Adult Education: Sunday Opportunities
Compassion: What does this look like in our daily lives?
Sundays, February 19, 26 & March 5 at 10:00am
Facilitator: Judy Von Bergen, with Linda Nylund & Brenda Moten
In Pastor Clara's sermon on January 22nd, she stated, "We are called to love as God loved, How Do We Do it?" Compassionate Communication principles provide some concrete steps to guide us in lovingly connecting with ourselves, others, and God. Join us to hear about and practice these skills.
Judy Von Bergen has been studying and teaching Compassionate Communication for over a decade.
Adam Hamilton Preaches on Immigration and Healthcare
Sunday, February 19 & 26 at 10:00am
Facilitator: Eric Wendorff
On February 19 and 26 the adult education committee will present video recordings of Pastor Hamilton's sermons on two important political issues: "Immigrants and the Bible" on February 19th and "Christianity and Healthcare" on February 26th. Hamilton is an engaging speaker who enlivens his sermons with visual aids and interviews. The sermons will challenge you to think about these issues from a Christian perspective. Following the sermons, there will be an opportunity for discussion.
Adam Hamilton, acclaimed author and senior pastor of the 20,000 member United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City, is considered one of the most influential mainline Christian ministers. He preached at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. Pastor Charlie attended his Leadership Institute in 2015.
Reflections from the Wisconsin River Area Habitat for Humanity
Sunday, February 19 at 10:00am
Facilitator: Eleanor W. Chiquoine, Executive Director Habitat for Humanity of Wisconsin River Area, Inc.
Meet and listen to Eleanor Chiquoine, Executive Director of the Habitat for Humanity of Wisconsin River Area as she reflects on the progress volunteers have made in Columbia County in providing decent homes to families. She will also discuss how you can become involved in this mission in Madison or surrounding areas.
"Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope."
Adventures of a PC(USA) Commissioner at the 2016 General Assembly
Sunday, February 26 at 10:00am
Facilitator: Laurie Jones, Covenant Member & PC(USA) Commissioner
Laurie Jones served as a Commissioner elected by The John Knox Presbytery to the 2016 General Assembly meeting of the Presbyterian Church USA or PC(USA) held in Portland, Oregon this past June. The experience was an exciting one and she will share her stories. In addition to hearing about the experience of participating in this national convention, it will help shed light on how the PC(USA)works from local to national levels.
Inquirers Class Scheduled for Spring
Sundays, March 5, 12 & 19 at 10:00am
If you are interested in learning more about Covenant and being a member here, please join Pastor Charlie for an Inquirers' Class on these March Sundays, in the church lounge. If you have questions, please contact the church office at 233-6297.
Lenten Bible Study Series: "True Fasting"
Sundays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2 and 9 at 10:00am
What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word, Lent? For many of us it is the question, "What am I going to give up for Lent?"
The Adult Education Committee has decided to invite you to walk down a different path during Lent this year. This new path is found in Isaiah 58:1-9. These nine verses contain a very real struggle over the issues of the nature of true fasting. Isaiah answers this question in a way that speaks very clearly to the present moment in the life of God's people. We believe that what he calls, "the fast I (God) choose" will lead us to explore forms of need and service, which will make a significant difference for people in our day also.
Open your Bible and read the passage from Isaiah, then join us with your thoughts and questions on March 5th. All are welcome!
Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids:
7 Keys to Turn Family Conflict Into Co-operation
4-Week Lenten Book Study for Parents, Grandparents, Teachers
Sundays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 10:00am
Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids, authored by Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson, is primarily a book about parent-child relationships. The processes and suggestions for improving respect and co-operation are most directly applicable to children ages 8 and above, but can be modified to apply to all ages of children, and are also very effective in communicating with adult family members.
Join Linda each Sunday morning at 10:00am as we read assigned segments of the book, then discuss and apply what we are reading.
Linda Nylund, M.S. is a retired Speech and Language therapist with 38 years of experience working with children and parents. In her role as teacher and parent, she found the facilitation of social emotional intelligence to be an essential foundational skill for successful teaching and parenting. It is her great joy to learn and teach Conscious Discipline as her way of continuing to contribute to her community.
"Modern Slavery: Human Trafficking
Yes, Even in Dane Country"
Sunday, March 12 at 10:00am
Facilitator: Clare Wagner, Dominican religious
When human trafficking is mentioned to a neighbor or the person in the pew behind you in church, a common response is, "Oh, but not in Madison." Sadly, that is far from true. And yet, that is a widely held illusion. On March 19th, Clare Wagner, a Dominican religious, who is a spiritual guide, and also currently works with two groups focusing human trafficking concerns in Dane County, will offer a presentation on the local situation on human trafficking.
She will share information on what human trafficking looks like around here, the difficulties in assisting victims and what is being done to face this reality. Some of the questions that will be addressed are these:
- What exactly is human trafficking?
- What are the laws that addressed it?
- What stories make it real and close?
- Who are the city and county professionals that face this slavery every day and are committed to helping victims and bringing traffickers to justice?
- What are Slave Free Madison and Dominicans Working Against Trafficking doing?
- What are some resources and what can each of us do?
If, when you hear the Gospel question, "Who is my neighbor?" and your heart is expansive enough to include victims of human trafficking, please join the group that gathers March 19th at Covenant.
Clare Wagner, OP is a Dominican sister who has a background in literature and theology with a concentration in spirituality. Currently, the focus of her ministry is spiritual guidance, and collaborative efforts to stop human trafficking. Her experience includes teaching, administration, campus ministry and coordination of a spiritual guidance training program. Clare has led contemplative retreats for women until recently. A focus of her ministry and study is women's spirituality; her passions are attentiveness to the universe, especially our small planet, and the needs of women around the globe particularly those who are victims of human trafficking. Clare is the author of, Awakening to Prayer: A Women's Perspective.