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                                                                                          OCTOBER 2009
        Contents                  A Word From Ernie
                                  Worldwide Communion Sunday, celebrated each year on the first Sunday in 
          Our Church family 
                         Pg 2 
                                  October, is always very meaningful to me.  For it is a tangible reminder of what is 
FAMA (Wicca Discussion) &         an eternal truth:  God’s love and grace encompass all beings.  God is not limited as 
Palestine Peace Conference        we are to this particular time and place, but God is fully present, lovingly present, 
                         pg 3     to every being in every time and place, seeking to bring about healing and 
       Central Night Shelter      wholeness, justice and peace, for all. 
                         pg 4      
                Music Notes 
                                  Worldwide Communion is our invitation to adopt God’s universal concern and 
                       pg 5‐6 
                 NAMI Walks       share in God’s work of reconciliation throughout the world.  We do this through 
                          pg 6    the work of the larger church (i.e. the peacemaking offering), but also through our 
                Spotlight On      own actions as individuals and as a congregation.  This Worldwide Communion 
                       pg 7‐8     Sunday I am especially mindful of and thankful for our brothers and sisters on the 
  Upcoming Lunch and Learn        island of LaGonave, Haiti.  I had hoped to be there for the dedication of the new 
                         Pg 8     church building in Nan Mango, built with funds from Covenant, and for the 
           Fair Trade Coffee 
                                  Festival of St. Francis, but was unable to make the trip.  However, Dr. Jim 
            & Variety Show 
                         pg  9    Ingvoldstad is there as our representative!  Please remember him and our friends 
                Stewardship       on LaGonave in prayer.   For we are one in the Spirit. We are one in the Lord. 
                    pg 10‐11                                              Peace,     
                     STWG &                                                 Ernie 
            Note from Terra 
                        pg 12 
      Peacemaking Offering 
                        pg 13 
              Word from Jill 
                        pg 14 
                        pg 15 
Our church family, Sunday September 27, 2009 
            Covenant Presbyterian Church                                                          October 2009 Newsletter
                             Wicca is a nature-oriented religion, which considers the natural processes of
FAMA (the Faith Alliance
                             the earth and the greater universe to be divine. All life and lives are sacred.
of Metro Atlanta)            Wiccans believe that the cycles of nature and the universe have much to teach
       Presents:             us about our own lives and the phases of our personal, physical, and spiritual
                             The Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA) presents speaker Reverend Judy
                             Tyler, Third Degree Priestess of the Ravenwood Church and Seminary of the
                             Old Religion. She will discuss the history, practices, beliefs, holy days, clergy
                             training and ethics of the Wiccan Religion. She will also talk about Raven-
                             wood Church and its history in this area. There will be a time for question and
                             answers. Dessert and coffee will follow.
                             If you would like to know more about Ravenwood visit their web-site at
                             www.ravenwoodchurch.org. Also, in 1994 a book about the Atlanta-based
                             Ravenwood Church was written by three sociology students from Emory Uni-
                             versity entitled Living Witchcraft, A Contemporary American Coven. The
                             authors, now writers and professors, are Nancy R. Campbell, Allen Scarboro,
                             and Shirley A. Stave.

                             Please RSVP to worldpilgrims@bellsouth.net
                             or call 404.906.7109
                             A $10.00 donation to FAMA is suggested

                                  Is Peace with Justice Possible in
                                                              SPONSORED BY 
                                        Joining Hands for Justice, Atlanta/Palestine Committee 
                                        Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, Peacemaking Committee 
                                                         Saturday, October 17 
                                                          9:00 am – 4:00 pm 
                                                   Trinity Presbyterian Church of Atlanta 
                                                            3003 Howell Mill Road 
                                                              Atlanta, GA 30327 
                                                              Cost $25.00 
                                                     (includes lunch and materials) 
                                                           FEATURED SPEAKERS 
                                   Jala Basil Andoni, Hekmat Bessiso‐Naji, Ruth El Raz 
                     Jerusalem Women Speak‐ A Project of Partners for Peace, Christian, Muslim and Jewish 
                                         Dr. Mark Braverman, An American Jewish Theologian 
                           Author, Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land 
                                  Executive Director, Holy Land Education and Peacebuilding Project 
                                           Gregory Khalil, An American Palestinian Christian 
                                            President and Co‐Founder, The Kairos Project 
                                                       Sam Jones, Nathan Stock 
                                                           The Carter Center
                                                   For more information or to register: 
                                                            Sarah Humphrey 
                                                             404‐ 636‐1429 

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It is hard to believe, but November truly is around the corner and the Central Night Shelter will open 
on November first.  For those unfamiliar with the shelter, it operates at Central Presbyterian Church 
and the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Atlanta, offering a safe and warm place to 
sleep,  dinner,  lunch  and  showers  to  nearly  100  men  each  night  from  November  1st  through  March.  
The shelter is completely staffed and run by volunteers from around the city.  Covenant Presbyterian 
has supported this shelter for many years with loyal volunteers. Covenant Presbyterian works with the 
Shrine location which offers hospitality to up to 30 men each night.  Last year, a Georgia State student 
produced a short film on the shelter which can be found on YouTube.  Simply put, the shelter offers 
hospitality to those who lack the basics…a place to call home. 

What are the ways to volunteer? 
• Spend  the  night.    We  have  4‐5  volunteers  taking  shifts  so  you  will  only  lose  about  1  ½  hours  of 
• Cook dinner.  You can cook dinner at home or in the church kitchen and take it downtown to serve.  
   Often, two families will split the dinner responsibilities and sign up jointly.  (You don’t have to be a 
   church member to volunteer!  Ringers are welcomed) 
• Prepare sack lunches. 
How do you volunteer? 
• Check the sign‐up sheet on a mission bulletin board (to be posted by October 10) 
• Call or email Lee Wilder (leewilder@comcast.net/404‐218‐2242) 
• Put a note in the offering place 
What are Covenant’s dates? 
Sunday, November 1:                 overnight volunteers, dinner,  
Wednesday, November 4:              dinner 
Wednesday, December 2:              overnight volunteers, dinner,  
Monday, December 21:                overnight volunteers, dinner,  
Tuesday, January 19:                dinner, lunches 
Wednesday, January 27:              overnight volunteers, dinner,  
Wednesday, February 3:              overnight volunteers, dinner  
Tuesday, February 9:                dinner, lunches 
Monday, March 8:                    dinner 
Tuesday, March 30:                  overnight volunteers, dinner,  

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Music Notes
by John Coble
On  a  recent  Sunday  morning,  one  of  our  choir 
members  entered  the  choir  room  and  saw  the 
collection  of  instruments  spread  across  the  room.  
He  started  singing,  “seventy‐six  trombones  .  .  .”  
Well,  we  didn’t  have  quite  that  many,  but  we  did 
have  a  pretty  good  collection  of  trombones, 
clarinets, flutes, trumpets, cornets, and drums, not 
to mention some other miscellaneous instruments.  
The  Horns  for  Haiti  project,  especially  the  benefit 
performances in September were a success! 
Before  the  performance  in  Starkville,  Mississippi,  my  friend  and  fellow  recitalist  Dr.  Michael  Brown 
said, “you’d better drive your car to the church so we can load it up with the instruments we collect.”  I 
have to admit, I did not really expect an SUV load of instruments.  I was wrong.  To my surprise, and my 
joy, the instruments began to come in as people gathered for the performance.  Dr. Brown and I had 
the  idea  to  put  these  instruments  around  the  altar  (communion  table  for  us  Presbyterians),  to  show 
that  they  were  an  offering,  and  what  an  offering  it  was.    15  instruments  were  donated,  along  with 
reeds  for  saxophones  and  clarinets,  oil,  grease,  and  mouthpieces  for  brass  instruments,  drum  sticks, 
music stands, and to top it off, an offering was taken which totaled $780.  I learned on my visit that 
band,  especially  marching  band,  is  a  big  tradition  at  Mississippi  State,  which  has  one  of  the  oldest 
marching bands in the country.  I also learned, not so surprisingly that Dr. Brown is loved in his school, 
community, and church, which I think helped with the generous offering.  So, we did proudly load up 
my car for the trip back to Atlanta.  I actually had to put my suitcase on the front seat with me! 
After  ten  hours  on  the  road,  tired,  but  happy,  I  got  back  home  and  back  to  work;  more  practicing, 
instruments  to  be  unloaded  (thanks  to  my  friends  in  Club  Covenant),  programs  to  be  folded,  etc.  
Through the last several months there have been countless e‐mails and phone calls with friends around 
the country, Facebook postings, publicity, visits to local music stores, trips to deliver instruments to our 
repair person, many hours of practicing and coordinating with Dr. Brown.  It was worth every minute of 

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       it.  The wonderful people of Covenant did not disappoint.  Our performance here was also attended by 
       an  appreciative  and  generous  audience.    To  date,  Horns  for  Haiti  has  collected  22  band  instruments 
       (with more still coming), other instruments and supplies, and over $2,200 in donations, which are also 
       still coming in.  I am grateful to Dr. Brown for his help in this cause, and to the people of Covenant and 
       Starkville, MS for their generosity.  We still have work to do, to get these instruments in top condition 
       and into the hands of the students on La Gonâve, but we have done well.  Thank you to all of you for 
       giving the gift of music.  

NAMI WALKS FOR THE MINDS OF GEORGIA - Marilyn Roberts and her family will be participating
in the 2009 NAMI Walk at Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville on Saturday, October 3. They would love
to have you walk with them. NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the largest education,
support and advocacy organization that serves the needs of all of those whose lives are touched by
mental illness. You can visit Marilyn's walker page to sign up for the walk or donate at http://
www.nami.org/namiwalks09/GEO/mwroberts or contact Marilyn or Bill.

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Spotlight on:           Pinckney Straughn
by Lee Wilder

Q. Where did you grow up?
Pinckney: Perdue Hill, Alabama. It is about as big as your thumb. Monroeville is the
closest town of any note.

Q. So, did you ever meet Harper Lee, author of my favorite book (To Kill a Mocking-
Pinckney: Of course, these were small towns and we knew almost everybody. Harper
was gone a good deal when I was growing up but I knew many of her relatives. Her
father’s law office was in the town bank building.

Q. And was he an Atticus Finch?
Pinckney: He really was a fine man.

Q. So, why did you leave Perdue Hill?
Pinckney: I left for college, at Auburn and then came to Atlanta to work for
Arthur Anderson as an auditor. Then I joined SunTrust (then Trust Company of
Georgia) as an auditor.

Q. I thought you were in the trust department.
Pinckney: I did join the trust department as an auditor and then became a trust offi-

Q. What exactly is a trust officer?
Pinckney: It is really helping wealthy families manage their money – the job encom-
passes many things that impact these families and includes, often, attending to their
charitable interests. For many years, I also had colleges and foundations as clients,
helping to manage their endowments. Through these customers, I was involved with
museums, the United Way and quite a few non-profit organizations.

Q. What are your non-profit interests?
Pinckney: Starting in the early 90s, I spent about ten years working with the homeless
shelter at Peachtree and Pine and was actually chair of that board for a while. This
was in the early 90’s and it was a difficult time. The city was cutting funding for social
services and the number of shelters in the city was declining. Taskforce for the Home-
less, our organization, was trying to help a growing number of homeless people – many
with serious problems of addiction and/or mental illness.

Q. So, what brought you to Covenant and when?
Pinckney: I visited Presbyterian churches up and down Peachtree and just liked Cove-
nant. I have been a member since the 1960s and have been on session so many times

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that I have lost count.
Q. I suspect that the church has changed over the years but are there some constants?
Pinckney: We have always been small but very friendly. I suspect we have always been a
bit more liberal than the typical Presbyterian church.
Q. You were chair of the Pastor Nominating Committee that brought Ernie to Covenant.
This service also introduced many of us to your baking. Is your world-famous pound cake
an old family secret?
Pinckney: Yes, it is a family recipe from Perdue Hill.
Q. Tell us about your family.
Pinckney: Nan and I have been married 36 years. Our son, Thomas, is in the computer
industry and lives in Seattle. Palmer is an admissions recruiter for Wofford College in South
Q. What are your hobbies?
Pinckney: I love to garden and read. I will read about anything – from Dickens to murder

Q. How about some favorite books?
Pinckney: It is so hard to narrow down to a few, but lately I have read and particularly rec-
ommend Labyrinth by Kate Mosse, The Winemaker’s Daughter by Timothy Egan, Life Class by
Pat Barker and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski.

Q. Ok, here is the real question. Have you always sat in the back
pew of the front section closest to Terrace Drive?
Pinckney: Well, yes. Early on, I traveled a good deal and I seemed
to share that pew with another gentleman. But, I pretty much own
that seat now. You are welcome to join me though.

Upcoming Lunch and Learn Sunday October 11, 2009 at 1:00 pm 
Dr. Elizabeth M. Bounds,                                                                                         
Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of Faith and the City 

On Sunday, October 11th after the morning worship service we will welcome Dr. Elizabeth M. 
Bounds to our Lunch and Learn Series.  Dr. Bounds is the Associate Professor of Christian Eth‐
ics at Candler School of Theology and the Director of Faith and the City program.  She will 
speak to us on her writing program at Metro State Prison for Women.  There will be a lunch of 
soup and salad. Please be sure to turn in a reservation card or call/email the office to make a 
Dr. Bounds is author of Coming Together/Coming Apart: Religion, Modernity, and Community (1997) and 
coeditor of Welfare Policy: Feminist Critiques (1999). Her interests include peacebuilding/conflict trans‐
formation, restorative justice and the prison system, democratic practices and civil society, feminist and 
liberation ethics, and transformative pedagogical practices. Dr. Bounds is director of Faith and the City, a 
non‐profit organization established in 1999 to encourage a sense of community throughout the 20‐
county Atlanta metropolitan region and bring a moral dimension to civic dialogue. 

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Fair Trade Coffee & The Presbyterian Coffee Project
by Nancy Elsea

                                      Covenant has been selling Fair Trade high quality coffee & tea for 
                                      several years at cost.  However, it seems many folks have yet to 
                                      try these great products! 
                                      When we use fairly traded coffee, tea, and other food products, 
                                      we  are  helping  small  farmers’  cooperatives    in  Africa,  Asia,  and 
                                      South America who receive a fair  price for their products.   With 
                                      a guaranteed minimum price , better profits, and advance credit 
                                      for crop production,  they, in turn,  are better able to contribute 
                                      to their communities.   
For every pound of fairly traded products sold through the Presbyterian Coffee Project, 15 cents is do‐
nated by the distributer, Equal Exchange, to the Presbyterian Hunger Program.   
These funds helped a Nicaraguan coffee cooperative  establish a tree nursery, plant citrus trees, and 
build new more efficient cooking stoves which use less wood and produce less smoke.  Just one exam‐
ple of how meaningful this project can be. 
All coffee served at Covenant is Fair Trade Coffee.  Why not join this project and make a difference!  
The cost is $6 for coffee and $3 for tea.   Other products will be available at the Christmas Gift Market. 
See Nancy & Bill Elsea or Bill Roberts to find out how and where.  And watch for the coffee‐tea table in 
Fellowship Hall! 

                       VARIETY SHOW
          Don't miss our Covenant Cavalcade of 
          Stars.  The Variety show is being rescheduled 
          for January.  So you’ve got plenty of time to 
          get working on your act. 

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Stewardship Message: Funny Money
There are lots of jokes and funny sayings about money.  One of my favorites is by Henny Youngman, 
who opined, “What’s the use of happiness?  It can’t buy you money.”  (and he wasn’t even a Presbyte‐
rian!)  I also get tickled by some others.  At my first lecture in a college economics class 45 years ago, 
the  nationally  recognized  economist’s  first  words  to  the  300  students  in  the  auditorium  were,  “If 
money isn’t everything, it’s way ahead of whatever’s in second place.”   The favorite saying of a woman 
who worked in my department 30 years ago was, “Money talks, and I’ve got nothing to say.”  We all 
know the Golden Rule: “Those who have the Gold make the Rules.”  And finally, who can forget one of 
the most memorable exhortations on the Silver Screen, delivered by Cuba Gooding, Jr. to Tom Cruise in 
the  classic  film  “Jerry  McGuire”?    “Show  me  the  money!!”    We  may  still  chuckle  at  these  sayings  no 
matter how often we hear them.  But if we read them  slowly  and  dwell  on  them,  we can see some 
not‐so‐hidden messages in these not‐so‐funny words.  

We  also  categorize  money  in  so  many  ways:    cheap  money,  free  money,  hidden  money,  hot  money, 
frozen money, dirty money, laundered money, evil money.  These types of characterizations can even 
make  it  seem  as  though  money  itself  is  taking  on  different  personalities  and  qualities,  depending  on 
the situation.  I also believe that many of the problems we have in relating to money stem from a quo‐
tation that virtually everyone has heard and most know by heart.  My mother used to repeat it ad infi‐
nitum. It goes:  “Money is the root of all evil.”  This quote actually comes from the Bible: Paul’s 1st let‐
ter to Timothy, Chapter 6, Verse 10.  The real kicker, however, is that it’s an incorrect  quote!  Paul’s 
actual statement in his letter to Timothy in the Bible is: 
                “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”  
 Maybe all of you knew this already, but I didn’t learn this until I was almost 50 years old.  It blew my 
mind!  The obvious implication of the incorrect quote is that, over the ages, people have been blaming 
money itself for their own inability to deal with money in a healthy manner.   

In a way, Paul’s message regarding the love of money is similar to Jesus’ message to his disciples re‐
garding what defiles a person.  Jesus instructed that it’s not what goes into our mouth that is profane 
or unclean, but rather what comes out of our mouth.  Now Paul, in his letter to Timothy, is reminding 
us that the issue is not what’s in our wallet or purse, but rather what’s in our heart.  We are the issue, 
not money. 

Yet,  the  sobering  but  unsettling  truth  is  that  we  really  can’t  avoid  money.    Although  it  has  no  real 
power, it is an important tool for us in our developed world.  But it’s just a tool – a tool that can be 
used for subsistence, charity, status, exploitation, betrayal, idolatry, or as a weapon.  Money does not 
decide how it will be used or how we are to regard it.  We do. 

One of the funniest things about money is that it seldom is looked at as something we share (at least 
not when I look at my  bank account).  We can easily picture ourselves working in teams or groups to 
accomplish a task or objective, sharing our time and talents; but we tend to look at money mostly in 
terms of our own individual possession of it.  We have it, we part with it, we no longer have it, some‐

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   ‐one else has it.  We think to ourselves:  “When we give it, it’s gone, and we wind up with less, even 
  when we give it to charity.” 

  So how does money fit into a stewardship theme like, “The Celebration of Sharing?”  I think it might 
  help  if  we  first  are  able  to  look  at  ourselves  more  broadly  as  temporary  stewards  of  everything  we 
  encounter in our short lives on this planet.  This includes not only money, but our other tangible as‐
  sets, our work responsibilities, our friendships, our family members, even our own bodies that we oc‐
  cupy for a blink of an eye.  In terms of church stewardship, I think it can help if we are able to look at 
  ourselves  and  the  rest  of  our  congregation  as  collective  beneficiaries  of  the  collective  time,  talents, 
  and money of our church family.  We don’t have to feel like we’re losing our money.  In reality, we’re 
  more than breaking even.  Just like group action can accomplish more than the sum of the individual 
  parts,  we  need  to  recognize  this  same  multiplier  effect  in  our  financial  sharing.    Every  contribution 
  gets multiplied. 

  The not‐so‐funny thing is that, when I look in the mirror, I am too often ashamed to admit the number 
  of times I’ve idolized money, the number of times I’ve been paranoid over the status of my 401k, the 
  times  I’ve  gone  off  the  deep  end  in  the  face  of  unanticipated  expenses,  and  my  tendency  to  view 
  money in isolation.  Thankfully, being a member of this great church and part of this wonderful con‐
  gregation helps bring me back into balance.  I just need to keep reminding myself of this more often; 
  and when I do occasionally get back into balance I can actually laugh at myself.  It’s that funny.   

  Praise be to God and Peace to All of Us, 
  Dave Linnen  

                              The Celebration of Sharing

                               2010 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN LUNCH
We will be holding two Stewardship Lunches this year in our Fellowship Hall after church. This will be an opportu-
   nity for everyone to ask questions and provide input. There will be no charge. We hope to see you all there!
              Please circle the date you will be attending, and fill in the other information as appropriate.
                  Sunday, October 18                                               Sunday, November 1
                                      Name: ___________________________________
                                      Phone: ___________________________________

                                      Number attending: Adults and Youth _________
                                         Children 5th grade and younger ________

Please place in the collection plate or return to the church office. You may also call the church office @
404.237.0363 to sign up.

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    Covenant Presbyterian Church                                                             October 2009 Newsletter

    Second Thursday Women’s Group 
    The  October  meeting  of  the  Second  Thursday  Women's  Group  (STWG)  will  be  Thursday 
    October 8 at the home of Fran Pughsley . (4545 Wieuca Road #16, Atlanta 30342).  At this 
    meeting we will be honoring and talking about our mothers ( living or deceased.)  Please 
    bring  a  picture  of  your  mother  to  show  to  the  group  and  (optionally)  share  some  things 
    about her that have been important to you and affected you as an adult.   We will also look 
    at some excerpts from the book Our Mothers/Ourselves by Nancy Friday.  We meet from 
    6:30  to  8:00  PM.    Please  bring  an  appetizer  to  share.    Wine  will  be  available  at  $2.00  a 
    glass.  All women members and friends of Covenant are invited.  

    A Note From Terra 
    So  now  we're  past  the  exciting  rush  of  "the  new,"  both  in  and  out  of  CYG:  new  semester,  new 
    challenges, new youth group leader, new outfits . . . and we're all settling into a bit of a routine. We're 
    getting familiar, getting comfortable, and getting connected on deeper levels, and October's going to 
    be a great chance for us to get involved, as well. Some of us will be participating in the church variety 
    show on October 10th, and we'll also be walking as a team in the Atlanta AIDS walk after church on 
    October 18th.  So far it's turning into a terrific fall and there's only more to come.  

    We had a terrific September, plunging into pools and also plunging into some deeper issues. Here are a 
    couple shots to show you how it all went! 


The CYG is participating in the Atlanta AIDS walk on Sunday, October 18th, so we're beginning to take sponsors on Sunday, Octo‐
ber 4th. Last year, CYG collectively raised over $1300, and I bet ‐‐even with the long weekend smack there in the middle of the 
month (and no church retreat where we can corner people)—this year we can do that well if not better.  There is still no cure for 
AIDS, and currently there are an estimated 1.2 million people in the United States alone who are infected with this disease.  The 
money we raise will help continue much‐needed research on AIDS and helping people infected with it. I hope all the youth are 
excited about walking, and that the rest of you are excited to do what you can to support our team!!  
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October 2009 Newsletter                                                    Covenant Presbyterian Church

Give to the Peacemaking Offering—October 4th 
This Year’s Offering Theme and Art                              

The theme for 2009 is taken from Psalm 85:10, “Justice and peace shall kiss each other.”  The art is a 
serigraph by John August Swanson titled PSALM 85. Learn more about Mr. Swanson. 
The  Peacemaking  Offering  was  created  in  1980  to  support  the  efforts  of  the  Presbyterian  Church 
(U.S.A.) to live out a deeper commitment to peacemaking as part of our faithfulness to God. It is one of 
four special offerings designated by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s General Assembly. 

Like most churches, Covenant will receive the Offering on World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday 
in October, which this year is October 4. 

Each congregation is encouraged to retain 25 percent of the Offering it receives to use for local minis‐
tries of peacemaking within the church and its community. Covenant has decided to give this portion 
to  the  Fulton  County  Juvenile  Justice  Fund.  Twenty‐five  percent  is  used  by  presbyteries  and  synods, 
and 50 percent is used by the General Assembly ministries through the Presbyterian Peacemaking Pro‐

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Covenant Presbyterian Church                                                         October 2009 Newsletter

A Word from Jill
by Jill Ulrici
     Last Sunday we had the opportunity in worship to talk and reflect with one an‐
other on the significance of justice in the Old Testament and in our lives to‐
day.  The prophet Jeremiah criticized  the king of Judah, Jehoiakim, under whose 
reign the rich were getting richer and the poor were getting poorer.  Jeremiah 
reminded Jehoiakim that under his father, Josiah's reign things had been differ‐
ent.  "(your father) did what was right and just, so all went well with him.  He de‐
fended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well.  Is that not what it 
means to know me? declares the Lord."  (Jeremiah 22: 15‐16)   
     Apparently, Jeremiah contends that one way to know God is to do what is right and just. The words 
"right" and "just" in Hebrew signify two different forms of justice.  "Just" or mishpat means retributive 
justice or rule of law.  "Right" or tzedakah refers to distributive justice or what is often called social jus‐
tice "meaning that no one should be without the basic requirements of existence, and that those who 
have more than they need must share some of that surplus with those who have less.  This is abso‐
lutely fundamental to the kind of society the Israelites were charged with creating, namely one in 
which everyone has a basic right to a dignified life and to be equal citizens in the covenantal commu‐
nity.." (from The Dignity of Difference by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks) 
     How can we be agents of tzedakah?  As  you read through this newsletter you may see some oppor‐
tunities to practice doing what is  right and just.  Spending time at the night shelter, giving to the Peace 
making offering, supporting BCM or Open Door, contributing to Horns for Haiti are a few ways to get 
involved.  But also, being aware of what is happening in our city and nation and seeking ways to foster 
tzedakah  systemically.  
     Some of you know Dudley Franklin who is on the staff of Buckhead Christian Ministry. BCM works 
hard to redistribute food and opportunity to those who have little of both.  Dudley e‐mailed a re‐
cent  article in the AJC to supporters and friends of BCM that I would like to pass on to all of you.  
     This article from today’s AJC illustrates just why Buckhead Christian Ministry needs your donations 
and prayers more than ever.  Thank you for your support  
 26,000 families slip into poverty Census '08 also shows more receiving food stamps, other public assistance
 By Dan Chapman and John Perry jgperry@ajc.com
 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 The recession’s victims increasingly look like you and your neighbors. Nearly 26,000 metro Atlanta families —
 with two parents and at least one kid — dropped below the poverty line in 2008, up a chilling 19 percent from the
 year before And the number receiving food stamps and other bare-bones public assistance rose 21 percent in the
 20-county metro area, according to data released today. And that was before things got really bad in 2009.
 “In past recessions you could always say those were other people who were hit hard, people who didn’t work as
 hard as you, or had different values,” said Bill Bolling, executive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
 “This recession it’s somebody in your neighborhood, your company or, probably, your congregation.”He added,
 “I’ve been doing this work for 30 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this.”Yet after a two-year drumbeat of
 bad economic news, it shouldn't come as any great surprise that the American family, collectively, is suffering.
 Unemployment region wide stands at 10.4 percent. It’s expected to rise.
 MUST Ministries, a faith-based nonprofit in Cobb and Cherokee counties, helped 29,000 people last year. Re-
 quests for assistance there are up 25 percent this year. “It’s no longer just hourly wage workers. These are profes-
 sionals — from bankers to people with master’s and Ph.D.’s,” said Annette Lee, the agency’s resource develop-
 ment coordinator. “We are seeing more and more people who are above the poverty line.
 ”Many of the newly unemployed must make the uncomfortable choice between keeping the lights on or a roof
 over their heads. “You don’t want to be homeless so you tend to pay your rent instead of your utility bill,” said
 Eileen Parker, case manager with the nonprofit Sullivan Center. “We’ve got a different group of people that have
 never asked for help before.”
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October 2009
 Sun                       Mon       Tue               Wed             Thu               Fri              Sat

                                                                       1                 2                3
 4Church Building          5         6FAMA             7               8STWG -           9                10
 Dedication in Nan Mango             (Wicca)                           6:30pm
 Worldwide Communion                   At 7:00pm                       Haiti Committee
          Sunday                                                       Mtg 4:30pm
 Peacemaking Offering

 11Lunch ’n Learn          12        13                14              15                16               17Is Peace
     1:00pm                                                                              World Food Day   Possible in Pales-
                                                                                                          tine? 9am-4 pm
                                                                                                          Trinity Pres

 18 CYG Aids Walk          19        20                21              22                23               24
 Stewardship                                                                                              United Nations
      Luncheon #1                                                                                         Day

 25                        26        27                28              29                30               31
                                     Session Meeting                   Common Ground
                                     6:30pm                            Lunch

On‐going Classes  
Held in the Sanctuary Parlor 
Men’s Bible Study—Wednesdays 7am 
Women’s Bible Study—Wednesdays 10am 
Women’s Spiritual Circle 1—Thursdays 10am 
Women’s Spiritual Circle 2—First and Third Wednesday 6:15pm  
Women’s Spiritual Circle 3—Mondays 10am  

Adult Choir ‐ Wednesday, 7:30‐9:00 p.m. in the choir room 
Handbell Ensemble – Wednesday, 6:20‐7:20 p.m. in the sanctuary     
Handbell Choir – Sunday, 8:30‐9:30 p.m. in the sanctuary 
Music Discovery (3‐6 years old) – Sunday, 9:30‐10:00 a.m. in the choir room 
Treble Choir (2‐8 grade) – Sunday 12:00‐1:00 p.m. in the choir room 
For more information on joining any of our choirs, please contact John Coble.  

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2461 Peachtree Road, NE 
Atlanta, GA 30305 

  “   Equipping the People of God to Serve Christ in the World”

                            October Birthdays
 1        Jill Ulrici                           13    Dana Ford 
 1        Mona Cox                              14    Patty Short 
 2        Helen Hammonds                        15    Faye Hall 
 3        Christopher Caughman                  15    Scott Manning 
 5        Courtney Rees                         15    Anna Sanders 
 6        Marti Blincoe                         15    Patton Jaynes 
 7        Kristen McLean                        16    Tim Powers 
 8        Sarah Moore                           16    Elizabeth Philp 
 8        Chris Cook                            20    Kipp Buis 
 8        Julie Gallien                         20    Walter Hargrave 
 8        Kellyann Ford                         21    Paul Short 
 11       Cheryl Gray                           25    Bill Eidson 
 11       Patrick Forquer                       26    Clyde Hart 
 12       Pinckney Straughn                     26    Andrew Wilder 
 12       Alison Caughman                       28    Lou Holdsworth 
 12       Sandra Cammy                          29    Emily Manning 
 13       Scotty Pannell                        31    Doris Whitworth 

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