News & Announcements
A Note from Rev. Joel Esala:
Our 10am service in the sanctuary will remain as is and will be livestreamed. In addition, from June to August, we will have a brief Sunday Morning Prayer Service at 9am in the Courtyard. The 9am service will be short and simple. We will sing a couple of hymns. I’ll preach my sermon and pray, and that’s it. It will last no more than 30 minutes.
Covenant’s Technology & Communications Commission approved a bid from Demmer AV of Westerville to install monitors, wiring and speakers throughout the church. Session unanimously approved the contract in an emergency meeting July 5. There will be at least two large monitors added in the Sanctuary, two in the hallway and refinements will also be made in the Lounge, Fellowship Hall and Nursery. Outdoor speakers will be installed to enhance the 9 a.m. Summer Prayer Services in the courtyard. The work will begin in August and should be completed in September. This is all part of an ongoing effort to meet streaming needs and offer additions such as the 85-inch monitor that can be raised and lowered for services in the Sanctuary. We invite your input!
Check out the newly installed art exhibit in the lounge. Columbus mixed media artist, Beverly Whiteside, shares stories of her African-American heritage in her colorful artworks. There is an historical, thought-provoking element in her exhibit as well. You’ll want to see her “Shoebox Lunch” presentation. Beverly is a self-trained artist. She taught dance in a Columbus Arts Impact Elementary School. Her current artworks are featured at Studios on High Gallery in Columbus’ Short North Arts District.
Get to Know Your Pastor
Due to COVID, Covenant did not have the opportunity for a live meet and greet gathering with Pastor Joel. Invitations are being sent to members of the congregation who have not had an opportunity to have a conversation with Joel. Invitations are being sent out to select groups of 15. The RSVP invitations are intended to keep the groups small, allowing more time for conversation. The dates and times will vary for each group. The frequency of these dates, and if they continue, will depend on the responses received. If you would like to take part in this opportunity, please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday Bible Study 1-2 PM
This Wednesday's in July we will study the third chapter of the book of Judges. (You can find an overview of Judges at bibleproject.com.) This gathering will be in person, in the Lounge.
We will continue offering zoom for those who cannot meet in person. Please join us. No preparation is required. We read and share together. Ask for a Zoom link from Laurie Johnson.
Wednesday Evening Book Study 7:00-8:00 p.m.
The CPC Book Group will recess during the month of July. We plan tentatively to resume in August, with a book title TBA. Please contact the church or Tori Vazquez to be added to the email list.
Members of Women’s Theology will meet July 15 to consider chapters 2 and 3 of Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living by L Roger Owens. New participants are always welcome. Meetings are on Zoom, so check with Susan Imel or Louise Davidson for information and to join the discussion the first and third Friday each month from 9:30 to 11 am.
Day of Hope - NoDeathPenaltyOH - Columbus
Join the NoDeathPenaltyOH campaign in front of the Ohio Statehouse to honor those whose lives have been impacted and ask for legislative action to end the death penalty in Ohio. July 18, 2022, marks four years since an Ohioan was last executed. Speakers representing exonerees, families of victims, and the faith community will be heard.
Where: 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215 (the front of the Statehouse, High Street side)
When: Monday, July 18, 12 pm
We all have been challenged to raise awareness of human trafficking, a multi-billion dollar business second only to drug trafficking. For many years, Covenant members have been supporting programs for women who are trying to recover their lives especially through CATCH Court's program and Freedom a la Cart. Each month, we take lunch for 55 people to CATCH Court on the first Thursday. Dates this summer are July 7 and August 4. Since summer may be a freer time for teachers and high school students, we invite you to attend Court, providing food for lunch and staying to observe the Court in session. It is also possible to help serve lunch and return to church rather than staying. If you would like to receive information about helping with the lunches, please call Barbara Marshall or or Louise Davidson.
Brian Ellison in Worship May 1, 2022
The pictured members of the Campanile Handbell Choir travelled to Mackinac Island, MI, for a 2-day festival to attend classes and perform with 225 other ringers at the end of April, 2022. They worked for 3 months learning 5 pieces to ring in the final concert.
Freedom a la Cart Toiletry Bags
Freedom a la Cart provides a $15 toiletries bag to women who are being released from jail. Covenant members have been generous with support for these bags pre-pandemic. We realize the need is still there and are asking for donations to continue this effort. If you wish to contribute, please make checks payable to Covenant and indicate "human trafficking toiletry bags" on the memo line.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: Ukraine
To support the PDA response, text PDAUKR to 41444 "As we pray for an end to this violence, we ask the U.S. Government and our European allies to make a commitment to the Ukrainian people for a peaceful solution. We don’t know how long it will take, but we know that they will need help with the rebuilding of their country so that those who are fleeing now may one day return home safely.Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Join the COVENANT TECH TEAM!
Do you like technology? Do you enjoy photography or videography? Would you like to help make our worship run smoothly, and learn new things? Join the Covenant Tech Team! See Brian Biller after worship, or at 9:10 AM before worship any Sunday! He will get you started! You can send him an email, too: Email Brian Biller
Covenant Presbyterian Women's Circles
The Covenant Presbyterian Women’s Circles will not be meeting again until September.
For more information about CPW circles and activities, contact Sandy St. Martin, CPW moderator with CPW/Sandy St. Martin, the Circle leader’s name or name of the person you wish to contact in the subject line.
Meals to Members
The Board of Deacons would like to supply meals to members during recovery from medical treatment or in an emergency. We are looking for volunteers to help meet this need. Would you like to join a group of Covenant members willing to prepare and deliver a meal for a member in need? It is expected that no one would prepare more than one or two meals per year. Click to volunteer!Volunteer for Meals to Members!
HM3: HOGE'S MUSIC, MESSAGE & MEAL
Hoge Presbyterian Church offers the HM3 program every Saturday for its community in Franklinton. Area churches assist with the Meal, and Covenant creates and serves a hot, home-made meal every 3rd Saturday. Servers and guests are asked to wear masks when not eating.
Please sign up and/or learn more here.
Covenant has Centering Prayer practice on Thursdays at 8:30am in the Lounge. The first 15 minutes will be an informal gathering with the practice beginning at 8:45 for 20 minutes. Centering prayer is a method of meditation that places a strong emphasis on interior silence. We allow ourselves to be totally open to God, learning how to gently release attention away from our inner thoughts.Learn about Centering Prayer
Contact Laurie Johnson if you would like to join the members and friends of Covenant who pray for those requesting our prayers. The prayers will be relayed to you via email from Linda Van Aman. It is asked that you include the prayer request in your daily prayers for a week. To submit a prayer chain request, please send an email to Laurie and include what you would like included in the request.Email Laurie for the Prayer Chain
Sign up for flowers to be placed in the sanctuary for Sunday worship to honor loved ones, a special occasion, or to the glory of God. The dedication information will be listed in the Sunday bulletin.Click to Order Sanctuary Flowers