Saturday, December 8, 2018

Prayers for Our Community, Our Nation and Our World


Here at Cove, we offer specific daily prayers for our community, nation and world. Between Sunday, December 9 and Sunday, December 16, we'll lay before God the needs listed below.


  • Sunday - That Americans would be generous and have compassion for the poor and the needy.
  • Monday - That Americans would lead the world in protecting the natural environment that's been entrusted to our care.
  • Tuesday That those in business, government and media would cherish honesty, integrity and humility.
  • Wednesday That those in business, government and media would resist exploiting human fear or greed to shape public opinion. 
  • Thursday That churches in America would fulfill their purpose as lighthouses for Christ.
  • Friday That those in the arts would be open to biblical world views and principles.
  • Saturday That all Americans value the precious gift of life in all its forms.
  • Sunday That schools and universities would teach the truth.

Prayer Requests to be shared during Sunday’s service

On Sunday, December 9, Cove Presbyterian Church will lift to God the following needs.

Adults
Alice Channing
Amy Slisik
Beth Huey
Betty Michaels
Bill Morany
Bob Boleigh 
Bob Crupp
Bob Ellsworth
Bonnie & Red Nichols
Bruce Mader
Chad Peppler
Chris Pierce
Cindy Kuzel 
Dale Pierce
Debi Edge
Delores Campbell
Delores Edwards
Eleanor Cline
George & Mary Shepherd
Grace Littledon
Janet Channing
Jeff Wright 
Jim & Shelley Pearson
Jim Bennett
Jim Neil
Jim Shingleton
Jo Betlem
Joanie Lawrence 
Joe Fabianich
Kathy Cattrell
Katy Allen
Kim Geer
King Basking
Kara Marsh
Katy Allen
Kenny Orlando
Kevin Kuzel 
Lorie Hanna Allen
Marcia Cooper
Marge Oslett
Mary Faran
Michael Patterson 
Michael Shade
Penny & Nick Mourat
Randal Kane
Ray Seifert
Rick Shadiow
Ronnie Buffington
Sandy Hatala
Shirley Everhart Kirtley
The People Facing the California Wild Fires
Tom Marosi
Vicki Williams
Wayne Channing

Children
Bethany Berry
Isabella McIntyre
Mitch Almason
Michael Daugherty
Meadow Abbett
Jonathan Marte
Jameson Criss
Elijah Parker

Military
Doug Obeldobel
Isaac Stephens
Joey Haber
Jonathan Criss
Kara Criss
Michael Criss

Church Families

Jack & Brenda Swaim
John, Tina, Justin, Jarod & Joshua Taflan
Craig, Dawn, Ethan & Tyler Trushel

Local Church
Voice of Pentecost

Special Friend

Teresa Skiles

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery Congregations

First Presbyterian Church, Barnesville, OH
Bellaire Presbyterian Church, Bellaire, OH

Also Remember in Your Prayers
Alice & Kenny Orr
Carl Hamill
Dolores Edwards
June Virtue
Richie Marshall
Theresa Skiles

What's Happening at Cove Presbyterian Church?

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

THE BIBLE IS FULL OF WONDERFUL STORIES . . .
about people who demonstrated qualities that we should either follow or avoid. And although most of us have heard the stories, we're less familiar with the people. To address this, during the next few years, we'll offer both messages and studies that focus on the men and women who played a crucial role in the Bible. On December 9, we start our first biblical "who's who" series, dealing with the people we associate with the birth of Christ. During this first message, we're be looking at Zechariah and Elizabeth.

“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.


THE THANK OFFERING IS ONE OF PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S . . .
two offerings. Received in the fall each year, it gives women a tangible way to express their gratitude for the special blessings in their lives. Thank Offering grants range from $5,000 to $50,000. At least 40 percent of the offering funds health ministries. Offering envelopes are in the bulletin this week.

OUR TUESDAY EVENING STUDY . . .
will next meet on Tuesday, December 11, at 6:30 p.m. The Bible is full of wonderful stories about people who demonstrated qualities that we should either follow or avoid. And although most of us have heard the stories, we’re less familiar with the people. To address this, during the next few years, we’ll offer both messages and studies that focus on the men and women who played a crucial role in the Bible. We’ll start our biblical “who’s who” Bible study series, by looking at the people we associate with the birth of Christ. Our first session will deal with Zechariah and Elizabeth.

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

CHOIR PRACTICES . . .
every Sunday morning, beginning at 9:30.

FINISH YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING AT MOPS . . .
1st Annual Christmas Extravaganza, on Saturday, December 15, from noon to 4:00 p.m. Over twenty vendors will be present.

OUR ANNUAL CHILDREN’S PROGRAM & CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON . . .
and will be held on Sunday, December 16, at 12:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The meal will be provided. We ask that you please bring the following. If your last name begins with an A to L, please bring a side dish, and it your last name begins with an N to Z, please bring a desert to share. You’re also invited to bring your holiday place settings. There will be a surprise visitor for the “little ones”. 

MOPS HAS ARRIVED . . .
to Cove Church. Now if you haven’t heard about MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers), according to their website (http://www.mops.org/), this is what they’re all about:
  • Here at MOPS, we gather moms. We believe in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together. That’s why we rally women, in their own neighborhoods, to help them become more brave, kind and honest, one gathering at a time.
  • So, whether you are a soon-to-be mom, first-time mom or seventh-time mom, you are welcome here. Whether you are an adoptive mom, young mom, seasoned mom, foster mom, stepmom or any other type of mom, you are welcome here. Whether you prefer to meet with other moms in a coffee shop, church, park, living room or video chat, we have something for you.
The group will next meet on December 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.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, Rick Baldt, and Dean Allen) for making needed repairs.
  • We thank Tina Viakley and Debbie Rudiger for volunteering their time to work with our children and youth.
  • We thank our deacons for the coffee and baked goods that we can share before and after our worship service.
  • We thank The Children Academy and the Boy and Girls Scouts for what they do for the children of our community and for filling our church with laughter and joy during the week.]
  • We thank all those who set-up and served at the CWU dinner on Friday. 
  • Finally, all those who offer their time, talent and money to further the God’s Kingdom.

PLEASE TAKE AND SHARE . . .
any of the flyers on the table at the church’s rear entrance.

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS . . .
are partnering with First Westminster and Steubenville youth to build Christian core values and introduce a positive experience with basketball. 280 youth (boys and girls) between grades 1 to 6, and 1,500 people were in attendance on Nov. 27 for Youth Draft Day at Steubenville High School. 

A COMMUNITY CHORUS . . .
from the Ohio Valley will be performing The Messiah on Sunday, December 23rd, at 3:00 pm at Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church. All are welcome to attend. Seating is limited at a first come first serve basis.

DARKNESS TO LIGHT'S “STEWARDS OF CHILDREN” . . .
workshop to empower adults to prevent sexual abuse of children will be held Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery/Potter Chapel, Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church. Workbooks, $10.00 each paid by attendees at the door, will be available. RSVP by Wednesday, January 2nd, to the Presbytery Office 304-232-3490 or uovp@uovpresby.org. Presenter: Cheryl Kaczor, Extension Agent, Family & Counseling Sciences, Marshall County WVU Extension Services. This class qualifies as continuing ed. Sponsored by UOVP Training & Development Committee.

SAVE-THE-DATE FOR PRESBYTERIAN YOUTH TRIENNIUM
—July 16-20, 2019, at Purdue University. Get ready for the 2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium – a gathering for high school age youth from the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church (entering 9th grade through graduated 12th grade). Find more about registration, event plans, and travel information from the various tabs found on this site. All participants must be registered through a local presbytery or church elegation. https://presbyterianyouthtriennium.org/ For more info, contact Cindy Foster 740-359-2750.

THERE IS AN AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE . . .
to Obama Care, with Christian brothers and sister sharing the costs. If you’re interested, ask Heather Campbell, 340-374-0778.

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.

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 (40 households) who shopped at Kroger between 1-31-2018 and 4-30-2018 (Cycle 17, Qtr 4) have contributed to your $226.45 total donation. Your organization will be receiving a Kroger check in this amount within 30 days from 5-25-2018. 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. Don't forget to use your newsletter, website, and events to encourage your supporters to link to your organization. The more your supporters shop with us, the more money your organization will earn!

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 Center.  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 9, 2018

Below is a copy of our Sunday bulletin.









The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for December 8, 2018



The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for December 8, 2018: Today our passages are  Hosea 10:1–14:9; Jude 1-25; Psalm 127:1-5; and Proverbs 29:15-17 .  The readings are from  The Message  by  Eugene...

Advent Devotional: First Week of Advent (Saturday, December 8)

“Wondrous Star of Night” by Andrew Weatherly

A lesson in humility

… clothe yourselves with humility … —1 Peter 5:5
On a trip to Mexico, I joined a local pastor, his wife and their four children for lunch. Their home was little more than a shanty; no water or electricity, situated along the Colorado River canal, its water highly polluted from northern industrial waste.
The man’s sons asked me to swim with them. Gulp! I agreed, but carefully kept my lips sealed that I was not the best swimmer. After swimming a bit, I scrambled up the embankment, realizing that I had drifted. My sandals were far away. Suddenly, I felt a tap on my leg. I looked down to find my fellow pastor kneeling in the dirt, a towel and my sandals in his hands. He began to dry my feet. I resisted at first, but then let him continue.
I will never forget the feel of his touch, the love in his smile or our arms around each other’s shoulders as we walked from that place. — KVT
How can you show your love this Advent season through a simple act of love?
O God, clothe us with humility so that others will see Christ in us. Amen.

Today in the Mission Yearbook - ‘The Message’ author Eugene Peterson dies at age 85

Longtime ‘pastor to pastors’ served at PC(USA) church in Maryland

December 8, 2018

Eugene Peterson lectured at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Wash., in May 2009. (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons)
The Rev. Eugene Peterson, a pastor, author and scholar, died Oct. 22 at his home in Montana. He was 85.
He had been hospitalized since early October because of a serious infection, according to his son, Eric Peterson.
In 1962, Eugene Peterson was a founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church, a PC(USA) church in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for 29 years before retiring in 1991. He wrote over 30 books but is best known for The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language, a paraphrase of the Christian Scriptures that sold over 16 million copies worldwide.
Peterson was born in East Stanwood, Washington, and grew up in Kalispell, Montana. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Seattle Pacific University, a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from New York Theological Seminary (formerly the Biblical Seminary of New York) and a master’s degree in Semitic languages from Johns Hopkins University. He was also awarded several honorary doctoral degrees.
He retired from public life in 2017 after publishing his last book, As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God.
A statement issued by his family on Monday talked about his last few days. “During the previous days, it was apparent that he was navigating the thin and sacred space between earth and heaven. We overheard him speaking to people we can only presume were welcoming him into paradise. … Among his final words were, ‘Let’s go.’ And his joy: my oh my; the man remained joyful right up to his blessed end, smiling frequently.”
Diane Moffett, president and executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, said: “I am profoundly grateful for the life and legacy of Eugene Peterson. He was a gift to the church and the world. His work of translating the Bible into plain language helped increase the understanding of Scripture and its application to everyday life. His unique contribution will live on well past his earthly existence. May God’s peace be with him and his family.”
Peterson’s funeral service was held Nov. 3 at First Presbyterian Church in Kalispell, Montana. A video of the service is available at the church’s website at fpckalispell.org. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Janice Peterson, his wife of 60 years, at P.O. Box 732, Lakeside, MT 59922-0732.
Kathy Melvin, Director, Mission Communications, Presbyterian Mission Agency
Let us pray:
Jesus, we thank you for being faithful to your calling. We know our society is fractured. Help us today to see you, ourselves, and our neighbors with fresh eyes. May we generously live out of the expanded community to which you have called us. Amen.