February 27, 2011
4005 Dakota Street, Alexandria, MN 56308 320-763-5659 / fax 320-763-3456
alexandriacovenant.org or firstname.lastname@example.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.
This Morning’s Outline Prelude (9:00 am) Gabe Myrin, piano Gathering Song Welcome & Call to Worship Hymns (9:00 am) #265 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name #298 He is Exalted
Choral Anthem (9:00 am) Prayer Songs of Praise Our Life Together (10:30 am) • •
Children ages 4 years-3rd grade are dismissed for Children’s Church downstairs in room 100 Baptism of Maxwell Clay Stevens son of Brad & Jackie Stevens
Offering Our Gifts Offertory Nic Stevens Message Heavenly Work, Earthly Walk Part 4 - Eyes Wide Open, by Pastor John LeVahn
Closing Song (9:00 am) #699 May God’s Love Be Fixed Upon You Closing Prayer
NW Women’s Conference
This year the NW Conference Spring Renewal Event will be held at the Minneahaha Academy, 3100 West River Parkway, Minneapolis. Register by March for the discount price of $35 or by March 14 at $45. This event has great programs planned and will be worth your time and effort to attend. For more details on the NW Conference Spring Renewal Event pick up a flyer at the Welcome Center or/and call Gloria Lundblad 320.762.2218 or Marilyn Anderson 320.834.2362.
Bibles by the Bedside The January Bibles by the Bedside calendars are due next Sunday. It’s not too late to be a Bibles by the Bedside reader. Call Karyn Clare at 320-554-7095 for more information or stop at the Welcome Center.
Young at Heart
March 3rd, 12:00 pm
If you’re 60 years or older, join the Young at Heart fellowship group at the Pizza Ranch for lunch and conversation. Bring a friend! Look for the $5.99 senior discount coupon in the Senior Perspective Newspaper. Prize Drawings! Join us in the party room. For more information call Sherri Bear at 320.219.7164.
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Lake Beauty Bible Camp Fundraiser March 6th, 9:00 & 10:30 am
On March 6th, we will be hearing from Brian Alnes, Executive Director of Lake Beauty Bible Camp. The Promiseland kids will be singing and we will hear stories of how God has been transforming lives at Lake Beauty! You will have the chance to give and help our students offset the cost of camp registration. We will have baskets at the doors as you leave worship. If you wish to write a check, please make it out to ACC with LBBC in the memo line.
Family Gymnasium Event March 6th, 3:30-5:30 pm
Parents and preschool/kindergarten families! Grab your trike or bike and bring them to church for a fun afternoon in the Fellowship Center! Promiseland kids meet in the Family Life Center with your parents and your favorite gym balls and equipment. Bring a snack to share and lets have fun! Weâ€™ll see you at the church for a wild ride! Contact Julie Barnes at the church office for more details, 320.763.5659.
Benevolence and Communion Sunday
Please be aware that Benevolence and Communion Sunday will be observed the second Sunday of March & April, and the third Sunday of May. However gifts are always welcome at any time of the month. If you would like to give toward those in need within our community please drop your check in the offering plate and write Benevolence in the memo line.
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We Need Volunteers! We need volunteers to help with the Children’s Ministry Team! • AWANA Cubbies Co-Directors for 2011-2012 • Jungle Sunday School (3 yrs-Kindergarten) Director • Vacation Bible School 2011 Co-Directors for Preschool and Elementary levels. Training and Mentorship from current leaders will equip you to transition into leading these programs. Contact Julie Barnes at the Church Office for more information on how you can help the church body, 320.763.5659.
Newborns Congratulations to Paul & Carrie Seelhammer on the birth of their new baby boy, Timothy Jabulani Seelhammer, who was born February 24th, 2011. Mom and baby are healthy and should be able to come home on Saturday.
Receptionist Position Available The Church is accepting applications for a Receptionist/ Administrative Assistant position for the Church Office. Applicants must be able to work up to 40 hours/week and have excellent computer, phone and customer service skills. Apply in the church office with your resumé. Office hours are 8:00 am-4:30 pm
APPLY @ CHURCH OFFICE
Adoption Support Network
March 3rd, 6:30 pm
This adoptive parent support group provides parents with a confidential, nonjudgmental environment where they can learn from each other, celebrate their successes, brainstorm solutions to problems and concerns, and receive information on resources and training opportunities. Location: The Church Office. For more information contact Dawn Johnson 320.760.0980.
Mighty Men of Prayer
Saturdays, 8:00-9:00 am
Come join the Mighty Men of Prayer Ministry. This is a movement of the Holy Spirit calling men to intentionally pray, men praying with and for other men. Location: The Fireside Room. For more details call Gerry Hoelescher at 320.763.6766.
College & Career
Mondays, 6:30 pm
Young adults meet at Sheila Smesrudâ€™s home for a study of the book of Ephesians. Itâ€™s our hope that this can be an encouraging group where people can feel comfortable sharing their thoughts openly during small group discussions of the Bible. Located at 720 22nd Avenue East Apt #327 Alexandria. For more information contact Matthew at 763.412.0564.
(Junior & Senior High)
March 11th & 12th
Dare2Share is committed to teaching and mobilizing teenagers during this evangelism training conference. Pick up a waiver form at the Welcome Center or online at www. alexandriayouth.com and drop it off at the church office. The $64 cost is due by March 4th.
Women’s Bible Study
March 31st, 9:00-11:00 am
God has designed a mission and a plan for your life. And He wants you to discover it. From stay-at-home mom to globe-trotting executive, young single woman to senior citizen, every modern woman has wondered, “How do I juggle it all?” Now, The Life Ready Woman helps women discover God’s road map for finding balance, peace, and delight in this crazy contemporary life. This study will be held ever Thursday mornings, for eight weeks. Please purchase your book before the class starts. You can find it online at http://bit.ly/ fiUtN6 . Sign up at the Welcome Center. Nursery Care is provided. Location: Ministry Center. For more information contact Amber Knick at 320.766.5222.
50+ Game Night
March 11th, 6:30 pm
There is an upcoming 50+ Game Night at Lloyd and Vi Andserson’s home. Sign up for the fun at the Welcome Center. Bring a snack or dessert to share. Location: 342 County Road 44 NW Alexandria. For more information call Lloyd and Vi Anderson at 320.846.1291
Part 4 - Eyes Wide Open Ephesians 1:15-23 John LeVahn February 27, 2011
“For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers." Ephesians 1:15-16
First part of prayer: That we would ______________________________________________
“I keep asking that God give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better." Ephesians 1:17 Second part of prayer: That the______ ______________________________________________
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened…” Ephesians 1:18 Three reason why Paul wants our heart to be enlightened 1.________________________________________________ 2.________________________________________________ 3.________________________________________________
March 25-26, 2011 Mount Carmel Retreat Center Cost is $90 (Includes Meals & Lodging) Registration with payment will take place at the Welcome Center Now - March 13th. Contact Betty Bjurlin for details, 320.762.1651 Speaker:
Leslie Montgomery-Anderson Leslie Montgomery-Anderson was born in California and raised in Idaho. She grew up with a passion for writing and as a result has written ten books throughout her career. She has been a writer for Focus on the Family for fourteen years and has written for television, radio and print. Currently, she works part-time counseling and teaching at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Watertown, South Dakota, and is the State Coordinator for the 60th annual National Day of Prayer. Leslie has recently been awarded the prestigious award, “Women of Excellence,” an annual award given to a woman in the greater Sioux Empire who has set a highly admired standard of excellence through their endeavors. Leslie is married to Dallas Anderson of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association and Mission America. She has two grown children as well as a two and a half year old and a newborn. Additionally, Leslie is the proud grandmother of five.
This Week SUN
MON FEBR UARY
Choruses 9:00 am Blend of Hymns & Worship Study in room 114 e Bibl 9:00-10:00 am Christos Adult the Fireside room 9:00-10:00 am First Step Class in ’s Sunday School 9:00-10:00 am Youth and Children l Money Makeover 9:00-10:00 am Dave Ramsey Tota ily Class in the Fam Life Center 10:30 am Contemporary Service & Chanda Winkel’s home 6:30-8:00 pm In Step Group at Jim in room 114 6:30-7:30 pm Next Step Membership y & Leslie Gerr 6:30-8:00 pm In Step Group at the Hoelscher’s home Center 6:30-8:30 pm Impact in the Ministry 10:00-11:30 pm In Step Group at Sherri Bear’s home 6:30-8:30 pm Celebrate Recovery in the Ministry Center 6:30-8:30 pm College & Career at Sheila Smesrud’s home 6:30-8:00 pm C-Groups at the Win kel’s home 7:00-8:30 pm In Step Group in room 120, led by Craig & Deb Bjerke 7:00-8:30 pm In Step Group in room 110, led by Tom Bishop 7:00-8:30 pm In Step Group at John & Sandy LeVahn’s home
114 9:00-12:00 pm Sew to Share in room istry Center Min the in p Grou S 9:30-11:30 pm MOP 111, 7:00-8:30 pm In Step Group in room Rollin & Joanne Gust & l led by Lonnie & Robin Apo 110, 7:00-8:30 pm In Step Group in room
ek’s Events 9:00-10:00 am Koffee & Kare at Trav eler’s Inn 5:30-6:30 pm Choir Rehearsal in the Worship Center 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 Carl son’s home 6:30-8:30 pm C-Group at the Giro ux’s home 6:30-8:00 pm In Step Group in the Ministry Center, led by Nathan & Amber Knick
ork in office workroom 6:30-9:00 pm Adoption Support Netw
6:00-7:00 am Men’s Bible Study in the Fellowship Cen
er in the Fireside 8:00-9:00 am Mighty Men of Pray
Prayer Requests • • • •
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Betty Fredman Keith (Sue Winges’ brother-in-law) Jeff (Nona Erickson’s nephew) Jimmy Anderson (Mary Hart and JoAnne Gess’ brother) Shirley Altermatt Sarah Johnson (Marcia Siira’s friend) Duane Shelden Elroy Wussow (Lori Hornberger’s father) Merlyn Ordal Mark Fearing (Carol Anderson’s brother)
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Betty Fredman Ina Raske Tyson Meissner Joe Bergstrom Merritt Ploeger Mark Blair Cindy Sieve (Renee Leighton’s friend) Darlene Steiger Don Haseman Tonya Christman (Carmen Silbernick’s sister, www.caringbridge.org/ visit/tonyachristman) Tamara (Donn & Ann Hjelle’s Daughter)
Please feel free to call the church office if you are aware of any errors or updates to the prayer requests or praise reports.
Don’t forget to check your mailboxes! Also, please check the community bulletin board and the Parish Nurse information area located next to the mailboxes.
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
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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