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:                                  

Harvesting The Fruit
Spiritual Formation Fall 2018

Taste and see that the fruit of the LORD is good, for the Living God is bringing us all the way alive!

(Click here for a PDF of the entire booklet of Spiritual Formation opportunities and events.)

Tuesday/Wednesday Spiritual Formation

Parenting Together
Occasional Tuesday Nights, 5:30-7:00pm with Dinner & Childcare Provided
Led by Katie Kinnison and Erin Wise.  Please RSVP to Katie.

- October 9, 16, 23  Save These Dates
Children play in the nursery while parents discuss life with kids.

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
By His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Wednesdays, October 10, 17, 24 at 7:00pm in the Lounge
Led by Katie Kinnison
Yes, you remember correctly: some of us read this book and talked about it one night this summer. Everyone there wanted more:  more conversation, more opportunity to explore and to revel in these wonderful ideas and practices. 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.
    Books are available on the Welcome Table and Book Cart.

Celebrating the Dead
Tuesday, October 30, 7:00pm, In the Lounge
Led by Katie Kinnison
All Hallow’s Eve, All Saints, Day of the Dead – these days we turn our thoughts to those who have gone before us. What are they about? How did they come to be? What might they have to teach us about living? Come learn.

Death Café
Wednesday, November 7, 7pm in the Lounge
Some tea and treats and conversation. We dare to speak our stories, our questions, our hopes and fears about death. Let’s see where this takes us.

Walking in the Dark
Tuesdays, November 13, 20, 27, 7pm in the Lounge
Led by Tracy Keenan
This is loosely based on Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, which is about learning to navigate even when we don’t have the answers, which is actually much of the time. “Darkness” is such a loaded word, but God’s presence is sometimes described as being a kind of luminous darkness as experienced by the Israelites at the giving of the commandments, and by many of our ancestors who have gone before us through the valleys of the shadow.

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 3. 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.

Agora – an open space used for public assembly
(formerly, The Forum)

Sundays, Oct. 14, 21 and 28
9:45 am in the Lounge
Parker Palmer’s On the Brink of Everything
Led by Jim Mehler
“The laws of nature that dictate sundown dictate our demise. But how we travel the arc toward the sunset of our lives is ours to choose: will it be denial, defiance, or collaboration.”
Looking back on eight decades of his life, Palmer writes about cultivating a vital inner and outer life, finding meaning in suffering and joy, and forming friendships across the generations.
Books are available near the welcome table & on the cart for $15.

The Artist’s Waya plan to get your creative juju going
Select Mondays, Beginning September 10, 1:00pm in the Lounge
Led by Katie Kinnison
The Artist’s Way is a book by Julia Cameron, but more than that, it is an invitation to open up to possibilities of which you may have only dreamt. With morning pages, artist dates, and exercises, the joy and deep satisfaction of creating can be yours. And there’s more. You will have a community of support and encouragement.  Books are available on the book carts in the hallway, and they are $12.
September 10              An Introduction
September 17               How Did the First Week Go? (and beginning Week 2)     
October 8                     Beginning Week 5
October 22                   Beginning Week 7
November 5                 Beginning Week 9
November 19               Beginning Week 11
December 3                 We Did It!  Artist’s Way Potluck and Celebration

The After Party & More on Sundays
Most Sundays: 12:15pm Lunch.  12:30pm Learning.
Contact: Katie Kinnison. If you loved Bible & Lunch, you’ll love the sequel. Worship at Covenant is rich and engaging and something you never want to miss. But the fun and the fellowship does not have to end when that is over. Join us for The After Party: food and good teaching and conversation. This year we are doing many smaller series that cover a variety of topics. These come from requests made by last year’s folks. All are welcome. Come when you can.

Buddhism 101: A Quick Peek
October 7 After church putluck (continues Oct. 14)
Led by Katie Kinnison
Designed to complement reading The Book of Joy by the Dali Lama and Archbiship Desmond Tutu, this is a quick introduction to the fundamentals of Buddhism. We will also pause to consider how learning about other faith traditions may deepen our engagement with our own.

Field Trip! The Spaghetti Warehouse & The Jubilee Museum
Sunday, October 21
Stay tuned for more details
Save the date and join us for lunch together and then a trip to The Jubilee Museum on Grubb Street in Franklinton. Check out their website at jubileemuseum.org and then come with us to see the Lego Vatican and more. Admission is $10.00; $5.00 for children, students and senior citizens. Email Katie or call the church to RSVP and let us know if you want a ride.

Sermon Talk-Backs
October 28 & November 25
Led by Tracy Keenan
These sermon themes are particularly chosen for talk-backs because they are “hot topics.”  We come to these issues with strong values and the best of intentions, even we don’t agree on solutions.  Join us for some deep listening and rich conversation.

The Lost Gospel of Q: The Original Sayings of Jesus
November 4, 11, 18
Led by David Connolly
This series is an exploration of a book by Marcus Borg. His friend John Dominic Crossan said of it, “Read carefully this manifesto of the kingdom of God.”  Getting down to the bones of Jesus’s teaching, this collection of sayings was unearthed by scholarship rather than archeology. Over the course of some 150 years, bible scholars surmised the existence of a book of Jesus quotes that they believe was used to compose the gospels of Matthew and Luke. This is an attempt to reproduce that book. Borg calls it “a guidebook to the land of the soul” and goes on to write, “It provides simple advice on getting along in the world. There are instructions on the everyday and the eternal.”

Men's Fellowship Ministries

- Men's Spirituality, Sun., Oct. 14, 9:30-10:30am, Room 120 (usually about every 2 weeks)
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.

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

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.

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.

• Oct. 15 - More than a Game: This documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his talented teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Ohio and James' journey to fame.
• November 19 - Denial: A 2016 British-American historical film that dramatizes the Irving v Penguin Books Ltd case in which Lipstadt, a Holocaust scholar, was sued by Holocaust denier David Irving for libel. 

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.

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.

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

Thanksgiving All-Church Potluck
Sun., Nov. 11, 5:30pm
The Covenant Presbyterian Women Thanksgiving Potluck cost is $5/person or $20/family of four or more. Turkey, gravy, potatoes, rolls, butter, and drinks provided. Bring a dish to share. Make a reservation by signing up in the hall on Sunday mornings or by calling the church office. Child care will be available.

After dinner, Bol Aweng, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, will tell his story. Forced to flee his homeland at the age of six, Bol wandered with thousands of other children until taken into various refugee camps. An OSU graduate with a degree in fine art, Bol has written a children’s book about his journey. The book and Bol’s art will be available at the potluck. The PW Thanks Offering will also be collected; and a drawing will be held for the quilt made by CPW’s Mission Sewing circle.