February 18, 2021
Our weekly e-news is a snapshot of what is happening in the near future here at FPC.
If you have any questions please call the church office at 770-786-7321,
or send us an e-mail HERE.
Worship with FPC Covington
Sunday Morning Worship
Worship with us Sunday mornings at 11:00am. Our services will continue to be live-streamed at this time. Worship will be live on Facebook beginning at 11:00am. You may also join us on Zoom for worship starting at 10:45am
We will celebrate the Sacrament of Communion this Sunday, Feb. 21
Please prepare bread and cup.
FPC Lenten Offerings 2021
40 Days, 40 Miles
 If you enjoy a morning walk or an evening stroll, this is an offering for you! We invite you to set a goal of walking 40 miles during the 40 days of Lent. This is a spiritual discipline that engages our full body. Take the 40 Days, 40 Miles Walking Pledge today! 
Outdoor Lent Prayer Stations 
Outdoor Prayer Stations are ready for you! You will be able to follow a self-guided map around our church. At each station you will be given a prompt, a prayer, or an activity.

Morning Prayer Join Neeley on Monday mornings throughout Lent for a time of prayer at 8:00am. We will participate in centering prayer, guided meditations, the gift of silence, and cooperate prayer. You may join for one Monday or all Mondays during the season of Lent starting February 22 through March 29.

Lent/Easter Organ and Piano Concert March 14 at 4:30pm
Presented by Alice Walker and Becky Ramsey
You are invited to watch on Facebook or join our Zoom Watch Party! 
Stewardship Year-Round

A word from Stan Hall:
Elder, Chair of Facilities
Introducing Summer Seminary Intern: Courtney Pittman
Courtney is originally from Alpharetta, Georgia and a 2008 graduate of the University of Georgia with dual degrees in Advertising and Spanish. She holds a Masters degree in Foreign Language Education from Augusta State University and taught high school level Spanish before staying home with her two boys, Tripp (6) and Townes (4). Her husband, Dewitt, is an Emergency Room physician in Albany, Georgia, but the family calls Bishop, Georgia home. Courtney is an avid runner, triathlete, reader, and UGA football fan. She is currently serving on Session at First Presbyterian Church of Athens and is a first-year Master of Divinity student at Columbia Theological Seminary.  
Christian Education Ministry Opportunities
Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday School is a casual time of conversation and fellowship. Each week is a stand-alone lesson, so if you miss a week, come back the next! Adult Sunday School meets on Zoom at 9:45am.
Youth Sunday School
Youth Sunday School is led by Pam and Jim Stillerman and offers a time of connection and of studying scripture. Youth Sunday School meets on Zoom at 10:00am. Passcode: AlcovyFit1
Children's Sunday School

Children's Sunday School is offered each week by Dan and Perri Walden.
Sunday school lessons will be posted to our Facebook page on Saturdays. You may also find recordings of our Sunday school lessons on our website. Online link will be available on Sunday mornings each week.
Ways to serve in our community
First United Methodist Food Pantry

Create a volunteer account here if you haven't already, and you can sign up for one of our shifts below. Let me know if you need any help signing up for a shift!
Food Box Packing, Mon/Wed/Fri 10:30am-1:30pm
Food Box Distribution, Mon/Wed/Fri 1:30-4:30pm
Freezer Bag Packing & Clean Up, Mon/Wed/Fri 1:30-4:30pm
Mobile Food Pantry, 2/20/21 8:30am-1pm
Food Truck Rider/Loader, Mon/Fri 8am-12pm

Small Group Ministry Opportunities
Anti-Racism Book Study
Our book study is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community.
Facilitated by Dan Walden
Wednesday evenings 7pm-8pm
Feb. 24, March 3
Parent/Children Workshop:
"I am a Child of God"
Sunday, March 7 at 4pm
During our time together participants will:
  1. Learn the PCUSA Children's Catechism
  2. Learn about Baptism
  3. Hear a read-a-loud of Grace Byer's Book: I Am Enough
  4. Create self-portraits "Imago Dei"
  5. Supplies needed: crayons, markers, paper. If you would like to purchase the book please let Neeley know!
This Faith Formation offering will be no more than 30 minutes on zoom. Invite a friend!
Save the Dates
March 16 at 6pm (Zoom)
April 20 at 6pm (Location TBD)
May 18 at 6pm (Location TBD)
Grief Small Group:
Tear Soup "A Recipe for Healing"
"Soup making is an art, and the cook is the artist. Improvising as you go, your only goal is that the blended creation will both satisfy your hunger and soothe what hurts you. What is true about soup making, is also true about grieving. Tear Soup is about a woman named Grandy who has expereinced loss, and so she is cooking up her own unique batch of "tear soup." Our FPC Pastoral Care Team wants to provide a space for us all to create our own batches of "Tear Soup" as we grieve various experiences of loss in our lives. Tear Soup provides cooking tips to use in dealing with grief if you are the cook, if your friend is the cook, if a child is the cook, if you are longing to cook with another, and/or if you just want to share in the recipes."
Please keep the following people and their families in your thoughts and prayers this week:

  • Thank to our Faith and Fellowship team and Children's Ministry for our Church Valentine's treats!
  • Thank you to all who helped put together and distribute Lenten materials to our church family on Ash Wednesday.
  • Thank you to our Marketing Team for the updates on our website!

Prayer Updates:
  • Patsy Freeman, Sister of Judy Davis

Ongoing Prayers:
  • Bill Cobham - recovering from surgery
  • Steve Jones (Friend of Alice Walker)
  • Guy McGiboney
  • Hulda McDonald - health issues (Friend of Judy Davis)
  • Susan Fiedler - health issues (Friend of Darcel Tabb)
  • Billy Fortson - Progressing slowly from COVID
  • Linda Shirley - Knee fracture and other bone issues (Teacher at Flint Elementary)
  • Blair Weaver - health issues
  • The staff of Piedmont Newton and all frontline workers
  • Jane Parker - recovering from a fall
  • Betty Lunsford - recovering at home
  • Mitchell Wheeler - cancer (nephew of Jack and Miriam Wheeler)
  • Sarita Pope - breast cancer (mother-in-law of Elizabeth Martin Pope)
  • Nancy Smith - recovering at home (daughter of Betsy and Sandy Morehouse)
  • Ginny Elliot - at rehab following a fall (stepmother of Aubrey Evans)
  • Beverly Maddox - husband has leukemia (friend of Jean Elder)
  • Karen Lein Kaasa - home health care (sister-in-law of Julie MacKenzie)
  • Karen Moss - treatment for breast cancer
  • Carter MacKenzie - neck injury (son of Julie and Jeff MacKenzie)
  • Tom Bass - bone marrow cancer and dialysis (friend of Beth and Danny Vining)
  • Wilford Reed - daughter was in car accident; his brother has age-related issues (friend of Jeff MacKenzie)
  • Bob Darby - kidney problems (friend of Jeff MacKenzie)
  • Sharon Beasley Strickland - tests for oral cancer (classmate of Jeff MacKenzie)
  • Joyce Williams - breast cancer treatment and Alzheimer's Disease (Danny Vining's sister)
  • Peter Milner - cancer (nephew of Day & Larry Kennon)
  • Brandon Massey - blood cancer (grandson of Chuck & Sherry Brasher)
  • Carol Baynes - cancer (friend of Phyllis Yoder)
  • Sophia Hawley - cystic fibrosis

Military Service
  • Koen Ardis - Navy
  • Lee Scarborough - Army

Independent Living and Assisted Living:
  • Penny Blakeney (home)
  • Julia Brubaker (Benton House)
  • Jean Elder (in FL with here daughter)
  • Dot Fincher (Merryvale)
  • Jerry McGaffney (Merryvale)
  • Guy McGiboney (Merryvale)
  • Travis Moss (Pruitt)
  • Betty Robinson (Merryvale)
  • Louise White (Merryvale)

Please click below to email Peni to update your prayer requests or send new prayer requests. In your email please indicate if you would like your request to be confidential or added to our prayer list.
Our weekly e-news is a snapshot of what is happening in the near future here at FPC. If you have any questions please call the church office at 770-786-7321, or send us an e-mail HERE.

To view our weekly worship bulletins and monthly newsletters, click HERE.

ONLINE DIRECTORY Stay in touch with your FPC family by logging into REALM where you will find an online directory and up-to-date records of your giving. If you don't already have a login for the site, contact Peni Kehoe at the church office via e-mail HERE.