2017 Summer Small Groups Questionnaire

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Celebrate New Life with Us!

2016 Holy Week Schedule

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Women’s Bible Study

Several tables of women at a Bible Study 10 Questions to DIagnose your spiritual health, an open Bible, and coffee in a NaCoMe mugThe First Presbyterian Church women met last night for the second of a ten week study of “10 Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health“, by Donald Whitney.  It’s so encouraging to see women from a wide range of ages and seasons of life to gather together to study the Bible and encourage each other in their walk with Christ.  The groups meets at 4pm in the fellowship hall.

 

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Wednesday Evening Family Time

Stocking head soccer

Stocking head soccer

After worship on Wednesday evenings our church family gathers for games, a brief study, and prayer.  We have intentionally not divided into ages, but have children, teens, parents, and adults come together as a way of building relationships between generations.  I’ve enjoyed watching other adults teach the children about the bible and been encouraged hearing our younger members pray for adults.

We have recently chosen Bible stories to teach and everyone is taking turns teaching.  Last night Kate led us in prayer, taught us about Noah’s Ark, and taught us new games.  She was very excited to be the Bible teacher.  We’d love to have you join us after worship.

Kate Teaching Noah's Ark

Kate Teaching Noah’s Ark

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Weekly Communion

After study and discussion the session has decided to serve the Lord’s Supper every Lord’s Day instead of just monthly. We will begin this the First Sunday of Advent, November 29th.
Although the New Testament doesn’t give explicit instructions as to how often the sacrament is to be observed, there is evidence from passages such as Acts 2:42, Acts 20:7, and 1 Corinthians 11:18-20 that weekly worship among the earliest Christians included the “breaking of bread” or the Lord’s Supper. Additionally, some of the earliest Christian writings outside of the Bible support this. Our own Westminster Confession of Faith understands that “the due administration and receiving of the sacraments” are part of “ordinary religious worship of God” (WCF 21.5) and our Book of Worship states, “The Session is responsible for determining the frequency of celebration of the Lord’s Supper. It is proper to observe it as often as each Lord’s Day, but it should be observed at least quarterly.” While weekly communion has not been the norm among Presbyterian congregations, it is not exclusively the practice of other denomination. John Calvin argued for it in the Institutes, “Thus it became the unvarying rule that no meeting of the church should take place without the Word, prayers, partaking of the Supper, and almsgiving. That this was the established order among the Corinthians also, we can safely infer from Paul [cf. 1 Cor 11.20].” and later, “… the Lord’s Table should have been spread at least once a week for the assembly of the Christians, and the promises declared in it should feed us spiritually.”
With these Biblical and historic reasons in mind we saw several benefits but primarily that the Gospel will be displayed clearly through the sacrament every Lord’s Day regardless of the focus of the sermon. The message that Christ died for His Church and is as assuredly given for you as the Bread and the Cup, and that you receive him in faith as simply as you eat and drink should be presented to us regularly.

Below are some studies to further help understand why we believe this will be healthy for our congregation:

Gainesville Presbyterian Church

Why Weekly Communion?

Three Arguments for Weekly Communion

A Biblical Case for Weekly Communion

 

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2015 Stewardship Drive

Our pledge drive for 2015 has begun.  Please prayerfully consider your commitment for the upcoming fiscal year (Oct 2015-Sep 2016).  Pledge cards will be available at church entrances or you can pledge confidentially online at http://bit.ly/1htiCpB .

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GriefShare March 1

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Our next session of GriefShare will begin Sunday March 1st, at 2:00pm.  Anyone who has lost a loved one is welcome.  More information is available at the GriefShare website.  Or contact us at (901) 476-2434 or office@1pc-covington.org.

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences.  You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

 

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FREE LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC!

FREE LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC!
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2015 11AM – 1 PM
Do you have questions about child support, family law, power of attorney, insurance, disability, restoration of rights, collections, eviction, or wills?

Ask a volunteer attorney at the FREE LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC! January 24, 2015, this Saturday, from 11am to 1pm at First Presbyterian Covington! 403 S Main St Covington, TN (just off the square)
Free to anyone who comes through the door and we will stay as long as needed.
Sponsored by the Tipton County Bar Association and Memphis Area Legal Services

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2014/15 Stewardship Drive – Pledge online

If you haven’t made your pledge for 2014/15 you can do so confidentially online at: http://bit.ly/1lTFBdS
Let us know how you are willing to give to and serve Christ’s church and help us plan our upcoming budget.

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GriefShare ministry begins September 21

GriefShare will be begin Sunday, September 21, meeting from 3 to 5. Anyone is welcome.

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

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