Below are the announcements as they appear in the Sunday bulletin.
THE SEASON AFTER PENTECOST
“We have seen…that the half of the year following Pentecost is different in character from the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and Lent, Holy Week, Easter. Whether it is called ‘ordinary time,’ or ‘Season After Pentecost,’ or ‘Kingdomtide,’ each Sunday stands on its own as the Lord’s Day and should be considered in the light of The Scriptures to be read that day. …The Season After Pentecost is just that; it is not the Pentecost Season…” (Handbook of the Christian Year, p. 241) Green, the color of abiding life, of peace, nourishment, rest and constancy, is the traditional color for this time of year.
YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THAT BEFORE THE SERVICE . . .
the Rev. Rudiger pours water into the baptismal font even though we might not have a baptism on that particular Sunday. Here’s the reason. Since baptism is one of the pillars of our identity as Christians, this is a reminder that we’re united as members of the Body of Christ. It represents a gift given to us by God, one that we can’t earn and don’t deserve. As we move forward as a congregation, it’s important to remember and to celebrate the sacrament that unites us. And since Jesus said that part of making disciples of all nation involves baptizing them, it’s also a reminder of the mission we’ve been given.
“JESUS TIME” IS SPECIAL TIME FOR . . .
all our children and young people. This Sunday School experience offers them the opportunity to learn the Bible story and apply that story to their lives. “Jesus Time” meets at 11:00 a.m. and runs until the end of the Worship Service. If you have children and teens, ask one of the greeters to direct you to the children’s location.
DURING THE WORSHIP SERVICE,
we’ve started a six-week sermon series entitled “Go Fish.” During the series, we’ll discuss how we might respond to Jesus’s promise that we’ll be fishers of people. We’ll focus on the following topics:
• Sunday, August 7 – Muddy Water
• Sunday, August 14 – The One That Got Away
If you’ve missed a week, you can find a copy of the sermon on the church website (covepresbyterian.org) and The Cove Community blog (thecovecommunity.blogspot.com). You can also find a podcast of the sermon on the Cove Podbean page (covepresbyterian.podbean.com).
A LOCAL MUSICIAN IS ORGANIZING A RALLY,
urging unity in the community following a number of shooting incidents across the country. Joshua Elias, also known as E.L.I.A.S. the Profhit, is planning the rally for 3:00 p.m., July 31 at the Weirton Municipal Building. “This is a peaceful demonstration,” Elias said. “This is not a protest.” “Presented by "Everyday Life is a Success,” and “Majesty Media,” Elias said the rally is a way to urge residents to come together as one and stand strong as a united community. “I want people to see we're doing this before a crisis,” Elias said. “I hope and pray people across the U.S. will do the same.” If you’re concerned about the violence that’s affected families across our country, please plan to attend the rally.
OUR TUESDAY EVENING STUDY . . .
will meet on Tuesday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m. to start a new study looking at the fundamental beliefs of Christianity. During this first session, we’ll answer the question, who Is God, by discussing the Doctrine of the Trinity.
WE’LL BE MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE STRIPLIGHT THEATER . . .
on Wednesday, August 3, at 7:00 p.m. If you’re interested in how we might serve our community together, please feel free to join us.
THE BELL CHOIR . . .
will practice on Saturday, at 11:00 a.m.
CHURCH PICNIC . . .
our annual church picnic is scheduled for Sunday, August 14 at Marland Heights Park. Please bring a covered dish to share. Place settings, beverages & meats will be provided.
FLO HUCKABY , ACCOUNT MANAGER WITH CHURCH MUTUAL . . .
insurance Company is coming to the church on Tuesday, August 16, 12:00 p.m. to review our insurance coverage. All are welcome to attend the review with Flo, or if unable to attend put your thoughts in writing.
MOPS (MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS) . . .
is coming to Weriton. MOPS is a national organization that provides a place for mothers of young children to gather, receive practical help, find a mentor, have a place and time to chat, and develop relationships. And it even offers them a time to get crafty, because meetings will include a craft project. MOPS is a faith based organization who's mission is to create a safe environment for all Moms to reach their full potential. MOPS is run by Moms for Moms. Our open house is scheduled for August 18 @ 6:30 p.m. in Cove Presbyterian Church. If you’d like more information, contact: Heather Campbell, 304-748-5980.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S PRAYER RETREAT,
“Praying with Color,” will be presented Thursday, August 11, by Mary McElroy at Seeds of Hope Farm (3 miles west of Mt. Pleasant). We will gather at 9:30 a.m. $7.00 registration and lunch. Bring a Bible. RSVP by Monday, August 8, to Mary 740-769-7546 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. All women are invited to come and add some color to your lives!!!
MISSION TRIP 2016:
This is an invitation to the women of Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery. Come, join us on a short trip to Washington, PA, Friday, August 19. We will be visiting the Presbyterian Senior Care Center at 835 South Main Street. There, we will be hosted by the Women of the Washington Presbytery with a time of fellowship and luncheon ($8.00). In the afternoon, we will be visiting the Washington City Mission. While there, we will be welcomed and have a "hands on" experience as we help where it is needed, viewing the campus, sorting clothes, or serving dinner to the patrons. We will car pool from the Steubenville, First Westminster, and Wheeling, Vance Memorial, parking lots, leaving at 10:00 a.m. and plan to return home at 6:00 p.m. Make your reservations by Friday, August 5th, to Betty Myers 304-905-9190 or e-mail email@example.com; or Karen Edwards 740-598-4794 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
RULING ELDER ROCKY CAMPBELL . . .
will be available after the service to hear your suggestions and concerns.
IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN REPRESENTING THE CONGREGATION . . .
on the Nominating Committee, please contact a member of the session.
WE APPRECIATE BURNIE AND NOAH HUEY . . .
who are volunteering their time to care of our grounds, but they could use some help. If you’re will to volunteer, give Burnie a call, 304-224-0507.
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 ARE UPDATING OUR PRAYER CHAIN . . .
regularly. If you wish to add someone, contact the church office.
IF YOU’RE IN THE KROGERS COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM . . .
your enrollment is valid for 12 months from the registration date. You will need your Kroger rewards card number. To confirm that your registration is still active or to re-register you can contact Kroger customer service at this number: 1-866-221-4141. If you need to re-register all you'll need is your Kroger Card number and our Cove Church number which is 80270. All that is required is that you go to Kroger.com; Community; Rewards; Enroll Now; type in Cove and hit search; click on Cove Presbyterian; click on Enroll Now. Please check your receipt the next time you shop, the bottom should read You requested Kroger to donate to Cove Presbyterian Church. If you need help with this process just call the church office, and Heather Campbell will be happy to assist you.
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME,
there a one floor, two bedroom, unfurnished duplex available for rent. It also has a basement, garage and deck. References and a security deposit are required, and no pet are allowed. If this sounds good to you, call 304-723-4243, after 5:00 p.m.
RECENTLY THE OFFICE HAS DONE THE FOLLOWING:
• We spoke with Mon Power this morning about their equal payment plan. They only offer this plan to residential customers not businesses. We do not pay state taxes on this service but we do pay almost $70.00 for local taxes. I called the City Managers Office and Tax Exempt status does not apply to utilities.
• We placed a call to our Legal department in Louiseville regarding the possibility of filing for an LLC and the contact is on vacation until Monday. We'll call back then.
• We’re taking out a Quarter Page Ad @ $30.00 in the Weir High Soccer Boosters programs that will be handed out at all the sporting events. Thank You Bernie for sending us the form. Our information has been submitted.
• MOPS - Look for a Press Release in the Weirton Daily Times. We’ve delivered flyers with information about our open house to all the pre-schools in the area and to Change Inc., Mary H. Weir Library and will be taking more to churches in the area. If you have ideas about how to market this out reach program please call.
• The upcoming movie night information is displayed on the city sign on Cove Road and the MOPS information will be displayed soon.
• The phone line that communicates to Vector Security has been repaired and our fire security service has been restored.
• Cattrell has ordered the new Air Conditioning Unit. They are replacing the existing unit with a York product that will match our other units. The time frame is approx. 3 weeks for completion.
We’ve been blessed by Heather Campbell, our new Office Administer and all the work she’s done for the Lord.
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 (www.thecovecommunity.blogspot.com) - This is for the whole church. I’ll post sermons and announcements.
• Cove Kids (www.covekids.blogspot.com) - This is tailored for the 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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).
IF YOU’RE ABLE AND WILLING TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION . . .
so that some of homebound members are able to attend our worship services, please tell the pastor or another member of session.
SERMONS, DEVOTIONS, LESSONS, AND ESSAYS ARE AVAILABLE ON . . .
the Cove PodBean page (covepresbyterian.podbean.com) and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian).
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?
f 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.
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, we’ll place the flowers in a vase for you to take.
ONGOING MISSION PROJECTS . . .
■ Campbell’s Labels are being collected by the Presbyterian Women for the Weirton Christian Cent er. The labels including the bar code or just the bar code can be dropped off in the container located in the hallway downstairs.
■ Greeting Cards are being collected by the Myrtle McHendry Class. 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 by the Presbyterian Women for the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown, West Virginia. Deposit your tabs in the container located in the hallway downstairs.