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October 3, 2010

4005 Dakota Street, Alexandria, MN 56308 320-763-5659 / fax 320-763-3456

alexandriacovenant.org or ecc@alexandriacovenant.org


Welcome! It’s our sincere desire that you find yourself at home and welcomed here at Alexandria Covenant. Please visit us at the welcome center to learn more about how you and your family can get connected to others within the church and our community. Our Nursery is available for infants- 3 years. old. During our Worship service, please fill out a Connect Card located in the pew. (There are “assisted listening devices” available at Welcome Center for those who need them.)

This Morning’s Outline Welcome Opening Prayer (Deb Eigen) Songs of Praise Communion Infant Baptism (10:30 service, Hudson Beecher) Offering Our Gifts Children ages 4 years-3rd grade are dismissed for Children’s Church downstairs in room 100 (10:30 service only)

Message

Lost in the Crowd: Completing the Map of Our Mission by Pastor John LeVahn

Closing Prayer


First Step

(8 week class)

Sundays 9:00 am

First STEP offers the first step into the life of our church. Once you’ve attended Sunday morning worship, you might be ready to get connected to the church in a closer way. First STEP is designed to give you the basics of what we believe are foundational to the life of every Christ follower. Located in room 116

Friendly Costume Party October 31st, 5:30-7:00 pm

You and your parents are invited! Invite a friend! Candy and prizes (donations are needed). Items may be placed in the box located in the Commons. (6th grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult) Located in the Family Life Center and Fellowship Center. For more information call Patti Eckhoff 320-808-0614 or Julie Barnes 320-763-5659

Pro-Life Rally October 17th, 1:00 pm

A Pro-Life Rally will be held at St. Mary’s Church of Alexandria. For more information contact Kathy Burkholder 320-762-0161 or Gerry Hoelscher 320-763-6766

C-Groups

(9th-12th gr.)

Mondays & Wednesdays 6:30 pm C-group provides small group experiences for high school students. These groups meet in homes around Alexandria where they enjoy dinner together, share life stories and interact with God’s Word. •Mondays at the Winkels’ home (320-766-8010) •Wednesdays at the Giroux’s home (320-846-1417) •Wednesdays at Jody Carlson’s home (320-762-2812)


Women’s Fall Ministry Event October 15th, 6:30 pm

Come and enjoy a great evening of music, testimony, and fellowship. A sign-up sheet is located at the Welcome Center for opportunities to bring desserts, help set up for the event and clean-up afterwards. Please use the lower level entrance for this event. For more information contact Dawn Winter 320-759-0725. Located in the Family Life Center.

Celebrate Recovery October 4th, 6:00 pm

Find freedom from relationship struggles, addictive and compulsive behaviors, hurts, and more. Celebrate Recovery regularly meets Monday nights at 6:30 pm, and every first Monday of the month for supper at 6:00 pm. Newcomers welcome! For more info call Pastor Steve Eng of Catalyst Covenant Church at 320-759-1800.

Newborns

Congratulations to Tim & Dana Schmoyer, on the birth of their son, Ezekiel who was born at 12:02 am, September 30th, 2010.

Women’s Bible Study

Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed: A Study of David

Thursdays, 9:00 am, Starting October 7th

Join us as we take a look at King David’s life through this DVD series. (The Tuesday Evening Bible Study is canceled and will be rescheduled in the winter months.) Purchase your book before class starts at The Mustard Seed or online at www.lifeway.com. For More information call Laurie Olson 320-763-7166. Located in the Fireside Room.


Haiti Team Leaving Soon October 15th-27th

Pray for the Haiti team as they work on final preparations for their missions trip on October 15th. They will help put tarps over people’s stick huts, distribute Bibles to those who are spiritually hungry, present VBS for children in communities, help clean up debris, pray with people, and more. All for the sake of bringing glory to God by supporting a local church there in Haiti.

Lakes Area MOPS

1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month, Starting Oct. 19th, 9:30 am Only 2 weeks remaining before we begin! Please register today at www.lakesareamops.org. Please consider volunteering to watch children 1-2 times per month. If interested, call Melissa Laurent at 320-846-9829. For more information contact Steph Tvrdik 320-763-3170 or Melanie Greseth 612-812-0160.

Youth Prayer Team

This is for adults and Senior High students who want to join together to lift up the youth in prayer. For more information call Chanda Winkels 320-766-8010. 6:45-7:45 am Oct. 6th, Oct. 20th 6:30-8:00 pm Oct. 13th, Oct. 27th


This Week’s Events SUNDAY

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-----------------Sunday-October-3---------------9:00 am Blend of Hymns & Worship Choruses 9:00-10:00 am First Step in room 116 9:00-10:00 am Christos in Room 114 9:00-10:00 am Youth and Children’s Sunday School 10:00-10:20 am Children Bell Choir Rehearsal in room 130 10:30 am Contemporary Service 6:30-8:30 pm Impact in the Family Life Center

-----------------Monday-October-4---------------

6:00-8:30 pm Celebrate Recovery meeting in Ministry Center 6:30-7:30 pm College & Career at The Daily Grind 6:30-8:00 pm C-Group at the Winkel’s Home

----------------Tuesday-October-5---------------

9:00 -12:00 pm Sew to Share

-------------Wednesday-October-6-------------

9:00-10:00 am Koffee & Kare at Traveler’s Inn 5:30-6:30 pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal in Worship Center 6:25-8:00 pm AWANA at the Church 6:30-8:30 pm C-Group at the Giroux’s Home 6:30-8:30 pm C-Group at the Carlson’s Home 6:30-8:00 pm Journey at the Church

---------------Thursday-October-7--------------

9:00-10:30 am Women’s Bible Study in Ministry Center 12:00-2:00 pm Young at Heart in the Fellowship Center 6:30-9:00 pm Love & Respect Marriage Course in the Ministry Center 7:00-9:00 pm Prayer Watch International in the Family Life Center

------------------Friday-October-8----------------

6:00-7:00 am Men’s Bible Study in Fellowship Center

----------------Saturday-October-9-------------


Young at Heart October 7th, 12:00 pm

Join us in the Fellowship Center for Faith, Fellowship, Friends, Food & Fun. This Fall party is for everyone 60+. During our time together we will join together for singing and some prizes. Lunch will be served, consisting of chili and soup. For more information contact Sherri Bear 320-219-7164.

Stressed?!? The difficult economic times have been causing many issues locally and within our church body. Are you struggling financialy? Are there issues within your marriage or family that you would like help with? Alexandria Covenant Church has help available free of charge to you. Financial help is through the Benevolence fund, counseling is through a licensed social worker. Contact Helen Ann Wagner, LSW at 320-763-5659. (The best time to reach her is in the afternoon Monday-Friday.)

Christos

Sundays, 9:00 am

Come take a journey through the basic issues of faith in Jesus. You will be exposed to the prophetic messages concerning His coming, His birth, His three-year ministry of miracles and teaching, and even His death and resurrection.

Located in Room 114

Koffee & Kare Wednesdays 9:00 am

All Women Welcome! The women’s weekly get together meets at the Traveler’s Inn to share life, pray for each other, and enjoy fellowship with one another. For more information contact Betty Bjurlin 320-762-1651.


IN STEP Starts October 17th Sign up below for a small group discipleship group of 12-20 people. Enjoy fellowship with other believers and engage in discussion based on that week’s sermon. The discipleship groups are located in various homes at various times, so sign up below the time and date that works for you. These forms can be put in the basket at the sign up table in the Commons Area. Sunday, 6:30 pm at the home of Gerry and Leslie Hoelscher Name._________________________________________________ Sunday, 6:30 pm at the home of Jim and Chanda Winkels Name._________________________________________________ Monday, 10:00 am at the home of Sheri Bear Name._________________________________________________ Monday, 7:00 pm at the home of Craig and Deb Bjerke Name._________________________________________________ Tuesday, 7:00 pm at the church with child care Lonnie and Robin Apol Name._________________________________________________ Tuesday, 7:00 pm at the church with child care Noel and Ginger Rich Name._________________________________________________ Wednesday, 6:30 pm at the church with child care Nathan and Amber Knick Name._________________________________________________ Thursday, 9:30 am at the home of J’nell Amundson Name._________________________________________________ Thursday, 7:00 pm at the home of Allen and Susan Edwards Name._________________________________________________


Lost in the Crowd Part #4

Completing the Map of Our Mission

John LeVahn - October 3rd, 2010

Three steps of discipleship _________________________________ _________________________________ _________________________________ Two obstacles of discipleship: __________________________________________________

“But we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.” 1 Cor. 1:23 __________________________________________________

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23


Prayer Requests

Ernestine (Clarine Warkenthien’s Sister) Bruce (Jan Dzubay’s Brother) Norarita (Nona Erickson’s Sister) Bonnie Beseke Gordy (Gary Swanson’s Brother) Sandy Sullivan Jodell Johnson DeLois Martinson Mark Blair Ann Hjelle Don Haseman Rita Cicharz (Patti Eckoff’s mother) Marion Casper (Linda Filler’s mother) Cole Haabala (caringbridge.org/visit/colehaabala)

Please pray for Darwin Johnson, Darrell Johnson and family as their father, Russell Johnson, passed away on September 23rd.

Please note that the ACC may use your image or your child’s image in any ACC publication, promotional materials, slide shows, or the ACC website. Contact the office if you choose to decline participation for yourself or your family.

Staff

Leadership Team

John LeVahn-Senior Pastor Dawn Johnson-Director of Administry Tim Schmoyer-Pastor of Student Ministries Andrew Peabody-Senior High Coordinator Julie Barnes-Children’s Ministry Director Nancy Holm-Coordinator of Worship Arts Helen Ann Wagner-Director of Care Ministry Paul Kusmak-Facility Specialist Libby Taveirne-Facility Assistant Darlene Steiger-Parish Health Nurse Eliza Anderson-Treasurer/ Admin. Assistant Matthew Sandahl-Graphic Designer Ruth Nelson-Administrative/ Youth Ministry Assistant Corki Hegland-Receptionist

Les Anderson (Chair) 320-834-2362 Lynette Kluver 320-763-7224 Linda Lovrien 320-763-5676 John LeVahn 320-763-5659 Rick Banke 320-763-2992 Joan Maus 320-283-5324 Jim Vassar 320-223-2045 Jim Bear 320-762-9973 Jim Rook 320-763-8891

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm


October 3, 2010