THE SEASON OF LENT
“Lent is a time for evangelism and for true conversion—a time for growing through repentance, fellowship, prayer, fasting, and concentration upon our baptismal covenant. We are signs of God's kingdom in this world. The themes of repentance and preparation for sharing in the death and resurrection of Christ are basic to the whole body of Christians who will renew their baptismal faith during the Easter Season. Lent is thus not giving up something but rather taking upon ourselves the intention and the receptivity to God's grace so that we may worthily participate in the mystery of God-with-us.” (Handbook of the Christian Year, 1986) Purple, the color of royal mourning, is used during this time of preparation and penitence.
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.
AS A CONGREGATION, WE OFFER OUR PRAYERS . . .
and sympathy to the Manley family on the passing of Phyllis last week. If you weren’t able to attend her memorial service yesterday, It’ll be post in The Cove Community blog and on the Cove Presbyterian podbean page.
IN KEEPING WITH THE SEASON OF LENT,
as we approach Easter, we’ll move through a sermon series entitled “Why: Answering Some of Life's Hard Questions.” During that time, we’ll use the Book of Job to grapple with the following questions:
■ March 5 – Why do bad things happen to good people?
■ March 12 – Why don't people understand me?
■ March 19 – Why don't I understand what's going on?
■ March 26 – Why is God allowing this to happen?
■ April 2 – Why doesn’t he make things clear?
If you’ve ever struggled with issues that seem unfair and felt frustrated, this might be an important for you and for someone you might know. You can find topics already covered at The Cove Community blog and on our Cove Podbean page.
“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, March 28, 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 23:50–24:53. This is a continuation of the passion story; therefore, it’s appropriate everyone as we approach Easter.
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.
PANCAKE BRUNCH . . .
with the Easter Bunny, sponsored by Cove’s Deacons, will be held on Sunday April 9 from 12:00 p.m. till 2:00 p.m. in fellowship hall. Menu includes pancakes, sausage, and beverage. $3.00 ages 10 and under; $5.00 adults. Pictures will be taken with the Easter Bunny or a live bunny.
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.
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 Peggy Baldt 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. Specifically, we thank TJ for fixing our awning.
• We thank Jeff Grant for volunteering his time to the church, including fixing the door to the dumpster..
• We thank Katy Allen and the other ladies who organized, cooked and served at Phyllis Manley’s repast.
• We thank Rick Baldt and Chris Pierce for cleaning out some of our unused rooms.
• 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.
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.
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
For more than fifty years, Presbyterians have joined with Christians throughout the nation in responding to Christ's love for all people by joyfully sharing that love with people in need through supporting One Great Hour of Sharing. The hundreds of millions of dollars Presbyterians have given over the last half century have enabled a powerful witness to the love of the One who came that all might have life more abundantly. One Great Hour of Sharing funds are divided equally among its three programs: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Self-Development of People, and Presbyterian Hunger Program.
WE JUST GOT A CHECK FROM KROGER FOR $209.89.
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.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH,
1307 Chapline St., Wheeling, TGIW services (Thank God It’s Wednesday) are held every Wednesday from 12:05 to 12:30 p.m. For the Wednesdays in Lent, through art, image, and music, we will focus on aspects of Christ’s journey to the cross and how it speaks to our own spiritual journeys unique to each one of us. We will join in the hallway to view the paintings on display then reflect on them throughout our short service. Additional pictures will be added to the walkway each week, with the entire exhibit in place for the Wednesday before Good Friday. Come to view the gallery and join us for our noontime service each Wednesday at 12:05 p.m.
“THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND DWELT AMONG US.”
(John 1:14) God’s word is not an abstraction, but a living presence with us. One way to celebrate that living presence is to come and see the words of the story of the Passion of Christ come alive in human form at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 Maine Blvd., East Liverpool, OH. The Easter Pageant on the Hillside: Palm Sunday, April 9, at 6:00 p.m. and Holy Saturday, April 15, at 6:00 p.m. For more than thirty-five years now, seventy or more people have portrayed the final days of Jesus life, following Him from the Palm Sunday procession through the Upper Room to the trial, crucifixion, and the resurrection. Over the years it has enriched the spiritual journey of many Christians to see the Passion story recreated and remembered. If the weather is nice you may be seated on chairs in the parking lot (or bring your own chairs). If the weather makes it necessary, you may sit in your vehicles. For more info, call the church office 330-385-3557, M-F 9-Noon.
YOU ARE INVITED . . .
to a seminar on writing new words to traditional hymns Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main St., Weirton, WV, presented by Carolyn Gillette, minister, poet, and teacher. Suggested donation: $10.00. Continental breakfast and lunch included. RSVP by April 26, to 304-232-3490 (leave a message on the answering machine). Sponsored by UOVP’s Peacemaking Sub-committee. For more info, call
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.
IT IS NOW TIME FOR SESSIONS TO NOMINATE PERSONS . . .
to be our presbytery’s commissioners and Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD) to the meeting of the 223rd General Assembly (2018) in St. Louis, MO. The General Assembly meeting will take place from June 16 to June 23, 2018. At the June 27, 2017, presbytery meeting, we need to elect one minister commissioner, one ruling elder commissioner, and alternates, and a Young Adult Advisory Delegate. E-mail your nominations for minister, ruling elder commissioner, and YAAD to the Presbytery Office by May 25, 2017. Applications and info including eligibility have been sent out by e-mail. If you need another copy, please contact the Presbytery Office.
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.
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 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?
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 $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.