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Alcoholics Anonymous

Meets Tuesdays at 7:00pm

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

This ministry offers clothing and household items to those in need. You may donate new or gently used items by placing them in the large wooden box in our (FCC) east entry. The Alley Shoppe, 1115 Greenbrier Street (entrance in the alley behind the church building), is open to eligible families only on Tuesdays, 9:30am-1:30pm from September to the middle of May. Eligibility is determined by: Social Workers, Financial Workers, Schools, Salvation Army, Dorothy Day Center, Clergy, Eastside Family Center and many other organizations. Qualified families are allowed six visits between September and May. More information at the Arlington Hills Lutheran Church website: . For an Alley Shoppe brochure: click >here .

Covenant Pines Bible Camp

Adventurous Christians

Silver Beach Family Area

Covenant Pines Day Camp

Community Bible Study is an interdenominational Bible study for the community. Offering a wide range of courses in classes throughout the United States, CBS welcomes people from all backgrounds and levels of Bible knowledge. For over a quarter of a century, Community Bible Study has been helping people-from children to seniors-to grow in their knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.

CBS meets at First Covenant Church on Thursday mornings, 9:15 – 11:15 (September thru May). For more information, contact Jill Weiss:

Contender for the Faith Church

Contender on Facebook

Lead by Pastor Curtis and First Lady Donna Pratt this local congregation has been partnering with First Covenant Church as we deepen our intercultural community relationships. As joint partners in the In It Together Prayer Gatherings, Contender has been a key player in opportunities for our community to join together to pray.

Family Values for Life, one of our building partners, is a faith based organization that connects families on the East Side of St. Paul to community resources that support strong, healthy families. FVFL shares the After School Program with FCC (including a combined After School Program Coordinator position), hosts Jump Start to the New You for women on Wednesday evenings, and provides other key programming throughout the year. Check out their website for more information.

We partner with Farnsworth for tutoring, musicals, service projects and neighborhood events. For information on biannual musicals click >here .

Followers of Christ Hmong Baptist Church

Pastor Chue Lia Vang (Xh. Tswv Liaj Vaj) 651-982-4931

The Followers of Christ Hmong Baptist Church is one of our building partners, utilizing the FCC facility for their worship services and Sunday School on Sunday afternoons.

Verne Simmons from Johnson Senior High School was interviewed by WCCO's Mike Max. Watch the video: >here.


We partner with Johnson for tutoring, musicals, service projects and neighborhood events. For information on biannual musicals click >here . For the JHS athletics event schedule, visit .

Jonathan House - IAFR (International Association for Refugees)

learn more about Jonathan House here

Asylum seekers come to the US seeking protection from persecution or human rights violations. They come from the most troubled regions of the world in hope of finding safety and a normal life. While completing the years-long asylum process, they face many material challenges, the greatest one being the ability to find stable housing.

Jonathan House extends shelter, hope, and healing to asylum-seekers in Minneapolis/St. Paul. We offer supportive housing, strategic connections, practical assistance, and a welcoming community with a desire to help our new friends recover from forced displacement and begin to rebuild their lives. First Covenant's Hyacinth House (formerly the church parsonage) is becoming the first Jonathan House and will begin housing asylum seekers in Fall 2017.

Click here for opportunities to volunteer!

Click here for information from Arrive Ministries on the refugee crisis.

Click here for an article in the Spring 2018 Covenant Companion about Jonathan House!

La Viña de St. Paul, MN

learn about La Viña here

La Viña is one of our building partners, utilizing the building for their Saturday evening worship services. They anticipate opening their food shelf "Fruit of the Vine" through their nonprofit organization in Fall 2017.

During the months of September to May, Loaves and Fishes non-profit program is provides and helps us to prepare our Wednesday night dinners and for other special events. For more information, please contact Judy Kline, For more information about Loaves and Fishes, visit See a recent news story from Kare11 about Lovaes and Fishes!

Minnehaha Academy, a ministry of the Northwest Conference of Evangelical Covenant Churches, serves nearly 900 students from the Twin Cities area. Our mission is to provide high quality education integrating Christian faith and learning. Financial aid is available, and bus service is offered throughout the Twin Cities. For more information, or to schedule a personal tour or shadow day for your child, please contact Heidi Shannon, Director of Admission and Enrollment, at (612)728-7763 or e-mail at .

A Rich History...

Founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church, North Park University is located on Chicago's north side and enrolls 3,200 students from around the country and the world. At North Park, excellence implies not only a deep tradition in the liberal arts and the Christian faith, but also a spirit of innovation, reaching out to serve and to learn from the dynamic community around us.

Roots Covenant Church Update, Sundays, 10:00am - 11:30am

775 N. Lexington Pkwy, St. Paul, MN 55104

If you would like more information, you may phone 651-243-2465 or e-mail Pastor Touger Thao at

March 2016 Roots Covenant Newsletter >here

February 2016 Roots Video update >here

February 2016 Roots Covenent Church Prayer Newsletter >here

January 2016 Roots Covenant Church Newsletter >here

Video from Roots: Click >here .

Or, find out more about Roots by following:




East Side Salvation Army

Each week we continue to collect bags of non-perishable food items to help local families in need.

The Haitian Christian Fellowship is one of our building partners, utilizing the FCC facility for worship and prayer services.

First Covenant is pleased be in TreeHouse's partner church network. TreeHouse brings living hope to hurting youth and families leading to life transformation. TreeHouse programs are designed to meet social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual needs of at-risk teens. TreeHouse provides a safe environment as well as mentoring for teens to receive support, guidance and practical skills in making better choices today to live as healthy adults tomorrow. As a part of the partner network, TreeHouse provides key training for children and youth volunteers, comprehensive coaching for paid ministry staff as well as supplements program components and curriculum.

Thanksgiving Bags

One-hundred and eighty-two bags of groceries were donated to the UGM Thanksgiving dinner initiative! Thank you for helping to make Thanksgiving a reality for families around the Twin Cities again this year.

Want fresh, seasonal produce this summer? Look no further! The countdown to your membership with Urban Roots youth-run Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program begins!

If you want local, pesticide-free produce and share our vision of transforming lives through learning, community action projects, hard work, and environmental connections, then the Urban Roots CSA is the one for you! Our CSA shares will open for purchase next week on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018. Sign up for one of two options:

10 week Summer Garden Share- $250

16 week Extended Garden Share- $400

With the addition of the new Rivoli Bluff production site, it's going to be our most bountiful harvest yet, and we can't wait to share it with you.

Support the important work we do on the East Side by signing up for our CSA:


Urban Roots of Minnesota, formerly Community Design Center, is a Saint Paul-based organization whose mission is to build vibrant and healthy communities through food, conservation and youth development. We host one of their community gardens on our property.

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