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October 21-27   

Exploring Our Theology and Philosophy of Worship
This month, Pastors Kevin DeYoung and Nathan George will lead two seminars on "Exploring Our Theology and Philosophy of Worship."

The first session, "The Bible and the Reformed Tradition," will be on Monday, October 22, from 7-8 PM in the "open forum" segment of the monthly Session meeting in the CLC. The second session, "Singing and Liturgy," will be a joint Sunday school class (middle school age through senior adults) on Sunday, October 28, from 9-10:15 AM in the sanctuary.

Don't miss these informative presentations that explain the importance of the elements of our worship services and the application of biblical truth and our Reformed heritage in our own services. Together we'll learn more about the details of worship service planning and why they are significant to us in a world with diverse service styles.

High School Big What? Retreat - Register Today!
The Big What? weekend retreat (November 2-4) is our annual fall high school retreat to an undisclosed location and is always a lot of fun. Click here to register. Registration closes October 24 at midnight!

Ask the Author - Kevin DeYoung
What Does the Bible Really
Teach about Homosexuality?

Thursday, October 25 | 6-8 PM
Come join Pastor Kevin DeYoung in WC 211 as he walks through an overview of his book What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? and offers a time of Q & A. This book offers biblical insight into many of the different perspectives on the topic of homosexuality. We look forward to having you for an honest and intimate time of discussion with our pastor.

Movie Night Out: Indivisible
Friday, October 26 | 7:05 PM
All are invited to premiere Indivisible on Friday evening, October 26, at Regal Stonecrest. Indivisible is the inspiring true story of an army chaplain who has returned from Iraq to face one more battle: saving his marriage. This is an inspiring true story of the trials in marriage between an army chaplain and his wife. This powerful message will strengthen your marriage and your relationships. Tickets ($8 each or 2 for $15) are available in the main lobby after worship through October 21 (or until sold out). For more information about the movie, click here. Questions? Contact Scott Young.

HisAbilities Cookout and Speaker Series
Saturday, October 27 | 4:30 PM Cookout, 6:30 PM Seminar
The HisAbilities Ministry is sponsoring a family cookout on Saturday, October 27, from 4:30-6 PM, in the lower level of the CLC (the Youth Center area). If you or a member of your family is affected by disability or special needs or if you serve (or would like to serve) as a caregiver, buddy, or teacher for someone with special needs, join us! All food provided

Following the cookout, there will be a dessert starting at 6 PM and then HisAbilities is excited to announce the rescheduling of the first in our three part speaker series, "Navigating Life with Disabilities." Our previously scheduled speaker, Ryan Platt, will be speaking about developing a special needs plan. The seminar will be held in the HS Youth Auditorium of the CLC (lower level) from 6:30-7:45 PM.

Please RSVP to Kelsey Cawthorn by Saturday, October 20, for both the cookout and the seminar.

Ministry to Men (MtM) Fellowship Breakfast
Saturday, October 27 | 7-8:30 AM
Men are invited to meet for breakfast from at Stacks Kitchen (11100 Monroe Rd. Matthews). Rob Fitch, an army officer with three tours in Afghanistan, will be with us to discuss the topic of marriage - its trials, blessings, and prayer during military service. Our breakfast is a follow-up to the movie Indivisible on October 26. Come eat and fellowship with your brothers in Christ. Please register for the event on the Men's Ministry webpage. There is no cost to register, but the event is limited to the first 40 men to sign up online. You will pay for your own breakfast at the restaurant.



 Upcoming Events

Communicants Class
If you have a child in the 5th-8th grade who desires to become a communing member of the church in this year's Communicants class, please contact Amy Wallace at awallace@christcovenant.org for more information about our new format, and obtain an application as soon as possible. We look forward to having your student join us!

Ministry to Men: "Game On" Outing
Saturday, November 3 | 10 AM - 1 PM
Men (age 16 and up) are invited out to Camp Canaan Island (3111 Sandy Island Rd., Rock Hill, SC - about 35 minutes from CCC). The day will include great BBQ, fellowship, and games (archery tag, disk golf, baseball, football, soccer, hiking, and fishing). The archery tag game will be from 10-noon. You may also bring your own sports equipment for open play. If you plan to fish, please bring your own fishing equipment and your license. The cost for this event is $25 per person (includes food & activities). Contact Jenn Dean for more information. Register on the Men's Ministry webpage ( christcovenant.org/mens-min) by Monday, October 29.


Kevin DeYoung's New Book
Kevin's book The Ten Commandments: What They Mean, Why They Matter, and Why We Should Obey Them has just come out. Several copies of this book are available at the Book Nook in our lobby.

Advent Choir
Do you enjoy singing Christmas worship music? If so, you are invited to join the choir for the upcoming Advent season. We will hold two special rehearsals on November 4 and 11. Please contact Liz McNulty to set up a quick, informal vocal check.

Member Directory
We are organizing a printed member directory as a guide for congregational prayer, a convenient way to match names to faces, and an aide for communication. It will provide limited information such as name, a recent photo, email address, and a list of children and their ages. If there are reasons that would restrict your participation in this directory, please contact Missy Evans at 704-814-1007 or mevans@christcovenant.org by Monday, October 22, to opt out.

Faithful Conference Videos
Videos from the plenary and breakout sessions of the 2018 Faithful Conference are now available on the faithfulconference.org website.

 Covenant Day School

Holiday Market Vendors
The Covenant Day Parents Association is seeking vendors for their Annual Holiday Market, which will be held Friday, November 16, from 7:30 AM - 4 PM. If you own a family business and are interested in being a part of the Holiday Market, please reserve your spot by October 20. For more information, click here.

Covenant Day Admissions Open House
Friday, November 2 | 9:30-11:30 AM
Covenant Day School, a ministry of Christ Covenant Church, exists to partner with Christian families to equip their sons and daughters to be salt and light for God's Glory, while providing a comprehensive, college preparatory education. If you have not had the opportunity to explore Covenant Day, we would love for you to come and see what makes us so unique! We are having a TK-12 Admissions Open House and Information Fair on Friday, November 2, at 9:30-11:30 AM in the CLC. We look forward to meeting you and helping you determine if Covenant Day might be a good fit for your family. Please register at covenantday.org/openhouse to reserve your spot! Your children are welcome to attend as well.

Covenant Day: Now Accepting Applications
Covenant Day School is now accepting applications for new students in grades TK-12 for the 2019/2020 school year. The deadline for application is January 15, 2019, in order to be considered in the first round of decisions. Please call the Admissions Office at 704-847-2385 to book a private tour or to chat with someone from the admissions team. Visit covenantday.org/apply to apply online.

Worship Notes
Sunday, October 21
Morning Worship - 10:45 AM
"The Called Will Come
and Never Be Cast Out
(John 6:35-48)
Kevin DeYoung
Evening Worship - 6:00 PM
Join us this evening for a special opportunity. Pastor Kevin DeYoung will introduce us to John Witherspoon,one of our nation's Founding Fathers,the only clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence, President
of The College of New Jersey
(Princeton University) and
the Convening Moderator for the First General Assembly
of the Presbyterian Church in the United States.
This American hero is the subject of Pastor DeYoung's recently submitted doctoral dissertation. We'll be among the first to hear his insight on the lasting influence of this Christian patriot.

Quick Links 



October 21-27

Sunday, October 21
9 AM | Sunday Bible school
9 AM | Discovery Class
10:45 AM | Morning worship
5 PM | MS Timothy Project
6 PM | Evening worship
6 PM | 4 y/o ABC Bible Memory
6:15 PM | Children's choirs 
Monday, October 22       
7 AM | Monthly Day of Prayer
6:45 PM | DivorceCare for men
6:45 PM | Single & Parenting for women
6:45 PM | DivorceCare for Kids 
6:45 PM | GriefShare
7 PM | Exploring Our Theology and Philosophy of Worship 

Tuesday, October 23
10 AM | Women's Study: John
11:50 AM | WBS: Romans
6:30 PM | Women's Study: John
7 PM | Tuesday prayer meeting

Wednesday, October 24
7 PM | CCYM Youth Link & EPIC
7 PM | Sanctuary Choir

Thursday, October 25
9:30 AM | WBS: Ephesians
9:30 AM | WBS: Psalms
6 PM | Ask the Author
6:45 PM | AHG
7 PM | MIDP: Presbyterianism
7 PM | Trail Life

Friday, October 26
8 AM | Student Families Moms' Prayer group
7:05 PM | Movie night out

Saturday, October 27
7 AM | Ministry to Men Fellowship Breakfast
4:30 PM | HisAbilities Family Cookout
6:30 PM | HisAbilities Speaker Series

Upcoming Events

Oct 28 | Children's Reformation Sunday program (9 AM)
Oct 28 | "Singing and Liturgy" (joint SBS for MS and up)(9 AM)
Oct 30-Nov 2 | Senior Adult retreat
Nov 2 | CDS Open House event
Nov 2-4 | High school "Big What?" retreat
Nov 3 | Men's outing to Camp Canaan
Nov 16 | CDS Holiday Market
Nov 18 | Annual Report presentation and celebration

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Kevin DeYoung's Speaking Engagements
Please pray for our senior pastor  as we send him out for these ministry commitments.

Oct. 29-30: The Gospel Coalition Canada National Conference (Toronto, Canada)
Nov. 22- Dec. 5: The Gospel Coalition Australia Conference (Brisbane & Canberra)

Missionaries of the Week: October 21

Jon & Vanessa Saunders
Detroit, Michigan

Jon is planting Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

Pray for five new small groups to be up and running this September, with two being entirely evangelistic. Pray for them to find ways to engage new residents in Detroit more effectively. Pray for good starts to fall programs and for many to attend.

 Our Community 

2018 Sovereign Grace Reformation Conference 
October 26-28
You are invited to participate in Sovereign Grace Presbyterian Church's first-annual Reformation Conference. The theme of the conference is "The Need for Reformation: Then and Now" and includes speakers Carl Trueman, Kevin DeYoung, and William Barcley. Click here for more information and to register online by the October 24 deadline. The registration fee will be collected at the door (cash or check only).

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ProjectSHARE October/November Collection: Kenya Camp Mission Trip
During October and November, we are collecting items for the Kenya Youth Camp team to take with them on the December mission trip. For a list of items, please see our  ProjectSHARE webpage. Please bring your donations to the Information Desk in the worship center any Sunday.


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