What is Happening This Week 10/5-10/8/23

Beloved Community,  

Sunday begins our God on Broadway series. Our first show is Phantom of the Opera. The first time I saw Phantom was for my birthday. The tickets were a gift from my parents-in-law to the travelling show at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. Through the entire show I was in awe: the songs, the voices, the costumes, the staging, the chandelier crashing. It was as if we entered a dark shadowed world of masks, obsession, isolation, and love – both romantic and toxic.   

As I reflected and prayed about the themes I could preach on, these are a few I considered:
Wearing masks
Hiding in dark basements – both literally and figuratively
Darkness of the soul
You will have to join us on Sunday to experience the gift of the music and find where I have experienced God in the midst of this story. Your first hint is found in the scripture for Sunday. We will be using Paul’s writings found in 2 Corinthians 4:1-6.  

The month of October is very busy with many ways you can engage in missions, hospitality, spiritual growth and fellowship. I hope you will join us for many of these wonderful opportunities for our beloved community and beyond.  

I look forward to greeting you on Sunday!  

Shalom Blessings,
Pastor Cheryl Murphy  

10:30 am Sunday Morning Worship In-person and Livestreamed
Join us either in-person, or for online worship on Facebook Live. We are on Facebook Sundays 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, October 8
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6
Ushers: Seekers Class  

Sunday School
9:15 am
Kinder to 2nd – Room 206
3rd to 5th—Room 202
Confirmation – Room 207
Youth – Youth Room
Infants to PreK – Nursery  

Adult Classes:
Daughters of Shalom – Room 208
Seekers – Room 210
Pathfinders – Room 211
Spiritual Journey – Room 212
*Travelers – Room 213 – starts at 9:30 am
Young Adults – Room 215  

*Come and explore Travelers, our new adult Sunday School class at 9:30 a.m. in Room 213. All are invited to travel with us.  

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.   

Prayers of the People  
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:
LaRae Pritchard and family; the Webb family; Jean McDonald; Carol Lasley; Lois Eaton; Beth Mundell; Rob Evans; Lisa Hunsaker; Sharyn Yetman; Sharon Harris; Brian Henry & Chris Hill; Karen McGuffin; Evangeline Zotigh; Charles Hinton; Sadie Garcia; Debbie and Bob Schulter; Sara Bunch; James Baxter; Karyl Sarver; Tom Yull; Matthew Perry; and our friends at Atria Carrollton.  

voting_people.jpg Are You Registered?
Your Vote Is Your Voice 
This is the last week to go to votetexas.gov to check your registration for the Nov. 7 election. The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 10. If you need to register, you can complete an application using the SOS ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATION. Simply fill in the required information, print, sign and mail the completed application directly to your county election office; OR Contact or visit your local VOTER REGISTRAR to complete the voter registration process.  

Sign Up NOW!  
Pumpkin Patch
October 14-31
11:30 am to 7:30 pm  
HCUMC is hosting a pumpkin patch this year! The pumpkin patch will support the church, have a positive impact on the community, and will be a fun way to get involved! We cannot do it without you!

We especially need LOTS of volunteers to unload the pumpkins from the truck Friday, October 13 at 4 pm. Please contact Laulie [email protected] if you are available.  

Please sign up HERE for a 2 hour volunteer slot!  

“Homelessness in Our Area”
Sunday, October 15 Postponed until January 2024
Melanie Meijering, Director of Homeless Resources at Metrocrest Services, will present an overall picture of homelessness in our area – what it looks like, what can be done to help those unsheltered neighbors, and how Metrocrest is responding. Please come prepared to ask questions and to discuss and learn how you might be able to help in these efforts. We have had her assistance several times when working with Food Pantry clients, and we have seen firsthand her level of expertise and caring.
Food Pantry
Pantry Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday from 10-2  2nd and 4th Sundays from 12-1 pm  

We currently need: soups, pasta, peanut butter, mac & cheese dinners, instant mashed potatoes and dry pet food.  
Donations may be dropped off Tuesdays through Thursdays between 10:00 am and noon. In addition to that, we accept donations on Sundays before and after worship. 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.  

Male and female clothes arranged and hanging in a walk in closet Clothes Closet Needs
We need the following for the HCUMC Community Clothes Closet:
-Men’s clothes (all sizes)
-Larger sized adult clothing (XL and up)
-Children’s clothes (especially toddler)
-Shoes (all sizes, specifically work shoes, heavy duty shoes)
-New underwear (all sizes, adults and kids)
-New socks (all sizes, adults and kids)
-Mini shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, lotion

Please bring clothes to the church office Tuesday – Thursday between 10 am and 2 pm or Sunday mornings.
Coming Soon  
Thursday, October 19
11 am
The monthly LIFT (Ladies in Fellowship Together) gathering will be on Thursday, October 19, at 11:00 am at the home of Jane Henry. Go to L.I.F.T. for more information. Bring a snack or covered dish to share. We will enjoy food and fellowship. If you do not have time to prepare a dish, please join us anyway – we want you with us! Please contact Hefina Glenys [email protected] if you plan to attend.    

Wellness Fair
Saturday, October 21
12-6 pm Covenant Center
Sponsored by Parkland Hospital, hosted by Elevate. Flu shots, COVID shots, blood pressure checks, counseling information and HIV/AIDS testing.

  Holy Covenant is Having a Birthday Celebration!
2024 will be Holy Covenant’s 50th anniversary and we will celebrate April 13-14, 2024. We invite you to celebrate your church when you celebrate your birthday. Whenever your birthday falls, consider making a gift to HCUMC. Just mark your gift “Birthday Offering” and put it in the offering plate on Sunday or give ONLINE.  

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.             

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

We reached just 79% of our goal for the third quarter of the year, so we’ve got some ground to cover in the final stretch. Help us end this year in a solid place, so we can start 2024 off right!

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.