Friday, March 31, 2017

A Thought from the Word - A brief thought based on 2 Corinthians 5:21

From the Chifumbe Church, Malawi

Sorry for taking long without sending you the sample of Benches (Chairs) to you. I hope you'll enjoy the samples as of now the price per chair is MWK5000.As I said last time that the church is still need more chairs which is about 25 this is due to a number of congregants. Looking forward to your reply.

May our God Bless you always.
Your Brother in Christ
Matope Mathews
Session Clerk

Friday's Essay - He Just Does

Below is an essay that I sent to those on the Cove Presbyterian Church e-mailing list. You can hear a podcast of this message by going to the Cove Presbyterian 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


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On Sunday, we’re finishing up our series that focused on some of life challenging questions. And over the last four weeks we’ve considered the following:
Why do bad things happen to good people?
Why don't people understand me?
Why don't I understand what's going on?
Why is God allowing this to happen?
And this Sunday, the last one before we enter Easter week, we’ll look at the question: Why doesn't God make things clear? Now, for each, we’ve used the story of Job for some direction as we grappled with the question. And as the one who wrote and delivered each one, I’ve been pleased with how we’ve covered the issues.

Of course, if you’ve come to more than one of the services, you probably recognize that one less than satisfying theme has been present throughout the series. I mean, one of the answers you’ve heard for each of the questions has been that wonderful response, “I don’t know.” And I’ll tell you, that’s something I’ve either explicitly stated or implied every single week. For example, even though good people sometimes bring bad things on themselves and sometimes others bring this stuff to them, in other situations, I don’t know why good people suffer; they just do. And even though some people can and will understand us while others won’t, I don’t know why the “won’ts” won’t; they just won’t. And I can say the same thing about our lack of understanding and the divine will. Again, in many situations, there are definite reasons. But in others, I just don’t know why we can’t understand or why an omnipotent God allows certain things to happen. I just don’t know; we just don’t and he just does.

And I’ve got to admit, I haven’t found that answer particularly satisfying. Even though I believe it’s true, I’d prefer to have some reason I can understand, some reason that makes sense, some reason in which I might find some satisfaction. Frankly, I’m a little frustrated by the ambiguity I’m forced both to face and to accept. As a matter of fact, I really don’t see me being like Job, finding satisfaction with the idea that God is God and I’m not; therefore, there are plenty of things that people will never understand. Although I have doubt that I would have been cowered by the sheer power of a voice from the whirlwind,  I don’t think I’d be willing simply to accept this answer. Somehow, when faced with life’s more challenging questions, hearing someone say “I don’t know; it just is”, well that’s a little like being at the end of a buffet line and finding there’s only vegetables left. It’s an answer but not very satisfying.

And even though that’s just what happens when we deal with some of life’s “whys”, there’s a slew of related questions for which this is a wonderful answer, and I’m talking about questions like, “Why does God love us?’ and “Why is this love constant even when we prove to be weak?” and “Why has he decided to lead us into a glorious future, one that we didn’t earn and that we don’t deserve?” You see, these are the kind of questions for which I find extremely satisfying the often unsatisfying answer, “I don’t know; he just does.”

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

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

Adults
Amy Slisik
Audrey Vincent
Betty Michael
Bruce Mader
Cecilia Barnhardt
Chad Peppler
Chad Wilson
Cindy Kuzel
Clyde Flesher, Sr.
David Johns
Debbie Zuccaro
Debi Edge
Doris Greene
Emery Edwards
Ethlyn Dellaria
Faith Bonyak
Gen Meyer
George & Mary Shepherd
Greta Billham
Harry Hutch
Jan Jackson
Jim & Shelley Pearson
Jim Neil
Joanie Lawrence
Josh and Dee
Karen Lombardi
Katy Allen
Kay Hyde
Kenny Orlando
Kevin Kuzel
Libbie Messerly
Marcia Cooper
Marge Oslett
Matthew Kirtley
Michael Shade
Minnie Pazich
Patricia Cox
Paul Welch
Randal Kane
Richard Ballard
Rocco Zuccaro
Ronnie Buffington
Sally Robinson
Shirley Everhart Kirtley
Stacy Jo Vogel
Susie Hawkins
Twinkle Smith
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
Gen Meyer – The Laurels
Harry Hutch – Lifeline Hospital

Bereaved Family
The Family of Clyde Flesher

Church Families
Mark & Barbara Trushel
Jenny VanGilder
John & Norma Tunanidas

Local Church
First United Methodist Church

Special Friend
Kitty Heilman – 1215 Glencairn Road, Weirton, WV  26062-4323

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery Committees 
Permanent Judicial Commission
Beaver Creek Camp

Also Remember in Your Prayers
Alice & Kenny Orr – Weirton Geriatric Center, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV  26062
Carl Hamill – Serra Manor, Apt. 11, 205 Serra Manor, Weirton, WV  26062
Dolores Edwards – Wyngate, 100 Wyngate Dr., Weirton, WV  26062
Harry Hutch – Villa Vista, Room 406, 1800 Sinclair Ave., Steubenville, OH  43953
June Virtue – Grace Cottage, 195 Eden Dr., Weirton, WV  26062-3664
Ruth Ann Oestering – Woodland Hills, 608 North 10th St., Weirton, WV  26062
Ruth Coates – Woodland Hills, 608 North 10th St., Weirton, WV  26037
Theresa Skiles – Weirton Geriatric Center, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV  26062

What's Happening at Cove Presbyterian Church?

Below are the announcements as they appear in the Sunday bulletin.

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.

“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.


AS A CONGREGATION, WE OFFER OUR PRAYERS . . .
and sympathy to the Flesher family on the passing of Clyde Flesher, Srn.

THIS MORNING, THE FLOWERS WERE GIVEN . . .
n loving memory of our grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Harry E. Thompson, Mrs. Willa C Rinehart, and Dr. A.B. Rinehart by Kitty, Esten, & Bobbie. Esten Jezerski also made a donation to the Deacons Outreach Fund.

“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.

THE MYRTLE MCHENDRY CLASS WILL MEET . . .
On Tuesday April 4, at 12:30.

OUR TUESDAY EVENING STUDY . . .
will meet on Tuesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. to continue a series entitled “On the Road Again: A Study of Luke/Acts.”  During this session, we’ll review Luke and discuss the background for Acts.

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.

BOARD MEETINGS . . .
Board of Deacons will meet on Wednesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the board room.
Session will meet on Sunday, April 9 before the morning worship service.
Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the board room.

SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK BEFORE EASTER . . .
Palm Sunday – April 9, 11:00 a.m.
Maundy Thursday – April 13, 6:00 p.m.
Good Friday – April 14, 7:00 p.m.
Easter – 11:00 a.m.

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.

WE’LL CELEBRATE A LOVE FEAST . . .
as a way to remember Jesus’s last supper with his disciples, on Maundy Thursday, April 13, beginning at 6:00. After a simple meal of soup and bread, we’ll remember the Lord’s presence by sharing communion.  

HOME-MADE SOUP NEEDED . . .
Session is in need of individuals who are willing to make soup for the Love Feast on Maundy Thursday, April 13.  If you can help with this soup and bread dinner you are asked to contact Sue Willson or the church office. 

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 Linda Krynicki for vacuuming the sanctuary last Saturday.
We thank Sue Willson for baking the bread for and some of the other elders for setting up and sharing communion last Sunday.
We thank Rick & Peggy Baldt and Chris Pierce for preparing our grounds for spring.
We thank the Boy Scout Troop 334 who collected and donated $104.83 for the Church
Finally, all those who offer their time, talent and money to further the God’s Kingdom.

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. 

THE MUSIC EDUCATION ENDOWMENT FUND . . .
has offered to pay the $10.00 donation fee for all Cove members who wish to attend the seminar on writing new words to traditional hymns seminar on April 29. Contact Heather in the office so that we can keep track of the number of those wishing to take advantage of this generous offer.

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.

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.

Cove's Bulletin for Sunday, April 2, 2017

Below is a copy of our Sunday bulletin. We're continuing a 5-week series entitled “Why: Answering Some of Life's Hard Questions.” During that time, we’ll use the Book of Job to grapple to find some answers to those questions that disrupt our sleep and distract our attention. This week we'll consider the question: Why doesn't God make this clear?









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

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for March 31, 2017: Today our passages are  Deuteronomy 13:1–15:23; Luke 8:40–9:6; Psalm 71:1-24; and Proverbs 12:5-7 . The readings are the  Contempor...

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

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for March 30, 2017: Yesterday our passages were  Deuteronomy 13:1–15:23; Luke 8:40–9:6; Psalm 71:1-24; and Proverbs 12:5-7 . The readings are the  Con...

Free Advice from an Attorney

I generally use this blog for church- and faith-related articles, but I thought this was important enough to make an exception. Below is an e-mail I received from a friend with some excellent advice.

Image result for identity theft protectionI don't use Facebook, but for those of you who do, you may want to consider the last paragraph of this information sheet.

Not A Joke!!   Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday.

A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company:
  1. Do not sign  the back of your credit cards. Instead, put 'PHOTO ID REQUIRED.'
  2. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts,  DO  NOT put the complete  account number on the 'For' line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won't have access to it.
  3. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a PO Box, use your work address. Never  have your  SS# printed on your checks. (DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have It printed, anyone can get it.
  4. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel.... Keep the photocopy in a safe place. I also carry a photocopy of my passport when I travel either here or abroad. We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed on us in stealing a Name, address, Social Security number, credit cards. Unfortunately, I, an attorney, have first hand knowledge because my wallet was stolen last month... Within a week, the thieves ordered an expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from DMV to change my driving record information online, and more. But here's some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know.
  5. We have been told we should  cancel our  credit cards immediately. But the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.
  6. File a  police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, And this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one). But here's what is perhaps  most important of all: (I never even thought to do this.)
  7. Call the 3 national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and also call the Social Security fraud line number. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was made over the internet in my name. The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit. By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all the damage had been done. There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves' purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has been done, and the thieves threw my wallet away this weekend (someone turned it in). It seems to have stopped them dead in their tracks.
Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about your wallet, if tt has been stolen:
  1. Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
  2. Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
  3. Trans Union : 1-800-680 7289
  4. Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271
We pass along jokes on the Internet; we pass along just about everything.

If you are willing to pass this information along, it could really help Someone that you care about...oh, and NEVER, NEVER place your travel plans Or your physical location on FACEBOOK...you may as well turn on the "welcome" sign as you walk out your front door...you're "open season, at That point!!!   Just plain 'ole common sense.

Sunday's Minute for Mission - Self-Development of People

Baltimore based United Workers Association (UWA) is a human rights organization led by low-wage workers fighting to secure human rights for all—including freedom from poverty. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor has an area of great economic wealth and prosperity due to tourism, but it is surrounded by severe poverty throughout the inner city.  The businesses in and around the Harbor employ workers whose wages   have been systematically kept low and their working conditions, poor.
Inner Harbor – United Workers participate in a rally
With a $20,000 grant from the National Self-Development of People, the 500+ low-wage worker’s organization initiated a project focused on raising the minimum wage of day laborers and to change the perception that day laborers are lazy, drug addicted, or panhandlers. The primary goal of this project is to improve working conditions through organizing and education.
The Baltimore Presbytery SDOP Committee previously provided $14,000 to The Human Rights Zone project of Inner Harbor-United Workers.  The workers have conducted training through street theater during which new members have been recruited and leaders identified.  Their street theater topics included Freedom from Poverty, Right to Work with Dignity, and Health Care and Education.  A major part of their organizing was directed toward their march to the Inner Harbor.
UWA victories include an increase in wages from below the minimum wage at the time to $13 an hour. Workers took the lead in organizing with their fellow workers to secure a union contract. A theme of the project is “everyone is worthy of dignity and respect.”
The Presbytery of Baltimore and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have been strong supporters of organizing by the UWA and of the Fair Development overture that passed with strong support at the PC(USA)’s 200th General Assembly in Pittsburgh in 2012.
The Fair Development Campaign connects Presbyterians with the United Workers Association of Baltimore in holding developers that have benefited from public funds, subsidies and tax incentives accountable to the community for providing jobs at living wages and other human rights.
See pcusa.org/fairdevelopment for details.
Margaret Mwale, associate for community development and constituent relations, Compassion, Peace and Justice

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This Week’s PCUSA News

This Week's PCUSA News




 
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‘Language of Heaven’ for 1001 New Worshiping Community
Paul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service
Arabic Presbyterian Fellowship learning to reach out to Muslim neighbors
 
 
 
Synod’s gift affirms partnership among Presbyterians
Eva Stimson | Office of the General Assembly 
Gifts will benefit two national agencies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
 
 
 
PC(USA) six agency effort to share ‘Facing Racism’ resources with denomination
Gregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service 
Communication groups aim to inspire conversation and action within local communities
 
 
 
PC(USA) delegation concludes onsite visit to Sierra Leone and Liberia
Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service 
West Africa Initiative participants show resilience and growth
 
 
 
PMA and OGA boards to meet in San Juan this week
Gregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service additional reporting by Melody K. Smith 
Puerto Rican location chosen to express solidarity with Presbytery of San Juan
 
 
 
Presbyterian churches commemorate Self-Development of People Sunday on April 2
Scott O’Neill | Presbyterian News Service
Annual event focuses on helping communities, worship resources available for churches
 
 
 
Korean-American churches navigate cultural changes
Kevin Park 
Reaching the next generation
 
 
 
Mission work isn’t just a Cinderella story
Ellen Sherby
The shoe that doesn’t exactly fit
 
 
 
A mother’s odyssey to understand her transgender child
Gail Strange
Just ‘tell them I love them’
 
 
 
Celebrating Triduum — the Great Three Days of Holy Week
Emily Enders Odom
‘The work of the people’
 
 
 
UN Commission on the Status of Women offers solutions to issues affecting Detroit
Gail Strange | Presbyterian News Service
Byrdsong and Oglesby inspired to make change in their community
 
 
 
Partner health program in Democratic Republic of Congo praised in UK Parliament report
Jeff Boyd | Special to the Presbyterian News Service
Access to health services, treatment and prevention are keys to success
 
 
 
Alaska mayor acknowledges PC(USA) apology
Jerry Van Marter | Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk
Apology came as the result of action by the 222nd General Assembly (2016)
 
 
 
Facebook Live video featuring Rick Ufford-Chase now available
Emily Enders Odom | Presbyterian News Service
‘Developing Resilience in Difficult Times: A Conversation Grounded in the Sixth Chapter of Luke’ is second in series of multifaith conversations
 
 
 
Dennis Hughes reflects on love, loss and all the saints
Emily Enders Odom | Presbyterian News Service
Cancer diagnosis illumines pastor-scholar’s life, end of life
 
 
 
PC(USA) Office of Public Witness takes part in Washington rally at EPA headquarters
Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service
Participants speak out against President Trump’s environmental position
 
 
 
NEXT Church National Gathering ends with the challenge to ‘make America, America again’
Gregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service
Paul Roberts encourages a ‘redirect’ toward God’s goodness
 
 
 
Seminary student Leslie Cox blogs her way to the Commission on the Status of Women
Gail Strange | Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian testimonies from the UN 61st CSW
 
 
 
PC(USA) issues letter urging Wendy’s to join Fair Food Program
Scott O’Neill | Presbyterian News Service
OSU students embark on week-long fast in solidarity with Coalition of Immokalee Workers
 
 
 
Regarding ruling elders: ruling elders and Baptism
Rodger Nishioka | Office of the General Assembly
Elders must ensure that those being baptized go through a process of preparation and following the baptism, continue to be nurtured in the faith
 
 
 
Young Presbyterian minister finds ecumenical work ‘life-changing’
Eva Stimson | Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly
The second of three features in March of inspiring female ecumenists in the PC(USA)