What is Happening This Week 12/28-12/31/23

Beloved Community,  

Hope you are having a restful fun week between holidays. Thank you for the many generous ways you have given to Holy Covenant over this past year. Our church family continues to grow, to impact the community and to deepen our faith through being followers of Jesus.

During worship on Christmas Eve morning, I shared my favorite post-Christmas poem. Thought you might enjoy it in writing:  
The Work of Christmas 
When the song of the angels is stilled, 
When the star in the sky is gone, 
When the kings and princes are home, 
When the shepherds are back with their flock, 
The work of Christmas begins: 
To find the lost, 
To heal the broken, 
To feed the hungry, 
To release the prisoner, 
To rebuild the nations, 
To bring peace among others, 
To make music in the heart. 
Howard Thurman    

There is one last Sunday in 2023 if you would like to bring your Walk to the Manger Gift or Stewardship cards.

There will be no Sunday School this week. The church will be open at 10:00 for worship at 10:30. Hope you will join us!  

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.     

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 Boren family; the family of Mary Mitchell 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; Debbie and Bob Schulter; Sara Bunch; James Baxter; Karyl Sarver; Tom Yull; Matthew Perry; and our friends at Atria Carrollton.  

Highlight Next Week  
Advocates for Justice & Peace Meeting
Tuesday, January 2
6 pm via Zoom

The Advocates for Justice and Peace will meet at 6:00 p.m. on January 2nd to kick off the new year! Here is the Zoom link, and here is the passcode should you need it: 721593. These meetings are open to everyone, and now is a great time to join as we prepare for 2024! If you are unable to make it this time, we meet every first Tuesday of the month, and the Zoom link stays the same.

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

We currently need 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.  

null Coming Soon  
Wesleyan Roots Study
12:30-1:30 pm
Starting January 10  
Monica Frazier, Communications Coordinator at the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, will lead us in a 12-week study of the United Methodist Church, what we believe and why.     

New Taize Service
2nd Wednesdays
5:30 pm
Starting January 10
in the Sanctuary  
You are invited to join us for a monthly contemplative prayer service. Starting January 10th, we will meet in the sanctuary from 5:30 – 6:15 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.   

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.