PEACE BE WITH YOU
IN THESE DAYS
You all are deeply in our hearts and prayers in these unsettling times. Due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we are suspending in-person worship at this point through 4/7, but are grateful for the technology that allows the majority of us to gather together online.
All potlucks, church meetings, and scheduled events linked to the building are currently suspended through at least 4/7, and more than likely beyond Holy Week and Easter. All meetings have been postponed or shifted to conference calls.
The announcements that follow are the best we know at this point, keeping in mind things are shifting rapidly in these days, as more and more events are shifting as we all do our part to love our neighbor as ourselves and practice “social distancing” to help “flatten the curve” of this virus’s spread. And in faith and through God’s ceaseless, amazing grace – we also practice “spiritual nearing” to each other and the Sweet Holy Spirit.
See below for previously sent links and info about COVID-19.
: In solidarity with most faith communities, and following direction from our denominations, we have suspended in-person worship and are bringing them “online” at the same time of 10:30 am. We will live-stream on Facebook (anyone, with or without a FB account can participate by clicking on this link here
. To join in fully, consider these options as you might be able:
1. Printing the bulletin out in advance so you have it while live-streaming
2. Pulling the bulletin up on a second device/ phone/ screen
3. Pulling both the bulletin up and your Facebook link, and switch between them as directed/ needed. The liturgy, songs, and scripture are the important times to have this bulletin visible if possible.
UPCOMING SERVICES (WORSHIP / AFTER WORSHIP)
Note, due to COVID-19 spread, we are in a state of flux, and we ask your patience as specific themes and plans are unfolding. At this point, in-person worship is suspended 3/22, 3/26, 3/29, 4/5 (and likely beyond) and is shifting to being online via live-streaming.
Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 PM
(streaming) ~ Mid-Week Lenten Service
Sunday, March 29 at 10:30 AM
(streaming) ~ Fifth Sunday in Lent: FIRE, Rev. Rob Mark preaching / Worship & Music Zoom Meeting
Sunday, April 5, at 10:30 AM
(streaming) ~ All Ages Palm to Passion Sunday: Holy Week: TREE / Adult Ed Serpentino’s Restoration Process of our Stained Glass Windows / 2pm Climate Justice From a 5-Fingered Perspective: Protecting a Good & Sacred Earth with special guest Earl Tulley of the Diné (Navajo) Nation.
- stay tuned for details still emerging.....
: During these days of altered worship where we may not be face-to-face and passing the offering plate, please keep in mind there are easy ways to give online. During these challenging times, we are extra grateful for tangible signs of generosity:
- Download free app: GIVEPLUS+
Then, type in our zip code 02116 to find Church of the Covenant,
once at a time
SUNDAY 10am: CHILDREN’S CIRCLE TIME via Zoom with Rev. Adam,
for those young families, children, and youth, please join us:
Meeting ID: 501 008 8802
One tap mobile: +16468769923,,334644701# US (New York)
Dial by your location: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
DEACONS MEETING SUNDAY 12:15 pm:
Meeting ID: 664 559 704
One tap mobile: +16465588656,,664559704#
Dial by your location: +1 646 558 8656
COTC CYCE MEETING SUNDAY at 12:00pm:
One tap mobile: +19292056099,,5010088802# US (New York)
Dial by your location: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 501 008 8802
CHURCH OF THE COVENANT BOOK GROUP:
Covenant’s book discussion group will meet by Zoom Sunday, March 22, at 5:00 pm, to discuss the second half of Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary. See details below!
Time: Mar 22, 2020 05:00 PM
Meeting ID: 792 374 158
One tap mobile: +16465588656,,792374158#
Dial by your location: +1 646 558 8656
FAREWELL CELEBRATION FOR REV. WENDY VANDER HART ONLINE
: After serving for a dozen years as the Associate Conference Minister for the Metropolitan Boston Association of the UCC, former Covenanter Rev. Wendy Vander Hart is moving on to a new position as Interim Senior Minister at First United Church of Christ in Northfield, MN. From Wendy: “This is a BIG change, since I have served the entire 33 years of my ministry in the Metropolitan Boston Association!” An event to say farewell and celebrate her ministry event will take place this Sunday, March 22nd at 5:30 pm
GREATER BOSTON INTERFAITH ORGANIZATION (GBIO UPDATE):
As in much of our life now days, GBIO’s Healthcare plans are requiring a reset. We will not have an action at the State House on April 1, but we still need letters sent to your Representative, Senator Cindy Friedman, Chair of Senate Ways and Means. GBIO organizers say that personal stories of healthcare obstacles, complete with detail, would be very helpful in the Senate’s negotiation with the House. Please continue to complete the pdf letters to your House Representative. If you need that link again let Holly know at
, or call. We plan to have an after church Zoom House Meeting to bring everyone up to date and share stories.
CHURCH ZOOM ACCOUNT:
If you are a committee chair, for now please email Rev. Rob if you would like to use the zoom account to set up meetings. Soon our Parish Administrator Hillary (who is now back from medical leave!) will be in charge of this account. As a reminder, all church meetings are either to be postponed, or brought online via zoom.
40 ACTS OF GENEROSITY THIS LENT:
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OUR OPEN SANCTUARY MINISTRY:
is recruiting volunteers for the 2020 season! While we are unsure as to when we will open due to COVID-19, we are still hoping we will be able to open our doors at some point. For those unfamiliar with OS, we open our sanctuary to the public on select days from May to November. Last year we received 17,500 visitors. Volunteers have rated this experience highly, with the unique opportunity to share our beautiful sanctuary with visitors from around the world. 2, 2.5-, or 5-hour shifts on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, or Mondays are available. We will host an online training for new volunteers on the evening of March 31. For more information, contact Simone DeVito, Karen Henry, or Betsy Groves.
THE FOOD PANTRY REMAINS OPEN AT THIS TIME AND NEEDS VOLUNTEERS:
The Food Pantry remains open and providing food at this critical time to those most in need - while having made important changes to adjust for required social distancing. The pantry is in need of volunteers. If you are not in any high risk category, and would be interested in being trained at this time, please
email Faith Perry
20s-30s-40s GROUP AT COVENANT:
We have an active young adult group that meets regularly to share meals, visit sites around New England, and discuss how our faith motivates and guides us to live through this unique life stage. If you'd like to join us, or be added to the e-listserv, contact one of our group leaders: Kathryn Barry, Melissa Morgan, Tom Reid, or Rev. Adam at
Meeting ID: 795 374 789
One tap mobile: +16468769923,,795374789#
THE MARCH ISSUE OF THE COVENANT NEWS
can be read online