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Come & Worship:
Sunday, February 19
Invite your neighbors, family, and friends to worship with us.
We welcome our guests! Share the latest sermons from our services via our website. Audio and sermon outlines are available on our Recent Sermons page.

 

Morning Worship
10:45 AM

"Children and the
Kingdom of God"
(Matthew 18:1-14;
19:13-15)
Dr. Mike Ross

Worship Notes:
Men’s Ministry Video Announcement, Missions Conference Video, Congregational Meeting

Evening Worship
6:00 PM

"The Temple Completed!"
(Ezra 6:13-22;
Zech. 3:1-5:10)
Dr. Mike Ross

Worship Notes:
Songs of Praise led by The Gathering and our Joy Singers

For this Sunday's worship folder, including the order of worship and announcements, go to the Sunday Worship Folder page.

For upcoming sermon titles, please see the Worship Services page.


Highlights

Called Congregational Meeting
Sunday, February 19 | 12 PM
The Session has called for a brief Congregational Meeting this Sunday immediately following the morning worship service, for the purpose of updating our members on our Children’s Ministries and explaining our current adult volunteer needs for both spring and summer. Your attendance is important. For a flyer you can download now and sign up for the volunteer opportunities available, please click here. If you do fill it out this way, please bring to church on Sunday to submit at the meeting.

Men’s Movie Night
Friday, February 24 | 7 PM
Men of all ages are invited to a showing of Woodlawn on Friday, February 24, at 7 PM, in rooms 3 & 4 (main level) of the Community Life Center. The movie, based on a true story, is about a gifted high school football player who must learn to boldly embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field. See the trailer at woodlawnmovie.com. We ask for a $5 donation per person (at the door or at the Men's Ministry table in the main lobby this Sunday) and snacks will be for sale. More details on our Men's Ministry page, christcovenant.org/mens-min.

2017 Annual Missions Conference
Sunday, March 5
The 2017 Christ Covenant Missions Conference will focus on campus ministries and equipping students for a life of fruitful mission.
   We'll begin with a joint Sunday school class (for middle school ages and up) at 9 AM in the Community Life Center with a dynamic panel of people involved in campus ministries. Moderated by Zach Fulginiti (Director, Campus Outreach Charlotte), the panelists will include Wendy Eunice (Staff Care & Leadership Development, Campus Outreach Global), Michael Whitham (Campus Minister at Johnson & Wales with Reformed University Fellowship), Carlton Whitman (Financial Guide at Tassel Capital), and Jeff Viljoen (Regional Director, Campus Outreach Johannesburg).
   Following the joint class, Reverend Sandy Willson (Senior Minister at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN) will join us in our morning service (10:45 AM) to preach on The Corinthian Mission.
  We'll conclude the conference at our evening worship service with Dr. Mike Ross preaching.
  Click here to go to the 2017 Missions Conference page.

Seek the City Summer Mission Week
Registration Closes February 25 at Midnight!
Seek the City (StC) is the “stay-at-home” summer mission trip for Christ Covenant Church. Middle school and high school youth set aside a week in the summer to serve the communities of Charlotte and Matthews. We call it a “stay-at-home” mission because the students and their leaders live on our campus in Matthews, NC, for the entire week. Our week this year is June 18-23. For more information about StC, see studentfamilies.com/seekthecity. To go directly to the registration form, click here.

Pastor Imprisoned in Turkey Needs Your Help
Please go to our Get Involved section below to find out more about Rev. Andrew Brunson, a missionary and pastor with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, who has been imprisoned in Turkey, falsely charged with “membership in an armed terrorist organization” despite the Turkish authorities having no evidence against him. Pastor Andrew is a U.S. citizen from North Carolina who (with his family) has lived peacefully in Turkey since 1993. Please read below for more information and to sign the White House petition.

 

 

Calendar

THIS WEEK
 
Sunday, February 19
9:00 AM Discovery Class
9:00 AM Sunday Bible School
10:45 AM Morning Worship
12:00 PM Congregational Meeting
4:30 PM The Gathering
5:00 PM Timothy Project
6:00 PM Evening Worship
6:15 PM Children's Choirs
 
Monday, February 20
2:00 PM Middle School Fun Day
7:00 PM Yarn Lovers Ministry
7:00 PM GriefShare Support Group
 
Tuesday, February 21
10:00 AM The Anchor
11:50 AM Women's Bible Study - Acts
6:30 PM The Anchor
 
Wednesday, February 22
8:15 AM The Anchor
8:30 AM The Anchor
7:00 PM CCYM (Youth Link and Epic)
7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
 
Thursday, February 23
9:30 AM Women's Bible Study - 1 & 2 Peter
and Jude
9:30 AM Women's Bible Study - Galatians
6:45 PM American Heritage Girls
7:00 PM Trail Life
7:00 PM The Anchor
 
Friday, February 24
9:00 AM Kids' Brains and Screens Workshop
7:00 PM Men's Movie Night
 
Saturday, February 25
8:00 AM Men's Study: "A Man and His Story"
 

UPCOMING EVENTS
Feb 26 ProjectSHARE
Feb 27 Congregational Day of Prayer
Mar 2 Men’s Intensive Discipleship Program begins
Mar 3 Senior Adults Monthly Luncheon
Mar 5 Missions Sunday: "Equipping Students for a Life of Fruitful Mission"
(includes joint Sunday Bible School)
Mar 5 Communicants Class for 5th Graders begins
Mar 8 Sacred Marriage Study begins (Weds)
Mar 9 Men’s Study, “A Man and His Marriage,” begins
Mar 10-11 Youth Renovatus Prayer Retreat
Mar 12 The Smart Stepfamily Study begins
Mar 17 Women's Coffee & Conversation:
"From Preschool to Princeton"
Mar 18 Sacred Marriage Study begins (Sat)
Mar 24 & 25 BBQ and Pound Cake Pick-Up
Mar 26 Spring Lunch
Mar 28 Pastors' Book Club (note new date!)
Mar 31-
Apr 2
Women's Beach Getaway

See our Calendar page for more!


Christ Covenant Youth Ministry (CCYM) Christ Covenant Children's Ministry Covenant Day School SOAR Sports Ministry Our Heritage
 

 

 

News
Upcoming Events
NEW Middle School Fun Day
Monday, February 20 | 2-5 PM
Many students have Presidents' Day off next week, so we are offering an opportunity for our middle school students to come to the CLC youth space to play games and enjoy time with friends! (If you do have school, please come when you are able!) Free snacks and drinks! Invite your friends!
NEW ProjectSHARE Collection
Sunday, February 26
Our next ProjectSHARE collection is Sunday, February 26, and we are collecting food and basic necessities for the Matthews HELP Center. Please drop off your donations at the information desk. Note: Food items can be donated any Sunday. For more information and a list of most needed items, please see the ProjectSHARE webpage.
NEW Congregational Day of Prayer
Monday, February 27 | 7 AM - 9 PM
Each month, members of our church family, including our pastors, officers, and staff, take time from their usual schedule to stop and pray for the needs of our congregation and individual members. On the Day of Prayer, all may come and pray in the chapel of the Community Life Center (CLC). At noon, you are invited to the staff devotion in the CLC chapel.
   If a member or family seeks anointing or prayer with the Elders, please come to the room nearest the CLC chapel between 6–7 PM or call Pastor Lawrence at 704-708-6110.
   Prayer cards, filled out by members of our congregation, are available for you to pray over. Prayer sheets are available to guide you in praying for our departments and missionaries. Your confidential prayer requests are always welcome. Please e-mail prayer@christcovenant.org.
  Men’s Intensive Discipleship Program
Thursdays in March | 6:30-8 PM
The Men’s Ministry will begin a new initiative led by Pastor Brian Peterson. The inaugural study will focus on the holiness of life and will use the book The Enemy Within: Straight Talk about the Power and Defeat of Sin by Kris Lundgaard, and will combine theological depth, practical application, relational development, and an intentional mentoring aspect. We will meet each Thursday in March (beginning March 2) from 6:30-8 PM in WC 211. Please contact Jenn Dean at 704-708-6104 or jdean@christcovenant.org for more information. More information will be included in an insert this Sunday.
  Communicants Class
Sundays, March 5 - May 14 | 9 AM
The communicants class prepares 5th graders to understand the elements of the faith as part of their public profession of faith and prepares them to become communing members of the church. Children who are currently attending the 5th grade Sunday Bible School class are already registered for this class. If you would like your child to participate in the communicants class, and they are not already registered, please fill out the Communicant's Registration Form online or contact Esther Mfonyam at emfonyam@christcovenant.org. Parents must attend a mandatory meeting on March 5. Note that students may only miss two classes or they cannot complete the class requirements.
  The Smart Stepfamily Study
Sundays at 9 AM beginning March 12
When we start our journey as a step-family, we may not understand what challenges we will face or how long it might take to reach "The Promised Land" of a healthy step-family. Just as God brought Israel out of slavery in Egypt, God can redeem our families out of the tragedy and pain that go along with divorce and remarriage. The Smart Stepfamily gives encouragement and wisdom in an effort to help step-families walk hand-in-hand with their Lord in the present. Join us to learn the steps to strengthen our families. We will be offering this 12-week study Sundays at 9 AM (during the Sunday school hour) beginning in March. Please register at marriage@christcovenant.org.

  Women's Coffee and Conversation: From Preschool to Princeton
Friday, March 17 | 7 PM
Join us on Friday evening, March 17, in the Community Life Center as we welcome a panel of education experts to help us navigate the challenges of our children's education. We'll consider questions like: What are your thoughts about the trend toward less homework for students? Can you put standardized testing results into context for us? When should we really start thinking with our children about college? Our panel will include lower and high school teachers and administrators from public schools and Covenant Day School. Bring your questions. Bring your friends. Come and join us for “Coffee and Conversation”!
  Sacred Marriage Study
Wednesdays at 7 PM beginning March 8
or Saturdays at 7 PM beginning March 18

Scores of books have been written that offer guidance for building the marriage of your dreams. However, your marriage is much more then a well-oiled union between you and your spouse. It is a spiritual discipline ideally suited to help you know God more fully and intimately and reflect him more clearly to a watching world. Sacred Marriage shifts the focus from marital enrichment to spiritual enrichment in ways that can help you love God more fully and in the process, love your spouse more deeply. Whether your marriage is singing, in need of a tune-up, or requiring repair, this study is for you. Two 8-week studies are available: Wednesdays at 7 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM beginning in March. Please register and let us know which weekday group you are interested in by emailing marriage@christcovenant.org.
  Women’s Spring Beach Getaway
March 31 – April 2
Registration is open for this wonderful weekend of fellowship, community-building, relationship time, and rest on March 31-April 2 at the Ocean Crest Motel in Oak Island, NC. We only have spots for 40 women. This is not a retreat … there is no agenda, no speakers, and no planned activities except for dinner together on Saturday evening and church on Sunday morning. Please read all of the information included in the registration. Due to the intimate size of our group, we have to manage registrations carefully. We will close registration soon...so find a friend and sign up today!!! For complete details and a link to online registration, please go to christcovenant.org/womens-events or register now on our online form.
Covenant Day School
NEW ContainIt Sporting Clay Shoot Fundraiser
Friday, March 31 | 8 AM - 1 PM
Registration is now open for ContainIt's Sporting Clay Shoot fundraiser. The event will be held on Friday, March 31, at Meadow Wood Farms from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The cost is $1,000 for a team of four and includes 15 clay stations, raffles, as well as lunch and refreshments. Funds from the Clay Shooting Tournament will benefit Phase Two of ContainIt. Ultimately, this phase will include a community of 14 containers. Students are currently working on three new units to add to their first dormitory space in Pine Ridge: a kitchen/bath combo, a family unit, and a single adult unit. Click here for more information about ContainIt and to register for the Clay Shoot fundraiser today!
NEW Accepting Host Family Applications for the CDS International Program
Covenant Day School will continue to host international students from China for the 2017-2018 school year. Covenant Day is partnering with New Oasis International Education to provide students for this program. We are currently looking for host families who will provide room, board, transportation to and from school, and most importantly, a welcome and accepting home. Host families will receive a stipend of $1,100 per month for ten months ($11,000 for the academic year). The student’s natural parents pay the school fees and tuition and they provide additional spending money for the student. The students typically arrive approximately one week prior to the start of school and leave as soon as the academic year is finished.
  If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a host family, or know of a family that might be interested, our local New Oasis Student Coordinator, Robin Southern, will be happy to talk with you. You may contact Robin at rsouthern@covenantday.org. The New Oasis website is www.newoasisedu.com. You can also fill out a homestay inquiry form at: http://newoasisedu.com/homestay360/.
Information and Registrations
  Job Openings on Campus
Please check out the job opportunities available at Christ Covenant Church: Administrative Associate to the Senior Director of Church Administration (FT) and Operations Department Administrative Assistant (FT). See http://christcovenant.org/employment for details and the employment application.

Click the links here to go to the employment pages on the church and school websites. There are job opportunities available in both areas! Christ Covenant Church job opportunities | Covenant Day School job opportunities
  “The Best BBQ in Matthews!” is Back!
Order through March 10 | Pick Up March 24-25
Trail Life Troop NC-0413 is having its annual BBQ sale! See one of our Trailmen or go online (bit.ly/TrailLifeBBQ) to place an order. The sale goes from February 9 to March 10. Click here for a flyer with prices and information. Our sister organization, American Heritage Girls Troop NC0800, will be selling desserts during BBQ pick-up (March 24-25) as well as pre-orders for pound cake (see annnouncement below). Please plan to stop by their table and take home some yummy desserts with your BBQ order! Your support of these ministries of Christ Covenant Church is greatly appreciated.
  American Heritage Girls Pound Cake Sale
Order through March 10 | Pick Up March 24-25
You know that sad feeling when your last bite of Trail Life BBQ disappears? We do, too, but we've got a great solution: American Heritage Girls pound cake! This year we are partnering with our brother organization to bring you the pound cake you'd make if you had time to spare in the kitchen. Rich buttery slices that just might make you forget the BBQ blues. Find an AHG member or order online at bit.ly/2017-poundcakes and make your order a little sweeter. The sale goes from February 9 to March 10. Click here for a flyer with information. You can pick up your cake along with your BBQ at our bake sale booth on March 24 or 25. This culinary combo won't last long and helps our troop girls afford summer camp when families come up a little short, and it's a delicious way to keep these rich programs and experiences in the lives of our little people.
  Men’s Study: A Man and His Marriage
Thursdays, March 9-April 13
Registration is open for the next men’s study in the Authentic Manhood series. “A Man and His Marriage” will be held on Thursday mornings (6-7:20 AM), March 9-April 13. For more information and to register, go to christcovenant.org/mens-min.
  Youth Renovatus Retreat
Registration Open
Registration is open for Renovatus, our yearly prayer retreat for high school and middle school students. This year's retreat will be held March 10-11 at Cane Creek Park in Waxhaw. More information and the registration form are available on the Student Families website's Renovatus Retreat page.
Finance Office
NEW Our Tithes and Gifts
Thank you for your tithes and gifts to all of the ministries of Christ Covenant. Don't forget to take advantage of our secure online giving. Please continue to pray for God’s provision this calendar year. More financial information is available on our Finance Department page.

1/1/17 - 2/12/17 Actual Budget Difference % (-) or +
Operating Budget - Inflow 528,650 651,000 (122,350) (18.79%)
Faith Promise Budget - Inflow 31,358 30,500 858 2.81%

12/1/14 -2/12/17 Gifts Received 3-Year Commitment Fulfillment %
Our Heritage - Inflow 3,209,887 3,500,000 91.71%
Community Events
  JWU RUF Silent Auction
Saturday, February 18 | 7 PM
Please join RUF at Johnson & Wales University on their campus (801 W. Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202) for their annual dinner celebration and silent auction. Auction items will include all artwork presented at Lessons & Carols! Tickets are $20 individual or $30 per couple.  Heavy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. If interested in childcare, please contact Michael at 918-513-2703 or mcwhitham@gmail.com.
  Kids' Brains and Screens Seminars
Friday, February 24 | 9 AM - 2:30 PM
Families Managing Media will hold three educational seminars focusing on screen overuse and the impact on child development. The seminars will be held on Friday, February 24, in the lower (youth) level of the Community Life Center. Session 1 (9 AM) focuses on the brain science behind screen use and child development. Session 2 (11 AM) focuses on how to avoid video game overuse and addiction. The final session (1 PM) focuses on how to keep social media and smartphones from controlling your child. To register, go to fmm-feb24.eventbrite.com. The cost is $20 per session or $50 for all three. Please bring your tickets to the event. For more information, please contact Ellen Cotton at ellen@familiesmanagingmedia.com.
NEW Melody Makers in Concert at Christ Covenant
Friday, March 3 | 11 AM
Please join us for a special concert of the Melody Makers, a community outreach choir for senior adults, sponsored by Matthews United Methodist Church Music Ministries. The choir was created in 1997, and the members represent several churches in the Charlotte/Matthews area. The Melody Makers perform a variety of sacred and secular music at local assisted living centers, nursing homes, retirement centers, and community churches through the year. The choir is directed by Kathy White, Music Ministry Associate/Organist at Matthews UMC. The choir rehearses each Tuesday from 9:30-11 AM at Matthews UMC, September through May. If you are interested in joining Melody Makers, please contact Kathy White at 704-815-1940.
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Get Involved
Children's Ministry Prayer Opportunities
 

Children's Ministry Has a
Perfect Place for You to Serve!

Come and share your love with our Covenant children. We have opportunities no matter what your giftedness, holding babies to mentoring elementary children, we have the spot for you!

Visit the Children's Ministry website for our most up-to-date list of needs. children.christcovenant.org/volunteer/needs.

Contact Diane Dworek at 704-814-1025 or ddworek@christcovenant.org with questions.

More information about opportunities to gather for prayer:

Monthly Prayer Guide (February 2017)
The monthly prayer guide is available (in the regular brochure format) at the Information Desk in the worship center. You can also download a convenient online version by clicking here.

Outreach & Missions - Local
 

Local Outreach Needs
Our ongoing needs (volunteers and collections) for local outreach are available on the Local Outreach page of our website. New opportunities will continue to be listed here in the E-Courier. Current opportunities include:

  • ProjectSHARE - February 26 (see link in blue box)
  • Ministry opportunity for men
  • Yarn Lovers Ministry
  • The Shepherd's Center of Charlotte
  • Metanoia Prison Ministry

For more information on these needs, click here.

Missions Links

  Volunteer to Serve Children in our City as a Buddy/Sidekick
We have a rewarding volunteer opportunity for those of you that work uptown.  If you have interest in becoming a buddy/sidekick for an elementary student at an uptown school, please contact Karen Troutman, kmtroutman@hotmail.com.  This is a new opportunity at our church and we will partner with First Ward Creative Arts at 715 North Caldwell street. Your weekly investment is as little as 30 minutes to an hour. We look forward to hearing from you!
Outreach & Missions - National/International
NEW NC Pastor Imprisoned in Turkey Needs Your Help
Rev. Andrew Brunson, a missionary and pastor with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, was raised in Black Mountain, NC. Called by God to leave that beautiful place and serve in Turkey twenty-two years ago, Rev. Brunson worked without notice. In all those years, he focused on helping Turkish Christians establish local churches and raising his own family, including a daughter now studying at UNC-Chapel Hill. His life was not unlike that of most missionaries in countries like Turkey where there has been a tradition of religious tolerance.
  That unremarkable life disappeared just before Thanksgiving, when Pastor Brunson was imprisoned, one of 19 people crowded into a 10-man cell and charged with crimes against the government. There is no truth to these charges, in fact Pastor Brunson came to attention only because he has applied for resident status in Turkey just before members of the military attempted a coup against some government leaders. Their action led to suspicion of minorities, including Christians. Pastor Brunson’s application for residency identified him as a Christian. That brought him under suspicion and led to his detention.
  Pastor Brunson’s supporters here in the US are working to bring international attention to his arrest. They need at least 100,000 signatures on an appeal to President Trump to appeal to the Turkish government for Pastor Brunson’s freedom.
  Please click this link to go directly to the White House petition. Additional links at the bottom of this article will provide full details on Pastor Bronson’s case including communications from the Congress to the Turkish government and a petition to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
  Your involvement is important as a spur to government action, but your prayers for Pastor Brunson and our own brothers and sisters in Turkey is essential. Pray that God will use Pastor Brunson’s suffering for His glory and that many will come to Christ because they see His love reflected in the lives of His children as they rely on Him alone.

Additional information:
https://aclj.org/persecuted-church/a-week-of-urgent-advocacy-for-american-pastor-andrew-brunson

http://abc11.com/religion/a-family-nightmare-as-nc-pastor-held-in-turkish-prison/1736678

https://epconnection.org/?s=brunson
NEW Missionaries of the Week - February 19

Frank & Sheree (Restricted Area)

Frank and Sheree focus on training believers in the areas of business, preschool education, theological education, leadership, and discipleship. Pray for the 21 students who attended leadership training in December to be faithful leaders. Pray for wisdom for Sheree on how to coordinate and provide training in the region. Pray for the church in Egypt after the bombing in the main Coptic complex in Cairo.

For more Missionaries of the Week, click here.
  International Outreach Needs
Our ongoing needs (volunteers and collections) for international outreach are available on the International Outreach page of our website. New opportunities will continue to be listed here in the E-Courier. Current opportunities include:
  • Host an international student
  • Prescription bottle collection
  • MNA SecondCareer needs volunteers
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Reminders
  Have You Checked Greg’s List lately?
Our church body includes many professionals, tradespersons, service providers, small business owners and independent contractors, gifted hand crafters, skilled technicians and consultants. These people offer a wide variety of goods and services through their small businesses that could be of value to others in our congregation. Greg's List is an online directory with information about church members who offer such goods and services. If you offer crafts, products, or services, we want to include you! Click here for more information.
  Dr. Mike Ross on the Radio
The Covenant of Grace on WHVN Heaven Radio (1240AM & 104.3FM) — Saturdays at 9 AM, 9:30 PM & 11 PM; Sundays at 8:30 AM & 9 PM. On a smartphone? Click here and follow the prompts to install the Covenant of Grace app on your phone.
  Headed to the Hospital?
Our Hospital Visitation Ministry is available to provide encouragement and comfort for all of our member families. Please call our church office at 704-847-3505 or Pastor Bruce Creswell at 704-708-6106 when you are scheduled for surgery or when a family member has been checked into the hospital. In a pastoral emergency you may reach the Pastor on Call at 704-708-6101.
  Do You Need to Connect with Our Mercy Ministries?
The mercy ministry information has been moved to a permanent place on our website! Go to our Pastoral Care page (under Ministries) to find out more.
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