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November & December 2018
How You Can Support Our Neighbors’ Place Overnight Shelter at First Covenant: Starting Wednesday, November 21 and continuing nightly Through Tuesday, December 4, this is the seventh year that First Covenant has opened its doors for the shelter. This year all members of the congregation are encouraged to get involved and support this “Ministry In Action.” There are many ways to support the shelter. You can donate your time. There are three different shifts to cover. To sign-up, contact Dale Sweet at [email protected]. This year the shelter is especially in need of the following items: men’s winter coats, blue jeans, winter boots & gloves, and sweatshirts. There also a special “Undies Sunday” coming up on November 18. On that day, please donate new men’s undershirts and/or boxer style briefs, sized medium to extra large. The donation trees are also up near the office and in the main hallway. These trees contain tags with various items that are needed to run the shelter. You can also make a monetary donation by contacting the business office. There is also a special request for volunteers to help run the overnight shelter at Holy Trinity Lutheran December 5 to December 18. If you can provide a meal for about 55 guests to be served at 8:00 p.m. please contact Pat Tracy at [email protected] and if you can help cover one of the shifts please contact Dale Sweet.
Women & The Word: This women’s group now has a new name: Wine & The Word , is now “Women & The Word.” All are welcome to join this group of ladies that are now going to meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month in the First Covenant Parlor from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting on Tuesday, November 13. This group plans to read four books over the next couple of month. They include: 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 the books are available in the church office. The first book the group will read is Inspired and is available to purchase 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]
Covenant Connections on Wednesday, November 14 – Thanksgiving Dinner & Support for the Salvation Army. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal, along with a few Turkish surprises! Friends from the Turkish Cultural Center are joining us on November 14. Since this is a fundraising effort for the Salvation Army the suggested donation is $10 adults, $5 kids/students. You can contribute whatever you decide, all donations that evening will go to local Salvation Army Christmas projects. Join us from 5:15 to 7:00 p.m. Chimes rehearsal at 6:00 p.m. for the kids! The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for students and children, no charge for children 3 and under. $20 family maximum. Make your dinner reservations by contacting Anne in the office at 814.456.4243 x 100 or at [email protected]
Enjoy a Laugh and Support Erie’s Multi-Cultural Community: Here’s your invitation for Jr’s Last Laugh on Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. This is benefit night at Jr’s and on November 15 proceeds go to Erie’s Multi-Cultural Community Resource Center. Support our international community by attending this fundraiser at 14th & State. Internationally known stand-up comedian Nemr (from Jordan) is coming to Erie for that weekend, including that Thursday night. For tickets ($17) or for more information contact Seph Kumer at 814.566.0287 or [email protected]
Guests & Volunteers Always Welcome at Sunday Supper: Have you served a meal at Sunday Supper recently? A few extra hands are usually needed on Sunday afternoons from 3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Knox Hall to help serve dinner to those who are food insecure in downtown Erie. You are encouraged to look at your calendar and choose 3 or 4 Sundays during this program year to help be a blessing to others and, in addition, to meet people from other congregations and Gannon students who come to serve the meal. To volunteer to help with the Sunday Supper program, contact Pat Tracey or call t he church office.
Books Wanted: The First Covenant Missions Committee is looking for donated books for the adult guests who attend Sunday Supper. If you have finished with some books and don’t intend to keep them, consider donating them to the Sunday Supper program. Donated books can be placed in Knox Hall on the table by the back doors.
International Students Enjoy Thanksgiving November 17 at First Covenant: Gannon University’s International students are looking forward to experiencing an American Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 17 from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. in Knox Hall. The Global Students office staff and faculty at Gannon are digging in to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for 100 or more students from across the globe. In the spirit of the holiday where we give thanks, students are invited to bring a dish to share. YOU are invited to come and dine with the students and to share what Thanksgiving means to you and your family. Guides are also needed to offer students a tour of the First Covenant Sanctuary. If you can join the fun, call or text Seph Kumer at 814.566.0287.
Operation Christmas Child – Fill a Shoe Box before November 18: First Covenant is collecting shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child now until in Sunday, November 18. Fill your own shoe box or pick up a box and a flyer at the 7th Street entrance to the church. The flyer explains exactly what to put in the shoe box and what items are best avoided. To learn more go to the Samaritan Purse website by clicking this link Operation Christmas Child . Boxes need to be returned by the 11:00 AM worship service on Sunday, November 18. If you have any questions contact Cindy Kerchoff at 453-4111 or [email protected]
Time to Give Thanks and Volunteer for the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the MLK Center: First Covenant is part of a growing list of partners in Our West Bayfront Neighborhood who come together every year to give the community a Thanksgiving dinner. This year the dinner is on Sunday, November 18 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This November our partners include: St. Paul’s (Episcopal), St. Peter’s (Catholic), Kingsley and First United Methodist, Redeemer Presbyterian, the Gurdwara Sikh Temple, Gannon University students and neighbors. If you can volunteer sometime to help with this outreach ministry contact Seph Kumer. If you can help cook meet up with Jackie Jones on Saturday, November 17 at 9 a.m. Volunteers are also needed to set-up and to clean-up after the meal has been served. In addition, servers and table hosts are also needed. if you can help out even for a couple of hours contact Seph with a text or call: 814.566.0287.
Be Thankful & Grateful: New in the month of November, First Covenant encourages you to consider in what ways are you “thankful & grateful.” A Thanksgiving Eve worship service is scheduled for Wednesday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. Expect to sing, pray, and hear a brief message and a time to share with others what you are “thankful & grateful” for this Thanksgiving.
Opening for Memorial Flowers/Mission Giving: There is an opening for memorial flowers or mission giving on Sunday, December 2. If you would like to donate flowers for the Lectern in memory or honor of a loved one, please call Mary Concoby at 864-0027. This is also a good time of year to look ahead to 2019 and consider memorial flowers/mission giving on special dates important to you.
StudySpace Returns to First Covenant on Thursday, December 6: StudySpace is our opportunity to show hospitality to Gannon University students who need a quiet place to study for exams. Starting December 6 and continuing to December 12 , expect our building to be occupied nightly from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help welcome students for the following shifts: 8:30 p.m. to midnight, midnight to 3 a.m., 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. You can also help this Mission In Action by donating snacks. Snacks can be dropped off to the “StudySpace” donation box in the church office after Thanksgiving. To sign-up for a shift or to provide baked goods, contact Abby at 724.561.4482.
Outreach at the Erie City Mission: Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve lunch the first Thursday of the each month at the Erie City Mission which is located at 10th and French Streets. If you can volunteer to help serve lunch, contact Linda Holmes at 814-825-3889. The next volunteer opportunity is Thursday, December 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Downtown D’Lights & Gallery Night on Friday, December 7: First Covenant is collaborating once again with the Downtown Erie Partnership and the Erie Art Museum for “Downtown D’Lights” and “Gallery Night.” Volunteers are needed to offer hospitality that evening including serving hot chocolate and handing out flyers in Perry Square during the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. A new 35-foot Christmas tree will be lit in the park as part of the festivities. The First Covenant Sanctuary will be opened from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for “Gallery Night.” FPCC is featuring 5 large nativity scenes created by Dr. Michael DeSanctis. There will also be music by the First Covenant choirs and staff, the Erie Philharmonic Chorus and friends of the church. If you can help out, contact Seph Kumer at 814.566.0287 or [email protected]
Erie Philharmonic Performs at First Covenant December 8: On Saturday, December 8 the Erie Philharmonic Chorus, with members of the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Handel’s Messiah in the First Covenant Sanctuary beginning at 7:30 pm. Go to the Erie Philharmonic website by clicking this link: http://eriephil.org/the-messiah/#messiah or call 814-455-1375 to purchase tickets. The cost is $24 Adults and $13 for students. Come and hear a wonderful concert as we celebrate the Christmas season.
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 for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23, 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].