Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Thought from the Word - A brief thought based on Romans 5:3-4

News Notes from the Malawi Task Force

The Malawi Task Force met for their regular meeting on September 22. We have had news from Collins Maganga that John Malange , our partnership contact, has been transferred from the Damasi Mission School to the Nena Girls Secondary School. This is out of the Damasi Presbytery  which left us without a contact which caused a delay in our money transfer. They have now assigned Jafali Asidi to that position.  A very large money transfer has just been made to Jafali. This includes the replacement of the funds stolen at the airport for the Chambalu congregation, as well as a large amount for the famine that is currently prevalent in that area.   Jafali can be reached at asidijafali2009@yahoo.com.  if you would like to have some personal contact with Damasi Presbytery. He also has a facebook account if you would like current news of the area.

We continue to get news from Rev. Picklen Chafulamira, who was a part of their mission team here in 2013.  He is currently taking classes at the Seminary to complete his degree. His last note asked for prayer, as he had been chosen to make a trip in October to Scotland as a faith witness to their partner churches there.

The Malawi Task Force examined our current resources and reaching out in faith  feel that we have enough seed money to offer a mission trip to Damasi Presbytery next fall.  We covet your prayers and support as we feel this is a valuable tool to build relationships and fulfill our call to mission. Please consider supporting this endeavor with prayers and contributions.

The trip will be September 15- 27, 2017. If you or someone from your church would like to be considered please contact Rev. Steve Cramer at revstevecramer@yahoo.com  or call at Longs Run 330-385-1127 or Trinity 330-385-3557 or cell 330-921-1115. Interviews will be held November 21 and 22 with the selection of two travelers being made before the end of the year.(If we receive enough monetary support a third person will be considered.)

Our next scheduled Malawi Task Force meeting will be on Thursday, October 20, at 10 A.M. at Westminster Church in Steubenville. We would LOVE to have YOU join us there.


Mary McElroy, Malawi Task Force

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 24, 2016

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for September 24, 2016: Today our passages are  Isaiah 43:14–45:10; Ephesians 3:1-21; Psalm 68:1-18; and Proverbs 24:1-2 .  The readings are from  The Mess...

Friday, September 23, 2016

Prayer Requests, to be shared during Sunday’s worship service

On Sunday, September 25, Cove Presbyterian Church will lift to God the following needs.

Adults
Amy Slisik
Audrey Vincent
Betty Michael
Bruce Mader
Carol Baker
Chad Wilson
Cindy Kuzel
Darcy Keffer
David Johns
Debbie Zuccaro
Debi Edge
Emery Edwards
Gen Meyer
Goldie Baly
Greta Billham
Jan Jackson
Jim & Shelley Pearson
Joanie Lawrence
john Barnhardt
John Guglielmo
Karen Lombardi
Kay Hyde
Kevin Kuzel
Linda Spencer
Marcia Cooper
Marge Oslett
Matthew Kirtley
Michael Shade
Mike Churchman
Olivia Shelton
Patricia Cox
Paul Merritt
Peggy Stewart
Phyllis Manley
Randal Kane
Richard Ballard
Ronnie Buffington
Roxanne Berry
Sally Robinson
Sandra Duckworth
Sharon Wheeler
Shirley Everhart Kirtley
Stacy Jo Vogel
Suellen Lewis
Susie Hawkins
Vicki Williams
Wayne Channing

Children
Audri King
Elijah Parker
Jameson Criss
Jeffrey Konovich
Jonathan Marte
Lily Ghrist
Meadow Abbett
Michael Liptak
Mitch Almason

Military
Isaac Stephens
Jason Kerr
Jonathan Criss
Justin Schmalstieg
Lisa Burk
Michael Criss

In the Hospital
Phyllis Manley – Weirton Medical Center

Church Families
Jeff Grant
Dan & Pat Grant
The Gresko Family

Local Church
First Christian Church

Special Friend
Doris Lord – 196 Jenny Lane, Danville, VA  24541-6648

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery Congregations 
First Presbyterian Church, Martins Ferry, Ohio – Rev. David Stammerjohn
Grace Presbyterian Church, Martins Ferry, Ohio – Rev. William O. Webster

Also Remember in Your Prayers
Alice & Kenny Orr – Weirton Geriatric Center, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV  26062
Carl Hamill – Serra Manor, Apt. 11, 205 Serra Manor, Weirton, WV  26062
Dolores Edwards – Wyngate, 100 Wyngate Dr., Weirton, WV  26062
Harry Hutch – Villa Vista, Room 406, 1800 Sinclair Ave., Steubenville, OH  43953
June Virtue – Grace Cottage, 195 Eden Dr., Weirton, WV  26062-3664
Theresa Skiles – Weirton Geriatric Center, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV  26062
Ruth Ann Oestering – Woodland Hills, 608 North 10th St., Weirton, WV  26062

What's Happening at Cove Presbyterian Church?

Below are the announcements as they appear in the Sunday bulletin.

THE SEASON AFTER PENTECOST
“We have seen…that the half of the year following Pentecost is different in character from the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and Lent, Holy Week, Easter.  Whether it is called ‘ordinary time,’ or ‘Season After Pentecost,’ or ‘Kingdomtide,’ each Sunday stands on its own as the Lord’s Day and should be considered in the light of The Scriptures to be read that day.  …The Season After Pentecost is just that; it is not the Pentecost Season…” (Handbook of the Christian Year, p. 241)  Green, the color of abiding life, of peace, nourishment, rest and constancy, is the traditional color for this time of year.

YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THAT BEFORE THE SERVICE . . .
the Rev. Rudiger pours water into the baptismal font even though we might not have a baptism on that particular Sunday. Here’s the reason. Since baptism is one of the pillars of our identity as Christians, this is a reminder that we’re united as members of the Body of Christ. It represents a gift given to us by God, one that we can’t earn and don’t deserve. As we move forward as a congregation, it’s important to remember and to celebrate the sacrament that unites us. And since Jesus said that part of making disciples of all nation involves baptizing them, it’s also a reminder of the mission we’ve been given.

“JESUS TIME” IS SPECIAL TIME FOR . . .
all our children and young people. This Sunday School experience offers them the opportunity to learn the Bible story and apply that story to their lives. “Jesus Time” meets at 11:00 a.m. and runs until the end of the Worship Service. If you have children and teens, ask one of the greeters to direct you to the children’s location.

OUR TUESDAY EVENING STUDY . . .
will  meet on Tuesday, September 27, at 6:30 p.m. to start a new study looking at the fundamental beliefs of Christianity. During this seventh session, we’ll answer the question, “Who's in Charge Here?”, and we’ll consider the Doctrine of the Resurrection.

THE BELL CHOIR . . .
will practice on Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. The bells will have their debut on Sunday, October 9.

CHOIR WILL REHEARSE . . .
Sundays, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. They’ll rehearse in the choir room each Sunday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

WE’LL CELEBRATE WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY . . .
with Christians all over the world on October 2. Please take some time during the next week to prepare yourselves to share in this holy gathering.

RULING ELDER ROCKY CAMPBELL . . .
will be available after the service to hear your suggestions and concerns.

WE APPRECIATE ALL THOSE WHO ARE VOLUNTEERING . . .
their time around the church. We thank Burnie and Noah Huey, Rick and Peggy Baldt, Dale and Chris Pierce, and the Boy Scouts for their hard work maintain the grounds. We also appreciate all the time Dean Allen, Tom Michell, Tim Connell, and T.J. Smith sanding and painting the rails in front of our church. We also thank The Children’s Academy and the cook, Alexis, for the donation of supplies.

CHRIS AND I WANTED TO EXPRESS OUR APPRECIATION . . .
to you all for allowing us to use the Chapel. Because of our addition we are able to expand our services to the families in our community. Here at The Children’s Academy we strive every day to ensure the young children are receiving quality care and appropriate developmental activities to enhance their early learning. From Chris and I both, we thank you!
Christine Rosnick- Owner/Director
Jessica Shuble- Assistant Director

A FAMILY WITHIN OUR CONGREGATION . . .
are in need of a refrigerator.  If you can help, please contact the Church office.

ALTHOUGH WE DON’T WANT TO SPEND YOUR OFFERING . . .
to purchase them, the church could use a tripod for the bulletin board, a paper shredder and a paper cutter. If you have one sitting around and would like to donate them, please bring them over to the church office.

A SPIRITUAL MESSAGE . . .
can be found by calling 304-748-7900 Cove’s Prayer Line. You can call at anytime to hear a message by Rev. Rudiger. The messages are changed every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  You can also hear the devotion at covepresbyterian.podbean.com and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian). You can also read the devotion at www.thecovecommunity.blogspot.com.

BOTH THE BOY AND GIRL SCOUTS . . .
are gearing up for the fall. If you either have or know of a young person who might be interested in joining either group, please tell the pastor or another member of session.

YOU CAN NOW MAKE DONATIONS THROUGH PAYPAL . . .
by go on the link you can find in our daily e-mails and on our website (covepresbyterian.org) and all our blog. We can also help you set up a PayPal account, if you don’t already have one.

WE ARE UPDATING OUR PRAYER CHAIN . . . 
regularly. If you wish to add someone, contact the church office.

THE CHURCH JUST GOT A QUARTERLY CHECK . . .
for $227.04 from our participation in Kroger Community plan in the mail. If haven’t enrolled, follow the instructions below.

IF YOU’RE IN THE KROGERS COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM . . .
your enrollment is valid for 12 months from the registration date. You will need your Kroger rewards card number. To confirm that your registration is still active or to re-register you can contact Kroger customer service at this number: 1-866-221-4141. If you need to re-register all you'll need is your Kroger Card number and  our Cove Church number which is 80270. All that is required is that you go to Kroger.com; Community; Rewards; Enroll Now; type in Cove and hit search; click on Cove Presbyterian; click on Enroll Now. Please check your receipt the next time you shop, the bottom should read You requested Kroger to donate to Cove Presbyterian Church. If you need help with this process just call the church office, and Heather Campbell will be happy to assist you.

WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR AMAZON SMILE,
you get the same products and service we expect from Amazon except the Church gets .5% of every qualifying purchase.  To register go to  https://smile.amazon.com /Ch/55-0462066.  You only have to register once then go to smile.amazon.com to place orders.

LAURA LEWIS’ DAUGHTER NEEDS TO FIND SOMEONE . . .
who could look in on her mother and provide help with light housekeeping, getting her breakfast, possibly making a sandwich for her lunch, and making sure she takes her medications. If you’re interested or know someone who might be interested, please contact the church office.

WE NOW HAVE FIVE BLOGS . . . 
that you can check out for information and on which you can leave comments. They’re listed below:
The Cove Community (www.thecovecommunity.blogspot.com) - This is for the whole church. I’ll post sermons and announcements.
Cove Kids (www.covekids.blogspot.com) - This is tailored for the young people in our church. Again I’ll post announcements. You’re also invited to send in any writings, photographs and art work you’d like to post.
Bible Talk (www.cove-bibletalk.blogspot.com) - We’ve established this blog to give pastors and lay people the chance to discuss Scripture. The weekly passages are from the Common Lectionary.
The Bible in a Year (www.cove-bibleinayear.blogspot.com) - Each day, we’ll post passages so that you can read the Bible in one year.
Growing in Grace (http://sproutsoffaith.blogspot.com/) - Although we’re saved by God’s grace, we can grow in our understanding of grace. At Cove Presbyterian Church, we offer a variety of different classes for children and adults, many of which are recorded and posted on our PodBean page (covepresbyterian).

IF YOU’RE ABLE AND WILLING TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION . . .
so that some of homebound members are able to attend our worship services, please tell the pastor or another member of session.

SERMONS, DEVOTIONS, LESSONS, AND ESSAYS ARE AVAILABLE ON . . .
the Cove PodBean page (covepresbyterian.podbean.com) and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian).

IF YOU’RE ONLINE . . .
“like” us on Facebook (Cove Presbyterian Church,  https://www.facebook.com/Covepresbyterian) or join our Facebook group (The Cove Community, https://www.facebook.com/groups/115579235630/). You can also connect with Pastor Rudiger on Instagram (rev_ed).

IN THE HOSPITAL? HOMEBOUND? RECENT ILLNESS?
f you know of someone who is in the hospital please contact the church office, due to privacy laws the hospital is unable to contact us. If you are unable to attend services and would like to arrange for a visit from Rev. Ed Rudiger or to receive communion please contact the church office. Also, if you would like to receive the Sunday Bulletin contact the church office.

IF YOU DON’T PLAN TO TAKE YOUR BULLETIN HOME . . .
drop it in the purple container at the back door so that it can be recycled.

VASES OF FLOWERS . . .
can be purchased for a service. The cost is $16.00 a vase.  You may also purchase silk flowers or live plants, the choice is yours.  Telephone the church office to place your order. After the service, we’ll place the flowers in a vase for you to take.

ONGOING MISSION PROJECTS . . . 
Campbell’s Labels are being collected by the Presbyterian Women for the Weirton Christian Cent er.  The labels including the bar code or just the bar code can be dropped off in the container located in the hallway downstairs.
Greeting Cards are being collected by the Myrtle McHendry Class. Please drop off your used Greeting Cards or just the front of the card in the box located in the main hallway downstairs. No envelopes -please. The cards are being sent to St. Jude’s  Ranch to be remade into cards to be sold in their gift shop.  FYI . . Hallmark, Disney or American Greeting Cards can not be accepted as they are trade marked.
Can Tabs are being collected by the Presbyterian Women for the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown, West Virginia. Deposit your tabs in the container located in the hallway downstairs.

Cove's Bulletin for Sunday, September 25, 2016

Below is a copy of our Sunday bulletin. The title of the sermon is “A Perfect Evangelical Storm”, and we’ll consider how Jeremiah may be a great example of an evangelist.









Friday's Essay - A Thought on Baptism

Below is an essay that I sent to those on the Cove Presbyterian Church e-mailing list. You can hear a podcast of this message by going to the Cove Presbyterian Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.
If you find this essay helpful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.
On Sunday, during the worship service, we’ll have the chance to share in one of the two sacraments of our church. You see, during our worship service, we’ll celebrate the baptism of Isaiah and Ivy with the whole Grant family. And since that’ll be a part of our service on Sunday, I think it might be helpful to spend just a little thinking about what baptism means.

Image result for john the baptistYou see, the word itself comes from a Greek word that often refers to just washing, although it can also identify a ritual cleansing. And in a sense, that’s part of what baptism represents, a washing or a cleansing. Baptism is a physical action that symbolizes the washing away of sins and the opportunity that we have to reenter life clean. And this is what John the Baptist had in mind when he baptized people in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins. Of course, it wasn’t the water that made the person spiritually clean. Rather it was the God who stood behind the action. In fact, he was and is the only one who has the right and the authority to forgive sin. Therefore, John was an instrument in this process. And since, it involved not only a confession of but also a turning from sin, the person baptized needed to be old enough both to recognize his tendency to drift from God and to make the conscious decision to turn from his prior behavior and embrace a new kind of life. Now that was the baptism practiced by John and those who would follow him.

And even though this is still a part of our understanding, there’s more to Christian baptism. And this is something John himself recognized, and that’s why he looked forward to the one who would not just baptize with water but also with the Holy Spirit. And in the Book of Acts, both Peter and Paul encountered people who only knew about the baptism of John and that knowledge, in and of itself, didn’t reflect the deeper significance of Christian baptism.

And this full baptismal meaning, I think we can find in the Gospel of Matthew. You see, according to the evangelist, in his last conversation with his disciples, Jesus told them to do two things. He said:
All authority in heaven and upon earth was given to me.  As you go, make disciples of all nations by baptizing them in the name of the father and the son and the Holy Spirit, and by teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And behold, I myself am with you all the days until the completion of the age.
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Now, I believe the order is significant. I mean, he didn’t say after we teach people about Jesus and after they understand who he is and what he did and after they’ve made some kind of decision to trust that what he said is true, that’s when the person should be baptized. In other words, baptism must be motivated and initiated by the one who receives it and should accompany something else, like maybe a decision or promise. You see, that’s not what Jesus said. Rather, he said that baptism is the first step in the process, something that comes before teaching. It’s how you start your faith journey.

And on Sunday, that’s what I’ll have in mind when I baptize Isaiah and Ivy. When we baptize those who have been called by Christ, we’re obeying his command to us, and we’re sure he’s present with us. You see, because he’s merciful, God forgives our sins and joins us together into the body of his son, which is his church. Through his grace, he delivers us from darkness and leads us into his kingdom. And since he loves us, God has promised to be our Father, and to welcome us as brothers and sisters of Christ. And baptism, well, it’s a concrete sign of God’s mercy, grace and love. By baptism, an act that we can never earn or deserve, God gives us a new identity as his child, and a new family, namely his church. He puts his sign on us to show that we belong to him, and he offers us the opportunity to join with our Christian brothers and sisters to do his work in the world.

And so, let’s all come to the worship service on Sunday, and celebrate the grace that’s present with the waters of Baptism.