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THIS WEEK  

August 25 - August 31

Sunday School Resumes & 
Children's Sunday School Kicks Off
Sunday, August 25

Sunday school resumes this Sunday, August 25. All Sunday school classes begin at 9am. To learn more about various classes and locations, you can pick up a Sunday school brochure on any of the tables by the worship center doors or learn more here.

Women's Weekly Prayer Gathering
Sunday, August 25 | 4:45pm

All ladies are invited to pray with women of Christ Covenant on Sunday afternoons in the Worship Center Prayer Room from 4:45-5:45pm. 

Blessing of the Children  
Sunday, August 25 | 6pm

The pastors and elders of Christ Covenant invite all parents and all students who will be attending school this fall (elementary through college) to pick up a prayer card located on any of the tables at any of the exits of the worship center, fill it out, and present it to an elder during the evening service tonight. We will have a special time of prayer for of all our school-aged children this evening.

CCYM Parent Information Meeting
Sunday, August 25 |7:30pm

After evening worship, all parents of middle and high school aged students are invited to attend an informational meeting from 7:30-8:30pm in the CLC Youth center.

CONGREGATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
Tuesday, August 27

Tuesday, August 27, is our day of prayer where we invite members of our church to take time from their usual schedule to stop and pray for the needs of our congregation. We have a prayer sign-up sheet divided into 30-minute segments for individuals to sign up to cover this entire day in prayer. Also, members or church attendees may come and pray any time from 7:30am -8:30pm in the chapel of the Community Life Center, or you can pray wherever you are.

Our staff regularly meets to pray for specific prayer requests which may be submitted weekly in one of the following ways:

*Fill out a prayer card (located in the pews in the sanctuary) and place it in the offering.

*E-mail your prayer request to prayer@christcovenant.org or an online Prayer Request Form found at ChristCovenant.org/members/prayer.

Visit ChristCovenant.org to learn more or to sign up to participate in our monthly day of prayer for 2019-2020.

LINK & EPIC KICK OFF
Wednesday, August 28 |7:00pm

Do you have a middle or high schooler? LINK & EPIC are kicking off this Wednesday, August 28.

EPIC is designed as a mid-week break for middle school students. There's time for fellowship, goofy games, but most importantly a time for spiritual refocus. We will spend time discussing and applying God's word to our lives and praying together for the ability to live out our faith. EPIC meets in the A gym from 7-9pm.

LINK is the small group discipleship for high schoolers. High school students meet together for large group, then break into smaller gender-specific/grade-specific groups for discussion and discipleship. LINK meets in the lower CLC youth center on Wednesday nights from 7-9pm.

To learn more & to register, visit ChristCovenant.org/ministries/youth/.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Come Join Us At Choir
Various Dates in September 

We hope you will join us for one of the 2019-2020 choir opportunities.

* Adult Choir: Meets every Wednesday evening for rehearsal from 6:30-8:30pm.

* 8th-12th grade choir: Meets every Wednesday evening for rehearsal 6:30-7:25pm beginning September 4.

* 3th-7th grade choir: Meets every Wednesday evening for rehearsal 6:30-7:25pm beginning September 4.

* K¬-2nd grade choir: Meets Sunday evening rehearsal during the evening sermon beginning September 8.

Please contact Liz McNulty at lmcnulty@christcovenant.org if you have any questions.

Men's Ministry Fellowship Breakfast
Saturday, September 7

All men ages 16 and older are invited to attend a men's ministry breakfast on Saturday, September 7, at 7am at Stacks Kitchen. Pastor Bernie Lawrence is speaking on "Fathering your Children as God Fathers you." Register to attend at ChristCovenant.org.

New Discovery Class begins
Sunday, September 8

The Discovery Class is the membership class for adults and students 9th grade and above who wish to join Christ Covenant Church. Our Pastors teach this class which reviews 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. For questions or to register contact. Mary Jo Culver mculver@christcovenant.org or 704-814-1039

Support Groups begin 
Monday, September 9

Christ Covenant Church offers three different and valuable support groups - GriefShare, Divorce Care for men and women, and Caregivers - for people who want to find a way to cope with the pain or isolation they are experiencing because of life changing events. Each of these groups is open to our congregation and to our community and meet Monday nights beginning September 9. We share a wonderful community dinner together prior to meeting in our support groups. To learn more or sign up, please visit ChristCovenant.org. Or, if you want to come see if this is for you, please join us one night! All are welcome!

Special Election
Tuesday, September 10

The special election on September 10 will determine who will represent the 9th Congressional District in Congress. In the City of Charlotte there will be primary candidates on the ballot as well. Early voting goes through Friday, September 6. Please pray that God would bless our city, state, and country with elected officials who are upright, honorable, and wise. 

To learn more, you can research at unioncountync.gov if you live in Union County or mecknc.gov if you live in Mecklenburg County.

RTS Paideia Center Book Discussion 
September 11

In partnership with the RTS Paideia Center for Theological Discipleship, Christ Covenant is hosting a theological reading group this Fall. Do you desire a rich theological diet so you can develop maturity in Christ? Do you want to read Christian classics but don't know where to start? Would you like to grow with people who share your love for theology and learn from those who have gone before you? If so, register at http://paideiacenter.com/. In the Fall, we will read a book
from the early church and one from the Reformation era in the Spring. The theme for this year's readings is "soul care." This Fall's group will meet three times (September 11, October
9, November 13) from 7:00-8:30pm with a guided discussion of Gregory the Great's The Book of Pastoral Rule.

Women's Ministry Fall Kick Off 
September 17

All women are invited to join us on Tuesday, September 17, at 7pm in the CLC to "Celebrate Milestones: Then and Now" at Christ Covenant! Come dressed in fashion from the decade in which you were born, and be ready for fun games and prizes!
We will look back with Bernie and Pat Lawrence at the Lord's faithfulness through the years and look forward with anticipation to the years to come. As a part of looking forward to future ministry, we will use the evening to bless and encourage our interns and their families by bringing an item(s) to give them as they begin their journey in ministry. Learn more at ChristCovenant.org/kickoff.

Strategy and Vision: We Want Your Feedback! 

The Recommendation Steering Committee would like your feedback about the strategic vision for the future of our church. Many of you have already responded and have provided great insight for the project teams. Please CLICK HERE to submit your feedback/ questions. As always, keep praying for our church and its leadership as we continue on this journey together.

Serving in Children's Ministry

The Children's Ministry is staffing for the new year and would love to have you serving alongside us! Join us as we sow seeds of discipleship in to the youngest members of our church. Contact Lindey Duncklee at lduncklee@christcovenant.org or Mindy Thornton at mthornton@christcovenant.org if interested.

2019-2020 Communicants Class

If you have a son/daughter in 5th-8th grade who desires to become a communing member of the church, please contact Amy Wallace at awallace@christcovenant.org for more information & an application. We look forward to having your student with us!

Women's Fall Bible Studies
Registration Is Open

Registration is now open for all our Fall women's Bible studies! Whether you are looking for a weekly study, one that meets one or two times a month, or a short class - there is something for everyone! Several Bible studies even have childcare available! Please visit ChristCovenant.org to see the complete list of Bible studies and classes available for 2019-2020.

Christ Covenant Church hosts 
Andrew Peterson in Concert

Christ Covenant is hosting Andrew Peterson in concert on Wednesday, December 18! Tickets are on sale at  ChristCovenant.org.


 Information

Congregational Accommodations

Our slideshow on Sunday mornings displays infographics with details on the amenities we have available for our congregation are as follows:
  • a fragrance-free area (in the balcony, adjacent to the elevator); 
  • nursing mothers room (WC-111); 
  • hands-free outer door (on ground level near handicapped parking); 
  • elevator to ground floor, main floor, and lobby; 
  • hearing loop seating in the sanctuary; 
  • large print worship folders at the information desk.

Please visit the information desk if you have questions about these amenities.


Employment Opportunities

Christ Covenant Church regularly seeks to employ individuals who want to engage their gifts to help make disciples who worship God, grow in community, love others, and serve the world. Check christcovenant.org/aboutus/employment for current positions and to apply. Current opportunities include:
  • Assistant Director of Women's Ministry (PT),
  • Hospitality & Kitchen Coordinator (PT),
  • Special Ops Communications Contractor (PT),
  • Childcare Worker (PT - as needed).

 Missions and Outreach 

RTS Students Need Housing

Reformed Theological Seminary's student body is growing! We are currently searching for housing options for new students as they move to Charlotte. If you have an above-garage apartment, a spare room, or a rental property, would you prayerfully consider renting to a seminary student? Helping house our students is a wonderful way to partner with RTS as we train our students for ministry. For more information, please contact Katy McIlvaine in the RTS admissions office: kmcilvaine@rts.edu or 704-688-4220.

Missionaries of the Week: August 25

Zach & Amy Fulginiti

Zach is the Pastor of Campus Outreach, Charlotte. Pray for the staff and students to be looking to Jesus Christ for all that they do and believe. Pray for open doors as the ministry seeks to expand in new regions. Pray for continued ethnic diversity amongst their students and staff. Pray for a good balance between ministry and family.

 Pray For: 

Persecuted Church Prayer Focus

Pray for believers in Myanmar where the Buddhist majority controls the government, and all other religions are subject to persecution. For Christians, most of whom are also members of ethnic minorities like the Kachin and Eurasians, this includes destruction of both churches and communities.

Worship Notes
Sunday, August 25

Morning Worship - 10:45 AM
"Why This Unbelief "
John 12: 37-42
Dr. Kevin DeYoung

Evening Worship - 6:00 PM
"God's Way, God's Grace"
Daniel 1
Dr. Kevin DeYoung
Large print worship folders are available at the Information Desk.
 

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 Calendar

THIS WEEK
August 25 - August 31

Sunday, August 25 
9 AM | Sunday school resumes & Children's Sunday school kicks off
10:45 AM | Morning worship
4:45 PM | Women's weekly prayer gathering 
6 PM | Evening worship & Blessing of the Children
7:30 PM | CCYM parent informational meeting

Monday, August 26
7 PM | Women's open seminar

Tuesday, August 27
Monthly Day of Prayer
 
Wednesday, August 28
7 PM | LINK & EPIC Kick off

Thursday, August 29
6:45 PM | American Heritage Girls parent orientation
 


Upcoming Events

Sept 1 | Communion
Sept 5 |
American Heritage Girls Kick Off
Sept 8
| Fall Discovery class begins
Sept 8 | Timothy Project begins
Sept 9 | Support Groups begin
Sept 9 | Women's open seminar
Sept 16 |
High school prayer
Sept 16 |
Men's open seminar
Sept 17
| Women's ministry Fall kick off
Sept 23 | Women's open seminar
Oct 4-6 |
Middle school retreat
Oct 13 |
Joint Sunday school
Oct 20 |
Joint Sunday school
Nov 1-3 |
High school BIG WHAT
Dec 8 |
Christmas Choral Service
Dec 14 |
Birthday Party for Jesus
Dec 18
| Andrew Peterson concert
Dec 22 | No Sunday school
Dec 24
| Christmas Eve Service
Dec 29 | No Sunday school

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FINANCE 

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.

1/1/19 - 8/18/19 
Actual
Budget
Difference
%
(-) or +
Operating Budget - Inflow  
$3,385,228
 
$3,305,000
 
$80,228
 
2.4%
Faith Promise Budget - Inflow
$233,025
$199,732
$33,293
16.7%
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