What is Happening This Week 12/21-12/24/23

Beloved Community,  

Merry Christmas!!! The waiting is nearly done! Hope your shopping and baking are nearly done! We are very excited and busy at the church setting up Joy’s Nativity scene, placing the poinsettias and preparing worship for Sunday!  

Sunday, Christmas Eve
10:30 AM Advent 4 – Love & the Christmas story with very special music
5:00 PM Christmas Eve Children’s Service – all children will be included in the Christmas story, sing favorite hymns, bells will ring and we will sing Silent Night with candles!
7:00 PM Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – We share scripture, sing favorite hymns, hear beautiful songs, youth bells will ring and we will sing Silent Night with candles!  

Everyone is welcome at all services! Please park far leaving close spots for guests! Please sit near so latecomers can be comfortable in the back rows.  

If you are available to greet and welcome, please come a bit early. We want everyone to feel at home on Christmas Eve at Holy Covenant!  

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, December 24
10:30 am Fourth Sunday of Advent
Ushers: Travelers  

Join Us Christmas Eve!  
Family Candlelight Worship
5 pm  

Join us for an interactive kid-friendly worship service sharing the Christmas story and singing familiar carols.    

Candlelight Worship
7 pm  

We will gather for this traditional service with the Wesleyan Choir singing and worship ending in candlelight.    

It’s not too late!  
Thank you to those who have already turned in their 2024 pledges! 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
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  

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:
The family of Mary Mitchel Trimble; the Lasley family; Jean McDonald; Marilyn Paa; Rob Evans; Lisa Hunsaker; Sharyn Yetman; Sharon Harris; John Webb; Ed Webb; Claudia and Marshall Masser; Karen McGuffin; Charles Hinton; Sadie Garcia; Debbie and Bob Schulter; Sara Bunch; James Baxter; Karyl Sarver; Tom Yull; Matthew Perry; and our friends at Atria Carrollton.  

pancakes Dinner & Game Night  
Friday, December 22
6 to 9 pm
in the Covenant Center  
Bring your friends, family and your favorite games! Everyone is welcome. Dinner will be pancakes, so please contact Mandie Long  [email protected] to let her know what you can bring. Donations toward dinner expenses (utensils, beverages, etc.) can be made on the church website and are also appreciated.  

Food Pantry  
Pantry Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday from 10-2 (resumes 1/2/24)
2nd and 4th Sundays from 12-1 pm (resumes 1/14/24)  

Current needs include soups, black beans, pinto beans, cereal and pet food.  
Donations may be dropped off Tuesdays through Thursdays between 10 am and 2 pm. In addition to that, we accept donations on Sundays before and after worship. There will be carts outside the Pantry for your donations. We thank you for always being there to support the Food Pantry with your donations, your time, and your prayers.  

Holy Covenant Ornaments  
$10 each
We have special ornaments commemorating our 50th anniversary. There are several designs from which to choose. Pick yours up in the narthex this Sunday!  

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:
-Coats (all sizes)
-Men’s clothes (all sizes)
-Children’s clothes
-Shoes (all sizes, specifically work shoes, heavy duty shoes)
-New underwear and socks (all sizes)
-Mini shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, lotion  

Please bring clothes to the church office Tuesday – Thursday between 10 am and 2 pm or Sunday mornings.  

  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  
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.