Church of the Covenant
Boston, Massachusetts

This Week at Covenant
Sunday, October 27, 2019
"God, I Thank You"
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
This Sunday at Covenant
Worship Service
10:30 am in the Sanctuary

Scripture Reading:
Gospel Reading – Luke 18:9-14

Worship Participants:
Guest Preacher – McKenna Lewellen
Liturgist – Adam Isbitsky
Lector – David McKinney
Call to Offering – Nancy Stockford
Minister of Music – Tom Handel
Moment for Mission – Holly Humphreys
Ushers – Denice Thornhill
Sexton – Fred Lopes  
This Upcoming Week at Covenant
UPCOMING SUNDAYS (WORSHIP / AFTER WORSHIP)
October 27 ~ Guest Preacher McKenna Lewellen / Deacons & CYCE/GBIO Adult Ed
November 3 ~ Covenant Renewal Sunday, Rev. Rob preaching / Adult Ed on Immigration & Detention Centers
November 10 ~ Blessing of the Animals All Ages Service / 
Congregational Meeting
November 17 ~ Rev. Rob preaching, Holy Communion, Nica Companions Adult Ed

HARVEST SALE FUNDRAISER FOR NICA COMPANIONS: Our Council has approved a modest fundraiser to support our relationship with Dulce Nombre de Jesus in Nicaragua for this fall, matching our traditional Soup Sale in February. Our group is still gathering volunteers to offer "harvest foods" for sale, to be ready between now and the Sunday before Thanksgiving. If you would like to contribute some of your culinary specialties for us to sell, please let Tim Groves, know.
For now, please prepare your appetites to enjoy some appealing seasonal food.We will have an official order form to share by October 27. Please help make possible opportunities for Covenant members to visit our sister community and to support the ongoing work of Entre Culturas as they accompany Dulce Nombre with monthly visits and translations back and forth.

SUNDAY MORNING WE WELCOME GUEST PREACHER McKenna Lewellen, who is a graduate of BU School of Theology and dear friend of COTC! She now lives in Baltimore and works at The Center, the mission and community engagement arm of the Presbytery of Baltimore.

FOLLOWING WORSHIP A PLACE TO CONTEMPLATE AND PRAY: Following any worship service, we are reserving the front few pews on the far right aisle of the sanctuary (on the “organ side”) for those who wish to remain in prayer, contemplation, meditation. Please respect those who chose to sit and pray in those “quiet pews” before or following worship and refrain from interrupting/ greeting them. Thank you!

LOVE GOD, LOVE THE PEOPLE: PASS IT ON! We are now in the Season of Generosity – that annual season where our congregation pays special attention to the abundant gifts that come to each of us from the Holy Spirit. We give thanks to God for these gifts and the generosity of our congregants to help sustain the mission and ministry of our community as it seeks to follow the love of Jesus in our world. On October 20, our Generosity Generators led us in a “reverse offering.” If you were a part of this (or would like to become a part of this!), see this link for more info how you can help us tell the story of generosity more broadly: here. Deadline is Nov. 10 to share your story of how you passed on this money to do good. Our season of Generosity ends on Sunday Nov. 24 with our annual dedication of pledges. 

UPCOMING SCHEDULES AND COVERAGE: Rev. Rob will be on vacation Oct. 25-31. For pastoral concerns please be in touch with Pastor Adam at adam.isbitsky@cotcbos.org or by calling the church at 617-266-7480.

ART OPENING TONIGHT FROM CARAVAN. This exhibit will be on display at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul from October 27-December 6, 2019. The exhibit focuses on what we have in common because of our common ancestors in faith: Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, and seeks to learn what they teach us today about freeing our world from sectarian strife. All are welcome to join the opening night celebration Sunday, October 27 at 4 pm. Docents are also being recruited – for info contact Roger Lovejoy at rlovejoy@diomass.org.  

BEARING WITNESS AT HOMESTEAD DETENTION CENTER AND BEYOND: At a special Adult CE program on Sunday, November 3, after worship, Doris and Mark Hampton of N.H. will share their experience as part of a group bearing witness at the Homestead Detention Center, a for-profit detention center for unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in Florida, and what they have learned since about our American immigration system.

BOOK DISCUSSION: The next Covenant book discussion will take place on Sunday, November 3, at 5 pm at Faith and Lucy’s in Roslindale. We will be discussing Bill McKibben’s Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? As always, we begin with a potluck. And you are always welcome whether you have ever attended or not; and whether you have read the book or not. Questions? barbarakdarling@yahoo.com 

SAVE THE DATE! GBIO’s (Greater Boston Interfaith Organization) large fall action on Health Care reform will be Monday, November 4th. Please join hundreds of others from many congregations to press our Health Care priorities. Secretary Sudders and Senate President Spilka are confirmed guests. Governor Baker and Speaker De Leo have been invited. Location is International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Hall on Freeport St., in Dorchester 7-9 pm, but please arrive at 6:30. Exact info and signup for rides available from GBIO team. For more information, speak to Holly Humphreys. 

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING WITH A VOTE: Sunday Nov. 10 following worship, related to our ongoing discernment about our future ministry and mission, transitional period and/or the scope of our next settled Associate Pastor position. 

SUPPORT OUR YOUNGEST GENERATION’S GROWTH: The Children and Youth Christian Education (CYCE) team has needs for church members and friends to serve occasionally with our youngest folks. Your presence helps nurture a welcoming environment, encourages our children’s faith journeys, and creates positive intergenerational relationships. We have a core team of dedicated staff and volunteers who would welcome you as an assistant in the nursery, the Godly Play classroom, or with our youth class. No training is necessary. Please contact Kathy Bull Kathy Bull kaxianna@yahoo.com or Pastor Adam with any questions.

COPTIC VESPERS OCTOBER 25: In solidarity with our close friends at St. Mark’s Coptic Church, please join the leadership of the Massachusetts Council of Churches and the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of New York and New England for the joyous occasion of the visit of His Grace Bishop David and the vote of the Massachusetts Council of Churches for this new judicatory member. We pray that our vote, vespers, and fellowship may be a foretaste of the unity that is ours in Christ Jesus. All are invited to attend and rejoice. Friday October 25, 2019 beginning at 7pm, St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, 145 Oak Street, Natick MA, 7:00pm, 7:30pm Vespers in the Coptic Orthodox Tradition (in sanctuary), 8:00pm Reception. Parking is available next door. For questions, please contact council@massouncilofchurches.org

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