What is Happening This Week 7/8-7/11/21

               Happy July! Hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend! We enjoyed spending time with family at last!   The Holy Covenant sanctuary building remains closed this week due to the HVAC installation. There have been unexpected delays but they should be up and cooling by worship on Sunday morning! We are grateful for the leadership of John Paul Mays and the Trustees oversight. Watch for new plantings to surround our sign on the corner!   Be sure to welcome Heather Hinton, our new Preschool Director! We are thrilled she is officially on board. The teachers are working to prepare their classrooms for a new school year!   Hope you will join us for worship on Sunday! We will be outside at 8:30. We will gather in the sanctuary and livestream at 10:30. Some of the classes are beginning to meet in their cool classrooms! The Food Pantry … Read More

What is Happening This Weeks 6/29-7/4/21

                It’s VBS time! Today, the Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. Food Truck will be at Holy Covenant from 5 to 7 pm. Stop by and order a sandwich from their MENU!   The church office will be closed from this Wednesday, June 30, until Tuesday, July 6 to accommodate HVAC replacement and to give the staff a holiday break.   There will only be ONE worship service this Sunday at 10:30 am in the sanctuary. This service will not be streamed. Streaming and the 8:30 am Outside worship service will resume on July 11.   No Outside Sunday Worship This Week Sunday, 4th of July Only ONE worship service at 10:30 am   10:30 am Sunday Morning Worship In-person only this week We will only offer in-person worship this Sunday, July 4th. If you have missed any of the services, or do not … Read More

What is Happening This Week 6/24-6/27/21

               Welcome back to the Unity Dinner & Game Night and to VBS! Friday night at 6 pm Unity will host dinner and games. Sign up below if you can bring a grill or food items that are still needed. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings we will welcome children for Vacation Bible School from 6 to 8 pm where they will learn about Jonah and how to dive deeper into their faith.   This Sunday in worship we will celebrate God’s amazing grace and the baptism of Helma’s little angel Ashley! Helma would like to invite everyone to a reception in the Covenant Center following worship.   Outside Sunday Worship 8:30 am OUTSIDE WORSHIP – We gather Sundays outside by the cross at 8:30 am.   In case of rain, worship will move inside and children will be invited to the Covenant Center for supervised … Read More

What is Happening This Week 6/17-6/20

                The Holy Spirit, working through Bishop McKee, has appointed Cheryl and Jeff Murphy to be with all of you and the Holy Covenant community another year! We are thrilled. I know there are many of you who we have not had the opportunity to meet, so we need the gift of time to meet you and serve with you!   Hope you will join us on Sunday as we reflect on the foundation of our Christian love. Please read Ephesians 3 as you prepare to gather with us. We will continue to sing your requested hymns and to praise God!    I will look forward to greeting you on Sunday!   Shalom Blessings, Pastor Cheryl    Outside Sunday Worship 8:30 am OUTSIDE WORSHIP – We gather Sundays outside by the cross at 8:30 am.   In case of rain, worship will move inside and children will … Read More

What is Happening This Week 6/10-6/13/21

                The Holy Spirit was busy this week at Holy Covenant, along with Oncor!   If you were at church on Sunday or livestreaming you know we were having challenges! There were even some that wondered if the church was haunted due to the creepy noises and odd flickering of lights later Sunday. After a stormy Monday morning electrician’s inspection, we called Oncor to address massive surges in the building. Lights continued to flicker, surge protectors continued to protect our computers and we unplugged everything else. There was a fear of an electrical fire and potential damage.   We had 6 Oncor trucks with 12 Oncor employees here late Monday afternoon. A transformer was identified as being the guilty party. It may have been damaged in the “snowmageddon” of February 2021 and was just barely hanging on. They were able to replace the transformer, saving the day!   We were lucky … Read More

What is Happening This Week 6/3-6/6/21

                Summer activities are upon us!   We have hosted summer camp for our little preschoolers. Such fun to have their voices in the building and on the playground!   This Saturday we are delivering lunches to families in the neighborhood through the Summer Sack Hunger food deliveries.   And the new HVAC systems are being installed so the AC will be cool and the air clean at HCUMC.   We hope part of your summer will be joining us for worship (8:30 outside, 10:30 sanctuary & livestreaming). The summer worship will include your favorite requested hymns and some favorite books and Bible stories.  We would love you to be a part of our worship. We will begin this week with reflecting on prayer through the lens of a favorite book of mine, Granddad’s Prayers of the Earth by Douglas Wood.   I will … Read More

What is Happening This Week 5/27-5/30/21

                Holy Covenant Family, My days at Scott AFB have been filled with joy as I have cuddled our precious granddaughter, Hazel Noel (24 days old). Her big brother Harris has been busy and tons of fun! I am looking forward to being with you on Sunday to reflect on the gift of time we have in our lives.    As I have been family-focused these days, the work of the Holy Spirit has continued at Holy Covenant. Last week, thanks to the efforts of Erin Shepardson and the team of teachers, our preschool successfully completed the semester despite the pandemic. On Sunday, we gathered under the passionate leadership of Ms. Helma to praise God in our Pentecost worship; the Food Pantry served 40 families; and the leadership has made some faithful steps in upgrading our aging facilities.    This weekend, as we celebrate the first … Read More

What is Happening This Week 5/20-5/23/21

                        Happy Thursday Holy Covenant, Oak Lawn UMC is offering a Vaccine Clinic tomorrow from 1 to 3 pm for anyone who still needs to get vaccinated. They have the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.   Outside Sunday Worship 8:30 am OUTSIDE WORSHIP – We gather Sundays outside by the cross at 8:30 am.   In case of rain, worship will move inside and children will be invited to the Covenant Center for supervised play.   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, May 23 Pentecost … Read More

What is Happening This Week 5/13-5/16

  Happy Thursday Holy Covenant,   We will celebrate our High School graduates this Sunday! Please bring cards to church for: Amy, Abby and Jayda – there is a gift box for each that you can place your card in when you arrive. Please share with them words of encouragement.   On Monday, I am heading to Scott AFB to cuddle our new granddaughter Hazel and to entertain a very busy 22 month old Harris. Rev. Jim Guest will be preaching next Sunday for Pentecost. I am grateful for his partnership and faithful witness.    We look forward to you joining us at worship at 8:30 outside (or in the Sanctuary if it is raining) and 10:30 livestreaming and in-person. Remember to donate to the Blood Drive in the Covenant Center.   Shalom Blessings, Pastor Cheryl    Outside Sunday Worship 8:30 am OUTSIDE WORSHIP – We gather Sundays outside by the cross at 8:30 … Read More

What is Happening This Week 5/6-5/9/21

                This weekend brings us the opportunity to celebrate the women in our lives who have impacted who we are today. We all have women who have taught us, held us accountable, and given us their love. Hope you create time to appreciate and love on all of them in one way or another.    Join us Sunday, as we reflect on what it takes to have a truly rich future. 8:30 AM – Worship outside – weather permitting, inside if it is raining 10:30 AM – Worship in the Sanctuary and streaming on our website and Facebook.   Shalom Blessings, Pastor Cheryl    Outside Sunday Worship 8:30 am   OUTSIDE WORSHIP – We gather Sundays outside by the cross at 8:30 am. We will move inside if it rains.   10:30 am Sunday Morning Worship In-person and Livestreamed We hope you are joining us … Read More