Below are the announcements as they appear in the Sunday bulletin.
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)
AS IT RELATES TO SPIRITUAL GROWTH,
have you ever felt “height challenged”? If you’ve ever felt somewhat short in the spirituality department, this sermon series is for you. For six Sundays starting January 15, at 11:00 am, we’ll discuss how we might grow in our faith and in our relationship with God. Specifically, in the next few weeks, we cover the following growth-related topics:
❆ February 19 – Bringing in the Harvest
There’s no reason to feel like a dandelion in the midst of spiritual sequoias. Join with us at Cove Presbyterian Church and grow into everything God created you to be.
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, February 21, 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 19:28 – 21:38.
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.
YOU’RE INVITED TO A . . .
Shopping Spree Vendor & Craft Show , on Saturday February 25, here at Cove. The show will run from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will include Lularoe, Thirty-one, Posh, Tastefully Simple, Social Paint, Tupperware, Origami Owl jewelry, Yourselfself Expression jewelry, Premier Jewelry, Renee's Confections Fudge & Crafts & so much more . There’ll also be a Chinese Auction and a 50/50 Raffle, as well as food and drinks.
SCOUT SUNDAY . . .
will be celebrated next Sunday, February 26. Boy Scout and Cub Scout members will participate in the worship service that morning. And Josh Elias will provide our special music.
ASH WEDNESDAY. . .
will be observed on Wednesday, March 1. thus beginning the holy season of Lent. Please join us beginning at 7:00 p.m. for a service of prayer, reflection, meditation and music. Prayer boxes will be distributed to aide you in your Lenten journey.
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.
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 the Trustees (Dan Grant, Burnie Huey, Chuck Caleffie, TJ Smith, and Dean Allen) for making needed repairs and clearing space last Saturday.
❆ 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 thank Joy Isinghood for donating the Valentine’s Day basket.
❆ Finally, all those who offer their time, talent and money to further the God’s Kingdom.
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.
CENTERING PRAYER INTRODUCTORY PROGRAM . . .
is planned for Saturday, March 4, 2017. Do you seek the still, quiet voice of God? The Centering Prayer Introductory Program will help us to understand the Indwelling Presence of God within each of us and our intimate relationship with that presence. The method of Centering Prayer will be presented. We will explore the benefits of Centering Prayer in ordinary life and experience two periods of Centering Prayer practice. All are welcome to attend. The program will be presented on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM with registration beginning at 9:00 AM, at the United Presbyterian Church, 310 East Main St, Richmond, OH, less than four miles north on Rt. 43, off Rt. 22 not far from Wintersville and Steubenville, OH. A donation of $20 per person is requested. The program will be presented by experienced practitioners of Centering Prayer who are commissioned to present the program by Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. (www.contemplativeoutreach.org). For more information or to sign up, please contact the Richmond United Presbyterian Church at 740-765-4217, or Pastor John Harris 347-907-1197.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH,
52 Liberty St., Dillonvale, OH, invites you to a sauerkraut, pork, and dumpling luncheon to be served at the Church on Sunday, March 5, 2017, from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Other food items available are creamed pork/chicken sandwiches, pulled pork sandwiches, pasta salad, and bake sale. All food will be a la carte, and everything is $5.00 or less. Pre-orders are being accepted but not required. To preorder call Nancy at 740-769-2808. Thank you for your support.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH,
Mingo Junction, OH, is seeking a person to fulfill duties for administrative needs of the church office. Candidate must possess high school diploma (or equivalent) and basic computer skills including Microsoft Office applications. This position is part-time. Candidates may submit resume to 650 McLister Avenue, Mingo Junction, OH 43938. Full job description is available at AdminPosition.docx.
STEVE CRAMER HAS BEEN ON FIVE PILGRIMAGES . . .
to Israel and is planning a pilgrimage October 20-29. This kind of pilgrimage is a life changing experience that deepens one's faith and expands one's awareness of history. Each participant has found this trip spiritually rewarding and adds depth and strength to one's faith. If you are at all curious about such a trip, please contact Steve Cramer at 330-921-1115.
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.
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.