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Sunday, JUNE 30, 2024

An Open And Affirming Community Of Faith -

We Welcome All Beliefs!

  • Sage meets every Friday at 1 PM. Check here for the church calendar for the link.

  • June is Pride Month! See our special page on the website for Pride events. PRIDE EVENTS HERE

  • Meditation has been cancelled until further notice.

  • Increased traffic expected next weekend near Brookfield Zoo. See below

  • Pride Pot Luck 6/30 after service with A Church 4Me - see below

  • Next Board Meeting is July 18th via Zoom

  • Brookfield 4th of July Parade were going to be in it with you - See Below

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Pints with the Pastor, on Thursday, July 11, will be Pints without the Pastor—Rev. Martha has a final orchestra rehearsal for her choir scheduled that evening for their performance of “An Afternoon of the Macabre” on Saturday, July 13. However, others can of course gather at Pub 78 for dinner, conversation and drinks if they like. Our usual time is 6-8 pm.

Time: 6 pm, Thursday, July 11th.

Pub 78

3733 Grand Ave

Brookfield, IL 60513



The gay liberation movement was a social and political movement of the late 1960s through the mid-1980s in the Western world, that urged lesbians and gay men to engage in radical direct action, and to counter societal shame with gay pride. In the feminist spirit of the personal being political, the most basic form of activism was an emphasis on coming out to family, friends, and colleagues, and living life as an openly lesbian or gay person.

The Stonewall Inn in the gay village of Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City, was the site of the June 1969 Stonewall riots, and became the cradle of the modern LGBT rights movement, and the subsequent gay liberation movement. Early in the seventies, annual political marches through major cities, (usually held in June, originally to commemorate the yearly anniversary of the events at Stonewall) were still known as "Gay Liberation" marches. Not until later in the seventies (in urban gay centers) and well into the eighties (in smaller communities) did the marches begin to be called "gay pride parades". The movement involved the lesbian and gay communities in North America, South America, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

More information is available on Wikipedia..



JUNE 30, 2024

Hey hey, church fam! Get ready to sizzle this Pride Month! Our sixth potluck is rollin' in hot, and we're countin' on all you fabulous souls to bring your A-game dish! Let's see those fabulous, fancy rainbow creations and strut your stuff at our Pride Pot Luck! Let's make it a celebration to remember!

We'll be sharing with A Church 4Me!

Something Fancy and Fabulous!

June Potluck Signup sheet

Future dates for potlucks are:

July 26 (cool for summer) July Potluck Sign up

August 25 (picnic theme) August Potluck Sign up

September 29 (breakfast) September Potluck Sign up

October 27 (pizza donation for Share Food Share Love) October Potluck Sign up

November 24 (Native American) November Potluck Sign Up

December 29 (cozy) December Potluck Sign Up

See our Special June Pride Events Page Here


Attention all members of the Holy Covenant community! We've heard your voices loud and clear - birthdays and anniversaries deserve to be celebrated and recognized. That's why we're excited to announce that we will begin posting these special occasions in the upcoming weeks, using the records we have at hand. If you want your milestone to be included, simply drop us an email at with your name, the details you want to share, and the important dates. Remember, years are optional for birthdays. Let's make every celebration count!

There are no July birthday's or anniversaries that we have recorded. If you would like your birthday or anniversary listed, please send an email to the above address or add it into the giving basket at church.

Brookfield's 4th of July Parade

 Get ready to march with us in the Brookfield 4th of July Parade! We're assembling at the church at 8 am sharp on the 4th, cruising over to the parade lineup by 8:30 in our decked-out vehicles. Let's paint the town red, white, and blue together! The parade kicks off at 10 am and wraps up around noon at Brookfield Village Hall. Don't miss out on the fun - come celebrate Independence Day with us!

The party in the park will begin just shortly after the parade finishes. There will be food and drinks available for purchase as well as live music.



The next Board meeting will be held on June 20th, 7 pm via Zoom. The Board discussed about moving meetings to Zoom and it was approved by everyone. If you would like to attend a meeting via Zoom, please contact Rev. Martha for the link so you can listen and observe.

You can find all the Board agenda, minutes and financials on our website. They are also posted on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.

You can find a PDF of the past Board Meetings Agenda, Minutes and church financials here




10:00 AM CST

Our worship celebration is every Sunday at 10 am CST. If you would like to join us you may join us in person or go to our YouTube page and click to watch the service or previous services.

Sunday, June 30, 2024

Ruth 1:15-19

1 Samuel 18:1-4

2 Samuel 1:25-26

Sermon Title: "Humankind: Choose Both"

Have a candle ready to light, a cookie or bread, and a glass of your favorite libation for communion if you are watching online.

You can also find previous services on our YouTube Channel here.

Rev. Martha is available by email, phone, Facebook Messenger, and text for any pastoral needs you may have


Do you feel a call to help with worship? To read a prayer, or a reading, or to usher or serve communion? Whether you are here in person or virtually, we need and want your gifts! Contact Rev. Martha or Roxann at

Guide to Free Museum Days and Free Days at the Zoo for Illinois Residents!!!

is available to read here


Join us all month long for informative seminars, health programs, fitness, entertainment, and more!
Hello Neighbors! Below is our June schedule. Join us all month long for informative seminars, brain health programs, fitness, history, entertainment, and more online and in person! Just click here for the list of classes.

We encourage you to share our class schedule with friends, family, and neighbors, near & far, of any age – everyone is welcome to join us! All of our classes are free & no advance registration is required. We hope to see you soon on Zoom!

Thank you all for being a part of the Aging Well Neighborhood!

For questions about the programs listed, please email


There will be no Thrive With Pride Cafe in July, since the usual date for it falls on the July 4th holiday.



Want to volunteer at Share Food Share Love, click here!

In a world where food insecurity is on the rise, we cannot afford to sit back and do nothing. The recent cuts to SNAP funding have only worsened the situation, leaving many families struggling to put food on the table. But fear not, for there is a beacon of hope - Share Food Share Love. This incredible organization is dedicated to helping those in need, and they need your support. With just 1.00, you can provide three meals to a family in need. Imagine the impact you can make with such a small donation! Your generosity is not just a drop in the bucket; it is a lifeline for those who are facing hunger every day. Join us in the fight against food insecurity by supporting the Share Food Share Love Food Pantry. Together, we can make a difference. Drop off your non-perishable food items at convenient locations like the outside box at Tischler's or drop off at the church and let's show our community that we stand together in solidarity. Thank you for being a hero in someone's story.

If you live in the surrounding area of Brookfield, you may qualify to be our neighbor at Share Food, Share Love. You can stop in on Tuesday evenings 7pm to 9 pm and Saturday mornings 10 am to 12 pm to apply and gather up some food for you and your family. If you do come, please try to bring your own reusable bags but if you forget, we will have bags for you. If you are not from this area but are in need of food, click on the link below and click on Find Food and put in your zip code. You will find a food pantry in your area.

Thank you!



West Suburban Senior Services (previously known as West Suburban SAGE) a social support group for LGBTQ seniors, meets both via ZOOM and in person on Fridays at 1 pm. Please contact Senior Center Director Maggie Dodd at 708-234-1869 or Meeting are held at 439 Bohland, Bellwood, Illinois.

Please check out the links below to see the menu or activities for July. Please note that we will be closed July 4th and will not have a lunch on July 5th.

West Suburban July Activity Calendar click here

West Suburban July Menu click here

West Suburban Senior Services website click here

WSSS Facebook Page click here


Rev. Daniels Reading/

Listening/Watching Suggestions


I realize I am beginning to sound a bit repetitive, but I am once again recommending some history titles.

First of all, my brilliant niece, Justine Firnhaber-Baker, has published a new book. She is a professor of medieval history at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. This is her third book, the first two were academic (about peasant revolts in medieval France and such). This is a popular history (still meticulously researched), portraying the history of the Capetian dynasty that ruled France from 987 to 1328. They were the ones who first used the fleur-de-lys, or lily, as their symbol—it’s now a symbol of France as a whole. Justine puts the sometimes confusing history of this turbulent dynasty into highly readable prose, with humor and without jargon (and explains any terms the general public might not know). The Capetians, in many ways, made France what it is today—she shows us how that happened, and traces their influence through the centuries.


House of Lilies: The Dynasty That Made Medieval France. Justine Firnhaber-Baker.




We have updated our "needs" list online at Amazon. We ask that you look at our list of what items we are in need of and purchase something for the church.

This list is available to see here HC Need List and is updated as needed. You can order and pay for anything off this list and have it shipped directly to the church. We appreciate anything you can order for us!

We thank you for your continued support of Holy Covenant!


Contact the Center for Disability & Elder Law at Center for Disability and Elder Law. Click this link to see more information and links.


NOW AVAILABLE! ORDER NOW! Show your support of Holy Covenant by buying a t-shirt. Many sizes, shirt types and colors to choose from. These shirts will be used throughout the year when we attend Pride parades or fests and for our garage sales so we are known to our neighbors. A small portion of the proceeds goes to Holy Covenant. Any questions please see Roxann Victory or email her at

Click here to order!

We mourn and pray for all the families who have suffered personal losses from gun violence at our schools, churches, and hospitals. public venues and other places.

Prayers for Debbie G. and her family as they mourn the passing of her father Retired CPD Officer Burleigh after a long illness.1

Prayers for Gloria G.'s Aunt Norma who fell and fractured her hip and is now in hospice.1

Prayers of thankfulness and gratitude for everyone that helped with cleaning of the church inside and outside. 1

Prayers of thanksgiving for a successful surgery for Cheryl B.1

Prayers for Bianca that she finds her way during this trying time.1

Prayers for Debbie C. as she undergoes more chemo for a tumor that was found on her spine.1

Prayers for Joyce and her relationship with God.2

Prayers for Cheryl, may God lighten the grief in her heart after her daughter, Stephanie's heavenly birthday on 6/16.2

Prayers for all fathers grieving their children and all children (young and old) grieving their fathers on Father's Day.2

Prayers for Klamath Lutheran Church as they move forward as a lay-led church (no pastor).3

Prayers of thanksgiving for Cheryl Bartik and all the hard work she has done for the church.3

Prayers for Cheryl Bartik that she has a safe and successful hand surgery next week and that she gives herself the time and grace to heal.3

Prayers for Mary Ann Latsaras for her upcoming thyroid surgery and that it helps her feel better.3

Prayers that all that are unemployed or underemployed find gainful employment.

Prayers for those with harden hearts that feel the need to deface places of worship.

Prayers and strength for Ukraine, for those who are relocating, and to end the war and unnecessary deaths.

Prayers for all our first responders that they stay safe while helping others.

Prayers that God will provide for those who are hungry, unemployed, and homeless,

or in financial difficulties.

All those affected by HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, COVID-19, and other life-threatening illnesses.

All communities of faith.


There is a universal help line 211 for Cook County. They can help residents with housing, food, health services and more. It is a 24 hour seven day a week operation and have trained professionals answer the phone and are able to help you

Missed a sermon?

Click here to catch up and watch on the Holy Covenant YouTube channel! 

If you or someone you know is in an emergency call 911 for help.

Need someone to talk to? Call the suicide lifeline by dialing 988.

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Health

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Dial 988

Other Useful Links

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