THE SEASON OF EASTER:
“The Pasch, the Christian Passover, the transformation of the Jewish Passover, was the great festival of redemption, and a commemoration of the cross and the resurrection. In the fourth century there was a process of evolution, and with the development of Good Friday as we know it, the Pasch became limited to the theme of the resurrection. So Easter emerged in our understanding of the term.” (The New Westminster Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship, p. 218) White, the color of perfection, perfect glory, beauty, holiness, and joy is the liturgical color for Easter.
AS A CONGREGATION . . .
we offer our prayers and sympathy for the family of Ruth Coates, who entered immortality on Thursday, May 18. We’ll gather for a memorial service remembering Ruth and celebrating the promises of God on Monday, May 22, at 11:00 a.m., in the Steel and Wolfe Penco Road Chapel.
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, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. to continue a series entitled “On the Road Again: A Study of Luke/Acts.” During this session, we’ll look at Acts 7:1-60.
THE BELL CHOIR . . .
will practice on Saturday, at 11:00.
CHOIR WILL REHEARSE . . .
Sundays, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. They’ll rehearse in the choir room.
WE'LL COLLECT THE PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN BIRTHDAY OFFERING . . .
on Sunday, May 28. The Creative Ministries Offering Committee of Presbyterian Women asks that you open your hearts to this project and the two others chosen for the 2017 Birthday Offering: First-Hand Aid's Rural Clinic Development Initiative, which provides health care to people living in rural communities in Cuba; Family Justice Center of Georgetown and Horry Counties' Safe Haven for Victims of Domestic Violence (South Carolina), which will provide shelter for victims of domestic violence; and Paper for Water's Navajo Water Project, which will install water systems for households without running water in New Mexico. Grant amounts will depend on gifts contributed during 2017. Please give as you have been blessed and support these lifechanging projects.
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, Chuck Caleffie, 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 Rick Baldt and Jeff Grant for the maintenance they’re doing around the church.
• We thank all those who participated in the Brookline Park clean-up.
• We thank Eloise Evans and all the ladies who provided the brunch for the CWU May Fellowship brunch.
• Finally, all those who offer their time, talent and money to further the God’s Kingdom.
ON MOTHER'S DAY . . .
the congregation presented Twinkle Smith with a Steelers Shawl, crocheted by Dar Johnson. In appreciation for all she does for our church, the Deacons presented Dar with flowers and a gift. Dar thanks the Deacon and her Cove family for these wonderful gifts. She also thanks Dale and Chris Pierce for the beautiful Mother's Day flowers and card.
ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIPS. . .
• The Chad Pickens Scholarship is available to high school seniors and students currently attending colleges or universities, etc. The applicant must be a member of Cove Presbyterian Church; must have a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and must plan on entering school in the fall of 2017 as a full-time student or a returning student. Grade transcripts are to be turned in with the application.
• The Bud Schmidt Scholarship is available to any member of the congregation of Cove Presbyterian Church who plans to attend a seminary in the fall of 2017. Chad Pickens and Bud Schmidt Scholarship applications must be received in the church office by Sunday, May 22, 2017.
• Applications for The Helen T Hamill Scholarship are available through the guidance counselor at the area high schools. Scholarships will be presented to the recipients during the morning worship on Sunday, June 5, 2017.
YOU ARE INVITED TO CELEBRATE THE ORDINATION . . .
of Emily Kathleen Harden as a Teaching Elder on Sunday, May 21, 2017, 3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 110 South Marietta St., St. Clairsville, OH. A reception will follow.
YOU ARE INVITED TO CELEBRATE THE INSTALLATION . . .
of the Rev. Samuel Paul Monte as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, 124 N. Chestnut Street, Barnesville, OH, Sunday, May 28, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. A reception will follow.
A WORKSHOP ENTITLED,
“Gun Violence: Its Ripple Effects and Prevention,” will be held Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with registration from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. For all faiths and no faiths—all are welcome. Hosted by the United Presbyterian Church, 310 E Main St, Richmond, OH, (Near Steubenville/Wintersville, just five miles north of Rt. 22 along Rt. 43). Sponsored by our Peacemaking Sub-Committee. Beginning with worship in a retreat/workshop setting, we will then watch and discuss the documentary film Trigger: The Ripple Effects of Gun Violence, produced by PCUSA. After lunch (simple and provided), we will engage in a series of five studies prepared by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship that addresses gun violence prevention. We will end with a time for meditation and prayer. PLEASE PRE-REGISTER BY 4 PM, TUESDAY, MAY 30TH. Eemail@example.com or call 304-232-3490. If the answering machine picks up, please leave your name and a phone number.
EVERYONE HAS A STORY.
Join us for an evening of fellowship and storytelling. Weather permitting, we will have a fire. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair. Sunday, June 4, at 6:00 p.m. Cross Creek “Tent” Church, 3831 Tent Church Road, Colliers, WV 26035. For more info, call Frank Lewis 304-266-8154.
JOIN PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY . . .
for the 2017 Henderson Summer Leadership Conference “Leadership, Conflict, and Creativity,” with Miroslav Volf, Leanna Fuller, and David Jones on June 8-10, 2017. We often struggle to cope with conflict in our families, congregations, and communities. During this conference, we will explore conflict and difference as challenges that hold potential for creative transformation. Co-sponsored with Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute.
MOTOR CITY MISSION CORPS . . .
is a year-long nonprofit apprenticeship for young adults with a focus on breaking down racism and building equitable community. Participants live in community, serve in organizations with a reputation for making change in the city of Detroit, and explore how they might be called to join God’s work in the world. Housing and a small stipend are provided. Find out more and download an application at http://motorcitymissioncorps.org. Contact Adam Delzenne at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-607-4080 with any questions.
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.
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.
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.
ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS:
Information and an application for the Russell Scholarship can be found on our website www.uovpresby.org. Applications must be postmarked by Saturday, MAY 27, 2017. If you are dropping them off at the Presbytery Office, they must be brought in by Thursday, May 25th, as the Office is closed Fridays. If you have questions concerning the application, please call Cindy Foster 740-359-2750. Online applications will not be considered.
THE NEW WILMINGTON MISSION CONFERENCE . . .
is set for July 22-29, 2017, at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. At 112 years old, the New Wilmington Mission Conference is the longest-running mission conference in the United States. Held every July, NWMC is intergenerational, Presbyterian-related, and youth-focused. About 1,000 people attend from over 30 states and 20 countries for a chance to connect with mission workers and hear what God is doing all over the world. This week-long conference features many well-known and engaging speakers for one low, all-inclusive price! This year’s speakers include Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Director of Adult Educational Ministries at Village Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Dr. Jim Singleton, Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as many others. Visit the conference website for more details or to register: www.nwmcmission.org.
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.