Christ Covenant Church E-Announcements for Thursday, 12/6/2018

This Second Sunday of Advent:

This Sunday our guest speakers will be Missionaries Nathan and Patricia Richmond.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND MINISTRY MOMENTS:

WELCOMING THE RICHMONDS

Help welcome back the Richmonds!  Nathan and Patrice will be sharing during the worship service on December 9th.  A luncheon reception, sponsored by the Missions Team, will follow.  Come and get reacquainted with the Richmond family or get acquainted for the first time.

WOMEN’S THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY

We will meet next on Thursday, Dec 13 at 8pm at the church.  We are at the beginning of Beth Moore’s study on 1 and 2 Thessalonians, titled Children of the Day.  Feel free to join us!  Contact Mayling with questions at mayling.squires@gmail.com

TREASURE POSITION FOR GRACE AND PEACE CHAPLAINCY

Do you have a heart to serve our senior brothers- and sisters-in-Christ of Dupage County?  Grace and Peace Chaplaincy is seeking an eager volunteer to serve as Treasurer on its Board of Directors.  This role requires 2 hours a month, plus time to attend a quarterly meeting.  Contact Mayling if you are interested or would like to learn more about this opportunity:  mayling.squires@gmail.com

COOL ADULTS SERVING CHRIST

The small group, Cool Adults Serving Christ, will meet Sunday, December 9th, 12:30pm to 3:00pm. All are welcome.

MISSIONARY CHRISTMAS GIFTS

It’s that time of year again! The Missions Team is collecting monetary donations to send Amazon gift cards to each of our missionary families serving abroad this Christmas. If you wish to contribute toward gifts for the Dao’s, Lee’s and Shim’s, place a check with “Missionary Christmas gift” written on the memo line into the offering. If you want your donation to go to a specific family, please indicate that as well. Donations will be accepted through Sunday, 12/9. Thank you!

HOSTS NEEDED FOR COMMUNITY GATHERINGS WITH THE VOLANDS

Would you like to host a small group (about 8 people) to connect with the Voland family in a more intimate setting? We are planning for a small gathering in 2019. If you may be interested in serving this way and have any questions, please reach out to Irada (iradarb@gmail.com) or directly to the Volands.

ANGEL TREE MINISTRY GIFTS

The Angel Tree angels should be returned to the church with the angel by December 9. Angel Tree is a wonderful ministry of Prison Fellowship that connects children with their incarcerated parent by providing a Christmas gift on behalf of the parent.  For more information, contact Paul Mast Hewitt.

ANGEL TREE MINISTRY PARTY DECEMBER, 16th, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

We will be hosting a party on December 16 to present the gifts to the Angel Tree children. There are several ways you can get involved: 1) help plan the party, 2) help host activities at the party, 3) help with lunch for the volunteers and their families, and 4) donate toward the party. Sign-up sheets will be at the welcome table. For more information or to volunteer in one of these ways, contact Paul Mast Hewitt.

SWEDISH SMORGASBORD DECEMBER 23RD

Everyone is invited to enjoy the Swedish Smorgasbord (plus potstickers) lunch Sunday, December 23rd, in the fellowship hall after worship.  Merry Christmas from the Johnsons!

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE, DECEMBER 24TH, 5:00 PM

Our Christmas Eve service will be at 5pm on the 24th.  Some have expressed a desire to share a meal following the service.  This year, instead of going out to a Chinese restaurant, it has been suggested we cater in.  If this is something you would be interested in, please let Chris know so we can get a count.  Thanks.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITYYOUTH MINISTRY DIRECTOR

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: revdockenj@gmail.com, Glenn Der at: hknc2348@aol.com, or Ben Ashworth at: ben.ashworth236@gmail.com

PRAYER REQUESTS

Submit prayer requests to Pastor Ken or to the office

  • Please pray for Marilyn’s father, Roger Mast, who was hospitalized on Sunday for pneumonia and blood clots in his lungs.
  • Keep Darleen Purnell and her extended family in your prayers as her brother, Hubert Purnell, recently passed away.
  • Please continue to pray for Jackson and the Nguyen family as Jackson continues to heal.
  • Pray for the Jao’s: Please pray as I work on initiatives to influence university administrators around campus access issues. Celebrate with us. Across the country, we hear stories of students working hard to reach students, students becoming Christians  and student leaders taking risks to plant ministry on new campuses. God is on the move.
  • Praise for the Lee’s: …Covenant missionaries serving God’s mission in Europe and the encouraging fellowship at the EuroRetreat in Greece!; Revisiting friends at the Avignon Church’s retreat; the Vitalite team engaging the church in healthy discussions!; Kathy’s role defined on the national Vitalite Team to help with the East region; Apartment issues resolved i.e. heating fixed, oven replaced!; Peter’s completion of language classes! Pray for ..Finding the right church for our family and mission opportunities; Peter’s self study and practice of French; God’s Spirit to inspire the leaders toward revitalization for the churches in each country; God to guide us through open and closed doors; Persistent prayer every Sunday.
  • Prayer for the Volands: Spirit-led ministry partner meetings in December; Our trip to PA to celebrate Christmas with our families; An in-home missions connecting event in Oakbrook Terrace, IL on 12/8; Our time of sharing with Peace of Christ Community Church on 12/9; Our children’s friendships to thrive and flourish; Rest, balance, and rejuvenation in our family life; People to sign up to host missions connection events in their home. Reach out if you’re interested and live in the Midwest or Western PA! Praise for……A number of people sent one-time gifts and 4 new families and one church began giving monthly in November. We are slowly but surely making progress in fundraising!; We enjoyed meaningful visits with 4 churches, 2 home groups, and many friends, family and ministry partners in November; We passed our first round of ECC Ordination interviews 11/9. Praise God!
  • Prayer for McMath: Continue to ask boldly for 100% in monthly pledges by the end of the year. We’re believing for the last 25% by 2019! Ask if you might be part of what God’s doing in Europe; Continue to lift up the search for a new youth director at my church in IL. Ask that Jesus would bring the right person and that the current volunteers would have the stamina and creativity to fill the gap; Our church in Pittsburg caring for the homeless. Please lift up those on the streets during these cold months and how they’re able to find both warmth and food. Praise forThe lots of crazy traveling in the past week; Prayers for my time at CIT; Reaching 75% of my monthly support; Special Thanks to those of you who have set your alarms to 1:19pm, in daily prayer for a Jan-2019 departure!

 

CHURCH & COMMUNITY CALENDAR

12/7:  Youth Group 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

12/9: Reception for the Richmonds After Service

12/9: Cool Adults Serving Christ 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM

12/13: Women’s Thursday Bible Study 8:00 PM

12/15: It’s a Wonderful Life Event

12/16: Angel Tree Party 1:00 PM – 3-00 PM

12/23: Johnson’s Smorgasbord Dinner After Service

12/24: Christmas Eve Service 5:00 PM

2/9/2019:  FMSC Packing Event 2:00 – 4:00 PM @ Schaumburg

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