Church of the Covenant
Boston, Massachusetts

This Week at Covenant
Sunday, October 6, 2019
"World Communion Day"
Adam Isbitsky presiding
Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
All-Ages Service
This Sunday at Covenant
Worship Service
10:30 am in the Sanctuary

Scripture Reading:
Gospel Reading - John 10:1-16

Worship Participants:
Storyteller & Worship – Adam Isbitsky
Liturgist – Rev. Rob Mark
Minister of Music – Tom Handel
Violin – Anita Gram
Moment for Mission – Anne Crane
Communion Servers – Betty Southwick, Anne Crane
Ushers – Evelyn Kimber, Betty Rots
Sexton – Fred Lopes  
This Upcoming Week at Covenant
UPCOMING SUNDAYS (WORSHIP / AFTER WORSHIP)
October 13 ~ Guest Preacher Doug Tilton, PCUSA Mission Co-Worker, South Africa / M&A Adult Ed on South Africa
October 20 ~ Reflection on the Word / Potluck Sunday
October 27 ~ Guest Preacher McKenna Lewellen / Deacons & CYCE
November 3 ~ Covenant Renewal Sunday, Rev. Rob preaching / Adult Ed on Immigration & Detention Centers

SPECIAL OFFERINGS ON SUNDAY: Sunday is World Communion Sunday. We will participate in the UCC's Neighbors in Need Offering, which supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States; and the PCUSA's Peace and Global Witness Offering, which is used to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence. Please consider giving during our worship service or send a check in to the church marked “October 6 special offering.” Thank you!

SUNDAY: ADULT EDUCATION ON HISTORY OF CHURCH OF THE COVENANT: Following worship in Bates Hall, led by our COTC Historian, Nancy Hollomon. Almost two hundred years of the history of our churches and projects and people and how all these things fit together .... to become the Church of the Covenant in 2019 - Today. Illustrations for all these times. Join us!

SUNDAY: 20s-30s-40s LUNCH AND APPLE PICKING: Following worship on Sunday the 20s-30s-40s group will help put away our prayer stations and then we will leave the church and head to the home of Trudi Veldman, who has generously opened her house in Sudbury to us for lunch. Following lunch, we will go apple picking at nearby Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Stow. Lunch is provided at no cost and the cost of apple picking is on your own (about $6-7 per person, bring your own bags). Financial support is available, and rides can be arranged. Folks in our group are welcome to bring their kids too. You are also welcome to meet us there if you can't attend worship in the morning. We will likely be done with apple picking around 4pm and carpools will return to the church by 5pm. Our RSVP deadline has passed but speak to Pastor Adam on Sunday morning if you would like to join and we will squeeze you in if we can.

"STILLNESS IN THE STORM" ALL CHURCH RETREAT REGISTER NOW!: Our registration is now live ( click here) Please register now to join us for this unique chance to join our all ages, all church retreat on Friday Oct. 18-Saturday Oct. 19, 2019, Miramar Retreat Center, as we gather and practice grounding ourselves in God’s love in the midst of life’s storms. Hard copies also available at back of sanctuary, or ask Diane Lauber or Rev. Rob.

BEARING WITNESS AT HOMESTEAD DETENTION CENTER AND BEYOND: At a special Adult CE program on Sunday, November 3, after worship, Doris and Mark Hampton of N.H. will share their experience as part of a group bearing witness at the Homestead Detention Center, a for-profit detention center for unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in Florida and what they have learned since about our American immigration system.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING WITH A VOTE: Sunday Nov. 10 following worship, related to our ongoing discernment about our future ministry and mission and the scope of our next settled Associate Pastor position. 

FOLLOWING WORSHIP, A PLACE TO CONTEMPLATE AND PRAY: Following any worship service starting Sunday, we are reserving the front few pews on the far-right aisle of the sanctuary (on the “organ side”) for those who wish to remain in prayer, contemplation, meditation. Please respect those who chose to sit and pray in those “quiet pews” before or following worship and refrain from interrupting/greeting them. Thank you!

SUPPORT OUR YOUNGEST GENERATION’S GROWTH: 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 Kathy Bull (kaxianna@yahoo.com) or Pastor Adam with any questions.

SPECIAL GUEST PREACHER OCTOBER 13: Next Sunday, October 13, Doug Tilton will be a guest preacher at Covenant and will lead an adult education discussion after the worship service. Doug currently serves as Regional Liaison for Southern Africa for the Presbyterian Church (USA), helping to strengthen the mutual ministries of the PC(USA) and its partner churches in six countries: Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Doug has also worked with the Congo Mission Network particularly on issues involving political advocacy. His sermon will focus on the concept of partnership and why it’s important to connect internationally, and in the adult ed session he will go more deeply into how we engage across Southern Africa. He has personal connections with several members of Covenant.

IMAGE CREDIT : "The Best Supper” © Jan Richardson. Janrichardson.com

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