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Call for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation, Part I: The Session of the First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant calls for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation, Part I to be held on Sunday, January 20, 2019. According to the revised By-Laws of the Congregation and Corporation Article VI, Section 1, the stated purpose of the meeting is “…electing the Nominating Committee, informing the congregation of the budget, approving pastoral terms of call, and filling existing vacancies on the Session and the Board of Deacons.” The meeting will be held in the Sanctuary immediately following the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Rev. Chris Weichman, Moderator/W. D. Holmes, Clerk of Session
Call for a Special Meeting of the Corporation: The Session of the First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant calls for a special meeting of the corporation to be held in conjunction with Part I of the Annual Meeting of the Congregation on Sunday, January 20, 2019. The stated purpose of this special meeting of the corporation is to hear and act upon a recommendation from the session to withdraw up to $ 275,000.00 from the principle of the Endowment Fund in order to balance the 2019 General Fund Budget. W.D. Holmes, Clerk of Session
Covenant Connections on Wednesday, January 16 – Plan to gather on Wednesday, January 16 at 5:15 p.m. in Knox Hall. After we share a meal, there will be time for fellowship. Dinners cost $6 for adults or $3 for children and college students. Contact the church office to make reservations at 456-4243 x100 or [email protected]
Wednesday Morning Bible Study: This group continues study on Wednesday, January 16 at 10:30 a.m. Come join us as we explore more of the left-hand side of the Bible! We will begin with the Book of Ezra. All you need is a Bible! If you don’t have one or have questions contact Britney at 814.456.4243 x 112.
Welcome Back Meet’n Greet: Welcome Gannon University students back to campus on Monday, January 14 and Tuesday, January 15. Serve coffee and sticky rolls from the church parking lot to all who pass by the First Covenant campus from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. each morning. Over the past few years this has proven to be a great way to engage commuters arriving downtown, neighbors on their way to work and student going to class. If you can assist, give Abby Blankenship a call or text at 724.561.4482.
Honoring Martin Luther King: Keep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream alive at the community solidarity walk on Monday, January 21. Gather at Perry Square at 11:30 a.m. for the annual walk down 6th St. (past the church!) to the MLK Center where there will be a brief soup/sandwich lunch and program. Honor King’s legacy at a dinner on Saturday, January 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the MLK Center. The cost is $35 per person. To make dinner reservations, text or call Seph Kumer at 814.566.0287.
Opening for Memorial Flowers: We have an opening for memorial flowers or mission giving on Sunday, Jan 27. If you would like to donate flowers or offer a gift to mission in lieu of flowers for the lectern, please call Mary Concoby at 864-0027.
Women & The Word: All are welcome to join this group of ladies that are now meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month in the First Covenant Parlor from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The next meeting is Tuesday, January 22 in the First Covenant Parlor. Over the next couple of months this group will review Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water & Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans, Lost Women of the Bible by Carolyn Custis James, Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler and Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs. All of these books are available in the church office for $12. All women are invited to join this group whenever possible. Bring a snack to share if you like but it is not required. To be added to our email list, please contact Cass Shimek at [email protected]
Jubilee Registration due by Sunday, January 20: If you are a high school students and plan to attend the 2019 Jubilee on February 22-24, your registration is due now in the church office. The Jubilee Conference is for current 9th-12th grade students. The cost is $50 plus extra money for a few meals and a visit to the bookstore. Registration and fee are due no later than January 20. Questions? Contact Britney Knight at 456-4243 x 112.
Souper Bowl of Caring Cook-Off on Sunday, January 27: Plan to support our children and youth as they prepare for a soup cook-off on Sunday, January 27. This is a fundraiser to help support a program in Our West Bayfront Neighborhood that fights hunger and poverty—the children and youth will vote on which program will benefit from their fundraising event.
Deadline to Register for the Middle School Montreat Summer Conference is January 27: Students planning to attend the Montreat Summer Conference July 16 to July 22 in Maryville, Tennessee must register in the church office or by email by Sunday, January 27. Registration forms and a $100 deposit are due by the deadline. This conference is for students finishing 5th-7th grade this year. If you have any questions about the conference or registration, contact Britney at [email protected]
Deadline for High School Triennium Conference February 1: Students who plan to attend the High School Summer Triennium Conference are encouraged to register now. This conference on July 16-20 is for students entering 9th grade through 12th grade. You can register in the church office or by email. Deposit and registration are due no later than February 1. To register or if you have questions, contact Britney Knight at 456.4243 x112.
Men’s Morning Group: The Friday Morning Men’s Group is studying “Learning to Speak God from Scratch.” This book study challenges readers to find new ways to express Christian faith basics. The group meets in the First Covenant Parlor at 7:00 a.m. on Friday mornings. All men are welcome to join this group.
Connecting with Pastor Chris: When you wish to contact our First Covenant Pastor, Rev. Chris Weichman, he can be reached in the church office Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 814-456-4243 ex.103 or anytime at [email protected]
Regular Worship Times: Regular Worship Services are 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings September to May. Faith Formation Classes for all ages are on Sundays at 9:30 am. To assist families with small children, First Covenant offers nursery and childcare on Sunday mornings for children who are infants to those three years of age. This childcare service is only available from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the nursery.
Wanted: A Few Good Volunteer Drivers! The Deacons are looking for church members to volunteer to give members a ride to church on Sunday for Worship and fellowship. If you are willing to help with this outreach, please call Debbie or Rick Bernardini at 814-825-5937.
Ushering Ministry: Your family, Sunday School class, Bible study group, church committee or group of friends can sign up to serve as ushers for worship at First Covenant. A “seasoned” usher will assist you. Help welcome worshipers and meet old friends and new. Contact Dale Sweet at 898-3417 to serve.
Hospital Callers: Would you like to demonstrate that Covenant and its members truly represent the Caring Church in the Heart of the City by volunteering to be a hospital visitor? If you are interested in joining a wonderful ministry, contact Sheila Sweet at 814-898-3417 or Mary Ann Sesler at 814-490-9629.
The First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant Office is closed on all federal holidays; and on Saturdays unless there are scheduled events such as Koinonia, weddings, funerals, blood drives and private events. Please closely watch the calendar for Saturday closings. The church office will be closed on Monday, January 21 due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
Update the office with your new contact information: If you have moved, changed your phone number or email address please update your contact information and let the church office know by contacting JoAnn Peters at 456-4243 Ext 110 or at [email protected].