It's strange to think about spring in the middle of a blizzard. Record-setting snow event or not, Lent does begin today and there are so many great ways to connect, grow, and be in community together in the coming weeks. Lent is a season of preparation where we hold back from rushing to Easter. It is our hope and prayer that these opportunities help you prepare to once again encounter the cross and Jesus’ victory of life over death anew. We've got it all here -- you won't want to miss it.

LENTEN DEVOTIONAL: A Just Passion: A Six-Week Lenten Journey

Injustice is rampant around us. It is also present within us. To better confront oppression in the world, we must own that reality and look to Christ our liberator. Lent is an opportune time for this as we contemplate his suffering together.

Our Lenten Devotional, A Just Passion, has been curated to hold in tension the immense weight and hope of the Lenten season. This collection of short readings, breath prayers, and Scripture passages from the First Nations Version guides readers through a six-week journey of repentance, lament, worship, and healing. You can use the devotional for your personal devotions through Lent or join us for the Wednesday Morning Bible Study where we will be journeying together with selections from the devotional led by members of the staff. Pick up your copy at the Welcome Center for $5.00


Below are rehearsals that are different from regularly scheduled Sunday & Wednesday practices.

  • Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30pm -- Important Informational Meeting for Caregivers & Cast on Zoom

  • Friday, February 24 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm at Johnson High School

  • Saturday, February 25 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm at Johnson High School

  • Sunday, February 26 from 11:00am - 1:00pm at First Covenant

    this problem solving rehearsal is on an "as-needed" basis

  • Tuesday, February 28 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm at Johnson High School

  • Wednesday, March 1 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm at Johnson High School

  • Thursday, March 2 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm at Johnson High School


Sunday, March 12

Our Broadway Is Back! cast will share with us in worship on Sunday, March 12 and then gather for a celebrative cast party for all cast, crew, volunteers, and families. Don't miss a fantastic end to a great run!



9:30am // Worship

Most Sundays you can find us either person and on our YouTube live stream as we gather for worship in the sanctuary. We hope that by your worshiping with us, you’ll catch a glimpse of the Kingdom, and be encouraged to find your place in it. Each weekend has familiar components but no week is the same.

We are excited to welcome Gary and Pauline Carlson, First Covenant's Missionaries to Japan, on Sunday, March 26. Pauline will be sharing specific ministry updates as the Carlsons conclude their time in Japan, and Gary will be our guest preacher for the morning.

10:30am // Fellowship Time

Volunteers provide coffee and treats on Sundays as First Covenant folks connect with one another before Spiritual Growth Hour begins.


10:45am - 11:45am // Spiritual Growth Hour (SGH)

There's something for every age and stage! Check out what's coming up this season.

  • Nursery (birth - 4 years): Our nursery is open and staffed by loving adults to care for the youngest among us. Interested in serving? Contact Lora Murtha.

  • Children's Sunday School (preK - 5th grade): Our children are "exploring the Bible with interactive, hands on learning opportunities that combine fun and faith formation.

    3rd - 5th graders will begin Sunday School on Sunday, March 19.

    We are welcoming all preK - 5th graders to join our Palm Sunday Children's Choir.

    Children will work on learning songs during Sunday School so we will be ready to wave

    our palm branches and shout Hosanna! There will be a rehearsal in the sanctuary on

    Saturday, April 1 from 9:00am - 10:30am.

  • Confirmation (6th - 8th grade): Our Confirmands continue their journey through the Old Testament focusing on examples of faith when everything falls apart through the lens of the prophets and the exile. Meets on Sunday, March 19 only.

  • Youth Sunday School (6th - 8th grade): Our youth are exploring scripture through small group discussions, activities, and a "micropractice" where they put what they've learned into practice back at home. Senior High youth (9th - 12th graders) also help serve in Children's Sunday School and are welcome to attend the adult option during SGH. Youth Sunday School begins meeting on Sunday, March 26.

  • Adult Spiritual Growth Hour (9th grade - adults): On February 26 we meet in the Choir Room for a lively hour of discussion where we dig deeper with the day's sermon and build community as the body of Christ. Beginning Sunday, March 12 we will meet in Upper Fellowship Hall for our guest Lenten speakers. See above for more information.


Monday, February 27 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm // Young Adult Book Club

Young adults are meeting at the Nosich's for dinner and a discussion through the book The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World by John Mark Comer. This is the final book club and supper for the winter. Check out what else is coming up for our FCC Young Adults during Lent:

Sunday, February 26 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Gamezenter (1975 County Rd. B W, Roseville, MN)
Our community of young adults is excited to gather around the table for a night of board games and fun at Gamezenter! Bring your own game if you want, or grab one of the free ones off the shelf. This event is free, there is food available for purchase.


Check out our regular Wednesday morning, afternoon, and evening schedule. All options meet weekly, except for April 5, unless otherwise noted.

10:00am - 11:00am // Wednesday Morning Bible Study

We gather for Bible study and conversation using First Covenant's Lenten Devotional as our guide.

3:30pm - 5:45pm // After School Programs for Children and Youth

  • McVay Youth Programming (5th - 12th graders)

    Connect with other Eastside Youth in a safe, fun, and free program. Students spend time with friends creating art, music, drama, and receive homework help. Transportation provided. Email Jane Krentz at to fill out a registration form. Also meets on Mondays and Fridays.

  • After School Program with Family Values for Life (K - 5th graders)

    Family Values for Life provides a safe and welcoming space for lower elementary student from our partner schools and First Covenant to connect with friends, receive a healthy snack, and enjoy homework help along with other academic enrichment activities.

4:30pm - 5:45pm // Handbell Choir Rehearsal except March 1

5:45pm - 6:15pm // Free Dinner for All from Loaves & Fishes

Loaves and Fishes prepares delicious and nutritious meals each Wednesday. Join us in Lower Fellowship Hall for a community meal. Volunteers to help serve and do a light clean up for these meals are needed.


6:15pm - 7:30pm // Evening Programming for Youth & Adults

  • "Broadway Is Back!" musical rehearsal (3rd - 12th graders) March 1 only

    See above for more Broadway Is Back! information, including special rehearsals.

  • Youth Group (9th - 12th graders) beginning March 8

    Let's connect with one another as we grow in relationships with one another and Jesus. Bring your questions, joys, and whole self as we gather for fun and faith-filled conversations.

  • Journey To The Cross And Beyond Through The Gospel of John (adults)

    During Lent, we will be finishing our study of John’s Gospel using the N.T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study Guide. During the six weeks of Lent, we will read and discuss John’s account of those last days. Even if you haven’t been part of the study, join us as we journey through the last chapters on our way to Easter morning and breakfast on the shore with the disciples.

  • Sanctuary Choir (adults) except March 1

  • Childcare: Childcare is provided on as-needed basis, please contact Lora Murtha to confirm.

7:30pm - 8:00pm // Easter Choir Rehearsal except March 1

We're preparing to present "Come To The Cross and Remember" by Pepper Choplin. This Easter Cantata was written in 2017 and is a beautiful work encompassing portions of Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.


MUSICAL MOVIE NIGHT (3rd - 5th graders)

Friday, March 24 from 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Are you feeling a post-musical let down? Wondering where you can see your friends from the musical for a night of fun? We've got you covered! We're gathering for dinner and to watch the movie musical Annie together! Questions? Contact Lora Murtha.

July 29 - August 5, 2023

Incoming 6th - exiting 12th graders, caregivers, and all adults are invited to join us for a week of service and learning in Birmingham, AL with YouthWorks! During our time in Birmingham we will learn about, interact with and experience the history and culture of the city and serve alongside existing organizations to meet community needs through children’s programs, painting and minor projects, and relational opportunities with elderly folks and those experiencing homelessness. Then, in the evenings, we will visit the Vulcan, explore local sites and tour the historic Civil Rights Museum. Take advantage of this one of a kind, intergenerational, service learning experience! Cost: $325 per person (This cost includes a $50 non- refundable deposit.)



Fridays from 10:15am - 1:15pm (volunteer set up)

Our Creation Care Team coordinates volunteers to serve at our partner's food shelf. On Fridays, two trucks deliver food and volunteers then distribute the produce into boxes, break down boxes, and haul waste into our 3-stream recycling and compost containers. This is a key way to care for the environment and come alongside our partners with Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf in the process.
Questions? Email Susan Carlson.

Saturdays from 9:00am - 12:00pm (food shelf open to the public)
Guests receive a box of produce and “shop” for staples. This ministry is a great gift to our neighborhood as it serves about 150 families each week. Individuals and families turning to the Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf often come in crisis and stay to build stability. Sudden issues like job or transportation loss or medical crises cause food and/or housing insecurity, which all weaken the stability of a household. Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf offers basic needs support, and crisis and resource assistance. These services are designed to relieve immediate stress for low-income neighbors while also helping them build a more stable foundation for their future.