Friday, February 24, 2017

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

On Sunday, February 26 Cove Presbyterian Church will lift to God the following needs.

Adults
Amy Slisik
Audrey Vincent
Betty Michael
Bruce Mader
Carol Baker
Chad Peppler
Chad Wilson
Cindy Kuzel
Clyde Flesher, Sr.
Darcy Keffer
David Johns
Debbie Zuccaro
Debi Edge
Doris Greene
Emery Edwards
Ethlyn Dellaria
Faith Bonyak
Gen Meyer
George & Mary Shepherd
Greta Billham
Jan Jackson
Jim & Shelley Pearson
Jim Neil
Joanie Lawrence
Josh and Dee
Karen Lombardi
Katy Allen
Kenny Orlando
Kevin Kuzel
Linda Spencer
Marcia Cooper
Marge Oslett
Matthew Kirtley
Michael Shade
Mike Churchman
Minnie Pazich
Patricia Cox
Paul Welch
Phyllis Manley
Randal Kane
Richard Ballard
Rocco Zuccaro
Ronnie Buffington
Sally Robinson
Sandra Duckworth
Sharon Wheeler
Shirley Everhart Kirtley
Stacy Jo Vogel
Susie Hawkins
Twinkle Smith
Vicki Williams
Wayne Channing

Children
Elijah Parker
Jameson Criss
Jeffrey Konovich
Jonathan Marte
Lily Ghrist
Meadow Abbett
Michael Daugherty
Mitch Almason
Wyatt Smith

Military
Isaac Stephens
Jason Kerr
Jonathan Criss
Justin Schmalstieg
Kara Criss
Michael Criss

In the Hospital
Phyllis Manley – Weirton Medical Center
Gen Meyer – Weirton Medical Center

Church Families
George & Bernice Redish
Amy Hawkins Shenton
Bob, Jessica, Bobby & Lexie Shuble

Local Church
Crossroads Church

Special Friend
Ruth Ann Oestering – Woodland Hills, 608 North 10th St., Weirton, WV  26062

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery Congregations 
The Presbytery Pastoral Team – Colleen Griffith, Alcinda James, Andy Woods
Executive Round Table – Rev. Sam Monte, Chairperson

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.

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, February 28, at 6:30 p.m. to continue a series entitled “On the Road Again: A Study of Luke/Acts.”  During this session, we’ll continue to look at Luke 20:22 – 21:38.

THE BELL CHOIR . . .
will practice on Saturday, at 11:00 a.m.

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.

ASH WEDNESDAY. . . 
will be observed on Wednesday, March 1. thus beginning the holy season of Lent. Please join us beginning at 7:00 p.m. for a service of prayer, reflection, meditation and music.  Prayer boxes will be distributed to aide you in your Lenten journey.

IN KEEPING WITH THE SEASON OF LENT,
as we approach Easter, we’ll move through a sermon series entitled “Why: Answering Some of Life's Hard Questions.” During that time, we’ll use the Book of Job to grapple with the following questions:
March 5 – Why do bad things happen to good people?
March 12 – Why don't people understand me?
March 19 – Why don't I understand what's going on?
March 26 – Why is God allowing this to happen?
April 2 – Why doesn’t make things clear?
If you’ve ever struggled with issues that seem unfair and felt frustrated, this might be an important for you and for someone you might know.

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.

QUARTERLY GIVING STATEMENTS AND OFFERING ENVELOPES . . .
are on the table in the narthex.

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 Chris Pierce for running our sound system during the service.
We thank the Trustees (Dan Grant, Burnie Huey, Chuck Caleffie, TJ Smith, and Dean Allen) for making needed repairs and clearing space last Saturday.
We thank Rick Baldt for all the work he continues to do so that we might utilize all the electronic equipment the church already has.
We thank those who’ve responded to our stewardship letter.
Finally, all those who offer their time, talent and money to further the God’s Kingdom.

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.

CENTERING PRAYER INTRODUCTORY PROGRAM . . .
is planned for Saturday, March 4, 2017. Do you seek the still, quiet voice of God? The Centering Prayer Introductory Program will help us to understand the Indwelling Presence of God within each of us and our intimate relationship with that presence. The method of Centering Prayer will be presented. We will explore the benefits of Centering Prayer in ordinary life and experience two periods of Centering Prayer practice. All are welcome to attend. The program will be presented on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM with registration beginning at 9:00 AM, at the United Presbyterian Church, 310 East Main St, Richmond, OH, less than four miles north on Rt. 43, off Rt. 22 not far from Wintersville and Steubenville, OH. A donation of $20 per person is requested. The program will be presented by experienced practitioners of Centering Prayer who are commissioned to present the program by Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. (www.contemplativeoutreach.org). For more information or to sign up, please contact the Richmond United Presbyterian Church at 740-765-4217, or Pastor John Harris 347-907-1197.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 
52 Liberty St., Dillonvale, OH, invites you to a sauerkraut, pork, and dumpling luncheon to be served at the Church on Sunday, March 5, 2017, from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Other food items available are creamed pork/chicken sandwiches, pulled pork sandwiches, pasta salad, and bake sale. All food will be a la carte, and everything is $5.00 or less. Pre-orders are being accepted but not required. To preorder call Nancy at 740-769-2808. Thank you for your support.

COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 
401 Eighteenth St., Wellsville, OH, invites all to their 18th annual Basement Bistro on Friday, March 10th, and Saturday, March 11th. Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. and the show starts at 6:45. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. Call the church office at 330-532-4670. Menu: baked chicken, dressing, mashed potatoes, noodles, green beans, salad, rolls, desert, and beverage. The theme is "Hats off to Broadway," and it should be a lot of fun.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 
Mingo Junction, OH, is seeking a person to fulfill duties for administrative needs of the church office. Candidate must possess high school diploma (or equivalent) and basic computer skills including Microsoft Office applications. This position is part-time. Candidates may submit resume to 650 McLister Avenue, Mingo Junction, OH 43938. Full job description is available at AdminPosition.docx.

STEVE CRAMER HAS BEEN ON FIVE PILGRIMAGES . . .
to Israel and is planning a pilgrimage October 20-29. This kind of pilgrimage is a life changing experience that deepens one's faith and expands one's awareness of history. Each participant has found this trip spiritually rewarding and adds depth and strength to one's faith. If you are at all curious about such a trip, please contact Steve Cramer at 330-921-1115.

IF YOU’D LIKE TO OFFER A COUPLE OF HOURS TO THE CHURCH . . .
we need volunteers for Wednesday evenings to chaperone the Cub Scouts. If you’re available, please tell the pastor or call 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.

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.

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. 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 (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) 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 $16.00 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.

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, February 26, 2017

Below is a copy of our Sunday bulletin. We're celebrating our scouting program. During the sermon, we'll focus on the importance of listening. We'll also have special, more contemporary music throughout the service.







Friday's Essay - A Needed Identity

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


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About ten years ago, I was a high school teacher. And I noticed something that happened to nearly every young person I taught. During the four years they were at Buckingham High, almost all my students acquired some kind of identity that shaped both their actions and attitudes. It also determined those who would be they’re closest friends and the people who would offer them a set of values and whom they would try to emulate.  For some, they’d already started this process during middle school, but for others, it was brand new. I’ll tell you, it was almost a rite of passage. For example, a lot of kids identified themselves with the sports they were playing. They became football or basketball or softball players, and older athletes would have a large impact on their values and expectations. A lot of good students identified themselves with academics and intellectuals, and those who had musical, artistic or dramatic abilities saw themselves as artists and performers. And there were others who identified with the spiritual and religious, and they tended to form their own group, often focused on how sacred scripture and preachers might give them a set of rules by which they could live. Of course, there are many other identities that drew young people, and even though they all carried inherent dangers, most of the kids who found one of these more standard personas did just find. The young people at most risk, though, were those who really had no identity to which they could gravitate. Sadly, these were often the one’s who tended to meander through their young lives or to acquire outsider identities that didn’t actually reflect who they were but which they claimed because they had no where else to go and no one else to follow. Now that’s what I saw when I was teaching.

Image result for boy scoutsAnd the reason I mention all this is directly connected to the focus of our worship service on Sunday. You see, we’ll recognize and celebrate our Boy Scout program here at Cove, something that I believe can go a long way to address this identity issue young people face. You see, along with so much more, boy scouting offers young men a group within which they can find a home, one where athletic ability or academy standing or artistic talent isn’t an excluding factor. You see, a scout may possess all three and more, but that’s not a prerequisite to membership. Therefore, a Boy Scout troop becomes a fascinating collection of young people, from different backgrounds and possessing different skills and talents, united in a organization that reflects values rooted in tradition but responsive to the changing reality of life in the 21st century. This group and the principles of liberty, justice, tolerance, compassion, and faith become the source of their identity. And within the structure itself, they can find adult leaders, often the children of scouting themselves, whom these young men can follow. And unlike the athlete or the performer who identifies with a person whom they’ll probably never meet, scouts can learn from and get to know people on a weekly basis who can offer personal guidance and support when it’s may be most needed. And even though this can and does offer a home for every boy, this is particularly important for those young people who are struggling to find where they fit in an increasingly segmented world. For them, they can find there identity here, within the scouting program.

Personally, I’m proud to be involved with a congregation that supports scouting. And let me encourage anyone who has a young boy or girl to contact the church office so that they might become involved in a program that offers an identity that just may shape the rest of their lives.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 24, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 24, 2017: Today our passages are Leviticus 15:1–16:28; Mark 7:1-23; Psalm 40:11-17; and Proverbs 10:13-14 . The readings are the Contempora...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - I Swear

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 Church 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.

Matthew 5:33-37

“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.”

I Swear

Image result for swear to godWhen you’re a kid, intensity is often measured by the number of words you use. For example, if I make you a promise, it’s fine to say, “I promise.” And if I’m serious about it, I may say, “I promise, cross my heart.” And if I really serious, I could say, “I promise, cross my heart, hope to die.” But if I’m really, really serious, I’ll say, “I promise, cross my heart, hope to die. Stick a needle in my eye.” Do you see what I mean by the number of words? It’s like my reliability is measured by what kind of verbiage that follows the promise. And everyone who’s seen A Christmas Story knows how the intensity of a challenge can escalate from “I dare you” to “I triple dog dare you.”

Well, I think we do the same sort of thing with personal honesty. I mean, if I want to convince you that I’m actually telling the truth, I might say, “I swear.” And you can count on exactly how serious I am about having done that by what I tack on after the swearing. For example, if I were to swear on my life or my mother’s grave, I’m more likely to be telling the truth than if I just swear. Just like, my veracity increases when I swear to something other than me, you know, like God.

But I think it’s important for us to remember what Jesus taught about this swearing business. You see, he said that we really shouldn’t swear at all, because all this “on” and “by” and “to” stuff doesn’t mean a hill of beans, if the other person doesn’t believe that we have integrity and tell the true regardless of our willingness to swear. As a matter of fact, a simple “yes” or “no” should be enough if we’re reflecting the kind of honesty Christ has called us to show.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 23, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 23, 2017: Today our passages are Leviticus 14:1-57; Mark 6:30-56; Psalm 40:1-10; and Proverbs 10:11-12 .  The readings are the Contemporar...