What is Happening This Week 1/6-1/9/22

              Happy Epiphany!   A day Christians celebrate the arrival of the Magi presenting gifts to the Baby Jesus!   Epiphany means different things: final day of the Christmas holiday, the day we take down Christmas decorations, or maybe an “aha” moment. Maybe the star that leads us into this year will bring us to “aha” moments of alert awareness, deep joy, contagious generosity and boundless hope. I pray Epiphany this year will lead each of us to the new dawn we have been watching and waiting for.   There is some wonderful news to report as we close out 2021 and it has everything to do with your awesome generosity!   December Giving was amazing 134% of our income goal was received: $62,755  The largest giving to Walk to the Manger in many years – $21,000 100% of HCUMC Apportionments paid (first time since 2015) … Read More

What is Happening This Week 12/23-12/26/21

Christmas Eve Worship   Christmas Eve Family Worship 5:00 pm December 24 Join us for a retelling of the Christmas Story “Mary, Joseph and the Baby” by Tammy Waldrop. This interactive service will be led by our Covenant Carillons handbell choir and will present the story through the eyes of animals present at Christ’s birth.   Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship 7:00 pm December 24 Bring your family and friends to celebrate the birth of the Christ child with carols, scripture and candlelight!   Sunday, December 26 Scripture: John 14:8-12 Frist Sunday after Christmas   NO 8:30 am Worship This Sunday   We will resume 8:30 worship on Sunday, January 2 when we will celebrate Holy Communion.     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 … Read More

What is Happening This Week 12/15-12/19/21

                Holy Covenant Family,   Please join us on Thursday morning for the Preschool ECDP Christmas Program. It will be the highlight of your holiday season! It begins at 10 am and is delightful!   This Sunday is our fourth Sunday of Advent indicating that Christmas is very close! We will be joining the young couple traveling to Bethlehem. Hope you will join us 8:30 in the sanctuary and 10:30 for in-person and livestreaming worship.   On Christmas week, we will have a special Longest Night service on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 7:00 and Christmas Eve services will be at 5:00 and 7:00 PM.    May the light of this Christmas season be upon you! Shalom Blessings, Pastor Cheryl Murphy     You Are Invited! Preschool Christmas Program Thursday, December 16th 10:00 am Come and get into the Christmas Spirit with our Holy Covenant ECDP Christmas Program. The … Read More

What is Happening This Week 12/9-12/12/21

               Angel Tree Donations Due Sunday, December 12!   Angel Tree Please return donations by Sunday, December 12! If you took an angel from the tree, please drop off the Amazon or Walmart gift cards or monetary donation by Sunday. You may also give online and designate “Angel Tree” for your donation.   Our Advent Continues….. The preschoolers are outside my office in the sanctuary practicing for their Christmas program next Thursday.  If you are struggling to get into the Christmas spirit or find the joy in this season, please join us next Thursday at 10:00 AM for the ECDP program. It will fill your soul! Sunday we will spend time with Mary during worship. I hope you will join us for a very special Advent/Christmas service.  Please consider sitting towards the front of the sanctuary and parking at a distance from the main doors. We have guests … Read More

What is Happening This Week 12/2-12/5/21

            Happy Advent!   The season calls us to wait. Many of us think of waiting as passive, sitting still, and twiddling our thumbs (or more likely scrolling through our phone). In the scriptures waiting is not passive. Those waiting are actively waiting. The waiting is a conviction that a seed has been planted, something new is about to appear. Henri Nouwin writes, “active waiting implies being fully present to the moment with the conviction that something is happening where we are and that we want to be present to it. A waiting person is someone who is present to the moment, believing that this moment is the moment.” In the moment, we will see, feel and know that God’s Spirit is present and active in our lives, in this Advent season. The waiting is a blessed time of preparing.   I hope you will join us on Sunday to celebrate Holy Communion … Read More

What is Happening This Week 11/25-11/28/21

               A reflection on this Thanksgiving Day for all of us!   Find the blessings in the gathering of family around the table through conversation and the yummy food!   This Day We Say Grateful A Sending Blessing It is a strange thing to be so bound and so released all in the same moment, to feel the heart open wide and wider still even as it turns to take its leave.   On this day, let us say this is simply the way love moves in its ceaseless spiraling, turning us toward one another, then sending us into what waits for us with arms open wide to us in welcome and in hope.   On this day, in this place where you have poured yourself out, where you have been emptied and filled and emptied again, may you be aware more than ever … Read More

What is Happening This Week 11/18-11/21

                Happy Thanksgiving Week!   Hope you have wonderful plans during this week that includes a school break and a favorite holiday! We have all had a busy fall that has continued to include both our return to normal and a continuation of our stressful pandemic season. So a break from the normal routine will be wonderful for everyone!   This Sunday the bells will be blessing our Thanksgiving worship and our final Sunday of the Christian year. Hope you will join us outside at 8:30 or in the sanctuary and streaming at 10:30.   Following worship we will have the Food Pantry open and be decorating the sanctuary for Advent ~ Christmas if you are available to help.   I look forward to greeting you on Sunday!   Thanksgiving Blessings, Pastor Cheryl Murphy     Volunteers needed! Following the 10:30 worship service this Sunday, we … Read More

What is Happening This Week 11/11-11/14-21

 Happy Veteran’s Day!   A big THANK YOU to those who served, are serving and the families that sacrifice so much for the freedom we embrace and live with each and every day!   This Sunday, during the 10:30 service, we will baptize Oliver Campbell! When I met with Oliver, he expressed how much he loved God and wanted to be part of this church family! He will have lots of his own family here on Sunday and all of us in his church family! I hope you will make all of them feel very welcome!   We had a huge success at the Gather and Give Auction-lite.  Thank you for the many ways you contributed!   We are also continuing to collect the 2022 Pledge Cards. Please fill one out, or reach out to Christine with your pledge number through email. We are grateful for the many families that are turning in their financial … Read More

What is Happening This Week 11/4-11/7/2021

                Dear Friends,   November has blown in with some cool autumn air. However, the weather on Sunday is going to be beautiful! So please join us for worship in the sanctuary at 8:30 or 10:30 to remember and celebrate our saints through prayers, pictures, music, scripture and the sacrament of Holy Communion! And then join us for the Gather and Give Event with lunch and some fun items to bid on. See some of the live auction items below and we have some fun baskets filled with goodies for the raffle.    Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy this time of fellowship with the church family. Thank you to all who gave items and activities towards this event!   I will look forward to greeting you on Sunday!   Shalom Blessings, Pastor Cheryl Murphy   This Sunday     Sunday Worship 8:30 am   … Read More

What is Happening This Week 10/28-10/31/21

                          The last weekend of October is all about the children! Trunk or Treat is on Saturday – 4-6 with fun food available and fun games for the kids! Hope you will bring a bowl of candy to hand out to the kids! Sunday we will be celebrating Children’s Sabbath during worship. Our kids will be a part of the service and we will reflect on the state of our children in the USA.   Also, remember to drop things off on Saturday morning for Austin Street.   I look forward to greeting you on Sunday!   Shalom Blessings, Pastor Cheryl Murphy   Outside Sunday Worship 8:30 am OUTSIDE WORSHIP – We gather Sundays outside by the cross at 8:30 am.   In the event of rain, worship will move inside and children will be invited to the Covenant Center … Read More