What is Happening This Week 2/8-2/11/24

Beloved Community,  

We have a busy week ahead; hope you will join us for several activities! (For Mary’s celebration and Sunday morning activities, please remember to park in the far spots if you are able to walk. We need the closer spaces for guests and those who struggle with mobility.)  

Mary Mitchell Trimble’s Celebration of Life service will be at 1:00 PM Friday with a reception following. We will be livestreaming on the website and on Facebook.  

Saturday evening we will gather in the Covenant Center for the Chili Cookoff. Bring chili in a crockpot to share (at 5:30). Bring dollar bills for voting! And bring a good appetite for feasting at 6:00! If you are craving time with church friends and fellowship, this is your moment to enjoy!  

Sunday morning, we will gather for Sunday School classes at 9:15 and worship at 10:30. We will reflect on the story about Jesus’ transfiguration found in Mark 9:2-9. The mysterious encounter between Jesus and his disciples will offer us a good invitation into our Lenten season.   

On Wednesday, February 14 we will gather to begin our Lenten journey with a Pancake Supper at 5:30 and Ash Wednesday Taize Worship at 6:30. Laulie will gather in the Covenant Center with the children and youth and join everyone in the sanctuary for ashes. We will all be invited to a journey that encourages us to pray, to fast from things that separate us from God, and to thrive in our spiritual life. I will help you to find a way to this holy season that may be helpful in your journey.   

This week will have moments of sadness and joy. We will gather as a beloved community to celebrate the life of one loved that is now in the heavenly realm; we will feast together; we will praise and worship the mystery of our Lord; we will begin a holy season that may transform our discipleship. I am looking forward to being with each of you over the next week!  

I will be here to greet you!  

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, February 11
Scripture: Mark 9:2-9
Ushers: Seekers 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  

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 Shepardson family; the Hunt family; Rhonda King; Jean McDonald; Marilyn Paa; Rob Evans; Lisa Hunsaker; Sandy Elms; Ed Webb; Sonia Erenberger; Kyle McAnally; John Webb; Sarah Engledow Brown; Laura York; Jeff Mills; 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.     

Celebration of the Life of Mary Mitchell Trimble  
Friday, February 9
1 pm
Join us in the sanctuary as we celebrate Mary in a special service with a reception to follow in the Covenant Center. See Mary’s Obituary HERE    

indoors-table-setting.jpg Highlights This Week  
FREE Parents’ Night Out
Friday, February 9
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the Covenant Center  
Drop your kids off for a night of dinner, activities and a movie! Spend some quality time alone or with friends while we watch the kids! Contact Laulie Eckeberger [email protected] to save a spot for your kid.    

Chili Cookoff
Saturday, February 10
6 pm in the Covenant Center  
Everyone is invited to enter their chili into the competition. A sign-up sheet is located in the Education Building under the stairs. Bring your friends and be sure to bring cash to vote for your favorite chili! Proceeds will benefit the HCUMC People In Need fund.     

Courage Over Comfort Group – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People  
“Who you are is God’s gift to you. Who you become is your gift to God.” 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 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.  

Join me in February to explore an awesome book on personal growth and habit formation. “In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity – principles that give us the security to adapt and change, and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.”  

Courage Over Comfort will meet: Sunday, February 11th and Sunday, February 25th after worship in the Pathfinders room. Bring a sack lunch! If you would like to join me on this journey, please email me at [email protected].  

Melissa Beard  

Food Pantry  
Pantry Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday from 10-2 
2nd and 4th Sundays from 12-1 pm  
We currently need soups and chili, kidney and black beans, canned fruit, mac & cheese, 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.  

Highlights Next Week  
Ash Wednesday
February 14
Pancake Supper at 5:30 pm
Worship at 6:30 pm  
Join us in the Covenant Center at 5:30 pm for a delicious pancake supper followed by a meditative worship service in the sanctuary at 6:30 pm. Children and youth will meet with Laulie in the Covenant Center at 6:30 pm for a special worship service.    

Homelessness in Our Area presentation
Sunday, February 18
9 am in the sanctuary  
Holy Covenant Advocates for Justice & Peace will host Melanie Meijering with a program on Homelessness in Our Area on February 18th during the Sunday School hour from 9:00-10:15. Melanie is the Director of Homeless Resources at Metrocrest Services. We have had her assistance several times when working with Food Pantry clients, and we have seen firsthand her level of expertise and caring.  

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 Tuesday – Thursday between 10 am and 2 pm or Sunday mornings.  
Coming Soon  
Church Service Project
Monday, February 19 – RESCHEDULED!
10 am to Noon in the Covenant Center  
Join us at the church to make hygiene bags to give out to those who come to the food pantry and the clothes closet! We need donations!
Please bring by Sunday, Feb 18th!
-Shampoos, conditioner and soap (full size and small)
-Hand sanitizer

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.   

Highlight Beyond Holy Covenant  
TCADP Annual Conference
Saturday, March 2
10 am to 4 pm  
The Holy Covenant Advocates for Justice & Peace invite you to this special event featuring keynote speaker, Ms. Opal Lee. Helma Gentry will be one of the breakout session panelists! Register at https://tcadp.org/what-we-do/annual-conference/              
You may give ONLINE or send checks to:
Holy Covenant UMC
1901 E. Peters Colony Rd.
Carrollton, TX 75007  
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