Stay connected amid turbulent times

“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NRSV)
 
How can we as a Christian community adopt an attitude of self-giving, a way of relating that regards the needs of the other, or the community, before our own? 

Worship & Learning

Campus & Staff Updates

Acting on public health recommendations, Covenant leadership closed the campus at the end of Monday and implemented these procedures:

  • Staff members have prepared and will work exclusively from home for the foreseeable future.
  • Direct dial phone lines for staff have been forwarded to cell phones. The main office number will provide access to the pastoral emergency line. The general mailbox will be checked throughout normal office hours.
  • Email access will continue as normal. Mail will continue to be received and pledges/gifts will be processed as normally as we are able.
  • All meetings will be conducted via Zoom or conference call with no in-person meetings held.

Caring for each other

Pastoral care needs? As hospitals are limiting visitation and retirement centers may do the same, we ask that you call or write to us regarding any special needs you might have regarding pastoral care, illness, or isolation. You can contact Katherine Kerr or any of the pastoral staff.
 
Need a friend for the journey? Stephen Ministers are companions on your journey, even if it simply means talking on the phone after a tough day. Click here to learn more.
 
Need items from the store? A group of volunteers led by Todd Capitano is offering to deliver groceries and essential items for elderly people and those who are confined at home. Click here to contact Todd.
 
Many have asked for other ways our congregation can live up to its mission during these uncertain times. Covenant leadership welcomes your consideration of this initial list of opportunities.

Financial
  • Hourly Employee Relief Fund: Covenant has 50+ hourly employees (including child care, food service workers and musicians) who are facing potential under-employment in the coming weeks due to canceled meals, rehearsals, etc. A fund for employee support will allow the church to be as generous as possible. You can donate here. (Choose Employee Relief on drop-down menu).
  • Covenant Members Fund: Many in our congregation are also facing financial vulnerability due to reduced work hours and eliminated positions. We would like to support them through our Congregational Care Ministry. You can donate here. (Choose Member Support on drop-down menu).
     
  • Crisis Assistance Ministry: Even after the COVID-19 pandemic has eased, the economic crisis will be long-lasting. A challenge grant will double our impact in helping Charlotte neighbors to overcome financial hardship.
Hands-on
In-kind
  • Meals for displaced students: Covenant is hosting two Queens University students on our campus. These young people had nowhere else to go. You can sign up to deliver a meal.
     
  • Urban Ministry Center/Men's Shelter of Charlotte: Through two shelters and a day services center, the organization serves 600 people experiencing homelessness, often in crowded situations. See a list of urgent needs.
 

Missing the music at our contemporary worship services? Us too. Here’s a playlist to remind you of worship. While listening at home, you might consider writing down the names of people or places you are praying for and/or light a candle.

I’m reminded of the words of Will Willimon, the former Chaplain at Duke University, who wrote:
 
"By its very existence, the church is an affirmation that one can never believe in God in the abstract. You can’t believe in God without following God. Faith is not simply a matter of being attracted to certain beliefs or a point of view. It is complete response, a way of life, a self-giving to someone else, a way of being in love."
 
Thank you for your continued support as we walk in the most loving path possible.
 
Peace,
 
Bob