Sunday, March 31, 2019
The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Cultivating Abundance & Letting Go of Zero Sum Grace
"How did I get here and where am I going?:  Let it go"
10:30 am
This Sunday at Covenant - Worship Service
10:30 am Sunday in the Sanctuary

Preaching - Dr. Pauline Jennett
Liturgist - Rev. Rob Mark
Lector - Kay Olm
Minister of Music - Tom Handel
Soloist - Kay Carleton
Ushers - Denice Thornhill, Trudi Veldman, Kate Hall, Sharon Wright
Sexton  - Fred Lopes  
Scripture Reading :     

Gospel Reading: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

This Upcoming Week at Covenant

April 7 ~ Fifth Sunday in Lent, Rev. Rob preaching, Cultivating                      Authenticity  & Letting Go of What People Think,                            Communion / Open Sanctuary Adult Ed and CYCE                          Book Discussion
April 14 ~ Palm to Passion All Ages Sunday, Communion
April 18 ~ Maundy Thursday 7:30 pm Ecumenical Footwashing &                    Communion, Emmanuel Church 15 Newbury Street
April 19 ~ Good Friday Tenebrae Service 7:00 pm
April 20 ~ Holy Saturday Musical Contemplation Vigil with violinist Praxton Z. Smith

SUNDAY we are Grateful to Welcome Dr. Pauline Jennett: 
A friend of Church of the Covenant, a former trauma chaplain resident for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, she currently does chaplaincy research consulting, teaching and educational consulting in her private consultancy practice. She was previously in sales and marketing management roles with Coca-Cola, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, and IBM. Dr. Jennett earned her MBA degree from The Wharton School. In addition, she has a doctorate in education and Master of Divinity degree cum laude from Boston University. Dr. Jennett has traveled to 36 countries on 5 continents, is a proud preacher's kid, has lived in Boston's Back Bay, and now lives in Medford.
CENSUS 2020Sunday 3/31 after worship, join us for an Adult Education session in Bates Hall related to the justice issues surrounding the upcoming 2020 Census. The Trump Administration has inserted a citizenship question into the 2020 Census, a move that is expected to suppress participation of non-citizens that will deeply hurt many of God's beloved. Clearly, as people of faith called to "Love God, Love the People. Serve God, Serve the People," we must educate ourselves about the justice issues surrounding the upcoming 2020 Census and find ways to join others in advocating for the removal of the citizenship question.  Christine James will facilitate this session.
CULTIVATING LENTEN INVITATION: This year's theme for Lent is "Cultivating and Letting Go." In that spirit, we are inviting committees to preference meeting as a Cultivating Faith group in place of the majority of their regular "business." Rev. Rob has prepared a suggested template on how to hold a Cultivating Faith meeting during Lent. If you are not a part of a committee that will meet during Lent and would like to join such a gathering, please email Rob.
PEDIATRIC AND ADULT FIRST AID/CPR/AED: Sunday May 19, 12:30 to 4:00 pm. Taught by an American Heart Association trainer. Please sign up by May 5, by emailing Cost details TBA.
If you are not able to commit to a permanent position or just want to try it out, volunteer! See what our Open Sanctuary program is all about. Training will be provided but please sign up before April 4. If you are interested in either the paid positions, or if you would like to volunteer for a few Open Sanctuary shifts, please email Bill Brown at to set up an interview.
JAZZ AT CHURCH OF THE COVENANT:  Saturday, March 30 at 8:00 pm in the Sanctuary, The Charlie Kohlhase Explorers' Quartet will offer up a great jazz concert to benefit the Women's Lunch Place and the Church of the Covenant Food Pantry. Suggested donations include pair/package of women's socks or non-perishable food. Cash donations are also welcomed. Please share and tell your family & friends. Reception to follow.
ALL ARE INVITED BY TEMPLE SHALOM to an Environmental Justice Shabbat on Friday, April 5, at 6:00 pm, Temple Israel of Boston,  477 Longwood Avenue. Join in praying, singing, and hearing from Dr. Atiya Martin on how to mitigate the ravages of climate catastrophe, including fighting racism so the most vulnerable among us will cease to experience a disproportionate share of consequences. Childcare available for ages 1-3; RSVP requested to

CORNELL UNIVERSITY CHORUS - DREAMS AND VISIONS: Friday April 5, 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Dreams and visions are not just the purview of mystics: they are universal, and central to the human experience. Tickets are $15 - Click  here   to purchase.

SUPPORTING OUR BELOVED SIBLING IN CHRIST ELSA ABELE: Our beloved Elsa LOVES simple "thinking of you" cards - address: Elsa Abele, Havenwood Heritage Heights, 33 Christian Ave., Room 318, Concord, NH 03301.

JOIN OUR 20s30s GROUP:  We have an active young adult group that meets regularly to share meals, visit sites around New England, and discuss how our faith motivates and guides us to live through this unique life stage. Email Tom Reid , or speak to Rev. Rob to get connected.

Our dear friends at BostonWarm need more volunteers on Monday mornings in their kitchen, chopping, washing, or cooking, in slots of either 8am-1pm, or 10-1pm (most needed). If you are interested speak to Rev. Rob or email our colleague and friend Amanda Grant Rose at - THANKS!
COTC SNOW CANCELLATION PROCEDURE: In the event of a snowstorm over a weekend, please check our website or facebook page to find out whether or not a service or event has been cancelled. We will also send an email our over our "This Week at Covenant" email list in the event of a cancellation.

The March  issue of Covenant News  can be read online  here
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  • NURSERY CARE FOR CHILDREN:  Nursery Care is provided by our wonderful caregivers each Sunday from 9:15 am onward. Please ask an usher for directions if you need help finding it. 
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