Sunday, February 18, 2018

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Telephone

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Telephone

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion at the end of the 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.

John 12:44-50

Then Jesus cried aloud: "Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me."

Telephone

Related imageWhen I was a kid, there’s a game I used to play called “telephone.” Now, the rules of this game were very simple. One person whispers a story into the ear of the person next to them and then that person whispers it to the one next to them. And so it goes all around the room. And the last person who hears it says it aloud to the everyone else. And then the group compares what was said with the original story. Of course, the fun of the game is in how the story changes from the first to the last.

And I’ll tell you, in a sense, we’re really dealing with the same kind of thing when it comes to the God’s Good News. You see, Jesus Christ came with the message from God, a simple message of love and grace and compassion but also one that stressed honesty and humility and accountability. Now that’s the message that Christ came to share. But as people as passed his words on to others, they’ve become distorted by our own opinions and prejudices to the point where judgement and condemnation and damnation have replaced anything actually good in the Good News. And even for Christians, lies can be tolerated and arrogance can be justified and responsibility can be ignored. In other words, as we’ve played telephone with the Word of God, the truth has been compromised. And for that reason, maybe it’s time that we took a step back and reread the original story so that what we say may reflect as much truth as possible.


The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 18, 2018

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 18, 2018: Today our passages are  Leviticus 6:1–7:27; Mark 3:7-30; Psalm 37:1-11; and Proverbs 10:3-4   The readings are from  The Message  by  E...

Saturday, February 17, 2018

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

On Sunday, February 18, Cove Presbyterian Church will lift to God the following needs.

Adults
Alice Channing
Amy Slisik
Betty Michaels
Bill Morany
Bob Boleigh 
Bob Crupp
Bob Ellsworth
Bonnie & Red Nichols
Bruce Mader
Chad Peppler
Cindy Kuzel 
Davey Turner
Debi Edge
Elaine Ferrari
Faith Bonyak
George & Mary Shepherd
Grace Littledon
Jackie Rudiger
Janet Channing
Jim Bilderback
Jeff Wright 
Jim & Shelley Pearson
Jim Neil
Jim Shingleton
Jo Betlem
Joanie Lawrence 
Joe Fabianich
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
Stacy Jo Vogel
Sue Reynolds
Sue Willson
Tom Marosi
Vicki Williams
Wayne Channing

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

Military

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

Church Families

Mark & Barbara Trushel
Jenny VanGilder
John & Norma Tunanidas

Local Church

Impact Church

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.

“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. 

THIS MORNING, WE’RE HONORED TO HAVE OUR BELL CHOIR . . .
participate in our worship service.

JOIN US FOR SUPPER AND SCRIPTURE . . .
on Tuesdays, at 6:00 pm. For the next four weeks we’ll gather to share a meal; therefore, we ask you to bring either a salad, main course, side dish, or dessert. And after we eat, we’ll study Mark 14-15. This covers the time between Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem to this burial, as follows:
• February 20 –  From Plot to Promise (Mark 14:1-31)
• February 27 – From a Garden to a Courtyard (Mark 14:32-72)
• March 6 – From Priests to Soldiers (Mark 15:1-21)
• March 13 – From the Cross to a Tomb (Mark 15:22-47)

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.


IF YOU WANT TO “SWEAT TO THE OLDIES” . . .
plan to join our new aerobic group that meets on Friday evenings at 6:00 pm.

NEXT WEEK, WE’RE STARTING A NEW SERMON SERIES . . .
entitled “Preparing for Easter.” During these five services, we’ll consider how we might get ourselves ready to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We’ll focus on the following:
• February 25 – Fasting
• March 4 – Forgiving
• March 11 – Repenting
• March 18 – Praying
• March 25 – Loving

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 our deacons for the coffee and baked goods that we can share before and after our worship service.
• We thank The Children Academy for what they do for the children of our community and for filling our church with laughter and joy during the week.

• We thank Tina Viakley and the Deacons for last week’s Broadway and Brunch.
• Finally, all those who offer their time, talent and money to further the God’s Kingdom.

LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL . . .
is celebrating “Black History Is American History,” Thursday, February 22, 2018. The celebration program starts at 6:00 p.m. with special guest Dr. John Mattox of the underground railroad museum. All are invited – open to the public. Refreshments after the program. The Chapel is at 129½ 18th St., Wheeling.

PASTOR CRAMER TO LEAD PILGRIMAGE TO ISRAEL. 
A pilgrimage to Israel will deepen your faith and inspire you to develop a deeper appreciation of our Scriptures. November 2-11, Rev. Stephen Cramer will make his seventh pilgrimage to Israel. He says, "Many of my deepest spiritual experiences have occurred in Israel." Several who have gone on these trips have discovered that these have been among the most significant moments on their faith journey. If you are interested in finding out more information about the experience, please call him at 330-921-1115 or send an e-mail to rev.stevecramer@yahoo.com.

FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE IS HOSTING . . .
a Friday academic lecture series that features prominent contemporary thinkers who will speak on a variety 'of topics, according to organizers. The lectures are free and open to the public and will be held at 3 p.m. in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery in the J.C. Williams Center on Franciscan University's campus. The spring series as follows:
• February 23: "Slavery, Christian Revelation and Moral Blindness," Michael Rota, associate professor of philosophy, University of St. Thomas; sponsored by the center for bioethics.
• March 23: "Science at the Doorstep to God: Remarkable New Evidence," the Rev. Robert Spitzer SJ, president and founder of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith, former president of Gonzaga University; sponsored by. the Henkels Family Fund.
• April 6: "Toward an Authentically Catholic Cinema," Barbara Nicolosi Harrington, Hollywood screenwriter, associate professor, honors college, Azusa Pacific University; sponsored by the communication arts department.
• April 27: "Whether We Like It or Not: Why the Protestant Reformation Still Matters," Brad S. Gregory, director of Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, professor of history and Dorothy G. Griffen chair, University of Notre Dame; sponsored by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.

HYGIENE ITEMS . . .
for the Wheeling area women’s shelter: Hair and skin products are needed. Items can be dropped off at the Presbytery Office. This project is sponsored by the Peacemaking Committee.

BILLS & OVERTURES COMMITTEE:
 We are looking for ministers and ruling elders who feel called to serve on the Presbytery’s Bills & Overtures Committee. If interested, please contact David Demarest ddemarest1@sbcglobal.net.

TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: 
We are looking for anyone who feels called to serve on the Presbytery’s Training and Development Committee. If interested, please contact Cindy Foster cjfoster1005@comcast.net.

CASTING CROWNS, 
a Christian rock group, on their “Very Next Thing Tour,” will perform Friday, May 4th, at the Capitol Theatre, Wheeling. Etix.com or facebook.com/LMGCon certs, 800-514- 3849, www.LMGConcerts.com. You may also want to check for tickets at the Wesbanco arena box office as they usually have a better price.

LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL'S MINI GYM . . .
is nicely roofed, thanks to our Facilities Coordinator's talents this past fall. Now, it's time to open the gym for our afterschool students. The challenge? Our basketballs are aged beyond repair. If you are able to provide basketballs for us, we can put 10-12 to good, regular, and enthusiastic use. Thank you in advance for considering our need. We'll do the buying, if you prefer, or you may buy and drop off at the Chapel, 129½ 18th Street, 304-232-2630. Mailing address: PO Box 6195, Wheeling, WV  26003.

EASTER PAGEANT. 
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14) God’s word is not an abstraction, but a living presence with us. One way to celebrate that living presence is to come and see the words of the story of the Passion of Christ come alive in human form at the East Liverpool Community Center the former site of Trinity Presbyterian Church at 110 Maine Boulevard, East Liverpool, OH.
The Easter Pageant on the Hillside: Sunday, March 25 at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m.
For many years now, seventy or more people have portrayed the final days of Jesus life, following Him from the Palm Sunday procession through the Upper Room to the trial, crucifixion and the resurrection. Over the years it has enriched the spiritual journey of many Christians to see the Passion story recreated and remembered. Rehearsals for the Pageant on the Hill will begin on February 18 at 2 p.m. We need as many people as possible to participate. If you have never been involved before, consider this your personal invitation. If you have questions, call Rev. Steve Cramer 330-921-1115.

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 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, February 18, 2018

Below is a copy of our Sunday bulletin.










The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 17, 2018

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for February 17, 2018: Today our passages are  Leviticus 4:1–5:19; Mark 2:13–3:6; Psalm 36:1-12; and Proverbs 10:1-2 .   The readings are from  The Message  b...