Ushers: Evelyn Kimber, Sharon Wright, Kate Hall, Dorothy Frank
Readings from Scripture:
This Sunday at Covenant
BATES HALL WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY: We will be having a "cafe style" worship service in Bates Hall this Sunday with guided small group discussions in leiu of a sermon. Join us for this meaningful, interactive service!
IN LIGHT OF NEWS FROM OUR COUNTRY AND WORLD, WE SHARE THESE ARTICLES, EVENTS AND RESOURCES:
COTC's Next Steps Team Commends these Upcoming Events on Homelessness and Justice:
1) The Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum, 2014 Speaker
Dr. Jim O'Connell, Physician and President of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless,
Wednesday, September 10, 7-9pm (free admission), Trinitarian Congregational Church
Sat., Sept. 20, 8:30 AM-2PM, Edwards House Meeting Center, United Church of Christ, Framingham
A workshop for basic training and renewed experience in the sacred work of deep listening and pastoral care giving, conducted by pastors of outdoor churches that serve homeless and at-risk populations in Massachusetts.
Other Upcoming and Items of Interest:
1) Ferguson and Race: Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, President of our MACUCC asks each of our churches to think, pray and act in response to what is happening in Ferguson, MO, reflective of our nation-wide issues of racism, inequality and white privilege. He commends this resource for our attention: http://qz.com/250701/12-things-white-people-can-do-now-because-ferguson/
2) How Does Our Faith Influence Our Vote? Ecumenical Advocacy Coalition, Old South Church, Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 6:30 PM - Friday, October 31, 2014 at 8:30
Nursery Care is provided by our wonderful caregiver, Jamie Sinetar downstairs off of Bates Hall. Please ask an usher for directions if you need help finding it.
Upcoming Dates and Invitations
DONUTS!... AND USHERS TRAINING/RE-TOOLING ON SEPTEMBER 7: Please join us on Sunday, September 7 from 9- 10 am... with breakfast included! Whether you are a seasoned usher, are considering joining the usher team, or simply want to learn more about the important ministry of hospitality led by our ushers, you are most welcome to join in and learn about this most important aspect of hospitality together! Please contact Rob Mark or Julie Rogers to learn more or to RSVP.
CONGREGATIONAL CONVERSATION ON WELCOMING OUR NICARAGUAN FAMILY TO COVENANT:
All are invited to join the Nicaragua Companions on Sunday, September 7th from 12:00 -1:00 pm for a congregational conversation about the plans underway to bring members of our sister community in Nicaragua up to Boston! We will be reflecting on past delegations, brainstorming what will make this a life-giving delegation for both communities, and planning our next steps to make this dream a reality!
SANCTUARY REDEDICATION ON SEPTEMBER 14: We will be celebrating and rededicating our "Green" Sanctuary renovations and all those who helped make it possible during worship. Stay after the service for a reception and our monthly potluck!
SEPTEMBER GATHERING OF THE COVENANT BOOK GROUP The Covenant book group will meet on Sunday, September 14 (no August gathering), to discuss the book Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality--written by J. Philip Newell of the Iona Community. As always, we begin at 6 pm with a potluck, we meet at Faith and Lucy's, and everyone is welcome whether or not you've ever attended before and whether or not you've read the book. For more information, please contact Barbara Darling at email@example.com.
PEOPLE'S CLIMATE MARCH ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 - YOU ARE INVITED! Please consider joining a group from Church of the Covenant that is going to New York City via buses to join in what might become the world's largest march and rally for climate justice ever. Faith communities have specifically been invited to be a visible presence in this march. While we recognize this lands on a Sunday, which means some of us who go will miss worship at 67 Newbury, our Mission and Advocacy Committee and Council are very supportive of this chance to put our faith into action to help protect and be active stewards for God's creation that is deeply threatened by climate change. Those who can't join this march will still have the chance to be in worship as per usual at 10:30 that Sunday at Covenant and will have chances to support this effort in prayer and advocacy. Keep an eye out for a bulletin insert over the next few weeks in worship, or feel free to email Christine James or Rob for more info. For more info see: http://peoplesclimate.org/march/ and for info about travling to NYC via bus see: http://www.macucc.org/eventdetail/198910?month=9&year=2014&day=1&display=m
WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GODLY PLAY, the wonderful Montessori-based curriculum we use with children at Covenant? Whether you'd like to be part of the Godly Play team at Covenant or are just interested, there are great trainings coming up this fall, right in the Boston area. Those who have taken one before remember it as a rich and rewarding experience.
There will be a beginning teacher training on the weekend of September 19th to 21st, in Medford. On October 24th to 25th, there will be a training on The Spiral Curriculum and on November 14th to 15th, on The Spirituality of Childhood, both inBelmont
. For more details, please see flyers around the church, be in touch with any of the people below, or go to www.godlyplay.org.
SERMONS ONLINE: If you have been away a bit this summer you may have missed some wonderful preaching from the likes of Liz, Ed, Cynthia, Margaret, Audrey and Julie - so be sure to check out our newly updated sermons online on our website, and remember this is a good way to stay connected to COTC when you are away: http://www.cotcbos.org/weekly-sermons-july-2013---present.html
POTLUCKS AND NEWCOMERS TABLES-- STARTING THIS SEPTEMBER! Ever wanted to learn more about Covenant, our history, our faith traditions, and our community? Join the "Newcomers Table" at our monthly potlucks as an informal way to share a meal and learn more about this community of faith!
The dates for the fall potlucks and Newcomers Tables will be September 14, October 19, November 16 and December 21.
To see our beautiful Tiffany decorated Sanctuary, please visit us Monday through Saturday 11am to 3pm, except on days when other events (such as weddings) are scheduled which precludes guests visiting.
Please note: The sanctuary will be closed on Saturday, July 12
We also invite you to join us on Sundays at 10:30am for our Worship Service.