Church of the Covenant
Boston, Massachusetts

This Week at Covenant
Sunday, January 19, 2020
All Ages Service
Feast of the Epiphany
This Sunday at Covenant
Worship Service
10:30 am in the Sanctuary

Scripture Reading:
Gospel Reading: Matthew 2:1-12

Worship Participants:
Worship Leaders – Rev. Adam Isbitsky, Rev. Rob Mark
Ushers – Trudi Veldman, Rich Jackson, Elaine Sullivan
Sexton – Fred Lopes
This Upcoming Week at Covenant

January 19 ~ Rev. Rob preaching, Holy Communion / All Church Potluck, End of Life Legal Issues with Kathryn Barry, Esq.

January 26 ~ Rev. Adam preaching / Congregational Meeting

February 2 ~ Rev. Rob preaching, Holy Communion

February 9 ~ Rev. Rob preaching / Annual Meeting

BIBLE STUDY: Bible Study is starting to read the book of Matthew this Sunday 1/5. Come join us for new insights and lively discussion. We meet at 9:15 each Sunday before the service in the 2nd floor Williams library. Newcomers are welcome..

 ANNUAL MEETING - SAVE THE DATE: Our Annual Meeting will be held Sunday, February 9, 2020 after church. The deadline for submitting annual reports to the church office at is Monday, January 13.

COMMUNITY MEETING ON HEALTH & WELLNESS: The impacts of climate change disproportionately affect the poorest and most vulnerable among us. Learn what you can do about it. Join A Faith That Does Justice, Inc. on Wednesday, January 15th 6:15-8:00 PM at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown, 275 Tremont St., Boston, MA. "The Effect of the Environment Crisis on the Poor and the Vulnerable." Speakers include leading experts Aaron Bernstein MD, MPH, Co-Director of C-CHANGE at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, William G. Kaelin Jr., MD, Nobel Laureat, 2019 Nobel Prize recipient in physiology or medicine, and Renee N. Salas, MD, MPH, MS Clinical instructor of emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Live Stream will be available via

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. Our next event together will be a potluck at Tom Reid and David McKinney’s house on Saturday, January 11 at 6pm. If you'd like to join us, or be added to the e-listserv, email Rev. Adam at

Please join us for an Epiphany Celebration for All Ages. Come on a flashlight walk through the darkened church right after the service. Led by three Wise Ones, we’ll bring light to all corners of the church. We’ll start in Bates Hall with a special cake that has 3 beans inside. Whoever gets a piece of cake with a bean in it becomes a Wise One and helps guide us on our walk. Epiphany is a very special day in Latin America and in our sister community in Dulce Nombre de Jesus, Nicaragua. 

ADULT ED. PRESENTATION ON LEGAL ISSUES AFFECTING OLDER ADULTS SUNDAY, JANUARY 19: Following our monthly potluck, our own COTC member, Kathryn Barry, Esq., will lead a presentation on some legal issues affecting older adults. Learn some of the warning signs of financial exploitation and protective resources. We'll also talk about the intersection of financial exploitation and end-of-life planning. This presentation isn't just for “old folks,” everyone can benefit from this knowledge.

REAL HEALTHCARE REFORM: As part of our continuing push for Real Healthcare Reform, GBIO is organizing “In-district” meetings across congregations. They will be held in the next several months so that we can meet with our own elected state representatives to convey our concerns about mental health parity, drug costs, and surprise billing. For those who live in downtown Boston, constituents of Reps. Michelwitz and Livingstone, we will be meeting at First Church in Boston, Berkeley and Marlborough streets, coming up soon. 
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: Sunday, January 26, 2020 following worship, in Bates Hall. Building on the excellent work our congregation has done over the past few years as we ask the important questions of what does it look like to be a vital congregation that follows Jesus in creative ways through our life together in community, in our worship, and through our commitments to peace, justice and climate justice – your Council calls this meeting for the purpose of making final decisions about the ministry and scope of our next settled Associate Pastor in light of our 5-year Missional Plan. More info will be provided as we get closer to the 26th. 

YOU CAN HELP SOMEONE SEE: Every winter Covenant collects eyeglasses that you no longer need, and they are processed through opticians who donate their time to read the prescriptions and to repair any problems of the frames.  Then the glasses are sent to areas of this country and to many other countries where people do not have access to eye glasses or do not have the money to buy new ones. There will be a basket with a sign in the back of the sanctuary waiting for your donations of old glasses, ones which you no longer wear.  If you have more questions, ask Nancy Hollomon. If you wish to enlarge this mission, make a sign for your work place, your apartment house, your gym… Help people see.

POTLUCK NEXT SUNDAY: January 19, Bates Hall following worship. 

OUR BELOVED SIBLING REINE ABELE: Please continue to remember our sibling Reine Abele at Havenwood Heritage Heights in Concord NH and support him in your thoughts, prayers, and/or cards. If anyone who would like to coordinate a visit, please contact Linda Pursley.

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 ( or Pastor Adam ( with any questions.
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