Joyful… Pray… Give… Jesus…
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
—1 Thessalonians 5:17-19
These words of the apostle Paul show that for the Christian, thanksgiving is not relegated to a specific circumstance or season but is rather an outlook on life. We do have many things to be thankful for—no matter our circumstance. Fall is traditionally when churches think about stewardship. To be a steward simply means to be a caretaker. As individuals you are called to be stewards of what God has blessed you with: time, talents, and treasure. As a church we are to be stewards of our ministries, our building, and the gifts we receive.
This year has been filled with challenges, still we have many things to celebrate. We continue to have a great response to Erie Gives. In total First Covenant received $73,750 through this amazing program of the Erie Community Foundation. Thanks to creative leadership and a willingness to try new ideas, the church was able to do ministry in new ways. We modified Sunday Suppers and Our Neighbors Place and continued to reach our neighbors and new outdoor worship experiences were added during Lent and Advent. Your generosity is vital to the great things happening in the church and neighborhood. Now is the time consider how you will support the ministry and mission First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in 2022. We ask that you prayerfully consider your response to God’s work in your own life and at First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. We are grateful for your generosity.
—Pastor Chris Weichman