2023 Generosity Campaign

 

The Generosity Campaign asks people to support Covenant’s ministry with their time, talents, and treasures. Members and friends will receive a packet of info in the mail. Please contact the church office if you do not have one. A pdf is available below as well. In this packet, you can fill out your Commitment Card, making a financial commitment to Covenant official. Though this was not included in the packet this year, you can also make a commitment to serving by filling out our Serving Survey (below).

A commitment to Covenant’s Ministry Campaign is an important way members can show their support of the church’s mission and service goals. It is NOT a contract for payment, but rather an expectation of your intended financial gift for the calendar year. Please give as you are able and called by God.

How you use your time, talent, and treasure are manifestations of how you are "blessed to be a blessing."

Please use these links to complete electronic versions of the 2023 Generosity Campaign forms:

Serving Survey 

Let us know how you want to get involved with volunteering your times and talents at Covenant! This form was not mailed out this year. If you would like a paper copy, they are available in the office.

Commitment Form

Thank you for considering an ongoing financial commitment to help sustain Covenant's many ministries in 2023!

Electronic Contribution Transfer (ECT)

This form gives us consent to set up your recurring financial commitment.

Note: even if you indicate on your Commitment Form/Card that you want us to set up your payments, this form is still required. Click HERE for an FAQ on Electronic Contribution Transfers.

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2023 Generosity Campaign Brochure

Blessings from 2022

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Mission at Covenant is very active with a focus on Matthew 25:

  • The Guatemala Mission Trip will take place this Fall

  • We feed hungry people in Madison with meals at Porchlight Men's Shelter and Triangle Ministry, provide snacks for students and teachers at Glenn Stephens Elementary School, prepare meals for college students at Pres House, and our Little Free Pantry is on site available to the public

  • Extended Hands Pantry is a new mission partner in 2022

  • Partnering with Jewish Social Services, we will work to resettle an immigrant family

  • The Presbywheelians biked in the MOVE4BGC fundraiser, raising over $10,000 for Boys & Girls Club of Dane County.

  • Financial support for members wishing to participate in the racial justice class, “Black History for a New Day” through Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development.

  • There is hope that we might be able to fund the building of a Tiny House for a Tiny House Village as part of Occupy Madison which is helping the homeless in Madison.

  • CONNECT is established, a Deacon-sponsored program of events with the intention of fostering connection within the congregation and community. Events like Spiritual Strolls, a Kite Event, sledding parties, and more, were enjoyed in 2022.

How can you help in the ongoing Mission at Covenant?

  • Support our Guatemala auction and travelers there

  • Additional funds would help us feed more people

  • Consider working on a meal team at Pres House or Porchlight Men’s Shelter

  • Volunteer as you are able for the resettlement project

  • Help stock the Little Free Pantry

  • Be a pen pal or provide snacks for the Glenn Stephens students and staff

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Glenn Stephens Penpal Meet & Greet
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Ukraine Benefit - Ivan Shmilo, bandura
Kechele Baptism May 8

We are thankful that in-person worship is again possible, but are also thankful for the ability to Live-stream the worship service through You-Tube. From the many tasks completed by the ushers to the music led by Melissa Hinz and Ben Welch to the faith building sermon series to the communion element preparation to the sanctuary adornment, we are blessed with staff and volunteers to help us worship God in a special place—even if it might be on TV at home.

Highlights of 2022 include:

  • A new “organ cam” which allows a view of the organist on our livestream services and events

  • We hosted a Ukraine Benefit Concert, combining our efforts with Madison Presbyterian churches, and (combined with another Ukraine offering) raised over $50,000.

  • New handbells and hand chimes were purchased to expand our handbell ministry

  • Talented guest musicians have been enjoyed throughout the year

  • Sanctuary chancel lighting, now 50 years old, will be updated this year, which will provide enhanced lighting for worship and livestreaming, but also provide energy savings.

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Education is taken seriously at Covenant from our youngest to our adults. Sunday School, Adult Education, and Youth Groups are all in full swing.

 

2022 Highlights so far:

 

  • Sunday School, Children's Time, and Youth Connection have all returned to in-person in 2022

  • Covenant teamed up with Bethany United Methodist Church for a heartwarming Vacation Bible School

  • Small Groups continue to meet throughout the year and delve into a series called Money Matters this Fall, based on the book Enough by Adam Hamilton

  • Adult Education had a variety of class topics this year, including challenging topics not often discussed in churches, like our Winter 2022 series Let's Talk About Sex.

  • There is a strong plan in place to resume youth ministry for our Middle and High School Youth Groups on Sunday evenings.

VBS Summer 2022
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B&G updates lighting!
Beautiful courtyard landscaping!

Our Building & Grounds Committee has been hard at work to maintain and improve our facilities so that we can go into the coming year strong.

 

Examples of items worked on this year:

  • The 50+ year old boiler has been replaced with a new heating system in the Bradfield and Classroom wings.

  • Sunday School room improvements with new storage and sink cabinets and window shelving

  • New furniture is being procured for the heavily used Lounge

  • The grounds area around the church has been well cared for by volunteers working in the gardens and with the trees; the damage from the June storm was largely taken care of by volunteers as well

  • A new security system is going in with a key code locking mechanism for safer use of the building during the week

  • The flat roof over the kitchen will be repaired this fall

Testimonials

 

“It is clear… that the church exists because it is a community that gives time, talent, and finances to make the mission of Covenant possible. Yes, we are a community of members that benefit from the building and the grounds, but the larger community we serve with our building and what we give as a congregation is wat really matters in service to Christ.”

-Tom Blewett

 

“It is partly for Covenants dynamic engagement in many efforts around the world and our local community, that my family and I happily give our time and financial support through our pledge to Covenant.”

-Faith Windsor-Leonard

 

“I have really enjoyed my time on mission committee and my faith has deepened. I have learned so much from others on the Committee, especially how much we can collectively do for others. Serving on this committee is a new way to feel connected to my church. Pledging time and money is incredibly fulfilling.”

-Jane Pearson

Numbers

2022-23 Ministry Funding Plan

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2022 Generosity Campaign

Number of commitments (pledges) received: 227

Total amount committed (pledged): $984,620