Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Watch Out

Friday's Essay - Along with Being Thankful

This Week’s PCUSA News


 
This Week's PCUSA News
 
 
 
 
Reformed faith and #GivingTuesday
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Presbyterian theologian says John Calvin would support the neighborliness #GivingTuesday enables
 
 
 
Zimbabwe church leaders call for prayer, unity to birth a new nation
Doug Tilton | Special to Presbyterian News Service
Clergy statement expresses hope in a peaceful transition of power
 
 
 
‘Melting Pot’ no longer!
Antonio (Tony) Aja | Presbyterians Today
Immigrants bring cultural differences that can revive the church
 
 
 
Call to action for the Democratic Republic of Congo
Catherine Gordon | PC(USA) Office of Public Witness
Presbyterians asked to pray, advocate and give in response to crisis
 
 
 
Comfort women: The human face of war in Korea
Kathy Melvin | Presbyterian News Service
PC(USA) peace delegation visits South Korea’s War and Women’s Human Rights Museum
 
 
 
Hands & Feet team from Iowa builds connections in St. Louis
Eva Stimson | Office of the General Assembly Communications
Stated Clerk’s initiative pairs service with education on community issues
 
 
 
How churches use data to reveal mission and ministry opportunities
Angie Andriot | Presbyterians Today
Do-it-yourself research tools for congregations
 
 
 
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance delegation travels to remote communities in Puerto Rico
Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service
Thousands remain without power after Hurricane Maria
 
 
 
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood
Sue Washburn | Presbyterian News Service
Churches and community partners participate in Mr. Rogers sweater drive
 
 
 
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance visits Puerto Rican Seminary and presbytery leaders
Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service
Delegation continues assessment of damage from Hurricane Maria
 
 
 
Jeff Eddings named 1001 New Worshiping Communities coaching associate
Paul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service
PC(USA) church-planting pioneer co-founded Pittsburgh’s Hot Metal Bridge in 2004
 
 
 
‘Imagine No Hunger’ a cornerstone program for New Mexico church
Scott O’Neill | Presbyterian News Service
Westminster Presbyterian recognized as a Hunger Action Congregation
 
 
 
Regarding ruling elders: a monthly series for spiritual leaders
Diana Nishita Cheifetz | Office of the General Assembly
Cultural Humility
 
 
 
Presbyterian Peace Delegation visits No Gun Ri massacre site
Kathy Melvin | Presbyterian News Service
Pain of war lingers long after the violence ends
 
 
 
Scripture, song and a statement: 2020 Vision Team’s recommendations are taking shape
Leslie Scanlon | for Presbyterian Outlook
2020 Vision Team concludes its November meeting in Dallas
 
 
 
Michael Lukens to retire from long tenure as stated clerk
David Lewellen | Special to Presbyterian News Service
Winnebago Presbytery celebrates his 45 years of service
 
 
 
 
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Sunday's Sermon - The Third Day He Rose Again from the Dead

Below is a copy of the sermon I preached on Sunday, November 19, in Cove Presbyterian Church, Weirton, West Virginia. It's the tenth message in a series entitled Christianity 101, during which we'll used The Apostles Creed to understand better the Christian faith.You can hear a podcast of the sermon on the Cove Presbyterian Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

If you find this sermon meaningful, please consider supporting this ministry by sending an offering to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.
 


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I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen.

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In a few days, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving. And I’ll tell you, during the last week, that’s kind of been the theme in one of my favorite shows on television. In fact, it’s one of the few television shows I ever get to watch, because it’s on from nine to ten, which is really good for me. You see, I generally get home kind of late, and so it gives me something to watch while I’m eating my supper. Now the show is named Chopped, and it’s on the Food Network. And the idea behind it is pretty simple. At the beginning there are four professional chefs, and they have to fix an appetizer, a main course and a dessert within a certain period of time using ingredients they’ve been given in these baskets. Of course, it starts with four, but that’s not the way it ends. Each course represents a round, with judges eliminating the chef whose food just doesn’t measure up. You see, during the sixty minute, three chefs will be chopped (get it, chopped) until there’s only the winner left. Now that’s the show. And like I said, I generally watch it as I’m eating my supper.

And this last week, Chopped had a Thanksgiving theme, with the chefs putting together a dinner using holiday ingredients, you know, like turkey and sweet potatoes and pumpkin. Now, that’s the kind of stuff they had to work with, but what they made, I’ll tell you, it was nothing like anything I’d experienced back when I was a kid. For example, I can’t imagine my mom wasting our time with appetizers; they would have just gotten in the way of the gluttony that was coming. And when we sat at the table, we weren’t looking at a single mouse, just mashed potatoes. And we didn’t chow down on anything covered a remoulade, just gravy. And after the main course, we weren’t facing a brûlée, just a wedge of pumpkin pie with Cool Whip slapped on top. You see, in spite of what they made on Chopped, we didn’t have any of that fancy, smancy stuff at the Rudiger house on Thanksgiving, no siree.

And I’ll tell you something else, when we talked about the stuff for which we were thankful, rarely did religious-sounding things come up, not when I was growing up. I mean, although we might have mentioned “God” and “Jesus”, when I was a kid that was about as deep as we got into theology.  Man, our focus was on friends and family and of course food. As a matter of fact, I can say, with absolute certainty that in the thirty or so Thanksgivings I celebrated at 8038 Moose Ave., the resurrection was never mentioned as a reason for us to be thankful.

Of course, I really don’t think that’s surprising. Good night, unless you’re having Thanksgiving dinner with a minister, (Something I’d never recommend.) it’s pretty doubtful that this kind of thing would be discussed. But you know, I think that’s kind of a shame, and I’ll tell you why. Of all the events in human history, I believe that the resurrection of Jesus Christ was and is the most important, and I’m talking about the most important to each and everyone of us here this morning. And since, as we’re going through The Apostles’ Creed, the “expression du jour” is “the third day he rose again from the dead,” we’re going to focus on why the resurrection should be one of the first things we mention on Thursday, you know, right before we eat.

And I’ll tell you something else, I think spending some time discussing this stuff, well, I think it just makes sense, because as it relates to the resurrection of Jesus, I believe most Christians feel a whole lot more comfortable talking about what happened than why it’s important. Of course, I believe the reason for this is fairly obvious; I mean, I think most of us believe we’ve got a pretty good handle on this what business. In other words, I think most of us assume that we know exactly what happened on the third day. My goodness, we’ve all seen the pictures, right; you know of Jesus stepping out of the tomb. And if we’ve ever seen one of those passion plays in person or on television, man, we know the resurrection is the part on which they spent the most money, you know, with lasers flashing from behind the stone and a machine pumping out smoke. And all of that happens before Jesus, usually dressed in white, steps out onto the stage. In fact, it kind of reminds me of this biblical-sounding story about the resurrection. “But in the night in which the Lord's day dawned, when the soldiers were safeguarding it two by two in every watch, there was a loud voice in heaven; and they saw that the heavens were opened and that two males who had much radiance had come down from there and come near the sepulcher. But that stone which had been thrust against the door, having rolled by itself, went a distance off the side; and the sepulcher opened, and both the young men entered. And so those soldiers, having seen, awakened the centurion and the elders (for they too were present, safeguarding). And while they were relating what they had seen, again they see three males who have come out from the sepulcher, with the two supporting the other one, and a cross following them, and the head of the two reaching unto heaven, but that of the one being led out by a hand by them going beyond the heavens. And they were hearing a voice from the heavens saying, ‘Have you made proclamation to the fallen-asleep?’ And an obeisance was heard from the cross, ‘Yes.’” [The Gospel of Peter, 35-43] Of course, even though it’s called a gospel, that story’s not from any Bible we use, but still, it sounds pretty good, right: you know, all dramatic, like a Steven Spielberg movie. And the same must have been with the resurrection. And so we think we know about the what, but the why, you know, why it’s important, well, other than it being a really big miracle, most Christians tend to be a little fuzzy on the specific reasons why the resurrection of Jesus is all that important.

But you know, it’s interesting, when we look into the New Testament, well, it’s kind of reversed. In other words, in the Bible, what happened seems to take a back seat to why it’s important. As a matter of fact, when you read the gospels we use, you know, like Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the four gospels in the Bible, the one thing they all have in common is that not a single one actually described the resurrection at all. Trust me, there’s no mention of lasers shooting or smoke rolling or Jesus actually leaving the tomb. Of course there’s a lot of stuff about what came before, you know, like the crucifixion and the burial and even the women deciding to come to the tomb. And there’s a lot about what happened after, like the women finding the stone rolled away and talking to a man or two men or an angel sitting on the rock and leaving the tomb and either telling the disciples or telling no one, you know, depending on the gospel you’re reading. But there’s nothing about the resurrection itself. Instead it’s not described at all. It’s a mystery, not all that different than how God the Father Almighty created the heavens and the earth or how Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, was conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. You see, these are all mysteries. And for that reason, before they can have any meaning to us, we really need to make the decision to trust, to believe, to have faith. And that also applies to the resurrection. Unlike the crucifixion which was described in great detail, the resurrection is and always will be a matter of faith.

And I’ll tell you, when we make that decision to trust that on “the third day he rose again from the dead,” we’ll be open to experience the full impact of it’s meaning, something that’s a whole lot more important and frankly more personal than just a big, old miracle. You see, it can be a source of hope as we look into our own future and of peace as we consider those who’ve gone on before us. And this is something that we can find most clearly explained in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. You see, according to Paul, when Jesus was raised from the dead, it affected far more than just him. As a matter of fact, it involved all us, because it started a process in which we’ll all participate. Just listen to what Paul wrote: “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For ‘God has put all things in subjection under his feet.’ But when it says, ‘All things are put in subjection,’ it is plain that this does not include the one who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who put all things in subjection under him, so that God may be all in all.” [1 Corinthians 15:20-28]

Now we’re going to talk more about why this business about being physically raised from the dead was important to Paul and the Evangelists when we discuss the phrase in The Apostles’ Creed, “the resurrection of the body.” At this point, let’s just say that, according to Paul, when Jesus was raised, he was like the first seed that sprouts in a garden. It’s good, but what’s really exciting is that you know others are going to follow. You see, because we trust that Jesus was raised from the dead, we can also trust that a new age has begun, an age that started when Jesus was raised and will end when we experience resurrection too. Of course, how it’ll happen, well, according to Paul that’s just as mysterious for us as it was for Jesus. Listen to what he wrote: “But someone will ask, ‘How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?’ Fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. ...So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.” [1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-44] No, we’re never going to know what actually happens when we’re raised.

Still Paul offered a glimpse of what will happen after. He wrote, “Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’ ‘Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?’” [I Corinthians 15:51-55]  You see, this is why the resurrection is so very important. It gives us a reason to hope as we look into the future and think about ourselves and those who’ve gone before us. And it’s also a source of peace, and I’m talking about when we believe, when we trust that this time is coming: the time when we’re all going to be raised and we’re all going to put on immortality and we’re all going to say together, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” You see, that’s what the resurrection of Jesus offers right here and now to those who make the decision to trust that it’s true.

And for that reason, maybe we should work it into our Thanksgiving celebration. I mean, as we think about the stuff for which we can be thankful, maybe we should include the resurrection near the top of the list, because even though we may never understand exactly what actually happened, we can certainly appreciate why it’s important. And that’s going to occur the minute we decide to believe that what happened to Jesus will one day also happen to us and all whom we love. In other words, because his tomb was empty, we can believe that one day ours will be too. And if that doesn’t make you feel thankful, I’m just not sure what will.


The Sermon Preached at the Memorial Service for Ruth Ann Oesterling – A Genuine Sense of Peace

Below is the sermon I preached during Ruth Ann Oesterling's memorial service, Friday, November 17, in Weirton, West Virginia. You can hear the whole service, including memories shared, on the Cove Presbyterian Podbean page.

Related imageI've been a minister of over thirty years, and part of the work is doing memorials like this one. And in the past, I've done a lot of services for people who died suddenly and unexpectedly. In fact, I've done two of them in the last month. And you know, before those funerals, as I talked with the families, they always felt sort of numb, you know, like they were living in a dream, a nightmare. And I'll tell you something else; they always had questions that I just can't answer, most of which began with the word "why."  You see, their emotions were all jumbled and confused. It was as though they just couldn't get their heads around what had happened, but then how could they; when it was all so sudden. I mean, their lives changed forever, and it happened in an instant, in the blink of an eye. Now this is something I’ve seen too many times. And whenever I go into one of those services, I try to offer some kind of comfort in my message, although I know that they're still going to be left with a lot of the same questions and the same feelings they had going in. And I know that only time and close friends and family and of course prayer will help them get a handle on the confusion and maybe even the doubt they're going to feel.

But you know, I hope that's not the case for us this morning, because I believe we have every reason to leave this service with a sense of peace. You see, although we'll certainly miss Ruth Ann, and I'm talking about the one who was gentle and kind and yet strong enough to raise two teenagers on her own, although we're going to miss her, I really believe that we can feel a sense of comfort, a sense of tranquility, a genuine sense of peace as we leave here and go on with the rest of our lives. And let me tell you why.

First, I think we can feel peace just knowing that Ruth Ann lived a good life. And you know, I think if you were going to sum it up, two words immediately come to mind to mind, at least they do for me. And you know it's interesting, they’re the same words that Debbie and I sort of challenged our daughter, Maggie, to use a guide when she was young. You see, when she did something that may not  have been very nice, we'd ask her, "Now was that loving and kind?" And I'll tell you, for me, those words really describe Ruth Ann. I mean, she was certainly loving, and I’m talking about in her relationship with her family and friends and of course, her church and her God. But more than that, I think you could say she just plain loved life, and I think that's what made these last few years so difficult, because the quality of that life just wasn't what it had been. Now that's not to say that she didn't love the folks at Woodland Hills, but she just couldn't do a lot of things she really enjoyed. Ruth Ann was loving, but she was also kind. Yesterday evening, when I was talking with Kathy on the phone, you said that your mom looked for the good in others and that she'd say that everybody was pretty and nice, you know, whether they were or weren’t. Wow, that’s something I don’t do. But I'll tell you, in a world where it seems that we're all looking for the worse in the folks around us, I think that it's a real gift to be able to see the good; because that led her to be gentle and kind with others, even those who are hopelessly misguided, you know, like those poor souls who didn't cheer for the Steelers and followed teams like the Brown or the Ravens or the Raiders. But even to those sad people, Ruth Ann was kind. You see, Ruth Ann really did live a good life. And that's the first reason I think, we can feel peace.

And second, I hope y'all believe that Ruth Ann has a wonderful future, a future that's grounded in the promises of God and the love of Jesus Christ. I mean, just think about what Isaiah saw, a time when those who have gone before us "will mount up with wing like eagles, they will run and not be weary, they will walk and not faint." And of course John, that wonderful vision he had of our future, in a new heaven and a new earth, a place where God will wipe away all tears from our eyes and where there will be no death and no sorrow and no crying and no pain. You see, that's our future, a new world, a recreated world. And I'll tell you, Ruth Ann is going to be there, golfing and swimming and hiking and doing all those things she hasn't been able to do for years. And she's going to be there with your dad, just the way it's supposed to be. In other words, the time is coming when we're going to see Ruth Ann again, and we'll all be together in a new and glorious world, one where there's no pain and no passing. You see, that's our future. That's our hope. And that's the second reason I think we can feel peace.

You see, after some funerals, families struggle for years with all kinds of questions and emotions, sometimes even guilt, and I'm talking about questions that I'm not sure anyone can answer and emotions that are jumbled and confused and guilt that can almost take over a person's life. But you know, I don't think that should be the case for us, as we leave here this morning, because I believe that we can feel a sense peace as we think about Ruth Ann, and I'm talking about the peace that comes from knowing that she lived a good life and that the day is coming when we'll see her again. You see, I think knowing these things offers a genuine sense of peace.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 22, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 22, 2017: Today our passages are   Ezekiel 44:1– 45:12; 1 Peter 1:1-12; Psalm 119:17-32; and Proverbs 28:8-10 .  The readings are from the  Contempo...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Watch Out

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 Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

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

Matthew 16:1-12

The Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test Jesus they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” Then he left them and went away.

When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread. Jesus said to them, “Watch out, and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” They said to one another, “It is because we have brought no bread.” And becoming aware of it, Jesus said, “You of little faith, why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? How could you fail to perceive that I was not speaking about bread? Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!” Then they understood that he had not told them to beware of the yeast of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Watch Out

Image result for watch out gifIt’s easy to assume that those who use the most spiritual-sounding language or who follow the most burdensome rules must be the most dedicated Christians, in other words, the kind of men and women to whom we should listen and in whom we should trust. Of course, the ability to sound and to look religious doesn’t necessarily point to a sincere trust in and desire to follow Jesus Christ. As a matter of fact, it may mean the exact opposite, a lot like I lawyer I knew about thirty-five years ago. You see, he really didn’t have a very good reputation, and he struggled to get and to keep clients. And yet when you walked into his office, which was above a five and dime, the wall behind his desk was covered with framed certificates, I guess intended to impress any person who hadn’t heard of him or his reputation. And I’ve got to tell you, they were impressive, that is until you actually read them. You see, they were certificates that kids get when they move from one grade to another. And so he’d framed his “graduation” from first to second grade.

And so, when we see men and women who feel the need to talk about how spiritual they are and who use all the right religious jargon and who love to impose on themselves and others arbitrary religious rules that actually make little or no sense, they may be modern day Pharisees and Sadducees, people who viewed words and Law as more important than works and love. You see, before we’re taken in by their teachings, we’d better watch out.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 21, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 21, 2017: Today our passages are   Ezekiel 42:1– 43:27; James 5:1-20; Psalm 119:1-16; and Proverbs 28:6-7 .  The readings are from the  Contemporary...

Weirton lights up for the holidays


WEIRTON — The snow began to fall and the holiday spirit filled the air.
Area residents gathered at the corner of Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Weirton Sunday night to watch as the official community Christmas tree began to glow and fireworks filled the night sky.
Mayor Harold Miller welcomed the crowd to the Weirton Light Up Night, noting it was the second year for the renewed community tradition.
Miller explained Weirton had a community Christmas tree for more than 40 years, but the practice went by the wayside in the 1990s. It was brought back last year.
“We got more comments for the tree than we ever did for paving the streets or fixing water lines,”Miller said.
unday’s event was organized by the Renaissance Weirton Committee, and included the tree lighting, decorations, refreshments and a fireworks display.
Entertainment was provided by the Cove Chimers bell choir from Cove Presbyterian Church, and the Provenzano family, who performed several Christmas songs.
CHOIR PERFORMS — The Cove Chimers bell choir from Cove Presbyterian Church performed for the gathered crowd Sunday as part of the Weirton Light Up Night festivities. -- Craig Howell
CHOIR PERFORMS — The Cove Chimers bell choir from Cove Presbyterian Church performed for the gathered crowd Sunday as part of the Weirton Light Up Night festivities. -- Craig Howell
This year’s tree has been donated by Iannetti’s Garden Center, and dedicated in memory of Nick Iannetti, who died in October.
“The Iannetti family has always been a part of Weirton,” Miller said, adding that Nick Iannetti took pride in the city and contributed wherever he could.
Miller took a moment to express his appreciation to those who stepped up to support the Weirton Light Up Night.
The fireworks display was made possible through the sponsorship of the Thrasher Group, Assure America, Nick’s Auto Sales and Guida Law Offices.
The tree is located on property owned by ArcelorMittal, next to the company’s offices.
Other supporters include the Law Offices of Dittmar, Taylor and Makricostas, Gurrera Law Offices, Granato’s Deli, First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union, Bubba’s Wings, Councilman Tim Connell and Chris Connell, Mary Jo Ross and Herb Ross, Fran Sullivan and Pat Nosko.
The evening also featured the first distribution of a new commemorative Weirton Christmas ornament, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the city’s incorporation and featuring the flags of many of the nationalities represented by the residents of the city.
(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)





Monday, November 20, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 20, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 20, 2017: Today our passages are   Ezekiel 40:28–41:26; James 4:1-17; Psalm 118:19-29; and Proverbs 28:3-5 .  The readings are from the  Contemporar...

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 19, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 19, 2017: Today our passages are   Ezekiel 39:1– 40:27; James 2:18–3:18; Psalm 118:1-18; and Proverbs 28:2 .  The readings are from the  Contemporar...

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 18, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for November 18, 2017: Today our passages are   Ezekiel 37:1-38:23; James 1:19–2:17; Psalm 117:1-2; and Proverbs 28:1 .  The readings are from the  Contemporary ...

Friday, November 17, 2017

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

On Sunday, November 19, Cove Presbyterian Church will lift to God the following needs.

Adults
Alice Channing
Amy Slisik
Betty Michael
Bob Crupp
Bonnie & Red Nichols
Bruce Mader
Chad Peppler
Cindy Kuzel 
Dave Mendenhall
Davey Turner
Debi Edge
Elaine Ferrari
Ethlyn Dellaria
Faith Bonyak
George & Mary Shepherd
Grace Littledon
Jeff Wright 
Jeffery Castner
Jim & Shelley Pearson
Jim Neil
Jim Shingleton
Jo Betlem
Joanie Lawrence 
Joe & Mary Faran
Joe Fabianich
Josh and Dee
Karen Edwards
Kay Hyde
Kenny Orlando
Kevin Kuzel 
Libbie Messerly
Marcia Cooper
Marge Oslett
Mary Faran
Matthew Kirtley
Michael Brown
Michael Patterson 
Michael Shade
Minnie Pazich
Penny & Nick Mourat
The people of Pueto Rico
Paul Rosnick
Randal Kane
Richard Ballard
Richie Marshall
Rick Shadiow
Rocco Zuccaro
Ronnie Buffington
Ralph Metts
Sally Robinson
Sandy Hatala
Shirley Everhart Kirtley
Snookie Plaso
Stacy Jo Vogel
Sue Reynolds
Sue Willson
Tom Marosi
Vicki Williams
Wayne Channing

Children
Alphonzo Lloyde
Elijah Parker
Jameson Criss
Jeffrey Konovich
Jonathan Marte
Lily Ghrist
Logan Adams
Macaiah Lloyde
Meadow Abbett
Michael Daugherty
Mitch Almason
Temica Lloyde

Military
Doug Obeldobel
Isaac Stephens
Jason Kerr
Jonathan Criss
Justin Schmalstieg
Kara Criss
Michael Criss

Bereaved Families

The Family of Ruth Ann Oestering

Church Families

Cris Means
Mary Lou McKinley
Charlene Means

Local Church

St. Peter's AME Church

Special Friend

Rosalie Coxen

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery Congregations
Roney’s Point Presbyterian Church, Triadelphia, Ohio - Rev. Darrin Jones 
Community Presbyterian Church, Warnock, Ohio - Rev. Diane Jefcheck

Also Remember in Your Prayers
Alice & Kenny Orr
Carl Hamill
Dolores Edwards
June Virtue
Ron Taflan

What's Happening at Cove Presbyterian Church?

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.

“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” usually meets at 11:00 a.m. and runs until the end of the Worship Service. This morning, the children are invited to stay for our special service. 


DURING THE SERVICE, JOY ISINGHOOD. . .
will join our congregation by affirming her faith in Jesus Christ.

REV. RUDIGER WILL LEAD A CONFIRMATION CLASS . . .
for young people who’d like to learn more about the Christian faith. We’ll meet this afternoon and next Sunday, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. We’ll provide lunch.

 OUR TUESDAY EVENING STUDY . . .
will  meet on Tuesday, November 21, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss how we might pick a Bible translation that’s best for us. And on November 28 we start a new series that focuses on the passages related to the birth of Christ.

THE BELL CHOIR . . .
will practice on Wednesday, at 6:00 p.m.

OUR GRIEF SHARE GROUP . . .
meets on Saturdays, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

THE CHOIR PRACTICES . . .
at 9:30 on Sunday mornings. And the choir will rejoin our worship service next Sunday.


THE DEACONS WILL DECORATE THE CHURCH NEXT SUNDAY . . .
immediately after the service, and they need our help. If you’re interested, let one of our deacons know.

DONUTS AND COFFEE WILL BE SERVED . . .
in the parlor before and after the service. Before you leave, grasp a cup and a donut.

THE CHURCH COULD USE YOUR LOOSE CHANGE.
In the narthex, there’s a fish bowl where you’re invited to leave any pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters you might have rattling around in your pocket or purse. 

WE APPRECIATE ALL THOSE WHO ARE OFFERING . . .
their time and special gifts to the church. In particular, we thank the following:
• We thank Ray Seifert for directing our choir, Sue Willson for directing the bells, and Peggy Baldt for running our sound system during the service.
• We thank the Trustees (Dan Grant, Burnie Huey, TJ Smith, and Dean Allen) for making needed repairs. 
• We thank Debbie Rudiger and Tina Viakley for the work they’re doing with our young people.
• We thank all the people who worked to set-up for, serve and clean-up after Colleen Shaw’s repass luncheon, especially the Presbyterian Women who chair the bereavement committee.
• 
The Viakley family for the new refrigerator.
• We thank our Bell Choir for participating in the community illumination yesterday.
• Finally, all those who offer their time, talent and money to further the God’s Kingdom.

#UOVPAX #PEACETWEETS.
The Peacemaking Sub-Committee (@uovpax) of Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery’s Mission Committee is sponsoring a #peacetweets contest, this concluding at midnight on Sunday, November 26, 2017. In 140 characters or less (including spaces) and using the hashtags #uovpax and #peacetweets, post a message of intention and inspiration for peace to Twitter. Your #peacetweets may be a passage from scripture with citation, a quote from your favorite author with attribution, an original prayer, thought, or intention and inspiration for peace, including an attached photograph that depicts a message of peace. The member of presbytery or participant in any of its churches whose #peacetweets is most retweeted and whose#peacetweets is most liked will each receive a copy of the 2010 book Peace Tweets. Winners and their #peacetweets will be announced and prizes awarded at the November 28th, 2017, Presbytery Meeting. Please “follow” @uovpax on Twitter. Post your #peacetweets. “Retweet” and “like” the #peacetweets of others. Invite your Twitter friends, your children, grandchildren, and the youth of your church to participate. If you are not already on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com. Click “Sign up for Twitter.” Provide basic information about yourself and choose your username, and then start posting #peacetweets.

CHRISTMAS AT THE CHAPEL: 
This Christmas, the Chapel wants to help our children and youth celebrate, reminding them that adults in the community care about them through the presentation of .... presents! Through a charity program associated with the Mattel toy company, we can purchase gifts for our younger children at greatly reduced prices, things like Hot Wheels and Barbie dolls. We estimate that we need about 830 per child–for approximately 44 children–to make each one’s Christmas special. Since we can order the items in bulk, these gifts can be purchased and delivered directly to the Chapel. For our 40 middle schoolers and youth, we would like to provide each one with a $40 gift card so they can choose their gifts themselves. If you are willing to help us with this Christmas project, please send your gift check to us at P.O. Box 6195, Wheeling, WV 26003 and designate the donation as “Christmas project.” We will wrap the gifts and present them in Jesus’ name-from His people—to the Chapel's youngsters. (If you have any questions, please call and ask!) [Note: While money for Mattel toys and gift cards is an easy way for you to do your Christmas shopping, if you prefer to purchase gifts for the kids, we will gladly and gratefully accept them. The children have always had a special Christmas because of your generosity] Deadline for checks and toys: Monday, December 4, 2017.

TO ANY CHURCH OR CHURCHED PERSON, 
we have over a dozen refurbished and new computers with Windows 10 and all updates as of November 1, 2017, installed. With DVR and of course 1 hard drive (usually at least 1 TB). Warranty: 2 years labor no charge, 90 day parts at no charge, 2 years parts at cost (Acts of nature not covered – including voltage surges). No Monitors. We have some keyboards and mouses. Strongly suggest that each computer be plugged into a UPS. Suggest $100.00 each – make an offer …. We just need to have someone be using these fine machines. (Each of these computers new cost around $400 to $500 to make.) All moneys to be donated to Laughlin Chapel youth program in Wheeling. Pick up by appointment only. Cell: 304-639-3181, or Office: 304-243-1351, or dknapp@securicom.biz. First come …. First pick. Or for a special church program for youth or adults at the church only – FREE – with session approval. David Knapp, Securicom Ltd., 102 Hummingbird Lane, Wheeling, WV 26003

YOU CAN ASSIST PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE . . .
in responding to acts of public violence, wildfire recovery efforts in California, earthquake recovery efforts in Mexico, and hurricane recovery efforts in Texas; Florida, and the islands in the Atlantic. Memo your check: DR000188–Public violence, DR000165–CA wildfires, DR000014–Mexico earthquakes, DR000169–Harvey, and/or DR000194–Irma & Maria. Send your check payable to UOVP, 907 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003, and the presbytery will forward it on. For updates, please go topda.pcusa.org.

IF YOU KNOW OF ANY COVE KIDS . . .
who have not received a Bible please let us know.

WE ARE UPDATING THE BIRTHDAY & ANNIVERSARY LIST.  
If you are not on it or know someone who should be added please give the information to  Heather Campbell or Debbie Seifert.

REMEMBER, THE PARKING SPACES CLOSEST TO THE CHURCH . . .
are reserved for our members and guests who have disabilities or other health issues and need to park as close as possible.

IF YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE SECRETARY OR PASTOR,
there’s a white board on the wall facing the secretary’s office.

IF YOU HAVE A COMCAST ADDRESS . . .
and aren’t receiving e-mails from the church, please contact the church office. For some reason, Comcast blocks messages from Cove; therefore, you may need to set-up another e-mail account (gmail, aol, hotmail, etc.) to receive material we send.

THE KROGER FAMILY OF STORES IS COMMITTED . . .
to bringing hope and help to local communities. We do this through a variety of activities, including charitable giving, sponsorships and the unique Community Rewards Program of Kroger. We are also committed to carefully protecting our customers' personal information. In order to meet their expectation of privacy, we have adopted a simple policy to never share a customer's personal information. Our privacy policy applies to Community Rewards participation as well. As your neighborhood food retailer, we deeply value our ability to support local organizations like yours. Your supporters (37 households) who shopped at Kroger between 5/1/17 and 8/31/17 have contributed to you r$262.25 total donation. Your organization will be receiving a Kroger check in this amount within 30 days from 5-25-2017. If you have any questions, please email KCR16@kroger. com or visit our website at www.krogercommunityre wards.com. Thank you for your continued support of your local Kroger store.

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.

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.

YOU CAN NOW MAKE DONATIONS THROUGH PAYPAL . . .
by go on the link you can find in our daily e-mails and on our website (covepresbyterian.org) and all our blog. We can also help you set up a PayPal account, if you don’t already have one.

YOU CAN ALSO DONATE THROUGH FACEBOOK . . .
by clicking the “Donate” button on the Cove Presbyterian Church page.

WE ARE UPDATING OUR PRAYER CHAIN . . . 
regularly. If you wish to add someone, contact the church office.

WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR AMAZON SMILE,
you get the same products and service we expect from Amazon except the Church gets .5% of every qualifying purchase. The Amazon Smile registration for first time users is https://smile.amazon.com/Ch/55-0462066. You only have to register once then go to www.smile.amazon.com to place orders.

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.
Cove Kids - 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 - 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 - 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 posted on our PodBean page.

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 and YouTube (search “Cove Presbyterian” and “Ed Rudiger”). .

IF YOU’RE ONLINE . . .
“like” us on Facebook (Cove Presbyterian Church) 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.

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 $20.00 a vase.  You may also purchase silk flowers or live plants, the choice is yours.  Telephone the office to place your order. After the service, we’ll place the flowers in a vase for you to take.

BOOK OF ORDER 2017 – 2019: 
This book is Part II of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This volume contains the Foundations of Presbyterian Polity, the Form of Government, the Directory for Worship, and the Rules of Discipline. Additional information is provided to the reader through the inclusion of Received Ecumenical Statements of Guidance and Articles of Agreement. Patty is currently taking orders at $10.00 per copy. They must be picked up at the Presbytery Office. OR—if you want to order directly from Presbyterian Distribution Service and have them shipped to you, call them at 1-800-524-2612. Downloadable copies are not yet available (maybe in September).


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.