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Come & Worship: Sunday, March 26
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 — 10:30 AM
"A Pleasing Aroma" (Leviticus 1:1-17) Kevin DeYoung
Worship Notes: Immediately following worship, we will have our congregational meeting

Evening Worship — 6:00 PM
"The Fall of a Queen" (Esther 1:1-22) Dr. Mike Ross
Worship Notes: Congregational Hymns of Praise, Offertory by the 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

Sunday Schedule
Sunday, March 26
We have a very busy (and exciting) day planned for this Sunday! Here is a reminder of the schedule for the day:

Sunday Bible School
9:00-10:00 AM
Young Families will meet in the Lion's Theater (formerly The Harbor) in Building C. All other classes will meet in their regular locations

Morning Worship
10:30 AM

Congregational Meeting
Immediately following morning worship
See announcement below for more information

Spring Luncheon
Immediately following congregational meeting
See announcement below for more information

Evening Worship
6:00 PM

Congregational Meeting
Sunday, March 26 | after 10:30 AM morning worship
Our Session has called for a congregational meeting this Sunday, March 26, immediately after morning worship to vote on a motion from the search team to call our next 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 spring lunch will be held this Sunday following the morning worship service and the congregational meeting. Our menu is: barbecue, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, slaw, pound cake, and brownies. On Sunday, please bring your pans of food to the lower level/loading dock behind the Community Life Center (8:30-9:30 AM) or to the Community Life Center kitchen (9:30-10:15 AM). Recipes can be downloaded here: mac and cheesebrowniespound cake. So that we can make the transition from the worship center to the Community Life Center (CLC) as smooth as possible, we have created a map with directions. Please click here to view the map. Don't forget your lawn chairs!

Donate Candy to fill Easter Eggs!
Help our Children's Ministry be a light in a dark world by donating small individually wrapped candy to fill over 2,000 eggs for our outreach event! Please bring your candy donation to the B-building lobby this coming Sunday the 26th. Please bring your non-believing friends and neighbors to the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8, 10 AM-noon, rain or shine, in the Community Life Center.


Event Calendar

THIS WEEK
 
Sunday, March 26
  ProjectSHARE
9:00 AM Discovery Class
9:00 AM Communicants class
9:00 AM Sunday Bible school
9:00 AM The Smart Stepfamily study
10:30 AM Morning worship & congregational meeting
12:00 PM Spring Luncheon (after cong. meeting)
4:30 PM The Gathering
5:00 PM Timothy Project
6:00 PM Evening worship
6:15 PM Children's choirs
 
Monday, March 27
  Congregational Day of Prayer
7:00 PM GriefShare support group
 
Tuesday, March 28
10:00 AM The Anchor
11:50 AM Women's Bible Study - Acts
6:30 PM The Anchor
7:00 PM Pastors' Reading Club
 
Wednesday, March 29
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 30
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 31
8:00 AM CDS Clay Shoot (ContainIt Fundraiser)
  Women's Beach Getaway
 
Saturday, Aprl 1
  Women's Beach Getaway
7:00 PM Sacred Marriage study
 


UPCOMING EVENTS
Mar 31- Apr 2 Women's Beach Getaway
Apr 2 Discovery Class begins (9 AM)
Apr 8 Children’s Easter Egg Hunt (10 AM)
Apr 9 Palm Sunday worship/PM concert
Apr 10-14 Holy Week
Apr 16 Easter Sunday (9 & 10:45 AM Worship; no SBS; PM Worship Concert)
April 20 DivorceCare begins
Apr 28-30 Men's retreat
May 2 Anchor end-of-year dessert
May 4 National Day of Prayer


Links

Christ Covenant Youth Ministry (CCYM)
Christ Covenant Children's Ministry
Covenant Day School
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.

Congregational Day of Prayer
Monday, March 27 | 7 AM - 9 PM
Each month, members of our church family, including our pastors, officers, and staff, will 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 any time from 7 AM – 9 PM in the chapel of the Community Life Center. 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.

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).

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.

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 8 | 10 AM - 12 PM
Do you want to see your non-churched neighbors encounter Jesus? Please invite them to hear the life changing Easter Account at the Easter egg hunt in the Community Life Center. There will be a special story time, songs, crafts, games, face painting! And of course an egg hunt. Everything is free!

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.

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.


INFORMATION AND REGISTRATIONS

Easter Lilies
Help beautify our Worship Center for Easter by ordering a lily “In Memory of” or “In Honor of” a loved one. Lilies will be displayed on April 16 (Easter Sunday) with pick-up after the last Easter service. To order, enclose $10 per plant (payable to Christ Covenant Church) along with your designation in an envelope marked “Lilies.” You may put it in the offering, bring it to the church office, order by email to mfrucella@christcovenant.org, or mail it to the Operations Department, Attention: Marilyn Frucella. Deadline to order is Sunday, April 9, 2017. For the order form, please click here.

2017 Seek the City Student Interviews
2017 Seek the City students must sign up for a time slot to interview with a CCYM staff member as part of your requirements to be a member of the 2017 Seek the City team. Each time slot is 20 minutes. The times to interview will be during the weeks of April 10-12, April 17-20, and April 26-27. You only need to sign up for one time during these dates. Please click here to sign up for your time slot and for information about what to bring to your interview. Please sign up early for your best selection of times!

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

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

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 - 3/19/17 Actual Budget Difference % (-) or +
Operating Budget - Inflow 1,022,170 1,147,000 (124,830) (10.88%)
Faith Promise Budget - Inflow 71,208 85,000 (13,792) (16.23%)

12/1/14 -3/19/17 Gifts Received 3-Year Commitment Fulfillment %
Our Heritage - Inflow 3,282,575 3,500,000 93.79%

Get Involved

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.

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!

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:

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 time could be from 30 minutes to an hour, weekly. We look forward to hearing from you!

National/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:

Missionaries of the Week - March 26

Stephen (Restricted Area)
Stephen teaches at a university where he is also the team leader and meets with students to share Truth. Pray for the brothers and sisters at their university to continue to grow. Pray for increased support. Pray for more opportunities to share with students. Pray for his transition into a new role with his organization in the next year.

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.

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.


Prayer Opportunities
Prayer Opportunities
Prayer Needs

Monthly Prayer Guide (April 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.

Mission Opportunities

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.

Meet us on Facebook!
It’s quick and simple! To LIKE Christ Covenant Church on Facebook, click here.


Connect with the Children's Ministry as well! Click here.
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