You Are Welcome Here for Worship
October & November 2017
TGIF – Thank God Its Franks! The next TGIF is Friday, October 29, how about volunteering to meet ‘n greet college students and neighbors? Volunteers are asked to hand-out hot dogs and water on Friday night from 10:00 p.m. to about midnight. Meet Kyle, Abby and Seph in the south parking lot. To volunteer, contact Kyle at 330-631-7948.
Fall Festival at Gridley Park: Join us the Fall Festival on Saturday, October 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. FPCC is partnering with Gannon University and Our West Bayfront Neighborhood Association to host this event for the neighborhood. We are looking for 6 adult and teen volunteers to help assist with loading and unloading the horse-drawn hayrides. Adult volunteers are asked to contact Seph Kumer at [email protected]. Teen volunteers can contact Britney Knight in the church office.
Immediate Need for School Clothing & School Supplies: Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary School absorbed more than 100 new students this year. They still have an immediate need for folders, scissors, pencil cases, erasers, washable and Expo markers, Lysol wipes and hand sanitizer. Clothing needed is black, navy and khaki pants in size 5 to 8 and 10 to 14 as well as any solid color polo shirts and all sizes of socks. Place donations in the bin inside the 7th Street entrance. Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated. Thank you!
First Covenant Community Art Gallery: “Getting Creative with Acrylics” is the current exhibit in the church’s Community Gallery. The artwork was created by senior adults from a summer painting class at LifeWorks, West 4th and Peach Streets. Be sure to stop by and check out the creative that surrounds us.
Old Books Looking for a New Home: Some of the Brittain Library’s old favorites are available for anyone interested. They can be found in the hallway by the library. Consider a donation in the offering plate during worship if you find something useful.
Covenant Connections on Wednesdays: Gather each Wednesday for a delicious dinner ($6). Connect with church and neighborhood friends. Explore and celebrate “community.” Dinners are served from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. We’ll save you a meal if you alert us that you will be late! A 45-minute “program” or “activity” begins at 6:15 p.m. Please call the church office with your reservations no later than Monday at 12 noon for that week’s dinner. On October 25, It’s Pumpkin Time at Connections: Who knew that our annual pumpkin carving/painting night would become so popular with international students at Gannon University and our Barber Center friends. Pumpkin night is a huge draw for students to experience a slice of Americana. Create a Halloween masterpiece to share with your trick-or-treaters.
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.
Wine & The Word: Women are invited to the next gathering of Wine & the Word on Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. This Fall we are discussing Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber. This book is available for purchase in the church office or can be loaned from the FPCC Britton Library. Contact Britney at [email protected] for the location of the next meeting. This group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The gatherings in November are on November 14 and 28.
New Member Classes in October: If you are interested in becoming a member of First Covenant or would just like more information about First Covenant, plan to attend a new member class on October 22 during the Faith Formation hour beginning at 9:30 a.m. If you would like to participate, please contact the church office at 814-456-4243 and ask for JoAnn.
Rehearsals Underway for our Children’s Christmas Pageant: It won’t be long before the children of First Covenant present “Christmas in the Country,” this year’s Christmas Pageant. Rehearsals are scheduled Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The pageant will be presented on December 17 during a combined worship service. All are welcome. If you are interested in helping with costumes, sets or in any way, contact Monty Service at the church office at 814-456-4243.
Ethnic Cooking for a Cause: Our friends at the Turkish Cultural Center (3024 State Street), who shared a delicious Ramadan meal with us in May, are offering a Turkish cooking class in Knox Hall/Kitchen on Saturday, November 4 at 3:00 p.m. It will be followed by a full Turkish dinner at 5:00 p.m. offered to the public. Class or dinner or BOTH: $10. All proceeds go to Puerto Rico hurricane relief. Goal: $1,500. Learn to cook börek (stuffed phyllo), yayla soup (yogurt/vegetable/herb) & şekerpare (walnut cookies). All are part of the dinner, plus a mushroom dish, salad & döner (gyro)! Call in your RSVP to the church office.
Habitat Home Dedication: Habitat for Humanity’s “The House that Wisdom Built” is being dedicated at on Sunday, November 5, 2717 Pear Street, at 3:00 p.m. This is also a celebration to welcome Jose & Katherine Laporte and their 4 children to their new home and to help present a microwave oven from the church for their new kitchen!
Save The Date: Give Life – Blood Drive at FPCC on November 18: Don’t forget to sign-up to give blood on Saturday, November 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the FPCC parking lot. Invite a friend, co-worker, neighbor or family member to donate with you! Call Tim Campbell at 814-397-8570 to let him know you plan to donate. You are always welcome to go into the Community Blood Bank located at 2646 Peach Street and donate blood on behalf of First Covenant.
NEW Ushering Ministry needs YOU! Your family, Sunday School class, Bible study group, church committee or group of friends can sign up to serve as ushers for Worship at FPCC. 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.
Regular Worship Times Return: Regular Worship Services are 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. 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.
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]
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 monthly calendar for Saturday closings. Note: The church office will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24, 2017 in observance of the Thanksgiving Day Holiday.
Keep the office up to date! If you have moved, changed your phone number or email address please let the church office know by calling or emailing [email protected].