Church of the Covenant
Boston, Massachusetts

This Week at Covenant
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Indigenous Peoples' Day Weekend
This Sunday at Covenant
Worship Service
10:30 am

Online worship via Zoom: click here

Bulletin: click here

Note: This Sunday's worship is on Zoom ONLY.

Worship Participants:
Minister of Music – Tom Handel
Preacher – Rev. Rob Mark
Lector – Sherri Darnell Brown
Liturgist – Christine James
Digital Minister – Rev. Kate Carlisle
Cantor – Rev. Tom Reid

Cover Image – Saint Kateri: The Lily of the Mohawks by Molly Kiely
This Upcoming Week at Covenant
PEACE BE WITH YOU IN THESE DAYS:
We are so grateful to be connected as a family of faith!

The announcements that follow reflect the ongoing abundant life that is Church of the Covenant.

UPCOMING WORSHIP ON SUNDAYS: Please join us each Sunday at 10:30 am as we come together in community through Zoom to pray, sing, share celebrations and concerns, and hear God’s still-speaking Word proclaimed.
  • October 10, Rev Rob preaching, Indigenous People's Day Weekend (Zoom only worship)
  • October 17, Rev. Joshua preaching (Hybrid worship)
  • October 24, Reflection on the Word (Zoom only worship)
  • October 31, Rev. Rob preaching, Celebration of Baptism

WEDNESDAY EVENING PRAYERS ON ZOOM: Join us this Wednesday, October 6, 6:00-6:30pm for our weekly evening prayers, on Zoom. Email Rev. Rob with any questions.

BIBLE STUDY - FRIDAYS 11AM: Our virtual Bible Study is meeting at 11:00 am on Fridays, and we are currently studying the book of Acts. If you have questions, please contact Nancy Ammerman at ntammerman@gmail.com. We gather on Zoom for about an hour for a “BYOB” (bring your own Bible) gathering. Drop in any week! No homework required! https://zoom.us/j/104478666?pwd=MHAwdEY5VVNvdVFkbVA1R2U3Z3NnUT09
join by phone: (646) 558 8656, Meeting ID: 104 478 666, Password: 581626

CLIMATE VIGIL ON OUR STEPS: Sunday, October 17, Noon-1pm: Please join our Climate Jubilee Team and others from the Boston area as we host a vigil as part of Green Faith’s “Faith 4 Climate Justice” nation wide effort. Bring along something to make “a sacred sound” (bell, prayer bowl, drum, shofar, etc.) and bring any signs to hold to show downtown Boston how we as people of faith are serious about climate justice for all. Options to vigil with us on Zoom will also be made available.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE FOR PASTOR TED:
Join us on Sunday, October 17 at 2pm in person or online as we hold a Celebration of Life Service for our friend and Barbara’s beloved Rev. Ted Goodfleisch. RSVP for in person required, and will be sent to email listserv. 

ALL-AGES WOVEN PRAYER JOURNAL: At last week's retreat, we began working on a collaborative art project to reflect on the experience of the last nineteen months and our hopes, prayers, and dreams for what comes next in our lives and world. Individuals in our congregation - children, youth, and adults of all ages - are decorating strips of fabric, which will eventually weave together into one unified cloth for the Communion Table. If you have a fabric strip you are decorating, please bring (or mail) it back to church no later than Sunday, October 17. We do still have a few blank strips left! Email Rev. Kate with questions or if you'd like us to mail you materials for you to participate!

COTC BOOK GROUP NOVEMBER 14: The next COTC book group meeting via Zoom will be on November 14 at 5:00 pm. We will be discussing Grounded: Finding God in the Word by Diana Butler Bass. Please note the date change, and contact Nancy Stockford with any questions. Zoom link will be sent closer to the date.

20s-30s-40s GROUP AT COVENANT: We have a vital group for young adults, young professionals and students – and we’d love you to join us! If you would like to be added to our email list, or connect one-to-one, please contact Rev. Joshua at joshua.lazard@cotcbos.org Also, see below:
  • Save-The-Date: The 20s30s40s Retreat is scheduled for Saturday, October 16, 2021. There will be more details forthcoming. However, if you wish to reserve your spot, please email Rev. Joshua by September 30th.
  • 20s30s40s Sunday Brunches have returned! Following the worship service, the 20s30s40s group will resume having out once-a-month after-church shared meal on the following dates: October 17 Peace and Global Witness offering (following vigil); November 21 and December 19th. More details about in-person or virtual meetings will be forthcoming via the listserv. For further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email to Rev. Joshua.

CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH PROGRAMMING: CYCE this fall is proceeding with as much caution as possible to keep our unvaccinated kids safe. We won't be having any indoor gatherings of kids under 12 for at least the next couple of months. Our main focus for fall is to have some gatherings, in-person and outdoors, where we can have some safe fun, fellowship, and even worship. Watch your email for more updates and details! If you would like to learn more about or connect with our vital ministries with children and youth, email Rev. Kate.

EMERGING & GETTING TOGETHER: These past 18 months have been long and hard, and it has been extra hard being separated from in-person gatherings. This fall, we’d like to continue to provide chances to safely gather together. Here are the opportunities that are emerging:
  • Porches for 8: While the weather remains good, we continue to offer the chance to gather together with a small group of fellow COTCers at someone’s back yard or porch so share a simple meal. This will be for those who have been fully vaccinated and who feel comfortable. If you’d like your name to be added to the list of those who will be invited to these gatherings, please email Trudi Veldman.  
  • Climate Jubilee Jaunts: Once a month, our Climate Jubilee Team will be hosting some outdoor walks/ hikes in and around Boston. Stay tuned for news about future jaunts.

CLIMATE JUBILEE TEAM "LINKS OF THE MONTH"!: Consider joining Mothers Out Front as they host a Zoom conversation with scientist with a deep Christian faith, Katherine Hayhoe on Weds. Oct. 20, 7-8pm. RSVP here. Our Jubilee Team will be hosting a book reading by Dr. Hayhoe during Advent..

ARE YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW FACING FINANCIAL CHALLENGES? Info on fuel and electricity discounts in MA available here.

CONTINUED GIVING: Even in face of important, life-giving changes, our COTC ministry remains moving full steam ahead. Our staff and pastors continue to be hard at work. Our building continues to be faithfully stewarded. Our deacons and pastors continue to carry out vital pastoral care in these days. Therefore, your continued generosity and giving to help support the work of our church community is even more valued in these challenging days. And we are deeply grateful for your tangible signs of generosity. Here are a few ways you can continue to financially support the church and its ministries:
  1. Directly on our website: http://www.cotcbos.org/give.html
  2. Download free app: GIVEPLUS+ (GIVE+ by Vanco Services, LLC) in the App Store, Google Play, or at https://giveplushelp.vancopayments.com. Then, type in our zip code 02116 to find Church of the Covenant. Both online options allow you to make a one-time or a recurring gift.
  3. If you are uncomfortable with online giving, yes, you can still mail checks!

THE OCTOBER ISSUE OF THE COVENANT NEWS can be read online here
617.266.7480  info@cotcbos.org  www.cotcbos.org
67 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116