E-votional and E-vents

E-votional and E-vents for Nov 15-26

Psalm 107:1 says, "Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; God's steadfast love endures forever."

As we prepare for the celebration of Thanksgiving, I want to invite you to spend some time giving thanks to the Lord.

Think about how God's goodness has blessed or strengthened these areas of your life this year:

Your family life...
Your friendships and other relationships...
Your health...
Your spiritual life...
Your place of work, learning, or volunteer service...

Spend some time in prayer, sharing your gratitude with God, and asking the Lord to continue to bring you guidance and strength now and in the future.

Scripture for November 18: 1 Samuel 2:1-10 and Mark 13:1-8
Scripture for November 25: Psalm 118:22-29 and Luke 17:11-19

Rev. Laura Fry will be on vacation November 17-25.  In case of pastoral emergency, please contact elder Rick Noble at 734-6157.  The evotional and events will resume the week of November 26th.

Upcoming Events 
Thursday, November 15, 4pm: Policy Meeting
Sunday, November 18, 9am:Sunday School
10am: We welcome Rev. Mike Stuart to preaching and leading worship.
Sunday, November 25, 9am:Sunday School
10am: We welcome Rev. Bob Kaiser to preaching and leading worship.
Monday, November 26, 7pm:Session
Wednesday, November 28, 7pm: Mission and Service Committee
Sunday, December 2, 9am: Sunday School
10am:The First Sunday of Advent, worship and the Sacrament of Communion.  Pledge dedication
11am: Worship and Music Committee meets

Special Events:
Family Dinner And Christmas Caroling: Friday, November 30, 5-7pm  Snow date: Friday, Dec 7.  
We’ll enjoy a dinner at church then travel to sing at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home and to a homebound church member. All ages are welcome.  If you’re definitely planning to come, please let us know by November 26 to help with planning Email Rev. Laura Fry (covingtonpastor@gmail.com) Or text 991-8789.  If you would like to help with donations of fruit, nuts, cookies, or candy for gift boxes for our senior members, any items would be welcomed.

"Won't You Be My Neighbor"--a discussion of this new documentary film about Mister Rogers.  It's available to rent from Amazon Prime and a copy is available to borrow from the church.  Watch the film and then join us Tuesday, December 4, 7-8:30pm for a discussion.

Sunday, Dec 9, join us at 10am for our children’s Christmas pageant, followed by lunch with Santa. Bring a dish to share and sign up in the narthex with children's names and ages.  

Christmas Book Fair: The First Presbyterian Church in East Avon invites you to join their congregation at a Children’s Book Fair on Saturday, December 8, 9-11am.  They will have samples of a variety of books from Spark House Family Publishers, a wonderful source for Christian books for children, and be able place orders that will arrive in time for Christmas.  Any orders from Covington church members will be available here at Covington on December 23.  First Presbyterian is located at the intersection of Routes 5 & 20 with Route 15, in East Avon. A Christmas cookie sale will also be taking place with the book sale. 

Memorial Poinsettias:  If you would like to honor a loved one with a poinsettia this Advent, please sign up in the narthex with the name of the person or people you would like to honor.  



E-votional and E-vents November 6-12

What a joy it is to be able to offer our Election Night Pancake Supper this evening!

Following the flooding last year at this time, our trustees have worked hard to find effective ways to improve our drainage and protect the church from future water damage.  With the wet weather of the past few weeks, we have been especially thankful to see the drainage working so well.  

This evening we look forward to hosting members of our community who will gather at the church for this meal.  The Pancake Supper a fundraiser--yes--and we are always grateful for the funds that are raised in such events.  Along with this purpose, we will also be creating the opportunity for neighbors to build community with one another.  Opening our church in this way provides space for neighbors to gather and visit, experiencing the hospitality of our congregation and most of all, the love of Christ.

As we welcome our guests this evening, let us keep our hearts focused on the purpose of hospitality and welcome, joyfully demonstrating the love and peace of Christ to our neighbors.

A Prayer for the Pancake Supper:
Lord, as we gather to share this meal...
May the kitchen be warmed by love,
May the tables be spread with the abundance of a family meal,
May neighbors come together with laughter, enthusiasm, and care,
And return home encouraged and uplifted, named and known.
And may we all taste the sweetness of your grace, so freely poured into our lives.
Amen.

Events this Week:
Join us Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 5-7pm for an all-you-can-eat, family style Election Night Pancake Supper, as well as a Bake Sale.
Tickets are available at the door. Adults and youth 12 years and older: $7; Children 6-11 years old: $4; Children 5 and younger eat for free.
This fundraiser will benefit our church's ministry and 10% will be given to the Veterans' One-Stop Center in Batavia.  Join us!

Sunday, 9am:Sunday School
10am:Worship
Following the service we will be hosting another “Building a Caring Community” conversation on the ministry of Teresa House.
Monday, November 12: Submissions for the Advent Newsletter are due to Becky Lewis (lewis@gmail.com)
7pm: Meeting of the Worship and Music Committee

Upcoming:
Building Blocks of a Meaningful Retirement: Wednesday, November 14, 12-2pm with Rev. Neil Frood, Honorably Retired  Lunch is included!  RSVP to Pastor Laura (covingtonpastor@gmail.com) or sign up in the church narthex.
This event is being offered at no cost, thanks to the generous bequest of Elder Arlene Stewart.

"Won't You Be My Neighbor"--a discussion of this new documentary film about Mister Rogers.  It's available to rent from Amazon Prime and a copy will be available to borrow from the church beginning Nov 11.  Watch the film and then join us Tuesday, December 4, 7-8:30pm for a discussion. DVD Link



E-votional and E-vents October 30-November 6

There are times in life when we don't have the words to pray...

In these moments we turn to the words of Scripture, allowing these ancient prayers to become our own.

The psalmist writes,
"Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.
Lord, hear my voice!" (Psalm 130:1-2)

Many in our country this week are crying out to the Lord...
  • Crying out from the depths of sorrow at the loss of life last Saturday in a place of worship
  • Crying out from the depths of shock at such violence in a sacred space
  • And crying out from the depths of grief at how far we have fallen into hatred.
Out of the depths we cry to you, O LORD.  Lord, hear our voice!

In our community there is also heavy sorrow today, as we have learned of the death of Lisa Freeman Cummins.  After a long battle with cancer, Lisa has now passed from this life to the life eternal.  For the promises of resurrection life, we give thanks, yet still there is grave sorrow for many around and among our extended church family and community. Out of the depths we cry to you, O LORD.

The psalmist continues,

"I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, 
and in his word I hope; 
my soul waits for the Lord 
more than those who watch for the morning, 
more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love, 
and with him is great power to redeem."

Friends, in times of sorrow, anger, and confusion, let us cry out to the LORD, with honesty and truth.

Let us wait for the LORD, and put our hope in his word.  
With the LORD there is steadfast love, 
and with him is great power to redeem."

The Calling for Lisa Cummins will be this Thursday, 1-4pm and 6-9pm at Weeks Funeral Home in Warsaw.  The funeral service will take place Friday, 10am, also at Weeks Funeral Home.  Lisa's obituary may be found here
Let us surround her family in our prayers.


Scripture for Sunday: Psalm 146:1-10 and Mark 12:28-34

Events this Week:
Tuesday, 7-8:30pm:Book Club at Covington on God, Improv, and the Art of Living. 
Saturday: Turn your clocks back an hour as Daylight Saving Time ends
Sunday, 9am:Sunday School
10am:Worship
Following the service we will be hosting another “Building a Caring Community” conversation, as Sue Kinney shares with us about her recent work with refugees.
Monday, 7pm: Hospitality Team meeting

Our Election Night Pancake Supper is coming soon!  
  • Volunteers are needed after worship on Sunday to clean and set up the kitchen and dining room.  
  • The Pancake Supper and Bake Sale will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 5-7pm at Covington.  We hope you can join us for this wonderful time of fun, fellowship, and delicious food to benefit the  ministries of our church.  In addition 10% of the proceeds will be given to the Veterans One-Stop Center in Batavia.  We'll have a representative from this organization available to share about their work.  Please join us!



E-votional and E-vents October 22-29

As I shared with the children yesterday in worship, we've been hearing a whole lot of stories lately about the disciples getting things all wrong: first they argued about who was the best; then they tried to keep kids away from Jesus; then they tried to elbow their way to the best seats in God's kingdom.  Mercy.

But finally, this coming Sunday, someone 

gets 

it 

RIGHT!

The man's name is Bartimaeus and Mark tells us that he was a "blind beggar."  It's an interesting description, given the fact that he has some of the keenest spiritual insight in the entire gospel of Mark. Bartimaeus prophetically names the identity of Jesus--calling him the "Son of David."  And although he is poor in financial resources, this man is rich in faith--whole-heartedly believing Jesus can heal him and then setting off, following Jesus "on the way."

This story is a bright spot in the gospel, a final "aha" moment before the events of Holy Week.  At last, the identity of Jesus--and the possibility of faith and discipleship--appear before us with great clarity and hope.

Sometimes we can be tempted to let our own struggles in life get in the way of faith.  Some version of, "I can't believe in a good God because..."  

But Bartimaeus--who had every reason to despair--instead claimed faith in Jesus and put his hope in him.

So perhaps Bartimaeus might gently question us today, encouraging us to consider,

What gets in the way of my faith?  

Can I, like Bartimaeus, call out to Jesus in my need?

Can I believe that Jesus will answer me?

This week, may we boldly bring our need before the Lord, and find our strength and hope in him.

Scripture for Sunday:  Psalm 34:1-8 and Mark 10:46-52

Events this Week:
Thursday, 7pm: Session
Sunday, 9am: Sunday School
10:30am: Worship, with friends from York United Presbyterian Church joining us in worship and celebration. Join us for a wonderful celebration of our Scottish and Reformed heritage!

Trunk or Treat at the Pavilion Library
The Pavilion Library is inviting churches to participate in a new event October 31, 6-7:30pm in the library parking lot.  They are reaching out to churches for volunteers to provide and pass out candy and to help with parking and traffic control.  Please talk with Rev. Laura Fry if you would be interested in volunteering.

The Building Blocks of a Meaningful Retirement
Wednesday, November 14, 12-2pm: A special workshop for those who are retired or preparing for retirement, led by Rev. Neil Frood. Lunch will be provided.  Please save the date and plan to join us!

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.com. Our discussion will be Tuesday, October 30, 7-8:30pm.  


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



E-votional and E-vents October 15-22


This year the Presbyterian Church (USA) published a new Book of Common Worship (the first in 25 years).  This new edition contains many of the familiar prayers and liturgies and adds in some new ones that speak to our contemporary joys and sorrows.

One section of the book that I have found especially enriching is the recovery of numerous ancient prayers from the Christian tradition.

Along the way many of these prayers had been lost or omitted from worship books, and this edition has sought, among other things, to invite 21st Century readers to rediscover them.

One of these prayers comes to us from Hildegard of Bingen, a Benedictine nun in the 12th Century.  In her ministry she was an "abbess, artist, author, composer, mystic, pharmacist, poet, preacher, and theologian"--who, from a young age, experienced mystical visions of God that caused her "to see humans as 'living sparks' of God’s love, coming from God as daylight comes from the sun."  Source

Here then is a prayer she composed, that invites us to mystical and even fantastical images of the Christian life:

Most strong God, 
who is able to fight against you?
I want you to help me fight against
the flaming dragon of sin within me,
that eats away my very soul.
I want to have the strongest sword in my hand,
fashioned by you, with the sharpest blade
that will cut through the dragon's scales.
And when I have slayed the dragon within myself,
I want to offer a safe refuge for all
who, like me, are frail and vulnerable.
I will give them a sword to slay their own dragons,
so that together we may live in joy and peace.  Amen.

Scripture for Sunday: Mark 10:35-45

Events this Week:
Tuesday, 4:30pm: Policy Team meeting
Thursday, 7pm:Mission and Service Committee 
Sunday, 9am:Sunday School
10am:Worship
5:30-7:30pm: Community Youth Group at York Presbyterian Church. Meet at Covington at 5:15pm to carpool. Dinner is included!  Let Laura Fry know if your youth (grades 6-12) is interested.

Upcoming Events:

Seeking Volunteers!  Trunk or Treat at the Pavilion Library
The Pavilion Library is inviting churches to participate in a new event October 31, 6-7:30pm in the library parking lot.  They are reaching out to churches for volunteers to provide and pass out candy and to help with parking and traffic control.  More information is available in the narthex.  Please talk with Rev. Laura Fry if you would be interested in volunteering.

2018 Kirkin’ of the Tartans
Sunday, October 28, 10:30am at Covington, with friends from York United Presbyterian Church joining us in worship and celebration. 

The Building Blocks of a Meaningful Retirement
Wednesday, November 14, 12-2pm: A special workshop for those who are retired or preparing for retirement, led by Rev. Neil Frood. Lunch will be provided.  Please save the date and plan to join us!

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.com. Our discussion will be Tuesday, October 30, 7-8:30pm.  


E-votional and E-vents October 9-15

First of all, a word of deep thanks for the beautiful celebration on Sunday!  I am so grateful for your loving and beautiful reception and gift to celebrate 10 years of ministry together.  It continues to be a blessing to serve as your pastor.  Thank you so very, very much!

***

Our gospel reading for this coming Sunday invites us to consider the meaning of the word "sacrifice"...

As you consider this word, is your feeling about sacrifice more positive or negative?

Do you think of offering a gift to someone you love, such as sacrificing a good night's sleep to care for a sick child?

Or do you think more of deprivation and lack?

In Mark 10:17-31, Jesus challenges a man to make a very great sacrifice in order to inherit eternal life.  Today I invite you to consider...

What is a time you have made a sacrifice for someone you love?  What did it feel like?

What is a time you have made a sacrifice for something greater than yourself--your country, your work, or an organization to which you are committed?

And finally, what is a time you have made a sacrifice for God?  What did you give up?  How did it feel?

Sometimes making a sacrifice feels like a burden but in other cases a sacrifice can bring great meaning and even freedom to our lives.  

So this week, consider the sacrifices you have made...how have these sacrifices shaped your life?  Your values?  Your character?

And as you consider these questions, may God's grace and peace be yours in abundance.

Scripture for Sunday:  Mark 10:17-31

Events this Week:
Friday, 6-8pm: Family Dinner, Hayride, and Campfire.  We’ll be serving hotdogs, apples, chips, and s’mores.  No need to bring anything—just join us for a fun family evening.  All ages are welcome.  This event is free!  If you’re definitely planning to come, please let us know by Wednesday, October 10 to help with planning.  Email Rev. Laura Fry (covingtonpastor@gmail.com) or text 991-8789.  We know that fall schedules are busy, so an RSVP isn’t absolutely necessary.  If you find you can come the night of the event, please join us!
  
Sunday, 9am:Sunday School
9:15am:Session
10am:Worship

Coming Up:

2018 Kirkin’ of the Tartans
Sunday, October 28, 10:30am at Covington, with friends from York United Presbyterian Church joining us in worship and celebration. 


Trunk or Treat at the Pavilion Library: The Pavilion Library is inviting churches to participate in a new event October 31, 6-7:30pm in the library parking lot.  They are reaching out to churches for volunteers to provide and pass out candy and to help with parking and traffic control.  More information is available in the narthex.  Please talk with Rev. Laura Fry if you would be interested in volunteering.



E-votional and E-vents October 1-8


Covington Crop Walk Team

We had a great Crop Walk yesterday at Black Creek Park!  Our friends at Chili did a fantastic job hosting us.  We had 42 walkers (13 of these were children and youth) and together we raised $2,323 for hunger relief.  Lima, Chili, Covington, and York Baptist were all represented. 

This coming week in worship we will be celebrating World Communion Sunday--a day set aside to celebrate our unity with Christians of every denomination and country of the world.  

As part of our celebration, we'll be receiving the Peace and Global Witness Offering, which supports ministries of peace and justice around the world.  Our local portion (25%) of the offering will be building peace in our schools by funding anti-bullying efforts at the York Elementary School and restorative justice work with the 5th graders at Pavilion Elementary School.  

As we long for peace and security in all our communities, let us give generously to help build this peace among our children in Pavilion and York--and in communities all around the world.

Scripture for Sunday: Mark 10:13-16

Events this Week:

Wednesday, 7pm:Trustees
Sunday, 9am:Sunday School
10am: World Communion Sunday and the Peace and Global Witness Offering

Family Dinner, Hayride, and Bonfire
Join us at church on Friday, October 12, at 6pm (rain date of October 19). We’ll be serving hotdogs, apples, chips, and s’mores.  No need to bring anything—just join us for a fun family evening.  All ages are welcome.  This event is free!  If you’re definitely planning to come, please let us know by October 5 to help with planning Email Rev. Laura Fry (covingtonpastor@gmail.com) or text 991-8789.  We know that fall schedules are busy, so an RSVP isn’t absolutely necessary.  If you find you can come the night of the event, please join us!


E-votional and E-vents September 25-October 1

This Sunday's Scripture reading presents us with the image of "stumbling blocks"--things that prevent people from getting to Jesus.  

The stumbling block Jesus specifically addresses is the disciples' misunderstanding of who can minister in Jesus' name--what qualifications does one need in order to do good?

This week I invite you to consider the "stumbling blocks" that may keep people from being part of a church.  These stumbling blocks are, in some cases, intentional, but in many cases I believe they are completely unintentional and unrecognized.

For example several years ago many of us gained the insight that it is easy to use insider language that newcomers may not understand.  There's no intentional exclusion happening, just the assumption that everyone knows what we mean.  Or knows prayers or songs that are familiar to us.  Or understands words like "grace," "doxology," or "benediction."  

Are there other barriers people may perceive, even in a place as welcoming as Covington?  

Knowing the warmth of our congregation, any such barriers are likely to be unintentional--yet they can still exist--at least until we notice and dismantle them.

Prayer: 
Open my eyes, that I may see, visions of truth Thou hast for me. 
Place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free.  
Silently now I wait for Thee, ready my God Thy will to see; 
Open my eyes illumine me, Spirit divine!


Scripture for Sunday: Mark 9:38-50

Events this Week:
Tuesday,4pm: Presbytery at Chili
Thursday, 7pm:Session
Sunday, 9am:Sunday School 
10am:Worship

Crop Walk/Run 2018
On 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.

Family Dinner, Hayride, and Bonfire
Join us at church on Friday, October 12, 6-8pm (rain date of October 19). All ages are welcome—bring your friends and family and join us for a great evening!

Trunk or Treat at the Pavilion Library
The Pavilion Library is inviting churches to participate in a new event October 31, 6-7:30pm in the library parking lot.  They are reaching out to churches for volunteers to provide and pass out candy and to help with parking and traffic control.  More information is available in the narthex.  Please talk with Rev. Laura Fry or Janet Edwards if you would be interested in volunteering.  

The Building Blocks of a Meaningful Retirement
Wednesday, November 14, 12-2pm: A special workshop for those who are retired or preparing for retirement, led by Rev. Neil Frood. Lunch will be provided.  Please save the date and plan to join us!



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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