Women

The women of Covenant find many ways to love God, love others, and serve in the world.  There are many groups that include men AND women,  such as those listed under discipleship groups.

Women’s Retreat 2018: From Trial to Triumph

Retreat Speakers: Shelton Oakley Hersey and Toya Poplar

March 2-4, 2018

Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge

“After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His own eternal glory in Christ, will Himself complete, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10

Register for the 2018 retreat here.

Click here for the complete retreat brochure.

This Year’s Speakers

Meet Shelton, a lover of people, different cultures and yoga, wife to Scott, community development specialist and committed to the Way of Jesus. Raised in Covenant Pres, yet a world traveler and resident, she finds God in people and spaces of all kinds. A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, Shelton has ministered in non-profits, churches, interfaith engagement, and as a teacher and spiritual director. Her passion is to be a bridge-builder and to remind all of their high value as image-bearers of a creative and restorative God.

Meet Toya, author, speaker and lover of lipstick. Married to her best friend and high school sweetheart, Melvin Poplar. They are the proud parents of six of the coolest kids in the cul-de-sac. Toya is the author of the Amazon Best-Selling journal, Stop Write There. She is a social justice pioneer who promotes racial reconciliation by hosting diversity dinners. A Michigan girl in an Alabama world who gives Creatives permission to start and the courage to finish their creative ideas.

This Year’s Topic

As we gather, we will explore how suffering in part, comes as an attack from the enemy. We’ll reflect on how Jesus, the Lover of our soul uses suffering to empower us when powerless, restore us when depleted, and strengthen us when weary. As we pray through trials, we cannot see how it will work for our good, but because God is good, we can trust that His plans for us are good. By faith, we can trust that when we suffer it will supernaturally strengthen us. Tests become tools to fix what is broken and trials become a training ground to teach us how to triumph

Covenant Women’s Coffee, Confections, and Carols

What: An opportunity to gather in community to celebrate the Christmas season.

Where: Fellowship Hall

When: December 7th, 7:00-8:30pm

Bring a dessert or appetizer to share.

This is a great “Unbinding” opportunity- bring a friend!

Childcare available, no reservations required.

Contact person: Victoria Herriott

Thursday Bible Study

Thursday mornings at 9:30 in room 102.
Facilitators: Sheila Cloud and Alice Searcy

Friday Bible Study

Every other Friday morning at 9:00 in room 103.
Facilitator: Jean Oakley, Miranda Wilkinson, Victoria Herriott

Covenant Crafters

The Crafters are a group of women who meet monthly, on the 4th Tuesday from 1pm-3pm in room 102, to work together on various craft projects.  We share techniques and patterns and encourage one another not only in our craft, but also on our journey.

Members are adept at many different forms of handiwork. There are varying levels of expertise. Those with more experience help others with problems they may encounter in their work.  Experts have been invited to teach their craft at several meetings. One teacher taught knitting to those wanting to learn and offered tips to those more experienced.

We furnish handmade blankets for the deacons to give to Covenant’s new babies.  Cheryl Hodges crochets preemie hats for the Huntsville Hospital NICU.  Contact her if you are interested in helping.

Perhaps our biggest project is knitting or crocheting prayer shawls, which are given to those who are sick, need encouragement, or just need to know that they are loved. As a crafter works on each shawl, she prays for the recipient, if that person is known—specifically, but if not, that the shawl will bring comfort, encouragement, or whatever is needed to the one who will receive it.  We trust that God knows—far better than we—what the shawl will mean to the recipient.

If you enjoy crafts of any kind and would like to join our fellowship, you’re invited to join us. Contact Martha Lehmann for more information.

Mission Stitchers

The Mission Stitchers is a group who get together to do sewing projects.  The main project is sewing cheerful pillowcases for children in the Huntsville Hospital Pediatric Unit. The pillowcases will be taken home by the children after their stay in the hospital. Special Christmas pillowcases are given to the children who are in the hospital during the Christmas season.  Look for pillowcase displays in the narthex and by the office which inform the congregation of the workshop dates. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Would you like to participate at home? You may sew pillowcases using the ready-make kits provided by the Mission Stitchers and/or wash and press the completed pillowcases.

We have workshops to fold and attach a tag to the pillowcases. The tag says, ”Made for you with caring hands –Covenant Presbyterian Church”. This does not require any sewing skills- just folding and tying.  Please consider coming and helping. It’s also a wonderful time of fellowship.

Another ongoing home sewing project is making seasonal baby bibs for the Neighborhood Baby Thrift Store (Second Mile). These bibs are sold at the store with a tag that says, “Made with love by Covenant Presbyterian Church”. The proceeds go to the Thrift Store.  Martha Lehmann is always looking for people to help with this project.

First Friday Book Club

This group of primarily (but not exclusively) women meets on the first Friday of each month to discuss a book, chosen by the group, which has spiritual content. They meet in room 102 at 9:30am. All are welcome, whether you have read the book or not!

 

Upcoming books:

                     2017
Jan 6 Select Books for 2017
Feb 3 The Boston Girl, Anita Diamant
Mar 3 Great Expectations and A Rose for Emily, Dickens and Faulkner
Apr 7 A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
May 5 The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Jun 2 When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
Jul 7 The Crucible, Arthur Miller and Christopher Bigsby
Aug 4 State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
Sep 1 The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
Oct 6 The Hamilton Affair, Elizabeth Cobbs
Nov 3 The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
Dec 1 A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman
                   2018
Jan 5 Select Books for 2018
Feb 2 My Antonia, Willa Cather