What is Happening This Week 9/21-9/24/23

Beloved Community,  

As we arrive at the last days of September, we are finally receiving rain drops in our fields! So grateful!!!! Hope they will not be falling on too many of our sporting events and activities this weekend!  

Hope you will join us on Sunday for Sunday School and 10:30 worship. I have invited a clergy brother Rev. Phil Dieke, to share his witness with us. Among many notable positions, Pastor Phil was Laulie’s youth pastor at HPUMC. 
Here is his bio: 
Rev. Phil Dieke is a Deacon in the North Texas Conference. After more than 16 years working in local churches with youth, college age, young adults, and digital ministry, in January he began as the Director of Congregational Innovation in the Education Beyond the Walls Department at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He chairs the North Texas Board of Church and Society and sits on the Executive Board of Texas Impact and Leadership Council of Faith Forward Dallas.  

More importantly Phil is dance dad to Nora, art collector of Betsy, baseball coach to Thomas and life partner to Jessi.   

I will also be sharing very exciting news about our new welcoming center.  

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, September 24
Scripture: Exodus 16:2-15
Guest preacher: Rev. Phil Dieke
Ushers: Pathfinders Class  

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
Young Adults – Room 215  

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 Webb family; the Hanks family; Jean McDonald; Carol Lasley; Lois Eaton; Beth Mundell; Rob Evans; Lisa Hunsaker; Sharyn Yetman; Sharon Harris; LaRae Pritchard; Brian Henry & Chris Hill; Karen McGuffin; Evangeline Zotigh; Charles Hinton; Sadie Garcia; Debbie and Bob Schulter; Sara Bunch; James Baxter; Karyl Sarver; Tom Yull; Matthew Perry; and our friends at Atria Carrollton.  

Holy Covenant Sorrow
Mark Hanks, Scout Master for several years at HCUMC, passed away September 16, 2023. See Mark’s obituary HERE. A funeral will be held at 10 am on Friday, September 22 at Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano.      

Highlights This Week  
Dinner & Game Night
Friday, September 22
6 pm Covenant Center  
Bring your friends, family and your favorite games! Everyone is welcome. Dinner is potluck, so please bring enough for your family and at least one more person. Donations toward dinner expenses (utensils, beverages, etc.) are appreciated.     

Sunday Night Dinners Start This Sunday, September 24!  
If you signed up but haven’t heard where your dinner will be, please contact Laulie [email protected] ASAP.  

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:
-Professional clothes (all sizes)
-Work clothes (all sizes)
-Larger sized adult clothing (XL and up)
-Children’s clothes (elementary, preschool, toddler, baby)
-Shoes (all sizes, specifically work shoes, heavy duty shoes)
-New underwear (all sizes, adults and kids)
-New socks (all sizes, adults and kids)
-Mini shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, lotion  

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

wooden-hangers2.jpg Hangers Needed  
Our Community Clothes Closet currently needs hangers. Please drop them by the church office if you have some to donate.  

mic_retro.jpg Highlights Next Week  
Talent Show
Saturday, September 30
7 pm
HCUMC sanctuary  
HCUMC Music Ministries will present a talent show! The ensemble Encore Brass–featuring our own Efrain Sain–will perform during the first half. The show is free, but a love offering supporting HCUMC Music Ministries will be collected. You can give in advance HERE.    

Courage Over Comfort Group
Daring Greatly Book Study
Sundays, October 1st and 15th or Wednesdays, October 4th and 18th  
Do you feel like you are living your best life and growing into who you are meant to be? Come and geek out with us in the Courage Over Comfort Group as we learn with some of the leading experts in brain modification and habit formation, mindfulness and meditation, simplification and clarification, and bravery through vulnerability and whole-hearted living. Join a supportive group of your church family as we encourage each other to grow, live our best lives, and be the change we wish to see in this world.  

Courage Over Comfort will meet on the first and third weeks of October to explore Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. You will have two opportunities to join in on the conversation: lunch after church on Sundays, October 1st and October 15th, or Wednesdays, October 4th and October 18th at 7:00 pm in Melissa Beard’s home. If finances are an issue, a copy of Daring Greatly can be provided in the media format of your preference.  

If you wish to join this study, contact Melissa at [email protected].  

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

We currently need: soups, peanut butter, mac & cheese, 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 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.  

Sign Up NOW!  
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! We especially need lots of volunteers to unload the pumpkins from the truck Friday, October 13 at 4 pm.   Please sign up HERE for a 2 hour volunteer slot!

  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.  

Highlight Beyond HCUMC  
District Gatherings with Bishop Saenz
Saturday, September 23
10 am to Noon: The Life Church (formerly Church of the Disciple UMC) 220 S. Cockrell Hill Rd., DeSoto, TX 75115
2 – 4 pm: Christ UMC, Farmers Branch 2807 Valwood Pkwy, Farmers Branch 75234  

You are invited to join either of these 2 opportunities in the Metro District for an inspiring and informational gathering.