You Are Welcome Here for Worship
What is Ramadan? Many of our neighbors and student friends are celebrating! “Iftar” is the meal, at sunset, shared by friends and family, to break the daily Ramadan fast (Islam). “Bunyamin” and our friends from the Turkish Cultural Center on State Street, have once again invited us to share an Iftar meal in Knox Hall on Wednesday, May 23 at 8:15 p.m. Come for a meal, to make new friends and learn. Bring a dish to share! RSVP to the church office at 814-456-4243.
Summer Worship Times Begin Memorial Day Weekend: On Sunday, May 27 the Worship schedule changes to 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. 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. In addition, due to the Memorial Day Federal Holiday on Monday, May 28th, the church will be closed.
Celebrate with Britney & Zach Knight on May 27: A baby is coming to the Knight home! We get to celebrate with Britney & Zach on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 27 after the 10:00 A.m. Worship Service with cake, punch & gifts to welcome baby. Want to help with the celebration? Contact Karen Weichman at 724-456-0408. Baby registries at Target & Amazon.
Fill the “Little Food Pantry” this summer: Help the Deacons of First Covenant, Dr. Carol Amann and Gannon University nursing students stock the “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.
Lunch Volunteers Needed at Erie City Mission on Thursday, June 7: Interested in helping others? Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve a meal to the many guests they see daily at the Erie City Mission Kitchen, 1023 French St. First Covenant helps to support this mission in the heart of the city the first Thursday of every month between10:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. If you can assist in any way contact Vic Glembocki at 864-9096.
Save the Date – 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Rev. Steve Morse: You are invited to a reception honoring Pastor Steve Morse who is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his ordination on Sunday, June 17, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 2320 East Lake Road, Erie. (Special request: no gifts please)
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: June 30, August 25, October 20 and December 15. The bloodmobile will be in the First Covenant parking lot on Saturday, June 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon. If you have any questions about blood donation click on this link http://fourhearts.org/
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 Monday, May 28, 2018 due to the Memorial Day Holiday.
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].