THE SEASON AFTER EPIPHANY
“The festival of Epiphany presents us with a great richness of images concerning Jesus Christ, the Light of the world. It is truly a feast of plenty, proclaiming the manifestation of the Son of God incarnate in human flesh. Three primary mysteries of the Christian faith are brought together: the star leading the Magi to the cradle, the presence of Jesus at the marriage feast and miraculous water-turned-wine, and baptism of Jesus in the Jordan. The Sunday after Epiphany, beginning with the Baptism of the Lord and ending with Transfiguration, do not in themselves constitute a special season. They are ordinary time, if you will. However, the Scripture readings continue to shine with the radiance and sound forth echoes of the meaning of Christmas-Epiphany. The basic color for the Sundays after Epiphany is green, except for the Baptism of the Lord on the first Sunday following, and Transfiguration on the last Sunday following. (Handbook of the Christian Year, pp. 89-90)
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.
OUR TUESDAY EVENING STUDY . . .
will meet on Tuesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m. to continue a series entitled “On the Road Again: A Study of Luke/Acts.” During this session, we’ll continue to look at Luke 13:1 – 13:35
THE BELL CHOIR . . .
will practice on Saturday, at 11:00 a.m.
CHOIR WILL REHEARSE . . .
Sundays, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. They’ll rehearse in the choir room each Sunday from 9:30 to 10:30.
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’LL GATHER AROUND THE LORD’S TABLE . . .
during the service next wee.
THE SESSION HAS SCHEDULED OUR ANNUAL MEETING . . .
for Sunday, January 22, immediately after worship. If you have material for the annual report, please have it to the office no later than January 15.
ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE PRESBYTERY PEACEMAKING COMMITTEE:
On Sunday, January 15th, and Monday, January 16th, a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday will take place in Wheeling.
Sunday, Jan. 15:
• 1:15 p.m.—MLK March (starts at top of MLK Way and windmill, which is intersection of National Rd. and Stone Blvd.)
• 2:00 p.m.—Reflections on King's Legacy at Fourth St. United Methodist Church, Chapline Street
• 3:00 p.m.—Community Meal, Fourth St. United Methodist Church ($3 donation appreciated)
• 4:00 p.m.—Community Worship Service, Macedonia Baptist Church on 12th Street
Monday, Jan. 16:
• 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.—Civil and Racial Justice Activities for Kids at Laughlin Chapel
• 7:00 p.m.—Presentation, "King's Vision: A Tangible Witness in a Brokenhearted World," given by the Rev. Paul Abernathy of Pittsburgh at Wheeling Jesuit University, Swint Hall, Troy Theater
QUARTERLY GIVING STATEMENTS AND OFFERING ENVELOPES . . .
are on the table in the narthex.
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 Chris Pierce for running our sound system during the service.
• We thank Dean Allen, Rick Baldt and T.J. Smith for the repairs they’ve done around the church.
• We thank Rick Baldt for all the work he continues to do so that we might utilize all the electronic equipment the church already has.
• We also thank Rick for shoveling the snow.
• We thank Chris Connell, Debbie Seifert, Heather Campbell, and Diana Durst for volunteering to chaperone the scouts.
• Finally, all those who offer their time, talent and money to further the God’s Kingdom.
DEAR SUPPORTERS AND FRIENDS OF LAUGHLIN CHAPEL:
The words "Thank You" are not enough to say for your generosity and support of Laughlin Memorial Chapel's mission: “To care for and empower families and others by working cooperatively with existing community groups so that the standard and quality of life in the greater Wheeling area are enhanced and reflected in God's love.” Your support, starting with the school supplies, hygiene products, and the clothing and winter-wear, your more than generous monetary donations, and your Christmas giving has greatly helped this program succeed and become a greater asset to all we serve in this community. Our gratitude and thanks go to every and all organizations in your churches for your benevolence. The Chapel started the fall session with many changes as our Executive Director retired. The Board and remaining staff have come together to continually provide everything the Chapel has stood and continues to stand for. This year 2017 we are holding on to God's promise of supplying all our needs, and we realize He will never leave us or forsake us, as long as we continue to seek his guidance through prayer. As always, there is an open invitation to stop by the Chapel and spend time with the children you support. You will truly be blessed.
God's Blessing to all during the coming year.
Grace and Peace,
Laughlin Memorial Chapel, Board, Staff, & Students
IF YOU’D LIKE TO OFFER A COUPLE OF HOURS TO THE CHURCH . . .
we need volunteers for Wednesday evenings to chaperone the Cub Scouts. If you’re available, please tell the pastor or call the church office.
WANT TO BE A YAV?
Apply by February 1 for international placement. Young Adult Volunteer applications are due February 1 for international placement in the YAV program. Encourage young people, ages 19 to 30, to apply for a transformational year of service as a YAV. Follow @yavprogram on social media for updates on each YAV site. Help spread the word!
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.
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.
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 (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) 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?
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 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.