Church of the Covenant
Boston, Massachusetts

This Week at Covenant
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Pentecost
All Ages Multigenerational Service
Celebration of Communion
This Sunday at Covenant
Worship Service
10:30 am Sunday in the Sanctuary

Worship Participants:

Liturgists – Tory Surette, Kathy Bull, Rev. Rob Mark
Lector – Anne Crane
Guest Pianist – Cheng Cheng
Vocal Soloist – Tom Reid
Communion Servers – Wendy Woodfield, Tim Groves, Liz Vizza, Kathryn Barry
Ushers – Evelyn Kimber, Anne Crane
Sexton – Fred Lopes  


This Upcoming Week at Covenant
UPCOMING SUNDAYS (WORSHIP / AFTER WORSHIP)
June 9 ~ All Ages Pentecost Service, Special Offering, Communion
June 16 ~ Rev. Rob preaching, Last Sunday for Godly Play, Communion / Beginning of Summer Picnic Potluck in Common
June 23 ~ Rev. Rob preaching, Sacrament of Baptism for Elena Rose Celli, Commissioning of Nica Delegation
June 30 ~ Karen Henry Guest Preaching

ADULT EDUCATION SESSION FOLLOWING WORSHIP IN BATES HALL: Continuing Ed - End of Life Issues “Who Will Decide?” How are you doing in the process of planning for End of Life related issues? Want to talk more about the grieving process? Want to learn more about resources and support? Join our ongoing conversation Sunday, after worship, in Bates Hall about wishes, options and legal tools available to us as we anticipate how we will approach the end of our lives. How do we define quality of life? What can we do now to protect what we value most? What is the difference between a healthcare proxy, guardian, healthcare directive, will and executor? Join Nancy Hollomon and others in exploring these topics and your greatest hopes and fears. 

WEAR RED THIS SUNDAY! This Sunday is Pentecost, so consider wearing something red to worship to be in sync with the liturgical calendar.

BOSTON PRIDE PARADE! Looking Back, Loving Forward: 50 years after the Stonewall Uprising, please join us Saturday June 8, Noon for the annual Boston Pride Parade! This year, we will march with the United Church of Christ conference. Contact Kathryn Barry for more details, kmbarry44@gmail.com

PENTECOST SPECIAL EVENT – “EV'RY TIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT: A PENTECOST GATHERING” OF THE PRESBYTERY OF BOSTON, SATURDAY JUNE 8 FROM 4-6 PM In celebration of the ways in which the Spirit is moving within our churches and beyond, the Presbytery of Boston invites you to join us on June 8 for an afternoon of song, story, and fellowship! The celebration will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Needham, 1458 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492. Plenty of parking is available at Newman Elementary School, 1155 Central Avenue Needham, MA 02492.

PENTECOST SPECIAL OFFERING: On Pentecost Sunday we celebrate God’s gift of the Holy Spirit. COTC is collecting a special offering on this coming Sunday on behalf of our two denominations to demonstrate the holy spirit’s power to transform the world and each of us. The Strengthening the Church offering supports the growth of the UCC church by investing in new ministries. The PCUSA Pentecost offering is used to invest in young people through programs like Young Adult Volunteers and providing aid to at-risk children. The Mission and Advocacy Committee will contribute a portion of this year's offering to The Food Project ( thefoodproject.org), an organization that engages young people in social change through sustainable agriculture in eastern Massachusetts. Please consider investing in the future of our two denominations by giving to the Pentecost offering.

COVENANT BOOK GROUP: The Covenant book discussion group will meet Sunday, June 9, at 5 pm at Faith and Lucy's in Roslindale. We will be reading Karen Armstrong's The Case for God--the first half. As always, you are welcome to come whether or not you have ever come to book group and whether or not you have read the book. If you have questions, contact Barbara at barbarakdarling@yahoo.com

GBIO HEALTH CARE ACTION DAY AT THE STATE HOUSE RALLY, Wednesday June 12, 9:30, meeting at Church on the Hill, 140 Bowdoin Street, Boston. RSVP with Tim Groves: 

FORUM ON HOMELESSNESS in the BACK BAY: Monday June 17, 6-8 pm at the Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall. Hosted by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay and others, this event is a natural follow-on to the forum we hosted in March.

ALL CHURCH BEGINNING OF SUMMER PICNIC: Come one, come all to the All Church Beginning of Summer Picnic June 16, right after church on the Boston Common. Bring your lunch, a simple finger food to share, something to sit on, a ball or frisbee etc. Rides will be available. In case of rain, we will picnic in Bates Hall – bring the same food and games that can be played indoors.

"IN THE SHADOW OF YOUR WINGS: A musical exploration of the Psalms" A unique, interactive event celebrating the beauty, power, and mystery of the Psalms. Featuring world-premiere performances of new psalm settings by composers from around the world, paired with opportunities for fellowship and conversation led by an ecumenical group of Boston clergy. Open to all. Friday, June 28, 2019, 7-9 pm, Old South Church in Boston. Admission is free, but reservations are requested. The link for more information and to register is: https://www.deus-ex-musica.com/composers

FROM THE PRESBYTERY OF BOSTON: Be on the lookout for emails trying to scam your congregations. This email is to alert everyone in the Presbytery to read emails carefully for the time being, as two of our churches have reported emails being sent to parishioners that looked like they were from the pastor. However, upon closer inspection, the email address of the sender was something generic like parishpastor975@gmail.com, in one case. Even if the name of someone you know appears as the sender and in the signature of the email, make sure you look at more detailed information about the sender and check what email address is really sending the message. Another clue that an email is a scam is short awkward wording. One email simply read "Hi,how you doing? I need a favor from you, email me as soon as you get my message. God Bless." Even if you know the person's name that ends such a message, the short cryptic wording should be a warning sign.
These sorts of scam emails are rather simple to create, and hopefully someone is simply working through a list of churches in the area and will move on to never be heard from again soon. If you get one of these scam emails, do not respond. Simply delete them. IMAGE CREDIT: “Rainbow Bird” by Laura Hollick. Photo by Kevin Thom. 

THE JUNE ISSUE OF THE COVENANT NEWS can be read online  here
 
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