Monday, January 16, 2017

Sunday's Sermon – Spiritual Growth for Short People: Recognizing Our Limits

Below is a copy of the sermon I preached on Sunday, January 15, in Cove Presbyterian Church, Weirton, West Virginia. You can find a podcast of this sermon on the Cove Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

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


This morning we’re starting a sermon series entitled, “Spiritual Growth for Short People.” And I’ll tell you, when I posted it on line, I had a person write, “Boy am I ever short, hope the weather stays warm so I don't miss this.” Now that’s what she wrote, and I’ll tell you, I know that person, and she’s 100% right; she is short. But I won’t mention her name, because I don’t want to embarrass Bonnie.

But you know, when you’re talking about spiritual height, well, I’m short too. And so are you, and I’d even include our newest grandfather. Spiritually speaking, we’re all elevationally compressed. We’re all low is stature. We’re all height challenged. In a word, we’re all short. But you know, our spiritual lack of height is kind of like how children are small, because we all have room to grow. And that’s what we’re going to talk about over these next six weeks: how we might grow spiritually, how we might grow in our relationship with God, how we might grow in our understanding of his word and his will, and how we might grow in our ability to apply that understanding to our lives in the real world.  Now, that’s going to be our focus. 

And during that time we’ll talk about all kinds of stuff, you know, like how we can grow by trusting the Lord and by loving one another, by making an impact in the world around us and by sharing the message and then by bringing in the harvest. But this morning, we’re going to start with what I think is the first step. You see, if we’re serious about growing spiritually, I believe everything else is just window dressing until we make the decision to recognize our limits.

And to get us started, I want you to take a look at the passage there in your bulletin and up on the screen. Listen to the word of God as written in the First Letter of John: This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Image result for recognize limitsOf course, when you’re talking about recognizing your limits, well, that’s something folks do all the time. I mean, just think about the Pittsburgh-Kansas City game, which, as y’all probably know was moved from a 1:00 kick-off to 8:20 this evening which means I can preach and preach and preach. Well, I can guarantee that both Mike Tomlin and Andy Reid have been taking a careful look at all their strengths and weaknesses, all their limitations, something every coach has to do, except William Stephen Belichick, because as everyone knows, the Patriots have no weaknesses and his ability is unlimited. But other coaches, well, they need to recognize their own weaknesses and then design the best possible game plan. And I can remember my dad and my grandfather doing this same kind of thing before going into a big meeting. I mean, I can remember dad playing devil’s advocate, you know, bringing up arguments that would force my grandfather to explain or to justify some kind of limitation. And so this kind of stuff happens all the time. In fact, Jesus even recognized that people are constantly considering their limits when he gave this example: “...what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace.” You see, this is just the kind of thing smart people do. 

And you know, just like it makes sense to do it in sports and business and war, I think it also makes a lot of sense to recognize our limitations as we think about our own spiritual growth. And I’ll tell you, in my opinion, the reason it makes sense is really simple: whether we want to admit it or not, we’re just plain limited. For example, we’re all limited physically, right? I mean, there’s not a person here this morning who’s omnipresent, you know, everywhere. And we’re sure not omnipotent, all powerful, or omniscient, all knowing, or eternal, timeless. That stuff applies to God, not us. As a matter of fact, I think you could even describe every aspect of lives as limited, which means, no matter what we do or what we may want to do, we can only go so far. And we can only know so much. And we can only live so long. And even if we get it in our heads that our perspectives or our opinions or our understanding can be perfect and complete, believing it just doesn’t make it so. We are creatures. We’ve been created. And only the creator is perfect and complete. That’s just the way it is. 

And I’ve just been talking about the physical limitations we share with our other creatures. I haven’t even mentioned the spiritual limitations we all face, and now I talking about that three letter word found around every home and in every life: S-I-N. You see, again whether we like it or not, sin affects us all. As we heard in the passage we read from First John, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” And I’ll tell you, it’s not just in this passage. Paul said the same thing to the Romans when he wrote, “For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith.” In other words, sin is just a fact of life. And even though, as both Paul and John wrote, through Christ, we can know both forgiveness and cleansing, that doesn’t mean the reality of sin goes away, even for believers. Just listen to the how the Apostle Paul, maybe the strongest Christian ever, just listen to how he described himself at least a decade after trusting in Christ. Now like I said, this is a self-description: “So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” You see, not only are we limited by our physical nature, spiritually sin distorts how we see both God and self. In fact, if we’re not aware of it, it can lead us to confuse the two and to assume that our thoughts are God’s thoughts. And our values are God’s values. And our plans are God’s plans. And trust me, that can really mess us up. 

And I’ll tell you, that’s why I’m saying that, if we want to grow spiritually, if we want to grow in our relationship with God, if we want to grow in our understanding of his word and will, we had better recognize that we are limited, and I’m talking about both physically and spiritually. But here’s some good news; when we do, when we make this recognition, this acknowledgment, the possibility for real growth balloons. In fact, I think it affects us in three really important ways, and I’m going to share them with you briefly. And trust me, this will be brief, because Maggie told me she wants Chinese for lunch today, and my daughter waits for no man.

You see, first, when we recognize our limits, I believe we immediately become more realistic in our expectations. I mean, if I convince myself that it’s possible for me to reach some kind of spiritual perfection, that it’s possible for me to become and remain everything that God has created me to be, that it’s possible for me to become so godly or maybe better, godlike that I’m living in a constant state of bliss and that there’s peace in every aspect of my life and that my only problem is not having enough time to thank God for all the health, wealth and happiness he’s showered into my existence.
if that’s what I assume will happen, how do you think I’m going to feel when it doesn’t? How I am going feel about myself when I’m just not “...in-right, out-right, up-right, down-right, happy all the time”? And how I am going to feel about God when both me and those I love end up facing the one thing that’s actually more certain than taxes? I don’t think disappointed is strong enough. But if I recognize my own limits, maybe I can appreciate improvement rather than just perfection. Maybe I can accept moving closer to God rather than becoming like God. And maybe I can enjoy the trip rather than being bummed because I can’t seem to reach the destination. You see, when we recognize our limits, we’re going to be more realistic in our expectations. That’s one.

And I’ll tell you something else, I think we’ll also become a lot more focused in our approach, and I’m talking about the kind of things we might do to grow. Now, I believe that’s the second thing that’ll happen. But it won’t if we assume that all the spiritual growth we need is just dumped inside our heads the minute we say, “I believe.” You know, I’m amazed by the number of Christians who seem to think that the minute they accept that Jesus really is Lord, they enter a perfect relationship with God, including knowing everything they need to know about his word and will. No fuss, no muss, and of course, no effort. Man, they know enough to speak with authority. In fact, they know enough to judge and condemn others. Now, that’s what they seem to think. But I guess that really shouldn’t be a surprise; I’ve helped plenty of couples plan their weddings who seem to believe the same thing about marriage, that after saying “I do,” the hardest thing they’ll face is finding a place for four “chip and dip” sets they got as gifts. And let’s face it, we all know that’s true, right? No, since we really are limited, it takes effort to grow spiritually. And it takes dedication to improve our relationship with God. And take it to the bank it takes work, and I’m talking about a lot of prayer to feel closer to God and a lot of study to understand both his will and his word. In other words, we need to be as focused as we can be as we approach God if we’re serious about growing spiritually. But I think that only happens when we recognize our limits. And that’s two.

And third, I believe Christians who have a healthy understanding of  their own limits become more patient in their faith. I mean, they aren’t constantly looking for the next mountaintop experience. And they aren’t chasing the next emotional high. And they sure aren’t sitting around waiting for everything to come together. Instead, they view their faith as sort of a journey. And even though there are plenty of really rough places and plenty of times they may get frustrated and discouraged, that journey has a destination already determined by God. And because they believe this, along the way, they’re able to notice all kinds of things that reminds them that the one who’s leading them into a glorious future, also loved them before he laid the foundation of the of the universe. And you know, some of what they see really is big and dramatic, maybe even life-changing. But most of the signs are pretty small and may seem, to the untrained eye, insignificant. But what’s really interesting is this: as their faith slowly grows, they see more and more indications of God’s love and concern. Those who recognize their limits are patient as their faith becomes deeper and more profound. And that’s three.

And like I said, acknowledging those limits, man, I think that’s the first step for those who are serious about spiritual growth. You see, just like a coach preparing for a game or a contractor preparing for a meeting or a king preparing for a battle, I think it’s important for us to recognize that we’re both physically and spiritually limited. Because when we recognize our limitations as we approach spiritual growth, we become more realistic in our expectations, more focused in our approach, and more patient in our faith. But even though that’s important, it really only has meaning if we’re willing to take that next step, and I’m talking about deciding to trust God, something we’ll talk about next week.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Restoring Common Sense

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.

Mark 2:23-3:6

One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

Restoring Common Sense

Image result for common senseI’ve heard a lot of folks talk about how we’d be better off if we dismantled some of the rules and regulations that have become an unnecessary burden to many in our society. Although the intent of these laws might have been good, even noble, they’re so restrictive that it prevents well-meaning folks from doing much of anything. Simply put, they want to restore a little common sense to the rules that we follow as a society. And I’ll tell you, I think they make an excellent point. And that’s not to say that the concerns felt by those who suggested the regulations weren’t and aren’t valid. Unfortunately, as soon as you focus on regulating human behavior, it’s easy to take it too far.

And you know, I think the same thing can happen in our walk with God. You see, I think there are certain principles on which all believers agree, you know, like how we’re called to love God and neighbor and how the Ten Commandments are important for people to follow. I doubt that anyone would disagree with that. Unfortunately, we can get into trouble when we try to define what exactly “love” is and isn’t and when exactly does the Sabbath start and end and how exactly should we honor our mother and father. In other words, as we try to make these principles apply to specific situations, we often drift away from the intention behind the idea to say nothing of basic reason. And I’ll tell you, whether you’re talking about the state or the church, when that happens, I think we need the courage and the insight to restore a little common sense.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

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

On Sunday, January 15, 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
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
Kevin Kuzel 
Linda Spencer
Marcia Cooper
Marge Oslett
Matthew Kirtley
Michael Shade
Mike Churchman
Minnie Pazich
Miranda Flesher
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

Church Families
Danielle Milliken, Ayden Munoz
Eric & Tracy Minor, Arden & Ben
Millard & Valerie Minor

Local Church
All Saints Greek Orthodox Church

Special Friend
Grace Mitchell – 2508 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV  26062-3653

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery Congregations 
Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church, Wellsville, OH – Pastor Robert Offerdahl
Riverside Presbyterian Church, Wellsville, OH – Rev. Duane Hetzer

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 EPIPHANY
“The festival of Epiphany presents us with a great richness of images concerning Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.  It is truly a feast of plenty, proclaiming the manifestation of the Son of God incarnate in human flesh.  Three primary mysteries of the Christian faith are brought together:  the star leading the Magi to the cradle, the presence of Jesus at the marriage feast and miraculous water-turned-wine, and baptism of Jesus in the Jordan.  The Sunday after Epiphany, beginning with the Baptism of the Lord and ending with Transfiguration, do not in themselves constitute a special season.  They are ordinary time, if you will.  However, the Scripture readings continue to shine with the radiance and sound forth echoes of the meaning of Christmas-Epiphany.  The basic color for the Sundays after Epiphany is green, except for the Baptism of the Lord on the first Sunday following, and Transfiguration on the last Sunday following. (Handbook of the Christian Year, pp. 89-90)

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, January 10, 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 13:1 – 13:35

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.

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’LL GATHER AROUND THE LORD’S TABLE . . .
during the service next wee.

THE SESSION HAS SCHEDULED OUR ANNUAL MEETING . . .
for Sunday, January 22, immediately after worship. If you have material for the annual report, please have it to the office no later than January 15.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE PRESBYTERY PEACEMAKING COMMITTEE: 
On Sunday, January 15th, and Monday, January 16th, a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday will take place in Wheeling.
Sunday, Jan. 15:
1:15 p.m.—MLK March (starts at top of MLK Way and windmill, which is intersection of National Rd. and Stone Blvd.)
2:00 p.m.—Reflections on King's Legacy at Fourth St. United Methodist Church, Chapline Street
3:00 p.m.—Community Meal, Fourth St. United Methodist Church ($3 donation appreciated)
4:00 p.m.—Community Worship Service, Macedonia Baptist Church on 12th Street
Monday, Jan. 16:
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.—Civil and Racial Justice Activities for Kids at Laughlin Chapel
7:00 p.m.—Presentation, "King's Vision: A Tangible Witness in a Brokenhearted World," given by the Rev. Paul Abernathy of Pittsburgh at Wheeling Jesuit University, Swint Hall, Troy Theater

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 Dean Allen, Rick Baldt and T.J. Smith for the repairs they’ve done around the church.
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 also thank Rick for shoveling the snow.
We thank Chris Connell, Debbie Seifert, Heather Campbell, and Diana Durst for volunteering to chaperone the scouts.
Finally, all those who offer their time, talent and money to further the God’s Kingdom.

DEAR SUPPORTERS AND FRIENDS OF LAUGHLIN CHAPEL: 
The words "Thank You" are not enough to say for your generosity and support of Laughlin Memorial Chapel's mission: “To care for and empower families and others by working cooperatively with existing community groups so that the standard and quality of life in the greater Wheeling area are enhanced and reflected in God's love.” Your support, starting with the school supplies, hygiene products, and the clothing and winter-wear, your more than generous monetary donations, and your Christmas giving has greatly helped this program succeed and become a greater asset to all we serve in this community. Our gratitude and thanks go to every and all organizations in your churches for your benevolence. The Chapel started the fall session with many changes as our Executive Director retired. The Board and remaining staff have come together to continually provide everything the Chapel has stood and continues to stand for. This year 2017 we are holding on to God's promise of supplying all our needs, and we realize He will never leave us or forsake us, as long as we continue to seek his guidance through prayer. As always, there is an open invitation to stop by the Chapel and spend time with the children you support. You will truly be blessed.
God's Blessing to all during the coming year.
Grace and Peace,
Laughlin Memorial Chapel, Board, Staff, & Students

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.

WANT TO BE A YAV?
Apply by February 1 for international placement. Young Adult Volunteer applications are due February 1 for international placement in the YAV program. Encourage young people, ages 19 to 30, to apply for a transformational year of service as a YAV. Follow @yavprogram on social media for updates on each YAV site. Help spread the word!

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?
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 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.