E-votional and E-vents


E-votional and E-vents September 18-24

Want to discover a new way to pray?

This week I encourage you to visit Pray As You Go and experience one of their daily devotions.  I have found this site to be a powerful resource in my own spiritual life.

Each devotion lasts 10-13 minutes and includes music, Scripture, and the opportunity to talk with and listen to God.  It's designed to be flexible and available anywhere you happen to be.

The goal is to help you

  • become more aware of God's presence in your life   
  • listen to and reflect on God's word   
  • grow in your relationship with God
So give your spirit a boost this week with Pray As You Go !

Scripture for Sunday: Mark 9:30-37

Events this Week:
Thursday, 7pm: Kirkin' Planning Meeting
Sunday, 9am:Sunday School 
10am:Worship

You are invited to a Book Club at Covington
Our first selection is the thought-provoking new book by Presbyterian pastor MaryAnn McKibben Dana: God, Improv, and the Art of Living. This book, which considers Christian faith through the lens of improvisational theatre, is guaranteed to challenge and inspire you.  Copies are available at Amazon and Christianbook  Our discussion will be Tuesday, October 30, 7-8:30pm.  

From the Mission and Service Committee:

The Pavilion Food Pantry invites you...
To attend and/or volunteer with a Free Community Meal on September 22, 4-6pm in the Pavilion town center across from the United Methodist Church.  If you would like to volunteer with set up or clean up, please contact Sue Kinney at 880-2462.  

Crop Walk/Run 2018
Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 30th!  Our 2018 CROP Walk/Run will start at 2pm at Black Creek Park with registration beginning at 1:30pm. You will have the option to walk or run one, three, or six mile routes along beautiful, wooded park trails.  Fundraising forms are in the church narthex.

HomeCare & Hospice is looking for caring individuals, professionals, and veterans who are willing to use their skills and experiences to enhance the lives of hospice patients and their caregivers.  If you are interested in learning more, information is available in the Assembly Room at church or by contacting Patricia Meek, 786-7879.

Find Covington’s new channel on YouTube:
Search “Covington, Pavilion, NY”





E-votional and E-vents September 10-17

In our gospel reading for this Sunday, Peter struggles with embracing the full identity of Jesus.  He gets the part about Jesus being the Messiah but tells Jesus off when he talks about his suffering.

Perhaps we can understand where Peter is coming from.  Some parts of the gospel ARE much easier to accept than others.  Some things that Jesus said and did make us deeply uneasy.

In your prayers this week, I encourage you to consider, 

What about Jesus appeals the most to me?  

And,

What about Jesus do I find the hardest or most challenging to accept?

Prayer:
O Christ, in whose heart is both welcome and warning, 
say to us,
do to us,
reveal within us
the things that will make us whole. 
Amen.

Scripture for Sunday: Mark 8:27-38

Events this Week:
Tuesday, 7pm: Policy Meeting
Sunday, 9am:Sunday School 
10am: Worship

You are invited to a Book Club at Covington
Our first selection is the thought-provoking new book by Presbyterian pastor MaryAnn McKibben Dana: God, Improv, and the Art of Living. This book, which considers Christian faith through the lens of improvisational theatre, is guaranteed to challenge and inspire you.  Copies are available at Amazon and Christianbook  Our discussion will be Tuesday, October 30, 7-8:30pm.  

From the Mission and Service Committee:

The Pavilion Food Pantry invites you...
To attend and/or volunteer with a Free Community Meal on September 22, 4-6pm in the Pavilion town center across from the United Methodist Church.  If you would like to volunteer with set up or clean up, please contact Sue Kinney at 880-2462.  

Crop Walk/Run 2018
Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 30th!  Our 2018 CROP Walk/Run will start at 2pm at Black Creek Park with registration beginning at 1:30pm. You will have the option to walk or run one, three, or six mile routes along beautiful, wooded park trails.  Fundraising forms are in the church narthex.

HomeCare & Hospice is looking for caring individuals, professionals, and veterans who are willing to use their skills and experiences to enhance the lives of hospice patients and their caregivers.  If you are interested in learning more, information is available in the Assembly Room at church or by contacting Patricia Meek, 786-7879.

Find Covington’s new channel on YouTube:
Search “Covington, Pavilion, NY”


E-votional and E-vents September 5-12

Watching the sunset from the mountains of Puerto Rico, a haze hovered above San Juan.  “What’s that?” I asked our host, thinking perhaps it was fog or pollution.

“Those are sands from the Sahara,” he replied. 

I paused, astonished. How could the winds carry grains of sand 4,000 miles?

How could I be seeing part of Africa here in the Caribbean? 

I had become accustomed to mentally mapping the globe into countries, continents, and hemispheres. This mapping is a valuable tool for governance and navigation.  Sometimes, however, humans can start to practice a kind of spiritual mapping—dividing the world into “us” and “them,” into places and people who matter more than others.

This topic of “Who matters?” is the one that Jesus and a woman argue about in our gospel reading for Sunday.  Mark 7:24-30 is a story about race, religion, and difference—and how Jesus grappled with these realities in his time.  It’s the only instance in the Gospel of Mark when someone argues with Jesus and wins.  

Like the sands of the Sahara lingering over San Juan, the woman challenges Jesus to see that they are connected.  And to act, with compassion, based on this connection.

In his “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King writes, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

This week I challenge you to consider who in your life (or in our wider world) seems very different from you—even frustratingly different.  And then to argue with yourself a bit, pushing yourself to see a connection that you may never have glimpsed before.  

Then offer for this person (or people) the prayer: “May grace and peace be yours in abundance.”  Be sure to offer this prayer for yourself too.

Scripture for SundayJames 2:1-10 and Mark 7:24-30

Events this Week:
Sunday, 9am:Sunday School begins 
10am:Worship
11am:Mission and Service Committee meets

You are invited to a Book Club at Covington
Our first selection is the thought-provoking new book by Presbyterian pastor MaryAnn McKibben Dana: God, Improv, and the Art of Living. This book, which considers Christian faith through the lens of improvisational theatre, is guaranteed to challenge and inspire you.  Place your order for $16 by September 9 in the church narthex.  Copies are also available at Amazon and Christianbook.com and to borrow at the Presbytery Resource Center (242-0080).  Our discussion will be Tuesday, October 30, 7-8:30pm.  

Find Covington on YouTube—just search “Covington Pavilion NY” to access our channel.





E-votional and E-vents August 28- September 3
Covington's session has chosen the 2018-2019 theme: "Celebrating God's Grace," inspired by 1 Peter 1:2, "May grace and peace be yours in abundance."

This year we feel called to delve deeper into the meaning of God's grace and celebrate the ways God has been faithful to us as individuals and as a congregation.  

This week I invite you to memorize this verse: "May grace and peace be yours in abundance" and offer it as a prayer...
1.  First for someone you love
2.  Second for someone you find it hard to love
3.  And third for yourself, asking God to bring grace and peace into a challenging situation in your own life today.

This Sunday in worship we'll explore this verse, and the surrounding context from 1 Peter 1, considering its meaning for us.  

Together let's begin looking for ways to celebrate God's grace!

Also as our kids prepare to return to school next week, I encourage you to have your children bring their backpack with them to worship on Sunday for a special blessing of the backpacks and the new school year.  

May grace and peace be yours in abundance.  

Scripture for Sunday: 1 Peter 1:1-9

Events this Week:
Tonight: 6pm: Sunday School leaders' meeting
7pm: VBS meeting
Thursday, 7pm: Child Protection/Misconduct Policy meeting
Sunday, 10am: Worship, Blessing of the Backpacks, and the Sacrament of Communion.

Upcoming:
Sunday School resumes September 9, 9am

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