Advent 2021

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Advent at Covenant

When something hits close to home, it affects us deeply. During the Advent and Christmas season, we journey through scriptures and rituals that are tender, heavy with emotion, and vulnerable. We carry the memories and truths of this season close to our hearts. Close to Home acknowledges the “already but not yet” tension of our faith: Emmanuel is with us, and yet, God’s promised day—our everlasting home—is not fully realized.

Close to Home names the pain many of us will carry into this season. The holidays can poke at our grief. Many will be missing loved ones lost to sickness and tragedy. The traumas of the pandemic will still be with us. Many will have lost homes—due to natural disasters, economic hardship, and unjust policies. Many do not feel safe in their own homes due to poor living conditions or harmful family dynamics. Many feel alone and isolated at home.

This Advent, may we be comforted by the One who dwells intimately with us. May we expand safety and sanctuary for everyone wandering far from home. May we come home— wherever home is found—to live fully with joy, hope, and courage.


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Every year, members and friends of Covenant write devotionals for our Covenant Advent Devotional.

Click here to download a digital version of this year's Covenant Advent Devotional.

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CPW Christmas Coffee

The Coffee will be held on December 1st in Fellowship Hall. A light breakfast will be served before the program by Cody Miller, artist for the current PW Bible Study. All the women of the church are invited to attend. You can register to attend Sundays, November 21and 28 in the Hallway. In addition to the program, Mission Sewing opportunities will be available, the 2021 quilt recipient will be announced, and Gail Messick will offer items from Eswatini. There will be an ingathering of items for the Churchwomen United Layette Project - disposable diapers for babies 8 lbs. and larger, wipes, bottles, bibs, burping cloths, receiving blankets, onesies, socks, sleepers, baby wash, shampoo, towels, and washcloths. Funds for the layette project and funds for Franklin County Children’s Services are welcome. Please make checks payable to CPW with either CWU or Franklin County Children’s Services on the memo line.

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Covenant Christmas Cantata

Join us Sunday, December 19th at 10 AM

The world was lost in darkness. Roman oppression weighed heavily, and God’s people were awaiting a Messiah. There were astrologers, literally following the light of the heavens and prophecies of the coming Messiah. But there were other "seekers of the Light": Mary and Joseph, simple shepherds in a field, and the prophets. Then, it happened: the Light of the World was born. Follow the respective journeys of these "seekers of the light" to learn what we can from their sojourns. May we likewise seek and find The Light for our journey... and transform our lives with a fresh touch of God's miraculous grace and gift of love. Songs include: Prelude; Sing We Now of Christmas; Prepare!; Come Near to the Manger; Angels Shout the News Tonight; Hurry to Bethlehem!; Seekers of the Light and Behold! Rise Up! Go Tell! Shine!

Featuring our very own Chancel Choir, soloists, and musicians. Don't miss this special service!