Friday, July 31, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 31, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 31, 2015: Today our passages are 2 Chronicles 29:1-36; Romans 14:1-23; Psalm 24:1-10; and Proverbs 20:12. The readings a...

Thursday, July 30, 2015

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

On Sunday, August 2, Cove Presbyterian Church will lift to God the following needs.

Annette Goff
Audrey Vincent
Barbara Maze
Betty Michael
Bill Manley
Carol Mowl
Chad Wilson
Cindi Livingston
Corine Ferguson
Corinne Ferguson
Darcy Keffer
Dave Rogerson
David Mowl
Deloris Chesebro
Edward Morgan III
Emery Edwards
Evan Pulice
Fred Straka
Gen Meyer
George Bownlee
Goldie Baly
Gregory Castner
Greta Billham
Jeff Grant
Jim & Shelley Pearson
Joanie Lawrence
John Guglielmo
John Philips
John Schlotter
Jonathan Smith
Karen Lombardi
Kelly Stephens
Lou Ann Seevers
Marcia Cooper
Maria Parker
Marybeth Lewis
Matthew Kirtley
Michael Frank
Mike Churchman
M'Liz Held
Nick Mourat
Patty Notte
Penny Mourat
Rob Roy Jones
Ron Neely
Ronnie Buffington
Sam Fortunato
Sharon Wheeler
Shirley Everhart Kirtley
Stacy Jo Vogel
Susie Kurcina
Vicki Williams
Wink Harner

A.J. Dennis
Aksel Ace
Audri King
Basil Collen Slater
Daniel Marchione
Devon Bragg
Jeffrey Konovich
Jonathan Marte
Kade Haines
Kya Schwertfeger
Lily Ghrist
Lucian Hill
Michael Liptak
Shelby Kamarec

Cory Shumard
Isaac Stephens
Jason Kerr
Jonathan Criss
Lisa Burk
Michael Criss

The Family of Corinne Ferguson

Church Families
Robert & Juanita Buchanan
Evelyn Buckley
Patrick, Tawnya, Jenna & Leyton Burket

Local Church
Tri-State Church of God

Special Friends
Genevieve Meyer – 4018 Palisades Dr., Weirton, WV  26062-4329

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery Congregations 
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Chester, West Virginia – Rev. Katrina Lewis

Also Remember in Your Prayers
Alice & Kenny Orr – Weirton Geriatric Center, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV  26062
Corinne Ferguson – Woodland Hills, 608 North 10th St., Weirton, WV  26062
Dolores Edwards – Wyngate, 100 Wyngate Dr., Weirton, WV  26062
Eleanor Dueley – Brightwood Center, 840 Lee Ridge Rd., Follansbee, WV  26037
Harry Hutch – Villa Vista, Room 507, 1800 Sinclair Ave., Steubenville, OH  43953
June Virtue – Grace Cottage, 195 Eden Dr., Weirton, WV  26062-3664
Margaret Heaton – Weirton Geriatric Center, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV  26062

What's Happening at Cove Presbyterian Church?

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

we meet every Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m.  Due to the Annual Picnic there will be no Sunday School next week, August 9.  See you at the picnic!

(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.

will  meet  on Tuesday, August 4, at 6:30 p.m. to continue our new series dealing with Paul’s Letter to the Romans. During this session, we’ll discuss Romans 10. And so bring your Bibles and get ready to grow in your understanding of God’s word.

our annual church picnic is scheduled for Sunday, August 9 at Marland Heights Park. Please bring a covered dish to share. Place settings, beverages & meats will be provided.

is the title of the program that will be presented by Dr. Dennis D. Allen on Sunday August 16. Dr. Allen will share his recent adventure of walking the Appalachian Trail, including pictures during the worship service and at a luncheon to follow.  He is the son of Dean & Katy Allen. For luncheon reservations please call Katy at 304-723-2482.

Gino Michael Violet son of Kayla & Eric Violet who was born Friday, July 24, 2015.  Gino is the “little brother” of Rudy and the grandson of Linda Cline.

Kara Galownia & Eric Davis who were united in marriage last night, August 1 at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia. The couple will reside in Morgantown, West Virginia.  Kara is the daughter of Trevor & Jean Galownia.

during the next two weeks the Presbyterian Women will be collecting back-to-school items to be sent to Laughlin Chapel in Wheeling. Please consider leaving any of the following items in the church office: backpacks, colored pencils, pens, notebooks, crayons, glue sticks, erasers, markers, rulers, pencils, bottled glue, scissors, and calculators. We thank you in advance for your support of this mission project.

is extended to the family of Corinne Ferguson, sister of Bonnie Nichols who died on Monday, July 27, 2015.  Corinne was a “Fifty Year Plus” member of the Cove Family joining of January 3, 1958.  

project is almost complete  This is our 11 year. If you would like to participate please return your complete form and payment to the church office. If you have any questions please call the church office.

and then leave them unattended. In the past, we’ve had a problem with rodents entering the building; therefore, we’d appreciate you keeping an eye on any door you prop open. Thanks.

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 and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian). You can also read the devotion at

regularly. If you wish to add someone, contact the church office.

is significant because of its threefold impact: It expresses gratitude to God, appreciates members for their diligence and hard work, and looks toward the future.  The Board of Elders is seeking volunteers for the 225th anniversary celebration committee to include members who have abilities and interests in worship, publicity, and organization.  Let us seize the opportunity to gather the members of our congregation to celebrate God’s faithfulness to our church and together step forward in faith.  Please contact the church office if you are interested in participating on the committee.  Celebrating God, recounting His blessings, and renewing Christian fellowship — that’s a recipe for a great 225th anniversary celebration.

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

the Cove PodBean page ( and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian).

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 ( - 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 ( - 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 ( - 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 ( - 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. - 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 ( - 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 traditions.
O, That’s Interesting! ( - 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 ( - 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.

“like” us on Facebook (Cove Presbyterian Church,  https://www.facebook .com/Covepresbyterian) or join our Facebook group (The Cove Community, You can also connect with Pastor Rudiger on Instagram (rev_ed).

if you know of someone who is in the hospital please contact the church office, due to privacy laws the hospital is unable to contact us. 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 the Sunday Bulletin contact the church office.

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.

drop it in the purple container at the back door so that it can be recycled.

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.  Telephone the church office to place your order. After the service, the flowers will be placed in a vase for you to take with you.

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. No envelopes -please. 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 hallway downstairs.

Cove's Bulletin for Sunday, August 2, 2015

Below is a copy of our Sunday bulletin. During the 11:00 service, we’ll talk about how we need to remember that we face the consequences of our action but also that, after those consequences, God still loves us.

A New Devotion on Cove’s Prayer Line – Self-Serve

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900) and a podcast on the Cove Presbyterian Podbean page. If you found this devotion meaningful, please consider supporting this ministry by sending an offering to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.

Mark 7:20-23

[Jesus] said to [his disciples], “Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, “It is what comes out of a person that defiles. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”


Generally, I’m not particularly fond of self-serve restaurants. Although it costs a little more, I really like my food to be served to me. Maybe getting my own meal feels too much like home, and so when I go out, I want to get special treatment. Now, having said that, I recognize that one of the advantages of self-serve restaurants, you know, like cafeterias or buffets, is that you can create your own meal by choosing your own food. And that may be particularly important if you have allergies or some very specific tastes. In those cases, self-serve is great, because it gives you the freedom to pick and choose what goes on your plate and into your body.

But, even though this may have an application as it relates to food, it doesn’t really apply to sin. I mean, as Jesus said to his disciples, it’s really not what goes into the body that defiles. Rather it what comes out from us. In other words, although we might be extremely aware of what we take in and even though we may focus a lot of our attention on how certain external things might morally affect us, our greatest threat comes from within. It comes from evil thoughts and intentions, especially when those thoughts and intentions are given a religious veneer so that they might appear to be spiritual. You see, when we hurt our neighbor, when we ignore human need, when we lie to avoid trouble and slander folks we think deserve it, when we act as though God has appointed us judge and executor over those with whom disagree, all these actions and attitudes come from decisions that we’ve made, and these decisions are more defiling than anything we might consume. Of course, since we all have the potential to become truly evil in our words and work, we can also choose to serve God and neighbor rather than ourselves.

Sunday's Minute for Mission - Homelessness/Affordable Housing

Along with clean air, food, and water, shelter is a necessity for survival. Beyond providing protection from the elements, housing provides the stability and safety needed for individuals and families to thrive. Unfortunately, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, on any given night 610,042 people in the United States experience homelessness. In addition, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, there are 10.16 million extremely low-income renter households that struggle to find affordable rental properties.
The shortage of affordable and safe housing is just one example of a structural flaw that traps individuals and families in chronic states of homelessness and housing instability, making it impossible for them to escape the cycle of poverty.
Barbara Brooks, whose story is told in the PBS documentary Waging a Living, is a single mother living in Freeport, New York. She worked full-time and put herself through college to earn an associate degree. Her new degree and strong work ethic led to a promotion, but the additional income meant she would lose much of her housing subsidy from the government. Despite doing everything right—seeking higher education and working full-time—she was faced with the unthinkable choice of losing her home or furthering her career.
Studies and anecdotes show that affordable, stable, safe housing generally means children are healthier and perform better in school, adults are able to find more stable employment, and individuals and families can get out of poverty and lead more fulfilling lives. When it comes to fighting poverty, one of our most fundamental goals must be to ensure that all individuals and families have access to such housing. From policy advocacy at all levels of government to the local and global missions of congregations and presbyteries, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) can work to make safe, affordable housing a reality for everyone.
—Anne Fyffe, summer fellow, PC(USA) Office of Public Witness, 2014

Let us pray
Merciful God, thank you for the shelter you provide us in your grace and comfort and the place you have for each of us in your house. We pray that you would use us, in advocacy and in ministry, to provide homes for those seeking shelter in our communities and around the world. Amen.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 30, 2015

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 30, 2015: Today our passages are 2 Chronicles 26:1–28:27; Romans 13:1-14; Psalm 23:1-6; and Proverbs 20:11. The readings...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Happenings Around the Presbytery – July 29, 2015

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery
907 National Road
Wheeling, WV  26003

Office Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In an emergency after office hours: Call 740-359-1813

Marie Luckhardt
Joe Byrne
Royce Browder
Ed & Dorothy Mooney
Leura Nancy Macon
Lesley Shoup
Bruce & Carolyn Stevens
Betty Dornick
Barry Todd
Nancy Mountz
David Kline
Delbert “Butch” McNear
Jim Wolgamott
Fran Offerdahl
Donna Todd
Keith McMannis
Bill Brown
David Brocklehurst
Homer Harden
JoAnn Tipton
John Lewis
Kay Eddy
Cheryl Sickle
John & Marian Brandenburg
Domasi Presbytery
Dakota Presbytery
All our service men & women

Please keep us informed of any prayer concerns you may have.

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PRAYER FOR UOVP PASTORS: Select one of these pastors and remember him/her in your prayers this week: Bob Morgan, Robert Nagy, Bob Offerdahl, William Popa, Connie Quinn.

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Caring is a Calling—Love Your Earth--Presbyterian Peace & Justice Newsletter for July, 2015, can be found on our website: Mission sidebar, then Peacemaking.

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PEACEMAKING OFFERING CHANGES: As you are undoubtedly aware, at the 2014 General Assembly, action was taken to redirect the former Peacemaking offering to a more inclusive “Peace and Global Witness Offering.” The Peace and Global Witness Offering can be promoted during the season leading up to World Communion Sunday, October 4. The Peace and Global Witness Offering will be distributed for peace and global witness ministries as follows: 50 percent to the General Assembly Presbyterian Mission Agency, 25 percent to be used in the Presbytery in support of peacemaking in our region, and 25 percent remains in the congregations (if they decide to keep it). Resources on peacemaking (or as it is now called, “Peace and Global Witness”) for use in bulletins and newsletters can be found on

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July 30
~ Steve Cramer

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These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced at church services:
The Fasting & Prayer conference...includes meals.
Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'
Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be, 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment, and gracious hostility.
Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.
The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.
The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
And this one just about sums them all up: The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: 'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours.'

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PW AUGUST 4 TRIP TO PITTSBURGH: Make your reservation by Friday, July 31st, to Karen Edwards at 740-598-4794 or Dodie Crowell at 304-243-6902.

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PRESBYTERIAN MISSION Agency Justice & Peace Close Up June 2015 ~ “Learn what other churches are doing to make a change in the life of a child,” can be found on our website: Click on the Mission sidebar, then Peacemaking.

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PDA CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS ~ Needed: Images of Hope (aka Volunteer work teams). With recent storms and flooding, volunteers with varying skills are needed throughout many parts of the United States.Won’t you prayerfully consider how God can use you as an image of hope? Contact the PDA Call Center or call 866-732-6121 to let them know of your teams’ availability to serve.

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BLACK ROBE NEEDED: Anyone who may have a black robe they would like to donate to the Rev. Moses Chitawo of Domasi Presbytery, Malawi, please call the Rev. Mike Bongart at 740-537-2181.

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AUGUST PRAYER REQUESTS can be found on our website under “Spotlight” and in the calendar.

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Free Hammond Organ, Model C-3: Contact David Demarest 304-280-3206.

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OUR BACKDOOR off the parking lot is locked at 4:00 p.m. daily for the summer as our custodians are now on their summer hours. If you are coming to the Presbytery Office after 4:00 p.m., please come around to our brown wooden front door, or call Patty at 304-232-3490 when you arrive in the parking lot, and she will come down and let you in. If it goes to answering machine, she may be on the other line. You could try the door to the Vance Office under the green awning, off the parking lot. Inside, immediately past the red carpeted staircase, turn left. Go through the double wooden doors and you are in the hallway that leads to the steps/elevator to bring you up. Or if you just need to drop in for a short time, out front on National Road, you can park under the big green awning where there are four handicapped spaces and walk up the sidewalk to our brown wooden door. (The stained glass doors under that awning are locked.)

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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Church, Dillonvale, OH ~ Food, fellowship, and fantastic music will be featured at our 65th Annual Peach Social. Dan Jones and Roger Hoard will headline the entertainment. This event is sponsored by the Dillonvale, First Presbyterian Church and will be held at the Dillonvale Fire Hall on August 7, 2015, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. This year we have added dinner items to our menu. Haluski, sandwiches, and salads can be purchased at an additional cost. The traditional Peach Social ticket cost is $5.00 per adult and $3.00 per child and includes cake, ice cream, peaches, and lemonade or coffee. Please join us for dinner, dessert, and music at this annual community event.

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FIVE PEWS FREE TO GOOD HOME. Two are 11 feet in length; 3 are 9 feet. One is in good condition; three are in very good condition; one needs work (veneer is peeling). The pews are a honey oak veneer. Must be able to pick them up. If interested, contact First Westminster Presbyterian Church, Steubenville, at

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * KIRK of Northeast PA Conference is October 12-14, 2015, at the Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mt. Pleasant, PA. Wee Kirk’s purpose is to inspire, motivate, and encourage small Presbyterian churches and to provide rest and refreshment for the clergy and lay leaders of those churches. Download a brochure on our website under “Items of Interest.” Register for the conference here: REGISTERFor more info, call Helen Kester at 724-980-9565. There are Synod scholarships available for half of the tuition and travel expenses. Call the Synod at 1-800-242-0534.

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POGO XIX: Presbyterian Open Golf Outing #19 will begin with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 10that the Spring Hills Golf Course, East Springfield, Ohio. Fee: $40 per golfer (Includes green fees, cart, prizes, and dinner). RSVP by Monday, August 3, to Sam Gibb (814) 657-1267 or; or call First Westminster Office (740) 282-4591. Foursomes, please.

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PW LAVENDER SPRINGS SPA RETREAT ~ At the Seeds of Hope Farm near Mt. Pleasant, Ohio. Check-in by 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 8thfollowed by Coffee/Tea. Program begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. Please plan to arrive and check-in by 10:00 so you won’t miss any of our program. We’ll be finished no later than 2:30 p.m. The cost of the retreat will be $10.00 in order to cover the cost of our lunch and the materials that will be provided. We’ll be very relaxed and casual, so wear comfortable clothing. Please feel free to invite your friends to come also! RSVP by Tuesday, August 4, by calling Mary McElroy at 740-769-7546 or Karen Edwards at 740-598-4794.

Directions to Seeds of Hope Farm:
FROM State Route 7 coming south; take the Rayland/Dillonvale exit. Follow State Route 150 approximately 11 miles through Dillonvale and Mt. Pleasant. Seeds of Hope Farm will be 3 miles west of Mt. Pleasant on SR 150. Look for a sign on your LEFT.
For further instructions, please call the McElroys at 740-769-7546.
The McElroy’s address is 1353 State Route 150, Adena, OH 43901.


FROM Rt. 7 coming north; take 250 North/west out of Bridgeport. Follow 250 about 12 miles to State Route 150 (about 1/2 mi. past Ferda's Garden Center). Turn RIGHT towards Mt. Pleasant. Seeds of Hope Farm is about 1 mile in on SR 150. Look for sign on your RIGHT. Turn at the gray house and follow lane to retreat site. 
For further instructions, please call the McElroys at 740-769-7546.

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A MISSION TRIP to the Fall stated meeting of Dakota Presbytery at the Porcupine Presbyterian Church, Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 29 or 30 and returning Oct. 5. This is the first time that a mission trip is about to happen since our Presbytery partnered with Dakota Presbytery. At this time, the trip may, or may not be a work trip. It may be a mission of presence. The Mission Committee feels that the time is right for others to meet the good people of Dakota. The cost of the trip will be $900.00 with the Presbytery paying 1/3, the participant paying 1/3, and the participant’s church paying 1/3. Info, application, questionnaire, and session endorsement can be found on our website under “Items of Interest.” If you don’t have access to a computer, please call the Presbytery Office at 304-232-3490 and we will mail you a copy. August 11, 2015, is the deadline to get your paperwork in to the Presbytery. Interviews will be held on August 18 at the Presbytery Office.

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COMMISSIONERS AND YAAD TO GA ~ It is now time for sessions to nominate persons to be our presbytery’s commissioners and Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD) to the meeting of the 222nd General Assembly in Portland, Oregon, June 18 to June 25, 2016. We need to elect one minister commissioner and one elder commissioner, and alternates, and a YAAD and alternate. Nominations must be e-mailed to the Presbytery Office by September 1, 2015, using the nomination forms that can be found on our website under “Items of Interest.” If you don’t have access to a computer, please call the Presbytery Office at 304-232-3490 and we will mail you a copy.

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ADAM’S ROAD – SPECIAL FREE CONCERT ~ The First Presbyterian Church of Wellsburg invites you to attend a special free concert by Adam's Road Band at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4. This ministry of word and music is especially relevant to young people, so if the teens/early 20s of your church desire to reach out to unchurched friends, the concert will offer a way for them to introduce others to the gospel. Adam's Road is comprised of three talented musicians, who, through the Grace of God and the study of His Word, have come to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, www.adamsroadministry.comFirst Presbyterian Church is located at 9th and Charles streets in Wellsburg, just one block west of W.Va. 2. For more information, contact Lynn Davis at

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A RETREAT FOR ALL UOVP PASTORS will be held September 28 and 29, 2015, at the Crestfield Conference Center and Camp located near Slippery Rock, PA. The retreat will begin on Monday at 2:00 p.m. with check in beginning at 1:00 p.m. and end after lunch on Tuesday. “The Spirit-filled Side of Preaching” will be led by Retreat Leader, the Rev. Dr. Judy Angleberger. Cost is $30.00 per person with the rest of the cost being picked up by a grant from the Synod of the Trinity. Please make your check payable to UOVP and drop it off or send it to the Presbytery Office. [All rooms are single.] Please RSVP—call 304-232-3490 or e-mail by Tuesday, September 15. This retreat is open to all Teaching Elders, both active and retired; all Commissioned Ruling Elders, active and retired; and those available to be commissioned. Come join us!

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CONTINUING EDUCATION at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary ~ Teacher Training Worshop, “Telling the Story: New Disciples, New Church,” Sept. 26, 2015. Keith Kaufold, Keynote Presenter. ~ 412-924-1345

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SEMINARY FOR A DAYSaturday, Sept. 26, 2015, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Road, Richmond, VA. Includes inspiring keynote addresses along with educational workshops featuring UPSem faculty. $25 cost includes lunch and refreshments. See or go to our website under Seminaries for the schedule of events.

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CREATING A VISION FOR EDUCATIONAL MINISTRY Part of the important work of faith communities is to establish shared values and goals for lifelong spiritual growth through education and formation. Thriving congregations take the time to ask questions and to evaluate ministries. They seek to discern God’s call to faithfulness for their particular church body as individuals and as a community whenever the people gather to study, to worship, and to serve. Resources are available for creating a vision for educational ministrySee Creating a Vision for Educational Ministry--The Point Connection July newsletter on our website under “Spotlight.”

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YOUR STORIES ARE OUR STORIES. The Presbytery invites all of our churches to share a photo of your summer ministry so we can share it with others on our website slideshow. Send your pics (landscape view is easiest to post) with a brief description to

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Cove's Worship Service – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (2 Samuel 7:1-14a)

Below is a copy of the service I led in Cove Presbyterian Church, Weirton, West Virginia, on Sunday, July 26. You can also find a podcast of this service at The Cove Podbean page.

If you found this service meaningful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.

The Order of Worship
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost – July 26, 2015


The Greeting and Announcements

Enter Worship with Praise

Entry of the Word: "This is the Day that  the Lord Has Made"

Praising God Through Song
Hymn: "Victory in Jesus"
Hymn: "Glorify Your Name"
Our Song for the Children: "Praise Him, Praise Him "

Approach God with Humility and Thanks

Our Congregational Prayer, followed by The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.

Our Song Glorifying God: Gloria Patri

Giving Back to God      

Song of Praise: Doxology

Our Prayer of Thanks and Dedication

Affirming Our Faith: From The Second Helvetic Confession
By sin we understand that innate corruption of man which has been derived or propagated in us all from our first parents, by which we, immersed in perverse desires and averse to all good, are included to all evil.  Full of all wickedness, distrust, contempt and hatred of God, we are unable to do or even to think anything good of ourselves.  Moreover, even as we grow older, so by wicked thoughts, words and deeds committed against God's law, we bring forth corrupt fruit worthy of an evil tree (Matt. 12:33 ff.).  For this reason by our own deserts, being subject to the wrath of God, we are liable to just punishment, so that all of us would have been cast away by God if Christ, the Deliverer, had not brought us back. 

Hear the Word with Understanding

The Word Read: 2 Samuel 11:1-15
In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king's house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful. David sent someone to inquire about the woman. It was reported, "This is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite." So David sent messengers to get her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she was purifying herself after her period.) Then she returned to her house. The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, "I am pregnant." So David sent word to Joab, "Send me Uriah the Hittite." And Joab sent Uriah to David. When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab and the people fared, and how the war was going. Then David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house, and wash your feet." Uriah went out of the king's house, and there followed him a present from the king. But Uriah slept at the entrance of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house. When they told David, "Uriah did not go down to his house," David said to Uriah, "You have just come from a journey. Why did you not go down to your house?" Uriah said to David, "The ark and Israel and Judah remain in booths; and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do such a thing." Then David said to Uriah, "Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will send you back." So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day. On the next day, David invited him to eat and drink in his presence and made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house. In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. In the letter he wrote, "Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be struck down and die."

The Word Proclaimed: Compound Interest

Leave Worship with Joy

 Hymn: "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah"

 Charge and Blessing

 Congregational Response    

Postlude: "Hark, the Glad Sound"