Collaborative Food Drive in January
Covenant will join several community groups to combat childhood hunger in January. The Collaboration Project is a new non-profit in Madison created to foster collaboration between churches for the good of Madison. They have partnered with another new faith-based organization, Selfless Ambition, along with the Food for Thought Initiative, The River Food Pantry, and several Madison churches on a collaborative food drive to benefit the Madison Public
School pantries and weekend food programs run by the Food for Success Coalition.
Covenant’s participation in the Collaborative Food Drive will begin in early January and end on January 30th with a sorting and packing party at Cherokee Heights Middle School. You can help in several ways - by bringing food donations to Covenant, by transporting the donations to Cherokee Middle School on January 30th, and/or by helping out with the sorting and packing of the food itself. Look for a sign-up in early January.
Preferred foods include boxes of whole grain, low sugar cereal, peanut and other nut butters, canned fruit (light syrup or in its own juice, individual or regular size), canned entrees with meat (pasta with meat, chili with meat, beef stew, hearty soup with protein, etc.), canned proteins (tuna, chicken, etc.), individual-size cups of microwaveable macaroni & cheese, snack bars with protein (breakfast bars, granola bars, energy bars), canned beans, shelf-stable milk (8 oz, 32 oz) shelf-stable yogurt (individual size), canola oil (16 or 24 oz bottles), canned vegetables, dry beans, beef sticks.
Please bring your donations to church before January 30th. Covenant’s Mission Committee thanks you for your support in this effort that will serve thousands of local families.
Write a Lenten Devotional
The Adult Education Committee invites Covenant members and friends to write Lenten devotionals on readings from the Gospel of Matthew. The devotionals will complement the Lenten sermon series on “Jesus as Teacher in Matthew” and inspire Covenant members as they read through Matthew’s Gospel in March. Each devotion should have 1) a title; 2) a short prayer at the end; and 3) your reflection on the specific passage, with a total of about 350 words or less. Don’t feel like you need to cover the whole passage; just write about what part of your chosen passage speaks to you. To write a devotional, go to the bulletin board sign-up sheet, see Pastor Jeff’s SignUpGenius, or look for Polly Guequierre in the Covenant hallways. You will need to submit your devotional to Melissa Arnston (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the church office by January 31.
Guest Preacher Rev. Deanna Hollas, January 26
The Rev. Deanna Hollas is the Gun Violence Prevention Ministry Coordinator with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and the co-founder of Retreat House Spirituality Center in Richardson, TX. Deanna graduated from Perkins School of Theology in 2015 with a Master of Divinity. She also has a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Deanna and her husband Chris are the proud parents of three young-adult children. In her free time, Deanna enjoys listening to music, being outdoors, and discovering delicious plant-based harm-free meals.
She will be preaching at 9:00 and 11:00, and teaching at 10:00, on Sunday, January 26.
Deanna’s visit is made possible by support from gifts in memory of Rev. Bill King, who served as pastor at Covenant from 1978 to 1998.
Caregivers Support Group Meets on January 26
Are you a caregiver for a loved one and need some support as you juggle their needs and yours? If the answer is yes, then consider joining Covenant’s Caregiving Support Group which will meet on January 26 from 12:15 to 1:15pm. Please bring your own sandwich. Fruit and dessert will be provided. More information is available by talking with Donna Monson or by emailing her at email@example.com.
Heifer International Fundraising begins Sunday, January 19
Chicks! Sheep! Llamas! Cows! Goats! Watch for these animals in the hallways of Covenant as the 27th year of fundraising for Heifer International begins on Sunday, January 19!
What is Heifer International?
Heifer International is a non-profit organization that works to alleviate world hunger and poverty. Heifer helps impoverished families become self-reliant by providing food and income-producing animals (such as cows, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chicks, fish, llamas, and goats) and training the families in how to care for the animals. Families “pass on the gift” by giving one or more of their animal’s offspring to another family in need.
The fundraising goal for 2020 is $4,000!
Sunday school classes study a Heifer International animal for two weeks and then display what they have learned at the February 2 Heifer Mini-Market
SAVE YOUR COINS for the February 2 Heifer Celebration Sunday School banks!
Scout Sunday is February 2!
All Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are invited to wear their uniforms to worship.
Covenant Blood Drive
Wednesday, February 12 from 1:00-6:00pm in Bradfield Hall
Now that the Christmas decorations have been stored away, and we’ve said “Hello” to the New Year, we still have
an opportunity to give. Donating blood saves lives for many patients who are fighting cancer, traumatic injuries,
bleeding disorders, or needs during surgery, which just names a few of the reasons your blood is so important for
them. The need for blood doesn’t end. It will always be the “season for giving” for these patients.
Save the Date for a Family Mission Opportunity! Feed My Starving Children
Saturday, February 29 from Noon-2:00pm
The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor. -Proverbs 22:9
Feed My Starving Children is a Christian non-profit organization committed to feeding God’s hungry children around the world in body and spirit. Covenant families will partner with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Verona campus) to help make nutritious mobile meal packs. In our two-hour time slot, Covenant families (5 years and older) will pack over 6300 meals. We need your help! Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s goal is 272,000 meals packs. Contact Donna Monson for more information.
“Trash & Treasure” Coming Soon!
Our church-wide rummage sale isn’t until Saturday, March 7, but now is a good time to start thinking about it! On February 23, we will begin accepting donations of gently used clothing, housewares, furniture, sporting goods, jewelry, collectibles, small electronics, and more. Please keep that in mind as you’re doing some fall cleaning. Contact Youth Ministries Coordinator Steve Royalton (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about a donation or how to help us the week of the sale.
This sale is the only fundraising activity of our High School Youth Connection for their summer trips. They also donate over 25% of the net earnings to outside mission partners in Madison and in the city in which they will serve next summer, that being St. Louis.