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THIS WEEK  

May 5-11 

 
Deacons' Special Offering
The Deacons' special offering for May will go to RTS partnerships. This offering is designated for seminary scholarships to assist students with their educational expenses at Reformed Theological Seminary.
 

HIGHLIGHTS

Declare Your Support for Life
Focus on the Family is sponsoring a "Declaration for Life" petition to both federal and state governments to bring abortion to an end, beginning with bans on late-term abortions. To sign this petition or learn more about the pro-life movement, go to focusonthefamily.com/pro-life.

Seek the City Vacation Bible School
June 17-21 | 9 AM-noon
Seek the City vacation Bible school is for children ages 5-11. (Children must be 5 years old by the start of VBS- June 17.) It is a free week of fun and learning. The Bible school is led by our youth, who are serving in missions during their Seek the City week. It will be held in the worship center and there is no cost! Register your children online on our Seek the City webpage.


 Upcoming Events

 
Women's Open Seminary
Monday, May 13 | 7-8:15 PM
Women, please join us as various teachers from our church walk us through Sexual Sanity for Women by Ellen Dykas of Harvest USA. This is not a seminar just for women caught in sexual sin - this is a unique opportunity to learn about how the reality of sexual brokenness and temptations impacts our faith journeys, our families and our church. Come and learn with and from your sisters! We encourage you to bring your middle or high school daughters and open the door for healthy conversation in your own home. The next seminar "Sexually Healthy: Body, Mind and Spirit" and will be led by Allison Kitchen in the CLC Chapel.

Congregational Meeting
Sunday, June 2
Please mark your calendar now so you will be present for a called congregational meeting for the purpose of voting on nominees for the offices of elder and deacon. Watch for details on the meeting and biographies of the candidates. Pray for wisdom and for God's continued protection of our church.

Women's Summer Bible Study
Tuesdays, June 4-July 2 | 7- 8:30 PM
Join us for our Women's Summer Bible Study, Considering Him Faithful: Sarah and Rahab, led by Carolyn Carpenter. The study will be held Tuesdays, June 4-July 2 (total of 5 sessions). Details and registration are online at christcovenant.org/wbs.

 Information

New! Men's Small Group-Midtown/Uptown
There is a new Men's Group forming in Midtown on Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m. If you work Uptown or nearby, this may be the group for you. Men's Groups are discipleship groups for men and are designed to help create a gospel community in which the message of the gospel transforms our lives in such a way that participants become mature disciples who are able to make disciples. Please contact John Paul to sign up for the new Wednesday group. If you are interested in another location, please contact Jenny Blackmon, ministry administrator.

Congregational Accommodations
Our printed Courier has an infographic with details on the ammenities we have available for our congregation, including 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; and large print worship folders at the information desk. Please see the Courier or the announcement slides for icons and check the information desk if you have questions about any of these.

Is There a Graduate in Your Family?
We want to publish the names, schools and plans for the immediate future (i.e., college, military, career, post-grad) of our high school, college, and post-grad members of the Class of 2019 so our church family can celebrate these milestones, too. Please send your graduate's information to communications@christcovenant.org and look for our list in early June.

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: Human Resources Generalist, Director of Communications, Childcare Worker (PT - as needed), Grounds Keeper (PT).


 Missions and Outreach 

ProjectSHARE for May
We are collecting new or very gently used books for Matthews Elementary School and Crestdale Middle School students to use during our Seek the City camps. It is very important this year to collect many books as both camps will be held on the campus of Christ Covenant. Books may be dropped off in main lobby any Sunday this month or the church office during the week. The goal is a minimum of 200 books for each club.

To see a full list of suggested books, click here.

Walk in Her Shoes: Mom's Journey Home
OPEN HOUSE
You are invited to an experiential tour of Changed Choices focusing on the impact of incarceration on families. It will be held at Hawthorne Lane UMC (501 Hawthorne Lane, 3rd floor) on Sunday, May 5, from 2-4 p.m. For more information about Changed Choices, an outreach partner of Christ Covenant, please go to changedchoices.org.

Missionaries of the Week: April 28

Jeff & Kristin Viljoen
Jeff is the Regional Director for Campus Outreach, Johannesburg.  They minister on four campuses in the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria. Pray for a healthy and vibrant staff team to minister out of Gospel-centered hearts. Pray for 25 conversions this year across their four campuses. Pray for increased levels of sustainable local financial support.
 

Worship Notes
Sunday, April 28

Morning Worship - 10:45 AM
"The Weeping Man
Who Works Wonders
"
( John 11:28-44)
Dr. Kevin DeYoung

Evening Worship - 6:00 PM
"Lessons Learned"
(Exodus 35-36)
Dr. Kevin DeYoung 
 

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 Calendar

THIS WEEK
May 5-11

Sunday, May 5    
10:45 AM | Morning worship
9 AM | Sunday school
5 PM | Timothy Project
6 PM | Evening worship
6 PM | ABC Bible memory class
6 PM | Children's choirs 
 
Monday, May 6 
6:45 PM | Caregivers Support
7 PM | Men's Open Seminar  
   
Tuesday, May 7
11:50 AM | WBS: Romans
7 PM | Tuesday Prayer Meeting 

Wednesday, May 8
  7 PM | Youth senior night and "yuck fest"
7 PM | Sanctuary choir rehearsal
7 PM | WBS: Ruth & Esther

Thursday, May 9
6:45 PM | AHG
7 PM | Trail Life 

Friday, May 10
8:30 AM  | Student Families moms' prayer group
11:30 AM | Senior Adults ladies luncheon 
 
Saturday, May 11 
9:30 AM | The Fear of the Lord ... Women Who Worship
 


Upcoming Events


May 13 | Women's open seminar (7pm)
May 26 | New members' recognition (morning worship)
June 2 | Officer elections
June 4 | Women's summer Bible study begins (7 PM)
June 16-21 | Seek the City 
June 17-21 | Vacation Bible school (9am-12pm)  

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Kevin DeYoung's Out-of-Town Speaking Engagements
Please pray for our senior pastor as he travels to these conferences and speaking engagements to spread the gospel.

May 23-24 | Pennsylvania -
Sovereign Grace Northeast Conference
June 17-20 | UK -
Catalyst Conference
June 21-23 | UK -
Co-Mission Revive Conference 


COVENANT DAY SCHOOL 

Covenant Day School Summer Camps
Christ Covenant families and friends are invited to join Covenant Day for its 2019 Summer Camps program! Camps are led by a passionate team of faculty, staff, students and alumni. Our aim is to inspire and challenge campers while nurturing them in the love of God and formation of Christian character. This year's expanded summer camp offering includes sports, academics, arts, enrichment and life skills for TK through 12th grade. Go to covenantday.org/summercamps to view our new interactive webpage and search for camps by grade level or week!


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.

1/1/18 - 4/28/19 
Actual
Budget
Difference
%
(-) or +
Operating Budget - Inflow  
$1,785,623
 
$1,716,500
 
$69,123
 
4.0%
Faith Promise Budget - Inflow
$149,691
$115,400
$34,291
29.7%
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