You Are Welcome Here for Worship
March & April 2019
Free Concert at First Covenant – Friday, March 29: All are welcome to come and hear the Clarion University Chambers Singers on Friday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. as the group presents a free concert in our Sanctuary. This group of 36 singers will perform a wide variety of music including jazz, spirituals, madrigals and contemporary choral works. Come and hear beautiful music in our Sanctuary as we take the time to pause and listen to what the Spirit might be saying to us this Lent. We would love to have volunteers to usher and welcome the community into our church, especially if you are an alumni or have another connections to Clarion University. Contact Monty with any questions or to volunteer to help!
Book Drive for Strong Vincent: Only five books to go before we reach our goal. We are close to our goal of providing 60 new hardcover books for the Strong Vincent library. If you have not selected a title to purchase, you will find all the information you need on the bulletin board under the clock near the church library.
The Season of Lent: The 2019 Lenten Journey at First Covenant is underway. Consider this your invitation to journey with us this Lent as we discover “The Way.” Based on the Beatitudes, every week we will take a closer look at what it means to be people of “The Way.” Worship services are at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. All are welcome to join the journey.
Covenant Connections during Lent: Come to dinner on Wednesdays and plan to enjoy a delicious dinner beginning at 5:15 p.m. The main entree, salad and beverages will be provided. You are asked to bring a dish to share; such as an appetizer or dessert, home-made or store-bought. During Lent we will enjoy this “potluck” style. Please RSVP for dinner by email or phone at [email protected] or 456.4243 x100. Suggested donation: $3.00. Following dinner there will be a time of bible reflection, song, prayer and a related hands-on activity or speaker. Here’s the schedule, location and activities for March & April:
March 27 ~ Knox Hall, “The Way of Mercy ~ Women of Erie City Mission’s Grace (Recovery) House share stories of mercy & forgiveness
April 3 ~ The Way of Obedience – MLK Center youth help us create a peace banner for worship
April 10 ~ The Way of Peace – local bakers lead us to bake bread for use during Communion on Maundy Thursday
Women & The Word: All are welcome to join this group of ladies who meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month in the First Covenant Parlor from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 26. The group continues it’s six-week study of women in the Bible. This week we will read Mary Magdalene as we look at The Way of Obedience. Bring a Bible and bring a friend! Snacks are welcome but not required! Questions, contact Britney at 456.4243 x112 or [email protected]
Men’s Morning Group: Are you “stuck” in some way in your life? Career? Relationship? Family situation? Faith? In a life “rut”? The Friday morning men’s small group has just begun studying a new (short!) book titled “Unstuck” by Dan Webster and Randy Gravitt. The book promises to help readers “gain perspective, create traction and pursue your passion”. New participants are invited to join this 6-8 week study. Questions? Contact Seph Kumer 814.566.0287. The group meets in the First Covenant Parlor at 7:00 a.m. on Friday mornings. All men are welcome to join this group.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study: This group gathers to study on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Can we talk about grace?… Do you want to learn the basic story of the Gospel? This Wednesday, March 27 we begin a new study on the Book of Romans from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Room 116. Newcomers welcome! Bring yourself and a Bible, no preparation necessary! Questions, see Britney.
Covenant Campus Spring Clean-Up on April 13: After a long winter , there’s debris to remove, mulch to spread and parking lot holes to patch on the church grounds. If you can join Gannon students helping us on Saturday, April 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, please contact Ron Fabich or Bill Tauber.
Help Stock the “Little Pantry:” Canned and packaged food items are needed to keep the Little Pantry stocked year-round especially during the winter months. The food cupboard is located on the south side of the garage in the First Covenant church parking lot. Here are some items that are most in need: cereals, hot cereals, rice, soups, canned goods, pastas, and packaged side dishes. Neighbors with food needs are often spotted visiting the Little Pantry for items to help them get by.
Sunday Morning Fellowship Hosts Wanted: Volunteers are needed Sunday mornings to welcome guests. Fellowship volunteers can partner with family and friends to serve as hosts for fellowship. Hosts are still needed for weekends in February and March. The sign-up go to the poster in the parlor, located near the grandfather clock. The church provides coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Volunteers are asked to help provide snacks and treats for the fellowship time following each worship service on Sunday mornings. Questions? Contact the church office.
Volunteers Needed for Erie City Mission Lunch: Can you spare some time during the week to help others? Volunteers are encouraged to sign-up to help prepare and serve lunch on the first Thursday of the month at the Erie City Mission kitchen at 1023 French Street. If you can only help out now and again, not a problem, contact Linda Holmes at 814.825.3889. This next date to serve is Thursday, April 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May’s date is the 2nd.
Gliding Stars Ready To Shine: On Saturday, April 6 local skaters take to the ice for 2019 Gliding Stars Adaptive Ice Show at the Mercyhurst University Ice Rink. Local musicians in The Breeze Band are rehearsing to present live Motown classics as dozens of handi-cap-able skaters and their guides demonstrate their skills on ice. Gliding Stars organizer Linda Althof and her skating volunteers including church members Pat Tracy, Andrew Spriegel, Kristi Althof, and Makayla Savko are ready for a fun night of celebration. Nationally acclaimed skaters Max Aaron and Doug Razzano are the featured skaters on April 6. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the 2019 Gliding Stars Adaptive Ice Show are available in the church office at First Covenant during regular business hours. Join our cheering section for this fun event.Tickets are $10 adults and $5 children.
Give The Gift of Blood on Saturday, April 6: Regular blood drives are held at First Covenant through the year because there is always a need for blood in our community. The Community Blood Banks’ bloodmobile is scheduled to make it’s next stop in our church parking lot on Saturday, April 6 between 8:00 a.m. and 12 Noon. Invite a friend, neighbor, co-worker or family member to donate with you! Sign-up with Tim Campbell at 814-397-8570. If that date doesn’t work for you, you can donate anytime at the Community Blood Bank which is located at 2646 Peach Street and donate blood on behalf of First Covenant.
Presbytery of Lake Erie Spring Youth Retreat: Sign-up now for the Spring Youth Retreat on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 at Camp Mission Meadows Dewittville, NY. All Youth in grades 6th-12th are invited for this overnight experience. Theme: God? Cost: $20 Times: Leave at 5:30 p.m. on Friday from FPCC; Return around 6:00 PM on Saturday. Parents, information and registration available in the church office.
Annual Meeting of the Congregation, Part II – April 14: Mark your calendars now for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation, Part II and the Annual Meeting of the Corporation for Sunday, April 14, 2019 in Knox Hall immediately following the 11:00 a.m. worship service.
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.
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].