Adults

Find Yourself.

Find God.

Find Oneness. 

All of us bear God's love into the world in unique ways, and all of us have broken places in need of healing.  You work hard and you often find it difficult to be compassionate with yourself.  You hunger for God in ways you cannot always name, and you do not always know how to go about dealing with that.

At Covenant you find that you do not have to go it alone.

We have lots of different ways for us to understand God and know a richer life:                                      

Together, we lean into joy even as we face the hard stuff.

We study the effects of shame and learn how to combat it.  We explore art and spirituality and learn about the Enneagram. We talk about human trafficking, ISIS, violence, sexuality and addiction.  We do centering prayer. We gather with Muslims and Jews to read the poetry of Rumi one night and figure out what we are supposed to do with the book of Ezra the next. 

Join us, and come teach us something new. The collaboration of diverse minds makes the best of conversation.

Bible Studies
We invite you to listen for and to hear the Word of God as it is found in and through these words. . . .
You want to be with people who can talk about the bible and love each other at the same time.  We engage the scriptures with passion, faithfulness, intelligence, imagination, wonder and expectancy.

The bible only matters to you if it can pull you deeper into a life full of God‘s power and boundless love.    

Questions?  Contact Katie at katherinekinnison@covenantpcusa.org.

Sunday Evening Bible Study
6:30 pm in Room 120
Come join our small group as we read the Bible together. Our mission is to discern what the Bible is saying to the people of God then and now. Contact Lisa Wallace or Colleen Davis.
   Special Lenten study: Kairos Palestine Easter Alert. Copies available on the Welcome Table. All welcome. Contact Lisa Wallace for more info.

Wednesday Bible Studies: Genesis
- Normal Schedule: 1:00pm in room 120  &   7:00 pm in the Lounge
- Schedule during Lent:  1pm, 120;  6pm, Soup & Bible, Lounge
Katie Kinnison leads. Discussing the Jacob stories. NOTE: From March 8 - April 5, the 7pm bible study will meet from 6-7pm before Preacher from the Pew. Our regular Wednesday schedule resumes April 12.

You want to know more so you can go a little deeper with your engagement with the bible.  You want exciting new ideas you can chew on and question and explore. 

When better to begin that “In the beginning...”?  If you have been putting off bible study, now is the time.  Katie Kinnison leads these bible study conversations, as we seek the intersections between scripture and our lives. How do we understand the Holy One?  What is our purpose in being? How do we relate to God? to others? even to ourselves? These are wonderful stories and they can help us figure out how to live our own.

 Katie Kinnison, an experienced teacher, knows the scriptures, and her passion for the Living Word makes these times together fun, safe, and challenging.  Every question is fair game and worth asking.  We all bring our life experiences and our God experiences to the table, and together we find God speaking to us.

 

Centering Prayer
Tuesdays
8:15am in the Lounge

Deep calls to deep at the thunder of my cataracts. . . . 

Move away from anxiety and business. Move into peace and abundant love. Come learn a way of praying that can help you stay awake to God's presence in your life. See Katie Kinnison, Sandy Tullet, Cora Kuyvenhoven or Jeff Roedel for more information. 

Life moves so fast, and it is so full.  Sometimes you just want some peace, some quiet, some sense of spaciousness.

You crave God’s peace.  You want to get off the roller coaster and still the squirrels that are racing around inside your brain.

You don’t need to find the right words for this kind of prayer. You just show up and let yourself be held by Love that will not let you go.  Covenant works hard to be the kind of community where you can just show up and be loved, and Centering Prayer is that kind of prayer.

Twenty minutes of silence.  Twenty minutes of just showing up and receiving what God has to give us.  It is not always easy to be still, but it is great practice.  It reminds us that we get to bear God’s love into the world, and that the Holy Spirit is ready to work in and through us.   

How do you do Centering Prayer?  Find a comfortable position, with your spine straight, feet flat on the floor, and your head slightly down.  Most people close their eyes.  Take some deep breaths and let go of all those squirrley thoughts racing around your mind. Say your “sacred word” (yes, God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Holy One, Ground of Being) and turn your intent toward God. 

 Let your thoughts and feelings be like a river flowing above you.  If you find yourself climbing on board one of them and planning the rest of your day or trying to solve a problem, just say your sacred word and gently return your attention to that space inside you where God dwells. 

 We do this for 20 minutes.  The worst that can happen is that you return to God 20,000 times in 20 minutes!  As you practice, you will find yourself -- more and more -- in a vast spaciousness of perfect surrender and acceptance.  The real benefit of Centering Prayer is what it opens up in your life, how you become more present, more full of peace, more centered amidst the busyness of life.  You are better able to love well.

Spiritual Cinema
Third Mondays, 6:30pm in the Lounge

You want to watch a good movie and have fun and interesting people with whom to discuss it, right?  We have that at Covenant once a month. Subtitled so no dialogue is missed. Contact Beth Askue, 614-284-1767, or Susan Imel, 614-262-7444.

March 20 - Schultze Gets the Blues Schultze is an accordion player and newly without work. When the local music club celebrates its 50th anniversary, his taste of music changes unexpectedly.
April 17 - no movie
May 15 - Collateral Beauty Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

Book Discussions

You want to have some fun talking about things that matter.  We’ve read The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown and Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.  We’ve joined with Jewish and Sufi men and women to read the poetry of Rumi.  Christopher Moore, Rob Bell, Emily Dickinson -- we read all kinds of things.  Have an idea?  Email Katie at katherinekinnison@covenantpcusa.org.

Tuesday Night Spiritual Formation in the Lounge
Come to Covenant Tuesday Nights and Feed Your Soul

Tues., March 7, 7pm. Living Into Lent
Recalibrating the Heart & Mind: Centering Prayer and Letting Go (Katie Kinnison)
Come learn some new spiritual practices and lean into Lent. It's time to get ready to really experience the wonder of Easter.
Tues., March 14, 7pm. Living Into Lent
God In & Through the Words: Spiritual Reading (Katie Kinnison). Come learn some new spiritual practices and lean into Lent. Experience the wonder of Easter.

 


     

Stephen Ministry
Bear one another’s burdens. . . .

Yes, each of has his or her own load to bear, the challenges and sorrows of life that come to us all. Sometimes, though, our loads become burdens. In order to heal, to thrive, to come all the way alive again, we need some support and encouragement. A Stephen Minister offers unconditional love, an attentive and listening presence, a companion on the journey. Stephen Ministers receive over fifty hours of training. When assigned to a care receiver, the Stephen Minister meets with him or her for one a hour a week and prays regularly for that care receiver.

We are made to love one another, to help each other stand back up, to help one another find our path. Only God can heal us, but God has graciously given us the ability to bear the love and hope of Christ to one another. If you would benefit from having someone by your side these days, contact Katie Kinnison to be assigned a Stephen Minister or for more information.

If you want a Stephen Minister to spend an hour a week listing and offering support, please contact our Stephen Leader, Katie Kinnison at katherinekinnison@covenantpcusa.org.

A New Ministry of Blessing
     A blessing is a gift. We stop and acknowledge that flow of Love that binds us altogether. We speak the words, one to another, and remember that the God of abundant and steadfast love wants good for us.
     Having someone bless us helps us to stop and take note. When someone bears the love of God to us through his or her humanity, Christ is present. We remember we are loved.
     The Stephen Ministers of Covenant are now offering various ways in which we can receive blessings, reminders of God’s gracious love.
House Blessings
A blessing of your home or office can be as thorough or as simple as you request. We can go into each room and pray God’s blessing upon that space or stand in front of your home and offer a benediction of grace and peace.
Personal Blessings
Perhaps you do not need a Stephen Minister to meet with you regularly, but you would like to share your concerns with someone who will hold a sacred space for you and listen to you with loving care. Perhaps you would like a one-time prayer and a blessing: strength for the journey.
To Receive a Blessing
Contact Rev. Katie Kinnison, our Stephen Leader, and she will put you in touch with an available Stephen Minister to schedule your blessing. Email katherinekinnison@covenantpcusa.org or call 614-451-6677.

Men's Fellowship Ministries

Men's Spirituality, room 120 (every other Sunday)

Men's Breakfast @ First Watch, Kingsdale
2nd Sat. each month
Food & fellowship. Contact Alan Kennedy, 614-451-9318.

Men Connecting With God - Men's Breakfast Series
4th Sat. of each month, 8am, Lounge
We will provide some pancakes and gruel and coffee. You're invited to bring something to share. We will join in a video series by Marcus Borg entitled "Embracing An Adult Faith -- What It Means To Be A Christian." It is a series focusing on understanding issues in contemporary Christian practice and theology: "Who Was Jesus? Who Is God? What Is Salvation? How Do We Practice Our Faith? How Do We Live In Community?" Questions? Information? Contact jimmehler@covenantpcusa.org.

Women's Theology
1st and 3rd Fridays
9:30-11:30 am, Room 120
You want to be able to ask questions and to encounter new ideas.  You want to seek answers about how to live your life with intelligence and passion.  These women use a variety of books to engage life in God and in community.  

Beginning Fri., Jan. 20 we will be reading the book Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most by Marcus Borg, available from Amazon for $10. 

All are welcome at any time.

Covenant Presbyterian Women Circles
All women of Covenant are automatically part of Covenant Presbyterian Women. (Click here for CPW Booklet) Throughout the year, they meet regularly within smaller groups called Circles at different times and places. You are encouraged to join an existing Circle or start a new one! Contact the Circle Leader to join in, and contact Judy Oeder to start a new Circle. Please take the survey at bit.ly/CPWSurvey2016 and help us improve our Circle Offerings to meet the needs of our current and future congregation.

- Elizabeth Circle - PW Bible Study, fellowship, service. 1st Thur., 7pm, Sept-June, room 120
- Random Rovers - Random types of spiritual friendship. Random places & times.
- Eunice-Lydia Circle - PW Bible Study, fellowship, service, 1st Wed. 9:15am, Sept.-June, Lounge 
-Creative Hearts & Hands, Crafts for mission projects, 1st Mon., 9:30am, all year, room 120 
- Flower Garden Circle, Flowers for Seeds of Hope Garden for food pantry clients, Meets seasonally as needed
- Miriam Circle, PW Bible Study, fellowship, service, 1st Thur. 9:30am, Sept.-June, Lounge
- Mission Sewing, Crochet, knit, sew, quilt, Tuesdays 1pm, all year, room 121
- Naomi Circle, PW Bible, fellowship, service at Friendship Village, 1st Wed. 7pm, Sept.-June
- Prayer Shawl Circle, Knitting and praying over shawls for people grieving, suffering, celebrating, 2nd & 4th Fri. 9:30am, all year, Lounge

Agora
Select Sunday Morning in the Lounge, 9:45am

Sun., March 19
• 9:45am. Discussion of book The Divine Dance: The Trinity & Your Transformation by Richard Rohr.
• Noonish. Lunch and discussion of The Shack. Read the book or see the movie. RSVP Katie Kinnison.

Copies of books for upcoming book discussions are available in the hall: The Shack, The Divine Dance, and The Soul of Money.

 

Seeds of Hope Garden...
SOH Garden provides organic, fresh vegetables to those in need. Volunteers meet at the garden during the growing season Sundays at 4pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8am to harvest, plant, weed, water, fertilize, and just get fingers into the soil and enjoy the spectacle of more than 20 different hardy, fruitful plants. The Garden was awarded a grant by the Scotts, Miracle‐Gro company to experiment with a movable row cover system. Scout Gavin Voss, from the Boy Scout Troop at Covenant, built a bulletin board and installed supports for the berry bushes. The computer‐controlled irrigation system was upgraded. Flowers planted by the Covenant Circle headed by Louise Davidson attracts bees for pollination and are given to those who receive vegetables. Volunteer Dick Lewis is a new member at CPC and Master Gardner who contributes his many skills. We work with the leaders of Covenant’s SOS Food Pantry to provide fresh produce to those served by SOS. This mission project is very important and not only has been providing nearly ¾ of a ton of fresh produce to those in need each year but also provides opportunities for Covenant and community members to learn new skills and make a difference in the lives of many. If interested in volunteering, contact Bob Tannehill, Garden Manager 614‐578‐6627; robert_tannehill@hotmail.com.

Spiritual Formation Interviews - Would you be willing to spend about 45 minutes of your time helping us figure out what Spiritual Development and Adult Learning looks like at Covenant? Would you benefit from a one-on-one conversation about your own spiritual growth? Consider signing up to meet with Katie Kinnison for some good conversation. In September, sign up sheets will be in the Lounge or you may contact Katie directly.

YOUR KROGER PLUS CARD CAN EARN REWARDS FOR COVENANT!

Kroger shopping rewards is now available! All you need to do is register online your Kroger Plus card. After you’ve completed the enrollment, you’ll earn rewards for Covenant every time you shop at Kroger. If you have need any help with setup, please let Ingrid Brooker know.

Here are instructions for enrolling in the Kroger Rewards program. (CLICK here to download instruction)
• Register your Kroger Plus card online at krogercommunityrewards.com
• Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy to register your card with Covenant.
• Click on Sign In/Register
• Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
• Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering your zip code, clicking on your favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions.
• You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
• Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
• Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
• Update or confirm your information.
• Enter Covenant or our organization # 49799, select organization from list and click on confirm.
• To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
• REMEMBER, purchases will not count for Covenant until after you register your card.
• You must swipe your registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to your registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.