You Are Welcome Here for Worship
“Urban University” Art Exhibit Now Showing in the Covenant Community Art Gallery: Check out the new exhibit in the Covenant Community Gallery to see Britney and Monty at work as part of the leadership team for Erie City Mission’s Urban University. In June, 30 middle school students from across the city gathered at First Covenant for a week of classes in costume design, dance, set construction, drama and the culinary arts. Special thanks to Linda Althof and a team of helpers who facilitated the dinner! “Urban University” returns to Covenant for another two weeks from July 9 through July 20 when the focus is writing, illustration and the culinary arts.
Summer Worship Times are now in effect through Labor Day weekend: Just as a reminder to members and visitors that during the summer months Worship times change. Worship times are now Sundays 8:30 a.m. in the McBrier Chapel and 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. The 10:00 a.m. Summer Worship service returns to 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 9. The Faith Formation hour returns in September after Labor Day weekend.
8 Covenant Students Attemd Mission Conference this week: 10 students and leaders are attending the P.C.(USA) Montreat Summer Conference this month.The first conference is in Montreat, NC for high school students. 6 senior high students and 2 youth leaders departed on July 7 for the “Lift Every Voice” trip. The next mission trip is “Living Mosaics” is at Marysville College in Tennessee for middle school students starting July 17. Please keep them in your prayers daily.
Marriage Retreat & Getaway: Registration can be made in the office for the Marriage Retreat scheduled for Friday, September 21, beginning at 7:00 p.m. through Saturday, September 22, 2018 ending at 4:00 p.m. CE committee invites members to attend this opportunity to strengthen our marriage relationships in faith. this retreat is located at Quail Hollow Resort in Painesville, OH. The cost is $195 per couple and includes an overnight stay, meals, use of facilities and the conference presented by Ron & Cindy Miller of Cross Bridge Counseling.
Church Directories Available: The 2018 Church Member Directory is available for pickup in the art gallery following the Sunday worship services in July. The text-only directories will be distributed after both morning services by the Hospitality & Membership Committee to church members only. Directories that aren’t picked up after Sunday Worship services in July will be mailed.
Movie Night at Covenant: This summer First Covenant is hosting another family-friendly movie in our parking lot on Friday, July 27. Showtime is 9:00 p.m. Our first feature is “Coco.” This is a great way to invite family, friends, and neighbors to enjoy a night outside. If you are interested in helping to set-up, bring snacks or beverages, or clean-up, contact Linda Majewski at [email protected].
Openings for Memorial Flowers or Mission Giving: There is an opening on Sunday, July 29 for memorial flowers or to honor someone with a mission contribution. If you would like to donate flowers for the lectern or make a monetary donation to one of the church’s missions in memory or honor of a loved one, please call Mary Concoby at 864-0027.
Fill the “Free Little Food Pantry” this summer: Help the Deacons of First Covenant, Dr. Carol Amann and Gannon University nursing students stock the “Free Little Pantry.” This food pantry is located on the south side of the church garage. Donations of canned and boxed food items and meals can be placed in the pantry at any time.. This is an“anonymous” food pantry for neighbors in need and is used regularly! Thank you.
Give the Gift of Life August 25 at Covenant: First Covenant and its members have long supported the Community Blood Bank of Northwest PA. Donors can donate anytime at the Community Blood Bank which is located at 2646 Peach Street. However, the new bloodmobile is scheduled to make several stops at First Covenant throughout 2018. Here are the dates for blood drives at First Covenant in 2018: August 25, October 20 and December 15. The bloodmobile will be in the First Covenant parking lot on Saturday, August 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon. If you have any questions about blood donation click on this link http://fourhearts.org/
Save The Date – Golf Outing August 26: If you enjoy spending an afternoon on the golf course with friends, plan on joining us for the Dave Briggs Invitational Golf Outing on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Fox Run Golf Course, 2123 Strong Road, Waterford, PA. The outing begins at 3:00 p.m. Players need to arrive and be ready for team drawings by 2:30p.m. Entry fee is $30.00 per person, which covers the cost for the nine hole tournament, a riding cart (everyone rides!), prizes, dinner & includes all taxes & gratuities. Only the first 20 golfers are assured a spot although we will add additional tee times if necessary. If interested, please contact Atchley Holmes at 397-8349 or Dave Gaither at 431-0890.
Join the “Pew Crew:” Volunteers are needed to help organize and re-stock the pews in the Chapel and Sanctuary every week. If you can donate about an hour a week to this ministry, contact Anne Sauer in the church office at 456-4243 x100.
New Parking Policy at Covenant: Session approved changes to the parking policy at First Covenant. The updated policy is as follows: Parking during business hours Monday through Friday, in any of the church’s parking lots, is by paid permit only. Those exempt from paying for weekday parking include members and visitors coming to the church for meetings, bible study or other church business and are directed to park in the white lined spaces close to the 7th Street entrance which leads to the church office. All others must purchase a permit for non-church related weekday parking and other downtown usage. These spaces will be offered at a reduced rate of $25 per month and are limited in quantity. Yellow parking stickers are no longer valid.
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.
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: 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 calendar printed in the weekly bulletin for Saturday closings. Note: In honor of the Independence Day Holiday, the church office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
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].