Tutoring at Ridgecrest Elementary School

The new school year has started for our “Adopted School”. There is a new principal, Denine Matthews, who is willing to work with us in any way with the students. Our reading mentor program will start Tuesday September 5. Please consider taking 30 minutes a week to read with one of these precious children.

We will also provide lunch for the faculty twice a year,  possibly October and February. Please contact Jane Sucic if you would like to furnish a dish. Valerie Christian and Kathy Dahlman are providing snacks monthly for faculty meetings. We will continue to collect bottle caps for the school. Last year they came in number one in the city. They received $1700 to use for school supplies or equipment.

Kids to Camp

Kids to Camp is a Covenant ministry that sponsors kids in our community to attend Camp Maranatha. Many of these kids come from lower income homes and have never had the opportunity to attend camp.  This year, thanks to so many of you, Covenant sent nine children:  Naomi, Ekva, Abinah, Kayla, Bria, Hilal, Daniela, Luiz, and Nasser. Covenant has a relationship with them through the Second Mile preschool. Many of these kids also attended Covenant’s VBS and were given items needed for camping. The Kids to Camp committee’s goal is to sponsor twelve kids to attend camp next summer.  Thanks to all for your prayers and support.

Alternative Christmas Market

Our 2016 Market was a wonderful success!  Thank you Kerry Rowley and the whole team!

Mission 2016 2016 distributed 9 Year Totals
HAP 925 1877  
HEIFER 1635 1635  
PAL 1176 1176  
PRES. HOME 1729 1729  
ROW 2503 2503  
Empower Bihar 549.5 549.5  
PDA (Pres Dis) 487 487  
Ridgecrest Library 746 746  
SUBTOTAL     10,702.50 112,954.52
Trade Fair Market       2,500.00    28,326.00
TOTAL     13,202.50 141,280.52

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.

Covenant’s 13th Habitat House!

2409 Garden Park

Psalms 127:1

Unless the Lord builds the house,  those who build it labor in vain.

Covenant Presbyterian, along with our other partner churches, participated in the construction of a house at 2409 Garden Park for Habitat for Humanity.  Construction for the house began at the Habitat for Humanity warehouse on February 23rd where we began cutting the wood for the frame. During the whole build we had at least 13 participants from Covenant volunteering their time and efforts.  Overall, we were blessed with more than 40 participants.

The build managers, Nes Cumings with Covenant and Bill Giardini with Habitat for Humanity, were there to instruct the volunteers how to build the house and delegating activities.  Each week there were plenty of workers willing to spend their days laboring to build this future home for the Carter family.  We finished construction of the house on Memorial Day weekend when we did landscaping and put down sod in the yard.  The Lord provided all that was necessary to complete this home without delay.
Isaiah 58:6-7

Is not this the fast that I choose:…

to share your bread with the hungry

 and bring the homeless poor into your house;
On June 4th, Richard Brooks led the dedication of the house. The family, friends, and volunteers who gathered said prayers for the Carter family.  Covenant presented Melissa Carter with a housewarming gift to welcome her and her family into their newly completed home. This marked the completion of Covenant’s 13th Habitat for Humanity house.


Covenant’s Local Missions

Covenant supports many local ministries with prayer, service and participation, and financial support. Check out the links below for more information about our local outreach.

Huntsville Pregnancy Resource Center (formerly Choose Life of NA)
Covenant Preschool
Habitat for Humanity
Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP)
Interfaith Mission Service
Kids to Love
Manna House
Meals on Wheels
Ridgecrest School Outreach
Second Mile Development
Serve the City
The Vine Counseling Center