THE E-COURIER
NEWS & EVENTS
October 31-November 6, 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

"Stairway to Heaven"
Genesis 28:10-22
Kevin DeYoung
Sunday Evening| 6:00 pm

"The Weakness of Man and the Permanence of the Word:
The Life of John Calvin"
Kevin DeYoung
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
Congratulations to:
Chris & Kaitlyn Milvain Mangum on the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Hope Mangum.

Sympathy to:
Pat Moore on the loss of her son, Scott Moore.
Faithful Conference
November 13-14
Evangelism is an area of untapped potential at Christ Covenant Church! I get excited to think about what God could do as our church invests a weekend into thinking, listening, hearing and praying about engaging our community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have much to learn from our brothers and sisters in Christ in the UK in this area. I’m excited and hopeful for how the people of Christ Covenant could be equipped for the work of evangelism!- Zach Fulginiti, Pastor of Campus Ministry



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.
Celebrating Reformation Sunday
Sunday, October 31
In several songs today, we are emphasizing the singing of the congregation by singing a cappella (with no instruments). One of the most profound changes during the reformation was the effort to engage the congregation in worship. Rather than the priests and professionals performing worship for the congregation, now the people sang, confessed sins publicly, and professed their faith together. Further, alongside the preaching of the Word, Psalm singing became a central part of worship. Today we will sing from two Psalms (Psalms 1, 100); plus, our first hymn is based on Psalm 46 and our final hymn is based on Psalm 48. While the reformation was certainly about theological fidelity to the Scriptures, it was equally about reforming the way we worship. Its heart was to allow the people of God to worship God, not through earthly mediators, but only through the one true mediator, Jesus Christ.
ScreenStrong with Joel May
Thursday, November 4
ScreenStrong is hosting a meeting on Thursday, November 4, from 9:00 am - 11:00 am in the Community Life Center's Chapel with special guest, Joel May, Director of Youth Ministry. We will be discussing how to lower the risks for pornography exposure in the lives of our children. Join Joel May and Melanie Hempe for a Q&A discussion. If you plan to attend, please view this new short documentary (35min) before the meeting if possible: Raised on Porn.

Click here to register to attend. All are welcome!

What is ScreenStrong: ScreenStrong is an alternative way to raise kids in a screen-dependent world. If you are ready to stop the screen conflicts in your home and prevent screen addiction, we can help. 
Through our ScreenStrong program, we empower parents to take the lead and rethink cultural childhood screen trends, rebuild life skills, and reconnect families distracted by screen overuse.
Click here to learn more.
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 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).
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!
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 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 christcovenant.org/envision. We currently have 68% of families participating and $925,737 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