Covenant Presbyterian Newsletter March 2017

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Check out the March newsletter for inspiring stories and latest happenings.

Care

As coordinator of care teams and support groups, Susan Ferone helps the church family respond in a focused way when members face life events such as cancer diagnoses, grief and divorce as well as transitions such as job changes.
 
Susan has a Master's degree in social work and has served in many roles during her membership at Covenant, including Elder and Sunday School Teacher. 
Susan said she "looks forward to providing the space and support for those in our community seeking the comfort of connection that our care groups provide."
 
Click here to contact Susan to sign up for any class or support need. You can also reach her at 704-804-7585.
 

A Widows Tale - One Day Retreat

Join Donna Marie Todd and brave women on a journey of courage and renewal. A one-day retreat on Sunday, May 7 will bring together widows of all life stages to listen, reflect and grow. Click here to visit the registration page.

Two groups now underway

Care for your aging parents: As we age with our parents, our relationship with them begins to change. Join us for a Sunday morning series to prepare for challenges such as finances, health decisions, living arrangements and even talking with mom or dad about when it's time to stop driving. Learn how to develop a long-term plan and deal with tough conversations.

Our series is led by Jennifer Szakaly of Caregiving Corner, a Charlotte counseling office.

When: Sundays at 9:30 a.m. for three weeks beginning March 5 in FH 205.


Being a caregiver to your spouse: Gain a deeper understanding of how your marriage will evolve as your caregiving role expands. Being a caregiver to a spouse can be both rewarding and isolating.

Learn helpful ways to take care of yourself and connect with peers through this time together led by Ashley Brooks of Caregiving Corner.

When: Thursdays at 11 a.m. for five weeks beginning March 2 in the Parlor. Upon request, a member of our volunteer team can sit with your spouse while you attend the group.


 

Request Prayer Submit an intercessory prayer request by e-mail, and be assured that Covenant ministers will handle it with compassion and confidentiality. If you like for a minister to contact you, please include your name, e-mail address and/or phone number for follow up. E-mail Your Prayer Request.

Stephen Ministry Stephen Ministers are trained, listening friends who can bring the caring presence of the church to those experiencing difficult life situations, large or small. If you or someone you know might like to be paired with a Stephen Minister, contact associate pastor for congregational care Joan Watson.

GriefShare GriefShare is a special weekly seminar and support group designed to help those who are experiencing grief rebuild their lives after losing a loved one. These sessions are open to any adult regardless of whether your experience is recent or not. Our group is led by caring people who have experienced grief and are professionally trained to help you through the days ahead. We will meet on Mondays beginning Sept. 14 from 7-9 p.m. Contact Joan Watson if you'd like more information.

Presbyterian Samaritan Counseling This non-profit agency offers services on the Covenant campus. If you or someone you know is interested in receiving counseling through the center, learn more about it here.

Covenant Crew A group of volunteers work quarterly to help members with minor home repairs maintenance jobs.  Contact parish nurse Mary Mattiacci if you'd like to volunteer or need assistance.

Hospitalizations If you, a member of your family, or a church friend are hospitalized, please contact the church office to let us know! Include the hospital, the room number, and the nature of the hospitalization if possible. If this is an emergency and after hours, call the church office and listen to the message to leave urgent information for the minister on call.

Home Visits The pastoral staff, the parish nurse, and lay members of our visitation teams call on members of our congregation who are known to be chronically ill or otherwise unable to attend church. Home communion can be arranged, and telephone calls and visits are regularly scheduled for homebound members and those in nursing homes.