Saturday, June 30, 2012

220th General Assembly (2012) - Call to Prayer for the 220th General Assembly

In July 2010, Pittsburgh Presbytery invited the General Assembly to come "walk with us" in 2012. Two years later, the commissioners, advisory delegates, and visitors to the 220th meeting of the General Assembly will indeed be walking together with the people of Pittsburgh in worship, prayer, work, and celebration.

The theme for the assembly, "Walking, running, soaring in hope," comes from Isaiah 40:31: "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint" (NIV).

For some, there may be weariness about the work of the General Assembly. Long hours of meetings, discussions about weighty issues, and important business consume those present and engage the energies of the whole church. In answer, Isaiah promises a renewal for the church and strength for the weary, revealed by elastic displays of soaring, running, and walking. This promise is our hope.

Nothing we do in accomplishing this will be as important as prayer. Paul says to "rejoice in hope . . . persevere in prayer" (Rom. 12:12). Prayer is the business any time we gather for discernment, and it will be a constant companion of the Assembly. Weeks before the meeting convenes, groups will be organizing the church in prayer. At the Assembly, each meeting will be an invitation for the church to pray together in small groups and large convocations.

There will be plenty of business in need of prayer. The Assembly will be considering several items that allow the church to engage in its continual reformation and change. Exciting new structures and initiatives for growth will discussed. You can follow the assembly at pcusa.org/ga220.

Please help us make this an Assembly that brings hope by joining us in making this an assembly of prayer.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance - Wildfires in the West

Wildfires have been burning in much of the West; thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate their homes in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. The National Interagency Fire Center reports that throughout the U.S. during the first half of 2012, there have been 26,059 fires which have burned more than 1.3 million acres. The 10-year average is 36,407 fires burning more than 1.9 million acres.

Colorado fires
High Park Fire wildland fire crews get ready for shift change at the
Incident Command Post. Photo by Michael Rieger, FEMA
PDA has provided One Great Hour of Sharing funds in response to a request from the Presbytery of Plains and Peaks to assist families impacted by the High Park Fire, near Fort Collins, Colorado, that has charred more than 83,000 acres and destroyed about 250 homes. High Park is the second largest wildfire in recorded state history. The mountainous region affected by the fire is home to many families both on a year round and seasonal basis.
The area affected by this fire is served primarily by two churches within the Presbytery of Plains and Peaks: the La Porte Presbyterian Church in La Porte, Colorado, and the Buckhorn Presbyterian Church in Masonville, Colorado.

Dan Saperstein, Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of Plains and Peaks, has been in contact with leaders in both churches and reports that among the nearly 250 homes destroyed in the High Park fire and the 21 lost in the Woodland Heights (Estes Park) fire, at least four belonged to members of Presbyterian churches. Saperstein reports that there is far greater loss within the communities served by these churches. Reverend Ernie Freund of Buckhorn Presbyterian Church shared an update of the fire’s impact on their church.

Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center in Allenspark, Colorado, has been hosting the campers and staff of Sky Ridge Lutheran Camp (ELCA), which had to evacuate its location. While the Lutheran camp appears to have escaped damage, the only route to the camp is via the fire response road that is closed to non-emergency traffic, so it is likely the impromptu partnership between the two camps will continue for several weeks.

Currently, the Larimer County Sheriff is coordinating emergency housing for the displaced families. Because it is unknown how many people may have been living in the area at the time of the fire, they are struggling to make sure all persons are accounted for.


How you can help

Give. You can help in this response through your financial gifts to DR000015 – U.S.A. Disasters and Emergencies; or give to the PDA General Account – DR000148.

Act: Sign up to receive PDA RIN (Rapid Information Network) emails to be aware of current responses and urgent needs you can share with your congregation.

Pray: Please pray for the people and communities affected by the wildfires, for those serving as first responder emergency personnel, and for those who offer assistance – that they will be strengthened and reminded of the faithful hope found in Christ.

Friday, June 29, 2012

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Riding in the Draft



Hebrews 10:23-25

23We must hold tightly to the hope that we say is ours. After all, we can trust the one who made the agreement with us. 24We should keep on encouraging each other to be thoughtful and to do helpful things. 25Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord's coming is getting closer.

A Devotion by Charles T. Beemer (Dominican Republic)

Cycling is a team sport. A cycler who rides in the draft of another can exert up to 30 percent less effort and thus can save energy for the climax of the race. Even recreational cyclers enjoy the benefit of riding in a “pace line.” In these, riders alternate riding in front. The lead rider endures the wind resistance, making riding easier for those who follow in the draft.

Life with its chaos, challenges, confusion, anxiety, and weariness is like cycling into a fierce headwind We all know moments when things are going well, as if we were being pulled along without much effort, as if we were in the back or middle of a pace line. We are also familiar with times of struggle, weariness, and loneliness that push us to our limit. It’s like fighting a headwind. But as the writer of Hebrews admonishes, we can meet and work together to support and help one another in our struggles. When we do, Christ is there with us, helping to pull us along’

The Bulletin for Sunday, July 1, 2012

Below is a copy of Sunday's bulletin. I'll preach from 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, and the title of the sermon is "Actions Speak Louder." And I hope to see you Sunday.








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


On Sunday, July 1, Cove Presbyterian Church will lift the following needs to God.

Adults
Alden Edwards
Andrea Vincent
Andy DiRemigio
Ann Berach
Anthony Calpo
Betty Spencer
Beverly Zeff
Bob Saffle
Bobby Leonard
Carol Kraina Mowl
Charles Saffle
Chrissy Zatta
Christy Cybulski
Connie Francis
Dave Bever
Diane Szymanek
Dinny Walford
Domenick Notarantanio
Doug Friends
Ed Roach
Eric Minor
Jan Moncrief
Jen Knetz
Jennifer Dahlem
Jim Hanna
Joan Gallagher
Joanne Westbrook
John Brothers
John Ross
Joshua Crow
Judy Lindquist
Judy Mason
Kelly Stephens
Lindsey Ward
Marjie Dinges
Mary Ola Taflan
Maurene Roth
Michelle Hano
Mr. & Mrs. Mario Whitehead & Joyce
Nick Palavis
Nora Coleman
Paul Maine
Paul Rosnick
Peggy Murphy
Penny Mourat
Rhonda Bruich
Rich Jeffers
Richard Redfern
Ron Sekersky
Roxie Sosenko
Sally Robinson
Sherry VanGilder
Susan Ponville
Turner Family
Virginia & Paul Welch

Children
Aksel Ace
Audri King
Brandon Wares
Brody McUmor
Emily Icard
Hunter Stafford
Jeffrey Konovich
Jonah Becker
Justus Loughry
Kya Schwertfeger
Kylee Leathers
McKenna Popish
Michael Liptak
Noah Harris
Shelby Kamarec
Zoe Purcell

Military
Chris Cameron
Jonathan Criss
Kendra Mader
Michael Criss
Stephen Mader

Hospital
Mary Ola Taflan – Trinity West

Church Families
Connie & George Francis
Joan & David Gallagher
Ken & Pat Gasser

Local Church
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

Special Friend
Charles & Dorothy Saffle – 10 Wyngate Dr., Weirton, WV  26062

Presbyterian Bodies
2012 General Assembly – David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh

Also Remember in Your Prayers
Alice Orr – Weirton Geriatric Center, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton WV  26062
Bob Morgan – Weirton Geriatric Center, 2526 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV  26062
Harry Hutch – Villa Vista, Room 507, 1800 Sinclair Ave., Steubenville, OH  43953
Jim Hanna – Weirton Geriatric Center    
Marge Black – Weirton Geriatric Center, Room 223, 2528 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV 26062
Mike Valiga – Weirton Geriatric Center, 2530 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV  26062
Thelma Longacre – Chambrel at Montrose, Unit 210, 100 Brookmont Rd., Akron, OH  44333-3091

What’s Happening at Cove Presbyterian Church?


Below are the announcements as they appear in the Cove Presbyterian Church Sunday 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.

OUR CHILDREN PRACTICE HANDBELLS . . .
every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. in the old Youth Room.

LAST DAY FOR  MISSION TRIP BAKE SALE . . .
today,  Sunday, July 1. All proceeds will help to defray the cost of the upcoming Mission Trip this month.  Stop, and take some delicious bake goods home with you.

THE SESSION WILL MEET . . .
Tuesday, July 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom.

CHURCH & OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED . . .
Wednesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Happy 4th of July!

THE BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY . . .
will meet on July 5 beginning at 12:30 p.m. We’re looking at 1 Corinthians 8:1–9:23.

UPCOMING EVENTS . . .
• July 4th the deacons will be selling sno-cones during the Renaissance Festival. If you can give a little time to help, contact one of the deacons.
• Silent Auction sponsored by the Deacons will be held during the annual church picnic, Sunday July 29th.  If you have an item or two you would like to donate, there is a box located in the hallway downstairs in which they can be placed.  Donations will be accepted thru July 22nd.

A PLANNING MEETING . . .
for the upcoming year of the Presbyterian Women will be held on Wednesday, July 11 at 10:00 a.m. in the boardroom.

OUR ANNUAL CHURCH PICNIC . . .
is scheduled for Sunday, July 29 at the #2 Shelter at Marland Heights Park. Since we’re working with a Luau Theme, we’ll serve roast pork, hot dogs & burgers. Drinks will be supplied by Session, and there’ll be Silent Auction Baskets provided by the Deacons. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish or dessert and your place settings. If you have any questions, call Karen Mason 304-479-3711 or kmason261@gmail.com.

AUGUST 3 THRU AUGUST 5 . . .
are the dates for Rocky Point Lighthouse Cove’s Weekend Vacation Bible School, where Kids Shine God’s Light. If you are able to volunteer to help with this endeavor contact Jessica Shuble at jmshuble@live.com.

CHAD PICKENS SCHOLARSHIP . . .
recipient Jenna Maine will be recognized this morning as she was unable to attend the June 10 service.

ENERGY EXPRESS . . .
needs volunteers. This summer program which includes reading, writing and art for children, is located at Weir Middle School. It is one of 790 sites in West Virginia. In addition to teaching the children, they also offer 2 free meals- breakfast and lunch. If you could volunteer a little of your time, even students who need service hours, to help with the meals or read to the children call 304-748-6080 ext 124 and speak with Sherri or Francesca to see how you can assist the children. The program will run  Monday thru Friday from 9:00a.m. till 1:00p.m. until Friday, July 27th.

OUR SYMPATHY . . .
is expressed to the family of Janet Paulin, sister of Dean Allen who died on Saturday, June 23 here in Weirton.

$ 229.82. . .
is the amount of money that Cove  received from the Kroger Community Rewards Program for the period of February thru April 2012.  A Special Thank You to everyone who participates in the program! If you are not registered to be a participant we encourage you to do so, it costs you nothing but a few minutes to register, while raising money for your church!

SUMMER CAMPS. . .
 brochures for both Camp Presmont and Beaver Creek Camp are available in the office. There is a camp for almost all age groups starting with those who have completed Kindergarten. Beaver Creek is offering Bring a Friend for Free if you have attended camp before and your friend is a first time camper.  Scholarships are available to individuals wishing to attend camp. Contact the church office for further information.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES . . .
are being collected by the Presbyterian Women to be sent to Laughlin Chapel as one of their yearly mission projects. These items may include: pencils ,pens,  erasers, crayons, notebooks, paper, glue, scissors, and scotch tape.  You may even find a good buy on backpacks.  This is a project for all women of the church. A container may be found in the hallway by the office for your contribution.

DEACONS, . . .
an Usher List has been posted on the wall by the board mailboxes, if you are able to sign up for a Sunday please do so as there are still a few open dates in July and August.

SUMMER SCHEDULE . . .
remember during the summer months  most evening activities at the church have suspended. If you need access to the church after office hours, please call the church to make arrangements for someone to be available to let you in. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

BOARD MEMBERS . . .
remember to check and empty your mailboxes periodically. Meeting minutes and other items of importance are  put into the boxes for your reference.

BULLETIN DEADLINE . . .
if you wish to have an article published in the weekly bulletin, please have the article into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Thank you for your cooperation.

DO YOU HAVE A NEW ADDRESS,. . .
new phone number or new e-mail ? Please contact the church office so we can update our records. We like to keep everyone informed of our events.  If you don’t receive mailings from us,  we may not have your current/correct information.
     
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.

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 to be receive copies of the Sunday Bulletin 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 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 or live plants 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 . . .
• Campbell’s Labels are being collected by the Presbyterian Women for the Weirton Christian Center.  The labels including the bar code or just the bar code can be dropped off in the container located in the main  hallway downstairs.
• Greeting Cards are being collected. Please drop off your Greeting Cards or just the front of the card in the box located in the main hallway downstairs. The cards are being sent to St. Jude’s  Ranch to be remade into cards to be sold in their gift shop.  Hallmark, Disney or American Greeting Cards can not be accepted as they are trade marked.
• Can Tabs are being collected for the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown, West Virginia. Deposit your tabs in the container locate in the main hallway downstairs.
 We thank you for your participation and support of our mission endeavors.

Dealing with Distractions


Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about distractions, that is when I can keep my focus from wandering. Sometimes I feel a little like a ping-pong ball or maybe better like one of those figures in a shooting gallery. As soon as I’m ready to go in one direction, something happens and I have to turn around to go the other way, until something else happens... Well, I think you get the picture. But I don’t think I’m alone; distractions seem to be a fact of life.

And because they are, they’ve been on my mind, and I think I’ve come to a couple of conclusions that may be worth sharing. First, I believe distractions are dangerous, even destructive for people who are trying to live their faith. In my opinion, I think they’re tools Satan uses to get us off course. In fact, Satan is the great distractor, because that’s the only power he really has. Remember, that’s exactly what he did to Jesus in the wilderness. He tried to distract Jesus from his mission by getting him to focus on bread, power and popularity. And I believe he does the same thing to us. He uses people and situations to cause us to question our judgement and friends, even our God. And from my experience, questioning is like eating peanuts; once we start is very difficult to stop.

Second, I think it’s easier for us to keep our focus by doing a few simple things that I’ve listed below:

  • I think we need to recognize that distractions are always present and may be really tricky. Just because it sounds important doesn’t make it so. And for that reason, before we run off on a tangent, we may want to pause and use one of the most precious gifts God has given us, our brains. We might also want to talk to some of the people God has put in our lives, men and women whom we can trust to be honest and open with us. This may help us regain perspective.
  • Also the more engaged we are in accomplishing what we’ve been called to do, the easier it is to stay focused. If I’m not sure about the direction I’m going, it’s easy to get off course. Fortunately, God has given us a few things that can serve as our GPS. We have the Bible, the Holy Spirit, and the Body of Christ. Together, they offer direction.
  • Even when we become distracted, we can still get back on course. Now we may burn a few bridges along the way; but as long as we have breath, we can always regain our focus and move forward. 
  • Finally, we are loved by God, and I think this is something we always need to remember. It’s truly amazing. No matter how distracted we become, our past is still forgiven and our present is still being inspired and our future is still secure. When we become frustrated about our direction or lack thereof, that’s the time to remember that “nothing can separate from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

As I wrote, distractions are a destructive fact of life. For that reason, we might want to do what we can to keep our focus. And I’ll tell you, if we do, the results will be worth it. For more information, you might want to check out the article, 10 Ways to Eliminate Distractions.

And dealing with staying focused, here a poem by Raj Arumugam entitled Stay Focused:

don’t you just love
people who can stay cool
and focused on the job? 
That’s what the world needs
People who keep their minds
steady on the job at hand


See, you call the doctor 
and the receptionist answers
says she can’t fit you in early
‘How about 2 weeks from now, 
say Friday?’
‘That’s 16 days from now, ‘ you say, 
Petrified. ‘But I could be dead by then.’
‘Oh, ‘ says the receptionist
right on task, cool and focused: 
‘Your wife can always calls us
and cancel the appointment’


don’t you just love
people who can stay cool
and focused on the job? 
That’s what the world needs
People who keep their minds
steady on the job at hand 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

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


2 Corinthians 1:3-5

3Praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! The Father is a merciful God, who always gives us comfort. 4He comforts us when we are in trouble, so that we can share that same comfort with others in trouble. 5We share in the terrible sufferings of Christ, but also in the wonderful comfort he gives.


A Devotion by James A. Brunner (Arizona)

One of my wife’s close friends was upset over what was happening to her beloved husband. When she called, my wife simply listened and encouraged her to remember that God would see her through.

At another time, right after my father died, my father-in- law (or “father-in-love” as I like to refer to him) met me at my house and simply held me in his big arms for a long time until my
tears began to subside. What a blessing that was! We need friends to be with us in our suffering, standing with us, offering not advice or opinion but simply love and care.

Scripture speaks powerfully of God empathizing with us: “In all their distress [God] too was distressed.... In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them” (Isa. 63:9, niv). “The Spirit helps us in our weakness;... that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words” (Rom. 8:26). We embody this God when we stand with those in pain.

Sunday's Minute for Mission - Pittsburgh Theological Seminary


Two men at a cafe.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary student
"Dan'' in Southeast Asia

I was talking with one of our senior students who had recently returned from a mission trip to Southeast Asia with Pittsburgh Seminary's World Mission Initiative. Dan is a young man, married and in his early thirties.

Dan has been wrestling with the direction of his call. Should he pursue a safe route or take the route that is not so safe? We have talked about this over the last six months, and my counsel to him has been to ask, "What is God telling you?" The wild route is to pursue a call as a church planter, a call that many of our graduates are pursuing. The church in Asia challenged Dan. There he experienced believers who were willing to abandon safety and comfort, willing to listen to God's voice and follow it even when it meant great personal risk.

As he told me about these experiences, I was challenged to think about my own walk with Christ. I asked myself whether I was listening for God's voice each day in my own life, not "jamming the conversation" with my own needs for comfort and notoriety. Fulfilling our call depends on listening for God's voice each and every day and then following it. It is not fulfilled through a self-designed master plan other than loving God with all of our heart and loving our neighbor as we love ourselves.

Ask yourself these questions today and every day, "What is God telling me today?"  "What are the Scriptures telling me today?" "Who do I need to pray for today?" and "How can I serve God today?" These are the questions Dan has been asking himself.

By the way, keep your eyes open for a new church that Dan may have helped plant in New York City.

- Thomas J. Pappalardo, vice president for advancement and marketing, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Journey toward Pittsburgh - Final Leg


To the pastors and congregations of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),
“Are we there yet?” the children call out on a cross-country trip. Finally, in the last leg of the journey, the parent can reply, “Not long now!”
It’s not long now until the start of the 220th General Assembly (2012) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Pittsburgh, Pa. Cindy Bolbach, Moderator of the 219th General Assembly (2010), will convene the opening session on Saturday, June 30.
It’s not long now until hundreds of volunteers from Pittsburgh Presbytery and beyond will meet and greet visitors, sharing their part of the Presbyterian family with warmth, grace, and genuine excitement.
It’s not long now until over 900 elected commissioners and advisory delegates from every presbytery across the denomination will begin the work of discerning the mind of Christ for the PC(USA). A few thousand more will be there to observe, support, and encourage them.
It’s not long now until those who gather in Pittsburgh will worship daily, singing familiar and new hymns of praise, sharing the Lord’s Supper, and hearing the Word proclaimed.
It’s not long now until a bare convention center hall will be transformed into an exhibit hall teeming with people and resources that represent, interpret, and tell the many stories of how God is at work through the PC(USA)’s mission and ministry in this country and around the world.
It’s not long now until those who have been attending General Assemblies regularly for years will join with those who are attending their first assembly to experience the highest council of the PC(USA)—from its passionate debates and complexity of issues to more lighthearted moments and glad reunions of friends and colleagues and so much more.
As our journey toward Pittsburgh ends, a small, hearty band of Presbyterians in particular may be especially glad to arrive. Led by Team Sweaty Sheep—a new worshiping community in Mid-Kentucky Presbytery—they will have ridden their bicycles 450 miles from Louisville, Ky., to Pittsburgh for the occasion.
As Ryan Althaus, a recent graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and “captain” of Team Sweaty Sheep told the Presbyterian News Service, “We all too often forget the interconnectedness of our denomination and our Christian faith as a whole. This is an exciting event during which we can show how close we all really are while at the same time experiencing the uniqueness and individuality of various congregations.”
And that is our prayer for this General Assembly. As we give thanks for our interconnectedness through Jesus Christ, may we follow Christ with faith, courage, hope, and trust on this and every leg of our journey.
Faithfully yours in the journey toward Pittsburgh,
Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Linda Valentine, Executive Director of the General Assembly Mission Council

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Private Girls School Graduation


Senior class president Marissa Baly carrying the flag and
leading her classmates in the procession on the Awards
Day, Saturday, June 9

On Flag Day (Awards Day) of the National Cathedral School, Washington D.C., June 9th Marissa Baly was awarded the prestigious Bishop’s Scholar Award, voted by the faculty members “for outstanding leadership, academic achievement, character, etc.”

Marissa also received an award voted on by her peers (the 70 girls in her class) “for selflessness, assisting her classmates in many ways, introducing projects and services beneficial to the school, etc.”

As Senior Class President, Marissa had the honor of carrying the flag and leading the procession of her classmates for the outdoor ceremony on the Awards Day. The senior were attired in white gowns and carried bouquets of red roses.

Marissa Baly, 18, holding one of two prestigious awards
received during the flag day ceremony at the Washington
National Cathedral
At the commencement inside the Washington National Cathedral on Sunday, June 10th, Marissa carried the flag and led the procession of faculty members in black robes followed by the graduates in white caps and gowns.

Marissa will attend Pepperdine University in Malibu , California, appointed to the Regency Program.

She is the granddaughter of Goldie Baly, who along with Melanie Baly, attended the graduation and Flag Day Awards Ceremony.

Marissa is the daughter of Elissa and Michael Baly, elders in the Georgetown Presbyterian Church. Marissa and her brother Jared, 16, are active in the youth group and along with their fellowship members will spend one week in southeast West Virginia painting houses for needy families in July.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A New Devotion on the Cove Prayer Line - Even Peter



John 21:15-19

15When Jesus and his disciples had finished eating, he asked, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than the others do?” Simon Peter answered, “Yes, Lord, you know I do!”

   “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus said.

    16Jesus asked a second time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

   Peter answered, “Yes, Lord, you know I love you!”

   “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus told him.

    17Jesus asked a third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

   Peter was hurt because Jesus had asked him three times if he loved him. So he told Jesus, “Lord, you know everything. You know I love you.”

   Jesus replied, “Feed my sheep. 18I tell you for certain that when you were a young man, you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will hold out your hands. Then others will wrap your belt around you and lead you where you don’t want to go.”

    19Jesus said this to tell how Peter would die and bring honor to God. Then he said to Peter, “Follow me!”


A Devotion by Peter Whatton (Devon, England)

“The Lord loved even Peter.” These words, spoken by a pastor of my youth, woke me out of my normal Sunday evening stupor. I attended church three times each Sunday, and this was evening — the time when my thoughts wandered easily. Why did the Lord love “even Peter”? The preacher was describing how Peter had denied Jesus three times, but how there, by the Sea of Galilee, Peter was brought into the full love of the risen Christ.

The pastor had emphasized his point, and now I was wide awake. He loves even Peter? That must mean me! I could feel tears filling my eyes. I was 14, and 14-year-old boys don’t cry. My mother noticed the tears and asked me if I was all right I just simply said, “I’ve given my life to Jesus.” She hugged me and said, “That’s wonderful! What’s happened?” I replied “Because Jesus loved even Peter, so he loves me.”

Christ the Good Shepherd knows his own sheep by name. When Christ called to Mary at the tomb, she recognized the Lord and told others that he was alive. Isn’t it amazing that Christ knows each one of us by name? And if we listen, we will hear him call and we can follow him — not only to be loved but also to love. Your name may not be Peter, but the Lord loves even you.

From The Upper Room, May-June 2012, The Upper Room: Nashville, TN

Malawi Partnership


If your congregation has not yet decided to partner with a church in Malawi some ideas for ways you can get involved in the mission trip this September/October are listed. Perhaps a group in your church, VBS, Youth Group, Presbyterian Women, or even the congregation as a whole would like to collect some items that our group can take with us for distribution in the churches. Listed below are some suggestions:

  • Pens with your church name on them
  • Plain pens
  • Pencils, pencil sharpener (small ones), erasers
  • Inexpensive Reading Glasses (2/3/4 magnification) from Dollar Tree
  • Raincoats in a bag
  • Scarves
  • Tooth Brushes and paste (small tubes)
  • Hats with visors
  • Hot chocolate
  • Material for dress making

Following my return, I will be looking forward to sharing my experiences with all of you. If you want to learn more about our trip before we leave, please get in touch with me. As the number of days dwindle until we leave, the excitement continues to grow. Please let me know how your congregation will be participating with us in this Mission.

In God’s Abundant Love Your Sister in Christ,
Karen Edwards

Monday, June 25, 2012

Sunday's Sermon - Nobody Likes Cramps

2 Corinthians 6:1-13

1Because we’re working together, we also beg you not to take the grace from God in vain. 2For it says, "At an acceptable time, I listened to you, and on the day of salvation, I came to help you." Behold, now is the acceptable time. Behold now is the day of salvation.

3And we are giving nothing to anyone that might cause them to stumble, so that the service might not be faulted, 4but in everything we commend ourselves as servants from God, in much endurance, in distress, in necessity, in constrains, 5in stripes, in prison, in disturbances, in toil, in sleeplessness, in fasting, 6in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in goodness, in holiness of spirit, in sincere love, 7in a truthful word, in power from God; through the armor of righteousness on the right and left, 8through glory and disgrace, through ill-repute and good repute, as deceivers and true, 9as those who are unknown and who are known, as those who are dying and behold we live, as those who’ve been punished and not killed, 10as those who are made sad but who rejoice always, as those who are poor but who make rich many, as those who have nothing and have everything.

11Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians, our hearts have been made wide; 12you are not cramped in us, but you are cramped in your emotions. 13But by way of return (I speak as to children), also be made wide yourselves.


Nobody Likes Cramps
A couple of weeks ago, there was a pretty significant addition to the Rudiger family, and no, it’s not any kind of a pet. It was a bouncing, baby Wilson tennis racket, something we got for Maggie. I think she wanted a Wilson because there’s a lower-case "w" on the strings and if you turn the racket upside down, it looks like an "m". But regardless of the reason, a couple weeks ago, Maggie got her first tennis racket, something she really needed, since she and Summer Wesie went to a summer, tennis camp. As a matter of fact, our own Sue Wesie was an instructor.

Anyway, because of camp, Maggie has gotten all excited about playing tennis, and when Maggie’s excited, of course, I’ve got to be excited too. I mean, she needs a playing partner, right; and since she’s an only child and her mother doesn’t like to sweat, well, that pretty much leaves me. And so, last week, Maggie and I went to Walmart, and we got me the cheapest racket they had, something that I hadn’t held for I bet thirty-five years. And then we went home and put on our tennis clothes, or at least we put on the closest we had. I, for one, am not going to wear one of those little skirts. And as we were leaving to go over to the courts there on Marland Heights, Debbie did something that, given the passage we just read, seems kind of interesting. She gave us each a bottle of water and said, "Now make sure you drink it. I don’t want either of you to get cramps."

And of course, she was right. Although she may not sweat, my wife knows all about muscle cramps. But I have to admit, I do too. I mean, if you asked me, "Ed, tell me about cramps;" I can hear myself saying that they’re "...unpleasant, often painful sensations caused by muscle contractions or over shortening. Common causes of ...cramping include hyperflexion, hypoxia, exposure to large changes in temperature, dehydration, or low blood salt." Now, that’s exactly what I’d say, if I had a medical dictionary around. But even if I didn’t, I really do know two things about cramps. One, if you’re working hard in the heat and not drinking enough water, your muscles can cramp up. I know that. And two, having experienced them in the distant past, I know that nobody likes cramps.

And you know, because of that, I find it really interesting that Paul used cramping as an image in the passage we just read. Remember, he wrote, "Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians, our hearts have been made wide; you are not cramped in us, but you are cramped in your emotions. But by way of return (I speak as to children), also be made wide yourselves." In other words, in his opinion, their feelings had become so squeezed, their emotions so constricted, their love so contracted, that they no longer had room for the man who brought them the gospel of Jesus Christ. You see, according to Paul, the Corinthians are experiencing an honest-to-goodness cramp of the heart muscle.

And you know, I think the same thing can happen to us. I mean, I’ve met a lot of folks on both sides of the stained glass, who seem to be suffering from some cardio-contractions. I’m talking about people who by their choice have decided to focused only on themselves and what they want and they really have no desire to see anything or anyone else. And they’re happy just the way they are. And if you don’t like it, you can, [fill-in the blank]. I’d certainly call those people victims of constricted emotions. And God bless them, they’ll probably die that way.

But you know, I know other people, good and sincere men and women, who aren’t so willful and self-centered. And yet, their emotions have become just as squeezed. I mean, for some reason they’ve become so gummed up by what’s happening inside or maybe so full of their own stuff, that they’ve just run out of room to care about anything else. Where once their focus was outside, you know, toward God and others, now they’ve pulled back, concentrating their emotions on the inside. And even though they’re sort of aware that it’s happening, they feel helpless. But unlike those other guys we talked about, they don’t like it. They don’t like what they’ve become, because they know, deep down, they know that this is not the way God wants them to live. The trouble is that, once the heart has cramped, they just don’t know what to do.

Now I think this kind of thing happens all the time. I can tell you, it happens to me, and I think it probably happens to a lot of y’all here. And you know, that’s why I think this passage is so very important. You see, in these verses, not only did Paul write about the problem, you know, the symptoms, I think he also offers a treatment, in other words, something that we can do not only to put a stop to cramping but to actually open our hearts wide. Sort of like the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes when he heard the Whos singing, I think our hearts can grow too, when we make three decisions Paul alludes to in this passage.

For example, if we want to avoid heart cramps, we can make the decision to believe that we’ve received God’s grace and now is the time to share it. That’s the first thing we can decide. In other words, sort of like that minister said to me years ago, we can decide to believe that God loves us and now’s the time to do something about it. And I think that’s exactly what Paul was suggesting when he wrote, "Because we’re working together, we also beg you not to take the grace from God in vain. For it says, ‘At an acceptable time, I listened to you, and on the day of salvation, I came to help you.’ Behold, now is the acceptable time. Behold now is the day of salvation." You see, we can decide to share that perspective.

And I’m telling you once we do, we’ll be off and running, and I’m talking about deciding that, just like he later wrote to the Romans, that we "are now justified by [God’s] grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" and a little later in the same letter, "where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, just as sin exercised dominion in death, so grace might also exercise dominion through justification leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Someone say "amen." You see, when we accept that God loves us so much that he brings us into a relationship without our permission or help, when we see God in this way, man, it’s got to move us to share it and to share it right now. Again, this is what Paul wrote, "Indeed, this is our boast, the testimony of our conscience: we have behaved in the world with frankness and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God — and all the more toward you." If we want a more open heart, we can decide to acknowledge the free gift of divine grace and to share it. That’s one.

And second, we can also make the decision that it’s our job to serve others as best we can. This is exactly what the giver of grace, the giver of salvation, the giver of life itself wants us to do. As Paul wrote in our passage, "And we are giving nothing to anyone that might cause them to stumble, so that the service might not be faulted, but in everything we commend ourselves as servants from God."

And you know, the same is true for us. God has given each one of us special things that we can do, you know, skills and talents that can make the world around us a better place to live. And that’s really special. But even more special than that, God has drawn us together, along with men, women and children we may not have even met, do things that would be impossible for us to do alone. It’s like Paul wrote in his first letter to the Corinthians, "There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Spirit. There are different ways to serve the same Lord, and we can each do different things. Yet the same God works in all of us and helps us in everything we do." That’s what he wrote. And you know, when we’re responding to that same Spirit and serving that same Lord and working for that same God, it’s hard to imagine that our hearts won’t loosen up a little bit. Serving counters cramping, and that’s two.

And third, I believe our hearts won’t be quite so constricted after we make the decision that we won’t be distracted by whatever situation we might face in our lives, and I’m talking about good or bad. And that’s really what Paul wrote here. I mean, in this passage he talked about how he’d continued to be a servant from God in the face of all kinds of stuff, but I want you to notice that they weren’t all bad. You see, even though he wrote about how he’d been "in distress, in necessity, in constrains, in stripes, in prison, in disturbances, in toil, in sleeplessness..." he also mentioned being "... in patience, in goodness, in holiness of spirit, in sincere love, in a truthful word, in power from God." You see, his point was that he wasn’t going to allow anything to get in the way of his love for the people God had given him to serve.

And I’ll tell you, the same can be true of us. Let’s face, we’re easily distracted by both the positive and the negative. In fact, the positive stuff may actually be more distracting. I mean, what do they say about "the more you get"? No, anything that causes us to focus on the inside, and I don’t care if you’re talking about inside our skin or inside these walls, the more absorbed we become with ourselves, the less we’re going to be able to see and to feel. You see, when our vision becomes constricted, so does our compassion. And when both our hearts and heads are crammed full of ourselves, there just won’t be much room for either the one who’s given us grace or the people we have the chance to serve. And I’ll tell you, that’s why I think it’s important to be aware of how dangerous distractions can be, because the minute our vision shifts to self, we seem to forget that it’s really not about us. It’s all about God. If we want to expand the heart, we need to cut back on the distractions.

When we went out to play, Maggie and I took our water with us, because we didn’t want our muscles to contract. And you know, if we want to avoid that happening to our hearts, I think there are three decisions we can make right here and now. One, we can decide that we’ve received God’s grace

and now is the time to share it. Two, we can decide that it’s our job to serve others as best we can. And three, we can decide that we won’t be distracted by our situations. Now like I said, this is something we can do right now, and that’s probably a good thing, you know, to make these decisions as soon as possible, because when it comes to the heart, well, nobody likes cramps.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Get It Right


Colossians 3:1-11

1-2So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

3-4Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.

5-8And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It’s because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.

9-11Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.


A Devotion by Maria M. Urdaz (Puerto Rico)

I routinely have lunch with a group of co-workers. One of them is passionate about the art of origami. He takes small pieces of paper, folds them carefully, and creates various figures. If the figures aren’t quite right, he takes them apart, consults the instruction manual, and starts over until the figure is perfect.

When another member of the group tried to reproduce an origami figure and couldn’t quite master it, he gave up. The advice of our friend was to be patient, to persevere, and to consult the manual — or simply to ask for help.

Thinking about this experience, I see a connection with the journey of Christians. When we began our faith journey, God’s grace was already at work. Spiritual development is a process, and we encounter difficulties and obstacles along the way. So we persevere with patience. We study the Bible, our instruction manual, learn from other believers, and ask God’s help through prayer. All along the way, God watches over us and helps us in the journey.

From The Upper Room, May-June 2012, The Upper Room, Inc., Nashville, TN

Sunday's Minute for Mission - Disability Inclusion

A groupe of people watching a movie
Friends of L’Arche Atlanta greet visitors
as they gather to watch a movie.
They come together once a month to share a meal and play. They are from various faith communities and throughout metropolitan Atlanta. They are of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds and embody an array of abilities and disabilities. They play bingo, watch a movie, or host a contra dance or a coffeehouse. They come together to celebrate and grow the spirit of Psalm 133: How good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity.

These gatherings are hosted monthly by Friends of L’Arche Atlanta (FOLA), one among a federation of communities founded by Jean Vanier in France in 1964 that brings people together, some with developmental disabilities and some without, to live together in faith-based communities. L’Arche now operates in 40 countries. The first L’Arche community in the United States was founded in 1972; the residence FOLA will open in 2012 will be the 16th community in the U.S. The house will be home for three adults with developmental disabilities and three assistants, all six living as family and celebrating each other’s dignity and value. In the meantime, monthly gatherings testify to Christ’s beloved unity, and those gathered are transformed as they eat, pray, and play together in a spirit of mutual respect and delight.

Presbyterians from throughout the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta share this spirit. Individual Presbyterians attend the monthly gatherings, serve on FOLA's board, and offer financial support. Agnes Scott College, a PC(USA)-affiliated college, will host a gathering of L'Arche International in 2012. Columbia Theological Seminary has opened its doors to FOLA, as has Decatur Presbyterian Church. Through collaboration, the fruits of living together in unity abound in Atlanta, and it is good and pleasant indeed!

- Mary Anona Stoops, Presbyterians for Disability Concerns, Decatur, Georgia

Friday, June 22, 2012

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


On Sunday, June 24, Cove Presbyterian Church will lift the following needs to God.

Adults
Alden Edwards
Andrea Vincent
Andy DiRemigio
Ann Berach
Anthony Calpo
Betty Spencer
Beverly Zeff
Bob Saffle
Bobby Leonard
Carol Kraina Mowl
Charles Saffle
Chrissy Zatta
Christy Cybulski
Connie Francis
Dave Bever
Diane Szymanek
Domenick Notarantanio
Doug Friends
Ed Roach
Eric Minor
Jan Moncrief
Jen Knetz
Jennifer Dahlem
Jim Hanna
Joan Gallagher
Joanne Westbrook
John Brothers
John Ross
Joshua Crow
Judy Lindquist
Judy Mason
Kelly Stephens
Lindsey Ward
Marjie Dinges
Mary Ola Taflan
Maurene Roth
Michelle Hano
Mr. & Mrs. Mario Whitehead & Joyce
Nick Palavis
Nora Coleman
Paul Maine
Paul Rosnick
Peggy Murphy
Penny Mourat
Rhonda Bruich
Rich Jeffers
Richard Redfern
Ron Sekersky
Roxie Sosenko
Sally Robinson
Sherry VanGilder
Susan Ponville
Turner Family
Virginia & Paul Welch

Children
Aksel Ace
Audri King
Brandon Wares
Brody McUmor
Emily Icard
Hunter Stafford
Jeffrey Konovich
Jonah Becker
Justus Loughry
Kya Schwertfeger
Kylee Leathers
McKenna Popish
Michael Liptak
Shelby Kamarec
Zoe Purcell

Military
Chris Cameron
Jonathan Criss
Kendra Mader
Michael Criss
Stephen Mader

Hospital
Paul Maine - Allegheny Hospital

Church Families
Valentine & Crystal Fierro & family
Marlene Fodor
Manuel & Joyce Fraga

Local Church
Paris Presbyterian Church

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

Presbyterian Churches
Bethlehem United Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem, WV - Rev. James Gear
Pleasant Valley Presbyterian, Church Blaine, OH - Vacant Pulpit

Also Keep in Your Prayers
Alice Orr - Weirton Geriatric Center, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave, Weirton, WV  26062
Bob Morgan - Weirton Geriatric Center, 2526 Pennsylvania Ave, Weirton, WV 26062
Harry Hutch - Villa Vista, Room 507, 1800 Sinclair Ave, Steubenville, OH  43953
Jim Hanna - Weirton Geriatric Center
Marge Black - Weirton Geriatric Center, Room 223, 2528 Pennsylvania Ave , Weirton, WV 26062
Mike Valiga - Weirton Geriatric Center, 2530 Pennsylvania Ave, Weirton, WV 26062
Thelma Longacre - Chambrel at Montrose, Unit 210, 100 Brookmont Rd, Akron, OH 44333-3091

What’s Happening at Cove Presbyterian Church?

Below are the announcements as they appear in the Cove Presbyterian Church Sunday bulletin.

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.

OUR CHILDREN PRACTICE HANDBELLS . . .
every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. in the old Youth Room.

THE BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY . . .
will meet on June 28 beginning at 12:30 p.m. We’re looking at 1 Cor. 7:1-40.

UPCOMING EVENTS . . .
• July 4th the deacons will be selling sno-cones during the Renaissance Festival. If you can give a little time to help, contact one of the deacons.
• Silent Auction sponsored by the Deacons will be held during the annual church picnic, Sunday July 29th.  If you have an item or two you would like to donate, there is a box located in the hallway downstairs in which they can be placed.  Donations will be accepted thru July 22nd.

OUR ANNUAL CHURCH PICNIC . . .
is scheduled for Sunday, July 29 at the #2 Shelter at Marland Heights Park. Since we’re working with a Luau Theme, we’ll serve roast pork, hot dogs & burgers. Drinks will be supplied by Session, and there’ll be Silent Auction Baskets provided by the Deacons. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish or dessert and your place settings. If you have any questions, call Karen Mason 304-479-3711 or kmason261@gmail.com.

AUGUST 3 THRU AUGUST 5 . . .
are the dates for Rocky Point Lighthouse Cove’s Weekend Vacation Bible School, where Kids Shine God’s Light. If you are able to volunteer to help with this endeavor contact Jessica Shuble at jmshuble@live.com.

$ 229.82. . . 
is the amount of money that Cove  received from the Kroger Community Rewards Program for the period of February thru April 2012.  A Special Thank You to everyone who participates in the program! If you are not registered to be a participant we encourage you to do so, it costs you nothing but a few minutes to register, while raising money for your church!

JOHN NICHOLS . . .
was the gentleman who was honored on Father’s Day. He was presented the crocheted afghan in appreciation for his work and dedication with the youth of Cove Church in previous years.

SUMMER CAMPS. . .
brochures for both Camp Presmont and Beaver Creek Camp are available in the office. There is a camp for almost all age groups starting with those who have completed Kindergarten. Beaver Creek is offering Bring a Friend for Free if you have attended camp before and your friend is a first time camper.  Scholarships are available to individuals wishing to attend camp. Contact the church office for further information.

MISSION TRIP BAKE SALE . . .
is taking place today and next Sunday, July 1. All proceeds will help to defray the cost of the upcoming Mission Trip in July. Stop, and take some delicious bake goods home with you.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES . . .
are being collected by the Presbyterian Women to be sent to Laughlin Chapel as one of their yearly mission projects. These items may include: pencils ,pens,  erasers, crayons, notebooks, paper, glue, scissors, and scotch tape.  You may even find a good buy on backpacks.  This is a project for all women of the church. A container may be found in the hallway by the office for your contribution.

DEACONS, . . .an Usher List has been posted on the wall by the board mailboxes, if you are able to sign up for a Sunday please do so as there are still a few open dates in July and August.

SUMMER SCHEDULE . . . remember during the summer months  most evening activities at the church have suspended. If you need access to the church after office hours, please call the church to make arrangements for someone to be available to let you in. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

BOARD MEMBERS . . . 
remember to check and empty your mailboxes periodically. Meeting minutes and other items of importance are  put into the boxes for your reference.

BULLETIN DEADLINE . . .
if you wish to have an article published in the weekly bulletin, please have the article into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Thank you for your cooperation.

DO YOU HAVE A NEW ADDRESS,. . .
new phone number or new e-mail ? Please contact the church office so we can update our records. We like to keep everyone informed of our events.  If you don’t receive mailings from us,  we may not have your current/correct information.
    
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.

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 to be receive copies of the Sunday Bulletin 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 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 or live plants 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 . . . 
• Campbell’s Labels are being collected by the Presbyterian Women for the Weirton Christian Center.  The labels including the bar code or just the bar code can be dropped off in the container located in the main  hallway downstairs.
• Greeting Cards are being collected. Please drop off your Greeting Cards or just the front of the card in the box located in the main hallway downstairs. The cards are being sent to St. Jude’s  Ranch to be remade into cards to be sold in their gift shop.  Hallmark, Disney or American Greeting Cards can not be accepted as they are trade marked.
• Can Tabs are being collected for the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown, West Virginia. Deposit your tabs in the container locate in the main hallway downstairs.
 We thank you for your participation and support of our mission endeavors. 

The Big Three



I’ve been following the NBA play-offs, and I’ve come to three conclusions. First, the Miami Heat is the best team in the league. They certainly proved that on the court last night. Second, we tend to be captives of the moment. In other words, whoever played best the night before, we assume will win the series. I’m amazed by how fast teams are written off, until they win the next game. And then we assume they’ll win every game and the other guys are toast, that is until the other guys win... It's crazy. Third, it seems as though every team has it’s own big three, three players that are suppose to be better than the rest and everyone else are just role-players.

Well, I’ve thinking about this idea of the big three, and I've been struck by how theological it is, but not in the way you might expect. I mean, we all know about the “big three” of Christianity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But we have another threesome can have an enormous impact on our lives. And now I’m talking about the three events that closed the ministry of Jesus Christ on earth: the crucifixion, the resurrection and the ascension. Now, as I look at it, each of these events can effect a different aspect of our living. You see, the crucifixion can transform how we see our past. When Jesus died on the cross, we died too. And through our death, we were freed from sin; therefore, we’ve also been freed from the shame that may come when we think about what we’ve done and left done. And the resurrection, changes the way we look at the future. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we know that resurrection is possible. And since we’re in Christ, we can trust that he is the first fruit of a great future harvest. And finally, the ascension can have a huge impact on our lives right now. You see, when he ascended, he carried with him our humanity; therefore, he brought into God himself our weaknesses, fears and doubt. And right now he intercedes for us with groans too deep for words.

I don’t know if we’ll still talk about basketball teams in terms of their three big stars. What we can do, though, is focus on those three events that occurred in the life of Christ, because they can transform our past, future and present.

Below is a poem entitled "Life with God's Love," by Ravi Sathasivam.

Life without God's love.........

Our God knows what's best for us
He gives us the wisdom to search truth
He gives us knowledge to learn heights of Heaven
He often tests our faith with him
and also he gives us reward when he is pleased
He gives us strength and courage to live happily
He does not hurts needlessly
but his every pain is followed by rich gain
He will make our life hard today
but tomorrow God will bring sunshine to us
His love can not be matched with anything
His divine love makes our soul to feel peace of mind
He is there to help us when ever we are in troubled
When our relationship with God is great
then he acts like a lighthouse to guide us to his path
Life without God's love will lead into hell.


Ravi Sathasivam / Sri Lanka
Copyright @2008 Ravi Sathasivam 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Bulletin for Sunday, June 24, 2012

Below is a copy of Sunday's bulletin. I'll preach from 2 Corinthians 6:1-13, and the title of the sermon is "Nobody Like Cramps." And I hope to see you Sunday.