Saturday, December 16, 2017

A Thought from the Word - A brief thought based on Luke 1:26-28

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Play Dead

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Play Dead

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900) or on the Cove Presbyterian Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

If you find this meaningful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.

Revelation 3:1-6

"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars:

"I know your works; you have a name of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is on the point of death, for I have not found your works perfect in the sight of my God. Remember then what you received and heard; obey it, and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you. Yet you have still a few persons in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes; they will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. If you conquer, you will be clothed like them in white robes, and I will not blot your name out of the book of life; I will confess your name before my Father and before his angels. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches."

Play Dead

Related imageLast year the Rudiger household was increased by one little dog. And I’ve got to tell you, she has completely changed our lives. As a matter of fact, it’s become hard to remember a time when Coco wasn’t around. I mean, it seems like I’ve been going for that early morning walk around the neighborhood forever, and it’s hard to remember the time when I wasn’t trying to type with a dog in my lap. Of course, it helps that Coco is not only cute but was really easy to housebreak. And that’s certainly made things much better. But I guess we’ve kind of dropped the ball not teaching her other tricks, you know, like sit, shake, speak, and everybody’s favorite, play dead. As a matter for fact, I’m afraid that if you told her to play dead, she’d just look at you, wag her tail and sort of wave at you as she stands on her hind legs.

Of course, according to the what the angel said, the church Sardis had just the opposite problem. You see, they were playing at being alive in the Spirit and active in following Jesus, but in actual fact, they were as dead as a door nail. And even though that’s certainly a bad thing, I think I can understand how it happened. You see, they probably started with all kinds of energy and excitement. But as time passed, they settled into a rut, with a focus on the inside rather than on those who needed to hear the gospel. And they probably started to focus on minutia rather than on the important things in life and faith. And instead of standing up for the uncomfortable truth, they began to lay down for what was safe and expedient. You see, although they looked alive and from a secular perspective may have been very successful, they’d become dead inside, something that I think we need to avoid at all costs.

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

On Sunday, December 17, Cove Presbyterian Church will lift to God the following needs.

Adults
Alice Channing
Amy Slisik
Betty Michaels
Bill Morany
Bob Crupp
Bob Gracey
Bonnie & Red Nichols
Bruce Mader
Chad Peppler
Cindy Kuzel 
Dave Mendenhall
Davey Turner
Debi Edge
Elaine Ferrari
Faith Bonyak
George & Mary Shepherd
Grace Littledon
Jeff Wright 
Jeffery Castner
Jim & Shelley Pearson
Jim Neil
Jim Shingleton
Jo Betlem
Joanie Lawrence 
Joe & Mary Faran
Josh and Dee
Judy Tennant
Karen Edwards
Kenny Orlando
Kevin Kuzel 
Libbie Messerly
Linda Caleffie
Marcia Cooper
Marge Oslett
Mary Faran
Matthew Kirtley
Michael Brown
Michael Patterson 
Michael Shade
Minnie Pazich
Penny & Nick Mourat
The people of Pueto Rico
Paul Rosnick
Randal Kane
Rhett Cain
Richard Ballard
Richie Marshall
Rick Shadiow
Rocco Zuccaro
Ronnie Buffington
Ralph Metts
Sally Robinson
Sandy Hatala
Shirley Everhart Kirtley
Snookie Plaso
Stacy Jo Vogel
Sue Reynolds
Sue Willson
Tom Marosi
Vicki Williams
Wayne Channing

Children
Alphonzo Lloyde
Elijah Parker
Jameson Criss
Jeffrey Konovich
Jonathan Marte
Lily Ghrist
Logan Adams
Macaiah Lloyde
Meadow Abbett
Michael Daugherty
Mitch Almason
Temica Lloyde

Military

Doug Obeldobel
Isaac Stephens
Jason Kerr
Jonathan Criss
Justin Schmalstieg
Kara Criss
Michael Criss


In the Hospital

Jenny VanGilder - Weirton Medical Center

Church Families

Red & Bonnie Nichols
Kristin, Anthony, Kiara, Melia & Nikos Palavis
Patty & Beth Patsch

Local Church

Tri-State Church of God

Special Friend
Doris Lord

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery Congregations
The Presbytery Shepherding Team - Ruth Stevens, Bill Webster, Rob Whinnery
The Presbytery Pastoral Team - Colleen Griffith, Alcinda James, Andy Woods

Also Remember in Your Prayers
Alice & Kenny Orr
Carl Hamill
Dolores Edwards
June Virtue
Ron Taflan

What's Happening at Cove Presbyterian Church?

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

“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” usually meets at 11:00 a.m. and runs until the end of the Worship Service. This morning, the children are invited to stay for our special service. 


SPECIAL THANKS TO JEFF HOLMS . . .
from Striplight Theater for supporting the arts at Weir High.

OUR ANNUAL CHILDREN’S PROGRAM & CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON . . .
and will be held on Sunday, December 17, at 12:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The meal will be provided.

OUR TUESDAY EVENING STUDY . . .
will  meet on Tuesday, December 19, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the passages related to coming of Jesus Christ. During this third session we’ll talk about the coming of the Magi from the Gospel of Matthew. The study won’t meet on December 26. It’ll resume on Tuesday, January 2 with a study of the different world religions. 

THE BELL CHOIR . . .
will practice on Wednesday, at 6:00 p.m.

THE CHOIR PRACTICES . . .
at 9:30 on Sunday mornings. And the choir will rejoin our worship service next Sunday.

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES . . .
will meet on Sunday, December 10 at 12:30 p.m. in the boardroom.  

WE’LL SERVE COMMUNION . . .
during our Sunday morning service next week.

WE’LL OFFER SPECIAL SERVICES ON CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS MORNING.
Along with our regular Sunday morning service next week, we’ll have our annual service of lessons and carols on Christmas Eve at 7:00 p.m. And on Christmas morning, we’ll offer communion in the Fellowship Hall at 11:00 a.m. 

DONUTS AND COFFEE WILL BE SERVED . . .
in the parlor before and after the service. Before you leave, grasp a cup and a donut.

THE CHURCH COULD USE YOUR LOOSE CHANGE.
In the narthex, there’s a fish bowl where you’re invited to leave any pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters you might have rattling around in your pocket or purse. 

WE APPRECIATE ALL THOSE WHO ARE OFFERING . . .
their time and special gifts to the church. In particular, we thank the following:
• We thank Ray Seifert for directing our choir, Sue Willson for directing the bells, and Peggy Baldt for running our sound system during the service.
• We thank the Trustees (Burnie Huey, TJ Smith, Dale Pierce, and Dean Allen) for making needed repairs. 
• We thank Debbie Rudiger and Tina Viakley for the work they’re doing with our young people.
• The Viakley family for the new refrigerator.
• Finally, all those who offer their time, talent and money to further the God’s Kingdom

THE DEACONS DONATED 75 BOXES . . . 
of stuffing mix to the Community Thanksgiving Dinner hosted at the Weirton Senior Citizens Center hosted by The Weirton Ministerial Association.

WE RECEIVED A $50.00 DONATION . . .
for the Deacon's food pantry from Doris Lord and her family. The gift was given in memory of Marion Longacre, Chrys Lord, Tate Vesry, Robert McKinley, and James W. Lord.

AN OFFERING WAS MADE . . .
in memory of Goldie Baly, my best friend, from her daughter Melanie Baly of Pittsburgh, and from her son Michael, Elissa, Marissa, and Jared Baly of Georgetown, D.C.

WE’RE ACTIVELY SEEKING SUGGESTIONS . . .
for the Nominating Committee. We need nominees for 2 Session and 2 Deacon positions for 2018. If you are interested or want to nominate someone, please let one of these members know as soon as possible.

YOU CAN ASSIST PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE . . .
in responding to acts of public violence, wildfire recovery efforts in California, earthquake recovery efforts in Mexico, and hurricane recovery efforts in Texas; Florida, and the islands in the Atlantic. Memo your check: DR000188–Public violence, DR000165–CA wildfires, DR000014–Mexico earthquakes, DR000169–Harvey, and/or DR000194–Irma & Maria. Send your check payable to UOVP, 907 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003, and the presbytery will forward it on. For updates, please go topda.pcusa.org.

TO ANY CHURCH OR CHURCHED PERSON: 
We have over a dozen refurbished and new computers with Windows 10 and all updates as of November 1, 2017, installed. With DVR and of course 1 hard drive (usually at least 1 TB). Warranty: 2 years labor no charge, 90 day parts at no charge, 2 years parts at cost (Acts of nature not covered – including voltage surges). No Monitors. We have some keyboards and mouses. Strongly suggest that each computer be plugged into a UPS. Suggest $100.00 each – make an offer. We just need to have someone be using these fine machines. (Each of these computers new cost around $400 to $500 to make.) All moneys to be donated to Laughlin Chapel youth program. Pick up by appointment only. Cell: 304-639-3181, or Office: 304-243-1351, or dknapp@securicom.biz. First come, first pick. Or for a special church program for youth or adults at the church only – FREE – with session approval. David Knapp, Securicom Ltd., 102 Hummingbird Lane, Wheeling, WV 26003.

HOUSE OF THE CARPENTER . . .
needs to hire a Driver/Custodian. Part-time position, 19 hours per week, must be 21 for insurance coverage. Position includes: Food pick up at Kroger, Walmart, and Mountaineer Food Bank pickup site and custodial duties (cleaning, vacuuming, mopping floors). Requirements include but not limited to: Clean driving record, able to lift 50 lbs., able to perform custodial duties, ability to work unsupervised, must be able to pass background and drug test. If interested, please contact Mike Linger at the House of the Carpenter in Wheeling: mlinger@houseofthecarpenter.com or (304) 233-2640.

PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY . . .
Annual Advent Lessons and Carols Service. Join us for an all-campus worship service Mon., Dec. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the Hicks Chapel as we prepare to celebrate once again the Nativity of our Lord Jesus and look with hope for Christ's return. "Advent Hope: a Light in the Darkness" features choral and instrumental music, congregational singing, and readings by PTS faculty, staff, and students. The tradition of an Advent Lessons and Carols service was established at King's College Chapel, Cambridge, in 1934. Sixteen years after the now famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas Eve was first sung by the Chapel's choir, the dean of the chapel composed a service based on the pre-reformation Advent Offices of the English Church. The service was "not to celebrate Christmas, but to expect it." All are invited to join in this worship service of expectant hope.

50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION. 

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Upper Ohio Valley's camping ministry, Beaver Creek Church Camp. The Church Camp has formed and shaped many lives. We need your help to continue this glorious tradition. Beaver Creek Presbyterian Church Camp was founded in 1953 and exists within the unique natural setting of God’s creation. Our camp has depended through the years on the dedicated work of a great number of volunteers and the generous giving of many. Thanks to all who have contributed in the past. We now have a special new opportunity. Through the generosity of a donor in Pittsburgh, we are now offering a matching grant. All gifts up to a total of $10,000 will be matched by a dedicated Christian who wants to support this ministry. Please give generously. Please make contributions to “Beaver Creek Presbyterian Church Camp” and send them to P.O. Box 2152, East Liverpool, OH 43920.

IF YOU KNOW OF ANY COVE KIDS . . .
who have not received a Bible please let us know.

WE ARE UPDATING THE BIRTHDAY & ANNIVERSARY LIST.  
If you are not on it or know someone who should be added please give the information to  Heather Campbell or Debbie Seifert.

REMEMBER, THE PARKING SPACES CLOSEST TO THE CHURCH . . .
are reserved for our members and guests who have disabilities or other health issues and need to park as close as possible.

IF YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE SECRETARY OR PASTOR,
there’s a white board on the wall facing the secretary’s office.

IF YOU HAVE A COMCAST ADDRESS . . .
and aren’t receiving e-mails from the church, please contact the church office. For some reason, Comcast blocks messages from Cove; therefore, you may need to set-up another e-mail account (gmail, aol, hotmail, etc.) to receive material we send.

THE KROGER FAMILY OF STORES IS COMMITTED . . .
to bringing hope and help to local communities. We do this through a variety of activities, including charitable giving, sponsorships and the unique Community Rewards Program of Kroger. We are also committed to carefully protecting our customers' personal information. In order to meet their expectation of privacy, we have adopted a simple policy to never share a customer's personal information. Our privacy policy applies to Community Rewards participation as well. As your neighborhood food retailer, we deeply value our ability to support local organizations like yours. Your supporters (43 households) who shopped at Kroger between 7-31-2017 and 10-30-2017 (Cycle 17, Qtr 2) have contributed to your $290.35 total donation. Your organization will be receiving a Kroger check in this amount within 30 days from 11-24-2017. If you have any questions, please email KCR16@kroger.com or visit our website at www.krogercommunityrewards.com. Thank you for your continued support of your local Kroger store.

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.

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.

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.

YOU CAN ALSO DONATE THROUGH FACEBOOK . . .
by clicking the “Donate” button on the Cove Presbyterian Church page.

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

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. The Amazon Smile registration for first time users is https://smile.amazon.com/Ch/55-0462066. You only have to register once then go to www.smile.amazon.com to place orders.

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 - This is for the whole church. I’ll post sermons and announcements.
Cove Kids - 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 - 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 - Each day, we’ll post passages so that you can read the Bible in one year.
Growing in Grace - 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.

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 and YouTube (search “Cove Presbyterian” and “Ed Rudiger”). .

IF YOU’RE ONLINE . . .
“like” us on Facebook (Cove Presbyterian Church) or join our Facebook group (The Cove Community). You can also connect with Pastor Rudiger on Instagram (rev_ed).

IN THE HOSPITAL? HOMEBOUND? RECENT ILLNESS?
If 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 $20.00 a vase.  You may also purchase silk flowers or live plants, the choice is yours.  Telephone the office to place your order. After the service, we’ll place the flowers in a vase for you to take.

BOOK OF ORDER 2017 – 2019: 
This book is Part II of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This volume contains the Foundations of Presbyterian Polity, the Form of Government, the Directory for Worship, and the Rules of Discipline. Additional information is provided to the reader through the inclusion of Received Ecumenical Statements of Guidance and Articles of Agreement. Patty is currently taking orders at $10.00 per copy. They must be picked up at the Presbytery Office. OR—if you want to order directly from Presbyterian Distribution Service and have them shipped to you, call them at 1-800-524-2612. Downloadable copies are not yet available (maybe in September).


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, December 17, 2017

Below is a copy of our Sunday bulletin.








The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for December 16, 2017

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