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“Celebrating the Past – Building the Future”

Covenant Presbyterian Church

125 S. Selma Rd.

Wendell, NC 27591-9705

Keeping Up with Covenant Church

News from Covenant Presbyterian

Wendell, North Carolina



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,

Office Staff


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!)



Christian Education

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




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.


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


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!

Congregational Care

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 19th is 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.

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.


Flag Day Ceremony
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


Backpack Buddies:

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.

Look for sign-up sheets in the narthex, to volunteer to bring

specific food items, to help pack the bags, and to help with set-up

and clean-up. Start saving your plastic grocery bags, because

we will need lots of them!

If you can’t participate in person but would like to help

with the project, monetary donations are always welcome. For more

information, contact Annette Kirk, Leta Thornton, or any

member of the committee.

Matthew 25: 40 .”Inasmuch as ye have done it unto

one of the least of these my children,

ye have done it unto me.”


The Wendell Council of Churches Food Pantry

feeds many hungry families in our community and is

very grateful for our help.

Items always in demand are pasta & pasta sauces, dry beans & rice.

Non food items are also needed: toilet paper, tissues,

paper towels, soap, shampoo, tooth paste, as well as

baby diapers, wipes, and feminine hygiene products.

We will get monthly updates from the Pantry to let us know what is most needed and highlight those items each month.

In June and July, let’s bring dry lemonade mix, crackers,

hand sanitizer & bars of soap.

The donation bins are located in the narthex.

Presbyterian Women

Judy Shotts

After a great year of activities including studying

The Bad Girls of the Bible”,

going out to eat, relaxing at a weekend retreat,

Presbyterian Women are taking a little time off.

Meetings will resume in the Fall on the fourth

Tuesday of the month.

Mark your calendars and be thinking ahead to the

Annual Dinner and silent auction on November 5th.


Elders Hugh Cashion & Judy McCurdy

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!


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 &! Rebates to Covenant range from a mere 1% to 16%. ( 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

The Word of God for

The people of God


Joys and Concerns


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

Emily’s grandmother, Mary Ann Parker,

on May 22, 2016
Joe & Linda Hess on the death of Joe’s

Uncle, George Edward Hess, in Oklahoma.

July Birthdays

2 Emma Thomas

Eddie Clemmons

  1. Jessica Hart

Don Mailliard

Grace Short

  1. Larry Bailey

Linda Higgins

  1. Alexander Hood

Beth Lewter

John Shotts

9 Jake Sherrill

13 Bruce Berry

  1. Joan Davis

Norm Moak

  1. Jack Hart

20 Natalie McGowan

24 Jennifer Cuthrell
25 John Chambers
26 Grace Anderson

Deb Park

  1. Caroline Hines

  1. Debbie Allcox

  1. George Glenn

June Birthdays
1 Rachael & James Stevens

2 Rueben Hart

  1. Mary Moak,

Bonnie Wagstaff

  1. Debbie Hines

9 Rebecca Pearce

  1. Al Cates,

Hulon Perry
13 Sadie Burger

Erin VanGelder

14 Angie Sherrill

  1. Erin Bailey Hamrick, Allison Bailey Mattox

John Stanton

  1. David Meyers

21 Joanne Hall

23 Derek Turner

  1. Alex Creech, Jacob Edwards,

Annette Kirk, Dane Oldham

  1. Marlow Sherrill,

Leeanne Dawn Stanton

Henry Paul Thomas

  1. Jean Latshaw, Bob Morgan

  1. Eb Strickland

  1. Susan Agee

Tanner Hardee

June Anniversaries 

  1. Rich & Ellie Borelli

8 Bruce & Linda Berry

Steve & Allison Buus

Marshall & Kay Page

  1. Shelton & Judy Raybon

  1. Don & Susan Agee

  1. Marc Johnson & Karen Dukes

  1. Wirt & Debbie Hines

  1. Tom & Stella Martin

Robert & Faye Raybon

  1. Bob & Susan Hardee, Hubert & Sally Hines

  1. Hugh & Mary Jo Cashion

July Anniversaries 

9 Ron & Joanne Hall

17 Fred & JoAnn Lanzi
29 Irvin & Debbie Allcox
NOTE: Please let the office know of any omissions or errors.

Volunteer Schedule for June/July 2016
Date Lay Assistant Audio Greeters Ushers____

June 5 Kasey Oldham Amy Brian & Paula Steve Buus, Stevens Daniels Al Cates

Bob Morgan,

Phil Kirk

June 12 Deb Park Billy Cuthrell Tom & Stella Mark & Becky

Martin Abate

Ed & Barb Sneade
June 19 Hulon Perry Kevin Dale Olive Martin & Don Agee,

Leeanne Stanton Doug Petrey,

Leeanne Stanton

Carol Rich

June 26 Tammy Tim Harris Becky Morgan & Tommy Crawford,

Strickland Judy McCurdy Ron Hall

Rich Warner
July 3 Carol Rich Amy Stevens Pam Hardee & Gary Hardee,

Carol Rich Mike Smithson

Ron Oldham

Dane Oldham

July 10 Leann Dale Rachael John & Judy Shotts Steve Buus,

Stevens Al Cates,

Bob Morgan

Phil Kirk

July 17 David Meyers Billy Brian & Paula Mark & Becky

Cuthrell Daniels Abate

Ed & Barb Sneade
July 24 Lisa Bailey Kevin Dale Tom & Stella Don Agee,

Martin Doug Petrey

Leeanne Stanton
July 31 Joe Bowman Tim Harris Olive Martin & Tommy Crawford

Leeanne Stanton Ron Hall

Rich Warner

Lay Assistants and Audio: Please arrive by 10:30 a.m. for sound check.
Children’s Ministry Volunteer Schedule for June/July 2016
Date Children’s Sermon Nursery Volunteer Acolyte

June 5 Tom Martin Jennifer Nelson Megan Buus

June 12 Don Mailliard Robin Harris None
June 19 Mary Selke Ruth Crawford Emma Buus
June 26 Bob Fleming Pam Hardee Caroline Byrd
July 3 Jennifer Carnes Robin Harris

July 10 Tom Martin Alli Buus

July 17 Don Mailliard Emily Anderson
July 24 Mary Selke Carrie Petrosky
July 31 Bob Fleming Rae Dunn

Nursery Worker:

The nursery will be staffed from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each

Sunday morning by Miss Lindsay Pearson.

Nursery Volunteers:

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 or


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


Here’s a little Father’s Day Quiz

to test your knowledge

Can you match the correct father & son(s)?

Father Son

  1. Abraham 1. Eliphaz

  2. Isaac 2. Joseph

  3. Jacob 3. Jonathon

  4. Jacob 4. Reuben

  5. Esau 5. Samuel

  6. Saul 6. Isaac

  7. David 7. Absalom

  8. Elkanah 8. John the Baptist

  9. Zebedee 9. Esau & Jacob

  10. Zacharias 10. James & John

(see Bob Borland for the answers or look for them

At the bottom of the Children’ Ministry Schedule page)
God bless all our Fathers

June 2016

9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School

Sunday School for Children and Youth and Youth Groups will resume

September 11, 2016

Joyful Noise Choir meets following worship on June 5th & 12th.












6:30 p.m. First Wed. dinner

7:30 p.m. Choir practice

8:00 p.m. AA








12:15 p.m. First

Sun. Fellowship

5:00 p.m.

Worship Com.

9:30 a.m.


Fellowship - Clayton

6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

10:00 a.m.

Women’s Bible Study

6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

7:30 p.m. Choir practice

8:00 p.m. AA

6:30 p.m. Finance Com.

6:00 p.m.

Movie Night

The New Star Wars!!








5:30 p.m. Mission/Outreach

6:00 p.m

Property Com.

7:00 p.m.


9:30 a.m.


Fellowship - Zebulon

10:00 a.m.

Women’s Bible Study

7:00 p.m.

Ice Breakers

7:30 p.m. Choir practice

8:00 p.m. AA









8:30 a.m.

Men’s Breakfast

5:00 p.m.

Prayer Shawl

10:00 a.m.

Women’s Bible Study

7:30 p.m. Choir practice

8:00 p.m. AA

7:00 p.m.

Movie Night

Adults only







No Joyful Noise Choir till fall.

12:15 p.m.

Congregational Care Com.

6:00 p.m.

CE Com.

10:00 a.m.

Women’s Bible Study

7:30 p.m. Choir practice

8:00 p.m. AA

June 11 - movie night - new Star Wars

June 25th - movie - Spotlight-not for children

July 30th – movie – Cool Runnings – Fun for the whole family!

August 7 - swim party at Cuthrell home for elementary and youth groups.
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