Monday, July 31, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 31, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 31, 2017: Today our passages are  2 Chronicles 29:1-36; Romans 14:1-23; Psalm 24:1-10; and Proverbs 20:12 .   The readings are from the  Contemporar...

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 30, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 30, 2017: Today our passages are  2 Chronicles 26:1–28:27; Romans 13:1-14; Psalm 23:1-6; and Proverbs 20:11 .   The readings are from the  Contempor...

Stated Clerk speaks out on President Trump's proposed ban on transgendered personnel in the military

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) stands with transgender community members, affirms their sacredness - as they are created in the image of God - and asserts their deservedness of a dignified and respectful work environment. On Wednesday, President Trump issued a series of tweets that abruptly announced a ban on transgender people serving in the US military. It is particularly disappointing given that this proclamation falls on the anniversary of President Truman’s Executive Order which abolished racial discrimination in the U.S. Armed Forces in 1948. This decision reversed a gradual transformation under the Obama administration, which welcomed transgender people to serve openly. President Trump said, "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” Naming transgender people and their life-saving medical needs a “burden” is cruel, inaccurate, discriminatory, and serves to further push to the margins a population which experiences job discrimination, homelessness, suicide, and hate-motivated violence at devastating rates. As Micah stands firmly within the prophetic tradition that calls us to honor God’s image in one another, and so should Presbyterians in this moment. God requires us “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8)
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessor churches have explicitly affirmed the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people for almost forty years. A resolution passed by the 222nd General Assembly entitled The Global Crisis for People Who Are LGBT and Their Families “Encourage[d] each Presbyterian to hold in prayer our LGBT sisters and brothers in the countries where they are vulnerable around the world.” It is a painful reality that, indeed, our own country remains one of those where LGBT people, particularly transgender people, are vulnerable and explicitly targeted by our most powerful politician and the systems he influences.
According to the Williams Institute, there are an estimated 15,500 actively serving transgender members of the U.S. military. Thousands of transgender people have risked their lives in service to this country including the more than 134,000 transgender veterans who are alive today. Although the President alluded to exorbitant medical costs associated with transgender service members, the reality is that these costs amount to less that a thousandth of one percent of the Defense Department’s annual budget.
Historically, we understand inclusion in military service to be a bell tolling the advance of justice and an affirmation of citizenship and humanity for marginalized groups. This week we also saw the Department of Justice file court papers asserting that the law does not protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation. These actions combined represent a clear effort to undermine the rights of LGBT people and to dampen the knell of freedom. We hold close our LGBT neighbors, even as the law of the land tries to push them away, and commit to stand with and defend them against bigotry, exclusion and demonization. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

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

On Sunday, July 30, Cove Presbyterian Church will lift to God the following needs.

Adults


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
Emery Edwards
Ethlyn Dellaria
Faith Bonyak
George & Mary Shepherd
Greg Baldt
Greta Billham
Jeff Wright 
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
Penny & Nick Mourat
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

In the Hospital

Rchie Marshall
Gerta Billham

Church Families
Bill & Maureen Dumbaugh
Robert & Diana Durst
Elaine Ferrari

Local Church
Church of Christ, Colliers Way

Special Friend
Ruth Ann Oestering

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery Congregations
New Lebanon Presbyterian Church 
Covenant Presbyterian Church

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.

“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” usually meets at 11:00 a.m. and runs until the end of the Worship Service. This morning, the children are invited to stay for our special service. 


OUR TUESDAY EVENING STUDY . . .
will next meet on Tuesday, August 1, 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 15:1-41.
 

LADIES DO YOU KNOW HULDA?
Come and get to know her and many other interesting women of the Bible. We’ll meet every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Cove Presbyterian Church, Weirton,  in the parlor, starting August 3.  Carolyn Mason will lead this exciting new opportunity to study, learn, grow and discuss. All women are welcome and Hulda is looking forward to seeing you and so are we! 

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


THE BELL CHOIR . . .
will practice on Saturday, at 11:00 a.m.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS . . .
because on Sunday August 6, at 11:00 a.m. we’ll have our annual church picnic at Marland Heights Park. Members, kids, friends, enemies, strangers, and everyone else are welcome. We’ll worship together which will be followed by more food and fun than you can imagine. And there will be an opportunity to give an offering.
IF YOU’RE A PIRATE FAN,
we’re organizing a group to go to a game on Thursday, August 17, starting at 7:05,  as the home team takes on the St. Louis Cardinals. But this isn’t just any evening at the ball park;  after the game, some players and coaches were going to discuss the impact faith has had on their life. For the group rate, we would need at least 15 or more attendees. If you’re interested in attending, speak to either Debbie Siefert or Adam Dowler after the service. Cost will range from $18-$35, depending on where we agree to sit.



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 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.

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 YouTube (search “Cove Presbyterian” and “Ed Rudiger”). .

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 30, 2017

Below is a copy of our Sunday bulletin.









The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 28, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 28, 2017: Today our passages are  2 Chronicles 21:1–23:21; Romans 11:13-36; Psalm 22:1-18; and Proverbs 20:7 .   The readings are from the  Contempo...

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 27, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 27, 2017: Today our passages are  2 Chronicles 19:1–20:37; Romans 10:14–11:12; Psalm 21:1-13; and Proverbs 20:4-6 .   The readings are from the  Con...

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 26, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 26, 2017: Today our passages are  2 Chronicles 17:1–18:34; Romans 9:22–10:13; Psalm 20:1-9; and Proverbs 20:2-3 .   The readings are from the  Conte...

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 25, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 25, 2017: Today our passages are  2 Chronicles 14:1–16:14; Romans 9:1-21; Psalm 19:1-14; and Proverbs 20:1 .   The readings are from the  Contempora...

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 24, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 24, 2017: Today our passages are  2 Chronicles 11:1–13:22; Romans 8:22-39; Psalm 18:37-50; and Proverbs 19:27-29 .   The readings are from the  Cont...

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 23, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 23, 2017: Today our passages are  2 Chronicles 8:11–10:19; Romans 8:9-21; Psalm 18:16-36; and Proverbs 19:26 .   The readings are from the  Contempo...

Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religious leaders unite for Israeli-Palestinian peace

In a letter to President Trumpthirty-five Jewish, Christian, and Muslim national religious leaders agree that Israeli-Palestinian peace is possible.
Flags for Israel and PalestinePresbyterian signers of the letter include the Reverend J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, and former General Assembly Moderator, the Reverend John M. Buchanan, retired editor and publisher of The Christian Century.
In a statement released through the National Interfaith Leadership Initiative (NILI), the religious leaders state: “Based on the legitimate, long-standing aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians for national self-determination and security, a two-state solution still represents the most realistic way to meet essential interests of both peoples and to resolve the conflict.
The religious leaders point to the fact that, “despite deep distrust on both sides, recent polls (of Israelis and Palestinians) show that the majority of peoples still yearn for two states.” The leaders believe, “pursing either side’s version of a one-state solution would likely lead to more years of violent conflict.”
The leaders say they believe that, building on years of official and informal negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, “the basic parameters of a framework for a two-state solution are widely known,” adding, “Combined with a broader regional framework such as the Arab Peace Initiative, the incentives for all sides to make the historic decision for a two-state peace agreement are monumental.”
Achieving a just peace between Israel and the Palestinians “would have substantial positive effects for both peoples, the region, the United States’ own interests, and our world,” the leaders’ letter states, noting that they are united in pledging their “support for U.S. efforts to achieve this goal.”
The full text of the letter to the president, dated July 19:
Dear Mr. President,
We write as members of the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East (NILI). Acknowledging the multiple international conflicts and crises that need to be addressed, we are encouraged by your stated intention to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Based on our experiences and our relationship with the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land, we believe peace is possible. We look forward to an appropriate time for meeting with you to discuss how we can help support such efforts, as leaders of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities and institutions in this country.
We are pleased that you have made efforts to meet early in your term with both Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas. Your recent trip to the Middle East and to Rome raised hopes in renewed initiatives to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We also note the meetings of your Special Representative, Jason Greenblatt, in the region and reports from Israelis and Palestinians on his ability to listen carefully to concerns of both peoples. We hope it may be possible in the near future for a small delegation of NILI leaders to meet with Mr. Greenblatt.
As a matter of principle, we agree that the United States should be prepared to support the solution the two parties negotiate and accept, and we also understand the American national security concerns regarding the region. Based on the legitimate, long-standing aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians for national self-determination and security, we believe a two-state solution still represents the most realistic way to meet essential interests of both peoples and to resolve the conflict. While there are those among both the Israelis and the Palestinians who argue that one state is preferable, we point to the fact that, despite deep distrust on both sides, recent polls show that the majority of peoples still yearn for two states. You can help make that dream a reality. Pursuing either side’s version of a one-state solution would likely lead to more years of violent conflict.
The basic parameters of a framework for a two-state solution are widely known. Combined with a broader regional framework such as the Arab Peace Initiative, the incentives for all sides to make the historic decision for a two-state peace agreement are monumental.
While there is no simple solution for all the current conflicts and turmoil in the Middle East, we believe achieving a just peace between Israel and the Palestinians would have substantial positive effects for both peoples, the region, the United States’ own interests, and our world. We pledge support for U.S. efforts to achieve this goal.
List of Endorsers follows:
Christian Leaders:Bishop Oscar Cantรบ, Chairman, Committee on International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate, Episcopal Church
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Archbishop Vicken Aykasian, Director, Ecumenical Affairs, Armenian Orthodox Church in America
Very Rev. Nathanael Symeonides, Director, Inter-Orthodox & Ecumenical Relations
, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Jim Winkler, President/General Secretary
, National Council of Churches of Christ USA
Bishop Bruce R. Ough, President, Council of Bishops, United Methodist Church
Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Reverend Dr. John Dorhauer, General Minister & President, United Church of Christ
Reverend Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister & President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Dr. Joel C. Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland, A Church Distributed
Reverend Leighton Ford, President, Leighton Ford Ministries, Board Member, World Vision US
David Neff, Editorial Vice-President (Retired), 
Christianity Today
John M. Buchanan, Former Editor and Publisher, Christian Century
Jewish Leaders:Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President, Union of Reform Judaism
Rabbi David E. Stern, President, Central Conference of American Rabbis
Rabbi Steven A. Fox, Chief Executive Officer, Central Conference of American Rabbis
Rabbi David Saperstein, Director Emeritus, Religion Action Center of Reform Judaism
Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Ph.D. Rector and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, American Jewish University
Rabbi Seth Goldstein, President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Rabbi Elyse Wechterman, Executive Director, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Rabbi Deborah Waxman, President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Rabbi Amy Small, Past President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Rabbi Peter Knobel, Past President, Central Conference of American Rabbis
Rabbi Paul Menitoff, Executive Vice President Emeritus, Central Conference of American Rabbis
Muslim Leaders:Azhar Azeez, President, Islamic Society of North America
Dr. Sayyid Muhammad Syeed, National Director, Islamic Society of North America
Imam Mohammed Magid, Past President, Islamic Society of North America
Naeem Baig, Former President, Islamic Circle of North America
Dawud Assad, President Emeritus, Council of Mosques, USA
Iftekhar A. Hai, Founding Director, United Muslims of America Interfaith Alliance
*Organizations Listed for Identification Only

Saturday, July 22, 2017

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Family Dynamics

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.

Mark 3:19b-35

Then he went home; and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.

“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” — for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

Family Dynamics

Image result for family dynamicsNow I think we all know that a family can become divided for all kinds of reasons. And to those on the outside, these reasons may be important or seem insignificant. For example, on one hand, some families divide as a result of abuse and pain that would be impossible for most folks to tolerate or maybe some kind of financial or emotional stress that’s just difficult to set aside. On the other hand, though, some families divide over things that just seem stupid, like a random remark or a joke that was taken the wrong way. Or maybe it’s because of some kind of deep seated jealousy or some shallow concern for another family member. Let’s face it, there are many reasons why families split. But regardless of the reason, the result is always the same. A divided family ceases to be a source of strength and comfort and support. And even though I think that’s always a shame, it’s particularly difficult when these are desperately needed. I guess you could say that when a family ceases to be united, it ceases to be a family

And that same thing can happen to a church, in other words, the family of God. You see, regardless of how we view the serenity of the reasons, when we allow something, anything to break Christian unity, we cease to be the kind of family God has called us to be. And even though we might put forth our best effort, we actually become ineffective in supporting one another and sharing the good news to others. And so, just like it is with our biological parents and siblings, we need to be aware of the dynamics within our spiritual families.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 22, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 22, 2017: Today our passages are  2 Chronicles 6:12–8:10; Romans 7:14–8:8; Psalm 18:1-15; and Proverbs 19:24-25 .   The readings are from the  Conte...

Friday, July 21, 2017

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

On Sunday, July 23, Cove Presbyterian Church will lift to God the following needs.

Adults

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
Emery Edwards
Ethlyn Dellaria
Faith Bonyak
George & Mary Shepherd
Greg Baldt
Greta Billham
Jeff Wright 
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
Penny & Nick Mourat
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


In the Hospital
Rchie Marshall - Brightwood
Carl Hamill - Weirton Medical Center


Bereaved Family
Judy Morris and her family on the passing of John

Church Families
Lissa Dulick
Rodney, Dana, Ryan & Hanna Dragonir
Adam, Amy, Olivia and Abby Dowler

Local Church
Christian & Missionary Alliance

Special Friend
Ron Taflan

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery Congregations
New Lebanon Presbyterian Church, Hanoverton, Ohio - CRE Donna Todd & CRE Joe Hendricks
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Harrisville, Ohio - Rev. Barry Hall

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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.

“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” usually meets at 11:00 a.m. and runs until the end of the Worship Service. This morning, the children are invited to stay for our special service. 


WE LIFT UP OUR PRAYERS FOR JUDY MORRIS . . .
and her family on the passing of her husband John.

OUR TUESDAY EVENING STUDY . . .
will next meet on Tuesday, August 1, 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 15:1-41.

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


LADIES DO YOU KNOW HULDA?
Come and get to know her and many other interesting women of the Bible. We’ll meet every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Cove Presbyterian Church, Weirton,  in the parlor, starting August 3.  Carolyn Mason will lead this exciting new opportunity to study, learn, grow and discuss. All women are welcome and Hulda is looking forward to seeing you and so are we! 

IF YOU’RE A PIRATE FAN,
we’re organizing a group to go to a game on Thursday, August 17, starting at 7:05,  as the home team takes on the St. Louis Cardinals. But this isn’t just any evening at the ball park;  after the game, some players and coaches were going to discuss the impact faith has had on their life. For the group rate, we would need at least 15 or more attendees. If you’re interested in attending, speak to either Debbie Siefert or Adam Dowler after the service. Cost will range from $18-$35, depending on where we agree to sit.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS . . .
because on Sunday August 6, at 11:00 a.m. we’ll have our annual church picnic at Marland Heights Park. Members, kids, friends, enemies, strangers, and everyone else are welcome. We’ll worship together which will be followed by more food and fun than you can imagine. And there will be an opportunity to give an offering.


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 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 YouTube (search “Cove Presbyterian” and “Ed Rudiger”). .

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.