Church of the Covenant
Boston, Massachusetts

This Week at Covenant
Sunday, January 16, 2022
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dismantling Structural Racism Sunday
This Sunday at Covenant

Zoom-only Worship Service
10:30 am

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Bulletin: click here

Worship Participants:
Preacher Rev. Rob Mark
Co-Celebrant for Communion – Rev. Joshua Lazard
Minister of Music – Tom Handel
Liturgist – David McKinney
Lector – Evelyn Kimber
Digital Minister – Rev. Kate Carlisle
Soloist – Tom Reid
Cantor – Austin Burns
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.

OMICRON AND ZOOM: In light of COVID’s Omicron spread, we have decided to prioritize public health and have shifted our worship to ZOOM ONLY through at least Sunday, February 6. This we pray will help keep our worship leaders and worshippers safe, and reduce the significant burden on our area medical professional caregivers in these challenging times. February 6 is also our Annual Meeting which once again needs to be held online for our community.

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.
  • Sunday, January 16, Rev. Rob preaching, Communion
  • Sunday, January 23, Rev. Kate preaching
  • Sunday, January 30, Rev. Joshua preaching
  • Sunday, February 6, Rev. Rob preaching, Communion, Annual Meeting

STAR WORDS: For several years now, we have received Star Words on Epiphany Sunday to serve as guides for prayer and discernment in the coming year. This year, we're distributing Star Words virtually. If you didn't get a Star Word last week, you can email Rev. Kate (kate.carlisle@cotcbos.org) to request one. Whether you write your word on a post-it or cut out and decorate a star, put your star word somewhere you can see it and bring your thoughts back to it over the coming year.

BOOSTERS: As a reminder, being "fully vaccinated" now includes having a booster when eligible. If you have questions about this, please reach out to pastors, staff or Deacons – we are here to help.

TIME FOR LIVING THE CHANGE: With an adult ed session last Sunday, our Climate Jubilee Team invited our congregation to join in a “Time for Living the Change: Climate Friendly Lives for People of Faith”. This timely challenge for the rest of January will allow you to live out one simple but impactful climate friendly resolution in solidarity with other people of faith around the globe. A survey is coming out soon and will be sent around for you to submit your resolution. Questions, please email Rev. Rob or Betty Southwick.

THE DENOMINATIONAL MEETINGS of the Central Congregational Society (Barbara Darling, chair) and the First Presby-terian Society (Nancy Hollomon, chair) will be held on 30 January 2022 at 11:50 AM on Zoom for the purpose of electing the nominees – _______ (UCC) and _______ (PCUSA) – to serve on the Nominating Committee for 2 years in the class of 2023.

THE ANNUAL MEETINGS OF THE CORPORATION AND CONGREGATION will be held on Sunday February 7, 2022 at 11:45 AM on Zoom for the purpose of adopting the 2022 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, and accepting 2 members to the nominating committee as elected at the denominational meetings.

WEDNESDAY EVENING EPIPHANY PRAYERS 6-6:30pm: Our next weekly evening prayers will be this Wednesday, January 19, 2022, on Zoom.

BIBLE STUDY WEDNESDAYS: Our weekly Bible Study is each Wednesday morning on Zoom at 9:15am. We’ve bid farewell to the Apostle Paul and his early church friends and will say hello to Hosea and the other ‘minor prophets.’ If you’d like more information or want to be on the list to get regular reminders and Zoom info, contact Nancy Ammerman, ntammerman@gmail.com.

NO PLACE AT THE INN? A CHALLENGING WINTER: For many reasons, this will be a challenging winter. One way we can help those experiencing homelessness in downtown Boston is to support our partners Women’s Lunch Place, who have an ongoing wish list for items, found here: https://womenslunchplace.org/in-kind-donations.

CLIMATE JUBILEE BOOK DISCUSSION: Join us on Sunday January 30, 5pm on Zoom for a book discussion on Katherine Hayhoe’s new book Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World. This could make a great CHRISTMAS GIFT to someone you’d like to invite into this discussion, or for yourself! Please though, we ask you to avoid buying from Amazon.com and instead use this link to find a local bookstore if you feel safe going to in person, or a less eco-impactful company than Amazon to purchase from.
20s-30s-40s- GROUP AT COVENANT: We have an active young adult group that meets regularly to create community, even while we can't be together physically, including weekly prayer calls, brunches (online!), fellowship and support. Our next brunch is this Sunday! If you would like to be added to our email list, contact Rev. Joshua at joshua.lazard@cotcbos.org.

CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH PROGRAMMING: Once again, we’re postponing in-person gatherings to prevent COVID spread, and we’ll continue sending updates and resources via email. If you’re interested in getting involved with CYCE, please email Rev. Kate.

FULL SERVICE RECORDINGS/ PRAYERS ONLINE: Due to techno-challenges we have decided we will be posting the entire service 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 JANUARY 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