Friday, June 30, 2017

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

On Sunday, July 2, Cove Presbyterian Church will lift to God the following needs.

Adults
Agnes
Alice Channing
Amy Slisik
Audrey Vincent
Betty Michael
Bob Crupp
Bonnie & Red Nichols
Bruce Mader
Chad Peppler
Cindy Kuzel
Davey Turner
Debbie Zuccaro
Debi Edge
Doris Greene
Emery Edwards
Ethlyn Dellaria
Faith Bonyak
George & Mary Shepherd
Greg Baldt
Greta Billham
Jim & Shelley Pearson
Jim Neil
Joanie Lawrence
Josh and Dee
Joe & Mary Faran
Karen Edwards
Karen Lombardi
Kay Hyde
Kenny Orlando
Kevin Kuzel
Libbie Messerly
Marcia Cooper
Marge Oslett
Matthew Kirtley
Michael Shade
Minnie Pazich
Paul Rosnick
Randal Kane
Richard Ballard
Richie Marshall
Rick Shadiow
Rocco Zuccaro
Ronnie Buffington
Sally Robinson
Sandy Hatala
Shirley Everhart Kirtley
Stacy Jo Vogel
Sue Willson
Vicki Williams
Wayne Channing

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

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

Church Families
Patrick, Tawnya, Jenna & Leyton Burket
Robert & Juanita Buchanan
Allison, John & Ella Dietz

Local Church
Voice of Pentecost

Special Friend
Rosalie Coxen

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery Congregations
Colerain Presbyterian Church, Colerain, Ohio – CRE Joe Ellis
Cross Creek Presbyterian Church, Colliers, West Virginia – Rev. Franklin Lewis

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

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.

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.


DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS,
the following church boards will meet:
The Board of Deacons – Monday, July 3, at 6:30 p.m.
The Session – Sunday, July 9, at 9:00 a.m.
The Board of Trustees – Monday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m.
All our meetings are open to the congregation. If you have any comment or suggestion, please plan to attend. If you’re not able to attend, feel free to get your idea to the church office or share it with a member of the appropriate board.

WHEN YOU AT THE EVENT CENTER . . .
on Friday evening, stop by and buy a bag of popcorn from our deacons. 

CHOIR WILL REHEARSE . . .
Sundays, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. They’ll rehearse in the choir room.  

OUR JULY HOT DOG LUNCHEON . . .
is coming on July 9, immediately following the church service. We’ll serve hot dogs, chips, sundaes, and beverages. The sundae bar is in appreciation of the staff and Sunday School teachers of Cove.

OUR TUESDAY EVENING STUDY . . .
will next meet on Tuesday, July 11, 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 13.1-52.

STEVE CRAMER HAS BEEN ON FIVE PILGRIMAGES . . .
to Israel, and he’ll be visiting us on Sunday, July 16, at 2:30 p.m. He’ll do a presentation on his trips. It’s open to the public; therefore, come and bring a friend to hear his exciting story.

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 Dale Pierce for the replacing the lights in the Fellowship Hall. 
We thank Burnie and Noah Huey for doing our yard work.
We thank Chris Pierce and Sue Baldt for cleaning the sign in front of the church.
Finally, all those who offer their time, talent and money to further the God’s Kingdom.

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 adam@detroitpresbytery.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.

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 1-31-2017 and 4-30-2017 (Cycle 16, Qtr 4) have contributed to your $232.27 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.krogercommunityrewards.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.

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.


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.

Cove's Bulletin for Sunday, July 2, 2017

Below is a copy of our Sunday bulletin.











Sunday's Minute for Mission - Immigration Sunday

Keith Neill began his ministry in Portadown, Northern Ireland, playing in a Christian rock band and volunteering with the youth at his church. There he felt the call to youth ministry — first part time and then full time. All told, he guided the youth of Portadown and nearby Lisburn for 23 years. 
In 2013, Keith and his wife, Jennifer, began to wonder if God was preparing them for a new challenge. He interviewed at other churches but did not sense that they were the answer to the restlessness he felt. Upon returning from one such interview in London, he read an online ad for a youth worker position in Hutchinson, Kansas.
It was uncanny, as Keith had been visiting Hutchinson for years, taking youth from Ireland to participate in a Christian peacemaking project there. In fact, on one such trip he took his daughter, who met and eventually married a man from Hutchinson. Could this be the answer to the restlessness he had been feeling?
Many calls, prayers and a successful immigration petition later, it became clear that Keith was being sent out again —this time across the world to serve God as the director of youth, Christian education and mission at First Presbyterian Church in Hutchinson.
In a Gospel reading from Mark, Jesus sends out his disciples to travel from village to village to teach and heal. How excited and anxious they must have felt to receive such a call. And how many lives were no doubt changed by  their answering it.
Our church is blessed that people still answer this call today.
Theresa Waggener, Coordinator, Immigration Issues, Office of the General Assembly
Let us pray:
Loving God, thank you for continuing to move in our lives: for sending us and for sending others to us. Bless all whom you call to serve, whether down the street or across the world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Christian Greatness

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 Church 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.

Luke 22:24-27

A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

Christian Greatness

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In our society, we have a very clear understanding of greatness. Great people are those who have accumulated and who make effective use of power. Generally, they’re aggressive and confident. And they expect, at the very least, deference if not complete obedience.  The magnitude of their greatness is measured by the size of their intellect or biceps or bank account. Great people inspire something between respect and fear, something between admiration and adulation. And they are the ones whom we want as friends but dread as enemies. Those are the people considered great within our world.

But that’s not the case in God’s kingdom. Although we might consider Presidents and generals and owners great, for God, truly great people are those who serve and sacrifice. Generally, they value peace and practice humility. They expect to give for the sake of others, and their greatness is shown by their willingness to love their neighbors and to treat others the way they’d like to be treated. For God, great people are servants who are often ignored or exploited. You see, they are the antithesis of those who weld power, and yet they are the ones who are most valued by God. They define Christian greatness.

Jake Schwertfeger and Chief Chipepo coming to the USA

Hello friends!

Image result for chief chipepo zambiaThis is a short email to let everyone know that I will be traveling to the US on July 5 - July 20.  My brother Cody is getting married and I will be taking His Royal Highness Chief Chipepo with me to the wedding as well as to a few spots in the USA.

We will be having a meet and greet with the Chief and myself in Wellsburg, WV on July 10 from 5pm - 7pm at the Franklin United Methodist Church (on Washington Pike).  If there are any of you in the area at that time PLEASE make some time to come out and hear from the Chief on some of the incredible things taking place in Africa.  There will be coffee and tea as well as dessert so that we can have a nice time of fellowship.

If you plan to attend please send me an email (jake@overlandmissions.com) so we can begin to get an idea of how many people will be coming through.  Tell your churches, friends and family. All are welcome!

Chief Chipepo and I will also be sharing at Grace Bible Church in Sebring, Florida at the July 15-16 services.  

Can't wait to see many of you!  Please pray for us to have safe travels and for the Chief to acclimate quickly to the time difference!

In Christ,

Jake Schwertfeger

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Thought from the Word - A brief thought based on Matthew 16:25

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This Week’s PCUSA News

 
This Week's PCUSA News
 
 
Click to register for Big Tent event
 
Stated Clerk urges Ben & Jerry’s to strike agreement with Vermont dairy farmers
Office of the General Assembly
‘Milk With Dignity’ designed to ensure sustainability, improve conditions
 
 
 
Washington non-profit shows strength in empowering low income housing residents
Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service
SDOP-sponsored organization generates interest in at-risk communities
 
 
 
Board of Pensions Reports Successful Benefits Connections
Board of Pensions Release
Events Part of Strategy To Engage the Church
 
 
 
Presbyterian AIDS Awareness Day observed in conjunction with National HIV Testing Day
Scott O’Neill | Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian AIDS Network provides resources
 
 
 
Helping people help themselves keeps one volunteer inspired and motivated
Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service
Wesley Woo recognized as Self-Development of People Trailblazer
 
 
 
«Conversaciones Teológicas» emite 500 años y contando para el mes de junio del 2017
Gregg Brekke | Servicio Presbiteriano de Noticias
Capella-Pratts declara que los ideales de la Reforma aún no han terminado
 
 
 
New interactive map highlights Presbyterian historic sites in St. Louis area
Eva Stimson | Office of the General Assembly
Resource will aid visitors to Big Tent this year, GA223 next year
 
 
 
Where leadership thrives: Summer camp and the hope for the world
Wayne Meisel | Special to Presbyterian News Services
Camp skills provide framework for a lifetime of engagement and purpose
 
 
 
A season of prayer of peace on the Korean Peninsula
Jerry Van Marter | Office of the General Assembly
PC(USA) observance runs June 25–August 15
 
 
 
Larry Sthreshley: On the front lines in the battle to stop Ebola
Kathy Melvin | Presbyterian News Services
PC(USA) mission co-worker has been a constant presence since the first outbreak
 
 
 
1001 New Worshiping Communities hires new associate
Gregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service
Michael Gehrling will serve northeast region new church initiatives
 
 
 
Hope and Forgiveness for Rwandan genocide victims and perpetrators
Kathy Melvin | Presbyterian News Service
Pastor initiates healing and reconciliation for survivors of 1994 atrocities
 
 
 
International Peacemaker from Sri Lanka to address U.S. churches this fall
Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service
Herman Kumara to share struggles of fighting systems of oppression
 
 
 
 
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