|Dec 6, 2013
My goodness! Look at all the amazing things that you are doing this Advent season! There are so many ways to have a Merry Christmas as well as support mission and ministry in our community listed below. Just take your pick!
I also wanted to tell you about another fun fellowship event that is new to our church calendar this year. First Presbyterian, Second Presbyterian, Shepherd of the Valley, Las Placitas, Camino de Vida, and Covenant are going to do a joint Wassailing event at LaCumbre Brewery. What is Wassailing you ask? It was an old English custom of caroling house to house or going to orchards to carol to the trees during cider season. The churches agreed our trees don’t need to be serenaded so we won’t be doing this in the traditional manner; however, the idea was to get all these churches together to sing carols in a public place that invites others to enjoy the holiday season. So this coming Monday night, December 9, at 7 pm, we will join with our sisters and brothers in Christ from Presbyterian churches around the city to sing carols and be merry! The accompaniment will be provided by our own Paul Roth. No work or donations involved, just come have fun singing Christmas carols. I would recommend carpooling as parking is very limited at LaCumbre. If you plan to carpool, meet at the church at 6:30. This is an event for adults over 21 only. The address of LaCumbre is:
3313 Girard Blvd NE.
The scripture this week is Luke 1:8-22 & Matthew 1:18-21 (CEB), and Luke 1:26-36. We will be singing many of your favorite carols this Sunday.
Craft and Textile Sale
Sunday, Dec. 8 from 8:30 – 11:30
A group called “Women’s Global Pathways” will bring their beautiful items to sell to benefit their program of empowering refugees, legal immigrants and other low income women and their families. Their mission includes English as a second language, preserving customs and heritage, and respecting and embracing diversity.
OTHER NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES
Blue Christmas Service
While Christmas is a season of great joy because of the gift of Christ to the world, the time around Christmas can be a time of great loneliness and grief for many people. This year we are going to have a Blue Christmas service at Covenant at 6:00pm on Thurs., Dec. 19 in the Fireside Room. It will be a quiet, reflective service, which we also hope will be a time of healing. (
Covenant Deacons Christmas Mission Project
The Christmas Dinner Menu is available in the Fireside Room. We will be providing a special meal for about 100 Sombre del Monte families during the holidays. The staff at Sombre are very excited about this project. It will help meet a large need with their families. Bring the groceries back to Covenant any time before noon on December 15. The Board of Deacons will purchase chicken to go with each meal. These “Christmas dinners” will be delivered to Sombre for distribution that week.
Sunday School Program
**Presentation by the Rio Grande Food Project on Nov. 24
Beginning Dec. 1, the adult ed curriculum will be from Feasting on the Word. The first class is about “Love is Something You Do.”
Mark Your Calendars
The annual Progressive Dinner will be held Sunday, December 8. This enjoyable evening is a great way to get better acquainted with your church family. A sign-up sheet is located in the Narthex along with instructions. Couples and singles are welcome and encouraged to participate.
Looking for Volunteers for the Toy and Clothing Swap at Sombra Del Monte Elementary School
Date: Friday, December 13
Place: School cafeteria
Time: 2:00-6:00pm Shifts will be set up according to the number of volunteers but any help is greatly appreciated
Contact: Linda Sullivan 828-0476 for more info.
Sombra Del Monte Giving Tree
A tree has been set up in the Fireside Room with ornaments that have an item of needed clothing for the students of Sombra. If you would like to donate one of these items, please select an ornament and return the unwrapped item to the bin beneath the tree by December 18. The families of the Sombra students are so grateful for your generosity and kindness.
You may not have known that there is a woodcarvers group that meets at Covenant every Tuesday night. They have spent the year carving some amazing Christmas ornaments, and you have the opportunity to take one home. Feel free to take one from the woodcarver’s tree and make a donation to Habitat for Humanity to help build houses.
Adult Sunday School Program
In Sunday’s Adult CE lesson for the second Sunday of Advent, Isaiah 11:1-10 proclaims that the change from a culture of fear to a world at peace begins with how “a stump . . . something that appears finished, lifeless, and left behind” springs a green sprig. The lesson invites us to examine the “stumps” in our lives that are in most need of the promise of new life, and how the promise of the coming Messiah might nurture the growth of something new and good. Join us in the library at 8:45am for this study from the Feasting on the Word Bible study curriculum.
Bugg Light Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to help host the Bugg Light Christmas display at Menaul School on Saturday, December 21. Jobs include collecting donations, directing traffic, selling concessions and passing on Christmas cheer. There are shifts from 5:30-7:15 pm and 7:15-9:00 pm. The Bugg Light display helps fund Mission trips for Menaul students in the spring. Please sign-up in the Fireside Room or contact Tiffany for more information (688-5182).
This advent we will be blessed with Sarah Kotchian's meditations as our call to worship. Sarah is in the process of training to become a Commissioned Ruling Elder, and this will be a way she can grow in worship planning, so we get the benefit of her leadership and wisdom. Each week she will have a meditation to help slow us down after all of the stress and busy-ness of the holiday weeks.
Who so loves the world
That You are always re-creating it
Beyond all of our imaginings,
Who can understand the mystery of your choices?
You make your announcements of the new things You are doing
Not to Pharisees and scribes
Not to those rich in earthly things
Or who already know it all
But to a lowly maiden
You send Yourself to be born in a manger stall
You give the tidings
To some poor shepherds in a field
Announcing Your love to them – to them!
“Do not be afraid; for see-
I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people”
Could it be that those very choices
To appear to these, the least of Your children
Allow us to say
Is for us? For us!
See you Sunday!
Grace and Peace,