THE E-COURIER
NEWS & EVENTS
August 29-September 4, 2021
This Week at Christ Covenant
We will have one morning worship service at 10:45 am. If you are unable to join us in person, we hope you will join us on the livestream. Children's programs are available for 0-4 years old. There are no children's programs during evening worship at this time.
Sunday Morning | 10:45 am

"Our Besetting Sins and
 Our Promise-Keeping God"
Genesis 20:1-18
Kevin DeYoung
Sunday Evening| 6:00 pm

"Longing for a Heavenly Dwelling"
2 Corinthians 5:1-10
Tom Groelsema
To download and/or print the bulletin for worship this Sunday,
click on one of the boxes below or click here.
Christ Covenant is now on Spotify!
We will be using Spotify to make a playlist of some of the songs we will be singing during Sunday worship. This is a great way for all of us - young and old - to be able to learn songs we sing together in worship. You can find this week's playlist by clicking here. You'll need a Spotify account to log in if you do not have one. Spotify is a resource to play and share music on various digital devices, and we hope you'll enjoy this added feature.
Prayer Guides
We hope you will take time to submit your confidential prayer requests either online at ChristCovenant.org/members/prayer or by email at prayer@christcovenant.org. Your pastors and staff are continually praying for you!

We have new prayer guides for your use that can be found at christcovenant.org/prayer. Each prayer guide is printable after downloading and can be found below.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Rom 12:15
Sympathy to:
Harvey Harrelson on the loss of his father, Harvey Davis Harrelson Sr.
George McCullough on the loss of his mother, Verda McCullough
Sunday School Kickoff is August 29
We are so excited to have in-person Sunday School for all ages beginning August 29. This is a great time to renew friendships and create new ones.

All Sunday School classes begin at 9:00 am, and will run either 6 weeks or 12 weeks, as noted in the each description. We hope you will find a class that will benefit your relationship with Christ and connect you with others. You can learn about the classes by either picking up a Sunday School booklet that can be found on the tables at the doors coming into the sanctuary or by clicking here.

Further, our pastors are looking forward to hosting a time of fellowship and prayer each Sunday morning as we begin class. Regular discipleship and fellowship is a vital part of learning to stand on truth and walk in grace together. We hope you will join us each Sunday for Sunday School!
Blessing of the Children 
August 29
The pastors and elders of Christ Covenant invite you to our Blessing of the Children prayer service this Sunday evening, August 29. Please pick up a prayer card located on any of the tables at any of the exits of the worship center, fill it out, and drop it in the offering boxes so that our elders can pray for our children throughout the year. You are also invited to fill out an online Blessing of the Children card by going to https://christcovenant.org/blessing-of-the-children-online-prayer-card/. Each card will be given to your elder to pray for your child throughout the school year.

Due to the increase in covid-19 cases in our city and our county, we are adjusting our prayer time during the service. Instead of praying in close proximity huddled together, this prayer time will be led from the pulpit.
Meet Our Supported Workers
Steffen & Elizabeth Mueller
August 29
After several years of planting Gospel Church Muenchen in South Munich, Germany the Lord has used the challenges brought by Covid-19 to move the worship location to the very heart of downtown Munich near “Marienplatz.” In God’s providence Steffen and Elizabeth Mueller and the entire Gospel Church are experiencing how the Lord is bringing many new people to Gospel Church, particularly young adults in their twenties and early thirties. Come and hear more about how the Lord is saving people in one of the major cities in Western Europe. All are invited to join us on Sunday, August 29 after evening worship in the Community Life Center rooms 5 & 6 (CLC) for light refreshments and to hear from Steffen and Elizabeth.
Choir & Orchestra Schedule Change
Our fall rehearsal season has been postponed to the dates below. If you would like to join an ensemble, schedule an audition with Nathan George by emailing lmcnulty@christcovenant.org.

Orchestra: Wednesdays beginning September 1 at 6:00 pm,
Adult Choir: Wednesdays beginning September 8 at 7:00 pm,
Youth Choirs:
- 8th-12th and 3rd-7th Choirs: Sundays at 4:40 pm starting Sept. 12 in the sanctuary,
- K-2 Choir: Sundays at 6:00 pm in the CLC Chapel, starting Sept. 12,
- Band Rehearsals as called.
Senior Adults Fall Retreat
Registration Deadline is August 31
Registration is open for the Senior Adults Fall Retreat on October 5-8, 2021 at the Bonclarken Conference Center with guest speaker Dr. Paul Engle. Come and meet new friends and get re-acquainted with old friends as we enjoy time in the mountains with each other and the Lord. Single rooms cost $299, and double rooms cost $185 per person. Cost for couples is $370. Cost includes room, 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners, and retreat incidental costs. Full payment is due by August 31. Make checks payable to Christ Covenant Church with ‘Senior Adult Retreat’ written in the memo line, and either mail (to Lucille Ruths c/o Christ Covenant) or give to Lucille. If you have any questions, please contact Lucille Ruths at either 704-846-4074 or lmruths@gmail.com.
DivorceCare & GriefShare Support Groups
Begin August 30 & 31
DivorceCare and GriefShare are support groups facilitated by caring members of our church who understand what you may be going through and want to help. These video seminar series feature some of the nation’s foremost Christian experts on divorce and recovery topics as seen from a biblical perspective. Weekly devotional materials and group discussions are designed to draw you closer to God and provide comfort. If you have a family member or friend going through separation and divorce or is mourning the loss of a loved one, please encourage them to join our groups as well.
DivorceCare will be held Monday evenings, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm, starting on August 30. You can register for the group at Christ Covenant Church group - DivorceCare.
GriefShare will be held Tuesday afternoons, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm, starting on August 31. You can register for the group at Christ Covenant Church group - GriefShare.
Contact John Ramseur at jdamseur@gmail.com with any questions.
American Heritage Girls Open Night
September 9
Christ Covenant’s American Heritage Girls NC0800 is a troop that is dedicated to the mission of “Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.” We offer badge programs, service projects, girl leadership opportunities, awards, and outdoor experiences to our members. Girls aged 5 to 18 will enjoy growing in their faith, learning new skills, building friendships, experiencing teamwork, and strengthening their character. Interested girls and their families are invited to our Open House on Thursday, September 9, at 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm. For more information and to learn more about the troop email us at christcovenantahg@outlook.com.
Small Groups Interest Lunch
September 12
New to Christ Covenant? Been here a long time? If you are interested in joining a small group or learning more about our small groups ministry please join us in the Community Life Center rooms 5 & 6 (CLC) for lunch after the morning service on September 12. Small groups is a great place for established members to connect with new folks and for those new to Christ Covenant to get connected. RSVP is appreciated, but not required. You can sign-up by clicking here. Please come! For questions contact Tom Buiter at tbuiter@christcovenant.org.
HisAbilities Respite Night
Christ Covenant’s HisAbilities ministry needs volunteers for a Respite Night it is hosting for our families living with disability. Respite Night is Saturday, October 9, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Community Life Center in the youth area located downstairs. This is a time for Christ Covenant parents with children affected by disabilities, to have a few hours away while their child and their siblings are cared for, and engaged by a team of volunteers who will provide a variety of fun activities including crafts, games, music and more!

If you would like to volunteer, please email hisabilitiesrsvp@gmail.com by September 15. If you would like to learn more about Respite Night or the HisAbilities ministry, email Dave Baxter at dbaxter@christcovenant.org.
Mask Section 
The map above with the colored sections shows where the mask-required section is currently located during our morning worship service. These sections also have social distancing. The majority of the sanctuary is mask-optional with no social distancing in the pews.
Volunteers Needed for Children’s Ministry
for Fall Sunday School
We are excited to reopen all children’s programs this fall. We are looking for volunteers to teach Sunday School to elementary students, to do crafts and tell Bible stories to preschoolers, and to hold and love on our very littlest and youngest. It takes over 70 volunteers every Sunday to staff all of our children’s programs. We hope you are ready to join us in loving and serving some of our youngest in the church.
To volunteer email Amy Wallace, awallace@christcovenant.org, or stop by and find Amy at the Children’s Ministry Welcome Center in the North Lobby. She looks forward to helping you find a wonderful place to serve!
Women’s Fall Bible Studies
Registration Is Open! 
Registration for all women's Bible studies are open! We invite you to visit christcovenant.org/womens-ministry to see the various Bible study options. We have studies with various levels of time commitment, and studies that meet in the mornings and the evenings. If you have any questions, please contact Teresa Caldwell at tcaldwell@christcovenant.org.
Paid Childcare Opportunity
Christ Covenant Church is looking to hire childcare providers for Tuesday mornings for the upcoming school year (2021-2022). The position runs September through May, hours are 9:30am - 12pm. Pay is $12/hour. Additional opportunities to work childcare throughout the school year are also be available. For more information, please contact Stephanie Bennett at 704-814-1049 or sbennett@christcovenant.org
70% By September 
Build With Us Brick By Brick!
Pick Up An Envision Bookmark on Sunday
We invite you to pick up an Envision bookmark found in the pews on Sunday. We are hoping to have 100% of the congregation participate in the Envision capital campaign and are aiming for 70% participation by September. We are currently at 59% right now and the bookmarks are colored in to 50%. We invite you to pick up a bookmark and each time we increase in participation, you can color in your bookmark.

Join us in praying for Envision! We are envisioning having one person praying every day at 5:30 pm through the end of the campaign to pray specifically for the Envision capital campaign. You can sign up by clicking here or by visiting christcovenant.org. We have also included specific ways you can pray for Envision. Would you join us by signing up for one or more days to pray for the Envision capital campaign?

It’s not too late to turn in your pledge card for the Envision Capital Campaign! You can pick up either a booklet or a brochure and a pledge card to learn more about the many upgrades and changes we hope to accomplish through Envision! Both the booklet and the brochure have pledge cards that can be filled out and submitted. Pledge cards can be turned in at the offering boxes located inside the sanctuary at the main, south, north and main balcony exits. You can also make a pledge online at christcovenant.org/envision. We currently have 59% of families participating and $810,984 pledges toward our goal of $1,500,000.
Ways to Pray for Envision
We invite you to join us in praying for our upcoming Envision Capital Campaign. Here are specific ways you can join us in prayer:
  1. The Project – That work would proceed at a good pace to allow use of these welcome additions (Psalm 90:17).
  2. The Church – That we would as a body embrace the call of “70 by September” and see 70% member participation.” (Ephesians 4:16)
  3. The Mission – As we see concrete and steel in their right places, we would be able to see people being cared for and drawn to Christ through these physical means (Psalm 84:10).
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Thank you for your tithes and gifts to all of the ministries of Christ Covenant.
You can give online by clicking here.
Please continue to pray for God’s provision throughout 2021.
This email is our e-Courier weekly newsletter, which complements with the printed copy, The Courier, which can be picked up on Sundays at the doors outside the sanctuary. After it goes out by email, it is made available on the News page of our website. On that page, you can read past versions of the newsletter as well as specific news items about our events in greater detail.
All are invited to join us for worship either in-person or on the livestream at 10:45 am each Sunday morning and at 6:00 pm each Sunday evening. The livestream can be found on our homepage ChristCovenant.org, Facebook, YouTube, or Vimeo