National Day of Prayer Event, Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:00 Noon - 1:00 pm
First Covenant Church
Pastor Ted will be leading this service of prayer. Join thousands of people praying across our Nation with this year's theme: "PRAY FOR AMERICA AND THE NATIONS." Theme verse: Matthew 12:21 "In His Name the nations will put their hope." For more information: Pastor Ted Nordlund at firstname.lastname@example.org or Margaret Blum at email@example.com or http://nationaldayofprayer.org/faq/.
ADOPT-A-COP, Sunday, April 28
One of our officers will be at our service to share the importance of our prayers for the officers. This year we will again collect new stuffed animals for the officers to give to children who are in the midst of a family crisis or taken from their home. Also, our next note to our officer is due in the office on Sunday, June 2nd. Our prayers are appreciated by our officers and I get such positive comments when I deliver the notes to the East District Office.
M.O.V.E. (9th-12th graders), Friday, April 12 6:00pm–Saturday, April 13 5:00pm
Meet at and return to First Covenant Church of Saint Paul–hosted at First Covenant Minneapolis
M.O.V.E. is a 24-hour service/learning weekend where 9th-12th graders are inspired to fight injustice and have the opportunity to love their neighbor as themselves in tangible ways throughout the Twin Cities.
Sunday, April 7, we are privileged to have the president of our denomination, Gary Walter, with us to introduce "Covenant Kids Congo" (CKC). CKC will include initiatives focused on clean water, health and hygiene, food and agriculture, education and literacy, and economic development through child sponsorship. Don’t miss this exciting Sunday of worship and spiritual growth! (more)
March 24 - March 31, Holy Week 2013, Remembering the Last Week of Jesus at First Covenant Church of Saint Paul (Holy Week Poster here)
PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 24 - WORSHIP AT 9:20AM
Join us for a celebrative worship experience with our Gospel Choir and brothers and sisters from Followers of Christ Hmong Baptist Church, Communitas, and The Haitian Christian Fellowship. Potluck with our church partners immediately following service. FCC: please bring fruit or dessert.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27
NO EAST SIDE THRIVE
NO WEDNESDAY ACTIVITIES
MAUNDY THURSDAY, MARCH 28
12noon: Holy Communion, representing the last meal of Jesus with his disciples.
6:30pm: A Worship Connection: reflection, Holy Communion and prayer in the Graffiti Room. Led by the youth worship team.
GOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 29
11:00am Mission St. Paul Good Friday CrossWalk: A Walk of Humility and Repentance - Groups will gather at 11:00 AM at four locations along University and Dale. Each group will pray and walk towards the center of Ward 1 in St. Paul, ending at the location of the former Rock of Ages Church at Sherburne Ave. and Dale Street, just north of University Avenue. From Noon - 1:00 PM there will be a public prayer gathering and words of encouragement and challenge from Alex Seidler, a Christian leader in China with Campus Target. His parents have been instrumental in a powerful movement of prayer in the city of Newark, NJ. (Map & more information here).
GOOD FRIDAY CONCERT 7:00pm at First Covenant Church
The Seven Last Words of Christ by Theodore Dubois
A Sacred Cantata for Soli, Chorus and Orchestra performed by the Easter Choir and Orchestra also featuring the Handbell Choir.
Nursery care provided.
EASTER SUNDAY, MARCH 31 - WORSHIP AT 9:20AM
“Three Days That Changed the World” Pastor Anne Vining preaching. Join us as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ in worship with the Orchestra , Easter and Handbell Choirs.
March 15-17, Adventurous Christians Winter Retreat
Adventurous Christians, Grand Marais, MN
It’s that time of year again to celebrate winter by getting up to the north woods for some skiing, snowshoeing, fellowship, and relaxation. Adventurous Christians is the Covenant owned, rustic camp just north of Grand Marais on the beautiful Gunflint Trail. It can be as active or relaxing as you want; there are opportunities for everyone. Consider getting away for a weekend to enjoy God’s beautiful creation. Sign up at the Welcome Center or contact Mandy Griffin for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Covenant Church of Saint Paul along with Farnsworth Aerospace 6-8 and Johnson High School proudly present the musical Pippin, the story of a young prince on his search for meaning and significance. There will be three performances:
Friday, March 1 at 7pm;
Saturday, March 2 at 6pm
and Sunday, March 3 at 10:30am.
All performances are held at Johnson High School, 1349 Arcade St., St. Paul, MN 55106. Admission is Free!
Sunday, February 10, 11:00am - 12:00pm, A Family Lent Event.
Parents and children in PreK through 5th grade are invited to gather during the Spiritual Growth Hour to learn more about the season of Lent (including Ash Wednesday and Holy Week) through hands-on activities, a Bible lesson, games and treats. Look for more details in January.
Friday, February 1, 7:00 - 10:00pm, SENIOR HIGH SCAVENGER HUNT AT THE MALL OF AMERICA (9th-12th graders)
Meet at and return to First Covenant Church
Hit the ground running on an Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt through the MOA. This event takes you through the parking lots, into the stores, scavenging through food courts, and ends with a race through the MOA’s new 2,500 square foot maze of mirrors. Cost: $5.
Sunday, January 27, 10:35 - 10:55am, PRAYER PARTNER MEET-UP
Graffiti Room 101 and Game Room 102
Current 6th-12th graders and their prayer partners are invited to this get-together to grab a snack, catch up and get to know one another better. This is a key way to continue to grow and nurture these unique relationships!
Sunday, January 13, 6:30pm, Discovery Open House at Pastor Anne and Gordy’s house,
1108 East Hyacinth Avenue St. Paul
Interested in finding out more about First Covenant Church, how it was “born,” how it works, or what it believes? Maybe you have questions about membership. If you are interested in “discovering,” come to an open house (child care is provided if needed). Please RSVP to Kris Luchsinger (email@example.com) or Marcy Turnquist (firstname.lastname@example.org).
It's here - Prayer Week, January 7 -12. Beginning Monday, January 7, we encourage you to attend a Prayer Gathering, held at a different home each day (except Wednesday). God's love and grace are poured out in wonderful ways when we gather together to pray! We hope you can join us! Check your directory or call the church office for addresses.
Date /Time Location
Mon. 1/7/13, 1:30 p.m. Hostess - Kay Carlson
Tues. 1/8/13, 7:00 p.m. Hosts - Ken and Lynn Gilmore
Wednesday 1/9/13 No meetings due to already scheduled church activities.
Thurs. 1/10/13, 7:00 p.m. Hosts - Dennis and Melissa Johnson
Fri. 1/11/13, 7:00 p.m. Hosts - Dave and Joan Brand
Sat. 1/12/13, 3:00 p.m. Hosts - Dick and Barb Johnson
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE, Monday, December 24, 4:00 – 5:00pm
Celebrating our Savior’s birth through inter-cultural and inter-generational worship featuring our Gospel Choir, Band and the Handbell Choir. An offering will be taken for World Wide Village, one of our partners serving the people of Haiti.
YOUTH CHRISTMAS PARTY, Wednesday, December 19, 6:15 - 7:45pm
Graffiti and Game Rooms
Our final youth group of the calendar year transports you to a winter wonderland! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to celebrate with friends and mentors with games, pictures, Christmas songs, great food and more!
Christmas musical (K - 5th grades)
Johnson High School Auditorium
Saturday, December 8th at 4:00pm (please note the change from Tuesday December 11th); Sunday, December 9th at 10:30am
This year’s musical is called CHRISTMAS IS HERE TO STAY! Many traditional Christmas songs were selected and Carolyn Oliver has written a script based on this selection, which covers the various traditions of Santa Claus, Frosty the Snow Man, Rudolph, the Christmas Tree along with the spirit and values of sharing, giving and believing, ending with the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Christ. We have 108 children signed up and the excitement is growing. We want to thank all those who have signed up to help volunteer in the many areas needed to make this production possible.
FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN (6th-12th graders)
Friday November 16, 7:00 - 10pm
Meet at First Covenant Church, head to Feed My Starving Children in Eagan. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: we help to hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and FMSC ships the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world. It’s a free night of service for the first 40 youth to sign up. Sign up on the youth bulletin board if you plan on attending.
COMMUNION CLASS, Saturday, November 3rd, 10:00am, join us for a one hour communion class geared for 4th - 8th graders and parents interested in learning more about the meaning and practice of the sacrament of holy communion. We will be incorporating into worship the following day, Sunday, November 4th, a recognition of these young people who have attended the class and who will be partaking in holy communion with the rest of the congregation. For more information, contact Kara Verhage or Kate Makosky.
AT THE NAME OF JESUS – A HARVEST OF BLESSINGS PRAYER GATHERING
Friday, November 2, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Prepare now to be part of a wonderful opportunity to deepen your connection to Christ through prayer and be reminded of all the promises we have in Him! Our main focus will be on our congregation, our neighborhood and the coming elections. Come join us. It could be an experience that will change your prayer life forever!
"Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name..." Philippians 2:9
Note: Child Care will be available, Please sign up at the Welcome Center. Sponsored by the Congregational Life and Spiritual Growth commissions.
Imagine a Pastor... celebrating 10 years at First Covenant of Saint Paul!
Sunday October 28th following worship
Upper Fellowship Hall
Join in commemorating Pastor Anne's 10th anniversary following the worship service.
MEA Retreats – This year we are focusing our special events energy on the annual MEA Retreat! This fall retreat finds us up at Covenant Pines Bible Camp in McGregor, MN. Staggered throughout MEA, this is a great time to break away, reconnect with God and grow in friendships. More details are coming your way soon – including information on fundraising and scholarships! Check out www.covenantpines.org until then.
Junior High (6th-8th graders): October 17-19
Senior High (9th-12th graders): October 19-21
80+ Birthday Party, Tuesday, October 9
Upper Fellowship Hall
The annual 80+ Birthday Party is hosted by the Congregational Life Commission. The party is for members of First Covenant who are 80 years and older. Invitations are also extended to those at Bethany Home in Minneapolis, the Block Nurse Program staff and First Covenant staff. The event includes lunch and entertainment. It’s a great time for fellowship for many who can no longer get to church on a regular basis – a time when they can see and visit their church friends. Rides are provided if needed. This year’s party will have a Swedish theme. Connie Benson and Corrine Pearson always manage to make a delicious meal. Invitations will be mailed late September. For further information or questions, please contact Mary Jane Rogers, 651-457-3340 or email@example.com.
October 6, 9:00am-2:00pm, VIVE (held at First Covenant). 7th-12th graders + parents, VIVE is a dynamic program of college-prep events for underrepresented youth in grades 7 through 12. VIVE’s mission is to encourage and prepare these young students to choose a college education. VIVE features specific tracks for junior highers + freshmen, sophomore + juniors, seniors, and an afternoon session just for parents + guardians. Featuring worship by the North Park University worship team and inspiring messages from former Denver Broncos player and current national spokesperson for Fellowship of Christian Athletes - Steve Fitzhugh. Sign up for this FREE event on the youth bulletin board today!
Broadway Dinner Night Friday October 5th at 6 pm
Lower Fellowship Hall
This will be a night of entertainment where members of our church will be singing favorite Broadway tunes directed by Jorge Martinez and Richard Voth. This is a fund raising event to help cover the costs of our musicals this year with our partner schools Farnsworth Aerospace preK - 8 and and Johnson High School. Tickets will be on sale by the Welcome Center on Sundays during fellowship time. Adults: $20, under 18: $10, under 5: free. Scholarships will be available on request. Be sure to invite your friends and neighbors for this unforgettable evening of entertainment.
Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) National Conference, September 26-29
Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis
Each year, the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) National Conference draws over 3,000 people from around the world to share in the best practices of Christian Community Development. Experts and scholars teach workshops around relevant themes. Practitioners find support by networking with others facing similar challenges. Advocates bring attention to issues affecting people at the grassroots, and provocative speakers challenge our assumptions about what it means to embody Christ's love to the poor in our communities. We have the opportunity to attend this amazing conference, one that speaks directly to the everyday joys and challenges we face in ministry here on the East Side of Saint Paul. The annual conference is held this year in Minneapolis and you won’t want to miss the chance to hear speakers such as John Perkins, Shane Claiborne, Tony Campolo, Lisa Harper, Curtiss DeYoung, and more. For more information, check out the CCDA website at http://www.ccda.org/gather/national-conferences/2012-twin-cities or contact Kara VerHage at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-587-0969.
First Covenant Golf Event, September 22, 12:30pm. Everyone is invited to the First Covenant Church Golf Event. It will be a scramble format - sign up individually or as a team at the Welcome Center.
Habitat for Humanity work day, September 21, 8:30-4:30pm A new single family home is being built at 803 Lawson Ave. E. Interested in helping? Click here for more information.
A WISH for WYATT, benefit for Wyatt Krejce, Saturday, September 8, 3:00-9:00pm.
Dugarels, 3475 Vermillion Street, Hastings.
Spaghetti dinner from 3-6pm (adults $10, children 3 & older $5, children under 3yrs free) + children’s games, raffle drawings and bake sale. Wyatt was born this year on January 17 and has CFC syndrome, which has no known cure. Family and friends of the Krejce’s have organized this benefit to help ease the strain of lost wages and mounting medical bills. Financial donations to the Wyatt Krejce Family Benefit are accepted at any Wells Fargo Bank. Click HERE for more information.
Back to School Event, August 29, 5:30-7:30pm.
Wilder Recreation Center, 958 Jessie Street, Saint Paul
Help kids and families on the East Side at the Back to School event sponsored by FCC in partnership with Family Values for Life. We need YOU to donate school supplies and/or volunteer at the event. Sign up at the Welcome Center to volunteer (serve food, pack backpacks, translate Hmong or Spanish during the event, or work the registration table) and drop off your school supply donations in the bin near the Welcome Center. For more information contact Kara VerHage at email@example.com or 651-587-0969.
All Church Retreat at Covenant Pines Bible Camp, August 24 - 26. The early registration discount is available until August 12. Final registration and a $25 deposit is needed by August 19. For more information, please pick up a brochure and registration form at the Welcome Center. Online registration is also available (here). With limited space available, sign up soon!
Confirmation Journey informational meeting, August 22, 6:00-7:00pm. For incoming 7th graders and a parent or guardian. Not sure what the Confirmation Journey is, or if it’s for you? Join us for a short meeting (with pizza!) to hear about the program and the exciting things we have planned for fall. We’re meeting at FCC.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY, Wednesdays 6:15-7:45pm from June 20-August 22 (no Bible study on July 4)
Upper Fellowship Hall
Join fellow seekers for a fresh look at scripture, through a study that weaves together “historical, cultural, and geographical contexts to reveal keen insights into how people in biblical times understood God and Jesus' teaching.” This will be an interesting and insightful conversation, led by Roger Quant. We hope you will make plans to be a part of this study.
TRANSFORM (For incoming 6th - exiting 12th graders), Mondays starting June 18, from 3:00-5:00pm (except August 6)
A weekly Bible study as we sprint through the Old Testament. Your faith will deepen and TRANSFORM your life through this intentional time together each week.
CONNECT (For incoming 6th - exiting 12th graders), Wednesdays starting June 20, from 6:00-8:00pm (except July 4th & August 8)
Connect with friends and youth mentors throughout the summer. CONNECT looks a lot like youth group: dinner, teaching, games and small groups, with some extra shots of special activities like Messy Game Night (July 25) and Tacky Prom (August 15) thrown in the mix.
THRIVE ended on July 26th. If you have questions please contact Mandy Griffin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Interested in learning about church membership? You are invited to an open house to be held August 8, 7-8:30pm, hosted by Pastor Anne and Gordy, 1108 Hyacinth Ave. E, St. Paul. Please RSVP to 651-998-0316 or email@example.com if you are interested.
WORLDS OF WONDERS (for our incoming 1st – 5th graders), Friday, August 17, 10:30am-2:30pm
We’re going to be visiting the new Tamarack Nature Center in White Bear Lake. Bring a bag lunch and $10. RSVP by Tuesday August 14.
August 6-10, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Creative Arts Camp (for grades K - 8). Students will be participating in three classes: art, music, and drama. They will all be working on The Wizard of Oz with a performance at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night. The cost is $25 for the week, which includes lunch and a daily snack. Contact Colleen Deery (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-774-0344 x20).
HERO TRAINING CAMP (incoming K-12 grade) Monday, June 11 – Thursday June 14
Phalen Rec Center
Heroes…unite! Strap on your cape, your best super-hero tool belt and get ready for a great week of Hero Training Camp. Full of sports and arts-based clinics like cooking, basketball, football, origami, handbells and more, this day camp unites new and old friends and helps YOU discover the hero within, and the greatest Hero of all, Jesus Christ! Check out our brochure or register your camper online!
HERO TRAINING CELEBRATION, Thursday, June 14, 5:15pm
Hero Training camp concludes back at First Covenant with dinner, a camper showcase and the celebration of an amazing week! Sign up to help at the Hero Training Camp display or HERE.
COLLEGE AND CAREER INFORMATIONAL GATHERING, Wednesday, June 6, 7:00pm (following the HTC training at church)
Pastor Anne & Gordy’s home, 1108 East Hyacinth Avenue
Join us for dessert, a chance to re-connect and to hear about the exciting things we’ve got planned for the summer! Email me at email@example.com to let me know you’ll be joining us and/or if you need me to answer any questions.
HERO TRAINING CAMP VOLUNTEER TRAINING, Wednesday, June 6, 5:30-7:00pm
Senior Highers (incoming 9th-12th graders) and adults are invited to join the team working with kids, assisting in leading clinics and/or helping behind the scenes. This training is key for you to get the big picture of HTC and your role in this exciting week. Download our ways to volunteer form or register to volunteer online!
GRADUATION SUNDAY, Sunday, June 3
STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETING, Wednesday, May 30, 5:30-8:00pm
Members of the Children and Youth Ministry teams and The Saint Paul Covenant are invited to a dinner meeting where we will discuss musical updates for both children and youth as well as plan for key programming areas for the 2012-2013 program year. We need your voice and your input! RSVP to the church office by Sunday, May 27.
CHURCH CLEAN-UP DAY, Saturday, May 5, 9:00am - 1:00pm
It’s time to join together to clean our church home. There will be jobs inside and out. Feel free to come for all or part of the time. Contact Mike Schak for more info (Mike@MikesConsulting.biz).
7TH-8TH GRADE LOCK-IN (7th & 8th graders) RESCHEDULED TO FRIDAY MAY 4 (8:00pm)- SATURDAY, MAY 5 (9:00am)
BREATHE DEEP! Twin Cities Spring Women Ministries event, Thursday, May 3, 7:00pm.
Lindsay Johnson, program director at Covenant Pines Bible Camp is speaking. Come for fellowship and inspiration. No cost and no reservations needed. Location: Rice Creek Covenant Church in Shoreview. Sign up at the Welcome Center if you’d like to ride-share. Questions? Call Lynn at 651-770-1536
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER (Thursday, May 3 from 11:30am – 12:30pm)
First Covenant Church Sanctuary
This year's theme is One Nation Under God. Why Pray? Prayer brings us into the presence of Almighty God. In our seasons of trial, in our times of prosperity, when we don't know where to turn, He is our answer. Scripture tells us, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord" (Psalm 33:12) and He is faithful to bless those who turn to Him. For more information email Pastor Ted Nordlund (TedNordlund@gmail.com) or Margaret Blum (firstname.lastname@example.org).
6th ANNUAL ADOPT-A-COP SUNDAY, Sunday, April 29, during and after worship
We are working with Commander Kevin Casper to have at least one officer at our service to share a greeting and give thanks for the prayers being offered on behalf of our 35 officers. It is a privilege to remember our officers each day with prayer and to send them a short note of encouragement every three months. There will be an opportunity to sign up for this ministry of prayer for an officer on this special day. Help the officers as they enter into domestic situations, where children are frightened or taken from their family, by donating a stuffed animal. There will be a box near the Welcome Center to collect these gifts. We will present them to an officer on April 29th. (After Easter there are a lot of cute animals on sale!)
CHIC Dessert and Silent Auction, Saturday, April 28
Doors open at 6:30pm for an evening of entertainment, dessert and bidding - all supporting our CHIC attendees! Save the date for this exciting event!
RAINGARDENS FOR CONGREGATIONS: A FREE WORKSHOP, Thursday, April 26, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Meet with volunteers from a dozen churches in the Capitol Region and Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed Districts that have or who are planning to install a rain garden near their parking lot or a down spout to help improve water quality. Volunteers from First Covenant Church and Cross Lutheran will share their successful rain garden projects. Find out how your congregation can access matching funds from the Watershed District for the rain garden, permeable paving or other watershed project you are considering. Meet resource people from watershed districts, soil and conservation districts and local companies like Earth Wizards, Energy Scapes, Solution Blue and Emmons Olivier Resources that can help you design you project. Free workshop, please RSVP with Sean Gosiewski, Alliance for Sustainability 612-331-1099 or email@example.com. The website is: www.afors.org. This workshop is sponsored by the Capital Region Watershed District and Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District.
LEADERSHIP PLANNING SESSION, Tuesday, April 24th, 6:00 - 8:30pm
Upper Fellowship Hall
Our church staff, lay leadership, and The Saint Paul Covenant board are gathering together to focus on our ministry priorities which will then drive the budget process for the next program year.
PARTNER MEETING, Monday, April 23rd, 5:30 - 7:00pm
Upper Fellowship Hall
A light dinner will be served; please RSVP to Kara VerHage at firstname.lastname@example.org and plan to bring any updates or news from your congregation or organization to share with the group.
COVENANT NORTHWEST CONFERENCE 2012 ANNUAL MEETING, April 20 & 21, 2012, Friday noon to Saturday noon
Alexandria Covenant Church, Alexandria, MN
"LOVE Mercy DO Justice" is the theme for the 2012 Annual Meeting. Four delegates from our church, Cheryl and Mike Schak and Lisa & Ryan Utecht, will have the opportunity to hear how God is working throughout all the churches and ministries of our conference. They will also enjoy building relationships with the other delegates, their brothers and sisters in Christ. The special speaker is Rev. Soong-Chan Rah, professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary.
MOONLIGHT MADNESS (Grades K – 4) Friday, April 20, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Crazy Hair Day! “The very hairs on your head are all numbered.” Matthew 10:30
Come with the craziest most bizarre hairdo you can imagine (and your parents will allow!) to play games and have a lesson on how God cares for us.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP (9th-12th graders) Sunday, April 15, 12:00-1:30pm
Lower Fellowship Hall
We meet the third Sunday of each month for lunch to grow leaders and plan upcoming events. Lunch is provided.
GRAND SLAM (7th-12th graders) Friday, April 13, 6:30-10:30pm
Meets at and returns to First Covenant Church of Saint Paul
Ready for unlimited Lazer Tag, Mini Golf, Krazy Kars and more? Then join us for a trip to Grand Slam in Burnsville! Sign up on the youth bulletin board by Wednesday, April 11 to save your spot for this great night out! Your cost gets you everything listed above, plus a few tokens for games, batting cages and a snack. Cost: $7
GOOD FRIDAY CONCERT (April 6, 6:30pm)
First Covenant Church
Light in the Darkness: The Easter Choir and Orchestra will perform a special Tenebrae service, offering a unique blend of classical music, passion hymns and new songs. The Handbell Choir will be opening the concert.
MAUNDY THURSDAY (April 5 ~ 12:00pm & 6:30pm)
First Covenant Church
12:00pm: Holy Communion, representing the last meal of Jesus with his disciples.
5:00pm: The Confirmation Journey for 7th & 8th graders.
6:30pm: A worship connection: reflection, Holy Communion & prayer in the Graffiti Room. Led by the youth worship team.
Palm Sunday Pancake Brunch Sunday, April 1
Lower Fellowship Hall
You are invited to stay after the service for a Palm Sunday Pancake Brunch in Lower Fellowship Hall. This will be a fun meal held directly following worship to share with friends and families. Proceeds go directly to send our 25 senior high youth and adult leaders to CHIC.
M.O.V.E. (9th-12th graders) Friday, March 30 (6:30pm) - Saturday, March 31 (5:30pm)
Join us for M.O.V.E. (Mission. Outreach. Venture. Experience.), a weekend of service- and justice-learning experiences hosted by the Northwest Conference and held at First Covenant Church of Minneapolis. Join hundreds of senior high youth as we experience exciting worship, are challenged by our speaker Chris Brooks, and put what we learn into action through service. Sign up on the youth bulletin board. Cost: $20.
HAITI TRIP INFORMATIONAL MEETING Sunday, March 18 from 12:00-12:45pm
Upper Fellowship Hall
If you have ever considered going to Haiti, this is a chance to check it out for yourself! Join us for lunch as we gauge interest and availability for our next trip to Haiti with World Wide Village. We will discuss trip options, dates, and other potential details.
BE RENEWED, BE REFRESHED, BE TRANSFORMED March 23 and 24
First Covenant Church, Red Wing
Join us for the 2012 Women’s Ministries Northwest Conference Renewal Conference, "Uniquely U." Megan Gillian, Executive President of Women’s Ministry for the Evangelical Covenant Church and featured speaker Debbie Griffith will teach about "God's work in wonderful U".
CONGREGATIONAL FORUM (Sunday, March 18th, 11:00 am).
Upper Fellowship Hall
Come hear what's been happening within our children's ministry, our facilities, our finances, The Saint Paul Covenant (our 501c3), and what's our followup to Les Miserables. Come vote on a great group of new members. Come share your own stories on how you have seen God working as you pray your greatest dreams and biggest fears.
COVENANT PINES CAMP NIGHT (Grades 1 – 12 & families) Wednesday, March 7, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m.
Lower Fellowship Hall
Come experience a taste of what Covenant Pines Bible Camp is all about, including prizes and giveaways! We will hold a special “just for parents” information session from 6:15-7:00pm. Parents will have the chance to hear about the church’s commitment to send every kid to camp, begin filling out registration forms, and learn about early bird registration for camp. At 7:00 you will join your children and youth in Lower Fellowship Hall. Whether this is your first time considering attending (or sending a camper) to Covenant Pines, you’ve been going up to Covenant Pines for years, or you have friends who you’d like to invite, this is a fun evening to start getting ready for this exciting summer experience. We hope you’ll join us.
LUNCH AND THE LORAX (5th & 6th ) Saturday, March 10 from 10:30am-1:00pm
Save the date - we are heading to a matinee screening of the new release of The Lorax, followed by lunch! Cost: $5. For more information, please contact Kate Makosky.
30TH ANNIVERSARY 2012 SET APART CONFERENCE, "HE WHO PROMISED IS FAITHFUL" Friday, March 2 or Saturday, March 3, or both.
Northwestern CollegeFour workshop choices are offered each day, with lunch and two keynote speakers in the main auditorium. The keynote speakers, Susie Larson and Ruth Graham Bell, will renew your personal faith with their own stories of God's faithfulness. Ten women at FCC who sign up for one of the days before February 16 with $10 will have the rest of their $50 ticket paid for! Look for the sign up sheets in late January. Call Lynn with any questions. Look on the east hall women's bulletin board or go online; nwc.edu/setapart.
2012 WINTER RETREAT March 2-4 2012
Adventurous Christians Camp
Winter seems to last forever in Minnesota, which is a drag, unless you have some wonderful winter activities to look forward to! Join us this winter at the Covenant-owned Adventurous Christians Camp located off the Gunflint Trail in Grand Marais, MN. Activities include snowshoeing, cross country skiing, a sauna, jumping in a frozen lake (if you dare), eating delicious home cooked meals, relaxing in a warm lodge, and just enjoying God’s amazing, northern Minnesota creation. Look for the sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center. Cost is $105/person. Scholarships available. Contact Mandy or Peter Griffin with any questions- 612-369-0805, email@example.com.
PJ PARTY FOR PRE-K, K AND THEIR FAMILES scheduled for Friday, February 17, 6:30-7:30pm has been cancelled.
February 19, Fresh, hot cinnamon rolls will be available for sale after worship benefiting our CHIC attendees. Stop by and enjoy a delicious treat and help send our 22 CHIC attendees to Tennessee this July 14-21!
YOUTH VISION TEAM MEETING (Monday, February 13 from 6:30-8:00pm)
Do you have a current 5th-12th grader in the youth ministry at church? Then you are invited to participate in the ongoing conversation around enhancing ministry for youth and their families. Great things are on the horizon. Come and dream with us! Snacks provided.
GAINING A FRESH PERSPECTIVE: AN UNCOMMON RETREAT FOR WOMEN February 10-12
ARC retreat center
This retreat is an opportunity for women to take a break, engage in conversation, and rest, perhaps grumble some hallelujahs and gain some perspective on God’s presence in our lives. This retreat is full but if you would like to put your name on a waiting list, contact Ana Matos or Kris Luchsinger.
Gospel Choir Rehearsal (Wednesday, February 8, 8:00-8:30pm)
Our next Gospel Choir performance is Sunday, February 12th. All ages are welcome to participate.
PENGUIN PALOOZA FOR GRADES K-4 (Wednesday, January 25 during regular Wednesday night programming from 6:15 – 8:00pm).
Join us for a night of wacky penguin fun. Wear black and white! We’ll create colorful bow ties, watch “3, 2, 1 Penguins”, play penguin games, enjoy penguin snacks (sardines anyone?) and make penguin crafts. Bring a friend or two for even more fun! Cost is $5 per person, with a maximum of $10 per family.
SERVE NIGHT (7TH - 12TH graders) Friday, January 27 from 7:00-10:00pm
First Covenant Church
Come learn and take action for issues impacting the lives of youth in your schools and around the globe. We come together to raise awareness and make an impact for justice in our world! Cost: Free.
PAINTING DAY Saturday, January 28, 8:30am – noon.
Painters needed - will train! We will be painting the hallways in the lower level. Volunteer for all or part of the morning. Contact Rob if you have questions
(651-774-0344 x12, firstname.lastname@example.org).
CONCERT OF PRAYER (January 21, 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.)
Location: Upper Fellowship Hall
The Congregational Life Commission invites you to come and seek the Father's heart with us as we gather together for a time of prayer, fasting and worship.This will be a contemplative as well as interactive experience in individual and corporate prayer. Hope you can join us, God promises to meet you there! Nursery care will be provided.
CHIC FUNDRAISING MEETING (Sunday, January 22 from 12:00noon-1:00pm)
Parents and guardians of CHIC attendees – please plan on staying for this meeting as we discuss the next steps for CHIC fundraisers.
PRAYER PARTNER MEET-UP (Sunday, January 22 from 10:35-10:55am)
Current 7th-12th graders and their prayer partners are invited to this get-together to grab a snack, catch up and get to know one another better. This is a key way to continue to grow and nurture these unique relationships!
Praying for Haiti (January 12, 7:00 - 8:30pm)
Location: Lower Fellowship Hall
Join with The Haitian Fellowship in remembering the people and country of Haiti in prayer as we mark the anniversary of the 2010 earthquake.
CONFIRMATION RETREAT (7TH & 8TH GRADES) Friday, January 13, 6:30pm - Saturday, January 14, 2:00pm
Location: McCarron’s Retreat House 222 McCarrons Blvd North, Roseville, MN 55113
The annual Confirmation Retreat is coming up! We are meeting at First Covenant to carpool to McCarron’s Retreat House for this great yearly experience. We will be learning with one another about how God works in all areas of our lives. Cost:$20. Contact Pastor Anne or Kate Makosky for further information.
JUMPSTARTING THE NEW YOU (January 12, 6:00 - 8:30pm)
Location: First Covenant Church
Our partner Family Values for Life is presenting four consecutive seminars held on Thursday evenings, exploring physical fitness, mental alertness, spiritual empowerment and financial security. Register by calling 612-388-7886.
DISCOVERY CLASS (Starting Sunday January 8, 11:00 a.m.)
Location: Room 201
Discovery classes for anyone interested in learning about membership at First Covenant will be held for 5 consecutive Sundays during the Spiritual Growth Hour following worship. Child care will be provided. We will be discussing church history, worship, prayer and devotions, spiritual growth, generous living and giving, compassionate service, membership/commitment, and sharing faith stories.
RECHARGE: A training event for Children and Youth ministries (Saturday, January 7, 2012)
Location: St. Andrew’s Church, Mahtomedi
This national caliber conference with over 20 workshops provides encouragement and creative ideas for people ministering to children, youth and families. More information to come!
BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR JESUS (Wednesday, December 21, 6:15 – 7:45pm)
Whew, the Christmas pageant is over and we are ready for our Pre-K-4th graders to CELEBRATE! Join us Wednesday, December 21 for food, crafts, games and lots of fun to celebrate Jesus’ birthday!
GOSPEL CHOIR (Next performance: December 24 / next rehearsal: December 21)
What a blessing this endeavor has been for everyone! It has been so moving to see children, youth and adults joining together to sing in the Gospel Choir, and in December they will have the opportunity to participate in the Candlelight Service, December 24 at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to participate; simply come to the rehearsal on the Wednesday, before the performance date on December 21st from 7:45 to 8:15 pm.
CHRISTMAS CAROLING AND CHILI (Sunday, December 18, 4:00 p.m.)
We will meet at church where teams will be formed then sent out to carol for homebound members of our church, nursing homes and throughout our church neighborhood in general. We’ll meet up at Pastor Anne and Gordy’s, 1108 Hyacinth Ave., for hot homemade chili and a great time together.
CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD Children’s Christmas Pageant (Sunday, December 18 9:20am)
Grab your passports and join our Pre-K thru 4th grade tour guides as they take us to Germany, Sweden, Laos, Africa, and Mexico to learn about how the people in those countries heard the Good News of Jesus our King! For more information about being a part of this Christmas pageant, please contact Colleen Deery, Children's Minister.
YOUTH CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR 7TH-12TH GRADERS (Friday, December 16, 6:00-10:00p.m.)
Location: First Covenant Church
You and your friends are invited to this annual end of the year party! Dress in your elfin best for this great night, complete with a concert from local band Symbol and Surface, white elephant gift exchange, a chance to give back to our community, fun games and activities, great food and more! Cost: $5
CURTISS DEYOUNG PREACHING (Sunday, December 11, 9:20am)
Curtiss Paul DeYoung is a professor of reconciliation studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. Prior to his current position, he served for seventeen years in urban multicultural settings in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota as the president of the Twin Cities Urban Reconciliation Network (TURN), the executive director of the City Gate Project, and the senior pastor at a multiracial congregation. Reverend DeYoung has also served at congregations in Washington, DC, and Harlem, New York. He is an ordained minister in the Church of God (headquarters in Anderson, IN).
YOUTH VISION TEAM MEETING (December 5, 7:00-8:00 p.m.)
We invite parents and guardians of 5th-12th graders to our first Vision Team Meeting. The aim for this new group is to come alongside the current youth ministry team and give insight, input and dreams to shape the next phase of ministry to youth and their families at First Covenant Church. This group will meet quarterly.
50Six CHRISTMAS PAJAMA PARTY FOR 5TH & 6TH GRADERS (Saturday, December 10, 9:00a.m. – 12:00noon)
Location: Colleen Deery’s house (2094 Heath Ave N, Oakdale, MN 55128)
Get out of bed you sleepy heads and head on over to Colleen’s house in your PJ’s or sweats. We’ll enjoy a tasty breakfast (homemade caramel rolls!) and make gingerbread houses. Bring a white elephant gift to exchange as we celebrate the season together.
MEMBERSHIP OPEN HOUSE (December 4 at 4pm)
Location: The Turnquists' home
Interested in learning more about membership at First Covenant Church? A get-acquainted open house for anyone interested in membership is scheduled for Sunday, at Keith and Marcy Turnquist's home located at 10657 Kingsfield Lane, Woodbury.
CHIC TEAM MEETING (December 5, 6:00-7:00 p.m.)
CHIC team meeting for parents & guardians. We need your help to get the youth to CHIC. You are invited to check out our first CHIC team meeting to learn about how you can serve. Snacks provided!
THE ALLEY SHOPPE VOLUNTEER EVENT (December 3, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.)
THe Alley Shoppe accepts our gently used clothing, cookware & other essentials to help those in need in Ramsey County. This Christmas you have the opportunity to visit the Alley Shoppe and assist in preparing to give toys and books to children. All are invited on Saturday, December 3rd from 9:00-11:00 a.m. for donuts & juice and to help out. Please sign-up at the Welcome Center or call Beth Norris at 651-486-7556 with any questions. The Alley Shoppe is located at Arlington Lutheran Church at 1115 Greenbrier, near Payne and Maryland. If you’d like a ride, meet at the church at 8:50 a.m.
ADVENT DECORATING (November 25, 6:30-9:00p.m.)
Help decorate the sanctuary for Advent and Christmas. Let Deb Carlson or the church office know if you and your family can lend your hands.
SERVE NIGHT FRIDAY for 7th-12th graders. (November 18, 6:30 -10:30 p.m.)
This is a great night to gather together and give back! We begin our evening with local service opportunities and an opportunity to bless our partner - Farnsworth Aerospace 5-8. We end the evening with games in the dark back at church.
VOLUNTEER PAINTERS NEEDED (November 19 from 8:30am to Noon)
Painters needed - will train! We will be painting the hallways in the lower level and other locations. Volunteer for all or part of the morning.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP for 9th - 12th Graders (November 20, Noon to 1:30pm)
Location: Lower Fellowship Hall
This is a formative time to discover who you’ve been created to be and practice putting those skills and passions into practice. Lunch is provided.
FALL BRUNCH (Saturday, October 29th from 9:00am to Noon)
Located in the Upper Fellowship Hall
This Fall Brunch for Women is sponsored by Twin Cities Women Ministries and hosted by our women at FCC in Upper Fellowship Hall. Wendy Larson of River Falls tells her story through words & song of struggles ,triumphs and MIRACLES of blessings from the Lord. This is a chance to meet and reach out to women in our community and across the Twin Cities. Cost is $12, stipends available. Sign up at the Welcome Center with RSVP by October 17. Questions: 651-770-1536.
Student Leadership Meeting (rescheduled) (Sunday, October 30 from 12:00-1:30pm)
9th-12th grade student leaders meet in Lower Fellowship Hall for planning, formation and discipleship over lunch. Cost is $5. See you then!
VIVE (Saturday, October 29th from 8:00am - 8:00pm
For 7th - 12th graders and their parents/guardians
Located at Minnehaha Academy
for 7th-12th graders & their Parents/Guardians. VIVE is a partnership with the Northwest Conference and North Park University geared to better equip youth for college. The day includes lunch meals, break out sessions for youth and their parents, interactions with current college students, worship and engaging speakers Steve Fitzhugh (former Denver Broncos NFL player) and Coach Mike Singletary. Save the date - more information is coming your way soon!
DYNAMIC PERFORMANCE (Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:00pm)
Located in the Sanctuary at First Covenant
This isn’t your Gramma’s idea of Swedish singers! The performers, five Swedish musicians and vocalists who have been performing together since 2002, are touring in the USA. Singing in English, they present a mix of pop, jazz, soul, and hymns. Some pieces have a country/folk feel, while on others they sound like the Manhattan Transfer. Come, listen, and enjoy a great evening in the sanctuary. A free will offering will be taken and a reception will follow.
MUSICAL + CHIC MEETING for 5th – 12th graders + parents/guardians (Sunday, October 16, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.)
Located in Lower Fellowship Hall
We provide lunch - you just need to show up! We have two big events to learn about: a musical for 5th-12th graders and a senior high summer trip to CHIC (the triennial youth conference put on by our denomination). 5th-8th graders + families are free to leave around 12:30, 9th-12th graders + families are invited to stick around until 1:00 while we talk about your summer trip.
MINNESOTA SINFONIA CONCERT (Friday, October 14 at 7:00pm)
Located in the Sanctuary at First Covenant
Featuring Gary Levinson, violin and Lynn Trapp, organ.
The Minnesota Sinfonia is a professional, non-profit chamber orchestra offering free-admission concerts and educational programs in and around the Twin Cities. All programs are accessible and welcoming to all ages. A reception will follow.
AUTUMN ADVENTURE (Saturday, October 15 from 10:00am - 12:00 Noon)
For 5th and 6th graders
Meet at church
We’ll head out to Pine Tree Apple Orchard in White Bear Lake to explore a corn maze, eat lunch and more! Cost is just $5. Register by calling Kate Makosky X18 or Colleen X20 (774-0344) by October 13.
MOONLIGHT MADNESS FRIDAY (Friday, October 14 from 6:30 - 8:30pm)
Children in grades K-4th
Located at First Covenant Church
In keeping with our Western theme we will make and enjoy some cowboy snacks, watch “The Ballad of Little Joe,” play ‘Noodle Hockey’ and lots more! Cost: $5
SALT (Saturday, October 8 from 9:30am to 4:00pm)
For Student Leaders
Located at Bloomington Covenant
For this day retreat, we will join with many other student leaders from area Covenant churches to gain skills and grow together in leadership. This student leadership conference, put on through the Northwest Conference, is held at Bloomington Covenant. Registration details are coming your way soon.
Farnsworth Update: Did you know that on September 23, 75 cookies were decorated as encouraging gifts from our youth ministry to the teachers, staff and administrators at Farnsworth Aerospace PreK-4? Over 20 youth and adult leaders assembled these simple care packages to help start the school year off on a positive note. Stay tuned for ways that you can be involved in simple acts of service to Farnsworth in November!
WELCOME SUNDAY (September 11)
9:20a.m. worship introducing our fall theme: Imagine a church...united by faith
10:45a.m. kick off for new program year on the blacktop tailgating party to follow with grill masters, Josh Holm & Ryan Utecht, ensuring your brats & hotdogs are grilled to perfection. Please bring: salad (last names ending in A-O), cookies or (sliced) bars (last names ending in P-Z); chips & beverages provided.