What is Happening This Week 2/16-2/19/23

Beloved Community!  

Lent begins on Wednesday! Hard to believe we have arrived so quickly at our holiest season of the year.  

During worship this Sunday, we will reflect on beginning a journey. Our hope and prayer is that when we arrive at the cross…and then Easter morning, we are living a more joyful, improved, authentic faithful life. The success of the journey is a personal commitment and dedication to following a path that will weave through some beautiful springtime gardens and deepen our relationship with our Lord. I hope you will join us for both worship and the journey.  

I will look forward to greeting you on Sunday!  

Shalom Blessings,
Pastor Cheryl   

Fentanyl Awareness Presentation and Discussion
Thursday, February 16
6:30 pm HCUMC sanctuary  
We hope to open up a space for learning, awareness and discussion. There will be a short video about fentanyl and its effects, a presentation by the school nurse at RL Turner HS, a short presentation from a local substance abuse counselor and a Q&A. We hope you will join us with your kids. Please reach out to Laulie Eckeberger [email protected] if you have any questions!  

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, February 19
Scripture: John 1:43-50
Ushers: Daughters of Shalom  

Prayers of the People  
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:
The family of Patricia Depew; the family of Mildred Michael; Lisa Hunsaker; Belinda Harden; David Gonzales; Sharyn Yetman; Norma Boren; Sharon Harris; Travis Williams; Elizabeth Krause; Heath Kelley; Tom Yull; Tom Shore; Janice Pfeifer; Matthew Perry; John 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.   

Highlight This Week  
Blood Drive
Sunday, February 19
9:30 am to 12:30 pm  
As a thank-you, February donors will receive a quarter-zip pullover while supplies last. Please donate if you can!  

Thank you to the Spiritual Journeymen, chefs and chili eaters who attended the Chili Cook-Off last Saturday. We raised $2135 for our People In Need fund!  

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  
Ash Wednesday
February 22
5:30 pm Pancake Supper
6:30 pm Worship
Join us for pancakes in the Covenant Center at 5:30 pm followed by worship in the sanctuary at 6:30 pm when we will usher in the season of Lent.    

Dinner & Game Night
Friday, February 24
6 pm in the Covenant Center
Bring your friends, family and your favorite games! Everyone welcome. Donations toward dinner are appreciated. Dinner will be tortilla soup (provided) and cheese quesadillas. Please sign up HERE if you plan to attend.    

Lent Study
Witness at the Cross
Starting Sunday, February 26  
Join us in a church-wide study during Lent of the book Witness at the Cross by Amy-Jill Levine. With this book, experience Holy Friday from the perspective of those who watched Jesus die.  

All adult Sunday school classes will study the book and if you are not in a Sunday school class or miss a Sunday, join a discussion with Laulie  [email protected] Monday nights on Zoom!    

Leadership Summit Lunch
Sunday, February 26
11:30 am Covenant Center
If you attended the Leadership Summit or are interested joining one of our Connection Committees (Welcome, Care, Hospitality and 50th Anniversary) please gather with us for lunch immediately after worship.  

Coming Soon  
Noly Paa and Friends Concert
Friday, March 31
7 pm in the sanctuary
The talented younger brother of our very own Dante Paa, Noly is a classically trained pianist and he can play it all. Debussy to The Beatles, showtunes, love songs (contemporary to nostalgic), Easy Rock to 50’s doowop. He interprets each with his own style and panache. You will love his music!

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

We currently need: canned soups and chili.  
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.  

symphony_concert.jpg Music Request
For Good Friday this year, our Music Ministries have a special presentation, Song of the Shadows, planned for worship. In order to offer this cantata, we need some help to fund the planned orchestra. If you can sponsor a musician or make a contribution to offset the cost of the orchestra, please note that on your donation. If you have any questions, please contact Luis Rodriguez [email protected].  

Register Now!  
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.
Register HERE!            

February Regular Donations/Pledge Payments
Goal $46,090
Given to Date $12,472 (27%)  

Fundraising events
Chili Cook-Off (benefitting People In Need fund): $2,135
Youth Stock Sales: $4,616  

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

Did you know?
You can still turn in a PLEDGE for 2023!  
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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.  

umcor Highlight Beyond HCUMC
Support Earthquake Relief Efforts by UMCOR
You can donate to the UMCOR International Disaster Response and Recovery Advance here: http://ow.ly/APs450MKGNa  

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey at 4:17 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, 2023, the most powerful earthquake recorded since 1939. In the hours that followed, at least 78 aftershocks were reported, followed by a second earthquake of 7.5 magnitude. Tens of thousands of people have been killed, and responders are still recovering victims.  

The earthquake also heavily impacted northwest Syria, where 4.1 million people depend on humanitarian assistance. The majority are women and children. At this time, Syrian communities are simultaneously facing an ongoing cholera outbreak and extreme winter weather events, including heavy rain and snow. The humanitarian response is overstretched due to the devastation and cold weather.  

UMCOR has released initial solidarity grants to longstanding partner, International Blue Crescent (IBC) and Forum for Development Culture and Dialogue (working in Syria) to help provide tents, heaters, blankets, warm clothes, ready to eat meals and first aid kits to those who have been displaced. IBC has offices in Turkey.   

A long-standing UMCOR partner, IBC, has multiple offices and project sites in Turkey. With the devastating damage to roads, transport and infrastructure, IBC has received hundreds of families in its Kilis Community Center for shelter, warm items, and hot meals since the first hours Monday morning. Kilis is also serving as a major hub for coordination and relief efforts, including for cross-border response into Syria.