Advent & Christmas at First Covenant… Enter In
First Covenant is engaged in numerous Mission In Action opportunities by helping to serve others in need in our community. There are many opportunities to volunteer and to support these missions and ministries. If you have any questions, contact the church office. Here are the highlights for Advent & Christmas:
Advent & Christmas at First Covenant: “Enter In” to Advent
It is the time in the church liturgical year
that we “expect” and “wait” and “long for” God
to “Enter In” to our lives…For the Messiah to come.
For God to “Enter In” to the world in a new way.
And for us to “Enter In” to God’s work.
Sunday, December 16 11:00 a.m. – Third Sunday of Advent -Children’s Christmas Musical “Legacy of Love” & Toy Drive
Sunday, December 23 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. – Fourth Sunday of Advent, Zephaniah 3:14-17 -“The Lord Enters In” by the Rev. Chris Weichman
Sunday Supper on December 23: The youth of First Covenant are invited to help serve this meal at Sunday Supper. The Theology on Tap men’s group will cook the meal and ask the youth to help serve. Youth are asked to arrive in Knox Hall 3:30 p.m. For more info or to RSVP, contact Atchley Holmes.
Monday, December 24 6:30 pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Luke 2:1-20 – “Jesus Enters In” by the Rev. Chris Weichman
All the singing and bell choirs rehearse for several weeks to prepare for Advent and Christmas. This year the candlelight worship service on Christmas Eve, December 24, begins at 6:30 p.m. Plan to make First Covenant a part of your Christmas tradition.
Christmas Joy Offering: A cherished Presbyterian tradition since the 1930’s, the Christmas Joy offering is one of the four special offerings designated by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Fifty percent of the Christmas Joy Offering is distributed to the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, which provides support to both active and retired church workers and their spouses and families. The other fifty percent supports scholarships at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges through the General Assembly Mission Council. Look for your Christmas Joy Offering envelope. Please write “Christmas Joy” on your check’s memo line. Give generously to support these faithful servants and to encourage the students who are our future.
Volunteers Needed for Sunday Supper on December 30: Volunteer help is needed from 3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to serve Sunday Supper on December 30. Many who regularly serve are out of town on this date, so please let Pat Tracy know if you can help at 864-6118 or [email protected]
Office Reminder: In observance of the Christmas holiday, the church office will close at 12 noon on Monday, December 24 and will remain closed on Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25 and the day after, Wednesday, December 26. The church office will also be closed for the New Year’s holiday on Monday, December 31 and Tuesday, January 1.