What is Happening This Week 6/29-7/2/23

Beloved Community,  

Hope you are surviving these hot relentless days! 

Tomorrow we will gather in the cool sanctuary for Noli Paa’s Concert at 7:00 PM. It will be a wonderful evening. The soloist have been practicing with Noli and we are in for a real treat! I will look forward to greeting you there!  

On Saturday, Jeff and I begin searching for cooler temperatures in New Mexico, maybe we will find them!  

On Sunday Laulie will begin her Sunday School class in the sanctuary at 9:15 for all Adults and Youth. She will begin with an overview of Queer Theology. This week will begin with how we arrived at where we are. At 10:30 we will begin our Holy Communion service with a very special pastor.  

We are honored to welcome guest preacher, Rev. Randall Lucas, from Lovers Lane UMC in Dallas this Sunday: Rev. Randall Lucas is an openly gay provisional elder in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. He earned two master’s degrees from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology – Master of Divinity, and a Master of Arts in Ministry, with an emphasis on Evangelism and Mission. He is appointed as an Associate Pastor at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas.  

He was raised Baptist but, in high school, attended a charismatic church loosely affiliated with the Assemblies of God. After high school, he attended Assemblies of God College in California. While in California, he came out as a gay man, and he was then shunned by his church. Randall was required by the college to go to counseling because of his sexuality. 

After graduating and moving back to Texas, he searched for a church home where he could be authentically himself. He found a church home at LLUMC. There he was able to serve in the church’s mission ministry as an openly gay person.

Because of his lived experience, he is passionate about reclaiming the Christian faith for marginalized people. His passion for justice is not only for those who are LGBTQ but for all who are marginalized. He loves proclaiming the Good News of a loving and grace-filled God to people who have not heard the message. 

In his free time, he enjoys taking long walks with his dog (Pepe), going to dinner with his friends, watching movies (he loves gay romantic comedies), reading books, dancing, and playing volleyball.  

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, July 2
Guest preacher: Rev. Randall Lucas
Ushers: Spiritual Journeymen  

Prayers of the People  
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:
The Shore family; the Chapman family; Beth Mundell; Rob Evans; Hefina Greensted; Mike Johnson; Kathy Parker; Lisa Hunsaker; Sharyn Yetman; Sharon Harris; Sadie Garcia; Debbie and Bob Schulter; Sara Bunch; James Baxter; Karyl Sarver; Heath Kelley; Tom Yull; Matthew Perry; 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  
Noly Paa & Friends Piano Concert
Friday, June 30th
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! A love offering will be collected at the concert or you can give online HERE. Proceeds will benefit Holy Covenant ministries. Child care will be available!   

You can still make an online donation!
Fan Drive through Friday, June 30 
The days are getting hotter and the need is increasing for fans to keep our neighbors cool. The HCUMC Missions Committee is working with Metrocrest Services to ensure fans are provided to those who are most in need. We can purchase a box fan for around $20. We are happy to accept any donation amount, which will then be combined with other donations to purchase fans for Metrocrest to distribute to those in need. A monetary donation can be made via check or ONLINE. Please note ‘fan drive’ on your check.   

Sack Summer Hunger Volunteers Still Needed!  
Sack Summer Hunger
Saturdays in June and July
Sign up HERE  

HCUMC is participating in the Sack Summer Hunger Program again this summer providing nutritious, easy-to-prepare meals to families with school-aged children who depend on free and reduced lunch programs throughout the school year. Meals are delivered every Saturday free of charge. This program is designed by Metrocrest Services to support local families in our community.  

The program lasts through July 29th. We still need some volunteers to deliver food to families. The commitment is no more than 2 hours (between 8 am and noon) on Saturday morning. If you have questions, email Laulie Eckeberger at [email protected].  Sign up HERE!  

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

We currently need: soups, chili, canned chicken, tuna and dry pet food.  
Donations may be delivered Tuesdays through Thursdays between 10:00 am and 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.  

Children & Youth Summer Fun  
Open Gym and Skate
Tuesdays 4 – 6 pm 
Get out of the heat and join us for open gym and skate!   

Rosemeade Rainforest Meet up! 
Thursdays 11 am -2 pm
Come hang out and swim with Laulie at the Rosemeade Rainforest! Kids have to be able to swim to be left without a parent.   

Coming Soon
Blood Drive
Sunday, July 16
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
As a thank-you, April donors will receive a beach towel–while supplies last. Please donate if you can!  

Holy Covenant is having a birthday!
2024 will be Holy Covenant’s 50th anniversary and we will celebrate in April. 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.