Church of the Covenant
Boston, Massachusetts

This Week at Covenant
Sunday, May 15, 2022
The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Holy Communion
This Sunday at Covenant

Hybrid Worship Service
10:30 am

Pre-registration is not required for those attending in person.
Remember to arrive by 10:25 to hear the Prelude.
For those joining online, remember to bring communion elements, and a candle if you wish to kindle.

Zoom Link: click here
Bulletin: click here

Worship Participants:
Preacher – Rev. Joshua Lawrence Lazard
Minister of Music – Tom Handel
Liturgist – Rev. Rob Mark
Lector – Maria Arruda
Communion Servers – Jon Schwarz, Debbie Howland
Cantors – COTC Choir
Audio-Video Tech Deacons – Jon Schwarz, Abhishek John
Door Steward – Jesús Vargas
Sexton – Fred Lopes
Usher – Trudi Veldman
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.

NEW! LIFE ALIVE BRUNCH THIS SUNDAY: Our 20s30s40s group, now known as Life Alive, will be having brunch together after worship this Sunday, May 15, immediately following service at DIG restaurant at 557 Boylston St. More details to come via email; contact joshua.lazard@cotcbos.org with questions.

NEW! ELECTRIC CARS: WHAT'S THE BUZZ, TELL ME WHAT'S HAPPENING: Join us this Sunday, May 15 following worship as our Climate Jubilee Team holds a hybrid adult ed session on Electric Cars: "What Questions Do You Have About Electric Cars?" Join Covenant members Betty, Tim, Betsy, Mark and Nancy to hear about their experiences and ask any question you want! Join us on the SAME Zoom link for morning worship, or remain in the sanctuary to join us in-person with masks on. 

UPDATE! "COTC 101" NEW MEMBERS CLASS (NEW DATE & TIME) TUESDAY MAY 31, 6pm on Zoom: Are you new-ish to Church of the Covenant and want to find out more about who we are, our history, our two denominations, our 5-point missional plan we feel called by God to live out through 2025, and what it means to join in membership? Then please join us on Tuesday, May 31, at 6pm for an hour or so on Zoom while we cover some of these topics together. Please register here or email Rob at rob.mark@cotcbos.org.

NEW! COVENANT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP JUNE 12: The next Church of the Covenant book discussion will take place on Sunday, June 12, at 5 PM via Zoom. (Link will be sent as the date grows closer.) We will be discussing Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. As always, you are welcome to join us whether or not you have ever come to a Covenant book discussion before, and whether or not you have read the book. Ask Barbara if you have any questions: barbarakdarling@yahoo.com

NEW! CYCE UPDATES: We continue to offer weekly Christian Education opportunities for children and youth ages 5 and up, when COTC worship meets in person. We’re also reopening the nursery for young ones under 5! Some upcoming highlights include a multiage art project this Sunday, and our next All Ages Worship on Pentecost, June 5. Please remember that Bates Hall is for CYCE use only during and following worship, so we ask adults who aren’t connected with CYCE to use the restrooms on this floor. If you are a visitor with little ones, we would welcome you to come downstairs and learn more (find the stairs down to Bates Hall at the back of the sanctuary). We send the latest info on CYCE activities via email, so if you want to receive those updates, contact kate.carlisle@cotcbos.org.

UPCOMING WORSHIP: 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 in these Hybrid services (in-person and Zoom options).
  • Sunday, May 15, Rev. Joshua preaching, Communion
  • Sunday, May 22, Rev. Rob preaching
  • Sunday, May 29, ZOOM ONLY, Memorial Day Weekend
  • Sunday, June 5, Pentecost All Ages Service, Communion

JUBILEE JAUNTS: As Spring is upon us again, our Climate Jubilee Team has also brought our Jubilee Jaunts back! Let’s get out into the beauty of God’s natural world in the gift of our watershed as it is now, and find peace and blessing from it. Mark your calendars now for these simple jaunts for an hour or two together in community being blessed by Creation.
  • Sunday May 22, 1:30pm Franklin Park with Betty Southwick
  • Sunday June 26, 1:30pm Arboretum with Nancy Stockford & Mark Huston
  • Sunday July 25, 1:30pm Middlesex Fells with Holly Humphreys
  • Want to add a jaunt?? Email Betty and we'll add it to the list!
NEW! OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH:
We are sharing a call for participation from a research team at the University of Nebraska Lincoln Department of Sociology. To determine eligibility for this study, individuals are asked to first complete a short online questionnaire (the link is also provided in the above flyer). This questionnaire asks demographic questions including gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, religious participation, political affiliation, race/ethnicity, and educational achievement, and attitude questions related to American society. This questionnaire will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The research team is aiming to interview individuals with varying religious affiliations (including none) and who identify as LGBTQ and those who do not. The interview will take approximately 60 minutes via Zoom (though participants have the option to call in with a phone) and will be audio-recorded, but no video will be recorded at any point. There are no known risks to participating in this study. Eligible respondents who complete an interview will receive a $25 online gift certificate from Amazon.com for completing the interview. Respondents will read an informed consent statement with more details about the study when they complete the preliminary questionnaire.

CONTRIBUTING TO UKRAINE RELIEF: All of us are heart-broken by the devastation and violence in Ukraine. You may have donated through the websites mentioned in the bulletin below in previous weeks. Covenant's Mission and Advocacy Committee has contributed to relief to Ukrainian refugees fleeing to Poland - as of now, over half a million, most of them children -- through First Church in Marlbrough (Congregational), which has been asked by the Southern New England Conference of the UCC to coordinate contributions: https://www.sneucc.org/newsdetail/getting-aid-to-ukraine-16383498
Mission and Advocacy encourages you to consider contributing to this effort. You can write a check to "First Church in Marlborough" and put "Ukraine Relief" in the memo line. The address is 37 High Street, Marlborough Ma 01752. You can also donate directly online with this donation option. Just put "Ukraine relief" in the memo line.
As we continue to hold the people of Ukraine and Russia in our prayers in light of Putin's horrifying "war of choice," here are some other places to support:

BIBLE STUDY WEDNESDAYS: Our weekly morning Bible Study is each Wednesday morning on Zoom at 9:15am. We are studying the Gospel of John. If you’d like more information or want to be on the list to get regular reminders & Zoom info, contact Jan Gough at revjangough@gmail.com.

EASTER EVENING PRAYERS 6-6:30pm: Join us for our weekly Wednesday evening prayers with intentional liturgy, contemplative song, psalms & sharing of prayers with our siblings from Newton Presbyterian Church on Zoom.

EXIT CLOSURE: Please note the Copley Square exit off Mass Pike is closed until June. Plan accordingly or take public transportation as/if possible.

FULL SERVICE RECORDINGS/ CELEBRATIONS & CONCERNS PRAYERS ONLINE: We will be posting the entire service each week that is livestreamed online on our Worship Recordings Page. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks.

CONTINUED GENEROUS GIVING: In these uncertain times, as we continue to press on in our gospel calling to follow in the justice and love of Jesus, we continue to rely on and give great thanks for your 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 MAY 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