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.

- All can volunteer: Help fill bags with meals for Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

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

*   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 1:00 PM, room 121.

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

*   Blood Drive

*   Ronald McDonald House - serve breakfasts 

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

*   Open Shelter lunches - monthly ministry; watch for details

*   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. 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
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. Contact Katie Kinnison or watch our weekly bulletins for more info. Lunches are financed by the operating budget of Mission & Social Concerns, and by additional donations.
- Lunch dates are 1st Thursday Each Month.  You can make a dessert and drop it off ahead of time.  You can come with us (meet at the church at 11:30am) 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 katherinekinnison@covenantpcusa.org for more information.

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 or contact Katie Kinnison. 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 Sundays CPC 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.  
- 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. The SOS Food Pantry, delivering to homebound households, is funded solely by your contributions. It is not a part of the church budget.
- SOS Food Pantry is funded solely by your contributions. It is not a part of the church budget. Make checks out to the church. Mail or drop in the offering plate. Note SOS in the memo line.
Contact Mark or Betsy Owen, 614-486-0317, or Bob or Carol Lowery, 614-326-2019 for more information.

Habitat for Humanity 
The Habitat House last year was completed in Whitehall. There was a celebration in November when the new family was presented with prayer shawls knitted by our Prayer Shawl Circle.    

ALSO, the two women-only work days last summer were a huge success. Thank you to all who participated!

PLUS, you can volunteer to serve lunch every 10 weeks.

We build one Habitate House each year. Call Charlie Bergmann, 614-572-5059, or Betsy Sebastian, 614-457-4383.

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: Milissa Campbell, milissa5@me.com, call/text 440-610-4171

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/

Covenant Blood Drive
Date to come
Please see Tiffany Epling or Mona Connolly between services to sign up to volunteer or donate blood. Thank you in advance!

Friends, Neighbors: Help Bag Meals for Mid-Ohio Foodbank
Sun., April 23, 4-6:00p
Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2070 Ridgecliff Rd., UA, 614-451-6677
Parents, youth, neighbors, anyone age 3+ can join this whole-family volunteer opportunity bagging healthful meals for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.