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:
StudySpace ongoing at First Covenant until December 12: Volunteers are need to welcome students coming to First Covenant starting on December 6 to study for final exams. For seven nights from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. volunteers are needed to assist. Please plan to help for a shift or two by welcoming students: 9:00 p.m. to midnight, midnight to 3 a.m., 3 to 6 a.m. or 6 to 9 a.m. Donations of snacks are needed for this Mission In Action including apples, bananas, grapes, individually packaged chips & crackers ,and trail mix. Consider baking brownies or cookies or cupcakes. Bags of baby carrots and dip are popular too. Snack donations can be dropped off at the church office. If you can volunteer for a couple of hours for this hospitality ministry contact Abby Blankenship at 724.561.4482.
December 16 – The Children’s Christmas Musical “A Legacy of Love” & Toy Drive :Children of all ages have been practicing for several weeks and are sending out this invitation to all to attend “Legacy of Love” on Sunday, December 16 at 11:00 a.m. This is the only worship service on December 16. This service will be led by our children and youth and will again include a toy drive. I you can offer assistance for the troy drive, contact Monty Service at [email protected] . December 16 is also the day for the Covenant Christmas Toy Store to distribute toys to children who attend Sunday Supper. If you would like to make a toy donation, you can drop them off at church office during regular office hours or you can present them during worship on December 16.
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
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.
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.