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NEWS

Check out the Lent 2015 Newsletter for news and updates from FCC >here .

Daily Lent devotionals from the book of Exodus >here .

Infant Baptism/Dedication: An explanation of the biblical views of First Covenant Church of Saint Paul. Click >here .

East Side Thrive Coffee House Fundraiser, February 8-February 28

Dancing Goat Coffee House, 699 7th Street E., St. Paul

This new coffee shop across from Metro State University has launched a new partner fundraiser called "Dancing Goat Does Good." For the rest of February, 5% of the gross sales will be donated to East Side Thrive. Please help support us by getting your coffee and food fix at the Dancing Goat!

Covenant World Relief Offering

This year we are inviting you to participate in the Covenant World RElief Offering by giving to support this important ministry. Cans to collect coins and envelopes will be available beginning on February 1 and need to be returned by March 1 (more).

Warm Winter Wear Update

Over 500 winter items have been donated through First Covenant Church and Excelsior Covenant Church and distributed to students in four of our neighborhood schools. Thank you for your generous donations.

Props needed for the musical "Annie":

metal garbage can

blankets, pillows

old black phone

metal pails

wooden rolling office chair

old briefcase (1930 ish)

old radio (1930 ish)

Please contact Jeannine Nordlund (jeanninenordlund@gmail.com) if you can help!

STILL: A Retreat for Women, Friday, March 20 – Sunday, March 22

Arc Retreat Center (1680 373rd Ave NE, Stanchfield, MN 55080)

This retreat is designed for women in their 20s, 30s and 40s and will offer chances for lively conversation, great food, rest, game night, prayer and reflection. Join us for this opportunity to be STILL and know that God is God and to remember that God STILL walks with you! Space is limited; registration forms are at the Welcome Center and are due back by Feb 25. (more)

Women Ministries Northwest Renewal Conference, March 27-28, 2015

Hope Covenant Church in St. Cloud, MN

Hear Meagan Gillan, Director of Women Ministries for the ECC speak on “Essential Women: The Aroma of Christ. Visit www.wmnwc.org for more information.

Thank you to all who helped with Giving Christmas Away 2014

One-hundred and twenty-nine individuals were blessed with gifts they would not normally be able to receive due to finding themselves in hard places this time of year. Thanks to those who provided gifts, wrapped and delivered. This is another way FCC is able to "be the light."

Hello Dolly DVD's

Sign up at the Welcome Center to receive a DVD of "Hello Dolly!" Cost is $10 per DVD which will help support future musicals. Checkout the highlights in this slideshow by D.D. Peterson ( >here ).

2014 All-Church Retreat Slideshow by D.D. Peterson and music, "Oceans" by Hillsong United ( >here ).

2014 Hero Training Camp photos and slideshow by Tiffany Kline with music, "Thrive," by Casting Crowns ( >here ).

Covenant Pines Update - Every Kid to Camp (EKTC)

During the summer of 2014, 90 kids attended Covenant Pines Bible Camp. Praise God that we raised a total of $27,977 to be able to send all the kids to camp!

Loaves and Fishes non-profit program is providing and helping to prepare our Wednesday night dinners where we serve almost 200 people each week. To help prepare and serve these meals, please contact Judy Kline, judy@first-covenant.org . For more information about Loaves and Fishes, visit www.loavesandfishesmn.org .

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 rachelverdoorn@gmail.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.

The Alley Shoppe at Arlignton Hills Lutheran Church, 1115 Greenbrier Street, is once again open. 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 the FCC east entry. The Alley Shoppe is open for shopping to eligible families Tuesdays 9:30am – 1:30pm September – May. For an Alley Shoppe brochure, click >here. More information at the Arlington Hills Lutheran Church website: www.ahlc-stp.org . Thank you for your continued support of this partnership.

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