Monday, February 28, 2011

Yesterday's Sermon - At the End of the Day

1 Corinthians 4:1-5

1Thus let people consider us as assistants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. 2In this connection, moreover, it is sought in the stewards that faithful they might be found. 3But for me, it’s a little matter that by you I might be legally examined or by a human court. But I don’t legally examine myself. 4For I’m not conscious of anything against myself, but not in this, I have been made right. But the one who legally examines me is [the] Lord. 5Therefore, before the time, don’t judge, until the Lord might come, who also will shed light on what was hidden in darkness and will reveal the purposes of the heart. And then the praise will be to each from God.



At the End of the Day

This morning, I titled the sermon, “At the End of the Day,” because in a real way, I think that’s where we are, nearing the end of a lot of stuff. I mean, we’re one day away from the end of February, and although I know that we may get horrible weather in the next month, when I was growing up, moving into March kind of closed the book on winter and pointed toward the coming of spring. And even though we got dumped on last week (In fact, it came on so fast and was so heavy that Maggie asked on Wednesday, “Daddy, how can God make so much snow?”) and even though schools were closed again, remember it got into the sixties a couple of weeks ago.

And although I’m not a betting man, I’d wager in the next, oh six months, the average temperature will be closer to seventy than to twenty. In other words, we’re nearing the end of winter. And in about ten days, around the church, we start a season called Lent, and we’ll shift from looking back at Christmas to looking forward to Easter. In other words, straggly looking poinsettias, you know like the one that’s dying in my office right now, they will soon be replaced with lilies and tulips just breaking through the ground. The times they are a-changing.

And with them, so will the scripture we look at on Sunday morning. Now, if you’ve been coming these last two months, you know we’ve been looking at Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth. And during that time, I know I’ve learned a couple of things. First, that the Corinthians had one messed up congregation, didn’t they; with people fighting and scrapping over the dumbest stuff. In fact, it had gotten so bad that the church itself looked like it was going to break up into a lot of little cliques, each assuming it was the best and looking down on everyone else. Now this was the kind foolishness going on among the Corinthians. That’s the first thing I learned.

And second, I was also hit by how easy it would be for that to happen to us. I mean, this kind of thing has and is already happening within American Christianity. It’s like the old joke. A guy pulls into a small town gas station and asks the attendant (I told you it was an old joke.) He asks the attendant, “How many church do you have in this town.” And the attendant says, “Three. We had two but they merged.” Of course, the idea that any town has only three churches; now that’s funny.

And on a congregational level, how many of y’all here this morning think that cliques could be, not are (I don’t want to go there.) but could be a problem in this church? I do, because I think they’re potential problems whenever people get together. They happen in families and neighborhoods and schools, why not churches. And that’s the second thing I’ve learned from the first three chapters of this letter.

And because next week, we’re going to move on to something else, I think it’s pretty important to pause for just a minute and think about the passage we just read a little while ago, because not only is it the last of this letter we’re going get for a while but also because it raises three questions that we might want to consider before the sun sets on First Corinthians.

For example, when I read these verses, particularly the first two, I ended up asking myself this question: how do I see myself as a follower of Jesus Christ? In other words, as a person called by God to not only live and enjoy but also to share the good news to others, do I really see myself as an assistant of Christ and a steward of God’s mysteries? Is that what I see when I look in the mirror? And you know, when you think about it, that’s a great question for us all, because aren’t we all called to do the same thing, to point toward the one through whom we have a relationship with God and to live lives that in some way reflect his love and his grace and his mercy, things that, as they apply to God, have a width and a depth that’s beyond anything that I can frankly get my brain around? Doesn’t that apply to all of us?

I think it does; and for that reason, I believe this first question is one we probably all need to ask ourselves at one time or another, because how we answer it is going to affect nearly everything we do, isn’t it? I mean, if I really believe that I’m Christ’s helper, his servant and if I really believe that the information about God himself, stuff that he’s done in past and will do in the future, I’m talking about, things that are beyond our ability to grasp, that God has entrusted his truth to me as a steward, a manager, if I really believe that, won’t I do everything I can to understand that truth? My gosh, how can I let pass a chance to understand him better, if I’m truly his assistant, his steward? And if this is something I believe, how can I not become as faithful as I can possibly be? I’ll guarantee, if you went on a trip and left your car to my care, I’ll tell you it’ll be cleaner when you get back than when you left. Now, if God has entrusted all this to me, why wouldn’t I be just as faithful? Now, this is something I’ve got to think about, and it’s all because of the first question that comes from this passage: how do I see myself as a follower of Jesus Christ?

But like I said, that’s only one, as I read on, I think I’m face to face with another: In light of how I see myself as a Christian, who do I believe is really most important? In other words, do I really believe that the most important judge I face is God; therefore, what other people think isn’t any where near as important? Now that’s the question. And although I can give the right answer, you know, that God’s always most important my life, I’m not at all sure that’s how I actually live.

What about y’all? I mean, do we really live as though Paul was describing us when he described himself, that it doesn’t really matter that we might be examined or held accountable by those who surround us in church or those who speak for our society, that their opinions and judgements and verdicts don’t really matter, nor, for that matter, what we think of ourselves, that all that stuff fades when compared with the one who really does count and now I’m talking about God? Is this really how we live? Well, although I’d love to say “yes” with a smile on my face, I’ve got to tell you, I can’t do it. I just can’t stand up here and say to you my answer is yes. Yes, God is all that matters. Because as a married man, I know what all married men know, if momma ain’t happy, nobody’s happy. And I want to be happy. But more than that, I do care what you think, and it hurts when I feel as though I’ve disappointed you in some way. But in that, I’m not alone. Because we all want to be happy and comfortable, we care about how others see us, don’t we? Let’s be honest, most of us aren’t able to say, “But for me, it’s a little matter that by you I might be legally examined or by a human court. But I don’t legally examine myself. ...But the one who legally examines me is [the] Lord.” We just aren’t there with Paul yet, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t move in his direction. I mean, I think we can all decide that we’re going to focus less attention on getting praise from people and more effort in pleasing God. And when we do, we just might be changing our answer to the second question raised in this passage, who do I believe is really most important?

And finally, as we get ready to leave First Corinthians and all their problems for a while, these verses push me to ask: How do I see the future, my future, and how does that vision shape the way I live in the present? And I’ll tell you, although the first two are important, this is where the rubber really hits the road; maybe that’s why Paul started this sentence with “therefore.” I mean, do we really believe Paul was right when he wrote, “Therefore, before the time, don’t judge, until the Lord might come, who also will shed light on what was hidden in darkness and will reveal the purposes of the heart. And then the praise will be to each from God”?

Do we really believe that’s our future, because if we do, I don’t see how we’re going to do some of the nonsense that was going on in Corinth. My gosh, how are we going to run down brothers and sisters in Christ, and how are we going to divide up his body into little cliques and how are we going to hold on to anger and hurts and disappointments when we know that the time is coming when all that stuff we want to keep in the dark will be exposed to the light? And how are we going to set ourselves up as paragons of all that’s good, when we know that the one who’s most important whether we acknowledge it or not can see what’s in the dark corners of our soul? And how can we ever take God for granted and assume that he somehow owes us for our goodness when we understand that even though he can see us at our worst, at the end of the day he loves us anyway?

Man, if we really believe what Paul wrote, I’ll tell you, we’re trapped: trapped in loving our neighbor as ourselves and trapped in looking at ourselves with a sense of humility and trapped in praising and thanking the Lord our God each and every day, because while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us and nothing in all creation can separate us from his love. If this is how I see the future, this is exactly how I’ll be living in the present. And that’s three.

The winter sun will soon be setting for the last time and a new dawn is on it’s way. And as we sit here and watch the Corinthian church and letter move to the back burner for a while, I’m glad we were able to pause and take seriously some questions that arise from what Paul had to say to at least one congregation. And as we ask ourselves things like, how do I see myself as a follower of Jesus Christ and who do I believe is really most important and of course how do I see the future, and how does that vision shape the way I live in the present, maybe the answers can give us some direction, at the end of the day.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Minute for Mission - Celebrate the Gifts of Women

In her book Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival, Velma Wallis writes about two women whose nomadic family left them to die, but they summoned the courage and skills to survive an extremely cold winter. Abandoned because of their fragility and age, these women said, "Let us die trying.'' In the end, they survived the winter, stored up enough for a second winter, and eventually shared with those who had abandoned them. The family vowed never to abandon an elder again. These women were courageous and magnanimous, and their graciousness subsequently permeated the entire community. That is what women have done many times over.

In John 12:1-8, Mary of Bethany graciously poured expensive perfume on the feet of Jesus. When Judas complained, Jesus said, "Leave her alone.'' Jesus was speaking for all women whose voices have been muted by the culture, the church, and other places where women's participation and access have been limited because of gender.

Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday in the PC(USA) is recognized on a Sunday close to International Women’s Day, March 8. Let us celebrate all women and give special thanks and attention to those PC(USA) Korean churches that are beginning to affirm a Decade in Solidarity with Women in the Korean Church. The resource “A Study and a Guide for Improvement of Women’s Leadership in the Korean Church” serves as a catalyst to get things started. We celebrate the extravagant gift given to Jesus by Mary of Bethany and all gifts that are graciously given and accepted by a magnanimous Creator God.

- Bettie J. Durrah, elder, Radcliffe Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia

Friday, February 25, 2011

Prayer Requests

Below are some of the concerns you might want to remember during the next week.

Adults
• Virginia Welch
• Phyllis Manley
• Mary Jane Cummings
• John Brothers
• Catherine Zinc
• Mike Cline
• Rhonda Bruich
• Paul Buck
• Denni Stillwagoner
• Madeleine Jackson
• Bill Churchman
• Mr. & Mrs. Mario Whitehead & Joyce
• Eileen Fazi
• Dave Bever
• Julia Zatta
• Janet Paulin
• Corinne Ferguson
• Taylor Harris
• Kim Sabor
• Pam Haller
• Mary Torchio
• Cheryl Hargast
• Jenni
• Bonnie Kirtley
• Ray & Madeline Greco
• Red Nichols
• Rachael
• Benna Milliken
• Connie Francis
• Mary & Jack Games
• Betty Kraina
• Claudia Recchio
• Karen Hornberger
• Vicki Williams
• Delbert McLaughlin
• Jennifer Dahlem
• Jerry Carrie
• Leota McPeek
• Rose Mader
• Kendrick Roebuck
• James Woolfolk & family
• Tricia Smith & family
• Amanda Hankey’s aunt
• Jamie Emanuel
• Karen Darin
• Ila Shingler
• Michael & Kaylie Keffer
• Numero Phiri
• Cara Smith
• Mel Olson

Kids
• Jonah Becker
• Shelby Kamarec
• Brody McUmor
• Dustin Parr
• Zoe Purcell
• Daisy Emmerick
• Georgie Platt
• Audri King
• Alec Barnhart
• Brandon Wates
• Hunter Stafford
• Michael Liptak
• Justus Loughry
• Joshua Nichols

Military
• Michael Criss
• Jonathan Criss
• Chad Peppler
• Kendra Mader
• Stephen Mader

Teens & College Students

Troops:
Our troops all around the world need our prayers for strength, endurance, and safety.

Church Families:
• Michael, Dawn, Baily & Julia Donell
• Rhonda Donahoo
• Rodney, Dana, Ryan & Hanna Dragonir

Local Church
Oakland Presbyterian Church

Announcements for Sunday, February 27, 2011

Below are the announcements are they'll appear in our Sunday church bulletin.

OUR NURSERY FOR CHILDREN . . .
(infant thru five years) is open during Sunday School and the Worship Service, under the direction of Jenna Maine. We still need some volunteer help. If you can spare time to supervise the little ones, please talk to Jenna after the service. We wish to thank you in advance for giving of your time to care for the future members of Cove Church.

DON’T FORGET SUNDAY SCHOOL . . .
we meet every Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. Think about trying out one of our classes. We have a variety of classes to chose from to fit your needs.

WHEN WE BEGIN THE SERVICE. . .
our children carry red, orange and yellow streamers. This represents the coming of the Holy Spirit, filling the sanctuary as we prepare to worship. At the end of the service, they carry the streamers out, challenging us to carry the Spirit into the world.

JESUS TIME OFFERS THE YOUNGER CHILDREN . . .
of our congregation, between the ages of 3 and 11, the opportunity to worship in a special experience just for them. The children are dismissed to Jesus Time after a Special Time for Children.

GIRL SCOUTS WILL HOST A HEALTH FAIR . . .
this afternoon, in the Fellowship Hall, from 12:00 till 2:00. There’ll be free blood pressure screening, and dental hygiene tips. You’ll also learn healthier eating habits and how to prevent the spread of germs. Everyone is Welcome!

OUR MEN’S CLC BIBLE STUDY CLASS . . .
will meet Monday, February 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the board room.

MYRTLE MCHENDRY . . .
meeting and evening social Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. in fellowship hall. Come and join us for our first meeting of 2011. Our program for the evening will be Bible Trivia under the direction of Rev. Rudiger.

THE ADULT HANDBELL CHOIR WILL PRACTICE . . .
on Wednesday, March 2, at 5:30 p.m. We have 1 position that needs filled. We practice from 5:30 - 6:45 from September through May. We play once a month for Sunday services and for holidays. If you are interested in joining, please contact Becky Korosec at 304-748-8449 for more information.

THE CHANCEL CHOIR WILL PRACTICE . . .
on Wednesday, March 2, at 6:45 p.m. in the sanctuary. Everyone who wishes to praise our Lord through song is invited to join us. We are also practicing the cantata, Who Do You Say That I Am?, to be presented during the Palm Sunday Worship Service.

THE BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET . . .
Thursday, March 3, at 12:00 p.m. We’ll begin a study of John, by looking at John 9:1-41. Grab your lunch and join us as we study God’s word.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER. . .
sponsored by Church Women United will be held on Friday, March 4, 2011. For more information contact Eloise Evans at 304-723-5146.

SCOUT SUNDAY. . .
will be observed next Sunday, March 6. This year marks the 25th Anniversary Year of Boy Scout Troop 334 here at Cove Presbyterian Church.

THE DEACONS WILL MEET . . .
Monday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom. All deacons are encouraged to attend.

LENT BEGINS . . .
on Ash Wednesday, March 9. We will have a service of prayer, reflection and music at 7:00 p.m.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S BOARD MEETING . . .
Wednesday, March 9 at 10:00 a.m. in the boardroom.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME . . .
begins Sunday, March 13th. Remember to set your locks ahead one hour.

JUST IN TIME FOR EASTER. . .
the Deacons are sponsoring another Pie Shoppe Sale. Items available are pies, pumpkin rolls and specialty items (nut log or Easter bread). To view an order form contact the church office or check-out the order form posted on the main bulletin board downstairs. To place an order contact any deacon. Orders are due by Sunday, April 3. Delivery is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20.

WE ARE BLOGGING!
We now have six blogs that you can check out for information and on which you can leave comments. They're listed below:
• The Cove Community (www.thecovecommunity.blogspot.com) - This is for the whole church. I'll post sermons and announcements. I also invite y'all to send in material that you'd like to share with other members of the congregation. And please feel free to comment on anything you might read.
• Cove Kids (www.covekids.blogspot.com) - This is tailored for the preteen 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. And they don't have to all deal with the church. We also post artwork from Jesus Time.
• Glue (www.cove-glue.blogspot.com) - Our teens are running their own blog site; therefore, I have no idea what will be posted.
• Bible Talk (www.cove-bibletalk.blogspot.com) - We've established this blog to give pastors and lay people the chance to discuss Scripture. The weekly passages are from the Common Lectionary, and we're posting the pastor’s translation of the Greek text. We want you to read any or all of the passages and to leave any comment or ask any question that you feel is appropriate. Please include any research you've done. As we share our ideas and insights, we hope that we'll all come to a better and deeper understanding of the Bible. Each passage is linked to a website that offers some informative information.
• Let Talk About It (www.cove-talk.blogspot.com) - Through this site, we hope to encourage a conversation on a variety of topics. Since this blog is sponsored by a church, we expect most of the issues to involve the Christian faith. Still we don't want to limit ourselves or you. If you have a topic that you'd like us to discuss, include it as a comment to a previous issue. Please phrase it as a question and offer a summary of at least two positions. We'll add a new item to discuss every three weeks. We hope this challenges you to apply your faith to issues that are important to you.
• The Bible in a Year (www.cove-bibleinayear.blogspot.com/) - Each day, we'll post passages so that you can read the Bible in one year.

ON SATURDAY, MAY 7 . . .
the Deacons are having a Flea Market! They are in search of slightly used - furniture, small appliances, decorations, housewares, sports equipment, children’s toys and children’s clothes. If you have any items that you are no longer in need of you can drop them off at the church at anytime or call the church office at 304-748-5980 to arrange to have the items picked-up.

RESERVE THE DATE. . .
before scheduling an activity at the church, please call the church office to check that the date is available. Also, if you change the date or time of a meeting here at the church please let us know so accommodations can be made for you.

2011 OFFERING ENVELOPES . . .
are available on the table in the narthex. Please pick-up your box and also any neighbors or friends that you might be able to deliver saving us postage. If you would like a box of offering envelopes but did not receive one please contact Floy Fetty at 304-670-1561.

MISSING A DISH, BOWL OR BAKING PAN?
Check the pantry in the kitchen. There are a number of items - bowls, plates and utensils that were left after various functions, one may belong to you. Items not claimed by the end of April will be donated to the Deacons Flea Market.

SHOP ON LINE . . .
use Good Search and Good Shop search engines to find what you are hunting for. Just list Cove Presbyterian Church as your charity and a percent of your purchase will come back to the church. It’s a simple way to raise money for the Cove Deacons while shopping for yourself!

IT IS OFTEN DIFFICULT TO HEAR PRAYER REQUESTS . . .
on Sunday mornings. If you would like to have someone added to the prayer chain please drop a short note into the collection plate with their name and any other information you would like to share. You may also call the church office or e-mail the church with the information.

IN THE HOSPITAL? HOMEBOUND? RECENT ILLNESS?. . .
if you are unable to attend services and would like to arrange for a visit by Rev. Ed Rudiger please contact the church office. Also if you would like to be included in our weekly bulletin mailings contact the church office.

WE CAN ALWAYS DO A BETTER JOB MINISTERING . . .
to the needs within this congregation, community and world. Please feel free to offer any suggestions as comments.

LOOSE CHANGE OFFERING . . .
Session has approved the Deacons collecting a “Loose Change Offering” that will be used to assist the Deacons with their utility assistance outreach program for Weirton residents or Cove Church members. We hope church members can help with the assistance program by donating some of their spare change. A container is placed in the Narthex each Sunday morning before church. The Deacons thank you for your continuing support of their projects.

VASES OF FLOWERS. . .
can be purchased for a service. The cost is $16.00 a vase. Silk flowers can be purchased for an additional cost. The flower calendar is located on the far wall in the church narthex or you can telephone the church office to place your order. After the service, the flowers will be placed in a plastic vase for you to take with you.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS. . .
newsletters from old friends or articles about or by members of Cove Church, check out the bulletin board located in the hallway by the church offices. Past event pictures are also on display in that area.

WE’RE UPDATING OUR PRAYER AND DEVOTION LINE . . .
about four times a week. If you would like to call and hear a devotional, please call 304-748-7900.

ONGOING MISSION PROJECTS . . .
• Used can tabs are being collected for the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown, West Virginia. Deposit your tabs in the container located in the main hallway downstairs.
• Campbell’s Labels are being collected by the Presbyterian Women and can be dropped off in the container located in the main hallway downstairs.
These labels are being collected for the Weirton Christian Center.

SHOE BOX PROJECT . . .
Kyle Truex, a Boy Scout with Troop 334 has extended his Eagle Scout Project to include continuous donations for Appalachian Outreach Inc. Brochures with envelopes attached are located on the table in the narthex.

FOR THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2011 . . .
the Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery asks that all churches pray for:
Wellsville, Oak Ridge - Derek Marotta, Pastor
Wellsville, Riverside - William Betteridge, Pastor
Please also remember in your prayers, Cove’s Congregational Prayer Partner, Steubenville First Westminster Presbyterian Church.

One Last Look Back

On Monday, February will come to an end, and we'll be entering the time of year when our attention is split in two directions. On one hand, we're moving into a month when most of us begin to think about spring. I mean, even though I know some of our worst winter weather often comes in the next thirty-one days, the odds are great that it's going to warmer on March 25 than it is today. On the other hand, the change gives us a chance to think about what's happened during this winter. Since we know it's coming to an end, this is a wonderful time to reflect on what's been going on after Christmas. In a sense, we're finishing up a chapter as we enter March.

And that's what we're also doing during the worship service on Sunday. You see, next week is Scout Sunday followed by the first Sunday in a church season called Lent. In other words, our focus is going to shift, and we'll be leaving Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians for a while. With that in mind, this Sunday we'll be looking at 1 Corinthians 4:1-5:

1Thus let people consider us as assistants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. 2In this connection, moreover, it is sought in the stewards that faithful they might be found. 3But for me, it’s a little matter that by you I might be legally examined or by a human court. But I don’t legally examine myself. 4For I’m not conscious of anything against myself, but not in this, I have been made right. But the one who legally examines me is [the] Lord. 5Therefore, before the time, don’t judge, until the Lord might come, who also will shed light on what was hidden in darkness and will reveal the purposes of the heart. And then the praise will be to each from God.

And because this is last time we'll be looking at this particular letter, on Sunday, 'll talk about some of the things we've learned over the past couple of months. Remember, in Corinth,Paul was dealing with a church being torn apart by personal jealousies and rivalries, and over and over again, he reminded those quarreling believers that there was something more important than their personal opinions and feelings, namely Jesus Christ. As a matter of fact, if anything else was the center of their church, their focus was wrong.

And so, during this last Sunday in February, we'll consider how we might apply Paul's ideas to our situation. And as I look around, that application is both easy and necessary. I mean, let's face it, the Body of Christ that is still being torn by issues that should be secondary to the good news of Christ. Denominationalism divides and hinders our outreach, and evangelism is often defined as moving a person's membership from one congregation to another. And within our churches, too often the gospel takes a back seat to gossip and grumbling. And even though I believe Cove has turned the corner and we're going to see exciting things happen around here, this lesson from Paul is still something we may need to heed, and this is something we'll do on Sunday.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A New Devotion on the Prayer Line - By My Side

Psalm 119:145-154

145I pray to you, LORD!
Please answer me.
I promise to obey your laws.

146I beg you to save me,
so I can follow your rules.

147Even before sunrise,
I pray for your help,
and I put my hope
in what you have said.

148I lie awake at night,
thinking of your promises.

149Show that you love me, LORD,
and answer my prayer.
Please do the right thing
and save my life.

150People who disobey your Law
have made evil plans
and want to hurt me,

151but you are with me,
and all of your commands
can be trusted.

152From studying your laws,
I found out long ago
that you made them
to last forever.

153I have not forgotten your Law!
Look at the trouble I am in,
and rescue me.

154Be my defender and protector!
Keep your promise
and save my life.


A Devotion by Jody Suiter (Kansas)

“Mom, come here! Mom!”

The frantic cries of a four-year-old wake me in the darkness. Bleary-eyed, I hurry to our son’s room. He’s had a bad dream, and now he can’t sleep. Speaking softly, I try to ease his fears. Then I lie on the floor beside his bed until he is resting peacefully once more.

I can empathize with my son. I know about not sleeping. My mind races with worries of the day, struggles with my faith, concerns about my family, anxiety about what might happen. These concerns rob me of peace and rest. Only through God’s word have I begun to release my anxieties.

Like my son, I seek words of reassurance, and I want to know that my loving parent — my heavenly Father — is by my side. Psalm 23 and Joshua 1:9 remind me that God is with me, leading me, even in the darkest hour. When my soul cries out in the darkness, God’s words comfort me and help me to let go of my fears. I can wake in the morning refreshed.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Session Minutes - February 15, 2011

Below are minutes from our most recent session meeting. I hope this gives you an idea about some of Cove's plans for the future. Please feel free to leave comments.


The session of Cove Presbyterian Church held its regular monthly meeting in the fellowship hall of the church at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, 2011. A quorum was present.

The meeting was opened with prayer by the moderator.

The agenda was approved as printed.

1. The session received the following reports:

a. Session minutes for January 8, 2011with a correction of the date for “Show the Love” for February 13th
b. Trustee minutes for January 8, 2011
c. The Pastor’s Report
d. The Treasurer’s Report for January

2. Reports from the Session Ministry area were received.

a. Christian Growth (Karen Edwards, Lynn Horvath, Christine Connell) Karen Edwards reported that they were in the process of producing a Lenten Reflections Book with writings from the members of the congregation.

b. Evangelism (Session as a whole) Rob Starck reported that two immediate goals of the committee are to
1). continue the search for a Christian Education Director and
2). continue our Evangelism Outreach with both Inside and Outside emphases. The Outside Group would serve as Listeners, while the Inside Group would work on structure to meet the needs reported.
Elders serving on the outside team are:
a. Children’s Academy……Dale Biesecker , Lynn Horvath, Rob Starck
b. Scouts and Sprouts of Faith......Karen Vida , Sue Willson, Rob Starck
c Skateboarders…..Frank Bohach and Rob Starck
d. Married / Baptized within the church…..Bonnie Nichols and Rob Starck
Elders serving on the inside team are:
a. Childrens Academy…Darlene Johnson, Karen Edwards, and Rob Starck
b. Scouts and Sprouts….Bill Manley, Roger Criss, and Rob Starck
c. Skateboarders….Shana Pepper and Rob Starck
d. Married/ Baptized within the church.....Christine Connell, Suellen Lewis, and Rob Starck

c. Fellowship (Roger Criss, Suellen Lewis, Karen Vida) It was reported that a Nunsense and an interactive children’s play are being planned…more information to come.

d. Music and Worship (Dale Biesecker, Frank Bohach, Sue Willson) Frank reported that he was still working on electronic worship with projection screens.

e. Stewardship (Dar Johnson, Bill Manley) No report .

3. Reports from the Session Administrative Committees

a. Academy Relations – Chris Connell
b. Budget and Church Use – Karen Vida
c. Financial Review – Dar Johnson
d. Membership – Karen Edwards
e. Memorials – Bonnie Nichols
f. Mission Support – Shana Pepper
g. Personnel – Dale Biesecker
h. Risk Management – Frank Bohach
i. Report from the Constitutional Committee – Rob Starck, Roger Criss

Reports from Liaisons

a. To the Trustees …Sue Willson
b. To the Deacons …Bill Manley
c. To the Presbyterian Women…Suellen Lewis

New Business for the session:

The Application of the Cove Vision at each session meeting as a guide was approved by consent.

Chris Connell moved that the Dates for the Deacons be approved. It was seconded and passed.

A list of the Session Calling Groups were distributed and explained.

Rob Starck moved that a Special Meeting of the Congregation be called on Sunday, March 6, 2011 for the purpose of electing an elder. Motion was seconded and passed.

Chris Connell suggested a reminder card be sent out prior to meetings. Chris also suggested that there be a revisions to the set-up for Communion.

Confirmation Classes will be held on Sunday Evenings.

Karen Edwards reported that the Upper Ohio Valley will be holding an Elder Training Event on February 26th at Rock Hill Presbyterian Church. Interested elders should contact her.

Darlene Johnson moved for adjournment. Motion was seconded and passed. The meeting was closed with prayer at 8:15 p.m.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A New Devotion on the Prayer Line - Problem or Possibility?

Roman 8:35-39

31-39So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:

They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.

None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.


A Devotional by DeVonna R. Allison (Michigan)

One morning after a violent autumn storm, I awoke to find a large tree fallen in our backyard. Standing at the kitchen window, I surveyed the scene with dismay. All that work! I thought, as I contemplated the clean up. My husband came into the room and stood next to me at the window. “Look at all that firewood!” he exulted. I was immediately struck by our differing points of view. While I saw the tree only in terms of the mess and damage it had created, my husband looked ahead to winter nights by a warm, crackling fire. I saw a disaster; he saw a blessing.

When faced with unexpected trials, many of us can be so overwhelmed by the immediacy of the problem that we are unable to foresee any possible benefit or good outcome. However, as Christians, we can turn to the many passages in the Bible which remind us that God cares for us and desires good for us, even in the midst of trials. Where the physical eye sees challenges, the eye of faith sees possibilities.

Later, our son and son-in-law helped my husband cut, split, and stack the firewood. When we all sat down to enjoy a meal together, the fallen tree didn’t seem like such a huge problem. In much the same way, amid the trials of our lives, our faith can give us a new perspective.

Minute for Mission: Health Awareness

The challenge of health ministry in churches is to help members live out the call to faithfully take care of the bodies, minds, and souls they were given, as well as to care for their neighbors.

The 218th General Assembly (2008) endorsed single-payer health care. With the rise of chronic illnesses, from which more than 133 million Americans suffer, advocacy for those who are most vulnerable becomes ever more urgent.

As a health ministry coordinator in a church in west Michigan, a place where the economy has been especially hard hit, I see many folks with chronic illnesses who have no health insurance due to lost jobs. The church becomes the place they go to for solace in their struggle to keep body and soul together. Through education it is possible to help prevent chronic illnesses from becoming life-threatening.

On this Day of Health Awareness, please remember the gift of life God has given us and learn more about what your part can be in educating, empowering, and caring for those with chronic conditions.

Everyone has a right to affordable health care. Even with the passage of health care reform, it will be years before everyone is included and able to benefit from affordable care. Until the day when all can receive the care they need, the church must be a place of advocacy for inclusion in health care.

- Jane Givens, RN, MA, Health Ministry coordinator, First Presbyterian Church, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Offer Support for Our Scouts

We can support the Boy Scouts of our church by enrolling in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Just go to the appropriate website mentioned below and begin enrolling.

We have been assigned a new NPO number 90135.


TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM:
  • Simply register online at krogercommunityrewards.com.
  • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.
  • If you don’t yet have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • Most participants are new online customers, so you must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter 90135, select organization from list and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for the scouts until after you register your card.
  • Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 877-576-7587 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
  • You must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count

Monday, February 21, 2011

Yesterday's Sermon - It’s Not Who You Know


1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23


10According to the grace from God which was given to me, as a wise master-builder, I laid a foundation, but others build upon [it]. But each see how it’s built. 11For no one is able to lay a foundation beside that which was laid, which is Jesus Christ. 16You know that you are God’s temple and God’s spirit dwells in you, don’t you? 17If a person ruins God’s temple, then this one God will bring to ruin. For God’s temple is holy, which you yourselves are.

18Don’t deceive yourselves. If a person might seem wise among you in this age, then let him become a fool so that he might become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolish according to God. For it has been written, He catches the wise in their cunning; 20and again, The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are folly.

21So let no one boast in people. For all things are yours, 22whether Paul, whether Apollos, whether Cephas, whether the world, whether life, whether death, whether things in the present, whether things in the future –all things belong to you. 23You belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.


It’s Not Who You Know


I think everyone here has probably heard the expression: “It not what you know, it’s who you know.” And I’ve got a gut feeling that most of us understand what it means, that if you know certain important people, you know, folks that have power and influence and probably money, they’ll make it easier for you to get along. I mean, they’ll put in a good word for you when you apply for that job or they’ll pull a few strings to secure that promotion or they’ll call in a couple of favors to get you that appointment. You see, if you know the right kind of people, they can sort of grease the chute so that you can just slide into whatever it is you want. Because, let’s face it, in the real world, it’s all about who you know, right?

Well, that’s the way a lot of people think. For example, this last week, a guy told me that he was a shoo-in for a certain job, but not because of his qualifications, you know, his education and experience, but rather because he’d gone to school with the owner’s son, and in his mind that gave him a leg up. And you know, as I listened, I thought, well, I thought he was probably right. I know from my own experience that it’s better to go into an interview with someone you know and who likes you, than to see a total stranger sitting behind the desk, someone who butchers your name while you just nod because you don’t want to leave a bad impression. And let’s face it, it’s nice to be able to drop a name somewhere in the middle of a conversation with a person you’d like to impress. In other words, knowing the right people certainly can make life easier, you know, more comfortable and secure.

And maybe that’s the reason we carry this same attitude into our spiritual lives, and I’m talking about our relationship with God and with other Christians. For example, to a lot of believers, knowing or often finding God is a big deal. And there’s a whole bunch of Christians who love to drop the name of Jesus in conversation at the drop of a hat, I guess to let the people with whom they’re talking, know that they’re not dealing with your run-of-the-mill heathen. As a matter of fact, when the chips are down, I’m not sure any of us are above mentioning the name of a certain church or certain preacher or a certain spiritual author to convey the right kind of impression to someone we frankly want to impress. Because just like the rest of the world, for Christians, often it’s still about who you know. But let’s get real, this is not exactly new. I mean, a lot of y’all remember back in the day when people would come to the Presbyterian Church to rub elbows with Weirton Steel executives. Who you know is important in the real world.

Unfortunately though, when this attitude or maybe better this assumption is followed by believers, something pretty bad almost always happens. You see, the more we focus on who we know, the more we separate from others who don’t know our people and then we drift into our own little cliques. It’s sort of like what happens on the playground. If I’m friends with Billy, then I can’t like Joey, because Joey told the teacher on Billy. You see, what I mean? And nobody who wants to be with Megan can hang out with Sharon, because Sharon likes Usher and Megan likes Justin Bieber. And woe to you if you’re the new kid in school. You better hope that you’re not stuck by yourself. You see, that’s the kind of thing that happens, and sadly it’s not something we outgrow. I’ll tell you, if we’re not careful, Christians can be just as cliquish and exclusive as anyone else. Let’s face it, even in the church, certain people tend to associate with certain other people; man, they may even gossip and run down fellow Christians not in their group. As a matter of fact, I’ve know situations where people have left their church and drifted from their faith, because they, well, they didn’t know the right people, which I guess made them wrong.

But you know, this isn’t new either, because as we’ve seen over the last month or so, Paul dealt with the same situation in the Corinthian church. Remember, way back in chapter one, Paul wrote: “Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, ‘I belong to Paul,’ or ‘I belong to Apollos,’ or ‘I belong to Cephas,’ or ‘I belong to Christ.’ Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?” You see, just like often happens to us, the Corinthian church had become a congregation of cliques and name droppers, and evidently the Paul people didn’t get a long with the Apollos people who didn’t really like the Cephas people who felt looked down on by the Christ people. And as everyone focused on who they knew and followed and liked, the church was being split into little cliques. And as it does today, it was preventing the church from being everything God had called it to be.

And for that reason, Paul had to straighten this mess out. And to do that, I think he challenged these believers to shift their focus away from who they thought they knew to something that he considered more important, and I’m talking about the one who knew them. And I’ve got to tell you, he did it in a very methodical way. I mean, first, he had them focus on what they’d become, namely “God’s temple,” something that happened when God’s spirit went inside of them. This was the work of the one who knew them first, and woe to anyone who did something to damage or to break apart what God had brought together. That’s the first thing they needed to remember. And second, Paul wanted them understand that the world and it’s wisdom and assumptions are actually pretty persuasive, even seductive; therefore, they needed to remember that God has turned worldly wisdom on it’s head; he shows it to be only cunning and folly. You see, the one who knows us is the source of real wisdom, and that’s the second thing he wrote. And third, if they wanted to break with the nonsense of the world and it’s brand of truth, they needed to stop focusing on and boasting in people, and then to recognize that they belong to Christ and everything he has also belongs to them. Now that’s what Paul wrote to those Corinthians.

And I believe it applies to us as well. And even though I believe we’ve started this process here at Cove, we can continue to focus not so much on who we know but rather on who knows us. You see, just like Paul wrote to the Corinthians, we can continue to recognize that we are God’s temple, in other words, the place where people should be able to see divine love and grace and mercy, because the Holy Spirit dwells in us, not just in you and me, but in us as a community. We are the temple of God; therefore, we are holy, and as such, we should resist any person or any influence that might distract us from what we are.

But more than that, we can continue to seek out God’s wisdom, even though that may mean moving in a direction different from what the world would recommend. Remember, the world says that strength is shown by power and money and influence and if we’re smart, as a church we should be as strong as possible. And yet, that’s not what Jesus taught, is it? Rather, he said that real strength is shown by our ability to be weak and by our willingness to be generous and our readiness to turn the other cheek.

And even though the world is going to call a community dedicated to loving those who aren’t in a position to help them very much, folks who’ll probably not put a dime in our roof fund, even though the world going to say that a group dedicated to showing love to children and to transients and to the powerless is a just ship of fools, maybe it’s time we became fools for God. And we can stop boasting in who we know, because when you talking about eternity, the people we know aren’t worth a bucket of spit. Instead we can continue to focus on the one through whom we have all things, I’m talking about the one to whom we belong lock, stock and barrel; namely, the Lord Jesus Christ. You see, we can listen to Paul and continue on the journey we’ve already started.

And I’ll tell you, when we do, when we continue to shift our focus from us to him, I think we’re going to see some of the stuff that’s already started here grow and expand. I mean, first, I think we’re going to see cliques and small little groups become less and less important, because our sense of unity and the need we have for one another is going to grow and grow. And few things get in the way of that unity more than silly little self-centered jealousies and rivalries. Trust me, that nonsense will continue to become less and less important as we come closer and closer together.

And second, as we become the one body of Christ, we’re going to trust God more and more. I mean, instead of approaching issues, needs and concerns in a good worldly fashion, I believe we’ll continue to focus on claiming God’s wisdom. And although I think God can certainly use secular principles and processes to accomplish his will, the more we focus on him, the more we’ll find our answers by first asking him the questions.

And finally, as we put the people we know in their appropriate place, and I’m talking about squarely behind God, I believe we’re going to realize that we are actually richer than we have ever imagined. I mean, we have a roof that leaks and our offering isn’t what we’d like it to be and our worship attendance could be better. All that’s true. But brothers and sisters, we are loved by the creator of the universe and we’ll be raised to new life though his son, and right now his spirit is flowing through and around us. Man, we are heirs with Christ; now you tell me, how could we expect or want anything more than that?

Of course in the eyes of the world, all this is probably silly, because in a lot of cases, it really is about who you know, or is that “whom.” Anyway, that just may be how the world works, but in here, God has made us his temple and he’s turned conventional wisdom on its ear and he’s already given us so much it’s seems ridiculous to assume that someone else can give us more. You see, out there it may always be about who you know, but in here, brothers and sisters, in this place, what’s most important is who knows us.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Prayer Requests

Below are some of the prayer needs that will be lifted up during our Sunday worship service. If you something to add, please let me know.

Adults
• Virginia Welch
• Phyllis Manley
• Mary Jane Cummings
• John Brothers
• Catherine Zinc
• Mike Cline
• Rhonda Bruich
• Paul Buck
• Denni Stillwagoner
• Madeleine Jackson
• Bill Churchman
• Mr. & Mrs. Mario Whitehead & Joyce
• Eileen Fazi
• Dave Bever
• Julia Zatta
• Janet Paulin
• Corinne Ferguson
• Taylor Harris
• Kim Sabor
• Pam Haller
• Mary Torchio
• Cheryl Hargast
• Jenni
• Bonnie Kirtley
• Ray & Madeline Greco
• Red Nichols
• Rachael
• Benna Milliken
• Connie Francis
• Rachael
• Mary & Jack Games
• Betty Kraina
• Karen Hornberger
• Vicki Williams
• Delbert McLaughlin
• Jennifer Dahlem
• Leota McPeek
• Rose Mader
• Kendrick Roebuck
• James Woolfolk & family
• Tricia Smith & family
• Amanda Hankey’s aunt
• Jamie Emanuel
• Karen Darin
• Ila Shingler
• Michael & Kaylie Keffer
• Claudia Recchio

Kids
• Jonah Becker
• Shelby Kamarec
• Brody McUmor
• Dustin Parr
• Zoe Purcell
• Daisy Emmerick
• Georgie Platt
• Audri King
• Alec Barnhart
• Brandon Wates
• Hunter Stafford
• Michael Liptak
• Justus Loughry
• Joshua Nichols

Military
• Michael Criss
• Jonathan Criss
• Chad Peppler
• Kendra Mader
• Stephen Mader

Teens & College Students


Troops
Our troops all around the world need our prayers for strength, endurance, and safety.

Church Families
• Ethlyn Dellaria
• Shirley DeLuca
• Ruthann & Sophia Dermargosian

Local Church
Cove Presbyterian Church

Announcements for Sunday, February 20, 2011

Below are the announcements as they will appear in Sunday's bulletin:

 
OUR NURSERY FOR CHILDREN . . .
(infant thru five years) is open during Sunday School and the Worship Service, under the direction of Jenna Maine. We still need some volunteer help. If you can spare time to supervise the little ones, please talk to Jenna after the service. We wish to thank you in advance for giving of your time to care for the future members of Cove Church.

DON’T FORGET SUNDAY SCHOOL . . .
we meet every Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. Think about trying out one of our classes. We have a variety of classes to chose from to fit your needs.

WHEN WE BEGIN THE SERVICE. . .
our children carry red, orange and yellow streamers. This represents the coming of the Holy Spirit, filling the sanctuary as we prepare to worship. At the end of the service, they carry the streamers out, challenging us to carry the Spirit into the world.

JESUS TIME OFFERS THE YOUNGER CHILDREN . . .
of our congregation, between the ages of 3 and 11, the opportunity to worship in a special experience just for them. The children are dismissed to Jesus Time after a Special Time for Children.

OUR MEN’S CLC BIBLE STUDY CLASS . . .
will meet Monday, February 21, at 6:00 a.m. in the board room.

THE TRUSTEES WILL MEET . . .
on Monday, February 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the board room. All trustees are asked to attend.

THE ADULT HANDBELL CHOIR WILL PRACTICE . . .
on Wednesday, February 23, at 5:30 p.m. We have 1 position that needs filled. We practice from 5:30 - 6:45 from September through May. We play once a month for Sunday services and for holidays. If you are interested in joining, please contact Becky Korosec at 304-748-8449 for more information.

THE CHANCEL CHOIR WILL PRACTICE . . .
on Wednesday, February 23, at 6:45 p.m. in the sanctuary. Everyone who wishes to praise our Lord through song is invited to join us. We will also practice the cantata, Who Do You Say That I Am?, to be presented during the Palm Sunday Worship Service.

THE BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET . . .
Thursday, February 24, at 12:00 p.m. We’ll begin a study of John, by looking at John 8:1-59. Grab your lunch and join us as we study God’s word.

GIRL SCOUTS WILL HOST A HEALTH FAIR . . .
Sunday, February 27, in the Fellowship Hall, from 12:00 till 2:00. There’ll be free blood pressure screening, and dental hygiene tips. You’ll also learn healthier eating habits and how to prevent the spread of germs. Everyone Welcome

MYRTLE MCHENDRY . . .
meeting and evening social Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. in fellowship hall.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER. . .
sponsored by Church Women United will be held on Friday, March 4, 2011. For more information contact Eloise Evans at 304-723-5146.

JUST IN TIME FOR EASTER. . .
the Deacons are sponsoring another Pie Shoppe Sale. Items available are pies, pumpkin rolls and specialty items (nut log or Easter bread). To view an order form contact the church office or check-out the order form posted on the main bulletin board downstairs. To place an order contact any deacon. Orders are due by Sunday, April 3. Delivery is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20.

WE ARE BLOGGING!
We now have six blogs that you can check out for information and on which you can leave comments. They're listed below:
• The Cove Community (www.thecovecommunity.blogspot.com) - This is for the whole church. I'll post sermons and announcements. I also invite y'all to send in material that you'd like to share with other members of the congregation. And please feel free to comment on anything you might read.
• Cove Kids (www.covekids.blogspot.com) - This is tailored for the preteen 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. And they don't have to all deal with the church. We also post artwork from Jesus Time.
• Glue (www.cove-glue.blogspot.com) - Our teens are running their own blog site; therefore, I have no idea what will be posted.
• Bible Talk (www.cove-bibletalk.blogspot.com) - We've established this blog to give pastors and lay people the chance to discuss Scripture. The weekly passages are from the Common Lectionary, and we're posting the pastor’s translation of the Greek text. We want you to read any or all of the passages and to leave any comment or ask any question that you feel is appropriate. Please include any research you've done. As we share our ideas and insights, we hope that we'll all come to a better and deeper understanding of the Bible. Each passage is linked to a website that offers some informative information.
• Let Talk About It (www.cove-talk.blogspot.com) - Through this site, we hope to encourage a conversation on a variety of topics. Since this blog is sponsored by a church, we expect most of the issues to involve the Christian faith. Still we don't want to limit ourselves or you. If you have a topic that you'd like us to discuss, include it as a comment to a previous issue. Please phrase it as a question and offer a summary of at least two positions. We'll add a new item to discuss every three weeks. We hope this challenges you to apply your faith to issues that are important to you.
• The Bible in a Year (www.cove-bibleinayear.blogspot.com/) - Each day, we'll post passages so that you can read the Bible in one year.

ON SATURDAY, MAY 7 . . .
the Deacons are having a Flea Market! They are in search of slightly used - furniture, small appliances, decorations, housewares, sports equipment, children’s toys and children’s clothes. If you have any items that you are no longer in need of you can drop them off at the church at anytime or call the church office at 304-748-5980 to arrange to have the items picked-up.

RESERVE THE DATE. . .
before scheduling an activity at the church, please call the church office to check that the date is available. Also, if you change the date or time of a meeting here at the church please let us know so accommodations can be made for you.

2011 OFFERING ENVELOPES . . .
are available on the table in the narthex. Please pick-up your box and also any neighbors or friends that you might be able to deliver saving us postage. If you would like a box of offering envelopes but did not receive one please contact Floy Fetty at 304-670-1561.

MISSING A DISH, BOWL OR BAKING PAN?
Check the pantry in the kitchen. There are a number of items - bowls, plates and utensils that were left after various functions, one may belong to you.

SHOP ON LINE . . .
use Good Search and Good Shop search engines to find what you are hunting for. Just list Cove Presbyterian Church as your charity and a percent of your purchase will come back to the church. It’s a simple way to raise money for the Cove Deacons while shopping for yourself!

IT IS OFTEN DIFFICULT TO HEAR PRAYER REQUESTS . . .
on Sunday mornings. If you would like to have someone added to the prayer chain please drop a short note into the collection plate with their name and any other information you would like to share. You may also call the church office or e-mail the church with the information.

IN THE HOSPITAL? HOMEBOUND? RECENT ILLNESS?. . .
if you are unable to attend services and would like to arrange for a visit by Rev. Ed Rudiger please contact the church office. Also if you would like to be included in our weekly bulletin mailings contact the church office.

WE CAN ALWAYS DO A BETTER JOB MINISTERING . . .
to the needs within this congregation, community and world. Please feel free to offer any suggestions as comments.

LOOSE CHANGE OFFERING . . .
Session has approved the Deacons collecting a “Loose Change Offering” that will be used to assist the Deacons with their utility assistance outreach program for Weirton residents or Cove Church members. We hope church members can help with the assistance program by donating some of their spare change. A container is placed in the Narthex each Sunday morning before church. The Deacons thank you for your continuing support of their projects.

VASES OF FLOWERS. . .
can be purchased for a service. The cost is $16.00 a vase. Silk flowers can be purchased for an additional cost. The flower calendar is located on the far wall in the church narthex or you can telephone the church office to place your order. After the service, the flowers will be placed in a plastic vase for you to take with you.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS. . .
newsletters from old friends or articles about or by members of Cove Church, check out the bulletin board located in the hallway by the church offices. Past event pictures are also on display in that area.

WE’RE UPDATING OUR PRAYER AND DEVOTION LINE . . .
about four times a week. If you would like to call and hear a devotional, please call 304-748-7900.

ONGOING MISSION PROJECTS . . .
• Used can tabs are being collected for the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown, West Virginia. Deposit your tabs in the container located in the main hallway downstairs.
• Campbell’s Labels are being collected by the Presbyterian Women and can be dropped off in the container located in the main hallway downstairs.

SHOE BOX PROJECT . . .
Kyle Truex, a Boy Scout with Troop 334 has extended his Eagle Scout Project to include continuous donations for Appalachian Outreach Inc. Brochures with envelopes attached are located on the table in the narthex.

FOR THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2011 . . .
the Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery asks that all churches pray for Wellsburg, First - Sam Gibb, Pastor and Wellsville, Covenant - vacant pulpit. Please also remember in your prayers, Cove’s Congregational Prayer Partner, Steubenville First Westminster Presbyterian Church.

On a Warm February Afternoon

I know, it seems that every week I start by mentioning the weather, but right now, it's 63, I'm talking 63 degrees. Now wasn't it 6 degrees about a week ago? Speaking for myself, this is a change with which I can live.

Beyond the weather, there's two other things I need to share with y'all. First, last Sunday, we raised $6,664.28 for the new roof. As most of you know, we have a leak right at the back of the sanctuary, and to fix it, we need a new roof. The total cost will be $28,500; therefore, what we raised at our challenge Sunday was an outstanding start. Of course, y'all still have the chance to contribute. You can send your contribution to the church and designate it "roof fund."

Second, on Sunday, we'll continue our study of First Corinthians by looking at 3:10-11, 16-23:

10According to the grace from God which was given to me, as a wise master-builder, I laid a foundation, but others build upon [it]. But each see how it’s built. 11For no one is able to lay a foundation beside that which was laid, which is Jesus Christ.

16You know that you are God’s temple and God’s spirit dwells in you, don’t you? 17If a person ruins God’s temple, then this one God will bring to ruin. For God’s temple is holy, which you yourselves are.

18Don’t deceive yourselves. If a person might seem wise among you in this age, then let him become a fool so that he might become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolish according to God. For it has been written,
He catches the wise in their cunning;
20and again,
The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are folly.

21So let no one boast in people. For all things are yours, 22whether Paul, whether Apollos, whether Cephas, whether the world, whether life, whether death, whether things in the present, whether things in the future–all things belong to you. 23You belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.

And since unity seems to the issue faced by the Corinthians, we'll continue to focus on how we might become more united within our church community. And so, let me encourage you to attend on Sunday, because during the service, we'll look at the how together we can become the people God called us to be.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A New Devotion on the Prayer Line - Love It Up


1 John 1:8 – 2:2

8If we say that we have not sinned, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth isn't in our hearts. 9But if we confess our sins to God, he can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away.

10If we say that we have not sinned, we make God a liar, and his message isn't in our hearts.

1My children, I am writing this so that you won't sin. But if you do sin, Jesus Christ always does the right thing, and he will speak to the Father for us. 2Christ is the sacrifice that takes away our sins and the sins of all the world's people.


A Devotion by Travis Mamone (Maryland)

My friend Brandy teaches second grade. One day in class a pupil showed her something she had just drawn. It wasn’t a very good drawing, and Brandy asked the girl if she thought she had done her best. The girl replied, “Let’s just love it.” When Brandy asked her to explain, the girl said that since there was nothing she could do about the picture, the only thing left was to “love it up” and try to make the next drawing better.
I wish my responses to my own flawed efforts were more like that child’s. Instead, when I make a mistake I tend to beat myself up. Why would I do something like that? I ask myself. I’m supposed to be a Christian, but I’m such a phony! At such times I have to be reminded that even though we are new creations in Christ, we are still human. All of us can succumb to temptation.

Fortunately, God is merciful. The Bible says that Jesus Christ, God’s son, speaks in our defense. Through the cross, Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. When we ask for forgiveness, God will “love us up” and give us a second chance.

Minutes from the Deacons Meeting - February 7, 2011

Linda Caleffie gave the opening prayer.

The minutes of the January meeting were read by Linda Caleffie. After being asked if there were any additions or corrections, Crissy noted her begiiming treasurer’s balance was $ .50 less than noted in the minutes. She will check her records and let Linda know the correct amount.

A motion to approve the minutes was made by Amy Baker and seconded by Faith Bonyak. Treasurer’s Report:

Balance Forwarded - $4,213.36
Receipts - $414.39
Disbursements - $450.00
Project Christmas Smile Funds - $972.99
Ending Balance - $3,204.76

We have completely depleted for 2010 our budgeted amount for utility assistance. Currently, we have been subsidizing utility assistance with our Loose Change Offering.
Motion to approve the Treasurer’s report was made by Debbie Rudiger and seconded by Amy Baker.

Proposed Budget 2011
Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Gifts - $ 250.00
Holiday Gift Cards - $1,700.00
Utility Assistance** - $2,000.00
Miscellaneous Expenses - $500.00
** add more if money comes in

The budget for Project Christmas Smile was set at $ 1,525.00 and will be kept separate. Motion to approve the budget was made by Crissy Fierro and seconded by Amy Baker.

Food Pantry: It was noted that the food pantry supply was getting low and that we probably need to have a food challenge. It was recommended to wait until after the Challenge Sunday Offering (roof repair) was held.

Committee Chairpersons:
Spaghetti Dinner - Crissy Fierro
Flea Market - Linda Caleffie
Deacons Hot Dog Luncheon - Linda Caleffie
Pancake Brunch - Tina Viakley
Bowl-a-thon - Tina Vialdey
Project Christmas Smile Hot Dog Luncheon if needed - Crissy Fierro

Linda will also be in charge of the Easter and Christmas flowers.

Dates of importance:
March 1 - Pie Sale
March 6 - Scout Sunday
March 27 - Pancake Brunch
April 20 - Pie Delivery
April 30 - Talent Show
May 7 - Flea Market
August 14 - Annual Church Picnic
October 1 or 8 - Bowl-a-thon
November 20 - Hanging of the Greens
December 10 - Project Christmas Smile
December 18 - Annual Christmas Dinner and Children’ s Program

Tina Vialdey brought a suggestion to the committee about holding a talent show at the church on Saturday, April 30th. There was a discussion on whether to include only those within the church and whether or not it should be a fund raiser for the Deacons. A concern of space was brought up if the talent show was to include those outside the church. Linda asked Debbie Rudiger to check with Ed on his thoughts. Following the meeting, Debbie talked to Ed and he was in favor of having a talent show. Ed indicated that he knew there were people from the Torrance Music Studios who would like to be involved. If space is a concern, Ed thought perhaps a dinner could be served first and then the chairs could be re-arranged for the program afterwards. Another idea would be to hold just the program with an intermission in between the acts. It was Ed’s suggestion that the event be held as a social gathering rather than as a fund raiser.

Linda also asked Debbie to check with Ed on a date when Rob Ross’ group would be performing. Ed indicated that Rob’s group will be doing the play, Mousetrap on Friday, March 25th and Saturday, March 26th. It will not be necessary for the Deacons to help serve.

Michael Bonyak presented an idea for having a dinner or dessert theater with a program entitled They Move On. It was agreed to keep this in mind as a fund raiser or as a social gathering.

Faith Bonyak questioned about whether a visitor’s packet was available. Perhaps visitors could be welcomed during worship, and told that a visitor’s packet is available for pick-up after church. Linda will check with Marcia on this.

A closing prayer was given by Linda Caleffie.

Motion to adjourn was made by Tina Viakley and seconded by Amy Baker.

Next Deacons Meeting - Monday, March 7, 2011, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A New Devotion on the Prayer Line - Half-Way Obedience

Luke 3:7-17

7-9 When crowds of people came out for baptism because it was the popular thing to do, John exploded: “Brood of snakes! What do you think you’re doing slithering down here to the river? Do you think a little water on your snakeskins is going to deflect God’s judgment? It’s your life that must change, not your skin. And don’t think you can pull rank by claiming Abraham as ‘father.’ Being a child of Abraham is neither here nor there— children of Abraham are a dime a dozen. God can make children from stones if he wants. What counts is your life. Is it green and blossoming? Because if it’s deadwood, it goes on the fire.”

10 The crowd asked him, “Then what are we supposed to do?”

11 “If you have two coats, give one away,” he said. “Do the same with your food.”

12 Tax men also came to be baptized and said, “Teacher, what should we do?”

13 He told them, “No more extortion—collect only what is required by law.”

14 Soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?”

He told them, “No shakedowns, no blackmail—and be content with your rations.”

15 The interest of the people by now was building. They were all beginning to wonder, “Could this John be the Messiah?”

16-17 But John intervened: “I’m baptizing you here in the river. The main character in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will ignite the kingdom life, a fire, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.”


A Devotion by Fred Cloud (Tennessee)

One winter night, Joe, one of my son David’s friends, came by to take David to a concert. I greeted Joe and asked, “How are you doing?” Blowing on his hands, he said, “It’s terribly cold tonight; my hands are freezing!”

“Wait a minute,” I said. Going into my bedroom, I got out an extra pair of gloves and took them to Joe. With a smile, I said, “Scripture says, ‘If you have an extra pair of gloves, lend them to someone who has none.’ Keep these until warm weather.”

After they were gone, I became troubled with what I had said. I looked up the passage in Luke. John the Baptist didn’t say “lend,” he said “give.” I had gone only halfway toward obeying the teaching. Especially in a time of high unemployment and foreclosures on families’ homes, God calls us to radical generosity. I’m glad that many churches, including my own, have food programs for the poor, some provide clothing either free or at a low price, and some strive to provide housing for the homeless.

The next time I saw Joe, I said, “The gloves are yours to keep. I misquoted the Bible, it tells us to give, not merely to lend.” I did that because I believe that living by God’s word is the way to life.

Minute for Mission: Camp and Conference Ministries

Thirty-five miles north of the city that never sleeps lies a tranquil community where we cultivate quiet as well as gardens, where we enrich minds as well as spirits, and where bold dreamers of all kinds are welcomed to experience the movement of God's Spirit. The Stony Point Center is a historic national conference center of the PC(USA) located in Stony Point, New York, in the heart of the lower Hudson Valley. We welcome people from all walks of life who seek to engage their own faith tradition and others through study, reflection, and work.

During the summer of 2011, Stony Point Center is embarking on an ambitious project to turn our dream of a dedicated arts space into a reality. We will utilize teams of volunteers from churches, presbyteries, schools, and elsewhere in the placing of this new cornerstone of our campus. Volunteers will be our guests for a week, using their resources and skills for the project so that we can construct a building where creativity and imagination lead us down a pathway of peacemaking. Through the hard work of volunteers from near and far, we will dedicate a building for guests to paint a picture of peace, mold a sense of justice through clay, and hew out meaningful dialogue in our woodshop.

At Stony Point Center, we strive to make work a spiritual practice and the foundation of our efforts to build a vibrant, multifaith community committed to the study and practice of nonviolence, peace, and justice. Those who come to our campus to offer their labor are welcomed for the gifts they bring and are invited into the full life of our community. As we move forward in the next chapter of Stony Point Center, we look forward to harnessing the creative energy that comes from shared vision and hope. If you are interested in participating in this initiative or any of the other opportunities available at Stony Point Center, please visit our website.

- Libby Shannon, M.Div., candidate for ministry, Peace River Presbytery, former mission volunteer, Stony Point Center

Monday, February 14, 2011

Yesterday's Sermon - Remember the Titans

1 Corinthians 3:1-9

1And I myself, brothers, wasn’t able to speak to you as spiritual people but as fleshly people, as infants in Christ. 2Milk I gave you to drink, no food, for you were not yet able, but now you’re still not able, 3for still you are fleshly people. For in so far as there is among you jealousy and rivalries, you are fleshly people, aren’t you, and according to human ways, you behave, don’t you? 4For when a certain person might say, “I myself am Paul,” but another “I am Apollos,” you are human, aren’t you?

5Now, who is Apollos? And who is Paul? Servants through whom you trusted and helpers whom the Lord gave. 6I myself planted. Apollos gave drink. But God caused it to grow. 7So nothing is the one who plants nor the one who gives drink, but God who causes growth. 8But the one who plants and the one who gives drink are one, but each will receive his reward according to his own labor. 9For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.


Remember the Titans

I assume everyone has noticed the cover of the bulletin. Now, I hope y’all cut me a little slack this morning and not just because we had a sleep-over on Friday night and I took Maggie to the Annual Girl Scout Father/Daughter Dance last evening. You see, I decided to be completely open with y’all this morning; therefore, I have got to admit a dirty and dark little family secret. In fact, I guess I should be saying, “My name is Ed, and I am an addict.” And over the last week or so, I’ve been forced by those whom I love sincerely to go cold turkey.

And I’ll tell you, it’s been tough. In fact, after looking it up, I now know that I’m suffering from most of the symptoms associated with what alcoholics call “The Dts.” You see, according to The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry, “the main symptoms [of Delirium tremens] are confusion, diarrhea, disorientation and agitation and other signs of severe autonomic instability,” and outside the diarrhea, I’ve got them all. And I know the reason. I’m entering that horrible state of mind that experts call “AF,” and I’m talking about, “After Football.” But of course, I’m not alone. We all entered that wasteland of confusion, disorientation and other signs of severe autonomic instability around 10:00 last Sunday evening, although I hear that some of the Steelers became confused and disoriented about three hours earlier than the rest of us, although a bad case of diarrhea might also explain their play in the Super Bowl. But I’ll tell you, it’s still better than hearing “As the Saints Go Marching It.” Anyway, I’m suffering from football withdrawal, and maybe that’s why a poster for the movie Remember the Titans is on the cover.

Of course, as a member of the congregation reminded me this last week, not everybody in this church is a football fan, which I personally found shocking; therefore, they might not know about this movie I made my kids watch every year when I was teaching school. And so, if you’ve never seen it, here’s Remember the Titans in a nutshell. It was the story of how a new, black coach, played by Denzel Washington, took the football team from a newly integrated high school in my home state of Virginia all the way to the state championship. Now that’s the thumbnail outline, but most of the movie is about how he got a group of guys who were divided by all the racial stuff schools in Virginia went through when the court mandated bussing, how he took that dividing bunch and had them shift their attention from their differences to their team. And since this was a “feel good” movie, that would even cause some of my girls to cry, it all worked and of course they won the big game. I’ll tell you, if you haven’t seen it, it’s really worth renting, even if your not a football fan.

And you know, sometimes I wish that we could bring people together as quickly and as easily and as completely as they did in that movie. But of course, now I’m talking about life not film, and in the world where I live, divisions can’t be healed in two hours. But I’ll tell you, I wish that weren’t the case, because from where I stand, there seems to be divisions all over the place. I mean, we’re constantly reminded that our country is divided, divided by race and gender and religion and of course politics. Man, I know liberals who won’t even drink tea anymore. And families, good gracious, sometimes it husband vs. wife, kids vs. parents, in-laws vs. outlaws; the list goes on and on. And within the church, I don’t care if you’re talking about the global Body of Christ or one congregation on Main Street, well, there seems to be a lot of stuff pulling us away from one another. My gosh, if we just had Denzel Washington here, to make us a team so that together we could face all that the opposition can throw against us, if he was just around here, maybe he’d give us so much unity as a country and community and congregation that we could go out and actually win the game.

But you know, right here, we may be in luck, because even though we don’t have Denzel, we do have the Apostle Paul, and I think Paul was dealing with this same situation when he wrote to the Corinthians; and for that reason, even though he never won an Oscar or a Tony, his observations just might help us deal with the divisions that prevent us from becoming everything God has created us to be.

Of course, we’ve talked about the Corinthian problem over the last few weeks, but just in case you’ve missed those Sundays, this particular church was being ripped apart by divisions, most of which were personal. As he said right here, “For in so far as there is among you jealousy and rivalries, you are fleshly people, aren’t you, and according to human ways, you behave, don’t you? For when a certain person might say, ‘I myself am Paul,’ but another ‘I am Apollos,’ you are human, aren’t you?” You see, little groups of people were pulling away from the rest. And for Paul, this was unacceptable, because their obsession with themselves and what they wanted and who they’d decided to follow was so great, that they had no energy to share the good news of salvation to a world that was starving. Sound familiar? And because of this, he knew that the only way to stop these idiotic divisions was to refocus the attention of the people within the congregation away from themselves to the one who should have been the focus anyway.

Again, just listen to what he had to say: “Now, who is Apollos? And who is Paul? Servants through whom you trusted and helpers whom the Lord gave. I myself planted. Apollos gave drink. But God caused it to grow. So nothing is the one who plants nor the one who gives drink, but God who causes growth. But the one who plants and the one who gives drink are one, but each will receive his reward according to his own labor. For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.” In other words, if you want real unity, if you want the ability to do the work you’ve been called to do, my gosh, if you want to serve God in a way that’s effective, man, you’ve got to look past yourselves to the one who’s most important. I mean, if the church were like a farm, the one who plants and the one who waters are both necessary, but the one who’s most important is the one that causes growth, because the other two aren’t worth a bucket of spit if the seed does germinate and grow. I’m telling you, it’s not you but God who’s got to be most important, and when you realize that, unity won’t be a problem. Now that’s what Paul wrote.

And I’ve got to tell you, the message is the same to us as it was for them. If we want any kind of unity within the community, if we want any kind of unity within the body of Christ, if we want any kind of unity within our congregation and our families and our marriages, we’re not going to find it by focusing on what we think or want or feel as individuals; man, we’ve got to start focusing on the one who called us together in the first place. I’ll tell you, in my opinion, there’s no two ways about it, we’ve got to start focusing on God, the only one who’s really bigger than the differences we know. He’s got to be our focus.

And I’ll tell you, when he is, I think we’ll see some remarkable things happen, in fact some things that I sincerely believe are happening within our congregation right now. You see, I think a hunger for God and his word and spirit will, not may but will bring together communities that are divided over politics and will bring together the body of Christ which has been divided into denominations and will bring together congregations and families and marriages that are being split by issues that aren’t worth a hill of beans when compared to the creator of the universe.

Using Paul’s image, without looking down on the guy with the plow or the watering can, we’ve got to recognize that the one who makes the plants grow is really most important. And when we do, when we can put our egos and opinions and personal wants and desires in the back seat and recognize that it’s God who’s behind the wheel, well, all of a sudden I believe a lot of petty differences will disappear. And that just makes sense. If God is the center of this community, how in heavens name are we going to start trying to assign blame for the problems that we face? Instead, together we’re going to start looking for the answers.

And if God is the center of the body of Christ here in the United States, how in heaven’s name are we going to allow the amount of water used in baptism or how a church chooses to govern itself split us into competing spiritual franchises? Instead, together we’re going to be out there not trying to shuffle members from one congregation to another and calling it evangelism but rather we’re going to be proclaiming to a world that has only a vague understanding of who Jesus is and the difference he can make in a person’s life. And I’ve got to tell you, if God really is the center of our congregation and our families and our marriages, how in heaven’s are we going to allow gossip and half-trues and “he said/she said” nonsense prevent us from becoming everything that God has created us to be? My gosh, I just can’t see that happening.

Instead, we’ll realize that there’s something a whole lot more than us involved here, that God wants us to be as strong and as united as we can be so that we can face the real problems that surround us and that all the other stuff just may be distractions thrown up to knock us off course, in other words, to prevent us from living as men and women saved by Jesus Christ. The more we allow our congregation and our families and our marriages to be divided, the more our ability to share the love and grace and mercy of God is compromised. And in my humble opinion, anyone who would say that such a situation is acceptable, well, I think they should take a hard look at their own faith. No, as our focus shifts from self to God, I believe our cooperation will also increase.

Like I said, by the end of the movie, Remember the Titans, the divided football team has come together so effectively that they actually win the Virginia State high school championship. And although that’s inspiring as all get out, we all know that life isn’t a movie and what divides us won’t be solved by a screen writer. No, it can only be solved by a decision that I honestly believe, praise the Lord, we’ve already made around here but that we still need to reaffirm on a daily basis: that regardless of what or how or even why we feel the way we do, we’re not going to let those things divide us, because there’s something a lot more important than our feelings and it’s divine mercy and grace and love. That should always be our focus. You see, if we want unity, it’s really not the titans we need to remember, it’s God.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Prayer Needs

During the next week, let's remember the following in prayer:

Adults
• Virginia Welch
• Phyllis Manley
• Mary Jane Cummings
• John Brothers
• Catherine Zinc
• Mike Cline
• Rhonda Bruich
• Paul Buck
• Denni Stillwagoner
• Madeleine Jackson
• Bill Churchman
• Mr. & Mrs. Mario Whitehead
• Eileen Fazi
• Dave Bever
• Julia Zatta
• Janet Paulin
• Corinne Ferguson
• Taylor Harris
• Kim Sabor
• Pam Haller
• Mary Torchio
• Cheryl Hargast
• Jenni
• Bonnie Kirtley
• Ray & Madeline Greco
• Benna Milliken
• Connie Francis
• Rachael
• Mary & Jack Games
• Betty Kraina
• Karen Hornberger
• Vicki Williams
• Delbert McLaughlin
• Jennifer Dahlem
• Leota McPeek
• Rose Mader
• Kendrick Roebuck
• James Woolfolk & family
• Tricia Smith & family
• Amanda Hankey’s aunt
• Harvestime Worship Center
• Jamie Emanuel
• Karen Darin
• Ila Shingler

Kids
• Jonah Becker
• Shelby Kamarec
• Brody McUmor
• Dustin Parr
• Zoe Purcell
• Daisy Emmerick
• Georgie Platt
• Audri King
• Alec Barnhart
• Brandon Wates
• Hunter Stafford
• Michael Liptak
• Justus Loughry
• Cory
• Autumn
• Joshua Nichols

Military
• Michael Criss
• Jonathan Criss
• Chad Peppler
• Kendra Mader
• Stephen Mader

Teens & College Students

Troops:
Our troops all around the world need our prayers for strength, endurance, and safety.

Church Families:
• Mark, Jenny, Christina & Josh Cummings & Megan Bartolovich
• Jack & Mary Jane Cummings
• Chris, Wendy, Dakota & Silas Cutright

Local Church
Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church

Announcements for February 13-20, 2011

The announcements as they will appear in Sunday's bulletin are below:

THE CONGREGATION OFFERS IT’S PRAYERS FOR THE CATTRELL FAMILY . . .
on the passing of Bob. His memorial service was held yesterday in the church.

OUR NURSERY FOR CHILDREN . . .
(infant thru five years) is open during Sunday School and the Worship Service, under the direction of Jenna Maine. We still need some volunteer help. If you can spare time to supervise the little ones, please talk to Jenna after the service. We wish to thank you in advance for giving of your time to care for the future members of Cove Church.

DON’T FORGET SUNDAY SCHOOL . . .
we meet every Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. Think about trying out one of our classes. We have a variety of classes to chose from to fit your needs.

WHEN WE BEGIN THE SERVICE. . .
our children carry red, orange and yellow streamers. This represents the coming of the Holy Spirit, filling the sanctuary as we prepare to worship. At the end of the service, they carry the streamers out, challenging us to carry the Spirit into the world.

JESUS TIME OFFERS THE YOUNGER CHILDREN . . .
of our congregation, between the ages of 3 and 11, the opportunity to worship in a special experience just for them. The children are dismissed to Jesus Time after a Special Time for Children.

THIS IS CHALLENGE SUNDAY . . .
and the theme is Show Some LOVE for Cove Church. The purpose of this event is to aide with the upcoming sanctuary roof expense. The rubber roofing project is estimated to cost $28,500. Challenge Sunday is being done to help defray the costs.

OUR MEN’S CLC BIBLE STUDY CLASS . . .
will meet Monday, February 14, at 6:00 a.m. in the board room.

THE SESSION WILL MEET . . .
Tuesday, February 15 6:30 p.m. All elders are asked to attend.

FUN WITH SIGNING CLASS . . .
the 8 week class begins this Wednesday, February 16 at 4:30 p.m. Learn a Secret Language with your school age child. For more information contact Deborah Smith at 304-914-5677 or bizzylittlehands@email.com.

THE ADULT HANDBELL CHOIR WILL PRACTICE . . .
on Wednesday, February 16, at 5:30 p.m. We have 1 position that needs filled. We practice from 5:30 - 6:45 from September through May. We play once a month for Sunday services and for holidays. If you are interested in joining, please contact Becky Korosec at 304-748-8449 for more information.

THE CHANCEL CHOIR WILL PRACTICE . . .
on Wednesday, February 16, at 6:45 p.m. in the sanctuary. Everyone who wishes to praise our Lord through song is invited to join us. We will also practice the cantata, Who Do You Say That I Am?, to be presented during the Palm Sunday Worship Service.

BABY PLAY AND SIGN CLASS . . .
a new series of classes will begin on Thursday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m. and run for 8 weeks. Your child will learn to communicate with you before they can talk and experience a unique bonding experience. For more information contact Deborah Smith at 304-914-5677 or bizzylittlehands@email.com.

THE BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET . . .
Thursday, February 17, at 12:00 p.m. We’ll begin a study of John, by looking at John 7:1-52. Grab your lunch and join us as we study God’s word.

WINTER WEATHER . . .
please be advised that if Hancock County Schools are closed due to severe weather, the church and office will close that evening and all activities for that evening will be canceled. We thank you for your understanding in this matter.

RESERVE A DATE. . .
before scheduling an activity at the church, please call the church office to check that the date is available.

2011 OFFERING ENVELOPES . . .
are available on the table in the narthex. Please pick-up your box and also any neighbors or friends that you might be able to deliver saving us postage. If you would like a box of offering envelopes but did not receive one please contact Floy Fetty at 304-670-1561.

LIKE TO READ? LIKE NEW RECIPES? LISTEN TO CDS? . .
a large amount of books have been donated and have been placed on tables in Fellowship Hall, stop in and browse and take any that appeal to you. Donations accepted.

WE ARE BLOGGING!
We now have six blogs that you can check out for information and on which you can leave comments. They're listed below:
• The Cove Community (www.thecovecommunity.blogspot.com) - This is for the whole church. I'll post sermons and announcements. I also invite y'all to send in material that you'd like to share with other members of the congregation. And please feel free to comment on anything you might read.
• Cove Kids (www.covekids.blogspot.com) - This is tailored for the preteen 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. And they don't have to all deal with the church. We also post artwork from Jesus Time.
• Glue (www.cove-glue.blogspot.com) - Our teens are running their own blog site; therefore, I have no idea what will be posted.
• Bible Talk (www.cove-bibletalk.blogspot.com) - We've established this blog to give pastors and lay people the chance to discuss Scripture. The weekly passages are from the Common Lectionary, and we're posting the pastor’s translation of the Greek text. We want you to read any or all of the passages and to leave any comment or ask any question that you feel is appropriate. Please include any research you've done. As we share our ideas and insights, we hope that we'll all come to a better and deeper understanding of the Bible. Each passage is linked to a website that offers some informative information.
• Let Talk About It (www.cove-talk.blogspot.com) - Through this site, we hope to encourage a conversation on a variety of topics. Since this blog is sponsored by a church, we expect most of the issues to involve the Christian faith. Still we don't want to limit ourselves or you. If you have a topic that you'd like us to discuss, include it as a comment to a previous issue. Please phrase it as a question and offer a summary of at least two positions. We'll add a new item to discuss every three weeks. We hope this challenges you to apply your faith to issues that are important to you.
• The Bible in a Year (www.cove-bibleinayear.blogspot.com/) - Each day, we'll post passages so that you can read the Bible in one year.

IT IS THE DUTY OF THE DEACONS . . .
to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond our community of faith. If our Deacons can be of service to you, contact a deacon or the church office.

MISSING A DISH, BOWL OR BAKING PAN?
Check the pantry in the kitchen. There are a number of items - bowls, plates and utensils that were left after various functions, one may belong to you.

SHOP ON LINE . . .
use Good Search and Good Shop search engines to find what you are hunting for. Just list Cove Presbyterian Church as your charity and a percent of your purchase will come back to the church. It’s a simple way to raise money for the Cove Deacons while shopping for yourself!

IT IS OFTEN DIFFICULT TO HEAR PRAYER REQUESTS . . .
on Sunday mornings. If you would like to have someone added to the prayer chain please drop a short note into the collection plate with their name and any other information you would like to share. You may also call the church office or e-mail the church with the information.

IN THE HOSPITAL? HOMEBOUND? RECENT ILLNESS?. . .
if you are unable to attend services and would like to arrange for a visit by Rev. Ed Rudiger please contact the church office. Also if you would like to be included in our weekly bulletin mailings contact the church office.

WE CAN ALWAYS DO A BETTER JOB MINISTERING . . .
to the needs within this congregation, community and world. Please feel free to offer any suggestions as comments.

LOOSE CHANGE OFFERING . . .
Session has approved the Deacons collecting a “Loose Change Offering” that will be used to assist the Deacons with their utility assistance outreach program for Weirton residents or Cove Church members. We hope church members can help with the assistance program by donating some of their spare change. A container is placed in the Narthex each Sunday morning before church. The Deacons thank you for your continuing support of their projects.

VASES OF FLOWERS. . .
can be purchased for a service. The cost is $16.00 a vase. Silk flowers can be purchased for an additional cost. The flower calendar is located on the far wall in the church narthex or you can telephone the church office to place your order. After the service, the flowers will be placed in a plastic vase for you to take with you.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS. . .
newsletters from old friends or articles about or by members of Cove Church, check out the new bulletin board located in the hallway by the church offices. Past event pictures are also on display in that area.

WE’RE UPDATING OUR PRAYER AND DEVOTION LINE . . .
about four times a week. If you would like to call and hear a devotional, please call 304-748-7900.

ONGOING MISSION PROJECTS . . .
• Used can tabs are being collected for the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown, West Virginia. Deposit your tabs in the container located in the main hallway downstairs.
• Campbell’s Labels are being collected by the Presbyterian Women and can be dropped off in the container located in the main hallway downstairs.

SHOE BOX PROJECT . . .
Kyle Truex, a Boy Scout with Troop 334 has extended his Eagle Scout Project to include continuous donations for Appalachian Outreach Inc. Brochures with envelopes attached are located on the table in the narthex.

FOR THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2011 . . .
the Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery asks that all churches pray for Wierton, Cove - Ed Rudiger, Pastor and Weirton, Oakland - vacant pulpit. Please also remember in your prayers, Cove’s Congregational Prayer Partner, Steubenville First Westminster Presbyterian Church.