October 24-30, 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

"Blessing and Anti-Blessing"
Genesis 27:1-28:9
Kevin DeYoung
Sunday Evening| 6:00 pm

"Godly Grief"
2 Corinthians 7:2-16
Dave Baxter
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 or by email at Your pastors and staff are continually praying for you!

We have new prayer guides for your use that can be found at 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:
Brett McMillan on the loss of his father, Bill McMillan.
Why Attend the Faithful Conference?
November 13-14
I’m excited for the Faithful Conference and William Taylor’s teaching. A place where churches most often can grow is in the area of evangelism and sharing their faith. That is probably true of Christ Covenant as well. Coming from the UK, William Taylor understands how to winsomely and effectively share the gospel in a post-Christian context. As our country moves in that direction he has much to teach us about how to be faithful in engaging in evangelism. I hope you’ll make plans to join me at the Faithful Conference on November 13-14. - Tom Groelsema, Executive Pastor

Register today at! 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 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 Pastor Kevin DeYoung's video about why he's excited about the upcoming Faithful Conference? Click here or click the box to the left to watch the video.
Monthly Day of Prayer
Tuesday, October 26
All are invited to participate in the Monthly Day of Prayer on Tuesday, October 26. 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 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!
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 or contact John Ramseur at

To find out more and sign up for GriefShare Surviving the Holidays, go to Surviving the Holidays - GriefShare at or contact John Ramseur at
Supported Worker Spotlight  
November 7
All are invited to join us in meeting and in learning about the Eck family’s ministry in New England 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).
Women's Christmas Brunch
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 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!
Join Women’s Ministry in Baking Fall Breads
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 with any questions. Thank you for your service to our church family!
Struggling with Porn?
Christ Covenant’s Set Free Ministry endeavors to walk alongside individuals and families impacted by issues related to sexual sin. We offer resources, teaching sessions and accountability groups for strugglers and their loved ones. In October, Set Free’s ministry to men will begin a series of meetings to start the process of recovery from pornography. Interested? Send an email to to get more information.
Trail Life is Ready to Serve
The Trailmen at Trail Life Troop NC-0413 are all available and are wanting to serve the church! If you have a yard clean up, any light maintenance work, etc that you ever find you need help with, please let us know by emailing us at We simply ask that you allow us a 2-3 week time frame of notice for all requests.
Envision Capital Campaign
We are hoping to have 100% of the congregation participate in the Envision capital campaign. We are currently at 68%. 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 We currently have 68% of families participating and $918,978 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
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, Facebook, YouTube, or Vimeo