You Are Welcome Here for Worship
Worship Times Are Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Summer is over and the regular programming year is underway. That means Worship times are now at 8:30 a.m. in the Chapel and 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
Covenant Community Art Gallery Presents “A Sense of Place” by photographer Pat Bywater: He’s known throughout our region for his journalistic photographs and writing and he is also a neighbor to our church! You may remember his beautiful photograph of the 6th Street doors of the church during the historic Christmas 2017 snowstorm. Pat is presenting this Erie landmarks exhibit in collaboration with PreservErie and he will have prints available for sale and those sales go to support the West Bayfront Neighborhood. First Covenant is also participating in the Erie Art Museum’s Gallery Night on Friday, September 21 from 7-10 p.m. If you can help welcome guests on Gallery Night for an hour or two, please contact Seph Kumer at 814-566-0287.
Learn About the Mission in Ghana: Meet our Mission Co-Worker Josh Heikkila at a pizza and antipasto salad dinner in the Fidelis Room on Monday, September 17 at 5:30 p.m. Hear about his new truck that we helped fund. Josh will also provide an update on our ministry partnership in Ghana! Wait there’s more. Four pastors from Ghana will be visiting the Presbytery of Lake Erie in the coming weeks! They will preach and meet with 12 different congregations including First Covenant We welcome Rev. Vincent Dagadu to the pulpit on Sunday, September 23. Don’t miss a Ghanaian dinner at Covenant Connections on Wednesday, September 26 at 5:15 p.m. Call the church office to make reservations.
Covenant Connections Dinner on September 19: Want to make more connections or new connections with your church family, Gannon students, neighbors? Covenant Connections dinners are on Wednesdays from 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. After dinner we’ll have fun games to help us re-CONNECT! The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for students and children, no charge for children 3 and under. $20 family maximum. Make your dinner reservation by calling Anne in the office at 814.456.4243 x100 or emailing [email protected]
Adult Choirs Ready to Sing & Ring & Welcome New Members: If you love music, the Covenant Choir invites you to join. Talk with Monty or Leslie about joining the choir. New Members are always welcome! The Covenant Choir holds rehearsals on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. in the Music Room. The Covenant Bells also rehearse on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The first rehearsal for the Covenant Bells is on Thursday, September 20.
Children & Youth Music Returns: Children and youth of all ages are encouraged to join in the fun, as a new programming year begins.
- Children (age 4-grade 5) are now meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.on Sunday mornings on the 3rd floor, during the Faith Formation hour. Children will sing, move and use rhythm instruments to make a joyful noise! In late October, the children will begin rehearsals for this year’s Christmas musical.
- Junior Ringers are meeting on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Music room following the Covenant Connections dinner. This activity is for children interested in learning to play chimes.
- Greater than the Sum returns on Sunday, September 23 with a new meeting time! This group is now meeting on Sunday’s from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This group will sing, ring and use other musical gifts to create music together and lead in worship. Come with your ideas!
- If you have any questions, just email Monty at [email protected]
Youth Group Begins A New Year of Fun on September 16: All students, new or returning, in grades 6-12 are invited to join us for a Welcome Back Bonfire at the McBrier residence. Join us Sunday, September 16 from 4:00-6:30 p.m. Please bring a dish to share. For directions and to RSVP, text or call Kaitlyn at 716-345-1629.
Support The Erie County Crop Hunger Walk on Sunday, September 23: First Covenant is once again participating in the Erie County CROP/Hunger Walk at Presque Isle. The walk’s main purpose is to alleviate hunger locally and throughout the world as 842 million people still find themselves coping with daily hunger and malnutrition. Please consider joining Team FPCC in walking this year. This congregation has reached out in combating hunger through Sunday Suppers. Let’s continue to show our concern and support for the hungry by walking and supporting walkers in the CROP/Hunger Walk. The walk is for everyone. If you cannot walk on September 23, you can walk at another time. Forms are available in the Welcome Center. Donations will be received in the church office during the week or online at https://www.crophungerwalk.org/eriepa . For more information, contact Tim Tracy, Derrick Sweet or Bill Tauber.
Wine & The Word: All are welcome to join this group of ladies that will meet the 2nd and 4th week of each month beginning on Tuesday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Paul. They will be discussing the book Executing Grace by Shane Claiborne this fall. If you are interested in purchasing a book, they are available in the church office for $12.
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.
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 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.
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 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].