Christ Covenant Church E-Announcements for Wednesday, 1/15/2020

This Sunday: 

This Sunday, Pastor Ken will be preaching on:   “Come and See”  John 1:29-42


Seeking an enthusiastic individual to develop programming and lead a ministry that fosters spiritual discipleship and missional living for the youth.  10 hours per week.  For more details contact Pastor Ken at:,  or Ben Ashworth at:


Working with the Lead Pastor to choose songs for worship each Sunday—blending both contemporary and more traditional songs.  Leading and coordinating the accompaniment of songs with other musicians in the congregation, including the Youth Band.  Lead and coordinate the audio and visual portions of the Sunday Service. For more details contact Pastor Ken at:



Laura and Alan Moore present their daughter, Marie Anne Moore, for baptism


Save the date for Missions team promotion Sunday on January 26, 2020. Come and join our very own Bob and Grace Shim as well as Minh and Jen Dao for Missions Team Promotion Sunday.  We will also have a special guest speaker from ECC Serve Globally, Al Tizon.  Then stay for an international inspired lunch to learn more about the Missions Team.  Invite your friends and support our Missions Team!


January 28 (Tu) & 30 (Th), 2020, 7:30pm: ECC Midwinter conference worship services at Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, Illinois 60018.


April 23 (Th) & 24 (Fr), 2020: Central Conference Celebration worship services at Lakeview Covenant Church, 950 Northbrook Ave, Northbrook, IL 60062.  Exact time TBA.


Submit prayer requests to Pastor Ken or to the office

  • Prayer for the Jao’s:…Please pray as I lead or teach at: InterVarsity National Staff Conference (Jan 2-6, Orlando, leading various sessions); Executive Leadership Team Meeting (Jan. 15-16); IL/IN Graduate Student Retreat (Jan. 17-18, Indiana, speaking); National Leadership Team Meetings (Jan. 22-24, Madison); and Chinese Christian Union Church (Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, Chicago, preaching); I’m hiring 3 national directors for my team: Church Engagement, Student Affairs Professionals Ministry, and the InterVarsity Institute. Pray as I discern which candidates I should hire. I’m completing my chapters for a new Asian American discipleship book. Pray for wisdom for me and the writing team.
  • Prayer the Lee’s:..Praise for…5 baptisms of our Persian friends in Christ after Elam discipleship training!; Your prayers answered for our new residence card!; Boaz and Theo progressing in French!; Serving with team members passionate for Jesus!; Pray for..Peter’s coordination of new Sunday School lessons and Persian ministry; Kathy’s role definition with the EuroVitality Team to liaise ECC and European churches; A Diagnostic interpreter to be trained alongside Kathy; Wisdom to work within our limits. Persistent prayer every Sunday.
  • Prayer for the Voland’s:…For intensive language classes which continue until 2/10. We are learning a lot and feeling more confident speaking and praying in public! Praise God for the provision of after-school care for our children so we can study German 5 days/week; Our pastoral team. Pray for Willi, Astrid and the two of us as we learn how to function as a pastoral team. Pray for clear communication, realistic expectations and much grace!; GROW, a vitality program our church is working to implement which focuses on deepening relationships and producing more mature disciples of Christ;  Vitamin C, a worship service offered by our church Sunday evenings to encourage believers in their faith. Pray that this would be a time to go deeper with one another in community; Stephanie as she preaches on 1/12. She’ll preach on Jeremiah 17:7-8 on our identity as people who are rooted in Christ.
  • Prayer for MacMath:..Friends!!!! Friendships seem to take twice as long here, but it’s been an encouraging month for friendships and I’m SO SO grateful for your prayers about this; The Inspired Project team! The girl who started this dance project asked if I would want to co-lead it with her and I’m amazed at the ways doors continue to open up to advocate, care, and build relationships with the women in the district; A new language school. Because of the Inspired Project and PE/IX, I needed a really specific day/times for a language class and we found one!; Language! I ask y’all to pray about language a lot because if you’ve never learned another language 1. as an adult or 2. In the country of that language, you really have no idea how intense it is. My brain physically hurts some days. Also, building relationships with the spanish-speaking women in the district has added a whole new twist, as I dig up my highschool language. BUT, I had a German friend tell me this month, after I said that I need to go back to language school: “what? seriously? I thought you were done because your German is amazing.” I’ve been riding that high for weeks. Pray For…The start of language school (again) in January. Different school, different intensity; The holidays. I celebrated Thanksgiving with both teammates and friends and I’ll be spending Christmas with another friend in Europe, so I won’t be alone. But it’s different and everyone who has ever lived overseas (bonus point for being single) knows that the first holiday season is a hard one; Also, PE/IX and the Inspired Project. Specifically pray on Wednesday nights (7pm CET), when we’re meeting the women in the district and then on Thursday morning (11am CET, which is +6 hrs from EST), that they’d trust us (and have enough money, time, and space) to come.


1/19/2020: Infant Baptism

1/26/2020: Missions Team Promotion Sunday

1/28 & 30/2020: ECC Midwinter Conference Worship Services 7:30pm

2/1/2020: Leadership Retreat

2/8/2020: “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” Play @ 2pm

3/14/2020: FMSC Packing Event @ 10am in Schaumburg

4/23 & 24/2020: Central Conference Celebration Worship Services TBD


Office hours: By appointment.  To reserve a church classroom for a meeting, post an event for the church calendar, or to add an announcement to the weekly distribution, email  Requests for announcement additions and prayer requests should be emailed by Wednesday at 2:00 PM and may be edited for space.

“Our vision is to grow ever more deeply in our love for God–in our hearts, through our thoughts, and with our choices–as we abide in Christ and share God’s healing grace by the power of the Holy Spirit.”