Weekly One Takes

A Glimpse into the Life of Covenant

Weekly One Takes - Molly Smerko 1/19

January 19, 2022

Molly Smerko, pastoral resident of education invites us to Uptown Bible Study which takes place every Tuesday in the Welcome Center, as well as on Zoom. The bible study is a great way to recharge, refresh and join in fellowship. This year they are studying the Psalms and Molly shares a little snippet of psalm 33 that they studied last week. She loves how it shows the infinite care that God gave when creating the world and us. In reading the last line of the psalm, Molly's prayer for you is that you continue to hope in the Lord even when times are tough.

Weekly One Take - Bob Henderson 1/12

January 12, 2022

Bob invites you to join him tonight in-person or on Zoom to start the program, The Gospels Distilled. He and Grace will be getting to the core teaching of the Gospel of Mark these next four weeks. The hope is that it will give you a renewed and refreshed sense of Jesus' teaching. We'd love to see you join us.

Weekly One Takes - Serenitye Taylor - 1/5

January 5, 2022

Serenitye Taylor, pastoral resident of congregational life and pastoral care, reflects this week on how the beginning of January is full of movement, full of to-do lists. She shares a devotional with us, Be Still by Jacob Armstrong, about being intentionally still with God during our day.

Weekly One Takes - Grace Lindvall - 12/28

December 29, 2021

Grace invites you to participate in reading the gospels with us in the next year. Kick off the new year by committing to read the gospels in a year. What did Jesus say? What did Jesus do? We’ll tackle the essence of Jesus’ teaching and ministry by diving into each of the four gospels throughout the year. Join along with a guided reading plan sent to your email during the months of study and dive into a discussion with new and old friends on Wednesday nights beginning January 12th at 6:30 pm as Bob and Grace guide us through major themes in the four gospels. We will meet in Fellowship Hall, Room 207, and on Zoom.

Weekly One Takes - Molly Smerko - 12/1

December 1, 2021

This week Molly reflects on Grace Lindvall's Advent devotional for today. She talks about looking for Hope in the chaos of life and this Advent season. In this time of anticipation and waiting for Christ's birth, there is hope.

Weekly One Takes - Grace Lindvall - 11/24

November 24, 2021

This week Grace speaks about Covenant's Gratitude Project, which we are experiencing together this Thanksgiving week. She notices shifts in her day and how as she pauses in the morning to give thanks, she is reminded of the beauty of God's creation. Grace asks us each to share how the Gratitude Project is impacting our lives this week.

Weekly One Takes - Katherine Kerr - 11/17

November 17, 2021

Katherine introduces us to the Gratitude Project at Covenant starting Sunday, November 21st. The German Theologian Meister Eckert once said, "If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, that is enough." This Thanksgiving week, we ask you to take a moment each day to pause and say thank you to the God who has given us so much.

Weekly One Takes - Molly Smerko - 11/10

Molly shares with us that after reading the book, The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede, she wondered how she could be a beacon of light to someone in need. Covenant Impacts Charlotte gives us a perfect opportunity to practice service, goodwill, and friendship.

Weekly One Takes - Nikki Zimmermann - 11/03

November 3, 2021 • Nikki Zimmermann

This week Nikki talks about a study on "How to Build Neighborliness". She is sharing the secret sauce with us.

Weekly One Takes - Serenitye Taylor - 10/27

October 27, 2021

While reading the book, The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld to her daughter, Serenitye was reminded to be present with people and to offer encouragement and hope, especially as we start the holiday season.

Weekly One Takes - Nikki Zimmermann - 10/20

October 20, 2021

This week, Nikki Zimmermann, Pastoral Resident for Mission & Outreach, shares with us her daily practice of gratitude journaling. After listening to Dr. Shawn Achor, author of "The Happiness Advantage," in a Ted Talk, who focused on the positive things in life, Nikki started to journal 5 things a day she was grateful for. As Nikki continued her journaling, she noticed how it helps her consistently look for the good in life. She hopes that you can try it yourself and find it as meaningful as she does.

Weekly One Takes - Grace Lindvall - 10/13

October 13, 2021

This week, Grace Lindvall, Associate Minister for Education speaks about a podcast that she listens to about building community through storytelling. A few weeks ago, she shared a quote with us from Brene Brown, "People are hard to hate close up. Move in." Storytelling helps us do that by sharing about life and all its complexities, we move closer together.

Weekly One Takes - Nikki Zimmermann & Lucy Crain - 10/6

October 6, 2021

Lucy Crain, Director of Mission & Outreach, and Nikki Zimmermann, Resident Pastor of Mission & Outreach share with us what is new with Covenant Impacts Charlotte this year and the many different ways that you can get involved and serve in our community.

Weekly One Takes - Molly Smerko - 9/29

September 29, 2021 • Molly Smerko

In this week's One Takes series, pastoral resident, Molly Smerko shares Psalm 42. She talks about her love of the psalms of lament because of how real the expressions of emotions are. She sees how it relates to our lives of faith today. Even through times of sorrow, we can still praise God. She speaks of hope in God, that in our times of grief and loss, God is always with us, helping us on our journey.

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.