BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS ALL-AGES WORSHIP
This Sunday, November 19, Church of the Covenant will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals service. This is an all-ages service and we encourage families with children and youth of all ages to come and stay in the sanctuary. We invite you to bring dogs, cats, bunnies, or other beloved non-human companion animals to worship! Please think carefully about what is best for them; we understand that many will be more comfortable at home. If you have animals you’re not bringing in person, you can bring a photo, collar, toy, or other small item for a blessing. We will also raise a prayer of thanksgiving for those pets to whom we have recently said goodbye, and we invite you to have a picture of a beloved pet ready during that time.
DEDICATION OF PLEDGES
During worship this Sunday, November 19, we will dedicate our pledges for the 2024 operating budget. For those who cannot come to church in person, please use the electronic pledge form available here that will go directly to Financial Secretary Nancy Stockford. We hope to raise $275,000 in pledges this year to help us meet our overall budget. May we give God and receive God in this season of celebrating the One who gives all good gifts!
CLIMATE JUBILEE ALL-CHURCH READ
Please join us after worship this Sunday, November 19, for an All-Church Read discussion of the book In Deep Waters: Spiritual Care for Young People in a Climate Crisis by Talitha Aho.
SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), Indigenous leaders, and other organizations invite us to understand the violent history of Thanksgiving and to deepen our commitment to and understanding of present-day Indigenous struggles through a webinar this coming Sunday, November 19, at 4:30 pm for the conversation “Healing this Broken Land: Indigenous Leadership in the Face of Climate Crisis.” This annual “rethinking Thanksgiving” webinar will focus on the role of Indigenous leadership and Indigenous sovereignty in our collective fight against climate catastrophe. To register, click here.
KAY CARLETON MEMORIAL SERVICE: SAVE THE DATE
We will remember our beloved “angel” Kay Carleton and celebrate her life at a memorial service in the Covenant sanctuary on Saturday, December 16, at 1:00 pm.
HOLDING SACRED SPACE
As a follow-up to our wonderful church retreat, we welcome you to join us in Bates Hall following worship on November 26 and/or December 10 to continue any conversations, insights, and visions you may have.
WELCOME CHILDREN & YOUTH!!
We offer Christian education through Godly Play for ages 3-9 and youth classes for ages 10-13 and 14+. We welcome all children, youth, and families—those we know already and those who are here for the first time. If you need help finding us, please ask an usher. We share CYCE info regularly via email, so please email Rev. Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to receive updates!
GBIO HOUSING JUSTICE CAMPAIGN
The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization’s Housing Justice Campaign is up and running. GBIO is staging In-District Meetings with local senators and representatives across Greater Boston to talk about local housing justice. If you want to be part of a GBIO In-District Meeting with a local legislator, please click here.
COVENANT TENANT-PARTNER CONCERT IN SANCTUARY
Coro Allegro (Boston’s LGBTQ+ and allied classical chorus) presents a concert this coming Sunday, November 19, at 3:00 pm in our sanctuary. The theme is “IDENTITY: Reclaimed,” including three works that explore the reclamation of individual identity in times of violent struggle, culture war, or political oppression. Click here for more information.
Please join us each Sunday at 10:30 am and during the special services listed below as we come together in community to pray, sing, share celebrations and concerns, and hear God’s still-speaking Word proclaimed in these hybrid services (in-person and Zoom options). Zoom link for each service.
- Sunday, November 19, Blessing of the Animals, All-Ages Service, Dedication of Pledges, Communion, Book Discussion After Worship
- Sunday, November 26, Reflection on the Word, Holding Sacred Space Post Worship
- Sunday, December 3, First Sunday of Advent, Rev. Joshua Lawrence Lazard preaching, Communion, Advent Wreath Making After Worship
- Sunday, December 10, Second Sunday of Advent, Rev. Rob Mark preaching
OTHER COTC ACTIVITIES
BIBLE STUDY WEDNESDAY MORNINGS
Our weekly morning Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 9:45 am on Zoom. We are studying the book of Romans. If you’d like more information or want to be on the list to get regular reminders and Zoom info, contact Jan Gough at email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY EVENING PRAYERS
Join us Wednesdays for our weekly evening prayers at 6:00 pm with intentional liturgy, contemplative song, psalms, and sharing of prayers with our siblings from Newton Presbyterian, on Zoom.
THE NOVEMBER ISSUE OF COVENANT NEWS can be read online here.