Weekly One Takes

A Glimpse into the Life of Covenant

One Takes - September 22 - Bob Henderson

September 22, 2021 • Bob Henderson

In this week's One Takes series Bob was reminded that as a follower of Jesus, what is important to somebody else is also important to me. He asks us to try to love one another and to have God's love live in us. To Walk in the Path of love.

Covenant's Presbyterian Women's Group

September 15, 2021 • Serenitye Taylor, Suzanne Harmon

In our newest One Takes series, Serenitye Taylor speaks to the former moderator of our Presbyterian Women's Group, Suzanne Harmon. Suzanne shares with us the lasting impact that Presbyterian Women's Group has had on her friendships and her life through sharing, retreats, and bible studies. Our Fall Kickoff meeting is on Monday, September 20th and we would love to see you there.

Convocation Sunday - Jaime Clark-Soles

September 8, 2021 • Grace Lindvall, Jaime Clark-Soles

In this week’s One Takes, Grace Lindvall talks with our convocation speaker, author, and professor, Jaime Clark Soles. All are welcome at Education Ministry's annual Convocation Sunday program on September 12 at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Jaime will present on "Knowing and Being Known: Experiencing God Near or Far?" If you are unable to join us in person, please join us on Zoom (https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85992919751)

When God Shows Off

September 1, 2021 • Nikki Zimmermann

In this week's One Takes, pastoral resident for Mission & Outreach, Nikki Zimmermann, talks about the impact of our integrated work together. She recounts moments from Blessing of the Backpacks and how the power of those school bags has shown up in her life since then.

Meet Nikki Zimmermann

August 25, 2021 • Molly Smerko, Nikki Zimmermann

In this week's One Takes, Molly Smerko interviews Covenant's newest pastoral resident, Nikki Zimmermann. Nikki shares her hopes and dreams for her time at Covenant, particularly in her focus area of Mission and Outreach.

"Welcome Home - Coming This Fall"

August 18, 2021 • Bob Henderson

In this week's One Takes series, Bob speaks to the rich period of life and worship we soon head into as we look to the fall season to come. Bob and the team will introduce a new "Welcome Home" sermon series and make announcements on major affordable housing initiatives our community will be participating in this fall. Bob also encourages us to persevere as we face new COVID-19 variants, ensuring we once again strengthen our friendships, relationships and connection to one another to sustain ourselves through these continued challenging times.

Covenant's Outdoor Ministry

August 11, 2021 • Serenitye Taylor, Lauren Sawyers

In this week's One Takes, Pastoral Resident, Serenitye Taylor, speaks with Lauren Sawyers, one of our Outdoor Ministry leaders, about the ways our Congregational Life team has explored ways to expand the Outdoor Ministry program into four different buckets. Over the past year, many of us have gained a new appreciation for the outdoors in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Outdoor Ministry is seeking new ways to invite individuals from across generations into relationship with one another, the environment and God. To get involved in this growing program as a participant or a leader, please join us for an informational meeting on August 11 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Covenant.

Reorienting with New Life

August 4, 2021 • Grace Lindvall

In this week’s One Takes, Grace Lindvall shares her thoughts on new life continuing to spring up all around us as we re-orient ourselves into a new normal and way forward after the past 18 months. Grace challenges us to look for ways we can see and embrace new life in our days, making room for new and beautiful experiences, rhythms and routines instead of recreating what was before. Another way Grace invites us to experience new life is by joining her on a visit to the Brooklyn Collective on August 29. This organization has breathed new life into the once thriving Brooklyn neighborhood which was unjustly destroyed in the name of “urban renewal.” More details on this excursion and a link to sign up are below.

Worship Through Music

July 28, 2021 • Shea Watts, Katherine Kerr

Shea, the son of a Pentacostal preacher, realized from an early age that music is the way he communicates with God. In this clip, Shea shares about his take on music being more than just the words we sing, it is an entity that can deeply shape our values, faith journeys and the way we experience worship. Shea believes in a "theology of fun," and looks forward to creating a contemporary worship environment at Covenant that inspires both "goodness and Godness" in the world.

The Mystery of God

July 21, 2021 • Molly Smerko

In this week's One Takes, Pastoral Resident, Molly Smerko reflects on the mystery of God. While no one has fully seen God, there are many ways that we can reflect on God's majesty. Molly uses a newly released children's book, "What is God Like?" (Evans/Turner) as one way to think about who God is. What things - art, music, nature - help you to ponder God? We hope you will take time this week to reflect on the majesty and mystery of God that is all around us.

Take Time to Nourish Your Spirit

July 14, 2021 • Bob Henderson

In this week's One Takes, Bob reflects on July as hallowed time. Bob speaks of July as a month that we can all use to prioritize inward richness, rest, play and intellectual growth as we recover from the year prior and look toward the fall and year ahead. Watch to learn how Bob and his family are using this month to nourish their spirits and how they encourage you to do the same.

Covenant's Internship Program

July 7, 2021 • Serenitye Taylor

In this week's One Takes series, Pastoral Resident, Serenitye Taylor, speaks to the internship program at Covenant. Watch to learn more about how the individuals part of both the Stapleton Davidson and People in Mission internship programs partner with mission projects across Charlotte to make an impact. As part of their reflection time, Serenitye and the interns are also reading A Riff of Love by Greg Jarrell, founder of QC Family Tree. Please keep an eye out for our interns across campus during worship, bible studies and more this summer.

One Takes – June 30 – Grace Lindvall

June 30, 2021 • Grace Lindvall

In this week's One Takes, Grace tackles the topic of routines and discusses how our routines are shifting yet again. As we move forward in this "new normal," Grace encourages us to intentionally reshape our days, prioritizing those things that are most essential to us, rather than returning to how things may have been before. Make time to take stock this week, reflecting on what you've learned about yourself, your family and your rhythm during the pandemic, as you step forward into a summer and fall that look very different than last year.

One Takes - June 23 - Katherine Kerr

June 23, 2021 • Katherine Kerr

In this week's One Takes series, Katherine Kerr reflects on what it means to bring our full - not perfect - selves to church, honoring the broad spectrum of emotions many of us are experiencing as we navigate this new chapter of the pandemic and return to normal activities. Katherine also speaks to the many resources available to members during this time, encouraging any and all to reach out for support where needed.

One Takes - June 16 - Bob Henderson

In today’s Weekly One Takes, Bob Henderson reflects on the passing of a dear friend and the many things he learned from her. He recalls, in particular, her generosity and faithfulness, and encourages all of us to consider how the ways we live – what small acts, decisions and dispositions that we display -- shape what others will remember of us. “It’s a good exercise,” he says, “a humbling exercise.”