Engagement Ministry invites you to find your fit in ministry at Covenant.
Please take a minute to share with us some ideas of where you'd like to share your gifts and time using this quick-and-easy form.
If you'd like help discerning your gifts, please try our Spiritual Gifts Assessment. It takes about 6 minutes to complete and will offer insight into your God-given gifts and interests.
If you'd like to talk with someone about your gifts or interests, please contact Joan Watson, associate pastor for congregational life.
Friends of all ages are invited to join:
Open Table @ Covenant
Each Wednesday, Open Table @ Covenant will offer opportunities for food, faith and fellowship. Food service, including a 12-item salad bar with varying hot bars, will be provided from 5:30-7 p.m. and most programs will begin at 6:30 p.m. for children and adults. Come to eat and stay to socialize and learn.
Costs are $5 for children, $7 for adults with a family maximum of $25.
Wednesday, Sept. 2
Grill Out Gala featuring Ricky Price
At 5:30 p.m., members of the Men's Fellowship Breakfast Group will grill hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken and might even engage in a little friendly competition to see who is best! Former Duke standout Ricky Price will speak at 6:30 p.m.
Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 9, Open Table @ Covenant will begin the first of two series that will explore why Race (still) Matters.
Part I: Educate a Child, Transform the World
Wednesdays, Sept. 9 - Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.
"We believe that God is calling our church to collectively impact the quality of education for children in this country and around the world." (221st General Assembly, 2014)
Please join us for a vigorous and challenging look at our schools and how we can contribute to the common good of children and teachers in our community. Please honor and extend the Presbyterian Church’s historic commitment to the success of public education by joining this series and exploring action for the future.
Covenant members who are educators will be honored at the Sept. 16 dinner.
Sept. 9: Loving our neighbors: The context of our community
Dr. Owen Furuseth, Associate Provost, Metropolitan Studies, UNC Charlotte will provide deep insights into the context of our community today, including social mobility issues, the condition of our neighborhoods, and the relation of poverty to education outcomes.
Sept. 16: Voices of our teachers
Educators are cordially invited to be Covenant’s guests for dinner. Please identify yourselves at the check-in table and your dinner is free!
Covenant members who are teachers, counselors, and school leaders will participate in a freewheeling discussion aimed to discern pressing needs and to offer ideas about how this church might be a bulwark of support for teachers, children, and schools. Dr. Mary Lynne Calhoun, Dean Emerita, UNC Charlotte College of Education will facilitate the discussion.
Sept. 23: Notes from a classroom
Kay McSpadden, Charlotte Observer columnist, author, and York County high school English teacher will discuss the transformative power of education and will address the questions: Are public schools failing? Does poverty matter?
Sept. 30: The state of our schools
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Ann Clark will provide a snapshot of CMS: current needs, goals, the teaching force, and policy issues
October 7: Recalling the past, planning the future
Pupil assignment in CMS is at the center of current policy decision-making. Attorney Luke Largess who represented the class of black families in the 1999 trial Belk v. Board of Education (originating from the historic Swann v. Board school desegregation case) will offer a historical perspective on pupil assignment in This community. Dr. Amy Hawn Nelson, Director, Institute for Social Capital, Inc, will speak about the importance of research on public education policy. She is co-editor of Yesterday, today, and tomorrow: Desegregation and resegregation in Charlotte (2015, Harvard education Press.)
Calling All Educators
We would like to recognize educators in the Covenant community to celebrate their work as teachers, principals, counselors and any other capacity in the field of education. We are compiling a list of these important people, both retired and active, from the public and private schools. Please tell us your name or the name of someone you know who belongs on this list Please include how long you have taught, where you taught or teach now, what grades and when you retired. We would also love to hear anything you would like to tell us about your job.
Please send your names and bios to Mary Wood Stallings.
Part II: Race (still) Matters
Begins Wednesday, Oct. 14 6:30 p.m.
This second series will feature compelling speakers, storytelling by church members and even some humor to knock the edge off of what can be a difficult discussion topic.
If you are interested in the community conversations that have already begun about school (re)integration, please contact Lucy Bush Carter.