THE E-COURIER
NEWS & EVENTS
November 7-13, 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.
Sunday Morning | 10:45 am

"A Table in the Wilderness"
Psalm 78:1-29
Tom Groelsema
Sunday Evening| 6:00 pm

"Spiritual Life"
Luke 23:39-43
Mike Kruger
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.
Daylight Savings Time
Daylight Savings is this Sunday, November 7. Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night!
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.
Ministry Highlight:      
PCA Women’s Ministry Love Gift
This Sunday we have the opportunity to participate in the Lord's Supper during morning worship. When we participate in the Lord's Supper, Christ Covenant Church provides an opportunity to give a financial gift to one of the ministries we support. For the month of November we are highlighting the Presbyterian Church of America's (PCA) Women's Ministry Love Gift. We invite you to read this article and prayerfully consider giving to the PCA Women's Ministry Love Gift. You can give online or by leaving your financial gift in an offering box located inside the sanctuary at one of the main entrances.

Since the beginning of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA), the annual Women’s Ministry Love Gift has been used by God to strengthen our denomination. Your gifts over the two decades have helped us partner with PCA committees and agencies.

This year’s gift will be used once again to extend resources (including people resources, written resources, and financial resources) to bless the global church. Your gift will allow us to help our PCA church workers as they go and make disciples of all nations. We understand that our international ministry staff members can easily grow weary in well-doing, so this year we will again come alongside women serving with Mission to the World (MTW) to provide resources including video tools that will both encourage and equip. Funds will also be invested to continue the work of the Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM) through the International Women’s Ministry.

This wide-reaching project has been coordinated with the International Director of each of the 5 regions (Africa, Europe, The Americas [South, Latin, North], Asia/Pacific, and Global Muslim Ministries) along with a MTW female liaison. The project’s focus is to encourage and equip MTW female field missionaries and their female national partners. These projects share a legacy of resources (written and people) and the cultivating of relationships. Each region will receive the same proportion of the gift.

The women who will be assisted include many single women who have been called to international ministry and women who work with their husbands on mission throughout the world. The funds will be given as a one-time gift to each region to be used in 2022 for the specific purpose of providing the best resources for equipping and encouraging. The project will end with a report on the ways these resources were used by God to bless women in international ministry and the individuals they serve as ambassadors of Christ.

Your gift today combines with gifts from PCA churches across the US as an investment in fulfilling the Great Commission. Thank you for your gift and for your prayers for God’s women in mission on every continent. To learn more visit https://pcacdm.org/wm-love-gift/.
Deadline to Register for the Faithful Conference
 is November 12, at noon
The deadline to register for the upcoming Faithful Conference is this Friday, November 12, at noon. Don’t wait any longer! Register today at faithfulconference.org! The conference is free. When you register to attend, you will receive a $10 off coupon for the Faithful bookstore, which is hosted by the 10 of Those bookstore! We also have free children’s programs on Saturday night for ages 4 months - 5th grade. All children’s programs on Sunday morning and Sunday evening will operate as normal. To register your child(ren) for Saturday night’s activities, register at faithfulconference.org. The deadline to register is Friday, November 12, at noon.

The conference Saturday, November 13, is from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. The conference Sunday, November 14 begins with a combined Sunday School in the sanctuary at 9:00 am. Conference sessions will also be during morning and evening worship.
Did you miss the video last Sunday with William Taylor? Watch the video either by clicking on the video above of by clicking here to hear why William Taylor is excited about the Faithful Conference next weekend!
Men’s Fellowship Breakfast
Saturday, November 6
Do you have the tools for loving well? Come get wisdom on how to be a servant leader who loves Christ deeply and loves others faithfully while enjoying food, fellowship and prayer with your brothers in Christ. All men ages 16 and up are invited to attend the Ministry to Men Fellowship Breakfast on Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 7:00 am - 8:30 am at Stack’s Kitchen on Monroe Road. Jared Collins, one of our pastoral interns, will be teaching on “Loving the Least of These.” Please feel free to bring a guest. Come for food and fellowship with your brothers in Christ. Sign up today by clicking here.
“Surviving the Holidays” - Support Groups
Special Event on November 6
Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed because of a death or a divorce? “Surviving the Holidays” is a two-hour seminar starting at 10:00 am on November 6 in the youth area of the Community Life Center (lower CLC). This short event includes a video, sharing time, and a ‘Survival Guide’ filled with tips and encouragement for managing the holidays. You’ll be welcomed by warm, caring people who understand what you are going through and who want to help.

These special sessions are open to non-members, friends, and family and are a good introduction to the Support Group ministries.

To find out more and sign up for "DivorceCare Surviving the Holidays," go to Surviving the Holidays - DivorceCare at https://www.divorcecare.org/holidays or contact John Ramseur at jdramseur@gmail.com.

To find out more and sign up for "GriefShare Surviving the Holidays," go to Surviving the Holidays - GriefShare at https://www.griefshare.org/holidays or contact John Ramseur at jdramseur@gmail.com.
Supported Worker Spotlight  
Sunday evening, November 7
All are invited to join us in meeting and in learning about the Eck family’s ministry in New Jersey on Sunday evening, November 7, immediately after evening worhsip in the Community Life Center rooms 1 & 2 (CLC). After having served at Christ Covenant and with Campus Outreach for a number of years, the Ecks moved up to Atlantic City, New Jersey to help plant a cross-cultural, mercy minded, inner-city church called New City Fellowship of Atlantic City. For the past seven years they have come alongside Santo & Mary Ellen Garofalo who started the church 12 years ago. Peter is the Assistant Pastor and leads much of the outreach and evangelism focus of the church along with his regular pastoral duties. The Ecks have three children (Hannah-Grace 11, Caleb 9, and Haven-Elizabeth 6).
Fall Breads and Bakers Needed
for Sunday, November 14
We are asking and looking for ladies to bake fall breads for our upcoming Faithful Conference!
Bake any type of fall bread (pumpkin, sweet potato, apple cinnamon, etc) and bring your bread labeled with what type of bread it is. Please do not include nuts. Feel free to bake a gluten free bread. If your bread is gluten free, please label it as such.

There are two options for drop off. You can freeze your bread and drop it in the freezer in the lower CLC anytime. Or you can bring your bread fresh and drop it off in the labeled basket on the beverage station in the CLC on Tuesday mornings, Thursday mornings, or Sunday mornings. Please drop off your bread anytime between October 18-November 5. We are hoping to have breads to share during the Sunday morning of the Faithful Conference.
Please email Ginni Larkins at glarkins@christcovenant.org with any questions. Thank you for your service to our church family!
Monthly Day of Prayer 
Tuesday, November 16
All are invited to participate in the Monthly Day of Prayer on Tuesday, November 16. There are two ways you can participate. One is to come in-person for your prayer time to room 105 in the worship center anytime between 7:30 am - 9:00 pm. Prayer guides are provided for you in the prayer room. Another option is to pick a time slot and pray where you are, whether that’s at home or at work. The day is divided into 30-minute segments for individuals to sign up and pray for supported workers and for the needs of the congregation. You can select the time that best fits your schedule by clicking here. We also hope you will take time to submit your confidential prayer requests either online by clicking here or by email at prayer@christcovenant.org. Prayer cards may be found in the pews and may be turned in at one of the offering boxes located inside the sanctuary by the main exits. Your pastors and staff are continually praying for you!
Covenant Day School Holiday Market 
Friday, November 19
Holiday shopping is fun and easy when you come to Covenant Day's Holiday Market! Creative parents, students, faculty, and local vendors bring their handmade items to sell at the Holiday Market. Entertainment from students will put you into the holiday spirit! Come ready to shop on Friday, November 19, from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm in the Community Life Center (CLC).
Special Lord’s Supper Service 
Sunday, November 21, at 4:00 pm
We are having a special Lord’s Supper service for those in our church who have been unable to come worship with us in person due to covid or are hesitant about attending large gatherings. This special Lord’s Supper service will be on Sunday, November 21, at 4:00 pm in the sanctuary.

For our other members, we will have the Lord's Supper this Sunday, November 7 and then on Sunday, December 5, both during morning worship.
Wreaths Across America
Deadline is Friday, November 26
On December 18, our church’s American Heritage Girls Troop NC0800 will be helping Forest Lawn West Cemetery to remember and honor our veterans by laying remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes. This is part of a national project organized by Wreaths Across America. Please help us honor and remember as many fallen heroes as possible by sponsoring remembrance wreaths. 
 
Each wreath is $15 a piece and sponsors can purchase them through Friday, November 26 on the Troop’s page by clicking here.

Thank you so much for supporting the American Heritage Girls Troop NC0800 (NC0382P) and Wreaths Across America!
Women's Christmas Brunch
Thursday, December 2
All Christ Covenant women are invited to join Women's Ministry on December 2, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm in the Community Life Center (CLC) as we celebrate the season with a Christmas brunch! We will hear from Courtney Denton, Director of Women's Ministry at Westminster Church, and enjoy Christmas food, carols, and games! All women are invited to attend, and we encourage you to bring a friend! Seating is limited, so register early to reserve your spot! The cost for the event is $5 per person. Childcare is available at no additional cost! The registration deadline for this event is November 22. Click here to register. Please email Ginni Larkins at glarkins@christcovenant.org with any questions. We can't wait to see you there!
Save the Date!
Sunday evening, December 12
Save the date to celebrate Christ Covenant Church being a particularized church in the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) for 40 years and having a beautiful church here in Matthews for 25 years! Sunday, December 12 during and after the evening worship service is when we will celebrate, so mark you calendars now!
Envision Capital Campaign
We are hoping to have 100% of the congregation participate in the Envision capital campaign. We are currently at 69%. It’s not too late to turn in your pledge card for the Envision capital campaign! Pledge cards and information about the many upgrades and changes we hope to accomplish through Envision can be found in the brochures and booklets in the worship center and online. You can also make a pledge online at christcovenant.org/envision. We currently have 69% of families participating and $934,242 pledges toward our goal of $1,500,000.
Ways to Pray for Envision
  1. The Project – That all of those who work on the new facilities might know His ways, His compassion, His Grace (Psalm 103:7-8)
  2. The Church – That we would each see our role in this time to build for generations to come (Psalm 103:14-18)
  3. The Mission – That we would grow more and more to be a people who rightly and contagiously praise God (Psalm 103:1)
Pastors' Blogs
Employment Opportunities
Current opportunities at Christ Covenant include:
• Facilities Maintenance (full-time)
Covenant Day School is hiring for various positions. Details can be found at https://www.covenantday.org/about-us/employment
Watching our Budget
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