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:                                  

This summer our youth will be attending
the Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue U. 

This gathering is held every three years for high school age students and is five days that help form a younger generation of active Presbyterians. This is a life changing, life giving and faith growing gathering that shapes the leadership gifts and deepens the discipleship awareness for our youth.

It is important that our youth are meaningfully involved in the life of our church and we have been working to increase this involvement. Our youth are sharing their gifts through the Youth Vocal Ensemble, Youth Instrumental Ensemble and are being trained as greeters, lay readers and ushers. Our youth care deeply about their church family and are committed to being an important part of church life on a regular and continual basis.

We are asking the congregation of Covenant Presbyterian Church to help sponsor this trip to Triennium and these experiences for our youth. We are hosting a sponsorship drive, Pave the Way, where 100% of monies contributed will go to youth missions. We are currently about one-third of the way to our goal of raising $7,000. This will get us about as far as Dayton. We are hoping to reach our goal by the end of February so that we will be able to pay part of the fee for each of our high school students. Any additional money we raise will be deposited for our future trips (Mission work trip in 2020 and Ghost Ranch in 2021). Contributions can be made via check, or Zelle through your bank using giving@covenantpcusa.org with the memo Youth Mission.

Please help us Pave the Way to send our youth to Triennium so they may strengthen their leadership skills and deepen their faith to be a strong presence in this church and this world. Contact: Erin Wise, erinwise@covenantpcusa.org

Spotlight On Our Youth

Click here to see a video about our youth in their own words.

Jack Dougherty
Hi, my name is Jack Dougherty. I am 13 years old and attend 8th grade at McCord Middle School in Worthington. I was baptized at Covenant and have been going here my entire life. My parents are Bryan and Susie Dougherty, and my grandparents are John and Donna Harder. I am doing Confirmation classes this year and enjoy Verge youth group. I love playing baseball and golf, as well as mountain biking and skiing. I want to thank the congregation for supporting our trip to Triennium this summer and our future mission trips.

Hera Chung
Hi, I'm Hera. I'm 14 years old and a freshman at Upper Arlington High School. At the High, I play on the golf team, play in the orchestra, and I am also on the FIRST robotics team. My family is tied to Covenant in many ways. My mother is a teacher with Covenant After School program, my father is always around helping in different ways, and my brother actively roams the hallways at the Church. I have helped with VBS as a volunteer for several years in the arts and crafts section. Additionally, I had the opportunity to go to Ghost Ranch with the youth group last summer and am thankful to the congregation for that opportunity. I look forward to the love and support the congregation continues to devote to the Covenant Youth.

Katie Coakley
My name is Katie Coakley and I'm 15 years old and a freshman at Upper Arlington High School. I've played tennis for my school for three years and I have played travel softball for 5 years. I also enjoy spending time with my friends in my free time. Thank you so much for supporting the Covenant youth. The youth group has led me to meet amazing people and I can't wait to do wonderful things with the church.

 

Emma Vazquez
My name is Emma Vazquez and I'm a junior at Hilliard Darby High School. I'm involved in football, basketball and competition cheerleading as well as track and field in the spring. I also am the principle cellist in chamber orchestra and participated in the OMEA South-Central Region Orchestra. I've been employed with Papa Johns for a little over 2 years and also am a part of the National Honor Society at my school. I would really love to go back to Triennium because it's an amazing experience I want to share with the younger youth and grow my relationships with the youth who share my faith.

Natalie Wise
Hello! My name is Natalie Wise and I am 14 years old. I am a freshman at Dublin Jerome High School. I am a Columbus DanceArts Academy Elite Company Dancer. I take 7 styles of dance: ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, modern, lyrical and pointe. I am so thankful for my family here at Covenant for always supporting me and for helping me go on this amazing trip to Triennium.

 

Tristan Kueper
My name is Tristan Kueper and I am 17 years old. I am a junior at the Marburn Academy where I am on the robotics team and a part of DeMolay, an organization for young men that develops leadership skills and builds good moral character. I enjoy Ultimate Frisbee, skiing, computer games, and paintball. I am excited to return to Triennium in 2019 because I really like the group gatherings with other youth from all over the country. I really liked on the last night when everyone lit their candles and I would like to thank the congregation for everything you have done to help make these trips possible.

 

Charlie Van Aman
My name is Charlie Van Aman. I am fourteen years old. I am a freshman at Upper Arlington High School. This year I played football and lacrosse for the Golden Bears. In my free time I like to golf, travel and fish. I have attended Covenant Presbyterian Church since I was born and I was baptized here. I am currently in the Confirmation class this year. My parents and grandparents also attend Covenant. Thank you for supporting the Covenant youth. We have so many wonderful opportunities to enjoy fun activities, help others and grow as individuals. We appreciate your support.


Meredith Hanosek
My name is Meredith Hanosek. I am 14 years old and I’m an 8th grader at Hastings Middle School in Upper Arlington. I like to travel, bake, do theatre shows with Columbus Children’s Theatre and do volunteer work. I went to Ghost Ranch this past summer and it was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. I want to thank the church for such a wonderful experience.

 


Donald Speas
Hi- I’m Donald Speas and I am a freshman at Upper Arlington High School. I am on the cross country and track teams and love to run year-round. I’m hoping to run my first marathon by the time I finish high school. I’m the oldest of three siblings and all of us appreciate our Covenant family. Thank you for all you do to support our youth.


 

Taylor Speas
My name is Taylor Speas and I am an eighth grader at Hastings Middle School. I play viola with the Columbus Symphony Youth Chamber Orchestra and am part of the Youth Instrumental Ensemble here at Covenant. I also volunteer at COSI and love to travel. I enjoy the youth service each Sunday with Mrs. Wise and the opportunity to spend time with my friends at Covenant.

 

Sarah Kinnison
I am Sarah Kinnison and I am a junior at Dublin Scioto High School. I do theatre there and just played William Morris from the Continental Congress in 1776. I love to write about life and to write music. I like hot baths and reading and relaxing. My mom is a pastor here. I am the youth deacon this year and I am really excited about that. Already I go to CATCH Court to support women who have survived sex trafficking and have done a Habitat for Humanity woman’s build. I love to help people and I am really grateful for the way all of you help each other and the youth. Thank you.

Click here to enter your act into our variety show on Saturday, April 6, 2019.
Acts should be limited to 3 minutes. Please consider having each person
be in a maximum of 2 acts.
Rehearsal will be that morning from 10am-12pm.
The performances will begin right after the CPW Spaghetti Dinner, 6:30pm.
Tickets: $8 (10 & under only $4).
Buy Tickets Sun., March 17, 24, 31 between services
or call Betsy Sebastian 614-457-4383
This is going to be a night to remember!  Spread the word!

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 leads. Join us for 1 Samuel, chapter 26. Come discuss what this has to do with our life in the Living God.


   

Centering Prayer
NOTE NEW DAY: Wednesdays, 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.

Mardi Gras Pancake Breakfast
Sun., March 3, 9-11am, Fellowship Hall

We mark this Pre-Lenten event with flipping flapjacks. Only $5 a person for all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage,
orange juice and coffee; 4 years old and under are free. Prizes and fun for all.

The word "Lent" actually comes form the Anglo-Saxon for “springtime.” We break apart the frozen soil of our souls and prepare ourselves for new growth in Christ. It's all about bursting into flower come Easter.

Sundays in Lent don't count in the 40 days -- we get little Easters to sustain us through our journey. So, let's feast and enjoy one another's company

CPW Lenten Breakfast
Sat., March 9, 9:30am, Lounge
Speaker Covenant member Nancy Hughes will talk about her music ministry at the Marysville Women’s Prison. She’s a vocalist/guitarist with the 70s band, Agent 99. All members and guests are welcome. Sign up at circle meetings or between services Sundays, Feb. 24, and March 3. $8 paid at the door.

Learn about Scams & Frauds
Sat., March 9, 6pm dinner in Fellowship Hall; 6:30pm program in the Lounge

Covenant’s Schooner’s invite you to free dinner and a program presented and sponsored by AARP about how to recognize and deal with scams and frauds. Please RSVP to the church office, 614-451-6677, to attend the dinner and/or the program.

The After Party Returns - How Are We to Live: The Rule of St. Benedict
Sundays, March 10, 17, 24, 12:15pm, Lounge
Led by Katie Kinnison. Come learn about how a text from the 6th Century can teach us how to live deeper, richer lives. We'll look at the quality of our relationships with others, what it is to have a listening heart, and the practice of Lectio Divina.

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 Allan 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 & 3rd Fridays, 9:30-11:30am, rm 120

Discuss The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World's Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian by Brian D. McLaren. For info, contact Louise Davidson or Susan Imel.

Covenant Community Labyrinth - A Wonderful 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.

Preacher from the Pew
Wednesdays, March 13 thru April 10
Soup Supper 6-6:50pm, Lounge;    PFTP Service 7pm sharp.
Join us for this wonderful opportunity to be together before we hear some fine life-stories from our preachers from the pews. Meals will be soup, salad and bread. If you’re able to bring soup or bread, please see the sign-up sheet on the table in the hall or email Katie Kinnison. 

Our 2019 Preachers from the Pew are:
March 13  Alan Yarletts
March 20  Linda Billman
March 27  Jeff DuBois
April 3      Stephanie Pierce
April 10    Emma Vazquez

Spiritual Cinema
3rd Mon./month, 6:30-9pm, Lounge

• March 18 - Glory Road is based on a true story surrounding the events leading to the 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Championship (the historic name for what is now known as the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament) with an all-black starting lineup, a first in NCAA history.

• April 15 - Dead Poet's Society centers on the struggle of an unorthodox, energetic English teacher to inspire students at a posh New England prep school to appreciate poetry and understand how it can be used as an inspiration in their own lives.

• May 20 - Zero Weeks is a documentary that lays out a compelling argument for a guaranteed paid family leave for every American, legislation that exists in some form in almost every developed country.
Subtitled so no dialogue is missed. Contact Beth Askue, 614-284-1767, or Susan Imel, 614-262-7444.

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

Become 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.

Opioid Crisis Resource

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

 

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.

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