drink to share with the group. Group size is limited so sign up soon! This event is suitable for children ages 10 and up.