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.

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.

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

The Christmas Season at Covenant

- Sun., Dec. 16, 8:30 & 11am  Special Music Worship Services
   with guest composer/arranger Craig Courtney

- Wed., Dec. 19, Longest Night, 6pm Light Supper; 7pm Service
    Christmas is full of sparkling lights and light-hearted joy, but our hearts also have their heaviness. We miss people who have died – even those who have died decades before. We mourn circumstances of our lives. We are pained for people we love who are struggling. We ache for this world plagued by violence and greed. We need some time to honor our pain, our grief, our loneliness. The Longest Night service is such a place.
   This year we are also hosting a simple supper before the service for anyone who would like some warm fellowship on a cold and dark night. If you would like a ride to this event, please contact Katie Kinnison.

- Sun., Dec. 23, 9:45, Agora: Jesus Under the Mistletoe. Led by David Connolly. 
   A one-hour exploration of the history of “Christmas” as a Christian holiday. Don’t be alarmed, but you will learn that, actually, some of our traditions are based in ancient pagan/Germanic practices or traditions!

- Mon., Dec. 24, 5pm Children's Pageant;
                           8pm Candlelight Service

- Mon., Dec. 31, 5-7pm New Year's Eve, Communion, Come & go as your wish.

 

Christmas Poinsettia
Commemorate a special life event, loved one or the holiday season by purchasing a poinsettia. Only $8 each. Click the button for a dedication form and to pay with PayPal. Or you can pick up a form in the church hall to fill out and mail with a check made out to Covenant with flowers in the memo line to Covenant Presbyterian Church, c/o Ingrid Smith, 2070 Ridgecliff Rd., Columbus, OH 43221. Thank you!

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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. For more information, contact Lisa Wallace: lrw002000@yahoo.com.

Wednesday Bible Studies
1pm, room 120.
Katie Kinnison leading. Join us for 1 Samuel, chapter 14. Come discuss what this has to do with our life in the Living God.


   

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

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

You cannot fail at this – except fail to show up.  The idea is to allow yourself to be present with the Holy One, to let go of all that gets in the way of our openness to God’s presence within us. This is a kind of meditation or contemplative prayer.

The metaphor Thomas Keating uses to describe what we do is this: imagine you are a diver on the bottom of a river bed, watching boats go by over your head. The boats are your thoughts. Noticing them is not an issue. But when you find that you have swum up and climbed into a boat and are sailing down the river – when you find yourself planning your day or rehearsing a conversation from the day before – ever so gently say your sacred word and fall over the side of the boat and float back down to the bottom. 

The method is this.  Sit with an erect spine in a comfortable position, feet flat on the floor. The idea will be to not move for the twenty minutes of silence. 

Choose a sacred word – God, Jesus, Spirit, Yes, Love – which will serve as a touchstone back to letting go of all that is not simple openness.

Most people close their eyes. When we do this prayer practice together, we use a cd with a couple of minutes of cello music before and after the silence. Take some deep breaths as the music begins, maybe say a prayer or get the kinks out of your neck and shoulders during this part. Settle your body.

When the silence begins, let go. Let go of any planning or figuring out or naming of things. Just be.  When we are able to do this, it is immense spiritual rest, a surrendering into the arms of the Holy One. Sometimes the prayer time seems like nothing but thinking and saying your word, thinking and saying your word…. Then you have had an aerobic workout at surrendering yourself to the Living God. How bad is that? We are practicing kenosis, or “letting go.”

The recommended method is to do this practice for twenty minutes twice a day.

If you have any questions, read Thomas Keating’s Open Heart, Open Mind  -- or see Katie Kinnison for more information on this and other contemplative prayer practices.

Covenant Community Labyrinth - A Wonderful Christmas Gift!
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.

Advent 

Advent Devotionals - Pick up your copy of the Covenant Advent Devotional today. Copies are in Fellowship Hall, on the welcome table or click here to download a PDF.

Men's Fellowship Ministries

- Men's Spirituality, (usually about every 2 weeks) Sundays, 9:30-10:30am, Room 120 
Discuss "God Was In This Place & I, I did not know," by Lawrence Kushner.  From the prologue to the book--"the biblical word conceals an infinity of meanings.  We read the Bible, fix our attention on a phrase and suddenly find ourselves in a conversation with centuries of teachers who also have come hoping to penetrate the meaning of the same text, convinced that holy words are intimately related not only to what God means, but even in who God is and who we are."  
      Hope that you ALL can attend and share in our discussion. Contact is Bob Tannehill.

- 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./Month through May), 8am, Lounge
Delicious breakfast and engaging conversation.  We’ll take a peek at the video series “First Light: Jesus and the Kingdom of God” with Dom Crossan and Marcus Borg. Questions?  Contact Jim Mehler:  jimmehler@covenantpcusa.org.

Women's Theology
1st and 3rd Fridays 
9:30-11:30 am, Room 120
All are welcome at any time. Discussing An Altar in the World, by Barbara Brown Taylor, the introduction and chapters one and two. The book is about concrete ways to discover the sacred in all we do. Come join this lively discussion. For questions or more information contact Louise Davidson or Susan Imel

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 2018-19 Horizon Bible Study
God’s Promise – I Am With You
- 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 Tuesday: 7pm in the 121 
Through nine lessons, we will discover how God’s promise speaks to our circumstances, as individuals and as community. We will be encouraged to know of God’s presence with us wherever we find ourselves on this life’s journey – through uncertainty and discouragement; during trials and times of powerlessness; when we seek God’s guidance and, yes, during our everyday lives.

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 Tues., 7pm, Sept-June, room 120 or Lounge
- 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

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.

• Dec. 17 - Miracle on 34th Street (the 1994 version): When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.
• Jan. 21 - The Milagro Beanfield War: In Milagro, New Mexico, where the local water is a premium resource, a developer has conceived a glitzy resort that will ultimately siphon off all the water from the neighboring crop-fields. This sets off a small-scale water-rights war between the farmers and the developers.
• Feb. 18 - Maudie: An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.

Subtitled so no dialogue is missed. Contact Beth Askue, 614-284-1767, or Susan Imel, 614-262-7444.

Interested in Becoming An Official Member of Covenant Presbyterian Church?

At Covenant, you belong when you walk in the door!
And membership matters. Membership is “going all in” and making a commitment to these extraordinary people of Covenant. We have made becoming a member easy because all are welcome. Ours is a God of radical hospitality. We also take membership seriously, believing that we are called to work together in community to bear God’s love into the world. Ours is a God who is transforming both us and the world.

Please contact one of our pastors:
• Tracy Keenan at tracykeenan@covenantpcusa.org
• Katie Kinnison at katherinekinnison@covenantpcusa.org

Click here for a brochure with all the details.

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.

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.

Opioid Crisis Resource

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

 

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, Peggy Siegel, Anne Remias, Tim Augsback, Betsy Patterson, Tracy Keenan, Shea Watts