Ministries

The ministries of our church provide opportunity for the newborn, early childhood, children, tweens, teens, as well as various adult stages (college age/early career, couples, parents, empty nesters, seniors, etc.). Please browse our various categories to see how we can minister to you or how you can get involved with volunteer opportunities.

 

Adult Ministries

Helping adults grow and mature in Christ. The Adult Ministry Commission plans topics around three basic categories: Knowledge of the Word of God, Life Skills with Christian Application and Faith Formation and Foundation. We work on providing a variety of classes to help adults grow and mature in Christ and covering these topics throughout the Sunday School year.

Men

Helping men grow spiritually, in accountability, integrity, and in fellowship. Men's Breakfasts: 7 a.m. on 2nd Saturday each month during the school year. The location alternates between First Covenant and Ezekiel Lutheran churches. Softball: (May - July) Monday night games - call the church office or Jerry Nelson for game times. Bible Studies: Contact Bill Hickox at (715) 386-3603 Conferences/Camp Retreats: Keeping you informed of camps and retreats at Lake Beauty Bible Camp and Men's Conferences such as "Promise Keepers" and "No Regrets"

Women

Christian women encouraging women in all seasons of life.

FRIDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDIES. 9 a.m. at church

MOPS (MOTHER'S OF PRE-SCHOOLERS)

Meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month during the school year. Join them at 9:15 a.m.

There is a place for you...

  • To know Jesus Christ personally
  • To grow in knowledge and in faith * To develop friendships
  • To learn how to be a Godly woman amidst the pressures of our fast-paced society
  • To be nurtured in a safe place * To find a place and opportunity to serve
  • To be accepted as a unique and precious person
  • To have fun together!

GROW: Strengthened and Challenged

  • Women's Studies
  • Apples of Gold
  • Triennial 2007
  • MOPS
  • Lake Beauty Women's Retreats

SERVE: Belonging and Encouraging

  • Serving Circles
  • Tea Time
  • Quilters and Crafters Groups

REACH OUT: Invite Friends, Serve Others

  • Teas (held quarterly)
  • Quilters and Crafters (once a month)
  • MOPS
  • Bible Studies
  • Mission Projects:
  • Rip & Roll (bandages for Congo)
  • Campbell Soup Labels (Lake Beauty)
  • Mid-wife Kits (for Congo)
  • Special Interest Missionaries
  • Many more...

Youth

Serving Jesus by focusing on coordinating activities and programs developed for the Jr./Sr. high school age church population. The emphasis is on helping the students to grow in their faith while participating in activities that are an enjoyable part of the youth's church life.

Youth are an integral part of the ministry at First Covenant. The purpose of our youth ministry is for youth to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, develop relationships with other Christians, to grow in their faith, to become witnesses for Jesus Christ, and to increase the application of Christian principles in their everyday life. The following opportunities are available for youth:

Middle School:
Wed. 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. = Confirmation
Sun. 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. = Sunday School

Once a month = extra event advertised in a newsletter, in the bulletin, during youth meetings, or by separate letter.

Senior High:
Wed. 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. = Youth Band Practice
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. = Youth Group Sun.
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. = Sunday School

Once a month = extra event advertised in a newsletter, in the bulletin, during youth meetings, or by separate letter.

CHIC

The Evangelical Covenant denomination holds a large student conference every 3 years called CHIC (Covenant High in Christ). The next CHIC conference will be in July, 2012. Students who are currently in grades 7, 8, 9, and 10 are eligible to attend.

Summer Camps

We encourage students to participate in summer camp and winter retreat programs at Lake Beauty Bible Camp. The camp is located in central Minnesota and has week-long summer ministries for students from 2nd grade to 12th grade. They also hold family weekend camps, retreats, leadership experiences, and are available for outside groups. Check it out at www.lbbc.com

Souled Out

The youth pastors/youth leaders of River Falls have teamed up and formed an organization called Souled Out. Souled Out is a Christ-centered fellowship of youth ministries supporting one another and working together to reach students with God's love. We sponsor quarterly events designed to reach River Falls youth in middle and high school with food, fun, and fellowship around a Christian message. For more information, check out the website at: www.souledoutinriverfalls.org 

Children

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NURSERY
Our volunteers will have a BLAST caring for
your child!

• Infants through age 4 during each service
• Infants through age 2 during the Sunday School hour
SUNDAY SCHOOL
Your child will have a BLAST with interactive curriculum each Sunday between worship services!

• Age 2 (by September) through fifth grade
• September - May
• Nursery also provided

JUNIOR CHURCH
Children will have a BLAST with a lesson and activities to grow them spiritually and  help them take new steps with Christ!

• Ages 5-7
• Sunday mornings during the pastor's message.

AWANA
A BLAST-filled night with fun, games, and Scripture memorization!

• Age 4 through sixth grade
• Wednesdays from 6:15 to 7:45 pm
• September - April

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
A week-long BLAST engaging your child in fun and faith.

• Age 4 through fifth grade

We LOVE Volunteers!
Contact the church office or a Children's Ministry Volunteer for more info.

Worship

Inspiring spiritually hungry people to experience and respond to God. We seek to serve Jesus Christ through ministry and prayer in the areas of worship, music, and drama. We love to worship together at First Covenant! Please check out What to Expect on a Sunday for a picture of our worship service, but we also encourage you to come and experience it with us.

Outreach

Reaching out to searching people by connecting them with Jesus Christ. We believe that the unchurched people matter to God and ought to matter to the church. Therefore, we will seek to be relevant to our culture and community, while remaining true to Gods word. Reaching out to searching people by connecting them with Jesus Christ. We believe that the unchurched people matter to God and ought to matter to the church. Therefore, we will seek to be relevant to our culture and community, while remaining true to Gods Word. (Matthew 18:14, Luke 5: 30-32, and 1Corinthians 9:19-23)

Events

The Outreach Commission plans events each year to engage the community of River Falls. Two of these events are the Corn Feed and a Pumpkin Giveaway. Both events are free and welcome to the whole community, so please join us at our next event! Detailed information will come a month ahead of the event.

Application:

  • Organize and administer with the Pastor follow up contacts.
  • Help guests feel welcomed.
  • Work to provide visibility of our church in the community.
  • Implement organized evangelistic efforts in the community.
  • Educate the congregation on lifestyle evangelism.
  • Call on inactive members, recruit new members and assist in assimilation and integration of new members into the church family.
  • Submit proposal of projected ministries and budgetary requirements.

Missions

Connecting "People in Mission" to this caring and supporting community.

Missionary Highlights

Charlie Hokanson - Navigators
Ministry: ministering to students, training new Navigator staff, teaching Biblical Greek
Where: UW-River Falls Support: prayer & financial
Blog/email: chokanson@centurytel.net

Jason Hull - Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at UW-River Falls
Ministry: Regional Director with IVCF, overseeing student work, discipleship with students, working with evangelism on campus
Where: UW-River Falls Contact Info: Attn: Income Department InterVarsity Christian Fellowship P.O. Box 7895 Madison, WI 53791-9703 Note on check to "Jason Hull" Support: prayer & financial
Blog/email: Website: jasonhullivcf.org Email: Jason_Hull@ivstaff.org

Judy Gomoll - The Navigators
Ministry: providing mentoring and support for African Navigators in US, designing and delivering ministry training for US staff as part of National Training Team, supporting and training on-field trainers, researching spiritual transformation issues, training NavPress personal, designing supporting resources for Connect Bible study series, focusing on the spiritual needs of the younger generation
Where: Colorado and throughout the US Contact Info: 11961 Ridgeview Lane Parker, CO 80138 Support: prayer & financial; gifts may be sent to: The Navigators P.O. Box 6000 Colorado Springs, CO 80934
Blog/email: georgegomoll@usfamily.net or judygomoll@usfamily.net

Kember Lillo - Wycliffe Bible Translators
Ministry: music ministry, planning on returning to Burkina Faso (West Africa)
Where: University of Montreal
Contact Info: Wycliffe Bible Translators P.O. Box 628200 Orlando, FL 32862-8200 Indicate: "for the Wycliffe ministry of Kember Lillo"
Support: prayer and financial
Blog/email: kemberanne@gmail.com

Library

Providing resources to help all ages grow in knowledge and faith. The library is open all hours that the church is open, and we especially encourage you to stop in on Sunday mornings between church services. We're located next to the Sanctuary off the hallway to the Sunday School rooms. You'll find a warm welcome and all kinds of advice on books!

Details:

You do not have to be a member to be able to take advantage of the library and we would love to help you find a good book, video or DVD to use. The check out period is two weeks but you are asked to renew it if you need it longer. There are no fines! If you haven't been in to check out the library please stop in, we would love to meet you and help you find just the right thing.

Facts:

At the present we have 4,331 items 522 videos 420 Young Adults 1006 Fiction books 962 Children's books 1320 Non Fiction Books Plus other miscellaneous items.

Computer Automation:

The materials are all processed using the Dewey Decimal System and are available for searching on the computer which will assist you in finding just the right item. The directions for using the computer if you should desire to so when there is no there to assist you, are posted by the computer. Feel free to give it a try.

Book Review: Prayer, Does It Make Any Difference?

271053_1_ftc_dpIn his most powerful book since What's So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew, Philip Yancey probes the very heartbeat--the most fundamental, challenging, perplexing, and deeply rewarding aspect--of our relationship with God: prayer. What is prayer? How does it work? And more importantly, does it work? In theory, prayer is the essential human act, a priceless point of contact between us and the God of the universe. In practice, prayer is often frustrating, confusing, and fraught with mystery. Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? is an exploration of the mysterious intersection where God and humans meet and relate. Writing as a fellow pilgrim, Yancey explores such questions as:

  • Is God listening?
  • Why should God care about me?
  • If God knows everything, what's the point of prayer?
  • Why do answers to prayer seem so inconsistent and capricious?
  • Why does God seem sometimes close and sometimes far away?
  • How can I make prayer more satisfying?

"I have found that the most important purpose of prayer may be to let ourselves be loved by God," says Yancey. Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? encourages us to pray to God the Father who sees what lies ahead of us, knows what lies within us, and who invites us into an eternal partnership--through prayer.

CALL NUMBER 248.3 YAN

Social Concerns

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Maintenance

Serving the church through the care, upkeep and use of the church facility