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. 

Need childcare for a church event?  Email Erin Wise to schedule.

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

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.

- 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.

- Wednesday Bible Studies
1pm, room 120 or Lounge
Katie Kinnison leads. Pentecost.  The real gift here is the wisdom and laughter and questions and possibilities that unfold. Enjoy community as we figure out together how to live all the way alive.


   

NEW! PiYo in the Lounge
Tue., July 2, 16, 23, 30; Aug. 6, 13, 20, 9:30am
A combination of Pilates, basic yoga, and contemplative body practice taught by Sandy Tullett. Bring a towel and/or a yoga mat. Wear comfortable clothing. Standing and floor work, but not a lot of up and down. Emphasis on flexibility, strength, relaxation. No cost, but donation accepted. Bring a friend!

Centering Prayer
Tuesdays, 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 Gift!
Thank you, Covenant! Our dream of a labyrinth to share with our community has come true. The brickwork for the entrance path (not the labyrinth itself) will be made up of bricks etched with your special messages. Thank you!

Bob Tullett and friends have moved at an amazing clip. As they finish work on labyrinth and a concrete ramp to make this entrance of the church fully accessible, work on the surrounding garden and landscape will start. This will be a gift to ourselves and to this neighborhood we are called to be with in Love.

Thank you for the prayers and the financial support and the work you’ve done to bring this into reality. When we are finished enough (planting and developing the surroundings will be an ongoing project), we will have a wonderful dedication ceremony and spiritual celebration. If you would like to help plan that, please see Katie Kinnison.

ALSO: Learn How to Experience the Labyrinth
Wednesdays, June 26–Aug., 21, 7pm
Led by Katie Kinnison. Sure, you can just walk up to it, say a prayer or open your heart, and walk the labyrinth. This ancient spiritual practice has all sorts of possibilities that you may want to explore. We’ll use the book The Sacred Path Companion: A Guide to Walking the Labyrinth to Heal and Transform by Lauren Artress, and together we’ll move deeper into wisdom, self-awareness, and the way of Love. Call or email Katie for a copy of the book. They are $15.

The After Party...a time for feasting and learning after Worship Services
12:15pm lunch; 12:30 class, Lounge


Stay tuned for more!

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Mon., July 1, 2-7pm, Fellowship Hall
There is a continuing emergency need for blood. To donate, contact Tiff Epling or Mona Connolly, or register online at www.redcrossblood.org.

Spiritual Cinema: Snow Falling on Cedars
Mon., July 15, 6:30pm, Lounge
Snow Falling on Cedars: A fisherman in the waters off Washington state, has been found dead, drowned in his own nets. Post-war anti-Japanese sentiments are still running high, and a murder suspect is found in the local Japanese-American community in the form of Kabuo. The small town's newspaperman, may have the information that would acquit Kabuo, but can he ever put his jilted love for Kazuo's wife aside? Contact: Beth Askue or Susan Imel.

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.

We want becoming a member at Covenant to be easy. We want your membership to be fulfilling and important in your life. To get started or find out more, contact Rev. Katie Kinnison to set up a time to talk with her. The general process: on the first Sunday of the month, a few Elders (members of Session who make congregational decisions) meet with new members to get to know them a little bit and answer questions. On the second Sunday of the month, new members are officially received by the congregation.

Please contact Katie Kinnison.

Click here for a brochure with all the details.

Covenant Hosts Synod Gathering of Presbyterian Women
Fri. July 12 and Sat., July 13

This is for all Presbyterian Women from throughout Synod of the Covenant. Featured speakers include Carol Winkler, former moderator of Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Inc.; Diane Moffett, Presbyterian Mission Agency president/executive director; and Janice Catron, author of bible studies used by Presbyterian Women. Workshop topics include Earth Stewardship, Substance Abuse, Leadership, and ideas for leading bible study. Cost for 2 days: $90; Sat. only: $75. Brochures with complete program details and registration information are available on the welcome table...or click here for a PDF. To volunteer to help in the kitchen, donate desserts, or serve as a greeter contact Susan Imel, or Terry Kennedy Mancini

For questions and other information, contact Susan.

 

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.

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

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 
NOTE: WILL NOT MEET AGAIN UNTIL NOVEMBER 23
(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 Steve St. Martin.

Women’s Theology
1st & 3rd Fridays, 9:30-11:30am, rm 120
We’re continuing our discussion of “Inspired” by Rachel Held Evans. Contact Susan Imel or Louise Davidson.

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 Katie Kinnison.

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.

The Jay Fund (shorthand for “The Jay Armstrong Endowment for Youth in Ministry”) provides money to support youth ministry. This fund was established in 2014 thanks to generous gifts from Jay himself through his estate as well as from family and friends in his memory. 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, the endowment has raised $65,000 (and counting!) and has granted $6,000. Through the endowment, we wish to carry on Jay’s tradition of helping the Covenant youth to engage in the community through mission and service while growing their faith. 

     This year the Fund is happy to have contributed to the success of the wonderful “Pave the Way” youth fundraiser by contributing almost $3,000 in support of the their trip this summer to Triennium where they will join a gathering of youth from around the country.

Thank you!
The Jay Fund Committee: Cathy Levy, Peggy Siegel, Anne Remias, Tim Augsback, Betsy Patterson

Opioid Crisis Resource

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