Parents’ Night Out – Friday, March 2 from 5:30 PM-8:00 PM!

Bring your three-year old’s through 5th graders for a night of fun at Covenant.

We will feed them dinner, enjoy recreation, crafts, and fellowship together

all while Mom and Dad go out and enjoy a night of their own.

The cost is $5 per child for dinner.

Please RSVP to Pastor Loren, no later than February 27 (revtatemitchell@covroanoke.org).

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Covenant Cross Currents Newsletter

Cross Currents-March 2018

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VISITORS, WELCOME!

Covenant is a lively congregation and we want to welcome you. See our current newsletter for more information on worship and other activities. Click “Cross Currents”, under “Resources”, for our e-Newsletter.

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WE’RE ON SOCIAL MEDIA!

Find us, like us, follow us!
Facebook: Covenant Presbyterian Church
Twitter: @Covenant_Pres / Instagram: @Covenant_Pres

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SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE:

Christ Connections Sunday School for all ages at 9:15 AM.

Worship at 10:30 AM.

A professionally staffed nursery is provided for young children.
Children’s Worship is held for children through grade 2 during the worship service.

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PLEASE JOIN YOUR COVENANT FAMILY ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 AT 5:30 PM FOR “FELLOWSHIP WITH A FLAIR!”

The menu this week is roast beef with mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad bar, and chocolate cake for dessert. Adults and children age 11 and over are $10.00, children ages 5 – 10 are $4.00, with a family maximum of $25.00. Please sign up on the Friendship Pad in worship, or call the church office by noon on Monday. Take-out meals are also available. After dinner, at 6:30 PM we will learn about our new Automatic Electronic Defibrillator. Do you know what is it and how to use it? Come find out – you can save a life! (You may come for the AED presentation, even if you do not come for dinner.)

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VALENTINE CARE PACKAGES:

Our Valentine Care Package Project for our college students and military members was a huge success. Thirty-five packages were assembled and then stuffed with love and goodies by those attending our Fellowship dinner on Wednesday evening, February 7! Many thanks to our Sanctuary and Men’s Bible Study groups for their early support, commitment, and enthusiasm. Our congregation’s response to the request for cookies, snacks, and drinks was amazing. Our packages overflowed! Surplus cookies, hot chocolate, and tea bags were delivered to the Rescue Mission. Surplus snacks and fun items were delivered to the PCC for the after-school programs. Once again, this project extended our congregation’s love and support to so many people.

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FAMILY PROMISE:

Covenant’s next Family Promise week is April 1 -April 8. Please see the sign up sheet in Heritage Hall to volunteer for our days. As always we appreciate everyone’s participation! –   Debbie McClure and Anne Fox

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BUS TRIP TO THE GREENBRIER TO TAKE THE BUNKER TOUR!

During the Cold War, a 2-story bunker was built into the side of the mountain at The Greenbrier to hold 1,100 people, which would include all members of Congress in the event of a national emergency. On Saturday, June 9, we will visit this historical site. We will leave Covenant at 8:30 AM and return at 6:30 PM. Cost is $40 for this 90-minute tour (all taxes included), plus your lunch at the Greenbrier, and $5 for gas. The signup sheet is in Heritage Hall. We must make our reservation by March 18. Space is limited. Look at the Greenbrier website for details – http://www.greenbrier.com/Activities/The-Bunker.

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FOUR SEASONS LUNCHEON:

Spring is around the corner and with it our luncheon at The Roanoker Restaurant at 11:45 AM on Friday, March 9. All are welcome! A signup sheet is in Heritage Hall, or email Cheryl Floyd at ccrowland@gmail.com.

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WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY:

The Women’s Bible Study and Fellowship will meet on Monday, February 26

at 10:30 AM in the Parlor. All women are welcome! Please contact Sharon Nanz (slnanz@aol.com or 989-7810) with any questions.

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MEN’S BIBLE STUDY:

The Men’s Bible Study And Fellowship will meet on Saturday, March 3

at 8:00 AM in the Red Room. All Covenant men are invited! Please contact

Allan Wulff (solartec@cox.net) with any questions.

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STEEL DRUMS IN CONCERT –

with Bahama Mamas and Spiritual Steel, featuring original arrangements by Scott Ramsburg. Join us on Friday, March 16, 7:00 PM at Covenant. Songs include steel drum arrangements of popular hits and religious favorites.

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SPRING CLEAN UP & GROUNDS DAYS:

Saturday, March 17 (rain date March 24) AND Saturday, April 28 (rain date May 5). Mark your calendars for these wonderful mornings of yardwork and fellowship. We will not be spreading new mulch, but we plan to remove, replace, and do some major cutting on some large shrubs, as well as the typical yard clean up that is always needed each spring. We will need pickup trucks and trailers for hauling away debris.

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SUNDAY LUNCH BUNCH!

There is always a fun lunch group after worship on Sundays. Would you like to join? Look for the signup sheet on the lemonade and cookie table in Heritage Hall each Sunday. Everyone welcome!

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COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN PRESCHOOL:

Registration for 2018 – 2019 has begun for church and preschool families, and will be open for community families on March 1st. Contact Jill Higginbotham at jillhiggin@gmail.com if interested. Registration forms are available on the Welcome Table in Heritage Hall.

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SAVE THE DATES:

HIKING TRIP TO TWIN FALLS: Saturday, April 21. Watch for a signup sheet in Heritage Hall!

 CHURCH RETREAT: Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21, at the W.E. Skelton Conference Center, Smith Mountain Lake. More details coming soon!

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COVYOGRO – Covenant Youth Group:

T-SHIRTS! Have you gotten your awesome new Covenant Youth Shirt yet? Please see Reinfred, the cost is $7 per shirt!

There will NOT be any youth group today, February 25. Our next youth group meeting will be Sunday, March 4, from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Lunch will be provided for that meeting.

WE NEED YOU TO TURN IN REGISTRATION FORMS FOR ALL RETREATS NOW . . . PRETTY PLEASE!

 – MASSANETTA – Rising 6th through rising 9th graders (week of June 26-29): DUE NOW (January 21) $150 non-refundable deposit to hold your place. Checks can be made to Covenant with “Massanetta payment #1” in the memo line. DUE FEBRUARY 18 – Payment # 2 of $210. Checks can be made to Covenant with “Massanetta payment #2” in the memo line. Should you choose to pay both at once, please indicate the two payments in the memo line so that we can keep things straight.

 – MONTREAT – Rising 9th through graduated 12th graders (week of July 15-21): DUE NOW $150 non-refundable deposit fee to hold your spot. Please make checks to Covenant Presbyterian with “Montreat Youth Payment #1” in the     memo line. DUE FEBRUARY 18: Payment # 2 $150. Please make checks to Covenant Presbyterian with “Montreat Youth Payment #2” in the Memo line. If you should opt to pay both of these fees at once please indicate the two payments in the memo line. This helps us keep track of what we need!

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REFERRALS REQUESTED:

Our church is looking for a part-time sexton as soon as possible. Our long-time sexton, Mary Blackwell, has decreased her hours and focuses on the downstairs. The part-time position is for 10 hours a week and the person would be responsible for cleaning the main level of the church, including the Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall and kitchen, Heritage Hall, Office complex, and the education wing. If you know someone who may be interested in the position, please contact Mark Overacker – Maintenance Superintendent at the church. According to Covenant’s Personnel policy, any candidate cannot be a member of the church. Thank you so much!

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AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS (AEDS):

TWO (2) AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS (AEDS) HAVE BEEN PURCHASED AND INSTALLED and are now operative. One is in Heritage Hall, wall mounted at the main entrance; the other is downstairs, wall mounted next to the Eden Nursery (Room 4). Training is planned, but this announcement is offered for your initial information.

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GUATEMALA MEDICAL MISSION:

Anita Gooding, RN will be leading a medical-dental mission team to Guatemala July 13-22, 2018. She is looking for at least 4 medical providers, 2 dentists, several nurses, and several non-medical individuals. The non-medical personnel will work with the children doing fluoride treatments and school related activities. There is also a need for a pastor or lay person interested in leading bible studies/activities with the children. All payments will need to be made out to Roanoke Valley Medical Missions (tax deductible). The cost is $2000. We hope you will consider joining this mission or if you know of someone who is interested please share the contact information below. Anita has forms for those who would like to join the team. We will go to Lake Atilian for 2 days prior to start of the mission and then 2 days in Antigua at the end. Any questions, please contact Anita at 540-915-2495 or agooding1@cox.net.

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ADULT SPRING CHRIST CONNECTIONS

The Hole in Our Gospel – Taught by Kyle Allen and Gene Collier

Using the text The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns, this class will explore whether we take on our faith fully, or if we follow only portions of the gospel. Stearns compelling story of dramatically altering his life to follow God’s call demonstrates that the whole gospel was always meant to be a world-changing, social revolution: a revolution that begins with each of us. This class meets in the Blue Room. Find out more about this class here:  Adult Study-The Hole in Our Gospel

 

That the World May Know  Taught by Tom MacMichael, Sharon Nanz, and Don Mankie

That the World May Know is a DVD series created by Ray Vander Laan that guides people in a deeper appreciation of the scriptures by gaining a sense of the land and culture from which the Bible comes. Join this class for lessons from Volumes 14 and 15 of this series, exploring Paul’s message to the church in Philippi and the call upon God’s chosen people Israel and it’s continuance in the life of Christ. This series will take you into the depths of the Scriptures and reveal what the message is for us today in the modern world. The truth of the Gospel still applies! This class meets in the Green Room. Find out more about this class here:  Adult Study-Falling Upward and Clash of Cultures

 

Texts for all classes will be provided by Covenant! Come join us in Faith Formation!

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CENTERING PRAYER

What is Centering Prayer? Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to experience God’s presence within us. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds a depth of meaning to all other ways of praying. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to a deeper, and peaceful communion with Him. A group for Centering Prayer meets every Wednesday afternoon, from 4:00 – 5:00 PM, and every Thursday evening, from 6:30 – 7:30 PM, in the Red Room. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Judi Barnes.

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THE CONGREGATIONAL CARE COMMITTEE

The Congregational Care Committee wishes to provide care, comfort, and assistance to any member in our congregation who may be experiencing a birth, ill health, death of a family member, or other extenuating circumstances. Please call and let us know if we can be helpful (Deborah Patterson, 520-3306).

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“HOLY HUNCH” BIBLE STUDY

meets on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM in the Blue Room. Dr. Kyle Allen and Rev. Loren Tate Mitchell lead an informal discussion of the scriptures highlighted in upcoming sermons. All are welcome!

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CUB SCOUTS AT COVENANT!

Would your son enjoy making new friends, playing games, hitting targets, hiking, fishing, camping, AND having fun? Come join Cub Scouts right here at Covenant Presbyterian Church, meeting on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM in the Green Room. To learn more, please email Chip White at JoinRoanokeScouts@gmail.com. Give your son the opportunity to build his adventure through Cub Scouts!

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COVENANT CROSS CURRENTS NEWSLETTER:

The February 2018 edition of the Covenant Cross Currents newsletter is now available on our website, www.covroanoke.org. Printed copies are available on the table in the Narthex.

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UPPER ROOM AND TODAY DEVOTIONALS:

Upper Room ($0.85) and Today devotionals for January/February are on the table in the narthex. Large print Upper Room devotionals are also available ($1.20). Please place money in the nearby jar.

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INCLEMENT WEATHER:

Weather-related cancellations for church services and activities will be announced on our website, social media, and by sending an email to our email list. Cancellations will also be posted on television stations WDBJ7 and WSLS10.

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    M 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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  • Upcoming Events

    1. 2nd SUNDAY IN LENT

      February 25
    2. 6:30pm-Session meeting (Blue Room)

      February 25 @ 6:30 pm
    3. 10:30am-Women’s Bible Study (Parlor)

      February 26 @ 10:30 am
    4. 6:30pm-Cub Scouts (Green Room)

      February 27 @ 6:30 pm
    5. 10:00am-Holy Hunch Bible Study (Blue Room)

      February 28 @ 10:00 am
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    God's Mission and Ours

    The Mission:
    Loving God, loving people, making disciples

    The Vision:
    To fully engage people in and outside the congregation in the ministry of Jesus Christ through worship, learning, missions, fellowship, and stewardship, leading people into faithful, joyful discipleship

    The Core Values:
    At Covenant, we strive to be Christ-centered and follow the Spirit’s leading as we:

    WORSHIP, providing a warm and welcoming spiritual home for all;

    TEACH, offering creative discipleship opportunities;

    NURTURE, fostering caring relationships;

    REACH, extending God’s love and compassion locally and globally.

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