Pastor’s Notebook:“Lenten Confession” Lent is a season of reflection and confession. The following is an adaptation of a John Baillie prayer for your use in your Lenten reflection:
O Father in heaven, who fashioned my limbs to serve you and my soul to follow hard after you, with sorrow and contrition of heart I acknowledge before you the faults and failures of my life. Too long, O Lord, I have tried your patience, too often have I betrayed the sacred trust you have given me to keep; yet you are still willing that I should come to you asking you to drown my transgressions in the sea of your infinite love. O Lord forgive:
My failure to be true even to my own accepted standards,
My self-deception in the face of temptation,
My choosing of the worse when I know the better,
My failure to apply to myself the conduct I demand of others,
My complacence towards wrongs that do not touch me and
my over-sensitiveness to those that do,
My slowness to see the good in others and to see evil in myself,
My hardness of heart towards my neighbors’ faults and
my readiness to make allowances for my own,
My unwillingness to believe that you have called me to a small
work and my brother or sister to a great one.
Amen. Grace & peace, Claude
Elders David Meyers & Carol Rich
For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. (Matthew 18:20)
We have a new year and a lot going on. Rehearsal of Jesus Shall Reign by Mary McDonald has begun. This year, we have to move on in preparation. In addition, we are going to Fargo for our annual dinner out - quite a gathering considering that we have about 38 singers plus their guests.
Look for information from Robin Harris about Joyful Noise choir. Recalling the fabulous Christmas presentation, we are excited about the next time we can hear them. Thank you so much for your support of the music program. Now we want to get everyone into the habit of coming to the concert series. Here is a link to view the Grains of Time show, which was excellent and so much fun. http://bcove.me/ey97w99e
See you in church, Wanda
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Ash Wednesday is February 10TH - Lenten Luncheons begin
March 9 Covenant providing Lenten Luncheon
March 19 Easter Egg Hunt
March 20 Palm Sunday - Holy Week Begins
March 24 Maundy Thursday service at 7:00 p.m.
March 25 Good Friday
March 27 Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m.
March 27 HE IS RISEN!! Come and worship.
Elders Hugh Cashion &Judy McCurdy
Year End Statements and Offering Envelopes are Ready!!
Please pick up your year end statements and (if you have not already) your box of offering envelopes - they are in the back of the sanctuary and are in alphabetical order. If you are able to take a box to a shut-in, that would help cut down on mailing expenses. Most important, don't forget to use them!!
If you did not yet turn in a pledge card you still can! Blank forms are available on the ushers' table. Just fill it out and put it in the offering plate.
If you turned in a pledge, THANK YOU for supporting your church staff, programs and activities as well as pay the usual bills.
Year End Report for 2015 As of 12/31/2015 Mortgage Balance $ 1,161,194 Needed $273,904 Received $278,740 Difference $ 4,836 Received from Grocery Gift Card Sales in 2015: $ 4,062 Heritage Fund Update: as of 12/31/2015 $20,263
GROCERY GIFT CARDS - ALWAYS AVAILABLE!
As you can see, the grocery gift card sales made a big contribution to our church budget! Thank you to everyone who purchased them. Many of us give generously to the church budget through our pledges and support of other programs. The gift cards are a way to support without further taxing our own budget. For instance, if you purchase a $100 gift card, you can use it over and over till you have spent the whole $100. The store gives a percent back to Covenant. It isn't a whole lot of money but with several families using the cards regularly, it adds up. Research is being done to see if we can expand the gift cards to other stores. Stay tuned for results!
You can buy a Lowes Foods or Food Lion gift card after worship on Sundays or in the church office. They come in $25, $50, $100 and some $200 increments. Use them for yourself or as gifts!
LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT
"What a year, what a year" said Mr. Penny!
Mr. Shelton Raybon reported $1,703.50 for PENNIES
FOR HUNGER in 2015. God bless you "penny givers" and Happy New Year!
Elders Jennifer Cuthrell & Becky Abate
"Train a child in the way he should go, and when
he is old he will not turn from it."Proverbs 22:6
LENT BEGINS ON ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH.
Lent is a time when many people "give up" something they enjoy as a way or remembering Christ's much greater sacrifice - giving up his life for us.
Maybe "giving up" some time to devotions, study and service to others would be another meaningful way to remember Christ's sacrifice.
The Christian Education Committee is providing for each household in the church, a Lenten devotional booklet for individuals or families to use each day during Lent. They begin with a short scripture, a quote from C.S. Lewis and a brief reflection by a Lewis scholar. They are simple and brief but interesting and thoughtful. If you have not already received yours, they are available on the ushers table. If you cannot find one with your name on it, let Becky Abate, Jennifer Cuthrell, or Linda Berry know.
Thank you to the CE committee for this gift.
Children and teens will each be given a Lenten Calendar to help them remember Christ each day of Lent in a significant way or with a significant scripture.
SPECIAL LENTEN CLASS
During Lent, the Wired Word class, and any other class (or individual) wishing to join, will study “Qualities of Discipleship: An Adult Lenten Study.” The six weeks before Easter Sunday make up the season of Lent, a time for Christians to meditate on their commitment to Jesus and resolve to be stronger and more faithful in discipleship. Participants of this study will explore how Jesus gave the disciples the faith to take risks as they left everything to follow him and to ponder ways to take risks in their own faith journeys.
ELEMENTARY CLASS LESSONS
Feb. 7 - Jesus Calls the Fisherman
Feb. 14 - Jesus Calls Levi
Feb. 21 - Go Two by Two
Feb. 28 - Women Follow Jesus
YOUTH will be studying prayer during the month of February and will receive the Lenten Calendars also.
Thank you to everyone providing dinners for the youth groups. We are all set through February but March will be here before you know it. Hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza - keep it simple and they will love it. Plan on enough for about 15. Meals start at 5:30 on Sunday evenings in the Education Building kitchen. You are invited to stay and share the meal with the group if you wish. It is a good way to get to know our terrific young folk.
Our movie night got "iced" in January so we are going to hope for better luck in February!
Saturday, February 20th at 6:00 p.m.
Wear a costume and get a prize!
Show off your Star Wars knowledge in the Quiz!
Popcorn hot out of the popper!
Bring a bean bag, chair or sleeping bag for
your comfort if you wish.
Cheer for the good guys as
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK!
********************************************************* BUTTER BRAIDS ARE COMING! Our youth will be taking orders for Butter Braids
to be delivered in time for Easter morning! You may choose: Apple, Raspberry, Cinnamon, Cream Cheese, Blueberry Cream, Bavarian Crème, Double Chocolate, or Strawberry Cream. All are delicious! They come frozen to use at once or save for a special morning. Cost is $14.00 each.
Elders Kimberly Stevens & Paula Perry
First Sunday Fellowship Sunday, Feb. 7th
Jennifer Cuthrell is hosting Sunday fellowship this month. Join her and her family immediately after worship for fellowship and refreshments.
And sign up to sponsor a Sunday with your family or group. The sign up sheet is on the bulletin boards.
First Wednesday Dinner -- TUESDAY, Feb. 9th ! Instead of our usual First Wednesday dinner we will welcome Lent with a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 9th, (the evening before Ash Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m. sponsored by t he Mission/ Outreach committee.
Men’s Breakfast Sunday, Feb. 21
The coffee is hot and good. The food is always great. All men of the church are welcome. Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. on the third Sunday of the month - February 21st.
Breakfast Fellowship Monday, Feb. 1 & 8
The Clayton group will meet at Jones Café, 415 E. Main St. in Clayton at 9:30 a.m. on Fev. 1st and the Zebulon group will meet at 9:30 a.m. at McLean's in Zebulon on Feb. 7th. EVERYONE is welcome – at either or both groups! Prayer Shawl Sunday, Feb. 21st
The knitters meet at 5:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month and create shawls & throws for comfort in time of need. New
members welcome! No need to be an expert; experienced
Knitters are happy to help and share patterns. Yarn and some
needles are available. Call Peggy Fink for more information or
if you know of someone who could use a shawl.
Join a special care ministry
(Contact Kimberly Stevens at 919-269-3881 or Paula Perry at 919-269-0057 for more information.) Care Team Ministry assists the pastor in visiting home bound and hospitalized members and reaching out to visitors. We meet on the second Wednesday of the month in the session room at 10:30 a.m. Talk to Claude if you are interested working with this group.
Handy Hands is a group of people available
to help with home repairs and chores for those who
find it difficult to manage themselves.
Martha’s Ministry provides meals in time of need. If having a meal delivered would give you a lift, please let the church office know (919-365-7979). This may be due to illness, stress, or any other reason. If you are
able to help prepare and/or deliver meals, please call Paula or Kimberly.
The February meeting of Presbyterian Women will be a night out for a meal together on Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at McLean's in Zebulon. If you have not been coming to the meetings, plan to join the group for a time to relax, get to know the women and share in fun and food. We will order from the menu and have separate checks.
The January meeting focused on the story of Lot's wife and discussion of the things that keep us "rooted" when we should be moving. Plans are in the works for another retreat at the end of April with the topic "Seasons of our Lives." Watch for more details to come later but plan on spending a Friday evening and Saturday nurturing your spirit and soul.
The March "Bad Girl of the Bible" is the woman at the well. You can find her story in the Bible in the fourth chapter of the Gospel of John.
Lectionary for February 2016
Transfiguration of the Lord—February 7
Exodus 34: 29–35
2 Corinthians 3: 12—4:2
Luke 9: 28–36 [37–43]
Ash Wednesday—February 10
Joel 2: 1–2, 12–17 or Isaiah 58: 1–12
Psalm 51: 1–17
2 Corinthians 5: 20b—6: 10
Matthew 6: 1–6, 16–21
First Sunday in Lent—February 14
Deuteronomy 26: 1–11
Psalm 91: 1–2, 9–16
Romans 10: 8b–13
Luke 4:1 –13
Second Sunday in Lent—February 21
Genesis 15: 1–12, 17–18
Philippians 3: 17—4:1
Luke 13: 31–35 or Luke 9: 28–36
Third Sunday in Lent—February 28
Isaiah 55: 1–9
Psalm 63: 1–8
1 Corinthians 10: 1–13
Luke 13 1–9
Elders Annette Kirk & Leta Thornton
Mission emphasis this year has been on Carver Elementary School, with periodic book and school supply donation and continuous support of their BackPack Buddies Program. The local nonprofit Inter-Faith Food Shuttle aims to alleviate child hunger through this program by supplying healthy weekend meals to children with food-insecure homes. Carver has 40 children who participate in this program. Every Friday, the children receive a bag of healthy, non-perishable foods to take home in their backpack. Items must be small enough to fit into the backpack. Donations are collected in the bin in the narthex marked "BackPack Buddies."
Healthy snack items such as raisins, granola bars, pretzels.
If you have questions please call Annette Kirk (919-365-6441) or Leta Thornton (919-239-0866).
FOOD PANTRY: Focus for February: Bathroom & Kitchen supplies!
We just realized - the food pantry is in need of non-food items too! Toilet paper, paper towels, tooth paste, shampoo and feminine hygiene items are so important in family life and are often not affordable. Of course, any non-perishable food is welcome and so are grocery gift cards which help purchase fruit, milk, meat and other perishable items. The Wendell Council of Churches Food Pantry is located in the United Methodist Church.
NEW ICE BREAKERS - INVITING OTHERS TO WORSHIP WITH US
Reach out to visitors (be more inviting and informative)
Candy jars filled with hard candy and wrapped with our Covenant Presbyterian label and festive ribbons as a small gift to help them remember Covenant Presbyterian.
Follow up with visitors by sending a card or note.
Evaluate a “buddy” system for members to be assigned to visitors and implement if feasible
Reach out to people moving into our area.
NOW: We use a service that mails a “Welcome” postcard to new residents moving into the area within a 10 mile radius of the church as well as the Clayton area.
LATER: We would like to ask current members to follow up on the postcard mailing and deliver a candy jar. This will take time as we identify where members live in relation to new residents
SOON: We will be putting a welcome item and information about Covenant in the Wendell Chamber’s “welcome bags” quarterly to new residents in Wendell
Host Ice Breakers Sunday once a month to provide another social time for members and visitors to get to know each other.
Set up an Information kiosk so visitors can easily get information about classes, committees and events at our church
Represent Covenant by having a booth at community festivals/events
If you would like to make a small donation to our cause, that would by very much appreciated. If you have questions, contact any of us:
Judy Shotts, Peggy Buffaloe, Jeannie Driver, Barbara Sneade, Robin Harris, Rae Dunn, Susan Darby
Ice Breakers – Come join our group – we are excited about the projects we are working on but the “six” of us could sure use some more committee members!
WHAT? PANCAKE SUPPER! LOTS OF PANCAKES
SYRUP, OF COURSE
AND BEVERAGES! WHEN? SHROVE TUESDAY
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
6:30 P.M. WHO? MISSION OUTREACH COMMITTEE
WILL BE "FLIPPING"
EVERYONE IS INVITED! WHY? TO CELEBRATE
THE BEGINNING OF LENT
ON ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH.
YOUR DONATION WILL HELP FUND MISSION PROJECTS
PREPARE FOR LENT LENT BEGINS ASH WEDNESDAY
FEBRUARY 10TH Plan to "give up" some time each day during Lent to spend reading the Bible and sharing devotions with the booklet provided by the Christian Education Committee. Worship and fellowship with Christians in our community at the luncheons at the United Methodist Church on Wednesday's at noon. Devotions begin at 12:15 p.m. followed by a light meal together. Covenant will prepare lunch and provide devotions on March 9th. Come to worship at church on Sunday. Join the six week Sunday School Class that will meet at 10 a.m. during Lent. Claude will be teaching “Qualities of Discipleship: An Adult Lenten Study."
Feb. 8 Pam Mitchell Feb. 26 Ben Thomas
Feb. 10 Ramona Webb
Feb. 11 David Fink
Feb. 14 Buddy Hood
Feb. 17 John & Judy Shotts
Feb. 20 Brian & Lisa Cauley
NOTE: If your special day is not listed, (or is incorrect) please let the office know so we can set the record straight.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
THE REVERAND BOB BORLAND
(The Old Groundhog) Bob was born on February 2, 1926! He was ordained in July 15, 1955 &
also married Marjorie in 1955. He served churches in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina and came to Covenant in the late '90's as an interim pastor.
Fortunately for Covenant, he stayed on as
an unpaid Parish Associate. His duties were many and varied and included dressing up as a clown, visiting shut-ins, writing notes to visitors, preaching when needed, children's sermons, and on and on. At 90, he still manages the prayer list, visits, writes notes, and, once a year, does a children's sermon, every year saying "this is the last!" He is a treasure! Bob, thank you for all you have done for us.
May you and Marjorie grace us with your presence for many more years
We love you.
Your Covenant Family Joys and Concerns
THANKS A thank you for the exam care packages from Leah Cauley
who graduated from UNC Charlotte on December 19, 2015 To my dear Covenant church family:
Thank you so much for four years of wonderful care packages! Every year I was always happily surprised to receive a box of goodies to make it through exams. Your care packages always arrived right when I needed them; I'm so grateful that I have belonged to such a lovely church during a time of transition in life. A few times the care packages included items that I had on my grocery list - it was uncanny! Thanks to everyone who contributed - this (finally) graduated student loved them.
WELCOME To Elaine Vaden who was received into our
church family during worship on January 31, 2016.
Her address is: Elaine Vaden
7050 NC 97 M
Middlesex, NC 27557
Children’s Ministry Volunteer Schedule
Date Children’s Sermon Nursery Volunteer Acolyte
Feb. 7 Bob Borland Stella Martin Megan Buus
Feb. 14 Jennifer Carnes Robin Harris Dylan Haswell
Feb. 21 Tom Martin Pam Hardee Caroline Byrd
Feb. 28 Eb Strickland Ruth Crawford Nick Abate
Mar. 6 Don Mailliard Robin Harris Emma Buus
Mar. 13 Mary Selke
Mar. 20 Bob Fleming
Mar. 27 Jennifer Carnes
The nursery will be staffed from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each
Sunday morning by Miss Lindsay Pearson.
The nursery volunteer is asked to bring a light snack and juice (no popcorn please). If you are unable to serve on your scheduled Sunday, please call anyone from the nursery volunteer list. If you have trouble finding a substitute, please contact the coordinator Robin Harris at email@example.com or
Volunteer Schedule for February/March 2016
Date Lay Assistant Audio Greeters Usher____
Feb. 7 Deb Park Tim Harris Becky Morgan & Tommy Crawford,
Judy McCurdy Craig Carnes, Ron Hall,
Feb. 14 Hulon Perry Rachael Pam Hardee & Gary Hardee,