Things move a little slower. Not so many meetings.
People on vacations. We can relax a little!
This is the June AND July Newsletter.
We will send out a brief update in the beginning of July if needed
And, of course you will receive Covenant Connections each week.
A word about the new computer. It is great and will be even greater
once we get used to it.
Thanks to all who contributed and especially to
the jailbirds/lovebirds, Bob & Marjorie Borland.
Also many thanks to Brian Daniels for setting it up
and saving us when things are confusing.
You will notice very few cute little pictures this time.
I’m working on it!!
Erin VanGelder is helping out in the office during vacations
and days off. Be nice to her.
Have a great summer but don’t forget to come to church!
Remember – you may be out of cell phone range
but you are NEVER out of prayer range!!
See you in church!!
Grace & peace,
Elders David Meyers & Carol Rich
For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. (Matthew 18:20)
Heritage Day was excellent, and the choir members really enjoyed the reunion. I've heard from those who returned, and they all loved getting to see you and singing together again. We hope you enjoyed it too.
Now we're on to the next project!
We are working on music for our 20th Choir Tour! This year we will travel to Shallotte and will worship with Rev. John Causey and Shallotte Presbyterian Church. Tour will differ this year in that we will go after Labor Day in order to take advantage of the off-season rates at the motels in the area.
As usual, we will sing at a local skilled nursing facility and a local church. Choir Sunday here at Covenant will be on August 28th when you will hear the program which, this year, consists of favorite anthems selected by the choir from all the music done on past tours. (Look for other favorites on Sunday mornings – they will be marked “a tour favorite” in the bulletin.)
We're excited about this project and look forward to preparing it for Shallotte and you.
See you in church (or in choir if you can sing!)
Elders Jennifer Cuthrell & Becky Abate
Train a child in the way he should go, and when
he is old he will not turn from it."Proverbs 22:6 CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL WILL RESUME SEPTEMBER 11TH.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY MEETS THROUGH JUNE. CHILDREN'S CHURCH
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU TO CAROLYN FLEMING!!!
Miss Carolyn is no longer leading Children’s Church. So many youngsters have benefited from her Children's Church leadership! They did crafts and learned Bible stories and that Jesus loves them. Another thing they learned was that Miss Carolyn loved them and they loved her right back!
In the meantime, Children's Church continues. We need volunteers to lead one or more Sundays this summer. EVERYTHING YOU NEED WILL BE PROVIDED! You won't have to make up lessons or crafts - it will be there for you. Sign up sheets are on the bulletin boards. Even choir members can sign up since Children's Church follows the anthem and you will be able to get back to the sanctuary in time for the benediction response.
Let's honor Carolyn by helping with this ministry that she loves so much.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
This year is St. Eugene's turn to lead VBS and they are trying something new. VBS will be Friday evening, July 15th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 16th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is only a few hours less than the traditional daytime schedule. If you can help with teaching, planning or other areas, contact Linda Berry and she will let you know when meetings begin. Her email is email@example.com.
Come enjoy a movie in air conditioned comfort! No expensive refreshment stand fees! Beverages & hot popcorn provided!! Comfy chairs or your own snacks welcome.
June 11 at 6:00 p.m. we will see the new Star Wars movie!
June 25th at 7:00 p.m. will be an adults-only movie: Spotlight – The award winning true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
Bridge of Spies is also in the works and is another adults only film.
July 30th at 6:30 p.m. – Cool Running – bring the family!
SWIM PARTY AUGUST 7th for Children & Youth!
Elders Kimberly Stevens & Paula Perry
First Sunday Fellowship Sunday, June 5th
A special treat! As we visit and snack, we will be able to watch a special presentation featuring pictures of Presbyterian Churches in Iraq courtesy of Elaine Vaden who recently returned from a trip to the mission fields. Don’t miss it!
First Wednesday Dinner - PICNIC Wednesday, June 1st
Hot Dogs! Buns! Cool drinks! And Air Conditioning! We had a great time!
No First Wednesday Dinner in July! Celebrate the Fourth!! Men’s Breakfast Sunday, June 19th
Attention Women!!June 19this Father’s Day! If you would like to prepare breakfast for the guys, please call Hugh Cashion at 919-365-6313 or 919-793-3561. Breakfast is at 8:30 a.m in the kitchen in the Education Building. They like eggs, grits, biscuits and coffee but they will eat nearly anything. Let’s give them a treat!
Breakfast Fellowship Monday, June 6 & 13th
The Clayton group meets at Jones Café, 415 E. Main St. in Clayton at 9:30 a.m. on June 6th and the Zebulon group meets at 9:30 a.m. at McLean's in Zebulon on June 13th. EVERYONE is welcome – at either or both groups!
Prayer Shawl Sunday, June 19th
The knitters meet at 5:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month and create shawls & throws for comfort in time of need. New members
welcome! No need to be an expert; experienced knitters are happy
to help and share patterns. Yarn and some needles are available.
Call Christine Mailliard at 919-366-0883 for more information or if you
know of someone who could use a shawl.
Join a special care ministry
(Contact Kimberly Stevens at 919-269-3881 or Paula Perry at
919-269-0057 for more information.)
Handy Hands is a group of people available to help with
home repairs and chores for those who find it difficult to manage
Martha’s Ministry provides meals in time of need. If having a meal delivered would give you a lift, please let the church office know (919-365-7979). This may be due to illness, stress, or any other reason. If you are able to help prepare and/or deliver meals, please call Paula, Kimberly, or the church office.
8 @ 8 IS GOING GREAT! Some of the groups have not been able to meet four times but those who have met are enthusiastic!
The dinner groups have enjoyed trying new restaurants, meeting in homes, sharing and learning about each other’s interests and hobbies.
If you are in a group that has not met, get going! You won’t regret it! If you are not in a group and wish you were, phone or email either Kimberly Stevens or Paula Perry or the church office to get your name on the list. Couples, singles, everyone is invited.
You are invited to attend Wendell American Legion’s annual Flag Day Retirement Ceremony on Tuesday, June 14, at 9 p.m.
at the Legion Post,
5100 Wendell Blvd.
If you have any flags you would like properly retired, you may give them to Buck Bullock, Ron Hall, Joe Hess, Fred Lanzi, Don Mailliard, or any other Wendell Legion member; bring them to the church office by 2 p.m. June 14th; leave them at the legion building any time prior to; or bring them to the ceremony.
Elders Annette Kirk & Leta Thornton
CARVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The school year is nearly over but keep bringing in items for The Back Pack Buddy program. Suggestions for food items are listed on the bulletin boards, and the bin for contributions is in the narthex. If you hate to shop but want to help, gifts of money are welcome. Mark your check "Backpack Buddy" and place it in the offering plate.
Focus for June – packets of oatmeal & small containers of applesauce.
Focus for July - canned soups and stews, pudding cups
Coming in August!
“FEED THE FUTURE” August 14, 2016 @ 2:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
the Mission/Outreach Committee will sponsor a “bagging” event, where we will pack as many bags of food items as possible to help with the BackPack Buddies program at Carver Elementary School.
Financial Report for May 2016 Month Year to date
Needed $24,115 $110,340
Received $25,569 $112,719 Difference $ (234) $ 926
Heritage Fund $ 1,840 $ 8,590
Mortgage Balance $ 1,135,178
Gifts to the Heritage Fund are applied to the principal on the mortgage
and may be given in honor or memory of a loved one, to celebrate a special event or "just because." All gifts are appreciated!
GIFT CARDS GALORE!!
The Food Lion and Lowes Foods gift card program has been very successful and now the program is even better! We are able to offer cards from hundreds of companies from A.C. Moore & Applebee’s to Xbox & Zappos.com! Rebates to Covenant range from a mere 1% to 16%. (Restaurant.com gives 50%!) You can go on a cruise, get your hair cut, fill up your tank, fly away, see a movie - all using gift cards ordered through Covenant! And as you do, your church receives a percent!
Food Lion and Lowes Food cards may be purchased as usual but the other cards much be ordered. Order sheets with a partial listing are available at the church. Complete lists are posted on the bulletin boards. Fill out the form (just write in any that are not listed), attach a check and turn it in to the church office or to the “gift card table” in the narthex. Orders will be placed on Sunday and available a week later. More income means more programs, more missions so we can better serve our Lord.
Lectionary for June & July 2016 Third Sunday after Pentecost—June 5
1 Kings 17: 8–16 [17–24] Psalm 146
Galatians 1: 11–24 Luke 7: 11–17
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost—June 12
1 Kings 21: 1–10 [11–14] 15–21a
Psalm 5: 1–8 Galatians 2: 15–21
Luke 7: 36—8:3
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost—June 19
1 Kings 19: 1–4 [5–7] 8–15a Psalm 42 and 43
Galatians 3: 23–29 Luke 8: 26–39
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost—June 26
2 Kings 2: 1–2, 6–14 1 Psalm 77: 1–2, 11–20
Galatians 5: 1, 13–25 Luke 9: 51–62
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost—July 3
2 Kings 5:1–14 Psalm 30
Galatians 6:[1–6] 7–16 Luke 10:1–11, 16–20
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost—July 10
Amos 7:7–17 Psalm 82
Colossians 1:1–14 Luke 10:25–37
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost—July 17
Amos 8:1–12 Psalm 52
Colossians 1:15–28 Luke 10:38–42
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost—July 24
Hosea 1:2–10 Psalm 85
Colossians 2:6–15 [16–19] Luke 11:1–13
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost—July 31
Hosea 11:1–11 Psalm 107:1–9, 43
Colossians 3:1–11 Luke 12:13–21
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Joys and Concerns CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME
TO OUR NEW MEMBERS
THE CONFIRMATION CLASS OF 2016 Dominic (Nick) Abate, Emma Buus
Dane Oldham, Rhone Oldham THANK YOU from Linda Berry
“Thank you all so much for the cards, calls, texts,
messages and most of all for your prayers!
It wasn’t easy being “house-bound” for the weeks
following surgery but you made it easier.
To Bud & Debbie Lawler on the death of
her father, Kenneth Stamps, on
May 19, 2016 To Emily & Matthew Anderson on the death of
July 17 Don Mailliard Emily Anderson
July 24 Mary Selke Carrie Petrosky
July 31 Bob Fleming Rae Dunn
The nursery will be staffed from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each
Sunday morning by Miss Lindsay Pearson.
The nursery volunteer is asked to bring a light snack and juice (no popcorn please). If you are unable to serve on your scheduled Sunday, please call anyone from the nursery volunteer list. If you have trouble finding a substitute, please contact the coordinator Robin Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org or
VOLUNTEER UPDATE Thank you to our Volunteers who serve so faithfully
every week. And a special thank you to some new faces!
New greeters are Paula & Brian Daniels and Carol Rich.
Amy Stevens is home from college and will be helping
out with audio.
We could use some additional help!
Children’s Sermon: There are two big folders in the
copy room with materials & ideas.
Right now we have five volunteers which means
your turn would be less than once a month.
Ushers: Right now we have five teams but two of those
teams are short a member. Women & teenagers
welcome! Duties: Hand out bulletins before the
service, sit in the back of the sanctuary to assist
if anyone needs to enter or exit during the service
and collect the offering.
Audio: This is the hardest job! You have to be able to
climb the spiral stairs to the audio room. Once
there, I am told it is easy to learn the system.
And, you get to look down on everyone else!
If you have an interest in other areas, you are most