Alternative Christmas Market: 10th Anniversary
Thank you for your generous support of the 2017 Alternative Christmas Market. Thank you for honoring Christ this Christmas by giving gifts that support those in need in our community and around the world.
This year we raised $15,216 for our supported charities. This brings our 10 year GRAND total to $156,497.
2017 Funds Raised
Crafters $865 (split been HAP and The Vine)
Free 2 Teach $563
Huntsville Assistance Program $1095 (after Crafters $1195)
Kids 2 Camp $544
Palestinian Craftaid $1288
Presbyterian Home $1950
Mission:Hope (formerly ROW) $1941
The Vine Counseling $219 (after Crafters $894)
Disaster Assistance $439
Ridgecrest Library $790
Fair Trade $2666
Thank you to those who made the market a success this year. We had almost 60 volunteers helping make this Market a success!
Tutoring at Ridgecrest Elementary School
Covenant provided up to 16 reading mentors to Ridgecrest Elementary in 2017. Ridgecrest has seen a substantial increase in students, growing from 450 to 600 last year, with one-fifth of the students identified as ELL (English Language Learners) Principal, Denine Matthews, is a supporter of our reading mentor program and we are limited only by the number of volunteers. 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 Ridgecrest PTA came in number one in the city, receiving $2,000 to use for school supplies or equipment and we are proud to have taken part in that project.
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. In 2018, thanks to so many of you, Covenant sent ten children. 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 continuing goal is to send children to the Maranatha Camp in 2019, only limited by the financial support we receive. Thanks to all for your prayers and support.
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.
The Mission Stitchers group has been busy in 2017. Our projects involve both people who sew and those who do not have sewing skills. Our ongoing project is to make pillowcases that are appealing to children. We get together in a series of workshops to cut out the pillowcases, to sew them together, and then to prepare them with a tag that says “Made for you with caring hands. Covenant Presbyterian”. Some people sew the pillowcases at home instead of at the workshop. Thanks to the ladies who wash and press all of the finished pillowcases at home before we give them to the hospital.
As of August 2017, we have made 286 pillowcases. The recipients of these pillowcases are:
Huntsville Hospital Pediatrics:
176 have been delivered as of August 2017
75 Christmas pillowcases are ready to be delivered 2 weeks before Christmas.
Dr. Michael Powell’s Pediatric Clinic (via Betsy Estopinal)
12 will be given to the special needs children at the clinic.
Presbyterian Children’s Home
12 will be part of a welcome basket to be given as children and their families enter the home. We will send them more as needed.
One pillowcase costs $7.00 to make. A total of $2002.00 has been spent in fabric to make the 286 pillowcases that we have made and given away. Funding for the fabric comes from various sources:
- $1540.00 -purchased by individual members of the Mission Stitchers who feel that this is part of their personal ministry.
- $250.00 – given by the Outreach Committee for 2017
- $200.00- donations from members of the congregation
We appreciate all the financial help that we have received from the Outreach Committee and the congregation. Because of the specific fabrics and patterns that we use, it is more cost efficient for us to purchase all of the fabric rather than to receive donations of fabric. However, monetary donations are always appreciated.
For information contact: Martha Lehmann.
Covenant’s 13th Habitat House!
2409 Garden Park
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.
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)|
|Habitat for Humanity|
|Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP)|
|Interfaith Mission Service|
|Kids to Love|
|Meals on Wheels|
|Ridgecrest School Outreach|
|Second Mile Development|
|Serve the City|
|The Vine Counseling Center|