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Sunday, JUNE 16, 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 on Wednesday, June 19th at 7 pm


  • Church cleanup inside and out on June 22nd 10 am to 2 pm. Lunch will be served. See below for the signup link


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

  • Next Board Meeting is June 20th via Zoom



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


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JUNE 2024.

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WE HAVE A NEW LAPTOP!

Hallelujah! The heavens have answered our prayers for a new laptop at the church! A glorious angel, swooped in with a divine donation from the New Spirit church vaults to bless us with a $3,000 check which we used to purchase a Dell G15 Intel Core I9 laptop! With 16mb of memory and a 1 tb hard drive, this baby is a true miracle worker!


Roxann wasted no time setting it up, ensuring our Sunday services run smoother than a silk robe on a choirboy. Priced at $1,499, this heavenly device comes with 3 years of service to keep us connected to the big guy upstairs without any technical glitches. And that's not all - our board members, in their infinite wisdom, will be investing in a large screen TV to amplify the glory of our new laptop's content for all to see!


Thanks to this celestial collaboration our congregation can now enjoy a seamless service experience, free of interruptions and full of heavenly visuals! Hallelujah and amen!

UPCOMING EVENTS OF INTEREST

WE ARE CLEANING UP THE CHURCH!

We are excited to announce that we will be organizing a church cleaning event on June 22nd. We are calling on all members of our community to join us in this endeavor to clean both the inside and outside of the church. Your help is essential to ensure that we can accomplish this task effectively. The cleaning will take place between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM.


We are looking for volunteers who can lend their hands, feet, minds, and bodies to make this event a success. By participating, you will not only contribute to the upkeep of our sacred space but also enjoy the satisfaction of working together towards a common goal.


To sign up for this event, please register below. As a token of our appreciation, all volunteers will receive a free lunch during the event. Your support means the world to us, and we are grateful for your willingness to help make our church a cleaner and more welcoming place. Thank you in advance for your participation!


Sign up here!

PINTS WITH THE PASTOR

July 11TH!


Join us at Pub 78 in beautiful downtown Brookfield for no-host dinner and/or drinks. conversation and good times from 6 pm - 8 pm.


Time: 6 pm, Thursday, July 11th.

Pub 78

3733 Grand Ave

Brookfield, IL 60513

HEALING CAREGIVER BURNOUT WEBINAR

BY AGEOPTIONS

If you’re caring for someone else, you’re likely feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. This is a red flag. You might be approaching burnout–as much as you don’t want to be. It may feel like there’s never enough time to do your care responsibilities and care for yourself.


Fortunately, this AgeOptions webinar on Healing Caregiver Burnout can help you or someone you know who is caring for another person. This webinar addresses a major issue for Caregivers and Caregiver Professionals. Please share this email with someone you know who could use practical strategies for recognizing and overcoming the signs of burnout.


We will help you recognize the difference between stress and burnout, and provide realistic and practical tools you can use in your busy and roller-coaster life. Our webinar will empower you to take care of yourself while still providing the best possible care for your care recipient.


Here's what you can expect from the webinar:


Learn to recognize the difference between stress and burnout

Discover practical strategies to manage your busy and roller-coaster life

Understand how to let go of perfectionism and celebrate your successes

Gain insight into making a plan to reduce your daily burden

Connect with other caregivers who truly understand your experience


Register via this link.


Please direct any questions to our Caregiver Programs Coordinator Cristia Diaz at cristina.diaz@ageoptions.org.

FREE LUNCH AND LEARN - ALZHEIMER'S

COMPANIONS JOURNEYING TOGETHER

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS:

Help Us Bridge Distances with Stories and Promote Positive Childhood Development Among Children

with an Incarcerated Loved One


Aunt Mary’s Storybook is seeking compassionate, motivated, and dedicated volunteers to help us launch a transformative bimonthly newsletter aimed at supporting caregivers of children whose parents or loved ones are in custody. Our program brings the comforting sound of an incarcerated person's voice to their child (or child important to them) through recorded story readings and gifts of books. This newsletter is an expansion of our commitment to support these families by providing essential resources and fostering a love for reading.


We are looking for volunteers to fill the following roles:

  • Content Creators: Passionate and dynamic writers who can produce engaging and informative articles on parenting, literacy, educational activities, etc.
  • Editors: Detail-oriented individuals to ensure content clarity and quality.
  • Community Researchers: Detail oriented people who can gather information about local events, resources, and educational opportunities for inclusion in the newsletter.
  • Graphic Designers: Creative-minded people who can design clean/modern, appealing, and easy-to-read layouts in Mailchimp, Canva, or another platform.


Contact Rev. Martha for more information!

PRIDE MONTH INFORMATION

PRIDE MONTH


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..

POT LUCK JUNE 30TH! COOK FABULOUS!

POTLUCK - PRIDE!

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

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

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 socialmedia@holycovenantmcc.org 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!

Brookfield's 4th of July Parade

Hey there, party people! Our application is in, our two cars are ready to rumble, and now we need your creative flair to take our parade float to the next level! Picture this - a sick van decked out with rainbows, flags, and American flags with rainbows - it's gonna be a showstopper! If you're keen to be part of this epic parade experience, mark your calendars for Sunday, June 23rd. Stick around after services to brainstorm and plan how we can make this parade one for the history books. Let's spread some joy and color together!

THRIVE WITH PRIDE FOR JUNE 25TH at 11 am -

CELEBRATING THE CREATIVITY OF OUR COMMUNITY

Tuesday, June 25 from 11am-Noon, Thrive with Pride by AgeOptions presents Celebrating the Creativity of our Community.


With so many events to shuffle between during Pride Month, we invite you to sit back, relax and let us bring this specially curated LGBTQ+ "gallery tour" to you. Our virtual tour guide, Molly Fulop, is a longtime participant and research assistant for the (Chicago-based) LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Dialogue Project and a doctoral student specializing in LGBTQ+ art education at UIC.


Pre-registration is required. View flyer here to see how to register.

CONNECT WITH MCC

Dive into our Queer History Course and learn about the often-hidden stories of queer lives, struggles, and triumphs across different cultures and time periods. Explore the lives of trailblazing activists, artists, and everyday people who shaped the LGBTQ+ community, from Stonewall and beyond.


This course fulfills the Ministry Action Plan requirements, and is open to anyone who is interested. The course will have Rev. Dr. Kelby Accardi-Harrison as the instructor.


Class Meetings: June 22, July 13, July 27; 11AM-1PM CST (2 hours each)


Please contact Rev. Cathy Alexander via email for more information (link below).

REGISTER VIA EMAIL

Join our comprehensive Gender and Sexuality Course which delves into the fascinating and diverse tapestry of the human experience. Explore the concepts of sex, gender, and sexuality, and how they affect our human lives. Let's challenge the stereotypes, embrace inclusivity, and gain insights on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.


This course fulfills the Ministry Action Plan requirements, and is open to anyone who is interested. The course will have Rev. Dr. Francisco Danielsen-Morales as the instructor.


Schedule: June 7, June 14, June 21, and June 28; 4PM to 6PM ET


Please contact Rev. Cathy Alexander via email for more information (link below).

REGISTER VIA EMAIL

HOLY COVENANT BOARD MEETING

JUNE 20TH VIA ZOOM

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

WEEKLY SERVICE INFORMATION

HYBRID - IN PERSON AND ON YOUTUBE

REV. MARTHA DANIELS PREACHING

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 16, 2024

Mark 4:26-34


Sermon Title: "From Small Things"


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 revmarthadaniels@gmail.com


DO YOU WANT TO HELP WITH WORSHIP?

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 roxann.victory@outlook.com.

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

is available to read here

AGING WELL JUNE PROGRAMS

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 AWN@agingcareconnections.org.

THRIVE WITH PRIDE EVENTS

INNOVATIVE SUPPORTS FOR CHICAGO AREA LGBTQ+ OLDER ADULTS


Friday, June 28 - West Suburban Senior Services LGBT+ Program will host a Pride Picnic with in/outdoor dining and live music. Space is limited. Please contact Eric Eugenio-Vironet for more details at evironet@cmsschicago.org.

Thursday, June 20 from 5-9pm, we will be participating in Downtown Oak Park’s second annual Thursday Night "Out in the Burbs" Pride Night!


There will be a resource fair of local organizations that provide services to the LGBTQIA+ community and drag queens representing local businesses. Nina and other AgeOptions staff will have a table set up in Lot 3 (next to Q-BBQ) on Marian street between Lake St and North Blvd.


Invite a friend, stop by to see us, and enjoy some live music while dining around town!

SHARE FOOD, SHARE LOVE

FOOD PANTRY NEEDS YOUR HELP!

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


Food insecurity has emerged as a pressing public health issue impacting our communities, exacerbated by the recent termination of additional funding in the SNAP program. In response, it is crucial to rally behind initiatives like Share Food Share Love, a vital organization aiding those in need. Your contribution to the Share Food Share Love Food Pantry can significantly impact struggling families by providing three meals with just a $1.00 donation. Your generosity plays a pivotal role in ensuring that our community members do not go hungry. We urge all community members to join us in combating food insecurity by supporting the Share Food Share Love Food Pantry. Convenient drop-off locations are available, such as the food box at Tischler's or the church, for your non-perishable food donations. Let us unite in solidarity to navigate these challenging times together. Thank you for standing with us in this important cause.


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.


Thank you!


SHARE FOOD, SHARE LOVE GIVING PAGE

WSSS (SAGE) CALENDAR, EVENTS & MENU

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 Eric Eugenio Vironet (evironet@cmsschicago.org) if you plan to attend in person as space is limited. Meeting are held at 439 Bohland, Bellwood, Illinois.


Please check out the link below to purchase tickets or make donations to our Spring Fundraiser supporting West Suburban Senior Services.


2024 Spring Concert | Chicago Methodist Senior Services (cmsschicago.org)


Join CMSS for our spring fundraiser Still Rockin’ at FitzGerald’s. The evening will feature music from the 60s and 70s performed by renowned Chicago musician Phil Angotti. All proceeds from the event support programming and resources for older adults at CMSS’ West Suburban campus.

West Suburban June Activity Calendar click here

West Suburban June Menu click here

West Suburban Senior Services website click here

WSSS Facebook Page click here

PASTOR'S PICK CORNER -

Rev. Daniels Reading/

Listening/Watching Suggestions

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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.



Link:

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

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MEDITATION WILL BE JUNE 19TH!

The next date for meditation with Mary Ann will be on Wednesday JUNE 19TH at 7:00 pm. We hope to see you there!


For more information about meditation please contact Mary Ann Latsaras at only1amar@yahoo.com.

AMAZON HAS OUR LIST OF NEEDS!
UPDATED LIST!

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!

NEED POWER OF ATTORNEY OR WILL?

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

NEW T-SHIRTS FOR HOLY COVENANT


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 roxann.victory@outlook.com.


Click here to order! https://www.bonfire.com/holy-covenant-mcc/

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 Klamath Lutheran Church as they move forward as a lay-led church (no pastor).1

Prayers of thanksgiving for Cheryl Bartik and all the hard work she has done for the church.1

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.1

Prayers for Mary Ann Latsaras for her upcoming thyroid surgery and that it helps her feel better.1


Prayers for a friend of Patii & Laura's who is taking care of a friends dog due to housing issues. They need to raise $700.2

Prayers for for Barbara R.'s friend Joyce who lost her vision and way in life after another stroke. Please hold her in prayer.2

Prayers for Jeni, Bianca, Jionna, Colin and all who are dealing with depression and anxiety.2

Prayers of Thanksgiving for Colin's acceptance into Career Academy and prayers that God guides him towards the future with the mist success and happiness.2


Prayers of Gratitude for Cheryl Bartik and John Bell for sharing their gifts with this congregation.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.

LINKS AND OTHER INFORMATION

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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