Our Life Together
ALLEY SHOPPE CHRISTMAS PREPARATION, Saturday, December 7th from 9:00-11:30 am, Alley Shoppe at Arlington Lutheran Church, 1115 Greenbrier (near Payne and Maryland). You have the opportunity to visit the Alley Shoppe and assist in preparing for their Christmas give-away of toys and books to children in need. All ages are invited! Enjoy treats with your FCC friends! See Beth Norris for questions or call 651-486-7556.LEARNING MORE ABOUT HMONG FUNERALS AT FIRST COVENANT CHURCH, Sunday, December 8, Spiritual Growth Hour, 11:00am-12:00pm, Upper Fellowship Hall - Touger Thao, Pastor of Community Engagement will give a presentation about Hmong funerals and discuss how members of First Covenant can come alongside their Hmong brothers and sisters when another Hmong funeral happens.CHRISTMAS CAROLING AND CHILI, Sunday, December 15, 4:00pm - 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 house, 1108 East Hyacinth Avenue.Sticky Faith Happens in the Nursery - We have had significant growth in our nursery during the Worship Service and Wednesday evenings. Due to this growth, we will be splitting the nursery into two groups and rooms beginning Sunday, October 6th. The new rooms will be birth thru 18 months, Room 105 and 19 months through three yers old, Room 106 (Toddlers). With this split also comes the need for more volunteers to staff the new Toddler room. If you would like to volunteeer to serve in the Toddler room, please contact Donovan or sign-up at the Welcome Center.Sticky Faith Happens Through Prayer Partners - Prayer Partners support individual 6th-12th graders each week by lifting them up in prayer as well as providing quarterly communication. Seventy adults, each willing to pray for an individual youth, are needed to cover all of our youth in prayer. If you are willing to get "sticky" this way, contact Margaret Blum firstname.lastname@example.org or Jan Mollet email@example.com to sign up, or visit the prayer table in Upper Fellowship Hall.Due to water damage from heavy rain and snow storms a few years back, the second floor of our building is in need of major repair. Thanks to the work of our property deacon, Thom Okoneski, we have finally received the necessary funding from our insurance company to complete this work. Great news! The contents of our ministry team offices have been emptied into Room 201 and the ministry team has temporarily taken over the Conference Room as their work space. Work began in late August and is expected to last through October. Thanks to everyone for their flexibility and patience as we look forward to improved rooms which will help preserve our building for the future. LIFE GROUPS: If you want to join a Life Group and have not yet signed up, please stop by the Welcome Center to talk with one of the Life Group (LG) team leaders. They can assist you in completing a LG informational card and answer any questions you may have. Life Groups meet the third Sunday of each month during the spiritual growth hour, Sundays at 11am (September to May). For more information contact Dick and Barb Johnson: firstname.lastname@example.org .CONSIDER JOINING FCC’S ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM Would you enjoy helping to make ministry happen at First Covenant Church? Consider joining our (nearly) “all volunteer” office team. We have a variety of opportunities for you to consider, some of which you can do from your own home! Office receptionist - 3 hour shift answering phones or making phone calls, greeting visitors (and regulars!), making photocopies (optional). Prefer weekly or bi-weekly commitment. Data entry - update our church database, enter attendance, address changes, new attendees, gifts and skills data and others. Can be done from home (or coffee shop). Training provided on a user-friendly program. Graphic design - Be part of a team creating designs for brochures, flyers, posters, newsletters & website slides. Can be done from home. Writing and editing - help write, edit and proofread publications. Handyperson - we can always use your skills in painting, carpentry and masonry (and others) for various projects in the building. Questions? Please contact fhe church office (651-774-0344 /email@example.com).People with interest and talent in design, crafts, photography, and/or history are invited to join a task force being formed to plan and implement the First Covenant Heritage/History Center. A limited number of meetings will be held soon to determine the best way to tell the many interesting tales of how FCC began in 1874 as a Swedish-speaking gathering of poor young immigrants, and evolved into our multi-generational, intercultural church of today. It’s a fascinating story! Can you help us tell it? Contact Mike Schak (651-368-9563 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or you can talk to him during the fellowship hour most any Sunday.The First Connections Team is looking for ushers and greeters. If interested please contact Kirk Peterson at 651-776-7117 or sign up at the Welcome Center.Did you know you can sign up to have your weekly financial offering electronically deducted from your checking or savings? Complete an electronic giving form (download HERE) and return it to the church. Book Share, located on the shelves to the left of the Welcome Center, is growing thanks to those who have already donated books. Our purpose is that you have the opportunity to read some of these books. Just borrow, read and return them. There is also a space for children’s books. We welcome your book donations! Books should be current or classic, wholesome, and in good condition. Leave them in the large basket so they can be tagged. Thanks! Marilyn Ash and Kay Carlson.Meal Ministry: If you are interested in being a part of a newly formed meal ministry by making and delivering a meal to a family experiencing a significant life event, please sign up at the Welcome Center or contact Rachel Verdoorn at email@example.com. When a need arises, you will be contacted to sign up for a date to prepare and deliver your meal. Our Worship Services are recorded digitally. If you are interested in getting a recording of any service you may go to the Welcome Center and sign up for either a CD copy or an mp3 file.