Church of the Covenant
Boston, Massachusetts

This Week at Covenant
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Seventeenth Sunday of Pentecost
This Sunday at Covenant
Worship Service
10:30 am HYBRID WORSHIP via Zoom: click here

Important note: For this first ever “hybrid” service where some will be in the sanctuary of their homes, and some in the sanctuary at 67 Newbury Street, we will plan to remain on Zoom for the entire service. Clear directions will be given throughout the service on how to fully participate. Simply log in to the Zoom as usual, and follow our instructions from there.

Bulletin: click here

Worship Participants:
Preacher – Rev. Rob Mark
Minister of Music – Tom Handel
Liturgist – Rev. Joshua Lazard
Lector – Faith Perry
Digital Minister – Rev. Kate Carlisle
Cantors – Betsy and Tim Groves
This Upcoming Week at Covenant
PEACE BE WITH YOU IN THESE DAYS:
We are so grateful to be connected as a family of faith! In the light of COVID-19, we are grateful for the technology that allows the majority of us to gather together online, and some in-person at Newbury Street starting 9/12/21.

The announcements that follow reflect the ongoing abundant life that is Church of the Covenant.

UPCOMING WORSHIP ON SUNDAYS: Please join us each Sunday at 10:30 am as we come together in community through Zoom to pray, sing, share celebrations and concerns, and hear God’s still-speaking Word proclaimed.
  • September 12, Rev. Rob preaching, First limited in-person worship from 67 Newbury Street since March 2020!!! More info below...
  • September 19, Outdoor Climate Jubilee Service
  • September 26, Rev. Joshua preaching

REGISTER FOR IN PERSON OPTION FOR WORSHIP!! For the first time in over 500 days, we offering in-person options for worship on Sunday, September 12, 2021. Thanks be to God! Click here for more detailed information and to register. In order to do this in a safe and compassionate way, keeping the most vulnerable in our community protected, and risks low, we will require pre-registration and proof of COVID vaccination. In order to maintain physical distancing, services will be available for the first 25 people who pre-register (look for registration to come out over church e-listserv each week). Each person who attends in person will be required to show a copy (photocopy or photo from your phone/ camera) of their vaccination card as per Council’s decision. Masks will be required for the entire service. Singing hymns with masks on will be allowed. And those who do not come in person will be able to fully worship online via Zoom & YouTube live as per usual.

NEW! OUTDOOR JUBILEE WORSHIP SUNDAY 9/19 10:30am: Next week, our Climate Jubilee Team will invite us to take part in an outdoor service that will be part pilgrimage, part processional, part prayer walk, part rally, part protest march, part blessing as we walk from the corner of the Public Garden over the newly opened Arthur Fielder bridge to the Esplanade. We will begin at 10:30am at the George Robert White Memorial Angel (“Cast Thy Bread Upon the Waters”) near the corner of Arlington & Beacon, and finish near the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. Masks & pre-registration required. Look for email from COTC next week.

NEW! BOSTON VOTES SEPT 14! If you are a Boston Voter and will vote at your polling place on September 14th, you have the chance to help rectify a significant inequity! Some precincts in Boston have thousands of registered voters and some have just a few hundred. Precincts serving people of color tend to be the more crowded, which means longer wait times and more inconvenience for people of color who want to vote. When you arrive at your polling place on primary day, September 14th, you can help by recording how long it takes you to vote. A Northeastern University research team working with GBIO will gather the data and make the case for changing the precinct boundaries. All you need to do is use your smartphone to log in to www.Time2VoteBoston.org when you arrive at your polling place. On the website, simply enter your phone number and then start the timer. Turn it off when you have finished voting. Those who participate will have a chance to win a $50 gift card.For more information contact Faith Perry at flejpw@aol.com.

NEW! WEDNESDAY SUMMER EVENING PRAYERS ON ZOOM: Join us this Wednesday, September 15, 6:00-6:30pm for our weekly evening prayers in solidarity with our siblings in faith at Newton Presbyterian Church: ZOOM.

BIBLE STUDY - FRIDAYS 11AM: Our virtual Bible Study is meeting at 11:00 am on Fridays, and we are currently studying the book of Acts. If you have questions, please contact Nancy Ammerman at ntammerman@gmail.com. We gather on Zoom for about an hour for a “BYOB” (bring your own Bible) gathering. Drop in any week! No homework required! https://zoom.us/j/104478666?pwd=MHAwdEY5VVNvdVFkbVA1R2U3Z3NnUT09
join by phone: (646) 558 8656, Meeting ID: 104 478 666, Password: 581626

NEW! RETREAT DEADLINE THIS WEEK: With a deadline of September 15, this is the final week to register for the COTC All Church Retreat, Friday Oct. 1 – Saturday Oct. 2, at Miramar Retreat Center in Duxbury, MA. Come. Share the blessings of community and spirit. Play. Pray. Relax. Contemplate. Share. Get to know one another better. Our theme is “Rooting down.” How do we open up to the world in an uncertain time while feeding from deep spiritual roots? Registration and more info here: forms.gle/zhed13cUGavQda3A7!

NEW! 20s-30s-40s GROUP AT COVENANT: We have a vital group for young adults, young professionals and students – and we’d love you to join us! If you would like to be added to our email list, or connect one-to-one, please contact Rev. Joshua at joshua.lazard@cotcbos.org Also, see below:
  • Save-The-Date: The 20s30s40s Retreat is scheduled for Saturday, October 16, 2021. There will be more details forthcoming. However, if you wish to reserve your spot, please email Rev. Joshua at by September 30th.
  • 20s30s40s Sunday Brunches have returned! Following the worship service, the 20s30s40s group will resume having out once-a-month after-church shared meal on the following dates: September 26, October 17, November 21 and December 19th. More details about in-person or virtual meetings will be forthcoming via the listserv. For further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email to Rev. Joshua.

CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH PROGRAMMING: If you would like to learn more about or connect with our vital ministries with children and youth, email Rev. Kate.
 
NEW! IDA: WANT TO HELP? Here are ways to help around Hurricane Ida, with BIPOC and food justice in focus: https://anothergulf.com/ida/
  1. Market Umbrella, and Crescent Fund will go directly support farmers, fishers, ranchers, and food producers.
  2. Sprout and VEGGI and Local Food Purchasing Fund, are supporting farmers and food producers through value chain coordination.
  3. Culture Aid is bringing freshly prepared meals to distribution points around the city of New Orleans.
 
NEW! AFGHAN REFUGEES: WANT TO HELP? The PCUSA and September 11 Webinar from UCC.

CREW Climate Preparedness Week: Sept. 24-30, stay tuned.

NEW! SAVE THE DATE: Former Student Minister with us, Megan Berkowitz is getting ordained! Sunday Oct. 3, 3pm on Zoom.

CLIMATE JUBILEE TEAM "LINKS OF THE MONTH"!: A recent article our team recommends: Some good news: Citing climate, court blocks vast Alaskan drilling project and the PCUSA’s Hunger Program provides this very helpful set of links on how we can collectively and individually respond to the recent IPCC report.

GREEN TEAM VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2021: We encourage you to consider joining Faith in Place and Interfaith Power & Light on September 12-14 for a 3-night immersive and interactive virtual journey into healing. During this summit, we will explore ways to heal our connection with our land, body, mind, spirit, and community. From walking through vividly green wetlands in Shawnee National Forest, to touring a farm, and gathering in a racial healing circle, this virtual Summit will honor our interconnectedness and inspire our environmental work through healing. More information, and the link to free registration, can be found at this link.

EMERGING & GETTING TOGETHER: These past 18 months have been long and hard, and it has been extra hard being separated from in-person gatherings. This fall, we’d like to continue to provide chances to safely gather together. Here are the opportunities that are emerging:
  • Porches for 8: Just as in the past we called these “Suppers for 8”, this summer we are offering the chance to gather together with a small group of fellow COTCers at someone’s back yard or porch so share a simple meal. This will be for those who have been fully vaccinated and who feel comfortable (and obviously without any covid-like symptoms). If you’d like your name to be added to the list of those who will be invited to these gatherings (dates and locations yet TBD), please email Trudi Veldman.  
  • Outdoor Evening Prayers: Each week we alternate between in-person and on Zoom prayers.
  • Climate Jubilee Jaunts: Once a month, our Climate Jubilee Team will be hosting some outdoor walks/ hikes in and around Boston. Stay tuned for news about future jaunts.

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR: GET VACCINATED! At this church we believe fully in the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine and ask that everyone eligible get vaccinated. Check here for details: https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/
If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Rob, Joshua, Kate or our Deacons.

ARE YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW FACING FINANCIAL CHALLENGES? Info on fuel and electricity discounts in MA available here.

CONTINUED GIVING: Even in face of important, life-giving changes, our COTC ministry remains moving full steam ahead. Our staff and pastors continue to be hard at work. Our building continues to be faithfully stewarded. Our deacons and pastors continue to carry out vital pastoral care in these days. Therefore, your continued generosity and giving to help support the work of our church community is even more valued in these challenging days. And we are deeply grateful for your tangible signs of generosity. Here are a few ways you can continue to financially support the church and its ministries:
  1. Directly on our website: http://www.cotcbos.org/give.html
  2. Download free app: GIVEPLUS+ (GIVE+ by Vanco Services, LLC) in the App Store, Google Play, or at https://giveplushelp.vancopayments.com. Then, type in our zip code 02116 to find Church of the Covenant. Both online options allow you to make a one-time or a recurring gift.
  3. If you are uncomfortable with online giving, yes, you can still mail checks!

THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF THE COVENANT NEWS can be read online here
617.266.7480  info@cotcbos.org  www.cotcbos.org
67 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116