What is Happening This Week 8/17-8/20/23


Beloved Community,  

On Sunday we are presenting Bibles to our Third Graders and our new Confirmation Class. To help celebrate this wonderful Sunday, we invite you to bring your own Bible. We will be looking up passages during the sermon, so be ready!  

We hope you will join us for Sunday School at 9:15. We have some new classes beginning. You will find them on the second floor of the Covenant Center.  

Our July giving was very strong; as Ms. Helma says each week – Thank you! Your generous giving is needed in August as well. We are a bit behind our expenses this month. We also are grateful for those of you giving to our 50th anniversary birthday fund!   

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, August 20
Scriptures: Exodus 4:10-13 and 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Ushers: Daughters of Shalom  

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

Adult Classes:
Daughters of Shalom – Room 208
Seekers – Room 210
Pathfinders – Room 211
Spiritual Journey – Room 212
Rev. Debbie Riggsby’s class – Room 213 – starts Aug 20
Class for Young Adults – Room 215 – starts Aug 20  

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 Blackburn/Mays family; Jean McDonald; Carol Lasley; Lois Eaton; Mary Luce; Beth Mundell; Rob Evans; Lisa Hunsaker; Sharyn Yetman; Sharon Harris; Karen McGuffin; John Webb; Charles Hinton; Sadie Garcia; Debbie and Bob Schulter; Sara Bunch; James Baxter; Karyl Sarver; Tom Yull; Matthew Perry; and our friends at Atria Carrollton.        

Coffee with Pastor Cheryl
Join Pastor Cheryl for a cup of coffee or tea on Tuesday mornings between 8:30 and 10 am at Mozart Bakery at 2625 Old Denton (north of Trinity Mills on the west side). All topics welcome! Conversation may be in preparation of upcoming sermons.    

Highlights Next Week  
Dinner & Game Night
Friday, August 25
6 pm
Covenant Center  
Bring your friends, family and your favorite games! Everyone is welcome. Dinner will be POTLUCK this month so please bring food for your family and at least one other person. Donations toward dinner expenses are appreciated.    

FREE Concert
Under the Spanish Sun with Love
Saturday, August 26
7 pm
HCUMC sanctuary  
Classical Guitarist Alejandro Montiel will Join Luis Rodriguez, Alma Alvarez and Astrid Morales for a magical night of Spanish songs. Songs include music by Manuel DeFalla, Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco and many more! Join us for an evening full of love, fun and music! The concert is free, but a love offering supporting HCUMC Music Ministries will be collected. You can give in advance HERE.  

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

We currently need: soups, canned chicken, peanut butter, pasta sauce 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. 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.

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.

  Sign Up NOW  
Enneagram Class
Starts September 5
12:30 pm
Room 211
Join Laulie Eckeberger to study the Enneagram! The Enneagram is a 9-sided study of personality traits, how people interpret the world, and how people relate to the world. Please contact Laulie [email protected] if you are interested in the class.    

Sunday Night Dinners
September 24, October 22 & November 19
Join us Sunday nights this fall for community building and fellowship! Get to know your fellow church members, make new friends and deepen your relationships at HCUMC! To participate, sign up HERE! Please indicate if you would be wiling to host a group of 6-8 people for at least one of the dinners.    

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! Please sign up HERE for a 2 hour volunteer slot!  

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.             
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We are running about $11,000 behind so far this quarter. If you are thinking about giving a little extra, or catching up on your tithe or pledge – now is a great time! Thank you so much!  

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

Highlight Beyond Holy Covenant  
Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) Book Group
Next Meeting Wednesday, August 23
7:30 pm
The TCADP Book Group meets every six to eight weeks on Zoom and reads a mix of fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs (see here for a list of everything we’ve read to date). Join us for a discussion of Crossing the River Styx: The Memoir of a Death Row Chaplain by Russ Ford with Charles Peppers and Todd C. Peppers on Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at 7:30 PM Central Time. Rev. Ford and Todd Peppers will answer questions about the book. Register here!