You Are Welcome Here for Worship
First Covenant Hosts “Our Neighbor’s Place” Overflow Shelter now through March 28: The winter of 2017-2018 is one for the record books and its not over yet. Those without a home can come inside for shelter and a meal during “Our Neighbor’s Place” evening evening, now through March 28. You can help support this ministry by taking a tag from one of the “Giving Trees” at First Covenant to help supply this ministry. Each item or items listed on the tag has an approximate value to $10 to $15. Return the item to the church or by the date indicated on the tag.
Covenant Connections during Lent: You are invited to Covenant Connections on Wednesdays now through March 21 for a family Lenten Dinner and Reflection. Enjoy a “modified pot-luck in Knox Hall starting at 5:15 p.m. The church will provide an entree and salad, you are asked to bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert to share. After dinner enjoy a program with hands-on activities for kids of all ages. No charge for dinner, donations only. Please RSVP to the church office at 814-456-4243 by Monday at noon. Be advised there is no Covenant Connections on March 28 as it is Holy Week.
Catch the Gliding Stars Adaptive Ice Skating Show on Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m.: First Covenant member Linda Althof leads a team of volunteers throughout the year to assist dozens of children, youth and adults with special needs to enjoy ice skating. They have had a lot of fun and they have worked hard preparing for this 18th Annual Spectacular Gliding Stars Show on March 24 at the Mercyhurst Ice Arena. The 2018 show features Key West Express “Live on Ice” and Olympic, International & National Champion Todd Eldredge. Tickets are available in the FPCC office; a donation of $10 per ticket in advance or $12 at the door.
Wine & The Word: The group is discussing the book “Called to Question” by Joan Chittister. If you would like a book, let Britney Knight know. Books are available for $12 in the church office. If you would like to be added to the email list, please send an email to [email protected]. Questions, contact Britney Knight at 456-4243 x112. This group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month in the evening. The next gathering is Tuesday, March 27 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Saint Paul’s Cathedral.
The Easter Lilies Gift Giving Deadline is March 28: If you would like to remember a loved one or honor a loved one this Easter consider gifting an Easter lily.For a gift of $10 per name or three names for $25, loved ones can be remembered or celebrated this Easter. Proceeds of the gifts benefit the Vicary Organ Fund for tuning and maintenance. Contact Anne Sauer in the church office to place your order by March 28 at [email protected] or call 814-454-4243.
Volunteers Needed to Prepare & Serve Sunday Supper on Easter Sunday – April 1: If you and a team can prepare and serve a meal to the guests at Sunday Supper on Easter contact Pat Tracy as soon as possible. If you can help take charge of the meal, prepare the food or volunteer on that day, please reach out to Pat at [email protected] or 814-864-6118. A decision about serving a meal on Easter needs to be made fairly soon.
One Great Hour of Sharing Fish Banks: The children of First Covenant received fish banks on the First Sunday of Lent. This tradition is a reminder of alms-giving during Lent. Children Pre-K through 5th Grade are encouraged to collect change throughout the Lenten season. If you need a fish bank contact the church office. Fish Banks will be collected Easter Sunday, April 1 during storytelling telling time. This year the money collected is going toward Presbyterian Mission Agency Disaster Relief.
Save The Date: 2nd Annual Youth Spaghetti Luncheon & Dessert Auction on April 29: Following the 11:00 a.m Worship Service on April 29, everyone is formally invited to the Youth Spaghetti Luncheon & Dessert Auction. Proceeds benefit Youth Summer Trips to the P.C.(USA) Montreat Conferences in North Carolina and Tennessee. Come enjoy a meal served by FPCC Youth and prepared by the Theology on Tap Men’s Group. On the Menu…Salad, Spaghetti with the choice of Meat or Alfredo sauce and Italian Bread. To make reservations, contact the church office at 814-456-4243.
Missional Music Opportunity: We have been using music to welcome our Sunday Supper guests and our Wednesday night Connection diners. If you are interested in sharing your musical gifts during these times, whether it be vocal or instrumental, one song or a set of music, a solo or group, please contact Monty Service at [email protected]
Give the Gift of Life: 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: May 5, June 30, August 25, October 20 and December 15. The bloodmobile will be in the First Covenant parking lot on Saturday, March 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon. If you have any questions about blood donation click on this link http://fourhearts.org/
Covenant Preschool Accepting Applications: The Covenant Preschool is now applications for the 2018-2019 school year. There are classes for 2, 3, 4, and 5 year olds. Have you recommended Covenant Preschool to a neighbor or friend? If you have any questions, contact Lisa Hiegel at 456-4243 x 102.
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: The church office will be closed on Easter Monday – Monday, April 2, 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].