Friday, September 30, 2011

PC(USA) News & Announcements Weekly Digest - September 26-30, 2011


September 26

Reconciliation amid great pain
As only viable institution, church role in Sudan is crucial, peacemaker says

September 27

‘Dare to be sympathetic’
Fundamentalism is easier, but unrewarding, says peacemaker from Israel/Palestine

September 28

Loving God by loving neighbor
Sacrificial service leads to Christ’s peace, Guatemala peacemaker says

September 29

Beyond the written word:
Meeting “Face to Face” makes all the difference for church professionals seeking calls

Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association (PHEWA) seeks nominations to recognize ministries of social justice

No fear
Mutual respect between Christians, Muslims possible, Bangladesh peacemaker says

September 30

Stronger congregations, deeper relationships
Christians can play significant role in U.S.-Russian relationship, Orthodox peacemaker says

Neal Presa is first candidate for GA 220 moderator
New Jersey pastor endorsed by Elizabeth Presbytery

PC(USA) leaders call for release of Iranian pastor

Announcements

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

WE WELCOME YOU . . .
as you share with us in worship on our Lord’s day. If you are a visitor and are interested in joining this congregation, please talk to the pastor. If you have a problem and need some guidance, please call Pastor Rudiger, 304-748-5980 or e-mail him at CovePresbyterian@aol.com.

OUR NURSERY FOR CHILDREN . . .
(infant thru five years) is open during Sunday School and the Worship Service. We still need some volunteer help. We thank those of you in advance who help to care for the future members of our Cove family.

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 choose from to fit your needs.

IF YOU’VE EVER WORRIED OR FELT STRESS . . .
plan to join our new women’s discussion group. Led by Debbie Rudiger, we’ll be talking about how we can rise above worry and stress. They will meet on Sundays, beginning at 9:45 a.m. Come and feel free to invite your friends.

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY . . .
will be observed this morning during our worship service. DEACONS MEETING. . .
Monday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the board room. All deacons are asked to attend.

THE EIGHTY-NINTH ANNIVERSARY & CELEBRATION . . .
of the Myrtle McHendry Class will be held on Tuesday, October 4 at 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. We will have a wonderful program of inspirational music, scripture and group singing presented by Mary McElroy. Mary plays the autoharp and is very active in The Women of the Presbytery of the Upper Ohio Valley. If you didn’t make a reservation for dinner you are welcome to come and enjoy the program.

ADULT HANDBELL CHOIR PRACTICE . . .
under the direction of Becky Korosec will be held on Wednesday, October 5 at 5:30 p.m. New members are always welcome and you do not have to read music to play. The Handbell Choir plays once a month for Sunday worship. For more information contact Becky at 304-748-8449.

THE CHANCEL CHOIR WILL PRACTICE . . .
on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 6:45 p.m. We will be working on anthems for each service and also a new patriotic cantata, God Bless the USA for November. If you would like to lift your voice in song to praise our God, consider becoming a member of the Chancel Choir. For more information contact Janice Torrance at 304-797-1908.

THE BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET . . .
next on Thursday, October 6, at 12:30 p.m. Grab your lunch and join us as we study God’s word. We’re beginning a study of 1 Thessalonians, and this week we’ll look at 1 Thessalonians 1:1–2:16.

SPECIAL SESSION & TRUSTEE BOARD WILL MEET . . .
Tuesday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. All members are asked to please attend. Stewardship will be the main topic of discussion.

OUR TWELFTH ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE . .
will be celebrated on Sunday, November 6. At that time we will honor all deceased members and family members of Cove members. If you had a loved one who passed away since our last service, please contact the church office with the individual’s name and date of death.

CUPBOARD IS BARE; . . .
therefore, Cove’s Food Pantry is in need of restocking. Of you could find it in heart while grocery shopping to purchase an item or two the deacons would be very grateful. Items that are extremely low are:
jelly
peanut butter
vegetables
soups
boxes potatoes
stuffing mix
canned fruit
jello or pudding
cereal
evaporated milk
spaghetti or ravioli
tuna
cake or cookie mix
pancake mix or syrup
hamburger or tuna helper
manwich
rice or noodle side dishes
tomato products
noodles
spaghetti sauce
broth
complete boxed meals
We thank you in advance for your continued generosity, it enables us to assist those in need in our community.

2012 COVE COMMUNITY BIRTHDAY CALENDARS HAVE ARRIVED . . .
please see Betty Virtue to pick-up your calendar on Sunday morning or stop by the church office during the week to pick-up your order.

ONLY ONE. . .
a Peg Game designed by Bruce Trushel, is available in the church library. The learning game is a unique way to learn and remember the Ten Commandments. The game can be ordered from:
Only One God Foundation
PO Box 2459
Weirton WV 26062

GREETERS NEEDED . . .
if you would like to serve as a greeter before a Sunday morning worship service, please contact Bonnie Nichols at 304-723-5134.

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’s 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.

EIGHT FOOT KASSON BRAND POOL TABLE . . .
with an Italian Slate Top; 7 Cue Sticks with wall mount holder; excellent condition; vinyl cover; includes ping pong top- - $ 900.00. For more information contact the church office.

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.

IF YOU LEAVE AN ITEM AT CHURCH . . .
for someone or for a specific function, please take a moment to write the information on the item. If there is no name on the item we will assume it is for the church in general.

IN THE HOSPITAL? HOMEBOUND? RECENT ILLNESS?. . .
if you are unable to attend services and would like to arrange for a visit from 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.

SHOP ON LINE . . .
just use Good Search and Good Shop search engines to find what you are hunting for. 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!

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 for the Weirton Christian Center. The labels can be dropped off in the container located in the main hallway downstairs.

World Communion Sunday

On Sunday, we'll celebrate World Communion Sunday, the day set aside for Christians all over the world to gather around the Lord's Table and to share the bread and the cup. During the service, we'll focus on Christian unity.

To get us in the spirit of the day, I've print a copy of an entry in a blog kept by Lynn Hasselbarth, a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV), serving in Huánuco, Peru. I hope you enjoy her observations.





World Communion
(Read at Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church on World Communion Sunday 10/4/09)

Last year, on World Communion Sunday, I took communion for the first time in Peru. And while we didn’t formally recognize that it was a special Sunday, I experienced a very real sense of world communion - to be in one place partaking in a sacred ritual and at the same time imagining our sanctuary here at Hamilton Union and all of you, taking the same bread and drinking the same grape juice and meditating on our shared devotion.

As I bowed my head in prayer in our church in Huánuco, I placed my hands along the back of the wood pew just as I do here and had that indescribable feeling of being in two places at once - a feeling I experienced many times throughout the year.

During my first few months in Huánuco, I tried very hard to be fully present in my new place. To devote all of my energies to my immediate environment. To really immerse myself - in the language and the day to day relationship building among my host family and co-workers. I consciously detached from my world here in order to adapt.

But as the year continued, especially after the celebrations of Christmas and my birthday and January, I started feeling very homesick. I longed for those who really understand me, who have known me since I was little, those who I can vent to in my own language and listen to them effortlessly without the roadblocks of translation.

I felt so frustrated whenever I was homesick. In thinking of those I missed and loved, the places I longed to return to, I felt distracted and distanced from the present. But I realize now that during those times of homesickness, I was experiencing the realities of world communion.

Like homesickness, entering world communion is uncomfortable because it calls on us to be present in our own lives and to also care deeply for those that are far from us. It is a state of being that makes one feel torn, even conflicted, causing us to ask where we belong and who do we relate to.

I didn’t see this then, but what a blessing! The blessing of being part of one community yet simultaneously immersed in another. That I might have a deep feeling of belonging in more than one place.

The blessing of feeling connected to others even while they are physically far from me. The idea that even while living in Peru, I had a home in another country, belonged to a family in another hemisphere, and shared memories from another corner of the world.

And this is, I think, where the idea of World Communion begins - the ability and willingness to physically live in one place but let your heart and soul reside in many places, among many people – to hold hands with someone from halfway across the world through a deep knowledge of their circumstances and a shared belief that we are connected through our relationship with G-d.

For me, World Communion means sitting down for dinner with my family here in Guilderland and also finding my place at the kitchen table with my host family, Pastor Abdon, Elena and their daughter Carla. One family brings into mind the other, both of which I am part of.

The conversations at each of those gathering places mirror each other, a family sharing about their day, planning for the week, and laughing about the cat and dog as they pace around the kitchen. And while I sit at one table thinking of and longing for the other, I realize that they are in fact the same table.

World Communion is sitting down at the table before me and at the same time sitting down at many tables, and then realizing it is all the same table.

World Communion is also knowing intimately the rhythms and motions of another place - knowing that on any given Sunday in Huánuco the cows at the Granja farm are being milked at 5:00 am. Two hours later, the massive Catholic church in the middle of town will blare praise songs over a loudspeaker. Later in the morning, our pastor will roll up the metal garage door to our newly painted church. And having returned from church and after eating a mountain of tallarines (spaghetti), the entire Camarena household, including me, will retire for a mid-afternoon nap.

World Communion is saying to myself multiple times a day, “If I were in Peru right now, what would I be doing? Who would I be with?"

If I were in Peru this Sunday morning, I would be at church, the Christian Mission Alliance of Huánuco. I would be standing next to Carla whispering together like two little school girls, then singing the opening worship songs nearly drowned out by the electric guitars, drum set and the woman in the front row waving her tambourine. The entire congregation would be clapping to the beat, raising their arms high. And it’s not a question of whether my friends in Peru might be doing this… it’s that they are, right now.

I don’t think we’re called to be in just one limited geographic place, whether it be Guilderland or Huánuco. I think we are called to expand what we name our community and see ourselves as part of a much larger family, sitting at a much larger table.

And it’s wonderful when everyone at that table is having a good day. But what happens when a member of that larger family is facing a difficult challenge? What do we do when a member of that larger family is suffering?

It is difficult to be home and far from those I came to love in Peru and those at Paz y Esperanza, where I worked. It was difficult to leave just as fifteen year old Gladys and her 6 month old baby Luis Migel moved into the shelter on the farm own by Paz y Esperanza. I had become very close to her and I know this transition was not easy for her. How does she feel right now? What is going through her mind?

Accepting the invitation to world communion is challenging because it means acknowledging that the realities at other ends of the table are harsh, saddening and unfamiliar. It is knowing that while I sit down for dinner in my comfortable apartment, with a big kitchen and my own bed, Talia and her brother Eliaquim are going to sleep on an empty stomach because their father didn’t sell enough pop sickles on the streets of Huánuco. The entire family will share two single beds in a closet-sized bedroom.

By entering world communion we recognize that we are from the same community and no longer are others’ struggles a distant concern. World Communion asks us to know intimately the hardships that others have endured and are experiencing at this moment. To listen to stories that are painful and traumatic marked by sexual abuse, domestic violence, civil war, disabling poverty.

By entering World Communion we must prepare ourselves for deep sorrow and ugliness.

But world communion also brings great joy.

World Communion emerged every time I pulled out the piece of orange felt with Ariel’s name on it, another volunteer who I was chosen to pray for while she served in Southern India. While I prayed for her, Celeste was praying for me in Guatemala.

World Communion emerged when I visited a women’s weaving cooperative in Lima that made the bags that were given out at the Presbyterian Women's Gathering in Louisville a few years ago.

World Communion was alive during an evening with my host family, skimming through old hymn books in Spanish, looking for melodies we all recognize.

I think part of me will always reside in Huánuco, Peru. In accepting that, I’m starting to understand what it means to have my heart in two places at once, to live here but simultaneously feel knitted into the daily life and ways of another community.

Having returned home, it is Peru that I am now homesick for. But I have come to believe that homesickness is a holy place, a recognition that while I may never be able to see all those I love in one room, I know that we are indeed at the same table.

Prayer Requests

The following are needs we'll lift to God on Sunday. If you have anyone to add, please let us know. Thanks.

Adults
Bill Moulds
Connie Francis
Dave Bever
Loretta Hess
Mary & Jack Games
Mr. & Mrs. Mario Whitehead & Joyce
Nick Palavis
Paul Buck
Rhonda Bruich
Vicki Williams
Bob Saffle
Bonnie Kirtley
Rachael
Jennifer Dahlem
Charles Saffle
Andrea Vincent
Christy Cybulski
Andy DiRemigio
Chum Robert
Bill Churchman
Judy Dobbins
John F. Roberts
Chuck Porter
Denise Krofchek
Tom Lint
Rick Swain
Dave Adler
Anthony Calpo
Domenick Notarantanio
Richard Redfern
Rich Jeffers
Marie Luckhardt
Wayne Jeffrey
David Matthews
Trina Lewis
James White
T.J. Croft
Belle Howard
Violet Mouser
John Edwards
Ron Baker
Dr. Bill Roberts
Rick Willard
Karen & her son Daniel
Judy Mason
Katie Allen
Susan Ponville

Kids
Audri King
Brandon Wares
Brody McUmor
Daisy Emmerick
Georgie Platt
Hunter Stafford
Jeffrey Konovich
Jonah Becker
Justus Loughry
Michael Liptak
Shelby Kamarec
Zoe Purcell

Military
Chad Peppler
Jonathan Criss
Kendra Mader
Michael Criss
Stephen Mader
Randy Phillips

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

In the Hospital
Eleanor Williams - Weirton Medical Center

Church Families
Sherry, Frank, Tori & Cameron Pierce
George, Bernice & Eric Redish
Charles & Susan Reynolds

Local Church
Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church

Special Friend
Mildred Kimmel - 3601 Lindberg Way, Weirton, WV 26062-4443

Other Presbyterian Churches
Jewett Ridge Presbyterian Church, Jewett, Ohio - Rev. John Visser
Bethel Presbyterian Church, Key, Ohio - Mr. Kurt Turner
They ask for prayer for continued guidance for the congregation and thanksgiving for the strength God gave them (as individuals and as a congregation ) enabling them to conduct Sunday Services during the lengthy illness of their pastor. They ask for prayers that God will bless them with young people that they may provide them with a chance to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Also Remember in Prayer
Carriage House, 3106 St Charles Dr, Steubenville, OH 43952
Ruth Gilmore

Chambrel at Montrose, 100 Brookmont Rd, Akron OH 44333-3091
Thelma Longacre, Unit 210

Weirton Geriatric Center, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave, Weirton, WV 26062
Marge Black, Room 353
Mary Kay DePaolo
Dorothy Sobolak, Room 223
Bob Morgan
Mike Valiga
Alice Orr

Wyngate, 100 Wyngate Dr, Weirton WV 26062
Father of Mary Ann Ianni

Ila Mauk - 1235 Swearingen Rd, Weirton, WV 26062-4332

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - No Fear


Psalm 23:1-6

1-3 God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.

4Even when the way goes through
Death Valley,
I’m not afraid
when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
makes me feel secure.

5You serve me a six-course dinner
right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
my cup brims with blessing.

6Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life.


A Devotion by Frankie J. Melton, Jr. (South Carolina)

Today I visited a man who is dying. After reading Psalm 23 and John 14 at his bedside, I laid my hand on his head and prayed for him. His wife and daughter sobbed as they caressed his arm. He was unable to speak or open his eyes. The last time I had spoken with him he had confessed that he was afraid to die, so I emphasized the words of Psalm 23:4.

When we returned to the living room, his wife said, “You know, he might come out of this.”

I was surprised by her statement. She meant that he might be healed and his health restored. I was thinking his death was a forgone conclusion. I said what I believe to be true, “It’s in God’s hands.” His wife agreed.

Because everything that concerns us is in God’s hands, we have hope for the future. Not only are this man’s health and healing in God’s hands; so are my family, finances, my drive to work, my future. The psalmist reminds us that all our times are in God’s hands. (See Ps. 31:15.) Regardless of how good or how terrible life may seem, no out come is a forgone conclusion. And whatever happens, God has promised to be with us.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Baby Leyton Burket

Hi there,

Just wanted to share some photos of our early arrival - Leyton Patrick. Born Sept. 27 at 2:51 p.m. 7lb 2oz, 20.5 in.

The hospital has come a long way since Jenna was born. Her photos were taken in a closet by one of the nurses!

Here's the link and password to the website to view a slideshow - http://www.bellababyphotography.com/

Click view photos
Click My photos taken from Sep 1
Enter password: 0927leytonburket
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Hope you enjoy!
Tawnya

Minute for Mission - World Communion Sunday

Lynn Hasselbarth's first Communion in Peru when she was a Young Adult Volunteer fell on World Communion Lynn writes, "This is, I think, where the idea of World Communion begins – the ability and willingness to physically live in one place but let your heart and soul reside in many places, among many people – to hold hands with someone from halfway across the world through a deep knowledge of their circumstances and a shared belief that we are connected through our relationship with God.''

World Communion for Lynn is sitting down for dinner at the table before her "and at the same time sitting down at many tables, and then realizing it is all the same table,'' a larger table with a larger family spread around the earth. When everyone at the table is doing well, the meal is wonderful, "but what happens when a member of that larger family is suffering?''

When you take Communion today, are you willing to let your heart reside in other places and with other people, people who are suffering and people who are thriving? To connect as family with others at the larger table of God is one reason that the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program was formed thirty years ago this year and the Peacemaking Offering set up to fund it. Presbyterians then were concerned about people around the world who were suffering from violence, war, hunger, and oppression. Presbyterians are still concerned today.

Today, as the larger family gathers around Christ's Table in every land, may we celebrate with each other the joy of fellowship in Christ, weep for those who are in pain, and work faithfully as peacemakers, in our living and in our giving.

– Nancy Goodhue, former associate for Mission Interpretation, General Assembly Mission Council

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuscaloosa – Winds of Hope

This past spring, severe and devastating storms ravaged the Midwestern, Southern, and Eastern United States. During April 2011, more than 300 tornadoes were confirmed. The video, “Winds of Hope” focuses on the tornado that touched down in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. One of the ways that Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) continues to respond in Tuscaloosa and other areas that were affected by the storms is by supporting congregations hosting volunteer work teams. Please register your team by contacting the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121 or register your interest online.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sunday's Sermon - Complete Joy

Philippians 2:1-13

1Then if there is encouragement in Christ, if there’s comfort from love, if there’s communion in the spirit, if there’s affection and compassion, 2then complete my joy by thinking the same, having the same love, in harmony of mind, with the same thought, 3doing nothing for personal advantage nor for vainglory but in humility, consider others to be above yourselves, 4not looking after your own interests but after the interests of others.

5Think within yourselves the same thing which was also in Christ Jesus, 6who was in the form of God but didn’t consider equality with God to be stolen, 7but he stripped himself, taking the form of a slave, and came in the likeness of humanity, and in his appearance was found as a person, 8he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, death on a cross. 9That is why God raised him and bestowed on him the name that is above all names, 10so that in the name of Jesus every knee might bend on heaven and on earth and under the earth 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the father.

12Therefore, my beloved, just as you always obeyed me, not only in my presence alone but even now in my absence, with fear and trembling work out your own salvation. 13For God is the one at work in you, both to will and to act, for the sake of [his] good will.


Complete Joy

For the last month or so, during our Thursday afternoon Brown Bag Bible Study, we’ve been looking at some world religions. As of last week, we’ve talked about Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism. In fact, we’re going to finish up the series with some of the religions from the far east, and so if you’re fired up to learn about Confucianism, Daoism, and Shintoism, come on over this Thursday. Now I don’t know about everybody else, but I’ve had a pretty good time thinking about what other folks believe, and I’ll tell, in some very profound ways, I’ve been struck by how similar the ethical and moral teachings have been. I guess you can say that right is right regardless of whether you’re a Christian or Jew, a Muslim or a Hindu.

Well, last week we focused on a religion called Buddhism, a system of beliefs left by a man name Siddhartha Gautama that have a whole lot more to do with how you live than in what you worship. And at the center of his teachings is what Buddhists call the Four Noble Truths. First, he taught that all people suffer, and it really doesn’t matter whether you’re rich or poor, religious or not; all people suffer. That’s one. And second, he said that this suffering comes from craving. In other words, we suffer because we always want more, sort of what God had in mind with the whole business about coveting. We mess ourselves up because we crave what we don’t or maybe can’t have. That’s noble truth number two. And third, the only way to deal with suffering is to stop craving. Of course this isn’t rocket science. It’s sort of like the guy who goes to his doctor and says, “Doc, I’ve got a problem. It hurts every time I lift my arm like this. What should I do?” And the doctor says, “Don’t lift your arm like that.” I mean, daaa (with three “ds”). That’s three. And fourth, if you want to stop craving, you need to follow the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, also called the Buddha. Now that’s at the core of his teachings.

And although I don’t think there’s a thriving Buddhism community in Weirton (my goodness, if there is I haven’t seen it), this business about suffering would sure seem to have a lot of appeal. I mean, if a bunch of Buddhists made this into a infomercial, I think a lot of people would buy the tapes, because let’s face it, most of us would like to avoid as much suffering as we can, am I right? My gosh, unless you’re Bill Murray in Little Shop of Horrors, nobody likes pain. That’s why people go to doctors and chiropractors and sometimes divorce lawyers, to avoid pain, to avoid suffering. And when something works, we’re grateful. Unfortunately, usually it doesn’t work for long and then something new comes up, and we’re back to where we were, either looking for someone to help or someone to blame. I guess you could say that the happiness we want is pretty elusive; therefore, maybe, if Buddha’s cure, which by the way is called the Eightfold Path, maybe if it works like Richard Gere and Tina Turner and Orlando Bloom believe it does, what the heck, maybe it’s worth a shot. Send me the tapes.

But you know, before we, in mass, become Buddhists and try to twist our legs into that lotus position which is nearly impossible in a pew (and I’ll tell you, for me that would result in more suffering than it would cure), we might want to listen to what Paul had to say in this passage, because right here I think he offers a pretty good glimpse into joy. Remember, he wrote, “Then if there is encouragement in Christ [which there is], if there is comfort from love [which there is], if there's communion in the spirit [which there is], if there is affection and compassion [which there is], then complete my joy by thinking the same, having the same love, in harmony of mind, with the same thought, doing nothing for personal advantage nor for vainglory but in humility, consider others to be above yourselves, not looking after your own interests but after the interests of others.” In other words, according to Paul, given the fact that God has already taken care of encouragement and comfort and communion and compassion, since all that’s a done deal through the power and presence of God, his joy would be complete if everybody in the Philippian church stopped looking at themselves and their own opinions and their own interests and started looking toward others in a spirit of unity and humility and generosity. That would put a smile on Paul’s face, for people to stop bragging and looking after number one and to start showing a little bit of love and looking after one another.

And if they had any question about what that meant or how they might do it, man, they had the best example of all. And I’m talking about the one who, now quoting the same passage from The Message paraphrase, “...had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.” You see, for Paul, there was no better example of humility than Jesus Christ.

And with a focus on others and on Christ, the Philippians should be able to trust completely in God, that he was “...one at work in [them], both to will and to act, for the sake of [his] good will,” and with this help, they’d be able to work out their own salvation, but always with “fear and trembling,” knowing that they couldn’t do squat without God. Now, for Paul, this is his path to complete joy.

And I’ll tell you something, I’ll tell you, brothers and sisters, this same thing can apply to us. You see, I’m convinced that although I don’t see anything wrong with the Four Noble Truths or the Eightfold Path, we don’t have to become Buddhists to know complete joy, because it’s right here in Paul’s letter to the Philippians. I’m telling you, if we want to be happy, and I’m talking about deep down, in your heart happy, there are two things we might want to do. First, we’re probably going to want to turn from ourselves, you know, from what we want but can’t have, from our ego-driven desires and from those dreams of success that only benefit us. Now I know that runs counter nearly everything our culture teaches us, that the one who wins is the one who dies with the most stuff, but if we want to find any real sense of peace and satisfaction, we’ve got to put ourselves in the backseat. That’s the first thing we might need to do.

And with that done, if we want to be happy, second, we can shift our focus to something else. And in particular, we can focus on one another in a spirit of unity and humility. And we can do that with everybody, and not just the people in the church. In other words, rather than looking down on the folks around us, as though we have something they need but they’ve got nothing we want, we can work a little modesty into our character, believing that we all have talents and experiences, opinions and perspectives, hopes and dreams that we can share.And that by sharing them, by speaking and by listening, we all benefit. And together we can work for the benefit of others. You know, we’re at a dangerous point as a society. I read about how some folks at a recent political debate thought it was OK to let a person die because he didn’t buy health insurance. It was OK to let him die, rather than taking some tax money to help him live. Really? Now I don’t know how y’all feel about that, but it seems that, at least for Paul, we find genuine happiness when we’re able to put the needs of others before our own interests. You see, we can shift our focus to the needs of others.

While at the same time we can focus on the example of Jesus Christ. You know, sometimes we spend so much time concentrating on the crucifixion and resurrection that we forget that in his life, Jesus left us a pretty powerful example. And although I’d never want any of us to forget what he did on the cross and what the empty tomb means, I think we also need to use him as an example. A few years ago, those WWJD bands were really popular. Well, I’ll tell you, as we live in a world that’s full of poverty and pain and as we deal with people who more and more look at the church as some kind of dusty and irrelevant relic from a by gone age and as we face folks in our own families and among our own friends who are, for whatever reason, right on the verge of giving up and giving in, I’m telling you I think that’s an excellent question for us to ask as individual Christians and as the Body of Christ: If he were here right now, what would Jesus do? Man, if we want to be content, we really need to shift our focus to the example of Jesus Christ.

And then maybe, just maybe, we’ll be able to see God alive and working within our lives. You know, when we’re focused on ourselves, I think it’s easy to see God as being something that’s distant and kind of detached. We’re down here, and he’s up there. But you know, as our focus shifts away from self and what we want, what we crave, and as we look to others, with Christ as our example, I think we’re going to feel the presence of God within us and all around us. And that presence is moving us to be the people we were created to be. You see, as we shift from and shift to, I’m convinced our joy will grow.

Now, like I said a little while ago, we’ve just about finished our study of world religions, and I’ve got to tell you, at least for me, it’s been a lot of fun. We’ve looked at some different ways people view God and some different life-styles that some religious folks believe can enhance human life. And you know, even though there’s some real truth in what they all teach, personally, when it comes to being happy, I don’t think it gets much better than what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians. You see, in the passage we read, I think he offered them and offers us a key to genuine happiness, and it all comes down to shifting our focus away from ourselves so that we can really see the needs of others and the example of Christ and the presence God in our lives. And I’ll tell you, when that happens to us, I think we’re well on our way to complete joy.

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Just Jesus

Romans 10:12-18

12no matter if that person is a Jew or a Gentile. There is only one Lord, and he is generous to everyone who asks for his help. 13All who call out to the Lord will be saved.

14How can people have faith in the Lord and ask him to save them, if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear, unless someone tells them? 15And how can anyone tell them without being sent by the Lord? The Scriptures say it is a beautiful sight to see even the feet of someone coming to preach the good news. 16Yet not everyone has believed the message. For example, the prophet Isaiah asked, “Lord, has anyone believed what we said?”

17No one can have faith without hearing the message about Christ. 18But am I saying that the people of Israel did not hear? No, I am not! The Scriptures say,
“The message was told
everywhere on earth.
It was announced
all over the world.”


A Devotion by Andy Baker (Tennessee)

Recently I read a story about a group of Christians in China and how they approached evangelism. They had a great desire to teach the gospel and spread the news about Jesus to as many people as possible. “We can’t afford any big programs or fancy gospel presentations,” they said. “All we have to give people is Jesus.”

In the first century the church communicated the good news of Jesus throughout their world without fancy programs or elaborate equipment. They lived their faith and taught their neighbors and friends, and the church saw rapid growth. All they had to give people was Jesus. We can do the same. All we need is the willingness and the voice to share with others the “reason for the hope that [we] have. . . with gentleness and respect” (1 Pet. 3:15). If we look for opportunities to introduce our community and the world to Jesus and his life-giving message, we will find them

Monday, September 26, 2011

PDA-RIN – Opportunities to get involved in disaster response



Cleanup buckets are needed

Many parts of the United States have experienced a large amount of flooding this year due to rapid melting of an above-average snowpack in the Upper Midwest, above-normal precipitation during the spring, and after-effects from Hurricanes Irene and Lee.

One of the ways that PDA helps in response to flooding is through Gift of the Heart kit Clean-up buckets.

These buckets are extremely helpful as a first step in the recovery process. Unfortunately, the large number of disasters has pretty much exhausted the Church World Service supply of Clean-up buckets. A shipment of 250 Clean-up buckets was recently sent to a Presbyterian church near Binghamton, New York, to help that community begin the recovery process, but more are needed for other locations.

Please prayerfully consider participating in this important mission. Instructions for putting together the buckets can be found on the PDA website.

Call for volunteers

The large number of natural disasters this year means that many people need help in cleaning up or rebuilding their homes. There are several U.S. locations currently hosting volunteer work teams and several others that are almost ready to do so. Your presence is needed to help families put the disasters behind them, repair their homes and restore their lives.

The PDA Call Center can help you plan your next disaster response mission trip. Please give them a call at (866) 732-6121 to schedule your team or register your interest online.

Alternative Giving resources

PDA is finishing some new materials for use in your Christmas and other alternative giving events. This year’s brochure clearly explains how each gift is an example of what a gift through PDA can accomplish.

This year, materials can be ordered from Presbyterian Distribution Service. Below is a list of available items.

Full color brochures – featuring disaster survivors from around the world, the brochure offers information about international, national, and general response opportunities. PDS item #25412-11-004.

Gift cards – for those at your event or in your congregation who make a donation to PDA in honor of a loved one. PDS item #25412-11-007.

Poster – 11x17 poster to assist with promoting your special event. PDS item #25412-10-005.

Bookmarks. PDS item #25412-11-006.

Pew Envelopes. PDS item #25412-10-010.

Order items by calling PDS at (800) 524-2612 and asking for the # listed. All items are available at no charge. Please allow ten days for receipt. If you have questions or need items sooner, please email us or call (888) 728-7228, x5839.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Only By Grace

Colossians 3:12-17

12-14So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

15-17Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.


A Devotion by LeenaVijaykumar (Karnataka, India)

During my first visit to the central prison of Bangalore as the medical advisor of the prison-ministry team, I felt apprehensive about meeting the women behind bars. I imagined hard-core, rude criminals like the ones I had seen in movies. After depositing our personal items at the prison entrance, we were escorted to the women’s cell area.

When we passed by the room used for prayers, I heard female inmates singing melodious hymns. The prison-ministry group had taught them spiritual songs during their previous visits. The women sang with deep faith and humility, asking God to help them cope with their situation. They sounded as if they were reaching out to God for forgiveness. I was moved by their cries, and I began to sing along with them.

I soon realized how easily we take our freedom for granted while we look at those behind bars with contempt. Judging others is not our responsibility. God loves each of us irrespective of our situation. We are all sinners, and only by God’s grace can we be saved. When we reach out with compassion to others, the joy of forgiving and being forgiven will be ours.

Conscience Rights Violated by Sweeping HHS Contraceptive Mandate

Take Action at www.pacatholic.org by September 30

In implementing the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the new health care reform law), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (FlITS) recently issued a rule requiring almost all private health plans to cover contraception and sterilization as “preventive services” for women. The mandate even forces individuals and groups with religious or moral objections to purchase and provide such coverage if they are to receive or provide health coverage at all, This poses an unprecedented threat to individual and institutional religious freedom.

The rule includes a religious exemption so extremely narrow that it protects almost no one, It covers only a “religious employer” that has the “inculcation of religious values” as its purpose, primarily employs and serves persons who share its religious tenets, and is a church organization under two narrow provisions of the tax code. A great many religious organizations -- including Catholic colleges and universities, as well as hospitals and charitable institutions that serve the public — will be ineligible. Individuals and religiously affiliated health insurers will not qualify for the exemption.

The new rule would force insurance plans to cover “all Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for alt women with reproductive capacity.” Never before has the federal government required private health plans to include such coverage. The FDA-approved “emergency contraception” (EC) drugs that are covered by this mandate can work by interfering with implantation of a newly conceived human being. Also, the drug the FDA most recently approved for EC, “Ella,” a close analogue to the abortion drug RU-486, has been shown in animal tests to cause abortion. Thus, the mandate includes drugs that may cause an abortion both before and after implantation.

ACTJON: Please send an e-mail message to HI-IS by visiting www.pacatholic.org. With just a few clicks of the mouse, you can send a message to HI-IS asking them to respect religious liberty and to your elected representatives in Congress, urging them to support the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (H.R. 1179/S. 1467) to ensure that such federal mandates do not violate Americans’ moral and religious convictions.

MESSAGE TO HHS: ‘Pregnancy is not a disease, and drugs and surgeries to prevent it are not basic health care that the government should require all Americans to purchase. Please remove sterilization and prescription contraceptives from the list of ‘preventive services’ the federal government is mandating in privatc health plans. It is especially important to exclude any drug that may cause an early abortion, and to fully respect religious freedom as other federal laws do. The narrow religious exemption in HITS’s new rule protects almost no one, I urge you to allow all organizations and individuals to offer, sponsor and obtain health coverage that does not violate their moral and religious convictions.”

WHEN: Please send your comments to HHS by the September 30 deadline. You can send your message at www.pacatholic.org.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Announcements

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

OUR NURSERY FOR CHILDREN . . .
(infant thru five years) is open during Sunday School and the Worship Service. We still need some volunteer help. We thank those of you in advance who help to care for the future members of our Cove family.

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 choose from to fit your needs.

IF YOU’VE EVER WORRIED OR FELT STRESS . . .
plan to join our new women’s discussion group. Led by Debbie Rudiger, we’ll be talking about how we can rise above worry and stress. They will meet on Sundays, beginning at 9:45 a.m. Come and feel free to invite your friends.

ADULT HANDBELL CHOIR PRACTICE . . .
under the direction of Becky Korosec will be held on Wednesday, September 28 at 5:30 p.m. New members are always welcome and you do not have to read music to play. The Handbell Choir plays once a month for Sunday worship. For more information contact Becky at 304-748-8449.

THE CHANCEL CHOIR WILL PRACTICE . . .
on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 6:45 p.m. We will be working on anthems for each service and also a new patriotic cantata, God Bless the USA for November. If you would like to lift your voice in song to praise our God, consider becoming a member of the Chancel Choir. For more information contact Janice Torrance at 304-797-1908.

THE BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET . . .
next on Thursday, September 29, at 12:30 p.m. Grab your lunch and join us as we study God’s word. We’ve begun a study of world religions, and this week we’ll look at the religions of the far east.

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY . . .
will be observed next Sunday, October 2 during the morning worship service.

THE EIGHTY-NINTH ANNIVERSARY & CELEBRATION . . .
of the Myrtle McHendry Class will be held on Tuesday, October 4 at 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The dinner will be catered and reservations may be made by calling Grace Michell at 304- 723-2438 or Kay Hyde at 304-748-0965 before September 27th. A short business meeting will be conducted by president, Betty Virtue, and a wonderful program of inspirational music, scripture and group singing will be presented by Mary McElroy. Mary plays the autoharp and is very active in The Women of the Presbytery of the Upper Ohio Valley. Esten Jezerski will lead the devotions and the hostesses will be Betty Virtue, Eleanor Cline and Audrey Vincent. If you don’t make a reservation for dinner you are welcome to come and enjoy the program.

2012 COVE COMMUNITY BIRTHDAY CALENDARS HAVE ARRIVED . . .
please see Betty Virtue to pick-up your calendar on Sunday morning or stop by the church office during the week to pick-up your order.

ONLY ONE. . .
a Peg Game designed by Bruce Trushel, is available in the church library. The learning game is a unique way to learn and remember the Ten Commandments. The game can be ordered from:
Only One God Foundation
PO Box 2459
Weirton WV 26062

GREETERS NEEDED . . .
if you would like to serve as a greeter before a Sunday morning worship service, please contact Bonnie Nichols at 304-723-5134.

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’s 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.

THANK YOU FOR YOU GENEROSITY!. . .
The Presbyterian Women are extremely grateful to everyone who contributed items towards their Migrant Workers Health Kits. The kits have been delivered to Church Women United for distribution.

EIGHT FOOT KASSON BRAND POOL TABLE . . .
with an Italian Slate Top; 7 Cue Sticks with wall mount holder; excellent condition; vinyl cover; includes ping pong top- - $ 900.00. For more information contact the church office.

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.

IF YOU LEAVE AN ITEM AT CHURCH . . .
for someone or for a specific function, please take a moment to write the information on the item. If there is no name on the item we will assume it is for the church in general.

IN THE HOSPITAL? HOMEBOUND? RECENT ILLNESS?. . .
if you are unable to attend services and would like to arrange for a visit from 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.

SHOP ON LINE . . .
just use Good Search and Good Shop search engines to find what you are hunting for. 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!

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 for the Weirton Christian Center. The labels can be dropped off in the container located in the main hallway downstairs.

Minute for Mission - Native American Day

Ministry among the Native Americans began shortly after the European immigrants arrived. The first Bible published in America (1633) was written in the Algonquin language. The first Indian Presbyterian Church was established in 1641 among the Shinnecock Indians on Long Island. At the meeting of the first presbytery, established in 1706 in Philadelphia, it is believed that thirty-seven Indian pastors attended. They learned to speak English and taught missionaries their native languages. The largest number of Native American churches was founded in the late 1700s to the early 1800s.

The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions opened the Dakota Mission, the antecedent of Dakota Presbytery. Teaching materials were prepared in both English and Dakota. Beginning in 1869, denominational work focused on evangelism and education; such schools were established as Cook College and Theological School and Sheldon Jackson College. The second largest increase of mission activity with Indian people occurred in the nineteenth century.

During the 1970s, the program agency of the Presbyterian Church established the Native American Consulting Committee. It developed the Churchwide Policy for Native American Ministries to provide direction and counsel to the General Assembly and synods on matters affecting Native peoples. Today there are 109 churches and positive signs of church revitalization. Traditional pottery painting taught in church classes preserves cultural heritage and increases church membership; presbyteries, communities, and tribal councils start partnerships; Native American pastors develop outreach programs to meet the needs of off-reservation Native people; the number of Native American commissioned lay pastors has increased. In many other ways, empowered Native American leaders and pastors serve our people and serve as advocates in the denomination.

— The Rev. Helen Locklear, Lumbee Tribe, North Carolina; regional representative, Board of Pensions; and clergy member, Presbytery of Coastal Carolina

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Prayer Requests

The following are needs we'll lift to God on Sunday. If you have anyone to add, please let us know. Thanks.

Adults
Andrea Vincent
Andy DiRemigio
Anthony Calpo
Belle Howard
Betty
Bill Churchman
Bill Moulds
Bob Saffle
Bonnie Kirtley
Charles Saffle
Charley
Christy Cybulski
Chuck Porter
Chum Robert
Connie Francis
Dave Adler
Dave Bever
David Matthews
Denise Krofchek
Domenick Notarantanio
Dr. Bill Roberts
James White
Jennifer Dahlem
John Edwards
John F. Roberts
Judy Dobbins
Judy Mason
Karen & her son Daniel
Linda & Albert
Loretta Hess
Marie Luckhardt
Mary & Jack Games
Mr. & Mrs. Mario Whitehead & Joyce
Nick Palavis
Paul Buck
Rachael
Rhonda Bruich
Rich Jeffers
Richard Redfern
Rick Swain
Rick Willard
Ron Baker
Susan Ponville
T.J. Croft
Teresa
Tom Lint
Trina Lewis
Troy
Vicki Williams
Violet Mouser
Virginia & Paul Welch
Wayne Jeffrey

Kids
Audri King
Brandon Wares
Brody McUmor
Daisy Emmerick
Georgie Platt
Hunter Stafford
Jeffrey Konovich
Jonah Becker
Justus Loughry
Michael Liptak
Shelby Kamarec
Zoe Purcell

Military
Chad Peppler
Jonathan Criss
Kendra Mader
Michael Criss
Stephen Mader
Randy Phillips

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

Church Families
Patty & Beth Patsch
Jim, Donna, Derrick Paul
Shana Pepper

Local Church
Christ United Methodist Church

Special Friend
Kitty Heilman - 1215 Glencairn Rd, Weirton, WV 26062-4323

Other Presbyterian Churches
The United Presbyterian Church in Hopedale, Hopedale, Ohio - Ted Whitaker
Jewett Presbyterian Church, Jewett, Ohio - Vacant Pulpit

Also Remember in Prayer
Carriage House, 3106 St Charles Dr, Steubenville, OH 43952
Ruth Gilmore

Chambrel at Montrose, 100 Brookmont Rd, Akron OH 44333-3091
Thelma Longacre, Unit 210

Weirton Geriatric Center, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave, Weirton, WV 26062
Marge Black, Room 353
Mary Kay DePaolo
Dorothy Sobolak, Room 223
Bob Morgan
Mike Valiga
Alice Orr

Wyngate, 100 Wyngate Dr, Weirton WV 26062
Father of Mary Ann Ianni

Ila Mauk - 1235 Swearingen Rd, Weirton, WV 26062-4332

A New Devotion on the Prayer Line - Unforgettable Lesson

2 Timothy 3:14-17

14Keep on being faithful to what you were taught and to what you believed. After all, you know who taught you these things. 15Since childhood, you have known the Holy Scriptures that are able to make you wise enough to have faith in Christ Jesus and be saved. 16Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. 17The Scriptures train God’s servants to do all kinds of good deeds.


A Devotion by Adalina Ríos de León (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

My mother was a person of extraordinary faith. If I were to list all the lessons my mother taught me, the list would fill many pages. However, teaching me to pray the Lord’s Prayer daily and to read the scriptures were simple yet profound ways to plant the first seeds that brought me closer to God. I am grateful that through the spiritual discipline she taught me, I learned to love and follow Christ.

I wonder how many children today are taught the important lessons of  praying and reading the scripture. Today many children seem to learn how to use the computer and to play video games before they learn how to speak to God.

Child rearing isn’t easy. We can show our gratitude for the people — often our parents — who have been our models of faith by living a life of prayer grounded in scripture. Praying and reading God’s word are powerful tools that serve us not only in childhood but throughout our lives. And they are a legacy we are called to pass on to others.

Sunday's Minute for Mission - Evangelism Sunday

I have been blessed with a unique ministry since 1987 – I serve both as an Army chaplain and as a parish pastor, sometimes at the same time, sometimes separately. The soldiers and their families whom I have served have taught me how to speak and walk with those who live outside the organized church. My parish ministry has provided me a home base, a living church community whose prayers and support have made my ministry possible.

In both groups I've found that two of the universal human desires are the longing for community and the desire for a personal encounter with the holy, and when these two come together, amazing things can happen. Jesus is in the business of helping people find their way home to him, and evangelism is the process that simply allows the invitation to meet Jesus to shine forth.

In Luke 5, Jesus calls his first disciples and tells them, "Fear not, from now on you will be fishers of men.'' This call to "fear not'' has been God's great call all my life. I believe that God calls us all to:
  • Fear not to come in the name of Jesus to a broken world
  • Fear not to invite others into community in Christ
  • Fear not to call people to deepen themselves by becoming disciples of Christ
  • Fear not to try new ideas and empower others to step out to attempt new things as well
  • Fear not to give people the right to ask questions and investigate new answers
  • Fear not to share the story of your transformed life
  • Fear not to allow the Holy Spirit to work
– The Rev. Jan Koczera, associate pastor of evangelism, First Presbyterian Church , Hamilton Square, New Jersey; chaplain and lieutenant colonel, New Jersey Army National Guard

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Minute for Mission - International Day of Peace

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in Heaven'' (Matt. 5:43-45).

This sculpture symbolizing nonviolence stands
outside the United Nations headquarters in New York.
The United Nations was founded in 1945, in a world reeling from decades of war and human trauma. The United Nations called for an end to war and for the global pursuit of life with more freedom for all. The UN Charter recognized that peace, justice, and respect for human dignity required states to "practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours.''

In 1981, the United Nations declared September 21 as International Day of Peace – a day that has been celebrated for the last thirty years during the annual gathering of heads of state and government at the opening of UN General Assembly meetings. And yet we are far from celebrating the achievement on earth of God's shalom in all its fullness.

Ann Hagmann writes that Christians "steer our lives by a higher value – the love ethic of Jesus ... Compassion will be our guiding light, our rule in life. Justice will lead us to faithful stewardship – to care for and work on behalf of others in the global community. Shalom will be our reward'' (Climbing the Sycamore Tree: A Study on Choice and Simplicity, Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2001). As you commemorate this International Day of Peace, seek the fullness of Christ's shalom in all that you do.

— Jessica Hawkinson, former associate for International Affairs and Education, Presbyterian United Nations Office

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A New Devotion on the Prayer Line - Trust Your Pilot

Galatians 3:2-9
2-4Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up!

5-6Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you? Don’t these things happen among you just as they happened with Abraham? He believed God, and that act of belief was turned into a life that was right with God.

7-8Is it not obvious to you that persons who put their trust in Christ (not persons who put their trust in the law!) are like Abraham: children of faith? It was all laid out beforehand in Scripture that God would set things right with non-Jews by faith. Scripture anticipated this in the promise to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed in you.”

9-10So those now who live by faith are blessed along with Abraham, who lived by faith—this is no new doctrine! And that means that anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God, is doomed to failure. Scripture backs this up: “Utterly cursed is every person who fails to carry out every detail written in the Book of the law.”


A Devotion by Roland Rink (Gauteng, South Africa)

The airplane I was traveling home on was enveloped in thick, dense clouds. All of us passengers had become silent as the aircraft bucked and heaved in the dark sky. As we neared the airport, I caught fleeting glimpses of the earth below, but I still felt a long way from home. I thought about the faith we passengers had placed in the training and skill of the pilot and crew. We had not hesitated to place our lives in their hands.

Thousands of people all over the world place the same trust in airline crews every day. We routinely place our lives in the hands of mere mortals. So why do we sometimes find it difficult to entrust our lives to the care of our loving God? Our supreme Pilot longs to safely guide each of us home. Can we find the courage to entrust our lives to our Creator?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Yesterday's Sermon - The Best Years of Our Lives

Philippians 1:18b-30

18“Not only so, I will rejoice. 19For I know that this will result in my salvation through your petitions and the provision of Christ’s Spirit 20according to my eager expectation and hope, that in nothing I will be put to shame but in all frankness so now Christ will be made great in my body, whether through life or through death. 21For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. 22But if I am living in flesh, this is to me fruit of work, then also what I’ll choose, I don’t know. 23But I am held fast between the two: the desire which I have to depart and to be with Christ, for that is far better, 24but to stay on in the flesh is more necessary because of you. 25And I’m convinced of this; I know that I will remain and stay with all of you for your progress and joy of faith, 26so that your ground for boasting might exceed measure in Christ Jesus for me by my coming again to you.

27“Only in a way worthy of the good news of Christ, live as a citizen, so that whether I come and see you or whether I’m absent, I may hear things about you, that you’re standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, fighting together for the faith of the gospel 28and not scared of anyone from those who oppose [you] which is for them an indication of destruction, but to you salvation, and this is from God, 29because to you, it was granted for the sake of Christ, not only to believe in him but also for his sake to suffer, 30you are having a contest, such as you see with me and now you hear with me.”


The Best Years of Our Lives

Now, I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but just in case you don’t know, I’m a big fan of old movies. Of course I’m getting to be the age when kids call stuff I consider contemporary and cutting edge “old-timie.” Still I really enjoy some of the movies made before I was born, particularly those in black and white. As a matter of fact, before football season started and there is a game every Saturday night, Maggie and I would sit down and watch “The Essentials” on TCM, and if you don’t know what that is, tune into Turner Classic Movies next Saturday at 8:00. Next week it’s “Back Street,” with Charles Boyer and Margaret Sullivan. Any way, I really enjoy old movies.

And one of my favorites is the Billy Wyler classic, “The Best Years of Our Lives.” I’ll tell you, it’s a film that I say has rewatchability, because I could watch it over and over again, and not just because of Virginia Mayo, pu-ya. Now if you’ve never seen it, it’s certainly worth the time. It’s about a group of men coming back from the Second World War, reentering civilian life. And the performances by Frederick March and Myrna Loy and of course Harold Russell, a real paratrooper who’d lost both hands, well, they’re just magnificent.

But you know, it’s not really the movie itself that got me thinking, but rather the title, “The Best Years of Our Lives,” and I’ll tell you why. Now maybe I’m just at the wrong place, at the wrong time, but based on what I hear, I’m not sure I know a lot of people who’d said that right now are the best years of their lives. Now again, this just might be the crowd I hang with, but there sure seems to be a lot of less than content people around. They’re just plain unhappy with their lives. They seem frustrated and discouraged. I guess you could say that they’re not very happy campers.

Of course, I recognize that there’s certainly more than one reason for their feelings. I mean, some of these folks are facing genuine tough times; my gosh, they’ve lost their jobs or can’t pay their bills or they’re dealing with some kind of problem like sickness or death or maybe divorce. Now, you look at these people and there’s little wonder why they’re down. But others, well, what’s going on in them is a little more complicated, because on the surface, especially when compared to those with obvious problems, things look like they’re going pretty well, and yet these folks are miserable too.

Of course, when you listen, the reasons become pretty clear. I mean, it seems like some are living in the past, you know, dwelling on old regrets and hurts while others are living in the future, worried about all the “what ifs” and “never will bes.” And so they’re not happy. But you know, regardless of the issue, whether it involves concerns about the past, present or future, this kind of stuff can sure mess up people as they try to do the best they can with what they’ve got. In fact, it can all become so big and overwhelming that it can not only knock us to the ground but, at the very least, cause us to be pretty ineffective in using the time that we have. And I’ll tell you, in my book, that’s a real shame.

But you know, I’ve got some good news too, and it’s right here, in the passage from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, because right here, in these verses, In other words, I think Paul gives us two things that can help us make better use of the time we have right now. Now, if they’re not already open, you might want to open up your bulletins and notice that, if we want to make more effective use of the present, we need to be become more positive in our thinking. I mean, just consider what Paul wrote. Right at the beginning he determined that his faith and his confidence would shape his whole perspective. He said, “I will rejoice.” And the reason, “For I know that this will result in my salvation through your petitions and ... that in nothing I will be put to shame but in all frankness so now Christ will be made great in my body, whether through life or through death. For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain.”

Now, I think this is remarkable. Paul was so confident in the presence of Jesus and in the salvation that Christ brought into his life, that he was sure that he could handle whatever he had to face. As a matter of fact, he could even look at something as stark as living and dying and say, “But if I am living in flesh, this is to me fruit of work, then also what I'll choose, I don't know. But I am held fast between the two: the desire which I have to depart and to be with Christ, for that is far better, but to stay on in the flesh is more necessary because of you. And I'm convinced of this; I know that I will remain and stay with all of you for your progress and joy of faith, so that your ground for boasting might exceed measure in Christ Jesus for me by my coming again to you.” Paul’s confidence, his assurance that he was in God’s hands and that God was leading him into the future was so strong that he knew that regardless of what happened, it was going to be O.K.

And I’ll tell you, brothers and sisters, we can have the same assurance ourselves. You see, the same one who called Paul has also called us. And the same one who died for Paul has died for us. And the same one who inspired Paul also inspires us. We are firmly and securely in the hands of God, and there’s absolutely nothing in all creation that can separate us from his love. Now this is the promise of God. And because it’s grounded in God, it’s a promise that we can trust; therefore, we can be confident that God will lead us through whatever we have to face. God will enable us to move beyond the past and will empower us to move into the future. Of this we can be sure.

And I’ll tell you, this confidence, this assurance, can lift up our spirits as we live in the present. And I’ll tell you, that can make all the difference. As y’all know, I was a school teacher, and one of the ideas all teachers learn in college is something called “self-fulling prophecy.” In other words, if I expect something to happen, it probably will. If I expect a student to be a problem in class, he probably will be; just like if I think a certain child is really bright, her grades will probably be good. Now that’s just the way it is. And so if I believe God is in control and if I believe that he’s going to lead me into a glorious future and if I believe that his love is constant and secure, this attitude is going to shape everything I do. You see, having a positive attitude, grounded in faith, can make the present a wonderful place to live. That’s one way to make our time more effective.

And second, so will being active. I mean, as soon as Paul wrote about the confidence he had in Christ, he said, “Only in a way worthy of the good news of Christ, live as a citizen, so that whether I come and see you or whether I’m absent, I may hear things about you, that you’re standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, fighting together for the faith of the gospel and not scared of anyone from those who oppose [you]...”

You see, as people who were secure in the love of Christ, Paul challenged the Philippians to work together actively, as though they were citizens of the same country, and to do it by standing firm in their shared faith and by fighting together for the gospel and by showing courage in the face of opposition. In a real sense, Paul wanted the Philippians to be united and involved. And if he were here with us right now, I think he’d want the same for us. If we want to be effective with our time, I think we need to be willing to work together, you know, like we’re on the same team. And we should be willing to struggle, when necessary, to do what’s right. And we must be courageous and confident in the face of opposition, and I’m talking not only about folks who want to shut us down, but also people who want to discourage us enough that we simply quit. Man, we have to keep moving.

And when we do, when we’re focused on what we’re called to accomplish and when we set our minds on complimenting one another and when we’re standing firm and standing tall, I’m telling you, we’re going to start accomplishing things. You see, action will enable us to move past the paralysis that can come from past disappointments and future worries. And when we’re doing it together, with our co-workers keeping us focused, we’ll be in a position to accomplish great things for the kingdom right now, in the present. And that’s the second thing we can do.

You know, they’ll always be all kinds of things that can hold us back. Things like problems in the present and regrets from the past and fears of the future can prevent us from being very effective in our daily living. But you know, that doesn’t have to be the case. You see, we can claim the faith we have and the confidence that it offers and develop a more positive attitude. And we can also decide that we’re going to be active and involved, working together, struggling for the sake of the truth. I’m telling you, these are two things we can do. And brothers and sisters, if we do, than I believe we just may be able to look at ourselves and say there really are the best years of our lives.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Announcements

The announcements as they appear in the bulletin are below.

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 choose from to fit your needs.

A NEW STUDY WILL BEGIN TODAY . . .
Sunday, September 18th at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Led by Pastor Rudiger, we’ll begin by looking at Paul’s Letter to the Romans.

TRUSTEES WILL HOLD . . .
their monthly board meeting on Monday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the board room.

THE SESSION WILL MEET . . .
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm in the board room. This will be our first meeting after summer break, please try to attend.

THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN . . .
will be held on Wednesday, September 21 at noon in Fellowship Hall. All ladies of the church are invited and encouraged to be an active member of our Presbyterian Women.

ADULT HANDBELL CHOIR PRACTICE . . .
under the direction of Becky Korosec will be held on Wednesday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m. New members are always welcome and you do not have to read music to play. The Handbell Choir plays once a month for Sunday worship. For more information contact Becky at 304-748-8449.

THE CHANCEL CHOIR WILL PRACTICE . . .
on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 6:45 p.m. We will be working on anthems for each service and also a new patriotic cantata, God Bless the USA for November. If you would like to lift your voice in song to praise our God, consider becoming a member of the Chancel Choir. For more information contact Janice Torrance at 304-797-1908.

THE BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET . . .
next on Thursday, September 22, at 12:30 p.m. Grab your lunch and join us as we study God’s word. We’ve begun a study of world religions, and this week we’ll look at the Buddhism religion.

IF YOU’VE EVER WORRIED OR FELT STRESS . . .
plan to join our new women’s discussion group. Led by Debbie Rudiger, we’ll be talking about how we can rise above worry and stress. They will meet on Sundays, beginning at 9:45 p.m. Come and feel free to invite your friends.

ONLY ONE. . .
a Peg Game designed by Bruce Trushel, is available in the church library. The learning game is a unique way to learn and remember the Ten Commandments. The game can be ordered from:
Only One God Foundation
PO Box 2459
Weirton WV 26062

GREETERS NEEDED . . .
if you would like to serve as a greeter before a Sunday morning worship service, please contact Bonnie Nichols at 304-723-5134.

REMINDER . . .
meetings are resuming, please contact the church office so your schedule can be placed on the church calendar.

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’s 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.

CHRISTIAN CDS . . .
have been donated to the church. If you like to listen to Christian music, the cds are on the table in the narthex please take what you like.

THE PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN ARE ASKING . . .
the women of the church to help with preparing Migrant Workers Health Kits consisting of a bath towel, washcloth, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, nail file or emery board, safety pins, and band aids. These items are to be placed in the bath towel and tied with string. There is a box for your contributions located in the main hallway downstairs. The items will be collected on Thursday, September 22 and sent downstate where they will be distributed by Church Women United.

EIGHT FOOT KASSON BRAND POOL TABLE . . .
with an Italian Slate Top; 7 Cue Sticks with wall mount holder; excellent condition; vinyl cover; includes ping pong top- - $ 900.00. For more information contact the church office.

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.

IF YOU LEAVE AN ITEM AT CHURCH . . .
for someone or for a specific function, please take a moment to write the information on the item. If there is no name on the item we will assume it is for the church in general.

IN THE HOSPITAL? HOMEBOUND? RECENT ILLNESS?. . .
if you are unable to attend services and would like to arrange for a visit from 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.

SHOP ON LINE . . .
just use Good Search and Good Shop search engines to find what you are hunting for. 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!

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 for the Weirton Christian Center. The labels can be dropped off in the container located in the main hallway downstairs.