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Each week we connect you with the details that you need to know for worship and for the rest of our life together. 
JOIN US THIS SUNDAY FOR WORSHIP!
Sunday, July 3 beginning at 9:30am

This Sunday we continue our "Can I Ask That?" summer series. We are asking the question: Can I pledge allegiance to the flag and follow Jesus? We will be hearing from Pastor Mike and sharing in communion together.
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Your generosity makes our ongoing ministry here on the East Side, and around the world, possible. We're thankful for your generosity and continued support. You can give online, in worship each Sunday, or by mailing your gift to the church office. 

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PARTNER WORSHIP SERVICE
Sunday, July 10 at 10:00am

We're a week away from our Partner Worship Service! We are excited to gather with our partner congregations and folks from Jonathan House for a combined worship service on the parking lot, with a potluck to follow. Make sure you note the change in our starting time! Please bring a lawn chair for this special worship service. We need your help with a few things to make this service possible. Sign up below!
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SUMMER 2022 GUIDE
DISCOVERY CAMP (incoming PreK - 5th graders)
Monday, July 25 - Thursday, July 28 from 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Camp Celebration at 5:00pm on Thursday, July 28

First Covenant Church of Saint Paul (1280 Arcade Street)
At Discovery Camp we're marveling at the created world, encouraging a holy curiosity, and discovering God all around us. Questions and creativity are encouraged as we discover together who we're created to be, that we're loved by Jesus, and how we live out that love. We're excited that our day camp is back this summer through the partnership of First Covenant Church and Family Values for Life. Cost: $5/camper, $20 max/family. Scholarships available.

Volunteers are needed! Camp doesn't happen without a team of youth and adults! We need help with registration, small group leaders and helpers, set up and clean up, first aid, floaters, and the Thursday celebration. Click the link below to register a camper or volunteer. We'll see you there!
REGISTER A CAMPER OR VOLUNTEER FOR DISCOVERY CAMP HERE

EAST SIDE YOUTH NIGHTS
Sunday July 10 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm

(location: Beloved UMC, 1965 Sherwood Ave.)
Thursdays July 21 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm
(location: First Covenant Church)
We are gathering with other East Side youth ministries for fun and learning together. We'll be building on relationships that began with the After School Program and our Lllovable Llama event and this summer we're connecting and growing with other youth. Registration is encouraged, but not required.

TODDLER MONDAYS (BIRTH - PREK)
Monday July 11 & 25, and August 8 & 22 @ 10:00am - 11:00am

Summer is here and so are Toddler Mondays! The Bible is fun with friends, crafts, songs, and activities to bring it to life. Children will gather with their adult while we explore the Bible and grow in faith together in age appropriate ways. 

MCVAY SUMMER PARTNERSHIP
Mondays and Wednesdays from July 11 - August 10 @ 3:00pm - 6:00pm

There's no excuse to be bored this summer. Through our unique relationship with McVay Youth Partnership at Hamline University, First Covenant is a hub for FCC and other youth groups to connect for fun and adventure this summer. We'll gather in the Den at First Covenant and then head out on field trips to local museums, parks, community events, and more. Transportation to FCC can be provided for youth living on the East Side and all transportation for the field trips themselves is provided by McVay. Download the registration form below to register today. To ask a question or register contact Jane Krentz, Director McVay Youth Partnership

TRANSIT AUTHORITY CONCERT
Thursday, August 11 at 7:00pm (food begins at 6:00pm)

Transit Authority has become known throughout the U.S. as the premier tribute band to the iconic group Chicago. Based out of Saint Paul, this eight member ensemble (including friend of FCC, Barry Patrick) creates an accurate musical salute to the greatest horn driven rock band to ever hit the stage. Transit Authority's mission is to recreate the excitement of the original Chicago's sound with each and every performance (minus the cracks and pops of the vinyl!). We'll have food trucks and great music!

 

SUMMER BOOK STUDIES

 Charles Lindbergh: A Religious Biography of America's Most Infamous Pilot by Christopher Gehrz
Thursday July 21, and August 18 @ 6:30pm

Pastor Anne and Gordy's home
Have you ever wondered what's below the surface of our cultural and national icons? Local author, professor, and friend of FCC, Chris Gehrz has done a deep dive on aviator Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh spend much of his adult life reflecting on mortality, divinity, and metaphysics. In this short biography, we see Lindbergh as he was -- neither an adherent nor an atheist, a historical case study of an increasingly familiar contemporary phenomenon: the "spiritual but not religious." Chris Gehrz will join us for our discussion in June and August. 

That All Shall Be Saved by David Bentley Hart
Wednesday, July 27 @ 7:00pm

Joe and Paige Mann's home
How do we hold thee two theological concepts in tension with one another: the existence of Hell and the goodness of God? With great rhetorical power, wit, and emotional range, Hart offers a new perspective on one of Christianity's most important questions. Pick up the book early this summer and slowly digest it ahead of our conversation. 

Wholehearted Faith by Rachel Held Evans, with Jeff Chu
Wednesday, August 17 @ 7:00pm

Kate and Dan Makosky's home
Rachel Held Evans was one of those voices in the wilderness who validated that it was okay to have questions about faith and religion. Begun before her untimely death, and completed posthumously by Jeff Chu, through theological reflection and personal recollection, Evans wrestles with God's grace and love, looks unsparingly at what the Church is and does, and explores universal human questions about becoming and belonging. An unforgettable, moving, and intimate book.

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FCC COMMUNITY COVID UPDATE

Based on recent CDC recommendations and the significant decrease in COVID patients hospitalized in the Twin Cities, we are adjusting our masks requirements. While in the building you may choose to mask at any time, informed by personal level of risk. If you or a family member are ill, please join us for worship on our livestream. Let's help keep one another safe and healthy during this time.

Every home in the United States is eligible for a third round of free COVID-19 rapid tests from the government! Head to https://www.covid.gov/tests to sign up to receive yours today.

The First Covenant Church office is open Tuesday - Thursday from 9:00am - 3:00pm. If you have questions, please email the office (office@first-covenant.org) or call (651)774-0344.
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