Below are the announcements as they appear in Sunday’s bulletin.
CHANCEL CHOIR PRACTICE . . .
is being held at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the choir room. Anyone wishing to praise God through song is welcome to join us!
DON'T FORGET SUNDAY SCHOOL . . .
we meet every Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m.
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.
WINTER COMMUNION. . .
will be observed this morning during the morning worship. If you know of someone who can not attend, but would like communion please contact the church office.
AFTER THE SERVICE THIS MORNING . . .
you're invited to the Deacons' Outgoing Officer Appreciation & Souper Bowl Luncheon. Join us after worship for a variety of homemade soups, hot dogs and cake. Lunch is free, if you so choose you can donate and item or two for the food pantry.
BOARD MEETINGS . . .
• Board of Deacons will meet on Monday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the board room.
• Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the board room.
• Board of Session will meet on Sunday, February 15 at 12:20 p.m. in the board room.
PAINT BRUSH SOCIALS . . .
Love IS ALL AROUND Saturday, February 7 beginning at 1:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.
Country House Saturday, February 21 beginning at 1:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.
For more information contact Deborah Smith at 304-914-6286 or
OUR TUESDAY EVENING STUDY . . .
will not next meet. We'll next meet on Tuesday, February 10, at 6:30 p.m. to continue our study of the Gospel of Mark. During this session, we'll discuss Mark 4:1-34, focusing some of Jesus's Kingdom parables. And so bring your Bibles and get ready to grow in your understanding of God's word to us.
PREPARATION FOR EASTER . . .
begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18. Please join us for a service of prayer, reflection, songs, and meditation beginning at 7:00 p.m. There will be devotional booklets and prayer boxes available to assist you in your Lenten Journey.
REMINDER. . .
when Hancock County Schools are closed due to weather, we assume evening activities at the church are cancelled. Therefore, there will be no custodial staff at the church that evening.
NOTE THE CHANGE IN OUR OFFICE HOURS. . .
the church office will be open on Monday thru Thursday from 7:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. The office will now be closed on Fridays.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS. . .
cereal, pancake mix and syrup, canned fruit, cake, muffin, brownie or cookie mix, gravy, boxed potatoes, tuna or hamburger helper, side dishes, and manwich. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated, even an item or two.
A SPIRITUAL MESSAGE . . .
can be found by calling 304-748-7900 Cove's Prayer Line. You can call at anytime to hear a message by Rev. Rudiger. The messages are changed every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. You can also hear the devotion at covepresbyterian.podbean.com and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian). You can also read the devotion at www.thecovecommunity.blogspot.com.
WE WILL BE UPDATING OUR PRAYER CHAIN . . .
regularly. If you wish to add someone to the prayer chain contact the church office.
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.
SERMONS, DEVOTIONS, LESSONS, AND ESSAYS ARE AVAILABLE ON . . .
the Cove PodBean page (covepresbyterian.podbean.com) and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian).
WE ARE BLOGGING!
We now have eight 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 deal with the church. We also post artwork from Jesus Time.
• 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.
• 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.
• Living the Faith in the Real World (http://livingthefaithintherealworld. blogspot.com/) - Our beliefs shape both our opinions and actions. And even though that's true for everyone, often people of faith struggle to apply their understanding of the divine to both practical and political issues. This becomes particularly challenging when we hear multiple voices, all claiming to represent the truth but coming to different conclusions. This Blog will provide a forum where we might share how our faith shapes our perspectives on some specific issues. We hope that through this sharing, we might all better understand how the sacred impacts the profane. We'll pose a question and invite you to respond. We only ask two things of you. First, we ask that you avoid profanity and demeaning language. Second, we want you to write the truth as you see it.
• The Question of Faith (http://thequestionoffaith.blogspot.com/) - I believe that there are basic ideas that all people of faith share, but once you get below those "basics," there are many different ways to understand God and our relationship with the divine. Even within Christianity, Christians disagree about the nature of God, the identity and work of Jesus Christ, and how we might or should respond to his coming. As a matter of fact, some people consider certain things absolutely essential to the Christian faith while other believers are indifferent to the same ideas and actions. We hope this Blog provides us the opportunity to share and to understand better what we believe. We'll offer a question, and you'll have the chance to respond. And even though many of the questions will be distinctively Christian, we hope that you'll still share your insight even if it's from other faith traditions.
• O, That's Interesting! (http://cove-talk.blogspot.com/) - The great thing about being part of a community is that you have the chance to share with other folks. Now, there are times when you're dealing with matters of great weight. But other times you may be talking about general plans, special memories, and personal hopes. Through this site, we hope to encourage you to share your thoughts and feelings on a variety of topics that may be meaningful to you. We hope you see this Blog like a water cooler or a kitchen table, in other words, as a place to share.
• Growing in Grace (http://sproutsoffaith.blogspot.com/) - Although we're saved by God's grace, we can grow in our understanding of grace. At Cove Presbyterian Church, we offer a variety of different classes for children and adults, many of which are recorded and the podcasts posted on our PodBean (covepresbyterian). In this Blog, we'll offer the link to the podcast and notes from the particular session. You may also ask any question you might have and enter into a discussion with others.
IF YOU'RE ONLINE...
"like" us on Facebook (Cove Presbyterian Church, https://www.facebook .com/Covepresbyterian) or join our Facebook group (The Cove Community, https://www.facebook.com/groups/115579235630/). You can also connect with Pastor Rudiger on Instagram (rev_ed).
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 or to receive communion please contact the church office. Also if you would like to receive copies of the Sunday Bulletin contact the church office.
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 in the Narthex for your contribution. The Deacons thank you for your support of their projects.
IF YOU DON'T PLAN TO TAKE YOUR BULLETIN HOME . . .
drop it in the purple container at the back door so that it can be recycled.
VASES OF FLOWERS. . .
can be purchased for a service. The cost is $16.00 a vase. You may also purchase silk flowers or live plants, the choice is yours. You may 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.
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 used 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. FYI . . . 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.
FOR THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2015. . .
the Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery asks that all churches pray for:
• Oakland Presbyterian Church, Weirton, WV – Pastor Randall Krebs
• First Presbyterian Church, Wellsburg, WV – Rev. Mary Jane Knapp