Saturday, October 31, 2015

A Thought from the Word - A 15-second thought based on Ephesians 2: 8 - 9

A New Devotion on Cove’s Prayer Line – Being a Seed, Becoming Yeast

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) or on the Cove Presbyterian Church Podbean page. If you find 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.

Matthew 13:31-35

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”

Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet:
     “I will open my mouth to speak in parables;
          I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.”

Being a Seed, Becoming Yeast

It’s easy for members of mainline, traditional congregations to become discouraged nowadays. I mean, the numbers don’t look good, with an aging membership and fewer and fewer young people claiming any religious commitment at all. And when we were sleeping, a shift seems to have occurred to the expectations of those who are looking to attend worship. Rather than that old-fashion, community orientation, with long-time members going through services that are comfortable and predictable, people want to get more out of worship than a feeling that they’re a part of a group; they want to experience God is a special way, which means the old hymns and the unison readings just don’t seem to cut it anymore. And even if you recognize the challenges that comes with this shift and want to meet them, not only are there all kinds of internal forces who push to roll the clocks back, we who’ve been in the traditional church our whole lives just don’t know what to do. And often those who do prefer to start a new congregation than trying to help the old. And so there we are, losing a war that we didn’t start and feeling tired and discouraged.

But it’s to us, that these words of Christ might have a special meaning. You see, in these two parables, Jesus reminds us that even the kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, small and significant by the world’s standards, but that it still carries the potential to grow into the greatest of shrubs and provide home for all kinds of birds. But more than that, the kingdom is also like yeast, something that you can hardly see, but which, when combined with flour and water, sugar and salt, can affect the entire loaf. You see, that’s who we are, a tiny seed that has the potential to become so much more. And with the yeast, that’s what we can become, when we decide not to isolate ourselves but mix with all the other stuff around us so that we might leaven the entire loaf.

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

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 31, 2015: Today our passages are Lamentations 4:1–5:22; Hebrews 2:1-18; Psalm 103:1-22; and Proverbs 26:23. The readings are from the Contempo...

Friday, October 30, 2015

Cove Kids: Children's Bulletins for Sunday, November 1, 2015

Cove Kids: Children's Bulletins for Sunday, November 1, 2015: Below are puzzles for children focused on the Isaiah 25:6-9. There are two “bulletins,” one for ages 3-6 and the other for ages 7-12. Feel f...

What's Happening at Cove Presbyterian Church?

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

CHANCEL CHOIR PRACTICE  . . .is being held in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Everyone wishing to praise our Lord thru 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.
COVE’S SIXTEENTH ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE . . .is being  held today , November 1 during the morning worship. The twenty-six white roses represent the members and friends of Cove who have died during the past year. A family member can pick-up a  rose at the conclusion of the service.
PROJECT CHRISTMAS SMILE . . .Annual Spaghetti Dinner is being held in Fellowship Hall today from noon till 2:00 p.m. We ask everyone to please support this endeavor. In addition to the posted menu, meatless sauce will be available upon request.
GIFT ORNAMENTS . . .are available for Project Christmas Smile children  on the tree in the narthex.  We ask that you please consider taking an ornament from the tree to give a deserving child a “Special Christmas.”  If you have any questions contact a Deacon member or the church office. Wrapped gifts are to be returned to the church by Monday, November 30.  We thank you in advance for your generosity.

LET US GIVE THANKS . . .is the theme of the Myrtle McHendry Meeting and Social this Tuesday, November 3 beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  Devotions will be led by Enid Williams and Pat Grant and Esten Jezerski are the hostesses for the afternoon.
OUR TUESDAY EVENING STUDY . . .will meet  on Tuesday, November 3, at 6:30 p.m. to continue our study in which we’ll answer some of the questions raised by the folks who attended the last study. During this session, we’ll consider the question: When life hurts, does God care?
BOARD MEETINGS . . .▸ The Deacons will meet on Wednesday, November 4  at 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom.
▸ The Session will meet on Sunday, November 8 after the morning worship.
▸ The Trustees will meet on Monday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom.
OUR JOURNEY TOGETHER . . . is the theme for the upcoming 2015 Church Women United World Community Day to be celebrated on Friday, November 6 here at Cove Church. The worship service will begin at 11:00 a.m. The 2015 focus is to bring Christian women together from different cultural backgrounds to share stories from their Christian journey. The participants will unite the faith community in a time of praise and worship that demonstrates Christ’s reconciling love to the community, the country and the world. A luncheon will be served in Fellowship Hall following the service.
DATE CHANGE. . .COVE’S 225 ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION has been re-scheduled to Sunday, December 6, 2015. Please mark your calendar!! Details to follow.
THANK YOU . . .to everyone for all the cards, visits, phone calls and most  especially for all the prayers for me during my recent illness.  My Cove Family is “extremely special” to me.
         Rosalie Coxen
900+ . . .is the number of food items that the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts collected on Saturday, October 24th for the Deacons Food Pantry. We thank them for their continued support of our community outreach program.
BEFORE SCHEDULING A MEETING . . .please contact the church office beforehand to be sure that the church will be staffed on that day and time. We are not here every evening.
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 and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian). You can also read the devotion at
WE ARE UPDATING OUR PRAYER CHAIN . . . regularly. If you wish to add someone, 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 ( and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian).
WE ARE BLOGGING!    We now have five 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.
• 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.
IF YOU’RE ONLINE . . .“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).
IN THE HOSPITAL? HOMEBOUND? RECENT ILLNESS?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.
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.  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.

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. 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. Put your tabs in the container located in the hallway downstairs. 

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

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

Amy Slisik
Audrey Vincent
Beth Fracasso
Betty Michael
Bill Manley
Chad Wilson
Christine Lee Trushel
Cindi Livingston
Darcy Keffer
David Craig
Deloris Chesebro
Edward Morgan III
Emery Edwards
Evan Pulice
Faith Bonyak
Gen Meyer
Goldie Baly
Gregory Castner
Greta Billham
Harry Hutch
Jeff Grant
Jim & Shelley Pearson
Joanie Lawrence
John Guglielmo
John Philips
John Schlotter
Jonathan Smith
Joyce Booth
Karen Lombardi
Kelly Stephens
Larry Campbell
Lou Ann Seevers
Marcia Cooper
Maria Parker
Marybeth Lewis
Matthew Kirtley
Michael Frank
Mike Churchman
M'Liz Held
Nick Mourat
Patricia Cox
Patty Notte
Peggy Stewart
Penny Mourat
Rob Roy Jones
Ron & Helen Tate
Ron Neely
Ronnie Buffington
Sam Fortunato
Sharon Wheeler
Shirley Everhart Kirtley
Stacy Jo Vogel
Susie Kurcina
Vicki Williams
Wink Harner

Aksel Ace
Audri King
Devon Bragg
Jeffrey Konovich
Jonathan Marte
Lily Ghrist

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

Church Families
Crystal Hawkins
Jackie Hawkins
Susie Hawkins

Local Church
First United Methodist Church

Special Friends
Harry Hutch – Villa Vista, Rm 507 B, 1800 Sinclair Ave., Steubenville, OH  43953

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery Congregations 
Limestone Presbyterian Church, Moundsville, West Virginia – Rev. Larry Kline
First Presbyterian Church, Mt. Pleasant, Ohio – Rev. Lorraine Dill

Also Remember in Your Prayers
Alice & Kenny Orr – Weirton Geriatric Center, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV  26062
Carl Hamill – Serra Manor, Apt. 11, 205 Serra Manor, 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
Theresa Skiles – Weirton Geriatric Center, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV  26062
Ruth Ann Oestering – Woodland Hills, 608 North 10th St., Weirton, WV  26062

Friday’s Essay – Don’t Be Distracted by Halloween

Below is an essay that I sent to those on the Cove Presbyterian Church e-mailing list. You can hear a podcast of this essay by going to the Cove Presbyterian Podbean page. 

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

Tomorrow is Halloween, and if we’re not careful, I think that one single day can become an enormous distraction for a lot of Christians. Let me explain. Every year we sort go through what’s become a little religious ritual, with some Christians condemning the day as Satanic and inferring, if not openly stating, that anyone who would allow their children to dress up like a princess or like the Hulk is jeopardizing the eternal destinies of both the kids and themselves. And they’ll promote this idea with a confidence that generally sounds pretty self-righteous. Now that’s what one group does, while others spends about the same amount of time, energy and self-righteousness mocking them. Now that’s what’s happening on the other end of the spectrum, while still others are wandering around somewhere in the middle, with the brothers and sisters who tilt toward those who see Satan in the candy corn allowing their children to wear costumes and get goodies and even trick or treat, but not on Halloween, rather at the Harvest Festival which just so happens to fall on the same day. (I guess those who see this as a better alternative never read about the pagan celebrations of the fertility the harvest represents. If they did, it would radically change the nature of the senior high hay ride.) That’s what they do. And those who may be on the “Halloween’s Not the Instrument of the Devil” side of the mid-point, they try to Christianize the day by carving a cross or the face of Jesus rather than Jack-O-Latern into their pumpkins. But you know, regardless of where you fall on the continuum, the result is the same: a whole lot of time and attention is spent dealing with the day.

And if we have a lot of free time, that may be alright. But you know, even if we do, all this Halloween concern can really distract us from what’s most important on October 31 and every other day in the year. You see, when we’re worried about spiritual damage done by celebrating or the psychological damage done by condemning, we’re not focusing our attention on the one who’s Lord of the entire universe and on what’s he’s told us to do 24/7.

In other words, the time we spend attacking or defending Halloween may distract us from the one who loved us before the foundation of the world and whose cross freed us and empty tomb gives us reason to hope and whose Spirit surrounds us all the time, opening our minds so that we can understand and our hearts so that we can feel and our wills so that we can respond. You see, when our attention on worldly things, Halloween included, becomes a little bit obsessive, we’re probably shifting our focus from the one who stands as creator, redeemer and sustainer to something else, something a whole lot less important. And I can tell you right here and now, that’s not good, but that’s not all that can happen.

This pursuit can also distract us from what we’ve been called to do. You see, when asked, Jesus was very clear about what God expects from us: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And the more time we spend debating the merits of a single day, the less time we have to do things like caring for the hungry and thirsty, the stranger and the naked, those who are sick or in prison. But even more than that, when we see this as spiritual debate worth pursuing, we tend to gravitate toward one side or the other. And sadly, when that happens, often the closeness we’re called to share as members of Christ’s body breaks down, with those who condemn the day judging those who don’t while those who believe that tricks or treats offer kids the chance to have some good, harmless fun, it’s easy for them to ridicule those who don’t. And even though we might go through some kind of semantic exercise to label either judgement or ridicule as acts of Christian compassion, it’s mighty hard to love someone whom you believe is choosing to go to Hell or who’s making a mountain out of a candied apple.

Of course, almost anything can and does distract us from the one whom we worship and the kind of lives he’s called us to live. Still I think the nature of Halloween can be particularly distracting. And even though, personally, I believe that unless we take it to some kind of bizarre extreme, our celebration of the day is pretty harmless, I also recognize that there are some Christians who don’t feel that way at all. I mean, they see Satan behind every cardboard witch and inside every carved pumpkin. And I also recognize that it’s tempting for me to see these folks as, at the very least, silly and, at worst, a little bit on the dumb side. But you know, where we stand on the line between the extremes isn’t relevant, because the day itself can occupy more spiritual attention than it should, distracting us from the God we love and serve. And for that reason, let’s make an intentional effort to push aside all that secondary stuff so that we can focus on the one who loves us and the love we’re called to show others.

A Thought from the Word - A 15-second thought based on Romans 12:1

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

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for October 30, 2015: Today our passages are Lamentations 2:20–3:66; Hebrews 1:1-14; Psalm 102:1-28; and Proverbs 26:21-22. The readings are from the Cont...

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Cove's Bulletin for Sunday, November 1, 2015

Below is a copy of our Sunday bulletin. During the 11:00 service, we'll use Isaiah 25:6-9 and consider what we might learn from all the saints that surround us.

Cove's Paper Challenge

Below are some photographs of our paper challenge, an activity sponsored by the Cove Board of Deacons. Different groups in the congregation used donated paper products to construct a Halloween/Fall scene. After the worship service on Sunday, people donated money to determine the winning design. The money donated went to UNICEF, and the paper goods will be used in our Community Thanksgiving Baskets. We raised a little over $57 and the spider was the winner.

The Questions of Faith – If God loves everyone, how can he send some people to Hell?

Growing in Grace: The Questions of Faith – If God loves everyone, ho...: Below are the notes from the fourth session of a study entitled “The Questions of Faith.” This 15-session series attempts to answer some of ...

Cove's Worship Service – Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost (Job 42:1-6, 10-17)

Below is a copy of the service I led in Cove Presbyterian Church, Weirton, West Virginia, on Sunday, October 25, 2015. 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
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost – October 25, 2015

Enter Worship with Praise

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

Praising God Through Song
Hymn: "Love at Home"
Hymn: "No Mountain High Enough"
Song for the Children "A Helper I Will Be"

Approach God with Humility and Thanks

A Special Time for Children

Ordination of Officers

The Choir Offering Praise thru Music: "Let Jesus Come Into Your Heart"

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: "Autumn"
Song of Praise: Doxology

Our Prayer of Thanks and Dedication

Stating Our Faith: From A Brief Statement of Faith
We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God's image, male and female, of every race and people, to live as one community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God's commandments, we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God's condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation. In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still.

Hear the Word with Understanding

The Word Read: Job 42:1-6, 10-17
Then Job answered the Lord: "I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?' Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you declare to me.' I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes."

And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he had prayed for his friends; and the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then there came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and they ate bread with him in his house; they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him; and each of them gave him a piece of money and a gold ring. The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters. He named the first Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. In all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job's daughters; and their father gave them an inheritance along with their brothers. After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children, and his children's children, four generations. And Job died, old and full of days.

The Word Proclaimed: Reboot

Leave Worship with Joy

 Hymn: "Be Thou My Vision"

 Charge and Blessing

 Congregational Response    

Postlude: "Triumphant Finale"

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - October 28, 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

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Marie Luckhardt
Joe Byrne
Ed & Dorothy Mooney
Leura Nancy Macon
John Lewis
Lesley Shoup
Bruce & Carolyn Stevens
David Brocklehurst
Lt. Aaron Mistic (USAF)
Nancy Mountz
Kenn Sickle
All our service men & women
Dakota Presbytery
Domasi Presbytery
Malawi flooding & food crisis
S Carolina & Texas flood victims
Enright Bighorn
Syrian Refugees
Scales/Seaman families

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: BobHaseltine, Sue Haseltine, Joe Hendricks, Duane Hetzer, Wally Jancura.
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WE EXTEND OUR SYMPATHY to RE Gwen Scales (St. Clairsville, Calvary’s clerk of session) and family in the death of her aunt Mae Seaman on Sunday, October 25, 2015. Mae died at the age of 101 in Sheboygan, WI.
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NOVEMBER’S PRAYER REQUESTS can be found on our website under “Spotlight,” and in the calendar.
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MISSION ~ In keeping with the Presbytery’s mission to try to serve local communities, the Mission Committee is asking that you bring items that are on the list below to the November 17 presbytery meeting. They will be taken to the Harrisville area food pantry for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Thanksgiving/Christmas items (such as): Stuffing (boxed), cranberry sauce, green beans, French onions, cream of mushroom soup, pie filling (pumpkin, apple, cherry, etc.), cake mix (yellow, chocolate), icing. Regular items (such as): Spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, macaroni and cheese, soup, canned vegetables (corn, green beans, etc.), tea bags. Non-food items (such as): Toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap.
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2016 LITURGICAL COLORS CALENDAR: To find a printable liturgical calendar with the liturgical colors for paraments, control+click here: 2016 liturgical colors.
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Nov. 2   ~
R. H. “Mac” McCuen, Jr.
Nov. 4   ~
Susan McMannis

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A MALAWI PARTNERSHIP covered dish dinner will be held on Sunday, November 8th5:00 p.m. at Stone Presbyterian Church, , 25 East Cove Ave., Wheeling, WV, with guest speakers Gregg Hartung, executive director of Presbyterian Media Mission, and Vince and Vanessa Veltre who will share their story of their recent trip to Malawi. Join us to discover ways to increase excitement and interest in your partnership, or to begin a partnership.
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LAUGHLIN CHAPEL is asking for Christmas gifts for the Christmas Celebration. We hope to receive gift cards which will assist those from doing a lot of shopping. We appreciate any amount you wish to give. We would like to have all Christmas gifts and donations by November 30. Thank you!

LAUGHLIN CHAPEL needs your help prayerfully and financially. We thank God for the large number of children we serve, but we also need more donations. We are struggling with our funds. If you can spare a few dollars more in your giving to this ministry, please do so. We know God will supply our needs, so we are trusting you to hear from HIM and give. Keep praying for the work of the chapel ministry. More and more children and their families rely on the chapel to help in this community. Many times we have more than 100 children at a time. We are here to serve them as we have been directed from God. It is so fulfilling to see children smile when they come through the doors. Any extra monies or help will certainly be appreciated. And thank you for all you do for the Chapel.
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MUSKINGUM VALLEY PRESBYTERY invites you to a workshop on stewardship hosted by Clif Christopher featuring his book, Not Your Parents' Offering Plate, on Saturday, November 14, 2015. RSVPs are due Monday, November 9. Control+click here for Location and Directions: Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Cost: $30. Register online here!
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WEST LIBERTY UNIVERSITY, in cooperation with Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church, will present Handel’s “Messiah” on Saturday, November 21st, 7:00 p.m. at the J. B. Chambers Performing Arts Center, Wheeling Park High School. This concert will feature the brand newCollege Community Chorus as well as a professional orchestra. Soloists will include Dr. Angela Day of West Liberty University, Timothi Williams of Penn State University, Adam Bonanni of Pittsburgh Opera, and Daniel Teadt of Carnegie Mellon University. This concert is FREE and open to the public. A freewill donation to benefit local charities will be taken at the door.
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PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE: SOUTH CAROLINA ~ The rivers have crested, and the floodwaters have washed out to sea, but the hard work of cleaning up is just beginning in South Carolina. Read full story.
TEXAS ~ Control+click: Record hurricane fizzles in Mexico, but causes heavy downpours in parts of TexasPresbyterian Disaster Assistance monitoring recovery needs.
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A CELTIC RETREAT FOR PEACEMAKERS will be held this Saturday, October 31st8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Follansbee Presbyterian Church, 1254 Main St., Follansbee, WV. Cost: $10.00. Continental breakfast & lunch will be provided. There will be time for worship and fellowship, and we will explore the prayer of Francis of Assisi, “Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace.” For more information or to register, contact the Rev. Dr. Ruth Ellen Bates or 304-737-3130. This retreat is open to all. Sponsored by UOVP’s Peacemaking Committee.
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GRACE PRESBYTERIAN Church, 4th and Hanover Streets, Martins Ferry, OH, invites you to visit them this Saturday, October 31st, at 7:30 p.m. for some special entertainment, “The Perfect Fifths.” Matt Webster (Bill's son) along with his wife and three friends will be putting on a concert in our sanctuary featuring some of our favorite songs from the 60s and 70s along with a couple of Halloween surprises. All of these young performers have appeared in musical plays around the country. We invite everyone to come for this special performance. For more info, call the church office 740-633-2699.
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YOU ARE INVITED to a Sunday Chicken Dinner Sunday, November 1st, from 12 Noon to 3:00 p.m. at Laughlin Memorial Chapel, 129 18thSt., Wheeling, WV, to benefit Ms. Debbie Miller’s Chapel Girls’ Club. $8.50 adults, $6.50 kids 12 and under. Menu: Choice of fried or oven baked chicken, sweet potatoes/mashed potatoes, greens, green beans, salad, rolls, and a variety of desserts from which to choose. Carry out and delivery available. For tickets and more info, call 304-232-2630 or 304-650-5682.
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COM SPONSORED COMMUNION CLASS FOR RULING ELDERS ~ In response to the growing and immediate need for worship leadership, in accordance with the Book of Order, our Committee on Ministry is again sponsoring a class to enable:
·        Ruling Elders to officiate at the Lord’s Supper in their own congregations with the permission of the Committee on Ministry.
·        Ruling Elders who have been trained to preach and are on the preaching supply list. This class will enable the supply to officiate at communion when preaching or in their own congregation with the permission of the Committee on Ministry.
·        Ruling Elders who have previously undergone training to officiate at the Lord’s Supper. NOTE: Ruling Elders previously trained must obtain Committee on Ministry’s permission to officiate.
When: Monday, November 2nd, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Bellaire Presbyterian Church, 3599 Guernsey Street, Bellaire, OH
Bring: Book of Common Worship. Prepare: Familiarize yourself with the Service for the Lord’s Day, pg. 33-45, 67-76
Instructor: The Rev. Tanta Luckhardt-Hendricks (HR). HOW: CALL REV. TANTA 330-386-5723 TO REGISTER.
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CLERKS’ TRAINING on how to complete 2015 annual reports and to get info on some Book of Order issues that are often overlooked will take place on Saturday, November 7th10:00 a.m. at the Presbytery Office. This is for all clerks of session and/or their representatives. Pastors are also invited. All forms for annual reports will be available electronically through the presbytery’s website by the end of the year.There are no paper packets of blank report forms. An e-mail with password will be sent to each of the clerks and pastors. Please pass this info on to your clerk of session!
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GIVE A GIFT many returns ~ The 2015 – 2016 Presbyterian Giving Catalog is here! For many Presbyterians, using this catalog to give a gift that also gives back is becoming a treasured tradition. This year, you'll see your favorites alongside some exciting new gift options. You're sure to find a gift that supports a cause close to your heart. Each gift represents so much more than its monetary value—from resources that enable sustainable farming, to basic necessities, to support that helps Presbyterians fulfill their mission work. And when you give, you'll find you get so many special things in return: a sense of community, the joy of generosity, a lifting of your own spirit. Visit the online catalog today and choose your gift.
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PRESBYTERIAN MEDIA MISSION is celebrating 35 years with 'Media Rapture' on November 7th, at Cranberry Presbyterian Church, 2662 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Township, PA. Christians have been liking, following and sharing Jesus Christ for centuries. Join Presbyterian Media Mission as it celebrates its history of keeping Christ in the media culture on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 9 a.m. at Cranberry Presbyterian Church. See what's coming next with information technology when Chris Reidenbaugh from Google Maps and Street View speak. Get caught up in the #mediarapture by celebrating 35 years of putting mission on the media map. Don't be left behind! Spread the Word withthis poster. Register online here. For more info, call Gregg Hartung, Director of PMM, 724-777-2489.

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ADVENT DEVOTIONAL ~ Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is offering a free Advent Devotional to you and your congregation. We invite you to read and listen to daily messages written by members of the Seminary community. You can access the devotions in these ways:
  • Read online or print and share. Visit
  • Receive daily e-mails. Go to, click “Sign up for Seminary News,” and “Devotionals.”
  • Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
  • Download our free Android or Apple app. Visit the store and search for “Devotions – Advent & Lent.”
  • Request your printed copy. Call 412-362-5610 or e-mail
Also, our Lenten Devotional will be available in February, 2016. We hope you’ll follow along daily, be deepened in your faith through the words of your brothers and sisters in Christ, and prepare your heart to celebrate Christ’s birth.
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CONTINUING ED ~ Conversations and Community: Exploring the Landscape of Hope—Engage. Enrich. Enlighten. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary invites you to join them for conversations on various aspects of hope in our world. Participants are invited to attend chapel and lunch together as a group so the conversation can continue. The six-part series will be open to full or individual date subscriptions. Conversations will be held one Wednesday a month between October 2015-February 2016, and April 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Full series $75. Single sessions $15 each.
   Oct. 21, 2015  – Atonement and Hope, by Andrew Purves
   Nov. 18, 2015 – Proclamation and Hope, by Lisa L. Thompson
   Dec. 9, 2015   – The Diversity of Hope, by John C. Welch
   Jan. 20, 2016  – Finding Hope at Life’s End, by Scott Fuller
   Feb. 17, 2016 – Social Change Ministries and Hope, by R. Drew Smith
   April 20, 2016 – Mission and Hope, by Scott Hagley
For schedule/registration/CEUs:
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GOD’S NEW THING: See it! Hear it! Live it! ~ 2016 Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) invites all professional educators, pastors, and volunteers in ministry with children, youth, and adults to the 2016 APCE annual event January 27-30, 2016, in Chicago. Complete presenter list and schedule are available at Registration has begun. Register on or before December 4, 2015, to save $50 off your registration.
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IS YOUR CONGREGATION DOING INNOVATIVE MINISTRYUnion Presbyterian Seminary offers eight Congregational Leadership Awards annually. Since 1991, 117 churches in 29 states have received these awards. Each of the eight awards carries a $1,000 prize to support the congregation in its ministry. For more information and to apply for one of the 2016 Union Presbyterian Seminary Congregational Leadership Awards, you may download the brochure and application at or request an application by sending an e-mail to April Swofford at or calling 1-800-229-2990, ext 231. The application and instructions are only available electronically. The deadline for the 2016 awards is FEBRUARY 15, 2016.
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Control+click: Domestic violence workshop proclaims ‘It Happened in Our Church.’ Louisville PC(USA) congregation hosts Domestic Violence Awareness Month event.
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DREAM GRANT available for churches and presbyteries: A DREAM Grant (Developmental, Risky, Experimental, Adaptive Mission) is being offered by the Presbyterian Mission Agency. It is seeking entrepreneurs, church planters, and inventors. The grant supports people who are not afraid to fail and church cultures that will encourage people to risk failure in order to find new ways to succeed. To find out more and learn how to apply, click here. Your application must be submitted to the Presbytery Office by the end of October so it can be approved and sent on to Synod.
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Control+click: 'GO' is the focus for 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium ~ To prepare 5,000+ young people to 'take their next steps of faith' when they GO home. More info can be found on our website under “Items of Interest.”
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