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Letter from Your Session

Dear Covenant Family,

We miss you.  We miss being with you in the Sanctuary to worship, and in the Gathering Space to share your news, joys, and concerns.  We miss shaking hands and sharing the Peace of Christ with you. We are gratified, though, that so many of you are able to gather for Sunday Worship and throughout the week to continue our Faith Journeys together.

The members of the Session wanted to reach out today to let you know that you all are uppermost in our thoughts and prayers.  We continue to meet to consider the situation presented by the COVID 19 illness, and how we can best address the impact that this is having on our Church Family.

First, the church building may be closed, but the Church remains open.  Using the best information that is available, we have agreed to keep the building closed until the end of April.  Pastor Jenny, Pastor Sarah, and Kathy Miller are currently working from their homes.  The Trustees, the Session, and some of the committees will continue to meet virtually as needed.  The Facilities Committee will monitor the building and the grounds throughout this time.  Mail is being held, and picked up on a regular basis. Composting continues!

We will continue to Worship on Sunday mornings using Zoom.  Holy Week and Easter services will continue as planned, including Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services.  Communion will be offered on Palm Sunday, April 5 and on Maundy Thursday, April 9.  You will hear more about this later this week.  Bible Study, Sunday School, and Coffees with the Pastors will meet throughout the week. We would also like to hear your ideas for additional events or programs.

As the work of the Church continues, so do our costs.  If you are able, we encourage you to continue your giving, either by mail or through the online process.  We continue to support the staff with their regular, expected amounts.  In addition, in this time of need, we want to share our resources in the community through our Mission Outreach Committee.

We are most grateful for the Pastors, Kathy, and Joe, who are making themselves available at this time in many new and different ways. Pastor Jenny and Pastor Sarah have done an incredible job in creating opportunities for meaningful Worship, and for creating gatherings which bring us out of our isolation throughout the week.  Kathy is managing to keep us organized and on track so that we don’t miss anything.

We look forward to the time that we can share our Covenant spaces together, and hope that it is soon.  Until then, please Zoom with us when you can, call any one of us when you just want to chat, reach out to each other.  Let us know how we can improve our communication with you….and most of all, stay well and safe until we can be together again.

All will be well, all will be well, and all will be well,

The Covenant Session:

Michael Clickner, Karen Fretschel, Claudia Grace, Greg Hanchon, Eddy Huffman, Lori Jensen, Scott McDonald, Maureen Potter, Tim Risler, Janelle Rogers, Linda Webster, Carlton Wininger
 

Pastor's Page - Pastor Sarah

I’ve been intrigued by all of the articles appearing in the last few weeks about the ways in which we respond to trauma and crisis—the ways in which our bodies respond, our brains react, and our souls cope. I’m by no means an expert, but what I read reminds me of the grief process—how we want it to be something we can wrap our heads or arms around—a five step process that we can work through, accomplish, and be done with, but how it is actually a messy process that spirals us up and back down through a vast array of emotions. 

I frequently find myself thinking: if only I wasn’t working, I could totally do this; it might even be fun—I like homeschooling and spending time with my kids, and there are plenty of house projects that need to be tackled. Or, if only we didn’t have small kids, I could totally do this—I love working from home and not having to go anywhere. I could get so much done. But I love my kids, and I love being a pastor, and I wouldn’t give up either of those things. So, how then, do I survive this unprecedented situation? These days/weeks/months(?!) when I need to be a stay-at-home mom, and a homeschool mom, and a pastor? (Not to mention the parts of me that aren’t wrapped up in those roles)? The articles about how we respond to crisis and trauma make me feel better, because they continually say that it takes time. And that helps.

But what I’ve found most hopeful, was this article, which goes one step further to argue that there is no going back to normal: “It will change the way we move, build, learn, and connect. There is simply no way that our lives will resume as if this had never happened.” It reminds me of this devotion and this poem, both of which offer up the possibility that perhaps COVID-19 won’t just be something we survive, but will be something that allows us to thrive in new ways, that will transform us and our world in ways that bring us closer to God’s vision for this world. So, as we get ready to enter into holy week, as we grieve loss and celebrate rebirth, what in your life needs to die so that there might be new life on the other side of this pandemic?

Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday, April 5 - 10am on Zoom

Maundy Thursday, April 9 - 7pm on Zoom

Good Friday, April 10 - 7pm on Zoom

Easter Sunday, April 12 - 10am on Zoom

The link for all worship services is 956 669 638.

Holy Week Devotions

Here are some resources you can use during Holy Week.  We hope you will spend time in this holy week - April 5 - 12 - in some intentional study and discipleship.

Palm Leaf for Coloring - for everyone, cut and color for Palm Sunday

Holy Week Tenebrae - A Home Based Devotional - for adults to print and make a booklet at home

Holy Week@Home - Using ALL Your Senses - for families with children - to print and use during Holy Week

One Great Hour of Sharing

During this Season of Lent we like to share information about the One Great Hour of Sharing PCUSA special offering.

Click here to watch a video about One Great Hour of Sharing from Michelle Henricks, pastor of Heritage Presbyterian Church in Muskego, Wisconsin, and write of Life in the Labyrinth.

Click here to view the insert about One Great Hour of Sharing.  This one has a beautiful illustration from Illustrated Ministry (Adam Walker Cleaveland's company.)

We hope you will enjoy this video and insert and give generously again, especially during the pandemic.

WAYS TO GIVE (We will not be collecting through our church this year.  We encourage you to give in one of these ways.)
: Donate by credit card online at presbyterianmission.org/give-oghs
: Text OGHS to 20222 to give $10
: Checks may be sent Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); P.O. Box 643700; Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.

Talk-O Tuesday

The idea is simple: find a way to connect with a randomly assigned Covenant member on a Tuesday.

If you'd like to participate next week (April 7th), contact Kathy and let her know. She will then randomly assign you the name of someone else who is interested. Then, next Tuesday, find a way to connect.

You might:

  • Draw a picture, take a photo of it, and send the photo
  • Call and talk to them on the phone
  • Write a note and put it in the mail
  • Send an email or text message
  • Drive by and leave a chalked note for them on their sidewalk or driveway (might want to call and let them know it's there so they don't miss it)
  • Find another way to connect (from a distance)

**If you find a particularly creative way to connect, take a picture and share it with us!

If you want to participate every week, please let Kathy know when you email or call her; otherwise, you'll need to sign up each week (we'll send out reminders the week before).

Spiritual Life Groups

Interested in joining a small group with other Covenant members to gather via Zoom for fellowship and conversation? Email Pastor Sarah and she will create groups and provide some conversation fodder. Each group will be between 5 and 7 screens and 6-8 people (i.e. if you're part of a couple and would like to share a screen and join a group together, let us know; couples are also welcome to join separate groups). Once your group is created, Pastor Sarah will put you in touch with one another so you can find a time to gather that works for everyone (if you have specific time restraints, let us know!).

This is a great way to both connect with other Covenant members as well as have a time and space to intentionally reflect on life and faith in this new time.

Composting Continues

The Caring for Creation Committee would like you to know that the composting at church will continue during this time.  You can still drop off your buckets and get new ones and they will be taken care of.  In fact, the new Compost Depot is up and running in the Northeast part of the parking lot.  You can put your full buckets on the ground underneath the shelves and take a new bucket from inside the shelves.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jenny or Linda Webster.

News of the Church Household

Our Congratulations to...
Olivia (Ordiway) & Ryan Fleming, and grandparents Kris & Tim Ordiway, on the birth of their daughter (and granddaughter), Poppy James Fleming, on February 16, 2020, in Niles, Illinois.  She joins her big sister, Caroline.

Kara (Metzger) & Mike Ohmstead, and grandparents Blaine & Mary Metzger, on the birth of their son (and grandson), Jack Michael Ohmstead, on February 21, in Racine. He joins his big sister, Charlotte.

Our Sympathy to...
Emily Hart on the death of her sister, Rachel, on March 9, 2020, in Herndon, Virginia.

Chip Clark, on the death of his mother, Janie Page, on March 18, 2020, in Libertyville, Illinois.

Beth Zimmerman, on the death of her grandmother, Elise Leaf, on March 27, 2020, in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Directory Updates...

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David Baty - david.baty4@gmail.com

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Jean Brackett - 1234 Cameron Circle, Neenah WI  54956-9808

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Shannon Braun - name change to Shannon Watt

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John & June Fiegel - jjfiegel@icloud.com

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Scott McDonald - mcdonsc@sbcglobal.net

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Jay Pease, Parkview Gardens, 5321 Douglas Avenue, Apt. 312, Racine WI  53402

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David Steege, 4712 Eastwood Ridge, Racine WI 53406

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Carlton Wininger - carltonwininger@gmail.com
 

Let's Have Some Fun!

Who do you think this is in the purple jacket? 
CLUES:  one of our members - in 1983. 
Email Kathy if you think you know. 
Prize?  Maybe. 
AND PLEASE SEND A PHOTO from long ago so we can have another guessing game! Kathy
Thank you!

Zoom Links

Zoom Coffee - Zoom ID 290 593 820
Day and Time Determined Weekly

Informal conversation time with one of our pastors and/or other congregation members. Come for all or part of the hour.

Bible Study - Zoom ID 844 471 231
Wednesdays - 11am - noon

Come join us for a conversation about the week's lectionary texts. No prior knowledge or attendance required.

Sunday School - Zoom ID 705 695 433
Day and Time Determined Weekly
Kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to join Pastor Jenny for games, stories & more.

Worship - Zoom ID 956 669 638
Sundays - 10-11am, 
with gathering time at 9:30am


Maundy Thursday Worship, April 9, 7pm
Zoom ID - 921 860 922

Good Friday Worship, April 10, 7pm
Zoom ID - 779 397 063
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