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December 26, 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 Prelude Gabriel Myrin, piano Welcome & Opening Prayer Song Maureen Eigen, saxophone Carols Song “Mary’s Boy Child” by Dave Steussy Carols Our Life Together Offering our Gifts Linda Iverson, violin Message A Christmas Prayer: Part 3

Kindle My Love by Pastor John LeVahn

Closing Song & Prayer


Christmas Care Tree

Thank you to everyone who donated gifts and food to the local families in need through the Christmas Care Tree ministry. This generous display of selfless giving is a real testiment to God’s love displayed through the church body. We served twenty families through this ministry this Christmas! Thank you for engaging in the real spirit of Christmas and God bless you for your generosity!

Women’s Day Out

January 28th & 29th Mark your calendar! Join other women for a day of fun. Details provided at a later date.

Guest Preacher

Please join us for morning worship on January 2nd as we hear Reverend Noel Rich preach on Matthew 2:1-12. Noel is the former pastor of the Episcopal Church of Alexandria, and is now retired and attending church here at Alexandria Covenant.


Acquire the Fire February 4th and 5th

Jr. & Sr. Highers! Mark your calendar for a fun weekend at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Aquire the Fire is confronting collisions head on. Young people from coast to coast will hear how God wants to comfort, heal, and put them

$ Due

JAN. 7th!

back together. Sign up at the Church Office before January 7th with your payment of $49. Contact Andrew Peabody for more details 320-491-1249 or check out the website at www.AcquireTheFire.com .

Dave Ramsey Class Starting January 16th, 9:00 am

Save the date! We will be starting a seven week course called The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. It is a plan designed for everyone, regardless of income or age. During this couse you’ll learn how to: • Design a sure-fire plan for paying off ALL debt • Recognize the 10 most dangerous money myths • Secure a big, fat nest egg for emergencies and retirement • Positively change your life and your family tree! Dave condenses his 17 years of financial teaching and counseling into 7 organized, easy-to-follow steps that will lead you out of debt. Plus, you’ll read over 50 real-life stories from people just like you who have followed these principles and are now winning with their money.


Bibles by the Bedside January 1st-May 1st

Bibles by the Bedside starts this week! Pick up your calendar packet at the Welcome Center. This is a Bible reading incentive program for students 1st-9th grade. Our goal is to create a habit of daily Bible reading. If you have questions call Karyn Clare at 320-554-7095

New Sermon Series

Join us starting January 9th, for this four week series based on Colossians 3:12-17. Getting along with other people is not always easy. Sometimes it can even be difficult. But God made us to be in relationships. God created us for community. In this series we will see what the Apostle Paul has to tell us in developing and maintaining true friendships.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Brad & Jackie Stevens, on the birth of their son, Maxwell who was born December 21st, 2010.

The Quest for Authentic Manhood January 7th, 6:00-7:00 am

Men’s Friday Morning Bible Study Group is starting a 24-session study focusing on the primary issues that shape a man’s life. The study explores in depth the biblical concept of manhood; and provides practical building blocks for any man to use to construct for himself a nobler, more satisfying manhood. For more information contact Al Carlson at 320-815-0187.


This Week’s Events

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--------------Sunday-December-26------------9:00 am Blend of Hymns & Worship Choruses 10:30 am Contemporary Service

---------------Monday-December-27----------6:30-8:30 pm Celebrate Recovery in Ministry Center ***Church Office Closed All Day***

--------------Tuesday-December-28-----------7:00-8:30 pm In Step Group in Room 110, led by Noel & Ginger Rich

-----------Wednesday-December-29--------9:00-10:00 am Koffee & Kare at Traveler’s Inn

-------------Thursday-December-30---------------------------Friday--December-31------------6:00-7:00 am Men’s Bible Study in Fellowship Center

----------------Saturday-January-1--------------8:00-9:00 am Mighty Men of Prayer in room 116 ***New Years Day***

Canceled Activities

Please note that the following activities are canceled • • •

December 26th Children’s Sunday School, Children’s Church, Christos, Impact December 27th College & Career, C-Group at the Winkel’s Home December 29nd AWANA, Journey, C-Groups at Giroux’s and Carlson’s Homes

For a complete list of planned activities visit the church website at alexandriacovenant.org/calendar .


A Christmas Prayer Part #3-Kindle My Love

John LeVahn - December 26, 2010 __________________________________________________

“Don’t be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that is for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you.” Luke 2:10-11

When we know that God is after us, two things happen

1. It ______________________________________________

2. It______________________________________________


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Gary Swanson Chad Molden Vicki Lynn Olson Tyler & Anna Rose Johnson Tonya Christman (Carmen Silbernick’s sister, www.caringbridge.org/ visit/tonyachristman) Aubrey Larson (Brett & Renae Larson’s daughter) Darlene Steiger Jessica Siira Judy McCarty (friend of Judy & Butch Devries)

• Tamara (Donn & Ann Hjelle’s Daughter) • Kristen Wiener • Kathy VanderTuin • Dave Pederson • Pauline Segarr • Ann Hjelle • Tiffany, (Patti Eckhoff’s friend Michelle’s daughter) • Conor Allen, (Scott & Amy Allen’s son) • Jodell Johnson • Mark Blair • Don Haseman • Marion Casper, (Linda Filler’s mother)

Please be aware that the mailboxes you see in the Commons Area are available for church members and church attenders. If you would like your own mailbox please come to the Welcome Center and pick up a form or call the church office during our normal business hours.

John LeVahn-Senior Pastor Dawn Johnson-Director of Administry 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-Job Share Receptionist Jan Dzubay-Job Share Receptionist

Leadership Team

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

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.

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Staff


December 26, 2010