RE-DEDICATING OUR NEWLY-RENOVATED GREEN SANCTUARY: This Sunday we celebrate the incredible greening-renovations that have been completed in our historic sanctuary. In addition to celebrating our renewed commitment to sustainability in our sanctuary, we will be thanking the many people who put in countless hours to make this renovation happen. We also give great thanks to YOU, the Covenant family, who through your generosity made this remarkable effort happen! After the service, we will gather for a reception and our monthly community potluck.
WE WELCOME SPECIAL GUESTS TO WORSHIP THIS WEEK! In celebration of our Sanctuary Re-Dedication, we are delighted to announce that past Covenant ministers, Rev. rosi olmstead and Rev. Rick Spalding will be joining us in worship!
NEWCOMERS TABLE AFTER WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY:
Looking for an informal way to learn more about Covenant, it's community, history, commitments and denominations? This fall, our monthly potlucks will include a designated Newcomers Table where you can enjoy lunch with pastoral staff and church leaders while learning more about this community of faith! The fall dates for the Newcomers Tables are September 14, October 19, and November 16. Feel free to send any questions to Pastoral Associate Julie Rogers at Julie.email@example.com
WE CELEBRATE AND GIVE THANKS FOR THE WORK OF JAMIE SINETAR: This Sunday is our last Sunday with our wonderful childcare provider, Jamie Sinetar. Please stop by the art table in Bates Hall before the service to sign a card for her and come by the nursery for a bagel and to express your gratitude for her work with us!
SEPTEMBER GATHERING OF THE COVENANT BOOK GROUP The Covenant book group will meet on Sunday, September 14 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
SAVE THE DATE! Our all-church fall retreat will be Saturday, November 8th. More details will be forthcoming but whether you are a long time member or a brand new friend, be sure to join us for a day with your church family that is sure to be rejuvenating, nourishing, and fun!
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
IMPORTANT IMMIGRANT JUSTICE EVENTS FROM THE BOSTON NEW SANTUARY MOVEMENT:
Our partners at the Boston New Sanctuary Movement are sponsoring two important events at the end of September. Please click on the event to see the flyer with more information!
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.
LOVE BOOKS? LOVE CHURCH OF THE COVENANT? Sign up to volunteer at this year's Boston Book Festival and request placement in Church of the Covenant! This year's BBF will take place on Saturday, October 25th.
Volunteer orientations will be held the week ofOctober 13th. To sign up or for further information, please email@example.com.
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.