October 17, 2020
To make a pledge for your 2021 contribution, email Susan Pendergrass at email@example.com or call 256-759-9492
Our lives are full of challenge right now. How do we keep moving? “Plan like it depends on you. Pray like it depends on God.”
That’s what we see in today’s sermon from Pastor Kling. This sermon series, “The Impossible Dream” focuses on the life of Joseph in the book of Genesis as a way to consider our own financial future as a congregation. This 3-week series will prepare you to make your pledge for Covenant’s 2021 Budget.
Don’t forget that TODAY begins our new children’s church and nursery programming during our in-person worship at 10AM at 301 Drake Ave, SE. If you haven’t checked out our in-person. This is a wonderful opportunity for young families to return to worship. To read the reopening plans for kids check out this guide.
In today’s sermon Pastor Kling challenges each of us to pray every day for our church family that God would provide for us financially in 2021 and that he would reveal to each of us how much money we should pledge to Covenant to support our church family in the coming year. Pastor Kling has written a prayer that we can each use to pray together wherever we are. You can pray this prayer each day this week by yourself as a part of your devotional time, or you can join a member of Covenant’s staff at 3PM each day this week to on a Zoom conference call to pray this prayer with other church members.
To join the 3PM daily call, you can use the button below, click here, or simply use your phone and dial in using the following info:
Meeting ID: 849-0111-0264,
Lord Jesus, all that we have belongs to you.
Thank you so much for your generosity to me
By buying my freedom with your sacrifice.
I dedicate my whole life and my whole budget to your kingdom.
Teach me more and more.
To use my money as you would use it.
I pray for my church family at Covenant Presbyterian.
I ask that you would provide for us financially by your almighty hand.
I pray that you would guide us through these challenging times.
I pray that you would show us how to support one another.
Reveal to each member the portion of their income
That you are calling them to pledge in 2021.
In this quiet moment, send your Holy Spirit to speak to me.
Even as you spoke to your servant Joseph.
Show me what portion of my income I should pledge to Covenant in 2021.
[listen for 60 seconds]
Thank you, for speaking to me, Lord.
Grant me the courage to follow you wherever you lead.
In Jesus’ Name,
This month’s outreach connection focuses on the work of our denomination the PC(USA). This Sunday, October 11, Covenant will be taking up the Peace and Global Witness Offering. A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of conflict and injustice across the world. Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize up to 25% of this Offering to connect with the global witness of Christ’s peace. Presbyteries retain an additional 25% for ministries of peace and reconciliation. The remaining 50% is used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness. Covenant will use the portion we retain to support the work of the Interfaith Mission Agency and to support a Peacemaker visit. You can click the button below to give on our website or you can write a check with the word “peacemaking” in the subject.
Many neighborhood prayer groups are continuing to meet in a front lawn near you. Check out the map below to see the neighborhood shepherds we currently have available. These shepherds are hosting the prayer groups in their front lawns one day a week. Even when you’re not able to meet in person, it is nice to know there is someone near you who cares. Now, more than ever, it’s good to know that when we can’t carry on, God’s family carries us.
If you look at the map below and you’re not sure which group you might fit in or you see that your neighborhood is currently marked as TBD please contact our Associate Pastor, Dave Hunsicker at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are finalizing these groups and he would be delighted to assist you.
Invite everyone to stand (or sit) in a circle in your front lawn with 6-ft distance between each family grouping. Families do not need to social distance but should remain socially distant from other family units. These meetings are intentionally designed to be brief—so you do not need to provide chairs or refreshments for the group.
Instructions (by now you should have a routine. Feel free to get away from our script as you are comfortable):
We offer a small worship service at 10AM. Based on a congregational survey, we anticipate most folks to continue worshipping online – so we will continue to provide excellent worship resources and videos each Sunday for those at home. Together we are united in our commitment to one another and our commitment to Christ, whether worshipping in-person or online!
No reservation or permission is required to attend worship in the sanctuary. However, all participants must wear a mask (we will have some available for you!) and we request that you take your temperature and use the restroom before leaving your home.
The elders request that you make a careful and informed decision about the best way for you to worship in June. For those who intend to attend worship in person, please read the following guidelines carefully when making your decision.
For your convenience, here are all the links you need to participate in today’s service!
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