Christ Covenant Church E-Announcements for Thursday, 11/21/2019

This Sunday:

This Sunday will be an Intergenerational Thanksgiving Service.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – WORSHIP LEADER

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: revdockenj@gmail.com

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND MINISTRY MOMENTS:

ADVENT CONSPIRACY! (MAKE SURE YOU READ PASTOR KEN’S FIELD NOTES)

THANKSGIVING DAY POTLUCK, NOVEMBER 24TH

The Thanksgiving potluck lunch will be on Sunday, November 24th following the service.  Please bring a dish to share with everyone as we give Thanks for all God has done for us.

CER AUGUST FUNDRAISER UPDATE

First of all, Charlie, Josh and I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible generosity shown at our CER fundraiser in August!  The funds raised were added to the total of the Annual Gala held on October 27th.  So far,  just under $80,000 has been raised and there are a few pledges still coming in that may possibly raise the total to another several thousand dollars. We still have a way to go to meet the budget shortfall due to lack of sufficient funding from the State of Illinois, but there are some ideas being worked on to raise awareness of CER both at the  congregational level and the ECC and Central Conference level.Thank you all again so much and stay tuned for more updates!

ECC MIDWINTER CONFERENCE WORSHIP SERVICES 1/28TH & 30Th 7:30PM

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.

CENTRAL CONFERENCE CELEBRATION WORSHIP SERVICES 4/23RD & 24TH

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

MEMBERSHIP CLASSES

Membership classes are scheduled for Saturday, November 23rd, and Saturday, December 7th. Classes will be held at 5:00 pm at Greg and Jennifer Jao’s house, 203 S. Kenilworth Ave, Elmhurst, IL.  Go to covchurch.org and click on membership materials to review the information.  There are four sessions listed—we will combine them into two. Prayerfully consider membership at Christ Covenant Church! Please see Pastor Ken if you are interested in joining the classes.

ANGEL TREE: GIFTS DUE DECEMBER 1ST. PARTY ON DECEMBER 8TH

If you haven’t been able to pick up an Angel yet, there are still plenty available. The Angel Tree Party will be held after service on December 8th from 1-3. Please plan to bring the gifts in by December 1. We still need people to plan activities for the party, to decorate, and to buy presents for the children. Angel Tree is a ministry of Prison Fellowship that connects people who are incarcerated with their children by providing gifts on their behalf. Let Paul, Emmy or Stacy know if you would like to help or click on the link to see how you can be a part of this event.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040C4FA5AC2EA7FB6-angel

CHRISTMAS SMORGASBORD LUNCH DECEMBER 15TH

Everyone is invited to our annual Christmas Smorgasbord lunch after church on December 15th.  Swedish with an Asian twist. There will be something for everyone! —Johnson Family

“THE LION, the WITCH and the WARDROBE” PLAY EVENT:  FEBRUARY 8 @ 2pm

Come out and enjoy a live performance of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” at Overshadowed Theater in Medinah on February 8th at 2:00pm.  Overshadowed Theaters produces family friendly shows. Discounted tickets are available for $12/ticket for the first 35 to reserve.  If you would like to reserve seats contact Emmy by January 12th.  There are limited tickets available and is on a first come first serve basis.  All are welcome!

PRAYER REQUESTS

Submit prayer requests to Pastor Ken or to the office

  • Prayer for the Jao’s:…Ohio Christian University (Columbus, Nov. 18), writing several chapters for an Asian American discipleship book (Nov. 18-22), Asian American InterVarsity chapter (Madison, Nov. 22). Praise God for.. A strong ruling in InterVarsity’s favor in our lawsuit against the University of Iowa. I’m grateful for the way it will protect campus chapters in the state.
  • Prayer for 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; 11/18-22 in Finland, EuroVitality Strategic Coaching Training; A Diagnostic interpreter to be trained alongside Kathy; Wisdom to work within our limits. Persistent prayer every Sunday.
  • Prayer for the Voland’s:…Praise for..Language school beginning on 10/30 and the provision of after-school child care; Approval of our 1-year residence permits! Pray for…Church leadership for the FeG Kiel Community as we discern God’s will in this season of ministry; Points of connection with FeG Kiel in weekly team meetings, discipleship course, Iranian small group, women’s breakfast, Vitamin C worship and Reformation Day Party!; 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 for this gathering of local pastors to collaborate and celebrate what God is doing in Northern Germany.
  • Prayer for MacMath:..Language! It was encouraging to hear from others that my German is good, great, or better than they would’ve expected. But man, the lived experience of it doesn’t always feel that way. Also, one of the houses that I’ve been going to with PE/IX is all Spanish speaking women, so I’ve been dusting off my high school language at the same time; Culture shock. I naively and against my better judgement thought that culture stress and shock would go away after the intensity of the first few months. Even when life is pretty wonderful, the loneliness and “I’ll never fully belong here” can be overwhelming; The new “Inspired Project”, dance classes for the women in the district. Pray they chose to give up that working/sleeping time, build good relationships, and feel so loved during every class; Those with names – specifically A* and M,* the women that PE/IX works with, and others who don’t know the person of Jesus, or have been hurt by the church and other Christians. Praise for..VISA! I had my visa appointment on the 31st and somewhere in this crazy country, there’s a piece of paper with my picture on it that says “she can stay here”; Offenbach in Aktion. This was the start of Kirche in Aktion’s new community in a different part of Frankfurt. The kick off-weekend was filled with lots of great conversations (#germanpractice), deeper relationships, and an amazing glimpse into some of the hope Jesus is infusing into this city; PE/IX and other district events. We had the Walk for Freedom and the love Stories event, in addition to the normal PE/IX nights. The Inspired Project, a dance class for the women, also started this month. GOOD THINGS, YO. People are getting informed and starting to care.

CHURCH & COMMUNITY CALENDAR

11/23: Membership Class 5 PM

11/24: Intergenerational Service and Thanksgiving Potluck

11/25: Leadership Meeting 7 PM

12/7: Membership Class 5 PM

12/8: Angel Tree Party 1pm – 3pm

12/15: Christmas Smorgasbord Lunch

1/28 & 30/20: ECC Midwinter Conference Worship Services 7:30pm

2/8/20: “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” Play @ 2pm

3/14/20: FMSC Packing Event @ 10am in Schaumburg

4/23 & 24/20: Central Conference Celebration Worship Services TBD

CHURCH OFFICE

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 officeadmin@parkwoodcommunity.org  Requests for announcement additions and prayer requests should be emailed by Thursday at 11:00 AM 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.”