Be a Part of Something More

Maybe you want to help in the community without signing on for a long-time commitment. Or maybe you do want to commit to something and see over a period of time how your participation really does make a difference.

You can cook, drive, garden, hammer, listen, knit, sew, teach, give blood, or just show up and see what's needed.

SOS Annual Ingathering of Food

Coats for Kids

*  Gun Violence Congregational Toolkit

*   Hearts & Hands Make Hats for Preemies

*   Urban Ministry Partnership with Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church, West Side.

*   Disaster Assistance

*   CATCH Court Lunches & Support for Human Trafficking Survivors

*   SOS Food Pantry and delivery  

*   Habitat for Humanity

*   Mission Sewing - every Tuesday 1pm, room 121.

*   Ronald McDonald House - serve breakfasts 

*   Books on the Bus for Columbus Public Schools - Bring books suitable for schoolchildren to the church.

*   Open Shelter lunches - 2nd Fri./month, 8:30, kitchen
Help assemble lunches for 175 people. Takes an hour. Lunches are delivered to the Open Shelter for distribution. Come when you can. Mona Connolly or  Carrie Mellen.

Support Human Trafficking Survivors

CATCH Court Lunches & Support for Human Trafficking Survivors
Lunch dates are 1st Thursday Each Month, meet at Covenant 11am

Changing Actions to Change Habits” is a court led by Judge Paul Herbert that changes lives of women who are moving from being victims of sex trafficking to being thriving members of our community. It changes the hearts of those of us who are honored to see it in action. Join us in taking lunch to these amazing women. We go once a month and always need help. You can make a dessert and drop it off ahead of time.  You can come with us (meet at the church at 11am) and serve lunch and/or stay to see CATCH Court in action. Sign up on the Mission & Social Justice board in the hall or contact Katie Kinnison or Nancy Davidson for more information or watch our weekly bulletins for more info. Lunches are financed by the operating budget of Mission & Social Concerns, and by additional donations.   

Also, we're making toiletry kits for women released from jail who have very little support. Five to eight bags are needed each month at $15 each. You may donate to help the cause. Checks should be made out to Covenant with Human Trafficking in the memo line.

And, we are always collecting stamps and stationery for the women of CATCH to write encouraging letters to each other and to women currently in prison. We are also collecting shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and tampons. These can be left in the bins outside the narthex or the church office.


Habitat for Humanity
Covenant is again participating in the Habitat NW Partnership Adopt-a-House by helping to finance and build a house.

The volunteers for Habitat are ready to begin building another house at 1657 Genesee Avenue in Linden. We will be working on the house through the month of March 2020. We need volunteer workers to work on the house on Thursdays from 8:30a to noon, and on Saturdays from 8:30a until 3p.  Also, we could use a few volunteers to help provide lunch on 2 or 3 Saturdays for the workers. If you would like to work on the house, please contact Charlie Bergmann for more information.  If you would like to help prepare and serve lunch to the workers, please contact Betsy Sebastian. Thank you.

For info about Habitat for Humanity:


Partnership with Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church on West Side
We have been sharing ministry with the folks at Hoge (2930 W. Broad St., the Hilltop) every third Sat. of the month. We provide staffing for preaching (and schedule the other preachers), moderate their session meetings, and provide pastoral care in exchange for a place to learn about urban ministry and becoming part of the West Side Urban Ministry.
Covenant is responsible for Hoge’s HM3 (Hoge Music, Message, Meal), which is from 5-7pm. School-aged children can help, too. Great mission experience for families. Become part of Covenant's mission and service. Join together as a group or with other individuals to prepare and serve dinner to the neighbors on the Hilltop. Covenant is responsible for the meal and Tracy and Shea and friends will be leading the worship and music every week. You can attend (free meal and new friends) any time. Sign up at the Mission Table or contact John Griffin for more information.
We need of groups and organizations to prepare and host the meal for Hoge's HM3 program. A group of 6 can easily handle the meal. Timeline: 3:00pm prepare meal (church kitchen is available), 4:30pm deliver to Hoge, 5:30pm serve meal until 6pm, clean up Hoge kitchen. You are on your way by 6:30pm. What is required? Plan and prepare a simple meal for approximately 40-50 persons. Serve the meal at Hoge. Clean-up after the meal. Detailed guidelines and suggested menus are available on the table at the Mission Display in the hall. Questions? Contact Judy Oeder.

Have an extra coat in your closet?
Beginning in October, West Side Urban Ministry (WUM), a ministry of the Presbytery of Scioto
Valley, is collecting new or gently used clean, reusable coats of all sizes, hats, mittens and scarves for school children ages 5-17 that will be distributed to 18 schools. No applications, no waiting, just given to a kid who is shivering. Deposit coats in the crate in the hallway marked “Westside Coat Collection.” In 2018, WUM delivered over 600 coats. With your help, we can do more in 2019. Contact Susan Imel or Lora Eckard.

SOS Food Pantry
Buy nonperishables for Covenant's S.O.S. Food Pantry, the only one in the metro area that delivers. You can sign up to be a driver or an organizer. SOS Food Pantry provided emergency food Jan.-July: 273 Adults + 132 Children = 405. We’re the only food pantry that delivers 3-day emergency groceries to shut-ins.  The SOS Pantry team delivers food to families 5 days a week. The number of new families continues to grow so we need food. To donate to this fund, please click here.

- Annual Ingathering of Food, November: We collect canned goods and nonperishable food items for folks in need. Most needed: canned beef stew, canned corn & green beans, macaroni & cheese, Hamburger Helper, peanut butter, condensed soups: chicken noodle, tomato, baked beans, jelly, canned tuna fish, canned fruit - very much needed, cereal, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce.
     Monetary donations to buy perishables are always appreciated. Put “SOS Pantry” in the memo line.
Contact: Mark/Betsy Owen or Connie Bergmann.

- Every 1st Sunday of the month bring non-perishable foods to be distributed to families in need.
- Anytime: Place mac/cheese, baked beans, tuna, peanut butter and jelly in the SOS bin, North entrance. 
- SOS Food Pantry is funded solely by your contributions. It is not a part of the church budget. Please make checks out to Covenant Presbyterian Church. Mail or drop in the offering plate. Note SOS in the memo line.  Or to donate online, please click here. Thank you! Contact Mark or Betsy Owen or Bob or Carol Lowery for more information.

Hearts & Hands Circle
Red Hats for Preemies at Children's Hospital.
If you’re a knitter or crocheter with some time to spare for a good cause, the Hearts and Hands Circle needs your help. Hearts and Hands Circle makes/collects red, newborn-sized hats for preemies that are distributed through the American Heart Association.  76 hats were sent before Mother's Day. So grab some red yarn and get ready to make some itty bitty hats to promote heart health in families and raise awareness for babies born with heart defects.  For more information or to donate a hat, contact Nancy Cowman

Deacons at Ronald Mcdonald House
What: Make breakfast for residents. Anyone can help, not just Deacons.
When: The 2nd Sat. of each month, 7:15am
Where: Ronald McDonald House, 711 Livingston Ave., Columbus,
Contact: Allan Yarletts

Recommended Organizations Providing Assistance to Disasters. 
You can help. Presbyterian Disaster Relief is responding to disasters worldwide:

• Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: pda.pcusa.org/situation/syria
• Global Ministries of the Christian Church & United Church of Christ:
• Mennonite Central Committee: mcc.org/syria-iraq
• Nonviolent Peace Forec: nonviolentpeaceforce.org/
• United Methodist Committee on Relief: umcor.org/
• Download a PDF of “Holy Discontentment: Advocaty & Action for Syria”: www.presbyterianmission.org/resource/holy-discontentment-advocacy-action-syria/