Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Weddings at Cove Presbyterian Church

1. Securing the Church
The date and time for the wedding (and the rehearsal, if possible) should be placed on the church calendar as soon as possible. Contact the Minister and the Church Secretary by calling 748-5980.

2. Counseling with the Pastor
The couple will make arrangements to meet with the pastor to go over the details of the wedding and to be counseled about the meaning of a Christian marriage. Arrangements can be made for another pastor or priest to assist the pastor of Cove in the wedding service. If the pastor of Cove is unable to officiate, another pastor may be invited to participate. If possible, the couple will attend four worship services before the wedding.

3. Music
The wedding may be held with or without music. The Cove Church organist will be available for weddings, and it is the responsibility of the couple to contact the organist. The organist will maintain a list of approved substitute organists who can play when he/she is unavailable. The securing of a soloist or the use of additional instruments is the responsibility of the couple. However, upon request the pastor will suggest names to assist in securing a soloist. The selection of music to be played and sung must be approved by the church organist in consultation with the pastor.

4. Decorations
The couple or their families may personally provide the decorations they desire or may hire the services of a florist. Silk flowers may be used.

a. Flowers for the family and bridal party
b. Chancel decorations which may or may not include flowers – usually two baskets for the sanctuary.
c. Candle Lighting
i. The church has two sets of candelabra: one is chrome; the other is brass. The candles (7 per candelabrum or 14 candles per set – 12" to 14" tapers are to be purchased by the couple. We provide a covering under the candelabra to prevent wax drippings on the floor. These are available at no charge.
ii. 24 pew candelabra There are 3 globes on each stand plus a floral bowl. The pew candelabra take a 6" taper candle. These are to be provided by the couple and can be ordered from a florist. Flowers, etc. should be arranged by the couple. Family bows or distinguishing flowers on the pews are the responsibility of the couple. There is a charge of $ 25.00 for the use of the pew candelabra.
iii. Unity Candle We do not have candles available at the church. If a unity candle is desired by the couple, you can purchase a commercial unity candle set (one large and two smaller candles connected in a special display of brass or flowers). Or you can make your own with one large candle (3" X 12") and two smaller candles. Floral rings or other appropriate material may be used with the candles.
iv. Kneeling is possible on the steps of the chancel area or by renting a kneeler from the florist.
v. Aisle Runner An aisle runner may be used and can be provided by your florist. The length of the aisle is 80' to the back wall of the narthex, 60' to the sanctuary interior door.
vi. Multiple Weddings If there is a second or third wedding on the same day flowers may be jointly ordered and the costs shared. If a wedding is held on Saturday, you may leave your chancel flowers for display in our sanctuary during the Sunday morning service. We will designate in the Sunday bulletin that the flowers are from your wedding. After the service, you may designate individuals to receive the flowers, or our deacons will deliver the bouquets to ill and shut-in members at home or in the hospital. The pastor or the office will convey your wishes to the deacon ushers.

5. The Rehearsal
The rehearsal shall be planned for a date and a time near to that of the wedding which is convenient for all concerned – usually the day before the wedding. In the event of two or more weddings on the same day, the time of the rehearsals shall be set up on a first- come, first- served basis. The sanctuary is not available on Wednesday evenings because of choir rehearsal. The rehearsal takes from forty-five minutes to one hour depending on the number of attendants. It is not necessary that the soloist be at the rehearsal. She/he can practice with the organist at any time convenient to both. If this music rehearsal is to be at the time of the wedding rehearsal, the soloist can practice immediately before or after the wedding rehearsal. It is necessary for the church organist to be at the rehearsal.

6. A Wedding Reception at the Church
Your wedding reception may be held in the fellowship hall of the church. The reception may be prepared by friends of the bride and groom. It may be catered by an outside group. The date and time of the reception should be placed on the church calendar as soon as possible. Neither alcoholic beverages nor a group band is permitted. Albums and the use of tapes are permitted.

7. Fees
a. Church/Sanctuary
There is no fee for the wedding, but a gift to the church will be accepted.

b. Music
The Cove Church organist may play for weddings - to be compensated according to the following fee schedule:
i. $150.00 – This is for a simple, two hour wedding service, including a one-hour rehearsal, traditional music and no soloist. A minimum of 60 days’ notice is required.
ii. $200.00 – This is for a service requiring additional time- a one hour rehearsal, a two-hour service and working with a soloist. A minimum 60 days’ notice is required.
iii. Negotiable – The fee will increase for any combination of the following circumstances: if there is more music than normal; if there is new music involving extra rehearsal time; if there is more solo music than normal; if there is a soloist requiring extra time and rehearsal; and/or if less than a 60 days’ notice is given.

It is preferable for the Cove Church organist to play for all weddings. However, the organist has the right to refuse weddings; and families making arrangements for a wedding may secure the services of another organist.

c. Custodial Help
Since we normally do not have custodial help available during the weekend, we ask that families involved with the wedding pay the overtime entailed in asking the custodian to be present. Please pay the custodian according to the following schedule:

i. Wedding service only (no rehearsal) $ 30.00
ii. Wedding and rehearsal 50.00
iii. Wedding, rehearsal and reception 70.00

Note: For very small and informal weddings, when no custodian is involved, the fee is waived subject to the discretion of the Pastor.

d. Bulletin Printing
A $ 25.00 check should be made payable to the Church Secretary.

e. Receptions
At the present time, we do not have an organization in the church to handle meals at a wedding reception. If friends of the bride and groom prepare the reception, a basic fee of $100.00 is charged. If an outside caterer is used, which necessitates the use other equipment, the fee is $150.00. These fees do not cover custodial help and are in addition to the use of the sanctuary fees.

f. Pastor
No fee is necessary for the pastor of the church. An honorarium will be accepted.

Suggestion - Bring all items such as organist’s fee, custodial fee, church use fee, marriage license, etc. to the rehearsal. It will reduce a lot of last minute work on the wedding day.

8. Remembering the Wedding
a. A guest book
May be placed in the Narthex.

b. Photographers and Videographers
The photographers and videographers should meet with the pastor before the service.

9. Odds ‘N Ends
a. A Notice of the Wedding
Inviting the congregation to the service (only) may be placed in the previous Sunday’s church bulletin.

b. A Special Bulletin
A special bulletin may be prepared. If the church secretary is to prepare the bulletin, please submit all material into her hands two weeks before the service. The bride and groom can purchase bulletin covers or order covers thru catalogs in the church office.

c. Dressing in the Church
Rooms are available in the church where members of the wedding party may dress if they so desire.

d. Participation of Family, Friends
Several adjustments may be made in the service to include the participation of family, friends or the bridal party. Please discuss this with the pastor.

e. Marriage License
Please bring your West Virginia marriage license to the pastor at the time of the rehearsal.

f. The use of rice or bird seed is not permitted. Balloons or bubbles may be used but, must be kept out in the narthex and used outside of the building only, because of the fans.

g. Please be as helpful as possible to the pastor. He may not know, in many instances, family relationships such as divorce, remarriage, etc. To save embarrassment to all concerned, discuss these circumstances with him ahead of time.

h. The wedding party may park in the small city parking lot prior to the wedding. The gate will be opened by our custodian and an appropriate sign placed at the gate limiting parking to the bridal party.

i. If you have any questions please contact the church office:
The Cove Presbyterian Church
3404 Main Street
Weirton, West Virginia 26062
Covepresbyterian@aol.com
Telephone number: (304) 748-5980
Fax: (304) 748-5981

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - In God We Trust

1 Timothy 6:3-19

3Anyone who teaches something different disagrees with the correct and godly teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ. 4Those people who disagree are proud of themselves, but they don’t really know a thing. Their minds are sick, and they like to argue over words. They cause jealousy, disagreements, unkind words, evil suspicions, 5and nasty quarrels. They have wicked minds and have missed out on the truth.

These people think religion is supposed to make you rich. 6And religion does make your life rich, by making you content with what you have. 7We didn’t bring anything into this world, and we won’t take anything with us when we leave. 8So we should be satisfied just to have food and clothes. 9People who want to be rich fall into all sorts of temptations and traps. They are caught by foolish and harmful desires that drag them down and destroy them. 10The love of money causes all kinds of trouble. Some people want money so much that they have given up their faith and caused themselves a lot of pain.

11Timothy, you belong to God, so keep away from all these evil things. Try your best to please God and to be like him. Be faithful, loving, dependable, and gentle. 12Fight a good fight for the faith and claim eternal life. God offered it to you when you clearly told about your faith, while so many people listened. 13Now I ask you to make a promise. Make it in the presence of God, who gives life to all, and in the presence of Jesus Christ, who openly told Pontius Pilate about his faith. 14Promise to obey completely and fully all that you have been told until our Lord Jesus Christ returns.

15The glorious God
is the only Ruler,
the King of kings
and Lord of lords.
At the time that God
has already decided,
he will send Jesus Christ
back again.
16Only God lives forever!
And he lives in light
that no one can come near.
No human has ever seen God
or ever can see him.
God will be honored,
and his power
will last forever. Amen.

17Warn the rich people of this world not to be proud or to trust in wealth that is easily lost. Tell them to have faith in God, who is rich and blesses us with everything we need to enjoy life. 18Instruct them to do as many good deeds as they can and to help everyone. Remind the rich to be generous and share what they have. 19This will lay a solid foundation for the future, so that they will know what true life is like.


A Devotion by Mary Ng Shwu Ling (Singapore)
Recently when I walked to a restaurant counter to pay for my meal, I saw a sign that shocked me. Printed on the sign were the words, “In Money We Trust.”

Paul gave a warning in his letter to Timothy about the pitfall of loving money. Some of us may already have experienced the emptiness of such misplaced trust. Others may think that wealth can buy solutions to all our problems. However, if we believe what the Bible says, we know that money cannot deliver us from our problems. Whether we are rich or poor, our problems can be overcome only when we admit our helplessness and turn to God.

Before I entered seminary I bought an apartment with a housing loan. Later, the interest rate increased and began to deplete my savings. When I prayed and asked God for wisdom, I was prompted to talk to the banking officer in charge of my loan, and he suggested refinancing it. Following this advice, I managed to repay the loan with my savings until I graduated.

From this incident I learned that God is faithful and can be trusted, no matter what. By taking steps of faith, such as praying and seeking God’s help and wisdom, we can experience renewed life.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Yesterday's Sermon - Between Turkeys and Tinsel

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

3Grace to you and peace from God our father and Lord Jesus Christ. 4I thank my God at all times concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you in Christ Jesus, 5that in all things you were enriched in him, in every word and all knowledge, 6just as the witness of Christ was made firm in you, 7so you may not be lacking in any gift of grace, as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ 8who will also make you firm until the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9Faithful is God, through whom you were called into communion with his son Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Between Turkeys and Tinsel

How many of y’all had a nice Thanksgiving, and of course I’m talking about a day with lots of food and plenty of football and as little drama as possible? How many of y’all had a day like that? Well, that’s what Thanksgiving was like around the Rudiger house. And I’ll tell you, that was really nice. Maggie and I stuffed and cooked a turkey. Debbie made one of my all time favorite desserts, pumpkin pie. And we made some real mashed potatoes, not the stuff from a box but the real McCoy, and we covered it with some honest-to-goodness homemade gravy. And everybody got along. I didn’t get any upsetting phone calls. We were completely drama free.

I’m telling you, it was wonderful; in fact, it was nearly a perfect day for all three of us. And as “the cherry on top of the sundae,” Debbie was primed to pursue her absolute passion, something that she loves only a little less than Maggie and God (I think I’m somewhere in the ten top, at least, I hope I am.) Debbie was ready to go shopping and since it was Thanksgiving evening, she was going to do it all night long. And for the first time, Maggie was going to go with her. Of course, I wanted to go, I mean I enjoy nothing better than spending four hours in Macy’s, but Debbie just wouldn’t let me. Just my luck, I had to stay home and sleep.

Now this was the plan. They’d start by hitting Walmart, right here in Weirton, at ten o’clock. Sadly, that’s about when I’d be turning out the lights. And then they’d go to Robinson, hit Macy’s and Kohl’s and Toy ‘R Us, as I slept all depressed because I was in my nice warm bed, while they were fighting crowds. And then, after the all-night shopping binge, they get some breakfast at Bob Evans and come home at the about the same time I’d be getting up. It just shows that one person’s dream can be someone else’s nightmare. Anyway, my girls left the house at around quarter to ten, about fifteen minutes before I grabbed my book and went to bed.

But it’s interesting, at about eleven, I vaguely remember hearing the door downstairs open. Well, at that point I was pretty groggy, you know, semi-asleep, and so I don’t remember much else that night. In the morning, though, I asked Debbie about what had happen. And she said that things didn’t work out the way she’d planned. It seems as though, Walmart at ten o’clock pretty much overwhelmed Maggie, with people all over the place, buggies blocking the aisles, and to make matters even better, a guy cursing as they were waiting to check-out. Merry Christmas. Well, it was all too much for our nine-year-old, and so they came home.

And you know, as I’ve been thinking about it, that really isn’t a bad way the kick-off the Christmas season, because I don’t know about y’all, but sometimes I feel more than a little overwhelmed by the holiday. And I’ll tell you, the fact that Debbie does nearly all the shopping and a lot of the decorating is more than made up for by all the stuff that’s happening around the church. Let’s just say I have plenty on my plate for the next the month. But then don’t we all. My goodness, we’re all entering that wonderful period between turkeys and tinsel, a time of hustle and bustle; and you know, if we’re not careful, I think we all know that “the reason for the season,” and I’m talking about the birth of Jesus Christ, he can kind of get lost in all the busyness.

But, to tell you the truth, I don’t think this kind of thing is all that new and exciting. In fact, in a lot of ways, just, plain living can be every bit as overwhelming as getting ready for Christmas, can’t it? And the result, well, that’s pretty much the same too. Of course the stress can come from several different directions. For example, I think everybody here has some set of problems they’re facing, am I right? They may involve health or money or time. They may be at home or work or school, maybe even church. My goodness, they may not even be about us but instead a son or daughter, a co-worker or classmate, a friend or a neighbor. But regardless of the what or the where or the who, they’re all problems nonetheless. And that can be overwhelming. And I’ll tell you, so can all the obligations we get ourselves into. Speaking as a guy who has a hard time saying no, one more committee or one more weekly meeting just might push me over the edge. Whether it’s four dozen cookies for the PTA or some promise that sounded better when we made it than it does right now, we can drown in commitments. And I haven’t even mentioned all the stress that comes from consequences, and now I’m talking about the continuing payment we have to make for past mistakes. Any of this stuff can leave us feeling “rode hard and put away wet.”

But you know, regardless of the reason, well the result is usually the same. You see, just like the holiday hustle can distract us from why we celebrating in the first place, all of these life-pressures can distract us from being everything God has called us to be and to do. And that’s a problem. In other words, instead of working on how we might better show love to our neighbors, instead of thinking about how we might better communicate the good news to those who haven’t heard, and instead of focusing on how we can strengthen our ties with our brothers and sisters, what do we often end up doing? We put all our energy into solving the problems, right, and getting out of the obligations, and of course, complaining about why the consequences are unfair. You see, as we live our lives, the stress and pressures can really divert our attention. And that ain’t good.

But I’ll tell you, there’s something we can do about it. You see, when we feel like this is about to happen, and I don’t care if you’re talking about dealing with the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas or between the first and second coming of Jesus Christ, or between now and that time when we leave this mortal toil, I’ll tell you, when we feel overwhelmed, I think it would be an excellent idea to remember three of the things that Paul wrote in this passage. And let me tell you what they are.

You see, first, we might want to remember that God has already given us the most precious gift of all, and now I’m talking about grace. It’s already been done. And that’s certainly something Paul had in mind when he wrote what we just read. I mean, not only was this exactly how Paul started this passage, “Grace to you and peace from God our father and Lord Jesus Christ;” but he followed it up by thanking God for the gift on their behalf: “I thank my God at all times concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you in Christ Jesus...” Now that’s what he wrote. And you know, this grace stuff, well it really is a gift, And no matter how much we try to make it a wage for work done, Paul was crystal clear about this. For instance, listen to what he wrote to the Romans, “they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” and a little later, “but the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one man's trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many.” That’s what grace is all about. It’s like a minister told me years ago, we just may have to accept that God loves us, the question we have is this: what are we going to do about it? When life gets the best of us, we may need to remember that we’ve been given God’s grace. That’s one.

And second, we also might want to remember what that gift offers. And again, for Paul that’s pretty clear. I mean, right after he thanked God for the grace, he wrote, “that in all things you were enriched in him, in every word and all knowledge, just as the witness of Christ was made firm in you, so you may not be lacking in any gift of grace.” You see, this business about grace isn’t just “nice to know information;” no sir, it really packs a punch. Using Paul’s own words, it enriches us, bringing the riches of God into our lives. For example, according to Paul, it brings understanding. As he’ll write in his next letter to the Corinthians, “it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.’” And as he wrote to the Philippians, “I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” This is the kind of knowledge grace brings. But even more than that, it also bring skills that we can use together in the church, I’m talking about talents that compliment one another so that together we can accomplish more than any of us can do on his own. This is what Paul calls “gifts of grace.” And later in this letter he offers a mess of them. He wrote, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit... And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.” When we’re overwhelmed, we may want to remember that what God’s gift of grace offers. That’s two.

And finally, along with the gift itself and what it offers, when we’re buried and frustrated, we may need to remember what the gift enables us to do. And again, it’s right here. You see, after he thanked God for the grace he’d given to the Corinthians and shared with them what that grace offered, he told them how it would affect them in the future. Just listen to what Paul wrote. “...as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ who will also make you firm until the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” You see, that’s what God’s gift does. It makes us firm and irreproachable right to the end. Which, I guess, is just another way of saying that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord. I’m telling you, God is not a fake, he just doesn’t take back what he’s given. We can be sure it’ll be our’s right to the end. When life is overwhelming, that’s something else we need to remember.

You know, I think it’s probably true, that the time between turkeys and tinsel is a lot like Walmart at eleven o’clock Thanksgiving night. And in some real ways, so is our lives. They’re filled with enough problems and obligations and consequences to overwhelm us. But you know, when that happens, it might make sense to remember some of the stuff that Paul wrote, namely that God has given us a gift and that God’s gift enriches us and that it enables us to endure to the end. And by remembering this, maybe we’ll be able to not only enjoy both the turkeys and the tinsel, but everything in between.

Friday, November 25, 2011

A New Devotion on the Prayer Line - Imagine That

James 1:2-8

2My friends, be glad, even if you have a lot of trouble. 3You know that you learn to endure by having your faith tested. 4But you must learn to endure everything, so that you will be completely mature and not lacking in anything.

5If any of you need wisdom, you should ask God, and it will be given to you. God is generous and won’t correct you for asking. 6But when you ask for something, you must have faith and not doubt. Anyone who doubts is like an ocean wave tossed around in a storm. 7-8If you are that kind of person, you can’t make up your mind, and you surely can’t be trusted. So don’t expect the Lord to give you anything at all.


A Devotion by Derrick Hammond (North Carolina)

In my home, I often come across structures made of worn sheets, books, tattered pillows and blankets, and filled with shoes, and toys.

“What is this?” I ask.

“Oh, that’s our house, Dad,” replies one of my daughters. “Isn’t it a great house?”

I usually scold them for having made such a mess; but on one occasion, I paused before I answered. Then I said, “Yes, Sweetheart, it’s a wonderful house.” At that moment, I realized that their imagination enabled them to look at a jumble of odd items and see a masterpiece.

God often presents us with situations that at first glance appear to be a mess, a jumble. Many of us miss the glory of what God is doing because we’ve stopped using our imagination. As children of God, we are called to walk by faith and not by sight. To become all that God desires, we must use our imagination. Walking with God asks us to look at messy situations and see the masterpieces that God is working on.

Prayer Requests for Sunday, November 27, 2011

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
Ann Berach
Anthony Calpo
Bill Churchman
Bill Moulds
Bob Saffle
Brian Felber
Charles McLure
Charles Saffle
Christy Cybulski
Chum Robert
Connie Francis
Dave Adler
Dave Bever
David Matthews
Domenick Notarantanio
Doug Friends
Dr. Bill Roberts
Jeff Palmer
Jennifer Dahlem
Jesse Griffith
John Brothers
Judy Dobbins
Judy Mason
Karen & her son Daniel
Ken Robinson
Linda Alexander
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
Ron Baker
Susan Ponville
T.J. Croft
Trina Lewis
Virginia & Paul Welch

Kids
Audri King
Blake
Brandon Wares
Brody McUmor
Daisy Emmerick
Georgie Platt
Hunter Stafford
Jeffrey Konovich
Jonah Becker
Justus Loughry
Kya Schwertfeger
Kylee Leathers
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.

Local Church
St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church

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

Other Presbyterian Churches
First Presbyterian Church, Newell, West Virginia - Rev. Matt Camlin
Piney Fork Presbyterian Church, Piney Fork, Ohio - Rev. Darrin Jones

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
Bob Morgan
Mike Valiga
Alice Orr
Russell Meadows

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

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

What's Happening at Cove

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

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 meet on Sundays, beginning at 9:45 a.m. Come and feel free to invite your friends.

WE’LL CELEBRATE THE HANGING OF THE GREENS . . .
this evening at 6:30 p.m. Come and join us as we begin the season of Advent by decorating the sanctuary for the Christmas Season.

BOOKMARKS . . .
Cove’s Reading Group will meet on Monday, November 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the church parlor.

THE ADULT HANDBELL CHOIR WILL PRACTICE . . .
on Wednesday, November 30 at 5:30 p.m. under the direction of Becky Korosec. 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 and for holidays. For more information contact Becky at 304-748-8449.

THE CHANCEL CHOIR WILL PRACTICE . . .
on Wednesday, November 30 at 6:45 p.m. We will be working on anthems for each service and music for the upcoming Christmas Season. 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 on Thursday, December 1. We’ll study 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17. So grab your lunch and study God’s word together.

PROJECT CHRISTMAS SMILE . . .
Giving Tree Gifts are due at the church today, Sunday, November 27. Your continuing support of our projects is greatly appreciated.

WRAPPING PARTY . . .
Saturday, December 3 at noon there will be a get-together to wrap and separate the gifts for Project Christmas Smile. Everyone is invited to participate. You may also contribute wrapping paper, scotch tape or gift tags if you like.

COVERED DISH DINNER. . .
the Annual Christmas Covered Dish Dinner of the Myrtle McHendry Class will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 beginning at 5:00 p.m. The program for the evening, Christmas Joy, will be presented by Ruth Gilmore. All members are invited to join us to celebrate this joyous season.

OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DINNER . . .
and children’s play, A Charlie Brown Christmas, is scheduled for Sunday, December 18. You are asked to bring your favorite covered dish and your table settings. The deacons will provide the meat and rolls. The evening will end with a special visitor for the children.

CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING . . .
inserts will be in your bulletins for the next few weeks. Please take a moment to read about past usages for the monies collected. This is a Presbyterian offering originating in the 1930's. The funds are split between the Board of Pensions and the Presbyterian racial ethnic schools & colleges. Fifty per cent goes to supplement retirement income and medical insurance for former ministers, church workers and their families; and fifty per cent is used for the Presbyterian racial ethnic schools and colleges. Six schools supported by the offering are: Barber-Scotia College, Cook Native American Ministries, Knoxville College, Menaul School, Presbyterian Pan American School and Stillman College.

GENTLY USED DECORATIONS . . .
are being collected by the boy scouts for the Lighthouse. If you have items that you no longer use, please drop them off at the church for distribution by the boy scouts.

THANK YOU . . .
stop and see the wonderful note posted on the bulletin board, that was mailed to the church by Doris Lord expressing her gratitude to everyone who remembered her in anyway as she celebrate her “80" Birthday.

IF WE MISSED YOUR BIRTHDAY OR ANNIVERSARY . . .
in the bulletin, we apologize but we do not have the date on our calendar. Please contact the church office with your information. Also, consider adding your dates to our Community Calendar next year for $.50 a listing.

REMINDER, PLEASE COVER . . .
the top of the church’s tables before they are used for any activity. They will stain and are hard to clean, this can be avoided with a little cooperation.

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.

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.

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.

It Begins with Black Friday

Well, today is Black Friday, and even though decorations have been out in the stores for almost a month, today really kicks-off the Christmas season. Somehow this seems right. The chaos, hussle and stress of today kind of prepares us for what's coming. But before we dig too far into this time of year, I think it's worth our while to pause and to remember the reason we celebrate at all. Of course, I'm confident that everybody reading this knows "the reason for the season;" it's all about the birth of Jesus. But with all the mangers and lowing cattle, it's easy to lose sight of the significance of this event. With the coming of Jesus, the entire universe changed and a new age started. And when he comes again to redeem creation, his work will be complete. You see, Christmas is bigger than presents and decorations. It's the time for us to focus intentionally on the one who is the source of help and hope all year long.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

PC(USA) News & Announcements Weekly Digest - November 21-23, 2011

November 21

Mission at any age
Retired Presbyterians journey for fellowship, understanding, learning


November 22

Faith and food: a worldwide blessing

A vista of mesas, a vision of peace
Casa del Sol spiritual center represents Ghost Ranch’s vision for new beginnings


November 23

Presbytery and synod news

Russia Mission Network holds 7th annual conference
Omaha gathering notable for first Russian Orthodox Church participant

Poinsetta Order Form

Sunday's Minute for Mission - Advent

With six children, four dogs, two birds, and a tank of fish, we have mastered the art of keeping an eye on what is happening around the house. Nearly simultaneously, either of us can monitor our thirteen-year-old son playing with the dogs, eavesdrop on the fight between our eight-year-old twin sons, ask our thirteen-year-old daughter to help clean the fish tank, and encourage our nine- and eleven-year-old daughters to leave the birds alone.

Kerry Rice and Cindy Cushman find they can learn
about being watchful from their six children.
We've learned that there are times when we could learn a thing or two from our kids about the difference between keeping an eye on things and truly being watchful. I could see our daughters near the bird cage, but not what was actually occurring. Being watchful would have told me that the girls were trying to help the bird whose foot was caught in the cage door. Encouraging them to leave the birds alone was not helpful, especially not to the bird!

In Mark, Christ admonishes the disciples to be watchful for the coming of the Son of Man. He didn't tell them to keep an eye on things - he told them to ``stay awake.'' And in this Advent season, being watchful is looking for God at work - in our church, in our homes, and in our lives.

As adults, it's easy to get caught up in the responsibilities of the Advent season, so that we forget to take the time to really watch for God's presence in our world and our own lives. As we continue through this season and try to heed Christ's call to stay awake, perhaps we should pay more attention to the children around us and see what they notice that we do not.

— Kerry Rice, assistant stated clerk, Office of the General Assembly, and elder at Beechmont Presbyterian Church, Louisville, and the Rev. Cindy Cushman, program manager, Therapeutic Foster Care at Bellewood Presbyterian Homes for Children, Anchorage, Kentucky

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A New Devotion on the Prayer Line - Not Silent

Esther 4:12-17

12When Mordecai was told what Esther had said, 13he sent back this reply, “ Don’t think that you will escape being killed with the rest of the Jews, just because you live in the king’s palace. 14If you don’t speak up now, we will somehow get help, but you and your family will be killed. It could be that you were made queen for a time like this!”

15Esther sent a message to Mordecai, saying, 16“Bring together all the Jews in Susa and tell them to go without eating for my sake! Don’t eat or drink for three days and nights. My servant girls and I will do the same. Then I will go in to see the king, even if it means I must die.”

17Mordecai did everything Esther told him to do.


A Devotion by Dalen E. Keys (Pennsylvania)

Esther faced a difficult, life-threatening decision. She could decide to insert herself into the situation of her people, or she could stand aside. Mordecai told her, “If you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance... will arise from another place” (v. 14). Esther chose to be an instrument of God. If she had not made that decision, however, God could have worked in another way, through another person.

Even today, I might be called on by God just as Esther was. It is unlikely that I will be asked to intervene for a nation, but I might be called on to serve God in a way that is just as scary to me. I know that God is working all around us every day, and I want to be ready to step up to the task if God needs me. I don’t want to remain silent. I don’t want God to have to work in an other way. If God chooses me, I want to be ready — at all times.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Yesterday's Sermon - Undercover Boss

Ephesians 1:15-23

15For this reason, I also, after hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and the love of all those who are holy, 16I don’t cease giving thanks concerning you, making mention of you in my prayers,17so that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of glory, might give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in knowledge of him, 18by having light shed on the eyes of your hearts so that you know the hope of his calling, the wealth of the glory of his inheritance among the ones who are holy, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who trust according to the working of his mighty strength, 20who worked in Christ, when he raised him from death and made him sit at his right hand in the heavens 21far above all rulers and powers and might and dominion and every name that is named, not in this age alone but also in the age to come 22and he has put all things under his feet and made him head over everything related to the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills everything in all things.


Undercover Boss

Have y’all ever seen a television show on CBS, called Undercover Boss? I think I may have watched it only a couple of times, but not because I didn’t find it kind of interesting. You see, when it was on, it started at 9:00, and I’ll tell you, around my house, nobody is allowed to interfere with Desperate Housewives, or maybe better, one particular desperate housewife. As they say in one of my daughter’s favorite books, “zooey mama.”

Anyway, if you’ve never seen it, it’s really pretty interesting. You see, in each show, the president or maybe CEO of a major corporation goes undercover to find out what’s actually going on in his or her company. Of course it starts with the guy living large, you know, sitting in his big office and hanging around his big house and maybe walking his big wife, well, the wife might not be big, but you know what I mean. Anyway, after altering his appearance and assuming an alias and some kind of fictional reason for being there, he subtly joins his work force so that he can find out what’s actually going on. And even though he usually runs into some slackers and bullies, he always comes across a few good, hard-working people who really need his help. I mean, they may be worried about something happening in their lives or their families. Or they may have some talent or ambition that for some reason they’re afraid to reveal. Anyway, they tell all this to the guy, not knowing he’s really an undercover boss. But at the end of the show, he takes off his disguise and goes back to his office and house and wife. And then he helps the people who need his help. Now that’s the show in a nutshell.

And you know, as I describe it, I feel like I’m having deja vue all over again, because isn’t that kind of like us, not the part about the boss, but aren’t we a lot like the folks in the work force? I mean, it seems to me that worry and fear would be two pretty good words to describe us, at least some of the time. Now, I don’t know about y’all, I can tell you that I do more than my share of worrying. And the stuff I worry about, well, I don’t think it’s all that unique. I mean, of course, I worry about the big stuff, you know, like what’s going to happen in the economy and how our life-style is effecting the environment and of course, who’s going to win Dancing with the Stars, you know, big stuff like that. But you know, I also get gummed up with stuff that’s really personal too, like health and family and job, and since my income is generated right here, that’s part of the reason why both the present and future of the church is such a big deal to me. Maggie’s going to be in college before you know it. In fact, when push comes to shove, I probably worry too much, what about you? I think we could make it on the show.

And I’ll tell you something else, I don’t see any shortage of fear now-a-days, especially when we have to step out into the world. And you know, I think that may be particularly true for Christians. For example, what’s one of the scariest, most uncomfortable things a Christian can be asked to do? Well, I think for a lot of us it’s sharing with others what we believe. I mean, that’s something ministers are always talking about, you know, how we need to do evangelism, but the bottom line is that most of us just don’t want to do it. Now, let me be clear, it’s not because we’re bad Christians or that we don’t know what we believe. It just feels a little weird talking about it. My gosh, let’s face it; our relationship with Jesus Christ, rarely does it just flow into a conversation. It usually has to be sort of forced, right? And somehow, when it does, the words sound, well, kind of funny; you know, like we’re reading from a tract or something. Generally, it just feels uncomfortable, and so we’re sort of afraid to do it. And I haven’t said anything about what might happen if the other person disagrees. I’ll tell you, stepping out into the world as a Christian can be kind of scary. And maybe that explains why we try to avoid it as much as we can, preferring to stay inside the stained glass and hoping that people come to us and believing that we’re doing something for the kingdom when we transfer the membership of an insider out of his into our particular Christian franchise. To tell you the truth, when it comes to worries and fears, I don’t think those employees have anything on us.

And you know, maybe that’s reason why, in the passage we read a little while ago, maybe that’s the reason Paul reminds us that we have our own undercover boss, one that we call Jesus Christ. I mean, we all know the story, and if you don’t, we’re about to move into the Advent season, and this is pretty much all we’ll talk about for about a month and a half. Of course, Paul may have said it best when he wrote to the Philippians: “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” In a sense, he left his big office, and he entered into our space. And while he was with us, he not only listened, he also experienced what we feel. You see, I believe he felt our worries and he shared our fears.

And in doing that, he didn’t become just our friend; he became our brother. And after God “...raised him from death, he made him sit at his right hand in the heavens far above all rulers and powers and might and dominion and every name that is named, not in this age alone but also in the age to come and he has put all things under his feet and made him head over everything related to the church, which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills everything in all things.” In other words, Jesus, the one we call our savior, right now, he not only knows what’s going on with us, and I’m talking about what’s going on within us on our worst day, he’s able to do something about it.

And you know, when we become wise about this stuff, when we accept this revelation given to us by God, and when we understand the position and authority Christ has, I believe we’ll become whole lot more confident as we live our lives and a whole lot more courageous as we step out into the world. You see, I think it’s only natural that we’ll be come less worried and more confident. I mean, we’ve got the Lord Jesus Christ watching our back. Now, you tell me, is any problem, is any concern, is any issue too big for Jesus Christ? It’s like Paul wrote to the Romans: “If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ...For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Now to me, that just about says it all; with Christ on our side, we can face anything, man we can face everything with confidence.

And you know, we can also step out with courage. Now, I’m not saying the world isn’t sometimes scary, and that may be especially true for Christians. But I’ll tell you, it’s a lot tougher in other places then here. I mean, even though we may get all bend out of shape because Kmart puts “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” on its flyers and believe that because the principal can no longer read a Christian prayer over the intercom at the beginning of the school day like they did when I was a kid, even if we convince ourselves that this is some kind of persecution, after having corresponded recently with Christians living in Pakistan and Indonesia, we don’t have a clue what persecution is all about. I guess what I’m saying is this, although everything may not be what we’d like it to be and that we no longer have the privileges we once enjoyed in our society, God has put us in a place in which stepping out with courage is really pretty easy; it just doesn’t cost that much. And frankly, I’m not sure that there’s every been a time in human history when we’ve had more avenues through which we can share our faith. All we have to do is open our eyes and our mind and to claim them. In other words, if we choose to hid behind these walls, the reason has nothing to do with God, father, son, and Holy Spirit, and it really has nothing to do with the dangers out there in the world. The problem may be a lot closer to home. We can be courageous as we step out.

You know, when you think about it, television may not always be the best reflection of life, much less faith. In fact, Undercover Boss has been criticized for presenting situations that rarely happen to real employees in real workplaces. And so, maybe this program is really about entertainment, not unlike Desperate Housewives. But you know, regardless of how we feel about the show, I believe that worry and fear are two things we all know something about. But when we remember Jesus’s current position and authority, I believe we can become more confident as we live our lives and more courageous as we step out into the world. And that’s because our undercover boss is actually Christ the King.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

News & Announcements Weekly Digest - November 7-11, 2011

November 14

Westminster John Knox Press to showcase new academic Titles at AAR, SBL annual meetings

World Mission committed to continue ministry in Mexico and along border

A family of Léogâne

Communities of Theological Friendship
Office of Theology and Worship accepting grant applications to help pastoral leaders form covenant groups that transform the practice of ministry

Weighing the inheritance
Church has changed, idolatry still a threat, Covenant Network told


November 15

An unintentional tentmaker
Love of Jesus, music inspire Los Angeles man’s work


November 16

BOP keeps eye on federal health care reform developments
Many internal, external factors weighing on benefits plans

Applications being accepted for GA stated clerk
PC(USA)’s top ecclesiastical officer will be elected at next July’s Assembly


November 17

Former GA moderator Silas Kessler dies at 100
St. Louis native served nationally and internationally

Prayers for policy makers
People of faith join in vigils to pray for fair federal budget


November 18

“What Christ’s church could and should look like”
34th Annual Racial Ethnic Seminarians Conference calls the church to listen to other voices

The Rev. Charles “Chip” Hardwick named Director of Theology, Worship and Education

A long vision
Rustic Michigan camp seeks to grow stewards

Proclaim words of hope, Campbell tells moderators
Bolbach: good time to be a moderator because role is so important now


Friday, November 18, 2011

A New Devotion on Our Prayer Line - Finding Joy

Psalm 16:1-11

1-2 Keep me safe, O God, I’ve run for dear life to you.
I say to God, “Be my Lord!”
Without you, nothing makes sense.

3 And these God-chosen lives all around—
what splendid friends they make!

4 Don’t just go shopping for a god.
Gods are not for sale.
I swear I’ll never treat god-names
like brand-names.

5-6 My choice is you, God, first and only.
And now I find I’m your choice!
You set me up with a house and yard.
And then you made me your heir!

7-8 The wise counsel God gives when I’m awake
is confirmed by my sleeping heart.
Day and night I’ll stick with God;
I’ve got a good thing going and I’m not letting go.

9-10 I’m happy from the inside out,
and from the outside in, I’m firmly formed.
You canceled my ticket to hell—
that’s not my destination!

11 Now you’ve got my feet on the life path,
all radiant from the shining of your face.
Ever since you took my hand,
I’m on the right way.


A New Devotion by Clifford B. Rawley (Missouri)

I walked our dog, Pumpkin, to the park on a cold, winter evening. The snow was fresh and the air frigid. Pumpkin, who is part Husky loves winter. I removed her leash to allow her to run. I knew she found unbridled joy playing in the snow. She ran briskly and kicked up a shower of white flakes. She rolled in the snow, rubbing her back. She frolicked in circles around me. She pranced home with her head high and bushy tail wagging with gladness. I was uplifted to see her so jubilant.

Our divine Master wants to lead us to places of delight just as I desire to take my dog where she finds joy. God’s commands are given to guide us to genuine fulfilment. I am aware of Pumpkin’s unique needs and what makes her happy. How much more does God know what is for our lasting good?

The promise of our Lord in John 15:11 declares his intention for us: “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” When we live by God’s counsel to forgive, to be generous, and to give thanks, we can be refreshed with new joy.

Report from Our Director of Christian Education

Within the last couple of months the attendance among the children has been growing and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it! I have been expressing to the children that church is where lasting friendships are nurtured. The next two months there is the opportunity to keep the children actively involved in the church. With the complete understanding of how busy our lives can get in preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas, please take note of the activities that will be happening at Cove Presbyterian to teach the children the value of these two very important holidays. All information pertaining to any activities will be posted in the weekly church bulletin, email and please visit our blog at: http://theviewfromthecove.blogspot.com . As always I appreciate all the ongoing support from everyone you have made my time at Cove Presbyterian Church a worthwhile experience.

Thank you and if you should have any questions or concerns you can contact me at (740)317-9939 or via email: jmshuble @ive.com.

Jessica Shuble

Prayer Requests for Sunday, November 20, 2011

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
Ann Berach
Anthony Calpo
Belle Howard
Bill Churchman
Bill Moulds
Bob Saffle
Brian Felber
Charles McLure
Charles Saffle
Christy Cybulski
Chum Robert
Connie Francis
Dave Adler
Dave Bever
David Matthews
Domenick Notarantanio
Doug Friends
Dr. Bill Roberts
Eleanor Williams
James White
Jeff Palmer
Jennifer Dahlem
Jesse Griffith
Jim Hanna
John Brothers
John Jeffrey
Judy Dobbins
Judy Mason
Karen & her son Daniel
Linda Alexander
Loretta Hess
Marie Luckhardt
Mr. & Mrs. Mario Whitehead & Joyce
Nick Palavis
Paul Buck
Rachael
Rhonda Bruich
Rich Jeffers
Richard Redfern
Rick Swain
Ron Baker
Susan Ponville
T.J. Croft
Trina Lewis
Virginia & Paul Welch

Kids
Audri King
Blake
Brandon Wares
Brody McUmor
Daisy Emmerick
Georgie Platt
Hunter Stafford
Jeffrey Konovich
Jonah Becker
Justus Loughry
Kya Schwertfeger
Kylee Leathers
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.

Bereaved Families
The Family of Amy Baker, on the passing of her grandmother, Thelma Thomas

Church Families
Edward & Terry Stemple
William & Cheryl Stephens
Richard & Linda Spencer

Local Church
St Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church

Special Friend
Tee Gryskevich - 656 Cable Road, Weirton, WV 26062-6188

Other Presbyterian Churches
First Presbyterian Church, New Martinsville, West Virginia - Rev. David Roberts
First Presbyterian Church, New Matamoras, 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
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

Agenda for the November 22 Session Meeting

Below is the agenda for our November 22 meeting. Let me know if you'd like to add anything to the meeting.

Session Meeting Agenda
November 22, 2011 – 6:30 p.m.

Call to Order
Prayer
Attendance
Approval of the Agenda
Reception of Minutes and Non-Session Reports
1. Session Minutes for October
2. Deacon Minutes for November
3. Pastor’s Report for October
4. Treasurer's Report for October
5. Christian Educator’s Report

Reports from Session Ministry Areas
1. Stewardship
2. Evangelism
3. Fellowship
4. Music & Worship
5. Christian Growth

Reports from Session Administrative Committees
1. Academy Relations (Chris Connell)
2. Budget (Lynn Horvath)
3. Building and Church Use (Karen Vida)
4. Financial Review (Dar Johnson)
5. Membership (Karen Edwards)
6. Memorials (Bonnie Nichols)
7. Mission Support (Shana Pepper)
8. Personnel (Dale Biesecker)
9. Risk Management (Frank Bohach)

Report from the Constitutional Committee – Nominating (Rob Starck, Roger Criss)

Report from the Liaisons
1. To the Trustees (Sue Willson)
2. To the Deacons
3. To the Presbyterian Women (Suellen Lewis)

Old Business:
1. Shirts
2. Church cluster conversations

New Business:
1. Transferring the membership of Donald and Melisa Muhlenthaler (letter attached)
2. Church cluster conversations
3. Congregational meeting

Correspondence:
1. Letter from Elizabeth McQuillian, Foster Parents Association
2. Letter from Peter CS Sime (Christmas Joy Offering)

Announcements for Sunday, November 20, 2011

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 meet on Sundays, beginning at 9:45 a.m. Come and feel free to invite your friends.

2011 THANK OFFERING . . .
is being collected by the Presbyterian Women this morning. One of the group recipients of the 2011 Thank Offering is the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic which encompasses Appalachian women and children in distress (assistance for struggling female heads fo households). Please use the envelope in your bulletin or a pew envelope and mark Thank Offering on it. We thank you for your generosity.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES WILL MEET . . .
Monday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the board room. All members are encouraged to attend.

BOARD OF SESSION WILL MEET . . .
Tuesday, November 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the board room. Please try to attend.

THE ADULT HANDBELL CHOIR WILL NOT PRACTICE . . .
on Wednesday, November 23, but will resume practice on Wednesday, November 30 at 5:30 p.m. under the direction of Becky Korosec. 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 and for holidays. For more information contact Becky at 304-748-8449.

THE CHANCEL CHOIR WILL NOT PRACTICE . . .
on Wednesday, November 23. They will resume on Wednesday, November 30 at 6:45 p.m. We will be working on anthems for each service and music for the upcoming Christmas Season. 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 not meet on Thursday, November 24.

CLOSED . . .
In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, the church and office will be closed on Thursday & Friday, November 24 & 25. Happy Thanksgiving!

WE’LL CELEBRATE THE HANGING OF THE GREENS . . .
Sunday, November 27 at 6:30 p.m. Come and join us as we begin the season of Advent by decorating the sanctuary for the Christmas Season.

PROJECT CHRISTMAS SMILE GIVING TREE . . .
is located in the narthex. The holiday season is fast approaching, and once again the deacons will be giving a few children in the area a “Special Christmas” this year. If you wish to help with this endeavor, please check out the GIVING TREE . The ornaments are requesting a hat & gloves; pajamas; shoes & socks or a board games for a “Special Child”. We are asking that you return the gift wrapped to the church no later than, Sunday, November 27th. Your continuing support of our projects is greatly appreciated.

COVERED DISH DINNER. . .
the Annual Christmas Covered Dish Dinner of the Myrtle McHendry Class will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 beginning at 5:00 p.m. The program for the evening, Christmas Joy, will be presented by Ruth Gilmore. All members are invited to join us to celebrate this joyous season.

OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DINNER . . .
and children’s play, A Charlie Brown Christmas, is scheduled for Sunday, December 18. Everyone is invited to join us for dinner at 5:30 p.m. You are asked to bring your favorite covered dish and your table settings. The deacons will provide the meat and rolls. The evening will end with a special visitor for the children.

THANK YOU . . .
Daisy Girl Scout Troop and Brownie Girl Scout Troop for your recent Food Drive. FYI . . the girls collected 230 items and $ 158.89 for the Deacons Food Pantry. Great Job!

BOARD MEMBERS PLEASE . . .
remember to check and empty your mailboxes periodically. Some are getting rather full.

IF WE MISSED YOUR BIRTHDAY OR ANNIVERSARY . . .
in the bulletin, we apologize but we do not have the date on our calendar. Please contact the church office with your information. Also, consider adding your dates to our Community Calendar next year for $.50 a listing.

REMINDER, PLEASE COVER . . .
the top of the church’s tables before they are used for any activity. They will stain and are hard to clean, this can be avoided with a little cooperation.

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.

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.

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.

Thankful for Thanksgiving

I hope you’re having a great a weekend. It's hard for me to believe that Thanksgiving is less than a week away. Of course, I believe I probably say the same thing every year.

As we approach Thanksgiving, this seems like a good time to think about two things. First, we probably should consider some of the reasons we have to be thankful. Now that’s the question we’ve been asking on the blog Let’s Talk About It, and so if you want, feel free to share your ideas with others. Personally, I recognize that I’ve a lot of reasons to be thankful. God’s given me a good family and placed me in a supportive and loving community. Without question, I’ve been blessed, and I’m grateful for everybody who’s played a part in this. But you know, even if blessings aren't the first thing that comes to mind when you look at your life, this time of year gives us a good reason to push these things to the back burner and focus on the positive things in our lives. When we do, I think all of us will find good reasons to be thank God. Now that's one thing this season encourages us to do.

And second, this is a great time to think about how we might want to express our thanks, and I’m talking about both to one another and to God. And one of the ways we can say “thank you” to the Lord is to support his body, the church. Of course, if we give it some thought, we can all come up with reasons for not doing that. I mean, sometimes the denomination does things that we don’t particularly like. And sometimes our worship isn’t exactly what we want it to be. And frankly, sometimes some of God’s people just, plain drive us crazy. Still, with all it flaws and short-comings, I believe the church still represents the most effective instrument in communicating the Christian faith, and if Cove weren’t here, that witness would be diminished. And although we’ve paid all our bills, the roof has been fixed and paid for and our staff is solid, right now money is a little tight. Frankly, we need your financial support. That’s certainly a way you can say “thank you.”

But you know, more than money, we really need your involvement. We’re always looking for ways to better share the gospel in our community. If you have ideas, please share them with me or a member of the session. Christ called us to make disciples of all nations, and together we can start right here in our area.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Minute for Mission - Christ the King/Reign of Christ

Cristo es el rey! Christ is the King! As our group of Vanderbilt students rode the bus at 5:30 a.m. through the countryside of Guatemala, I saw these words painted above the door of a small church.

Tania (left) and Vanderbilt students dig a hole
together on site at Hospitalito Atitlan.
Soon after passing that church, Tania got on the bus with her bag, and her mom, Antonieta, introduced her to us in Spanish. Antonieta, our facilitator from Cedepca, a mission partner of the PC(USA), had invited her 22-year-old daughter to work with us for the week at the hospital in Santiago Atitlan. Tania had grown up in the city and had never been to Santiago Atitlan. At first, she clung to her mom. She was very shy, and like many of us with our Spanish, she knew English but was afraid to speak it. The first day at the construction site, Tania jumped right in with our group and slowly began to engage in conversation while digging a hole. Before I knew it, the hole was deeper and wider, as were the relationships of Tania and some of the students. They had no common language but they shared a common Lord and King. They worked together "with one voice glorifying the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ'' (Rom. 15:6). And that was enough.

Antonieta later shared with me how Tania had been inspired by her newfound peers from the United States. Tania told her mom how she had witnessed Christ's presence at work through the students and the Mayan workers at the hospital. She was so excited about her mission experience that she invited some church friends to go back and serve with her in building the hospital. What an amazing reminder of kingdom living on earth! Cristo es el rey!

— The Rev. Jennifer E. Fouse, Presbyterian campus minister at Vanderbilt University

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Weirton teacher surprised with $25,000 award


SURPRISE — Lissa Dulick, a Weir High teacher, was surprised Monday with the Milken National Educator Award. The award was announced during an assembly at the school.

November 15, 2011
Weirton Daily Times

WEIRTON - A Weirton teacher was surprised Monday with an award in recognition for her contributions to quality education.

Weir High English teacher Lissa Dulick was presented with the Milken National Educator Award by representatives of the Milken Family Foundation during an assembly at the school Monday.

As part of the award, Dulick, who has been teaching for more than eight years, was presented with $25,000.

"Teachers have the most important jobs in America," said Milken Family Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder Lowell Milken. "We entrust them with the enormous responsibility of preparing our young people with the skills, knowledge and experiences needed to be successful in a most challenging 21st century. The Milken Educator Awards say, in a very public way, that greatness in education must be recognized and rewarded."

Colleagues say that Dulick brings creativity into her lessons which engages students and gets them excited about learning.

She not only challenges her students in unique, fresh ways, she also knows her students. She knows when to challenge them, when to encourage them, and, sometimes just as important, when to leave the students to their own undertaking.

Dulick has her master's degree in English from West Virginia University and also earned her National Board Certification, the highest teaching certification in the United States.

The Milken Educator Awards have no formal nomination or application process. Educators are recommended for this honor without their knowledge by a blue-ribbon panel appointed by each state's department of education.

AWARD RECIPIENT — The Milken Family Foundation, on Monday, announced Weir High teacher Lissa Dulick as the latest recipient of the Milken National Educator Award. Dulick was joined by Weir High officials and representatives of the Hancock County Board of Education as she was presented with the award and $25,000.
Candidates for the Milken Educator Awards are selected on the basis of the following criteria:

Exceptional educational talent as evidenced by effective instructional practices and student learning results in the classroom and school;

Exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom that provide models of excellence for the profession;

Strong long-range potential for professional and policy leadership;

Engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community.

For more information about the Milken Educator Awards contact the Milken Family Foundation at (310) 570-4775 or visit http://www.mff.org/.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A New Devotion on the Prayer Line - When I Hate

1 John 2:1-11

1-2I write this, dear children, to guide you out of sin. But if anyone does sin, we have a Priest-Friend in the presence of the Father: Jesus Christ, righteous Jesus. When he served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good—not only ours, but the whole world’s.

2-3Here’s how we can be sure that we know God in the right way: Keep his commandments.

4-6If someone claims, “I know him well!” but doesn’t keep his commandments, he’s obviously a liar. His life doesn’t match his words. But the one who keeps God’s word is the person in whom we see God’s mature love. This is the only way to be sure we’re in God. Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived.

7-8My dear friends, I’m not writing anything new here. This is the oldest commandment in the book, and you’ve known it from day one. It’s always been implicit in the Message you’ve heard. On the other hand, perhaps it is new, freshly minted as it is in both Christ and you—the darkness on its way out and the True Light already blazing!

9-11Anyone who claims to live in God’s light and hates a brother or sister is still in the dark. It’s the person who loves brother and sister who dwells in God’s light and doesn’t block the light from others. But whoever hates is still in the dark, stumbles around in the dark, doesn’t know which end is up, blinded by the darkness.


A Devotion by Wanda Viola (California)

While praying about abuse in my childhood, I felt intense hatred for those who had hurt me. Then I felt guilt — believing that as a Christian I’m not supposed to hate. Later when I came across the above passage from 1 John, I became even more convinced that if I hate, I’m walking in darkness.

In time I came to understand this differently. The feeling of hatred is neutral, as all feelings are. And feeling hatred as the memories of past abuse surfaced is natural. It’s what I do with those feelings that matters. Do I dwell on the hatred? Do I hold a grudge or grow bitter? All I wanted in my heart was to be like Christ. I realized then that if I didn’t ask God to help me let go of the memories of abuse and forgive those who had hurt me, I would be walking in darkness.

I struggled a long time with my feelings of hatred, rage, and bitterness before I could give them to the Lord. But eventually I realized that hating others hurt only me, not them. When I relinquished these feelings, God’s Spirit mended my soul and replaced my hatred with love for others.