Be a Part of Something More

Maybe you want to help in the community without signing on for a long-time commitment. Or maybe you do want to commit to something and see over a period of time how your participation really does make a difference.

You can cook, drive, garden, hammer, listen, knit, sew, teach, give blood, or just show up and see what's needed.

*   Urban Ministry Partnership with Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church on the West Side.

*   Presbytery-wide Mission Work Trip, Gatlinburg, TN

*   Assistance in Syria

*   CATCH Court Lunches & Support for Human Trafficking Survivors

*   SOS Food Pantry and delivery  

*   Habitat for Humanity

*   Prayer Shawl Circle - 2nd and 4th Fridays at 9:30 AM in the Lounge.

*   Mission Sewing - every Tuesday 1pm, room 121.

*   Tutoring - Wednesday afternoons during the school year. Training and Background check necessary. Contact Carol Petro for more information.

*   Blood Drive July 22

*   Ronald McDonald House - serve breakfasts 

*   Books on the Bus for Columbus Public Schools - Bring books suitable for schoolkids to the church.

*   Open Shelter lunches - 2nd Fri./month, 8:30, kitchen
Help assemble lunches for 175 people. Takes an hour. Lunches are delivered to the Open Shelter for distribution. Come when you can. Mona Connolly or  Carrie Mellen.

*   Hunger Task Force - Annual Crop Walk and more.

Partnership with Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church on the West Side
Since January, we have been sharing ministry with the folks at Hoge (2930 W. Broad St., the Hilltop). We provide staffing for preaching (and schedule the other preachers), moderate their session meetings, and provide pastoral care in exchange for a place to learn about urban ministry and becoming part of the West Side Urban Ministry.
The best way to get involved is to get involved:
• 3rd Sat./month, Covenant is responsible for Hoge’s HM3 (Hoge Music, Message, Meal), which is from 5-7pm. Food prep at 3pm. Come at 4pm if you’d like to help fill boxes for their huge food pantry. School-aged children can help, too. Great mission experience for families. We: prepare food to feed 30-50; set up, break bread together, clean up; sing songs, share a message, have communion; meet new friends whose experience of the world is probably very different from ours; see the Spirit of God move.
Contact John Griffin for more information.

Support Human Trafficking Survivors

CATCH Court Lunches & Support for Human Trafficking Survivors
Lunch dates are 1st Thursday Each Month.

Changing Actions to Change Habits” is a court led by Judge Paul Herbert that changes lives of women who are moving from being victims of sex trafficking to being thriving members of our community. It changes the hearts of those of us who are honored to see it in action. Join us in taking lunch to these amazing women. We go once a month and always need help. You can make a dessert and drop it off ahead of time.  You can come with us (meet at the church at 11am) and serve lunch and/or stay to see CATCH Court in action. Sign up on the Mission & Social Justice board in the hall or contact Katie Kinnison or Nancy Davidson for more information or watch our weekly bulletins for more info. Lunches are financed by the operating budget of Mission & Social Concerns, and by additional donations.

Also, we're making toiletry kits for women released from jail who have very little support. Five to eight bags are needed each month at $15 each. You may donate to help the cause. Checks should be made out to Covenant with Human Trafficking in the memo line.

And, we are always collecting stamps and stationery for the women of CATCH to write encouraging letters to each other and to women currently in prison. We are also collecting shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and tampons. These can be left in the bins outside the narthex or the church office.


SOS Food Pantry

Buy nonperishables for Covenant's S.O.S. Food Pantry, the only one in the metro area that delivers. You can sign up to be a driver or an organizer. SOS Food Pantry provided emergency food Jan.-July: 273 Adults + 132 Children = 405. We’re the only food pantry that delivers 3-day emergency groceries to shut-ins.  The SOS Pantry team delivers food to families 5 days a week. The number of new families continues to grow so we need food. 
- Every 1st Sunday of the month bring non-perishable foods to be distributed to families in need.
- Anytime: Place mac/cheese, baked beans, tuna, peanut butter and jelly in the SOS bin, North entrance. 
- SOS Food Pantry is funded solely by your contributions. It is not a part of the church budget. Please make checks out to Covenant Presbyterian Church. Mail or drop in the offering plate. Note SOS in the memo line.  Thank you!
Contact Mark or Betsy Owen, 614-486-0317, or Bob or Carol Lowery, 614-326-2019 for more information.

Habitat for Humanity 
Covenant is again participating in the Habitat NW Partnership Adopt-a-House by helping to finance and build a house at 1756 S. 6th St. Volunteers work Thur. mornings and Saturdays 8:30am-3pm. Just show up. An all-women’s build is planned for Sat., Oct. 7 and Nov. 4. We also need volunteers to help with lunch for Oct. 14 and Jan. 27. 
PLUS, you can volunteer to serve lunch every 10 weeks.

Contact Betsy Sebastian or Charlie Bergmann.

Deacons at Ronald Mcdonald House
What: Make breakfast for residents. Anyone can help, not just Deacons.
When: The 2nd Sat. of each month, 7:15am
Where: Ronald McDonald House, 711 Livingston Ave., Columbus,
Contact: Allan Yarletts

Recommended Organizations Providing Assistance in Syria
• Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: pda.pcusa.org/situation/syria
• Global Ministries of the Christian Church & United Church of Christ:
• Mennonite Central Committee: mcc.org/syria-iraq
• Nonviolent Peace Forec: nonviolentpeaceforce.org/
• United Methodist Committee on Relief: umcor.org/
• Download a PDF of “Holy Discontentment: Advocaty & Action for Syria”: www.presbyterianmission.org/resource/holy-discontentment-advocacy-action-syria/

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Mon., July 10, 1-6pm, Fellowship Hall
Volunteering to register donors and staff the snack table is a wonderful opportunity to welcome people to Covenant. Schedule your appointment between church services in the front hall or go to redcrossblood.org to schedule online. Call Mona Connolly, 614-886-4413, to volunteer.
Thank you in advance!

Presbytery-wide Mission Work Trip
Oct. 22-28, Gatlinburg, TN
The Presbytery of Scioto Valley and Presbyterian Disaster Relief are organizing recovery and restoration workers (for demolition, clean-up, building repair) needed because of recent wild fire destruction. Up to 32 adults age 18 and over, $300 per person, can participate. For applications and more info: www.psvonline.org. Or contact Jeannie Harsh, 614-847-0565 office, cell 614-562-1775, or jeannie@psvonline.org.