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Come & Worship:
Sunday, April 30


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Morning Worship
10:45 AM

"God's Mighty Fortress"
(Psalm 46)
Dr. Mike Ross

Worship Notes:
Seek the City announcement

Evening Worship
6:00 PM

"For Such a Time as This"
(Esther 4:1-17)
Dr. Mike Ross

Worship Notes:
Songs of Praise led 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

Celebration of the Arts
Friday, April 28 | 5 PM
Church members are invited to the Covenant Day Celebration of the Arts this evening. This year's event will have a new format that includes fun for the entire family! The student art gallery opens in the high school student commons at 5 PM (see below for how you can view the art gallery on Sunday after worship!) with an awards celebration taking place at 5:30. Following the visual arts ceremony, we'll join together for dinner (bring your own or grab dinner from one of the food trucks) and a night of entertainment (including performances from the MS/HS band, choirs, a cappella groups, and a teaser from the upcoming middle school drama). There will also be outdoor activities for children throughout the evening including face painting, bubbles, and hula hoops. We look forward to seeing your entire family at this year's Celebration of the Arts!

National Day of Prayer Worship Service
Thursday, May 4 | 7 PM
This year’s National Day of Prayer will be observed on Thursday, May 4. The theme this year is For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us... Forgive Us...Heal Us! Taken from Daniel 9:19, which says, “O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act! For Your Sake, O My God...” Join us on Thursday, May 4, at 7 PM in the Community Life Center chapel to participate along with thousands of individuals, churches, and communities to rally millions of Christians to once again heed this call!

VBS Registration Opens May 1
June 19-23 | 9 AM - Noon
Vacation Bible school is a ministry of Seek the City and activities are led by our middle school and high school students. This year’s VBS will be June 19-23 from 9 AM-noon for children ages 5-11 (children must be 5 years old by June 19). VBS will be held in the Christ Covenant Church worship center and is FREE! Invite your friends and neighbors! Once registration opens (on May 1), click here to register your child(ren).

Pastors' Yard Day
Saturday, May 6 | 9 AM
Come help us show our appreciation for all our pastors! Help us help them get their yards in shape for the summer. We need your helping hands and yard tools to pull this off. If you can give a couple of hours in the morning on May 6, please contact Mark Lomas at marklomas@carolina.rr.com. If you have questions, please call Mary Jo Culver at 704-814-1039.

Calendar

THIS WEEK
 
Sunday, April 30
9:00 AM Sunday Bible School
9:00 AM Discovery Class
9:00 AM The Smart Stepfamily study
9:00 AM Communicants class
10:45 AM Morning worship
12:00 PM CDS student art exhibit open
4:30 PM The Gathering
5:00 PM Timothy Project
6:00 PM Evening worship
6:15 PM Children's choirs
 
Monday, May 1
  CDS Annual Golf Classic
7:00 PM GriefShare support group
 
Tuesday, May 2
11:50 AM Women's Bible Study - Acts
6:30 PM The Anchor end-of-year dessert
 
Wednesday, May 3
7:00 PM Youth Link & EPIC
7:00 PM Sacred Marriage study
7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir rehearsal
 
Thursday, May 4
7:00 PM National Day of Prayer worship service
 
Friday, May 5
12:00 PM Seniors monthly luncheon
 
Saturday, May 6
  Pastors' Yard Day
7:00 PM Sacred Marriage Study
 

UPCOMING EVENTS
May 10 Senior youth night (6 PM)
May 14 Mother's Day
May 15 Yarn Lovers Ministry (7 PM)
May 17 Yarn Lovers Ministry (10 AM)
May 21 Racial Reconciliation Sunday
May 22 Congregational Day of Prayer
May 28 ProjectSHARE collection
May 29 Memorial Day - offices closed
June 1 CO Summer Beach Project begins
June 2 CDS graduation
June 4 Graduate Recognition Sunday
June 6 Pastors' Reading Club
June 11 Morning worship (special time: 10 AM) followed by celebration for Mike & Jane Ross; no SBS; no 6 PM worship.
June 18-23 Seek the City

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
  Youth Ministry's Senior Night 2017
Wednesday, May 10 | 6-9 PM
Seniors and their parents are invited to Senior Night 2017, where we will celebrate our graduating seniors with a full night of encouragement and fun, including dinner, worship and senior video, and our annual “Yuck-Fest”! The dinner (6-7 PM) is open to seniors and their parents. RSVP required by Monday, May 8 (Click here to RSVP for dinner). See the high school programming page of the youth website for more details and information on pictures that we need from the seniors for the senior video.
  Pastors' Reading Club
Tuesday, June 6 | 7 PM
Join us in our Community Life Center chapel for our next reading club meeting as Pastor Bruce Creswell leads a discussion of The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance – Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters by Sinclair B. Ferguson. Since the days of the early church, Christians have wrestled with the relationship between law and gospel. Ferguson shows us that the antidote to the poison of legalism on the one hand and antinomianism on the other is one and the same: the life-giving gospel of Jesus Christ, in whom we are simultaneously justified by faith, freed for good works, and assured of salvation. For more information, see our 2017 Pastors' Reading Club brochure located on our website under the Media menu (or click here).
NEW Serve at home through Seek the City!
Seek the City is Christ Covenant’s summer missions project to the Charlotte area, held this year the week of June 18-23. A range of volunteers are needed - including providing food or serving at meals, helping at worksites, building lunches, staying the week with the kids, and praying. Sign up for one area or more than one! To volunteer, visit volunteer.seekthecity.com. Signing up online is easy but there will be an insert in Sunday's bulletin (which you can also download here) — so if you would like to use the form, just drop it in the offering bag during worship. If you have any questions, please email Jan Adams at jadams@christcovenant.org.
NEW Reformation Conference and Celebration
October 27-29, 2017
2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Plans are underway for an amazing Reformation Conference and Celebration! Join Kevin DeYoung and RTS Charlotte President Mike Kruger for a weekend of events that will conclude with a concert by Keith and Kristyn Getty. More information will be shared in the coming weeks, but mark your calendars NOW for October 27-29 — a not-to-be-missed weekend of historic significance.
Covenant Day School
NEW Student Art Exhibit
Sunday, April 30 | 12-2 PM
Covenant Day School invites you to view the student art gallery in the high school student commons after morning worship this Sunday.
Information and Registrations
  Thanks to the His Abilities Community
The Children’s Ministry hosted an Easter egg hunt last Saturday, April 8, as an outreach to welcome children and their families to hear the Easter story. 126 children participated this year! The His Abilities community played a huge role in preparing for this event by stuffing half of the 2,400 eggs. The other eggs were stuffed by participants in JT Rea’s Bible study group. We are truly grateful for these two special groups and their ministry to our congregation and community!
NEW Joy Prom 2017
April 28 & 29
This year, Joy Prom begins a new chapter. Carmel Baptist Church has teamed up with For Charlotte, Joni & Friends, and other churches around the city (including Christ Covenant Church) to again host Joy Prom. Christ Covenant's His Abilities ministry has made a more concerted effort to get our people to volunteer (in part because we want to support this great event and in part because we want to get more of our congregation exposed to the beauty and joy of relationships with those affected by disabilities and excited about investing in growing this crucial ministry of our church). The Joy Prom is designed for people ages 16 and older with developmental and/or physical impairments. There is no charge for this event because it is their special night! Guests dress up and have some fun! They are treated to a dessert banquet and a lavishly-decorated venue to dance the hours away. They also get a free prom portrait, glitz and glitter for the ladies, and shoe shines for the guys.
  Class of 2017
If you have a new graduate in your family and would like his/her name included in the June 4 E-Courier, please e-mail communications@christcovenant.org or call the church office at 704-847-3505 no later than Monday, May 30, and let us know the student’s name, his or her school, degree information (if applicable), and future education plans or military service. On Sunday, June 4, we will recognize our graduates during morning worship.
  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.
Our Community
  Healthy Living Expo
Saturday, April 29 | 10 AM-3 PM
The Matthews Chamber invites people of all ages and all walks of life to the Healthy Living Expo at Christ Covenant Church in our Community Life Center. This FREE event is open to the public and is FULL of healthy living education, demonstrations, mini workouts, yoga sessions, health screenings, an obstacle course, vendor booths for a healthy mind, body, spirit, finances and so MUCH more! For more information, go to the Matthews Chamber Healthy Living Expo page (click here).
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 - 4/23/17 Actual Budget Difference % (-) or +
Operating Budget - Inflow 1,630,206 1,649,000 (18,794) (1.14%)
Faith Promise Budget - Inflow 122,371 113,000 9,371 8.29%

12/1/14 -4/23/17 Gifts Received 3-Year Commitment Fulfillment %
Our Heritage - Inflow 3,340,232 3,500,000 95.44%
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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 (May 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. If you have heard from a staff person but have not yet responded, please respond as soon as you can! Thank you for your help.
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 - May 28(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

  Missionary Housing Needed
Temporary housing is needed for two missionary families. The first is for a couple who will need housing from August 2017–August 2018. This would need to be a home that would be welcoming for visits from their grandchildren. The second need is for a family with three young boys, and housing is needed from October 21–November 7. Please contact Karen Chambers at kchambers@christcovenant.org if you have a place for either family, would like more information, or have recommendations or suggestions.
  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 - April 30

Emily (Restricted Area)
Emily serves in college ministry. Pray that the Lord would provide opportunities to have gospel conversations with students. Pray for protection as she boldly proclaims the gospel. Pray for the establishment of a student-led fellowship at her university.

For more Missionaries of the Week, click here.
  Faith Promise
If you haven't yet made a commitment to support international and domestic missions through Faith Promise, you can still submit your commitment card by either downloading a printable version or filling out our online form. Both are available on our Faith Promise webpage, http://christcovenant.org/FP.
  Teacher Resources for Kenya Mission
You can help with the Kenya mission trip as our team goes to train the teachers from the Mamlaka Primary School in the Kibera slum. We would like to take flash cards (any type) and small learning games for teacher resources. Please drop off donations at the information desk or at the Outreach and Missions house by May 14. Contact Karen Chambers for more information at kchambers@christcovenant.org.
  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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