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 many 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.

Wednesday Bible Studies not meeting for the summer
Katie Kinnison leading
   

Centering Prayer
Mondays & Fridays, 8:15am in the Lounge, Katie Kinnison leads

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 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.

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 Minister Charlotte Sharpe or Tracy Keenan

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.

Men's Fellowship Ministries

- Men's Spirituality, room 120 (every other Sunday). Check bulletins for days.

- 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 BEGINS AGAIN IN SEPTEMBER.
4th Sat./Month through May. 8am, Lounge
 jimmehler@covenantpcusa.org.

Women's Theology
1st and 3rd Fridays
9:45-11:30 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.  All are welcome at any time.
For more information, contact Louise Davidson.
Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today by John Shelby Spong.

Covenant Presbyterian Women Circles
All women of Covenant are automatically part of Covenant Presbyterian Women. 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.

The 2017 Horizon Study
Hebrews: Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews
- Eunice-Lydia Circle: 1st Wednesday: 9:15-11:30am in the Lounge
- Naomi Circle: 1st Wednesday: 7pm at Friendship Village
- Miriam Circle: 1st Thursday: 9:30am in the Lounge
- Elizabeth Circle: 1st Thursday: 7pm in Room 120
Build deep relationships with other women and deepen your faith as you work through this study prepared especially for Presbyterian Women. For more information or to pick up a study guide, contact Betsy Sebastian, Judy Oeder or Mona Connolly. If you would like to attend the Bible Study Prep held monthly with Katie Kinnison, please contact her.

- 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

Seeds of Hope Garden...
Flower Garden Maintenance. Help weed, deadhead and water the flowers along the SOH garden fence. Just show up at 9am for about an hour: June 13, 27, July 11, 25, Aug. 8, 22, Sept. 5, 12.

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?  Sign up sheets will be in the Lounge or you may contact Katie.

Financial Opportunities
Contact Ingrid Smith, Financial Administrator

--Your AmazonSmile Purchases Support Covenant...at no cost to you.
When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same low prices and vast selection as Amazon.com, plus Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Covenant. On your first visit to smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization; type in Covenant Presbyterian Church, Columbus, OH. Every eligible purchase you then make will result in a donation to Covenant. Need help? Contact Ingrid Smith.

--Automatic Debit From Your Bank Account is Available
This involves automatic transfers from your checking account to the church. All we need is your bank checking account number, routing transit number and the dollar amount to be debited. Please complete the Automatic Debit Authorization form located on our website or in the office.
 

--Your KrogerPlus 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 Smith know.

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.

Opioid Crisis Resource

Annette Franks, M.Ed., LPC, CWC free recovery and educational resources at:
http://www.annettefranks.com/WellnessMaterials.php

 

Spiritual Cinema
3rd Mon./month, 6:30-9pm, Lounge
Subtitled so no dialogue is missed. Contact Beth Askue, 614-284-1767, or Susan Imel, 614-262-7444.

• June 18 - The Eagle Huntress: Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her nomad family to become an eagle huntress.
• July 16 - Intouchables: Based on a true story of friendship between a handicapped millionaire and his street smart ex-con caretaker.
• August 20 - Wonder: The incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters 5th grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

Covenant Community Labyrinth
We are hoping to build our own outdoor labyrinth, a maze-like pathway for walking meditation and prayer, on the southeast side of the church building. It would welcome neighbors and church folks alike with protective landscaping and benches: a quiet little haven of prayer available to everyone.
     The kit with paving stones costs about $15,000 (we are going to do the installation ourselves) and our fundraising for it will include a unique opportunity to share your love with the neighborhood.
     The brickwork for the entrance path (not the labyrinth itself) will be made up of bricks etched with special messages. You can purchase an entryway brick with your etched message for $100 or a plain brick for $80. Order forms are on the welcome table in the hall. Or you can submit a form and pay with PayPal by clicking here: web site.  Help make this a gift to our community.

The Jay Fund (shorthand for “The Jay Armstrong Endowment for Youth in Ministry”) is an endowment created with gifts from many family and friends in memory of Jay Armstrong, and gifts from Jay himself, who was a long-time Covenant member and supporter of the Youth programs. The endowment grows thanks to continuing donations to the fund and thanks to prudent investments by the Permanent Funds Ministry. Every year, the Jay Fund Committee determines the grant application and awarding process for proceeds from the endowment. The grants can be for mission or service (local, national, or worldwide), and can be for either expenses or capital, and can benefit Covenant’s youth or friends of our youth. The criteria are this broad so that the endowment might “enliven Jay’s giving spirit and dedication to youth ministry forevermore!” Since it was established in 2014, the endowment has raised $65,000 (and counting!) and has granted $6,000.

The Jay Fund Committee: Cathy Levy (2017/2018 Chair), Peggy Siegel, Anne Remias, Tim Augsback, Betsy Patterson, Tracy Keenan, Shea Watts

AGORA:
The Art of Neighboring

Sun., July 1, 9:45am, Lounge
Love God. Love Yourself. Love Your Neighbor. Come listen to Terri Hayes and join in a celebration of The Art of Neighboring. In honor of Upper Arlington celebrating 100 years, all 19 UA churches are organizing neighborhood block parties. It sounds overwhelming, but think of your house as the center block with eight other blocks/houses around you. That is the block party...just your neighbors. Invest your time to be with your neighbors for a few hours on a given night, to say hello over dinner, drinks, ice cream. Host a block party with just your neighbors to be a good neighbor. How about it? Step out from being a stranger to being an acquaintance toward sharing a relationship with your neighbors.

Wednesday Evenings at 7pm in the Lounge

--The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
By His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Wed., June 20 - These two extraordinary spiritual teachers met together for a week to discuss one question:
How do we find joy in life’s inevitable suffering? This book is full of wisdom, stories, and daily practices that can help us all move deeper into joy.

--Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
By J. D. Vance
Wed., Aug. 1 - This is a true and personal story situated within a poor white culture in crisis. This exploration into trauma and families opens up and enriches our on-going exploration of how to be with others. And it is perhaps another tool in understanding ourselves.

The Interfaith Movement: A Conversation Led by Charlotte Gross
Sun., June 24, 12:15pm, Lounge
Have you ever wondered about how your faith connects to other people's faiths? The Interfaith Movement is about learning about other faiths while strengthening your own! Come to lunch and learn about the Interfaith Movement from one of Covenant's own young adult members. Lunch will be provided so it would help us if you can RSVP to Charlotte Gross cegross@owu.edu.