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THIS WEEK  

July 28 - August 3

Prayer Warriors Wanted

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16

"Prayer is of transcendent importance. Prayer is the mightiest agent to advance God's work. Only praying hearts and hands can do God's work. Prayer succeeds when all else fails." EM Bounds

EM Bounds was trained as an attorney, an advocate for the law, until God called him to the ministry to be an advocate for grace. Bounds is known today, one hundred and six years after his death, because he wrote nine books on prayer. Each book is filled with appeals to pray about every detail of our lives -- and for the needs of the people God brings into our lives.

Every week we invite those who worship with us to tell us how we can pray for them. Prayer requests can be submitted on cards found in the pews, by e-mail, or phone. Each prayer request goes in a weekly prayer sheet for all our officers, church staff, and volunteer church members who minister to the congregation through their prayers.

If you would like to join our congregational prayer ministry as a volunteer, please send a note to prayer@christcovenant.org and let us know. There are no meetings to attend, no limits on where or when you might pray, no age requirement, and no secret handshake. You do have to honor confidentiality that covers all prayer requests and have confidence in God's promise to hear the prayers of his children. You will have the privilege of growing in faith as you watch God respond!

Women's Weekly Prayer Gathering
Sunday, July 28 | 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. 

Middle & High School Summer Activities
All rising 6th-8th grade students are invited to join us on Tuesday nights at 6:30pm in the lower CLC youth area for Bible study. The remaining date is  July 30.

All rising 9th-12th grade & 2019 grads are invited to High School Summer Nights on Wednesday nights starting at 7pm in the lower CLC youth area. Starting at 8pm we will move to Warner Park for frisbee. The remaining date for the Summer Nights July 31.

Save the dates for these summer events:
* August 1 High school lake day

HIGHLIGHTS

Women's Fall Bible Studies
Registration Opens August 1st

Registration opens Thursday, August 1st, 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.

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.

This Week in the Book Nook:  Bibles

D. A. Carson (PhD, University of Cambridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and he is the author or editor of more than fifty books, including The God Who Is There, How Long, O Lord?, Praying with Paul, and For the Love of God. He is one of the founders and current president of The Gospel Coalition and is an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world.

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.

 Upcoming Events

Music Ministry Fall Kick Off
August 16-18

A vibrant music ministry is vital to the life of the church. Please join us as we kick off the fall musical season!

Friday, Aug. 16, 7-8:30 pm: The whole Christ Covenant congregation is invited to come sing favorite hymns and songs, seek the Lord's blessing on this upcoming season, and hear about a multigenerational vision for music in the church.

Saturday, Aug. 17, 9:30am-4pm: You are invited to join our musicians in one of the following areas as we learn an anthem for Sunday morning and a song for Sunday evening. Please use the signup below to receive all times and music in advance. Plus, we need a head count for food, as lunch will be provided (Please plan to bring a $5.00 donation per lunch to cover lunch.)

  • Choir: Adult Choir, 8-12th Grade Choir, and 3-7th Grade Choir. If you enjoy singing, come try it out!
  • Brass and Wind instrumentalists: Open to 9th graders through adult who read music and have experience playing in band, orchestra, or church. Please schedule a brief audition between July 29th and Aug. 8th. Younger exceptions are on a case-by-case basis.
  • Orchestral String Instrumentalist: Open to 6th graders through adults who read music and have experience playing in orchestra or church. Please schedule a brief audition between July 29th and Aug. 8th. Younger exceptions are on a case-by-case basis.
  • Those interested in serving as
    percussionists, pianists, and guitarists
    or assisting with sound and lights or
    media please contact the worship office
    for more information.
Sunday, Aug. 18, 10:45am: Our choirs and orchestra will assist in regular morning worship. 

Sunday, Aug. 18, 6-7:00 pm: Nathan George will present a concert with special guests! Dr. Kevin DeYoung will give closing remarks before our choirs and orchestra will present the finale. Ice Cream social following!

To reserve your spot for Saturday's lunch and to receive music in advance, please CLICK HERE.

To schedule an audition or contact the worship office, please email or call Liz McNulty at lmcnulty@christcovenant.org or 704-814-1031.

Movie Night Out
All are welcome to join us to see OVERCOMER on Saturday, August24, at 7pm at Regal Stonecrest. Cost is $8 for one ticket or $15 for two tickets. Tickets can be purchased in the main lobby on Sundays starting July 28 through Sunday, August 18.
To see the trailer visit https://www.overcomermovie.com/. Question or to purchase tickets directly, contact Scott
Young at foreveryoungsmile@gmail.com.

Sexually Healthy: Mind, Body & Spirit
Women's Open Seminar starts back Monday, August 12. All women are welcome to join us as we pick up our journey through Ellen Dykas' book Sexual Sanity for Women. Hear
from numerous teachers throughout our church as we look at how understanding our culture, family dynamics, trauma, relationships and world-views can directly impact the way we respond to sinful temptation and to God's gift of redemption. We will meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month in the CLC Chapel from 7:00-8:15pm. Visit christcovenant.org/2019-womens-open-seminar/ for details or contact Brittany Facinoli at brittany.facinoli@gmail.com.

RTS Paideia Center Book Discussion
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.

 Information

Dates to Remember
There is no Sunday school August 4, 11, and 18, providing a rest for all of our wonderful volunteers serving in Children's ministry during Sunday school. Sunday school will kick-off on August 25.

To all of our volunteers serving in children's ministry - THANK YOU! Children's ministry would not be possible without you!

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: Special Ops Communications Contractor and 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: July 28

Jonty & Georgina Rhodes

Jonty is planting Christ Central Church in Leeds, England, the UK's third largest city. Pray that they would be able to help integrate their new people into church life well. Pray for conversions among the many non-Christians they have regular contact with. Pray for wisdom for Jonty to balance church and family life well.

Worship Notes
Sunday, July 28

Morning Worship - 10:45 AM
"Proverbs: Peace and Contentment "
(Selections from Proverbs)
Rev. Nathan George

Evening Worship - 6:00 PM
"The Church in Public Display"
(Titus 3:1-2)
Rev. Mike Miller
Large print worship folders are available at the Information Desk.
 

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 Calendar

THIS WEEK
July 28 - August 3

Sunday, July 28
9 AM | Sunday school
10:45 AM | Morning worship
4:45 PM | Women's weekly prayer gathering 
6 PM | Evening worship 
 
Tuesday, July 30
6:30 PM  | Middle school summer Bible study 

Wednesday, July 31
7 PM | High school summer nights

Thursday, August 1
1 PM | High school lake day
 


Upcoming Events

August 4 | No Sunday school
August 11 | No Sunday school
August 15 | American Heritage Girls Information Meeting
August 16-17 | Music ministry boot camp
August 18 | Concert with Nathan Clark George and Band
August 18 | Ice cream social for the whole church family
August 18 | No Sunday school
August 25 | Sunday school kick-off
August 25 | CCYM Parent Information Meeting
August 29 |
American Heritage Girls Parent Orientation
Sept 5 |
American Heritage Girls Kick Off
Sept 8
| Fall Discovery class begins
Sept 9 | Support Groups begin
Sept 17 | Women's ministry Fall kick-off
Dec 8 | Christmas Choral Service
Dec 14 |
Birthday Party for Jesus
Dec 18
| Andrew Peterson concert
Dec 24 | Christmas Eve Service

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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 - 7/21/19 
Actual
Budget
Difference
%
(-) or +
Operating Budget - Inflow  
$2,972,373
 
$2,905,000
 
$66,873
 
2.3%
Faith Promise Budget - Inflow
$220,114
$175,288
$44,886
25.6%
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