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October 31, 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 Worship in Song

Infant Baptism, Mikael Winter (10:30 Service Only)

Our Life Together Offertory

• “Bring the Rain” by Richard Erickson • Children ages 4 years-3rd grade are dismissed for Children’s Church downstairs in room 100 (10:30 service only)

Message Stealing the King’s Treasure Part #3 Asa: Stay Reliant on God by Pastor John LeVahn

Personal Testimony by Rachel Gust Response Song Closing Song

“My Heart Will Trust”


Friendly Costume Party Today, 5:30-7:00 pm

Kids! You and your parents are invited! Invite a friend! Candy and prize (donations) are needed. Items may be placed in the box located in the Commons area. (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

Pray for the Elections! November 1st, 7:30 pm

The prayer team is inviting everyone who is interested in praying for the elections to join them in the Fellowship Center. For more information contact Ed & Sylvia Christopherson 320-763-4425.


Coat Drive for the Hmong Community

Please help elementary students in need within the Hmong Community of Minneapolis. Many of them haven’t enough winter clothes to stay warm, but you can help show Jesus’ love by giving them your gently used coats, boots, sweatshirts, or anything warm. You can put your gifts in the box located at the youth kiosk. The junior high students will be presenting the gifts for the children and helping with their after school program on November 12th. Afterwards the youth will get some food at the mall and maybe play some mall games.

Adopt a Soldier

Please join in helping to support our troops while they selflessly protect and serve us by adopting a soldier. Our goal is to show love and encouragement for these soldiers by sending them care packages. All you need to do is stuff a box and send a thank you or letter of encouragement to your soldier. Boxes, list of ideas, a soldier’s name and address are provided. If you and your soldier want to continue communicating that is great! This is a great project for the entire family. If you know someone serving in the Armed Forces that you would like to see recognized please contact the Church Office so we can honor them in the future as well. Sign up by the welcome center!

Volunteers Needed November 4th & 5th

Praise FM is hosting their 2010 Fall Sharathon Fundraiser and they need your help! Volunteers are needed to answer phones, type information (very user friendly), take a moment to pray with, encourage, or bless the person calling. 2 hour shifts are available (flexible). To volunteer please call Praise FM 1-800-658-2229


Write Your Life Story Event November 9th, 9:00 am

& Event PleaseKoffee join usKare forStory coffee and cookies as we hear from Write Your Life author Joanne Williams-Kottke, who will be talking about life stories and how you can effectively write about your own. Please bring a pen and pad to take notes. Both men and women are welcome! Sign up at the Welcome Center by Nov. 7th. The event will be located in the Ministry Center.

Adoption Support Network November 4th, 6:30 pm, first Thursday each month Come join the Douglas and Pope County adoptive parents support group. Support groups provide parents with a confidential, non-judgmental environment where they can: • Learn from each other • Celebrate their successes • Brainstorm solutions to problems and concerns • Receive information on resources & training opportunities Location: The Church Office For more information contact Dawn Johnson 320-760-0980

Young at Heart Breakfast November 4th, 8:30 am

The 60+ age group, Young at Heart, will be meeting at Rudy’s Redeye Grill for breakfast. This is a time for having fun and fellowship with friends, sharing faith and eating food! Located at: 5637 State Highway 29, Alexandria, MN. For more details contact Sherri Bear at 320-219-7164.

Daylight Savings Time Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour on Saturday night November 6th.


This Week’s ---------------Sunday-October-31--------------9:00 am Blend of Hymns & Worship Choruses 9:00-10:00 am First Step in room 116 9:00-10:00 am Christos Adult Bible Study in Room 114 9:00-10:00 am Youth and Children’s Sunday School 10:30 am Contemporary Service 6:30-8:30 pm Impact in the Family Life Center 6:30-8:00 pm In Step Group at Jim & Chanda Winkel’s Home 6:30-8:00 pm In Step Group at Gerry Hoelscher’s Home

---------------Monday-November-1------------10:00-11:30 am In Step Group at Sheri Bear’s Home 6:00-8:30 pm Celebrate Recovery meal in Ministry Center 6:30-8:30 pm College & Career at Sheila Smesrud’s Home 7:00-8:30 pm In Step Group at John & Sandy LeVahn’s Home 7:00-8:30 pm In Step Group in Room 130A, led by Craig & Deb Bjerke

---------------Tuesday-November-2------------9:00-12:00 am Sew to Share in the Fellowship Center 9:30-11:30 am MOPS Group in Nursery 6:45-7:45 am Youth Prayer Team in the Prayer Room 7:00-8:30 pm In Step Group in Room 110, led by Noel & Ginger Rich 7:00-8:30 pm In Step Group in the Prayer Room, led by Lonnie & Robin Apol

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------------Wednesday-November-3---------9:00-10:00 am Koffee & Kare at Traveler’s Inn 6:25-8:00 pm AWANA in Various Rooms 6:30-8:00 pm Journey in Various Rooms 6:30-8:00 pm C-Group at the Carlson’s Home 6:30-8:30 pm C-Group at the Giroux’s Home 6:30-8:00 pm In Step Group in the Library, led by Tom Bishop 6:30-8:00 pm In Step in the Prayer Room, led by Nathan & Amber Knick

--------------Thursday-November-4-----------9:00-10:30 am Young at Heart Breakfast at Rudy’s Redeye Grill 9:00-10:30 am Women’s Bible Study in Ministry Center 6:30-9:00 pm Love & Respect Marriage Course in the Ministry Center 6:30-9:00 pm Adoption Support Group in Church Office 7:00-9:00 pm Prayer Watch International in the Family Life Center 7:00-8:30 pm In Step Group at John & Marie Coffman’s Home 7:00-8:30 pm In Step Group at Allen & Sue Edward’s Home

----------------Friday--November-5-------------6:00-7:00 am Men’s Bible Study in Fellowship Center

--------------Saturday-November-6-----------8:00-9:00 am Mighty Men of Prayer in room 116

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Stealing the King’s Treasure Part #3 Asa: Stay Reliant on God

John LeVahn - October 31st, 2010

__________________________________________________ God strengthens those whose hearts are fully reliant on Him. 1. In times of unrest ______________________________

“O Lord, no one but you can help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you. It is in your name that we have come against the vast army. O Lord, you are our God; do not let mere men prevail against you.” ~ 2 Chron. 14:11 ~ 2. There is no rest _________________________________

“Because you relied on the king of Aram and not the Lord your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand.” ~ 2 Chron. 16:7 ~


Haiti Mission Experience November 14th, 6:30 pm

Come see and hear the amazing experiences of those who were ministering in Haiti last week. (This time of sharing will replace the normally scheduled Impact group.)

Getting through the Holidays November 18th, 7:00 pm

The 20th Annual “Getting through the Holidays” event will meet at the First Lutheran Church. This event provides insight, strategies, tips and suggestions to help ease the anxiety that the holidays can bring. Parking is available from Cedar Street. Located at 822 Douglas St. Alexandria, MN 56308

Operation Christmas Child It’s that time of year when you can bless a child in need by packing an empty shoe box with toys and gifts. The labels that you will need for the box can be picked up at the display table or the Welcome Center located near the entry doors on the south side of the church. Once your shoebox is filled and ready to ship, you can leave it at the display table. The deadline for dropping off boxes at the church is November 16th at 4:00 pm. For more information about the program or for help on what to pack, visit the website at www.samaritanspurse.org.


Prayer Requests

Bob (Judy Styve’s brother) Dave Pederson Mike Schoenack Pauline Segarr Ann Hjelle Tiffany, (Patti Eckhoff’s friend Michelle’s daughter) Conor Allen, (Scott & Amy Allen’s son) Jodell Johnson Sandy Sullivan DeLois Martinson Mark Blair Don Haseman Rita Cicharz, (Patti Eckoff’s mother) Marion Casper, (Linda Filler’s mother) Cole Haabala, (caringbridge.org/visit/colehaabala)

Please pray for Tim Gess and family, as his mother, Ruth Gess, passed away on October 25th. Please pray for Gary Gilbertson and his family as well, as his father, Glen Gilbertson, past away on October 22nd.

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 Assistant Corki Hegland-Receptionist Jan Dzubay-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 Craig Bjerke 320-846-1525 Jim Rook 320-763-8891

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


October 31, 2010