Sunday, March 3, 2019
The Eighth Sunday in Epiphany
Holy Communion
10:30 am
This Sunday at Covenant
10:30 Sunday Worship in the Sanctuary

Preacher - Seminarian Tom Reid
Liturgist - Rev. Rob Mark
Lector - Lucy Williams
Minister of Music - Tom Handel
Communion Servers - Liz Vizza, Arnold Rots, Linda Pursley, Debbie Howland
Ushers - Betty Rots, David McKinney, Trudi Veldman, Evelyn Kimber
Sexton  - Fred Lopes  
Scripture Readings :     
Hebrew Bible Reading: Exodus 34:29-35
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:28-36

This Upcoming Week at Covenant

We are delighted to welcome you to our community of faith! If you are new to our community, we hope you will feel at home and welcomed during today's service. If you would like to get to know us better, please fill out a visitor's card found in your pew. Every third Sunday of the month, following worship, we hold a potluck lunch downstairs in Bates Hall where longtime members and first-time visitors alike can meet one another and deepen our friendships and community. Our next potluck is Sunday, March 17 and all are heartily invited to attend!
Tom Reid is the Assistant Director of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership at Hebrew College. He is also in the final semester of the MDiv program at Boston University School of Theology. His studies include a focus on religions, environmental sustainability, innovation, conflict transformation, and interreligious engagement. In conjunction with his studies, Tom is an inquirer seeking ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and beloved seminarian here with us at COTC! Prior to returning to higher education, Tom spent over ten years working in a variety of fields: clean energy in Boston, environmental and green building consulting in Boston and Dubai, and business education in Madrid, Spain. Originally from Kansas, Tom holds a BA with honors from the University of Kansas in Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies, and Spanish and an MA in Contemporary European Politics, Policy, and Society granted jointly by the Euromasters consortium of European universities and funded by a Fulbright grant. Tom lives in Cambridge with his husband David.
ALMOST FREE BRUNCH! JOIN OUR 20s30s GROUP SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 12:00 PM AFTER WORSHIP @ THE MET: 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. Our next event is a group brunch at The MET Bar after church today - 50% off brunch! If you'd like to join us for brunch (RSVP's required), or to  be added to the email listserv, email Tom Reid at, or speak to Rev. Rob.
March 6 ~ Ash Wednesday Service 6:30pm with reflection from Dr. Pauline Jennett
March 10 ~ First Sunday in Lent, Rev. Rob preaching
March 17 ~ Second Sunday in Lent, Celebration of the Word with Nica Companions, Holy Communion

NEIGHBORHOOD FORUM ON HOMELESSNESS & HOUSING:  Sunday , March 3, 2:00-3:30pm in the Sanctuary. Please join us for a forum (hosted by our COTC Next Steps Team and Pastor Rob) that will focus on the specific challenges and opportunities we face as a neighborhood here in the Back Bay in regard to our city's current housing crisis. City Officials, Service Providers, housed and unhoused neighbors, congregants, and fellow Faith Leaders will gather face-to-face to see how we can better serve the most vulnerable here in our neighborhood. We will listen together to what prophetic and loving next steps we as a neighborhood - encompassing sacred differences - might dream up and put into action this year and beyond. Please RSVP here:
LENT BEGINS THIS WEDNESDAY:  Join us for our Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30 pm in Bates Hall with imposition of ashes and communion with Rev. Rob. Contemplative music with Minister Tom and a reflection by Dr. Pauline Jennett.
CULTIVATING LENTEN INVITATION:  Following in the tradition of past Speaking of Faith gatherings, all are invited to join one of these group meetings during Lent (March 6-April 21) to focus more deeply on our spiritual lives. Standing COTC committees are invited to commit the majority of their meeting(s) during Lent to this format. In addition, if you aren't part of a
committee, please contact Rev. Rob to join a short-term Cultivating Faith group.
DEVOTIONALS - PREPARING OUR HEARTS & SELF REFLECTION:  We have Lenten devotionals that are available upon request. Please email Hillary at by Thursday mornings at 9am and she will ensure it is ready by the following Sunday service. Place in the subject line "Lent Devotional" and be sure to include your full name in the body of the email. Thanks!

INTERFAITH SUMMIT- CLIMATE CHANGE, EXTREME WEATHER & VULNERABILITY: Sunday March 10, 1:30-6:00pm, Old South Church.  Interfaith leaders from the Greater Boston area are working with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) to host a summit on how climate change will impact vulnerable communities.  The summit will focus on the role of faith communities in helping their members prepare for climate change impacts: floods, extreme heat, and severe storms.  Registration is free.  Join Rev. Rob and others, register at
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!
REGISTER FOR SUPER SATURDAY Come explore workshops, worship and more. "Together, As One" March 16, 2019 at Minnechaug Regional High School Wilbraham, MA 8:00am - 3:45pm. For more information and online registration go to
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

COTC OFFICE HOURS:   Covenant Office Hours are Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  The office is closed Mondays and Fridays. Mondays are the Sabbath for all staff and pastors. All emails and calls will be returned once they return to the office.  Any questions may still be submitted to our Parish Administrator, Hillary Gabbidon at or our Buildin g Manager, Bill Brown 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 February  issue of Covenant News  can be read online  here
Every Sunday at Covenant
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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. 
Upcoming Events
EXCITING UPDATES FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIESA new year is in full-swing with new and inspiring opportunities for children of all ages to grow in faith and community. Our nursery continues to be open and staffed from 9:15 am - 1:00 pm each Sunday. In addition, there are two classes for kids each Sunday (each begins at 10:30 am with a circle time for all ages):
*      Godly Play for children ages 3-9: A multi-sensory, Montessori based curriculum focused on Bible stories and children's spirituality.
*      Youth classes for children ages 10-13: A class that engages a monthly focus-scripture and includes opportunities for service, art, and worship around the focus scripture.
EVENT SEXTONS AND OPEN SANCTUARY HOSTS NEEDED:  Church of the Covenant looking to expand our team of  Open   Sanctuary  hosts and Event Sextons. Both hosts and sextons are so important in helping us make Covenant a welcoming place for the wider community. OS hosts staff our  Open   Sanctuary  program that opens our building to the public, welcoming visitors and telling them about our building. Event sextons work with outside groups holding events here,  opening  and locking up the building, assisting with set-up (must be able to lift/carry moderately heavy objects), and making sure that events run smoothly. If you think you or someone you know would be a good fit for either of these positions, please email Bill Brown at to set up an interview! Please note that these are both paid positions.