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Come & Worship:
Sunday, March 19
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Morning Worship
10:45 AM

"The Rule of Conscience"
(Romans 2:12-16)
Dr. Mike Ross

Worship Notes:
Music Meditation by the K–2 Children’s Choir

Evening Worship
6:00 PM

"Truth and Peace…
and Joy!"
(Zechariah 8:1-23)
Dr. Mike Ross

Worship Notes:
Songs of Praise by The Gathering

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

Faith Promise
Our Faith Promise commitment was part of our Missions Conference on March 5. If you haven't yet made a pledge to support international and domestic missions through Faith Promise, you can still submit your commitment card by either downloading a printed version or filling out our online form. Both are available on our Faith Promise webpage, http://christcovenant.org/FP. Printed cards can be turned in via the offering bag on Sundays or mailed to the church office c/o Missions & Outreach. This Sunday, we will have commitment cards inserted in the worship folders and have a special time of collection.

Day of Prayer and Fasting
Tuesday, March 21
We ask you to take part in a Day of Prayer and Fasting in advance of our March 26 congregational meeting. Please use this time to seek God’s wisdom and will for our congregation. Our specific goal is to ask for God’s presence in our meeting and for our unity in accepting the recommendation of our Senior Pastor Search Team's candidate for our next senior pastor. We also pray for our new leader and for the church family at his current church as they look to God’s plan for their ministry. Please create as much time as possible for personal prayer this Tuesday, to join in prayer for God’s work among us, and to praise Him for His many, many blessings on Christ Covenant Church.

Congregational Meeting
Sunday, March 26 | after 10:30 AM morning worship
Our Session has called for a congregational meeting next Sunday, March 26, immediately after morning worship to vote on a motion from the search team to call their selected candidate as the senior pastor of Christ Covenant Church, effective June 19, 2017. We are praying that this vote will be an overwhelming affirmation that demonstrates our unity in support of our new shepherd.

Annual Spring Lunch
Sunday, March 26 | 12 PM
Our annual congregational spring lunch will be held on Sunday, March 26, following the morning worship service. Our menu is: barbecue, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, slaw, pound cake, and brownies. Pans and recipes will be in the lobbies for pick up this Sunday, March 19. You can also download the recipes here: mac and cheese, brownies, pound cake. Please sign your name and the number of family members attending on our registration forms in the lobbies when you pick up your pan. On March 26, please bring your lawn chairs!
More information will be sent out via email this coming week.

Calendar

THIS WEEK
 
Sunday, March 19
9:00 AM Discovery Class
9:00 AM Communicants class
9:00 AM Sunday Bible school
9:00 AM The Smart Stepfamily study
10:45 AM Morning worship
4:30 PM The Gathering
5:00 PM Timothy Project
6:00 PM Evening worship
6:15 PM Children's choirs
 
Monday, March 20
7:00 PM Yarn Lovers Ministry
7:00 PM GriefShare support group
 
Tuesday, March 21
Day of Prayer and Fasting
10:00 AM The Anchor
11:50 AM Women's Bible Study - Acts
6:30 PM The Anchor
 
Wednesday, March 22
8:15 AM The Anchor
8:30 AM The Anchor
7:00 PM CCYM (Youth Link and EPIC)
7:00 PM Sacred Marriage study
7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir rehearsal
 
Thursday, March 23
6:00 AM Men's study "A Man & His Marriage"
9:30 AM Women's Bible Study - 1 & 2 Peter
and Jude
9:30 AM Women's Bible Study - Galatians
6:30 PM Men's Intensive Discipleship Program
6:45 PM American Heritage Girls
7:00 PM Trail Life
7:00 PM The Anchor
 
Friday, March 24
3:00 PM BBQ & Pound Cake Pick-Up
 
Saturday, March 25
9:00 AM BBQ & Pound Cake Pick-Up
7:00 PM Sacred Marriage study
 

UPCOMING EVENTS
Mar 26 Morning worship starts at 10:30
Mar 26 ProjectSHARE
Mar 26 Congregational Meeting
Mar 26 Spring Lunch
Mar 27 Congregational Day of Prayer
Mar 28 Pastors' Reading Club
Mar 31 ContainIt Clay Shoot fundraiser
Mar 31- Apr 2 Women's Beach Getaway
Apr 2 Discovery Class begins
Apr 8 Children's Easter Egg Hunt
Apr 9 Palm Sunday worship/PM concert
Apr 10-14 Holy Week
Apr 16 Easter Sunday
April 20 DivorceCare begins
Apr 28-30 Men's retreat

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
  Trail Life BBQ & American Heritage Girls Pound Cake Pick Up
March 24 (3-8 PM) and March 25 (9 AM-3 PM)
We will be having Trail Life BBQ and American Heritage Girls pound cake pick-up at the church on Friday, March 24, from 3-8 PM, and Saturday, March 25, from 9 AM - 3 PM. Your support of these ministries of Christ Covenant Church is greatly appreciated.
  Sacred Marriage Study
Wednesdays at 7 PM beginning March 15
or Saturdays at 7 PM beginning March 25

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 being offered for couples: Wednesdays at 7 PM beginning March 15 and Saturdays at 7 PM beginning March 25. Please register and let us know which group you are interested in by emailing marriage@christcovenant.org.
  Pastors' Reading Club
Tuesday, March 28 | 7 PM
Join us for our second reading club of 2017 on Tuesday, March 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Life Center Chapel, as Pastor Brian Peterson leads a discussion of Conscience: What it is, How to Train it, and Loving Those Who Differ, by Andrew David Naselli. For more information, see the reading club brochure (under the “Media” tab on our website).
NEW Discovery Class
Sundays, April 2-June 25 | 9 AM
The Discovery Class is our membership class for adults and students 9th grade and above. In this class, our pastors review Christ Covenant’s philosophy of ministry, the Reformed Faith, the Presbyterian form of government, the vows of church membership, and other topics pertinent to church membership. This class is required for those seeking to join Christ Covenant Church. The class meets in room 105 of the worship center. For more information or to register for the class, please contact Mary Jo Culver at mculver@christcovenant.org or stop by the Information Desk.
NEW DivorceCare
begins Thursday, April 20
Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before. Christ Covenant Church will begin offering DivorceCare support groups, with our first class beginning Thursday, April 20. DivorceCare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. The support groups will help you learn how to heal from the deep hurt of separation and divorce and discover hope for your future. For more information or to register for the class, please contact Mary Jo Culver at mculver@christcovenant.org or stop by the Information Desk.
NEW 2017 Men’s Retreat: Life With God
April 28-30
Registration is now open for the Men’s Ministry 2017 Retreat, which will be held the weekend of April 28-30 at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain. Our 2017 theme is Life With God, and we welcome Andrew Holbrook as our guest speaker and Nathan Clark George as our guest musician. The cost is $159 per person, with scholarships available. For more information and a link to register, please go to http://christcovenant.org/mens-min. Questions? Contact Jennifer Dean at jdean@christcovenant.org.
Covenant Day School
  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!
Information and Registrations
  The Smart Stepfamily study
Sundays at 9 AM
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) which began Sunday, March 12, in the CDS high school, room 109. It's not too late to join the class. Please register at marriage@christcovenant.org.
NEW Spring Lunch Help Needed
The CCC Hospitality Team needs lots of help decorating and setting up for our spring lunch on Sunday, March 26. Please view the available slots at this link and let us know when (and how!) you might be able to help. If you are helping in some way during the lunch, we will prepare a to-go box for you ahead of time so there will be a meal waiting for you when you are finished. You will not miss the worship service. Thanks in advance for your help!
NEW Funeral Reception Team
You are invited to be part of our CCC Funeral Reception Team. When a funeral is held at the church, this team will be contacted for help with food preparation or serving, and given instructions on what would be needed. Very easy recipes will be provided and the cost of ingredients will be minimal. In some cases, you may just need to pick up an item at the store and no preparation would be needed. The goal is to have enough people on the team so that each person would serve a maximum of 3-4 times per year. To sign up to help with funeral receptions, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Teresa Caldwell.
  Job Openings on Campus
Please check out the job opportunities available at Christ Covenant Church and Covenant Day School! Click the links to go to the employment pages on the church and school websites, with more information and the employment applications.
Christ Covenant Church job opportunities | Covenant Day School job opportunities
Our Community
NEW Equp Workshop at RTS: You Never Stop Being a Parent
Monday, April 17 | 6:30-8:30 PM
The Counseling Department at RTS Charlotte invites you to an Equip Workshop with pastor and author Dr. James Newheiser, the director of the Christian Counseling Program and associate professor of Christian Counseling and Practical Theology at RTS Charlotte. Dr. Newheiser will address two important topics related to parenting throughout your child’s lifespan. The first hour he will discuss the importance of gospel-driven parenting, covering material from his book Parenting is More than a Formula. The second hour he will turn to what Scripture teaches regarding relationships between parents and their adult children. There will be a short question and answer forum and registrants will receive Dr. Newheiser’s book You Never Stop Being a Parent. Light refreshments will be served. For more information and to register, go to rts.edu/charlotte/equip.
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 - 3/12/17 Actual Budget Difference % (-) or +
Operating Budget - Inflow 931,220 1,047,000 (115,780) (11.06%)
Faith Promise Budget - Inflow 65,494 75,000 (9,506) (12.67%)

12/1/14 -3/12/17 Gifts Received 3-Year Commitment Fulfillment %
Our Heritage - Inflow 3,275,950 3,500,000 93.60%
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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 (March 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.

  Nursery Ministry Volunteers
We are so grateful for the over 100 new nursery ministry volunteers who responded to our special volunteer initiative last month. Our staff is working diligently to get all of our volunteers plugged into rooms and dates in the next week or so. If you signed up to help and have not heard from a staff person, please contact Gatha Schleicher at gschleicher@christcovenant.org. If you have heard from a staff person, please respond to her as soon as you can! Thank you for your help. Our little people thank you, too!
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 - March 26 (see link in blue box)
  • 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

Missionaries of the Week - March 19

Donna & Ted Robart (Vero Beach, FL)
Ted & Donna founded The Women’s Refuge in 1997 for women who are experiencing emotional, mental, and spiritual problems. Pray that a managing director would be found to take over the administrative role under the board of directors. Pray that those Donna has given much of her responsibility to will have wisdom and all they need to perform their roles well. Pray for Donna in her counseling and advising role.

For more Missionaries of the Week, click here.

NEW Skilled Volunteers Needed to Serve PCA Ministries Via the Internet
Do you have a heart to serve and a specific skill that could be helpful to a PCA church planter, church, or other PCA ministry? Mission to North America’s SecondCareer Ministry is seeking adult volunteers of all ages to serve via the Internet. The following are types of assistance frequently requested: admin assistance, publicity/marketing, accounting, architect, graphic design, demographic site profiling, website development, and social media If you are interested in more information about serving with your skills via the Internet, please contact Barbara Campbell, MNA SecondCareer Facilitator, at bcampbell@pcanet.org or 804-339-5005.
  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
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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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