Church of the Covenant
Boston, Massachusetts

This Week at Covenant
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Reflection on the Word
Fifth Sunday of Epiphany
This Sunday at Covenant
Worship Service
10:30 am in the Sanctuary

Scripture Reading:
Gospel of Matthew: 5:13-20

Worship Participants:
Worship Leader – Rev. Rob Mark
Liturgist – Ken Bitner
Lector Evelyn Kimber
Minister of Music – Tom Handel
Soloist – Kathryn Barry
Ushers – Trudi Veldman, Elaine Sullivan, Rich Jackson
Sexton – Fred Lopes

This Upcoming Week at Covenant

February 9 ~ Rev. Rob preaching / Annual Meeting

Sunday, February 16 at 10:30 AM ~ Rev. Adam preaching, Holy Communion / Potluck, Just Mercy discussion

Sunday, February 23 at 10:30 AM ~ Rev. Rob preaching, Installation of New Officers / Deacons Meeting

Wednesday, February 26 at 6:30 PM ~ Ash Wednesday Service, Bates Hall

Sunday, March 1 at 10:30 AM ~ First Sunday in Lent, Rev. Rob preaching / Whole Church Book Discussion on Climate Church, Climate World

Sunday, March 8 at 10:30 AM ~ Second Sunday in Lent, Rev. Adam preaching / Whole Church Book Discussion on Climate Church, Climate World

ANNUAL MEETING SUNDAY FEBRUARY 9:The annual meetings of the Corporation and Congregation will be held today, following worship, at Church of the Covenant for the purpose of adopting the 2020 budget, electing 3 members to the Covenant Council for a 3-year term, 4 members to the Board of Deacons for a 3-year term, 1 member to the Board of Deacons for a 1-year term, accepting 2 members to the nominating committee as elected at the denominational meetings, and to elect the Pastoral Nominating Committee charged with the search for the Associate Pastor. Please join us for this important time to gather as a community and give thanks for and celebrate our life together. Lunch is provided by the Council and childcare is available, thanks to wonderful people! 

NICA COMPANIONS’ SOUP SALE—HELP WITH MAKING DELICIOUS SOUP: For the past few years, the Nica Companions have held a soup sale to benefit future delegations to and from Dulce Nombre de Jesus, Nicaragua. We are once again planning to cook mouth-watering soups for your purchase in February. We will have order forms at Covenant’s Annual Meeting on February 9. In the meantime, if you would like to show off your soup-making skills and help a good cause, please offer to make soup for the sale. Contact me, Karen Henry, at or call 781-784-4165, to let me know what kind of soup you would like to offer. Thanks for your help!

NEXT COVENANT BOOK DISCUSSION SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16: For the past few years, the Nica Companions have held a soup sale to benefit future delegations to and from Dulce Nombre de Jesus, Nicaragua. We are once again planning to cook mouth-watering soups for your purchase in February. We will have order forms today at Covenant’s Annual Meeting. In the meantime, if you would like to show off your soup-making skills and help a good cause, please offer to make soup for the sale. Contact me, Karen Henry, at or call 781-784-4165, to let me know what kind of soup you would like to offer. Thanks for your help!

WHOLE CHURCH READ: CLIMATE CHURCH, CLIMATE WORLD: One of the goals of the Climate Jubilee Team is to kick off our year with a “Whole Church Read.” The book we chose for that read is Climate Church, Climate World. The author is Rev. Dr Jim Antal who is a denominational leader, activist, and public theologian. He has been the leader of the Massachusetts Conference UCC for 12 years and, beginning in 2018, he intensified his work as the UCC's national spokesperson on climate change. He has even preached at Covenant. His book gives suggestions about how people of faith and their congregations can find ways to engage in this global challenge. We have 10 copies, please email Betty Southwick at if you’d like one. On March 1st and 8th we will hold discussions on the book.

JUST MERCY FILM VIEWING & FILM/BOOK DISCUSSION: Just Mercy follows true story of Bryan Stevenson, attorney and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned, and those trapped in the furthest reaches of the American criminal justice system. The story follows Stevenson's work on the appeal of Walter McMillan, who had been convicted of murder. We will have a discussion on Just Mercy after worship on February 16. In advance of the discussion, catch the movie on your own in the theater or read the book. If you'd like to join a Covenant group to see the movie at a local theater on Tuesday, February 4, please get in touch with Rev. Adam. Showtime will be TBD in the late afternoon or evening as cinemas post their schedules. 

NEXT COVENANT BOOK DISCUSSION SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16: The next gathering of Covenant’s book discussion group will be held on Sunday, February 16, at 5 pm, at the home of Faith and Lucy in Roslindale. We will discuss the first half of Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, by Tamim Ansary. As always, we begin with a potluck. And as always, you are welcome whether or not you have ever attended book group before and whether or not you have read the book.

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.

REAL HEALTHCARE REFORM: The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), of which we are an active member, is seeking three things to bring about Real Healthcare Reform: 1) to lower the cost of prescription drugs, 2) to enforce parity for mental health and substance use disorders care, and 3) to regulate out of network surprise billing. In-District Meetings: organized by GBIO will be held with our state legislators over the coming weeks. Members of the church will be contacted by the Covenant GBIO Team and asked to attend a GBIO meeting with their local legislators.

Updates from Holly: 
• The Wed. evening 2/5 meeting for W. Roxbury constituents at Temple B'Nai Torah 120 Corey St. was postponed until, likely, 2/20 because of the last minute scheduling of a House meting. You'll hear more from one of the team about the newly scheduled meeting. Note please that Holly mistakenly said the address was Carey St. before. 
• The next scheduled indistrict meetings are for 2/13 for Watertown and environs for constituents of Barber and Connolly. 
• Feb 24 there is a meeting for Rep Garbally and Day for West Medford and Stoneham. Also Feb. 24 there is a meeting for parts of Back Bay and Boston Reps, Michelwitz and Livingstone.  
• Feb. 25 there is a meeting for parts of Waltham and Lexington constituents of Ciccolo, Stanely and Gordan.
• As more meetings are scheduled we'll let you know. Healthcare Reform is so important and our Reps need to pressure the Speaker to put language into the House Budget.

UCC SUPER SATURDAY, MARCH 14: Our UCC Conference hosts Super Saturday events twice a year to focus on skill building, networking together, and discussing best practices for being church. Each Super Saturday offers numerous workshops, a keynote address, worship, a marketplace of vendors and ideas and an opportunity for church leaders, both clergy and lay, to network with one another. This time the keynote speaker is Rabbi Elan Babchuck, founder of the Glean Network, whose work Covenant learned about from Rev. Julie. This event runs from about 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM and will be in Wilbraham, MA. Early registration is $59 per person and discounted registration is $49 per person if we can register 5 or more people from our church at the same time. Contact Rev. Adam or Barbara Darling by February 16 if you're interested, with your contact info and workshop selections and we will register everyone together. We will arrange carpools. Check out for all the info!

SCAM WARNING: Many churches across the country are reporting a scam where you will receive an email or a text message that appears to be from a pastor, church administrator, or another church official, often closely mimicking the sender's real email address or phone number, and using their name. One common approach is to ask the recipient to purchase gift cards and then reveal the codes. These are very sophisticated scams that take advantage of the generosity of churchgoers. Please know that we at COTC will not ask for you to give gifts in this way. One all-purpose step to combat this scam is this: when in doubt, check it out. If something appears even slightly odd about a request from a pastor or church staff person, reach out in a different way to find out if the person truly made the request. If the request was a text, do not call the number. Email the person instead, or call the church office number. And never send personal or financial information by replying to a text or email from an unknown source.

THE FOOD PANTRY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: The Food Pantry is in need of volunteers. Volunteers greet our clients, do some basic record-keeping and help the clients choose from the food options available that day. The time commitment is only 2 hours, 10 AM to noon, once per month. We currently have openings on the first Saturday, the second Sunday and the third Sunday of the month. If you are interested in volunteering less frequently, we also need volunteers on the fifth Saturday or fifth Sunday of the month. If you have any interest in helping out please speak to Faith Perry. Thank you!

OUR NURSERY NEEDS BABY HOLDERS! With many new babies in our nursery in the coming months, we are looking for a few folks who can assist in the nursery every now and then to help by holding and caring for the youngest members of our church community assisting our nursery care provider, Anita Goncalves. In keeping with our child safety policy, volunteers will need to complete a criminal background check. Please let Rev. Adam know if you would like to help!

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR RON McDOUGALD FEBRUARY 8: We will celebrate the life of Ron on Saturday, February 8 at 3:30pm in our sanctuary and a reception in Bates Hall will follow. A link to his obituary: 

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.

BIBLE STUDY: Bible Study is reading the book of Matthew. 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.

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