WE WELCOME GUEST MUSICIAN AND FRIEND OF COVENANT TIM WILFONG TO OUR SERVICE THIS SUNDAY: Tim ran the music program at Covenant during the summers of 2011 and 2012 while Tom Handel was on study leave. He is visiting from his new home in Montreal, where he recently graduated from McGill University. Many thanks to Tim for sharing his musical gifts with us this morning.
POTLUCK AND NEWCOMERS TABLE AFTER WORSHIP: All are invited to our all-church potluck in Bates Hall following worship this Sunday!
For those who may be new to our community and want to learn more about Covenant, our history, our faith traditions, and our community, then look for the table with a sign reading "Newcomers Table."
ADULT ED THIS SUNDAY: Please join us following the potluck for an important congregational conversation in Bates Hall around vision, staffing, budget and stewardship as we enter our Fall stewardship season.
NAMETAGS ARE BACK! Nametags are a great way for us to build community and make connections. Please wear your nametag for the next few weeks as our community re-gathers from the summer. If you need a new nametag, please contact Julie Rogers at Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIBLE STUDY 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., Second Floor, Williams Library.
NURSERY CARE FOR CHILDREN: Nursery Care is provided by our wonderful caregivers downstairs off of Bates Hall. Please ask an usher for directions if you need help finding it.
Upcoming Dates and Invitations
PRACTICING JOY: THE ALL-CHURCH RETREAT! Whether you are a long-time member or a brand new friend, please join the Church of the Covenant community for a joyful, rejuvenating day together on Saturday, November 8 from 9:30 am- 4:00 pm. We will journey to the Edwards House in Framingham (the headquarters of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ) for a day filled with worship, meditation, music, and fun. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided throughout the day. Click here to learn more and to register!
NEXT WEEK'S WORSHIP SERVICE WILL BE IN THE STYLE OF OUR NICARAGUAN SISTER COMMUNITY: Join us next Sunday, October 26 for a special worship service planned by our Nicaragua Companions. For over 18 years, we have had a sister-relationship with Dulce Nombre de Jesús, Nicaragua and through this relationship, we have learned an abundance of vibrant music, new worship styles, and Biblical reflection. Our service next Sunday will incorporate some pieces from Nicaragua as we celebrate our special connection to this community.
THIRD QUARTER CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS:If you would like to see a statement that details your contributions to Church of the Covenant in the first three quarters of 2014, please email Nancy Stockford at email@example.com.
CENTRAL REFORM TEMPLE'S INTERFAITH COMMUNITY ANNIVERSARY SERVICE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, AT 6:30 PM. Our neighboring congregation, Central Reform Temple of Boston, which shares its home with Emmanuel Church on Newbury Street, will be marking its 10th Anniversary with a Community Interfaith Service of Celebration on Friday, November 7, at 6:30 PM. Church of the Covenant will be participating in the Sabbath Eve liturgy, and all members of Covenant are warmly invited to share this occasion together. Special music will be offered by the combined choirs of all our neighborhood churches, and the Service will be followed by a reception hosted by the Temple. For further information: www.centralreformtemple.org
FELLOWSHIP DUES AND YOU! Did you know that Covenant pays fellowship dues (also known as a "per capita") for each of our members to each of our denominations every year? Each member makes a check out to The Church of the Covenant in the amount of $40.00 to cover his or her per capita annual dues. Covenant, in turn, sends all the per capita donations to our two denominations, the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church USA. It's very important to know that the per capita is different from your annual pledge or the gifts you may leave in the plate from time to time. Covenant pays per capita dues to the UCC and the PC(USA) every year, regardless of whether each member of the congregation pays Covenant to do so. Please either place your payment in the offering plate properly marked (memo line of check, or marked envelope with cash), or mail a check with memo line "fellowship dues".
MID WEEK ADULT EDUCATION ON SPIRITUAL PRACTICES: This fall, we will be exploring Christian spiritual practices for a series of 3 Thursday evenings (October 30, November 6, and November 13) We'll explore such questions as "Why do we worship? What does prayer mean to you? Why do we recognize sacraments and what makes them special? What role does food play in our lives of faith?" Click here to learn more about the series!
HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT TO SHARE? If you are organizing or leading a church event, don't forget to email a short announcement (2-3 lines) to Julie Rogers so it can be included in future bulletins, This Week at Covenant and the church calendar. If you would like an announcement to appear in a Sunday bulletin, please send your announcement by the previous Wednesday to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. We are also open on most Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm.
We also invite you to join us on Sundays at 10:30am for our Worship Service.