April 5
 
Sunday, April 8
 10:00 am
Join us this week as we begin our Easter exploration of the early church with stories from the Acts of the Apostles. In this week's story, we hear about a community "of one heart and soul" ...but, perhaps not surprisingly, this unity is short-lived. What does the early church have to say to us about what unites us as a community and what is likely to divide us? Amy Starr Redwine's sermon is entitled "More...or Less"  and scriptures are Psalm 133  and Acts 4:32-5:11 .

Children leave for Sunday School after the Time for Young Disciples. The nursery opens at 9:30 am with professional childcare for infants and preschoolers. The Bible versus for April 8 are: "I promised that I would always be with you. I am still with you, so do not be afraid." ~Haggai 2:5; "Anyone who strikes you strikes what I most precious to me." ~Zechariah 2:8; "The Lord says to his people, 'I have always loved you.'" ~Malachi 1:2

Congregational Meeting
The Session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, April 8, immediately following worship for the for the purpose of electing elders, deacons, trustees, and officers of the society (church). Click here for an agenda and here for the minutes of the January meeting.

Corrections
We discovered after the fact that some names were misspelled or missing from the list of Easter flower memorials. We sincerely apologize for the errors. Please click here to see a corrected version of the memorial list. Hard copies are available in the church office.

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In the Covenant Family
  
We pray for Judy Bourne, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Connie Brand, Chris Chaves, Rachel Clevenger, Marlene Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's mother), Joe Garrett, Brenda Hall, Chick Holtkamp, Dee Hough, Cindi Johnson, Shaun Kuter, Elizabeth Mierke, Greg Madison, Ward Porch, Sue Salvator, Liam Stewart & Emilee Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew and sister), Louise Wolfcale, Gabriel (Jenny Conner's grand-nephew) and Ray Tomko & Helen Kawecki (Nick Tomko's grandparents). 

Pray for those affected by gun violence  
Since a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, killing 26 people, 20 of them children; 924 people in Cuyahoga County have been killed by guns. Since last month, 15 more individuals have died by gun violence in Cuyahoga County. The names of those at least 18 years of age are:  Ryan Michael Chappell, Dallas King, Miriam Johnson, Pasha Leuna Thomas, Curtis Lamont Britton, James David Mullins, Joshua Derek Bowers, Arriano John Cesa, Janice Lou Cesa, Nicholas Shane Russell, Vasyl Skubyak, Gary Lee Cowley, and Stanimar Grujicic. Eight of those who died were by suicide, and one victim was under eighteen.  Believing God calls us to be peacemakers, by Session action, each month we pray for people affected by gun violence and to reduce the evil of gun violence in our nation, marked by the tolling of the tower bell. The Church of the Covenant partners with God Before Guns, a multi-faith coalition of individuals and faith communities created in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, to reduce gun violence. Go to  GodBeforeGuns.org  to learn more. 

Out of the Office: Next week, Melanie Marsh Baum, Kevin Lowry, Amy Starr Redwine, and Mindy Stewart will be out of the office on a leadership retreat Monday through Wednesday. Joining them in Atlanta for the retreat are elders Barb Clint and Jim Smekal, member (and elder-nominee) Omar Siddiq, and CSM participant Gillian Prader-Lee. The group will be meeting with several local clergy and touring Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Atlanta. During this time, Revs. Susanne Carter and Ken Jones are available in the event of an urgent pastoral need. Please contact the church office. 

Please send prayer requests to Melanie Marsh Baum. Names are generally moved from the bulletin after four weeks unless there is a continuing need. Please let the church know if you or a loved one are in the hospital; HIPAA privacy regulations prevent hospitals from sharing this information.

Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. ~Galatians 6:2
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Members Spotlight

Congregation member  Venerine Branham assisted with the unveiling of the new portrait of Stephanie Tubbs Jones and Louis Stokes.  Please take a look at the video via youtube.



Yesterday marked the 50 year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination. The McGaffin Memorial Carillon bells rang out 39 times, one for each year of King's life. Congregation member Shirley Thompson  speaks on what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr means to her.

If you have any information regarding congregation members please email the communication manager, Aisha Newton. She would love to highlight them in the enewsletter or social media.

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Outreach Opportunities

Apostles Build
Saturday, April 7, 9:00am-3:00pm
Join us  again this year (our fourth!) to help rehab houses through the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity Apostles Build. Our final workday of the year is Saturday, April 7. This year we will be working to rehab a house in the West Park neighborhood on the west side of Cleveland. Talk with Jim Prince for more information.  

Partnering with North Church, Sunday April 8 and April 15 -- This Sunday!
Thanks to those who helped partner with North Church in January. Our remaining two Sundays for 2018 are April 8th
and April 15th. You are invited to be part of a team of six to eight people, assisting from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm in preparing and serving the community meal that follows the North Church worship service. North Church, which shares space with Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries at 4515 Superior Ave., "carries out an active ministry to our community through seeking to build a vibrant worship community, community meals, and an outreach to homeless and street people and those experiencing mental illness."  There are sign up sheets in the church office. For more information, call Bob Ault at 216-751-6094. North Church is a Covenant mission partner. 


First Time Visitors
We are starting a new outreach of giving welcome bags to our first time visitors. Each bag will contain information about the church along with some homemade cookies. We are looking for bakers in the congregation who might be willing to bake a batch of cookies (6 dozen) divided among bags of 4-5 cookies each for a Sunday morning. If you'd like to sign up for a week, contact Melanie at  mbaum@covenantweb.org.


Upcoming Events


Spring Music Concerts

Friday, April 6-Friday, June 15, 12:15 pm
Lunchtime Carillon Concerts resume this coming Friday, April 6 at  12:15pm, with Covenant Carillonneur, George Leggiero. 




Cornell University Glee Club and the Case Men's Glee Club 
Saturday, April 7, 8:00-10:00 pm

Join the Cornell University Glee Club and the Case Men's Glee Club as they perform a diverse range of repertoire for their joint concert at Church of the Covenant. This concert will feature folk songs and spirituals, grand selections from artists of the Renaissance, and pieces from across the world. The Cornell University Glee Club is proud to also showcase their new commissioned piece from Swedish composer Anders Edenroth, "In the Beginning". We hope to see you there at the last performance of Cornell University Glee Club's Great Lakes Tour!

Door Ticket Price: 
Adults: $13 Students: $6
Pre-sale Ticket Price:
Adults: $12 Students: $5
Get your pre-sale tickets at gleeclub.com/tour

Friday, April 20, 8:00 pm
The Covenant Choir joins the CWRU Concert Choir, the Bach Children's Chorus of Toronto, the Beaumont School Women's Chorale, and the University Circle Symphony Orchestra in presenting John Rutter's Mass of the Children. Tickets can be purchased at the door or  online

Tuesday, April 24, 12 noon Noon Organ Concerts resume with guest French organist, Vincent Warnier.

Sunday, April 29, 4 pm Artist series with Organist Henk de Vries from the Netherlands


Covenant Classics
Wednesday, April 18, 11:15 am
The Covenant Classics event is being held on Wednesday, April 18th, at 11:15 a.m.  Laura DeMarco, the Plain Dealer reporter, will talk about her new book Lost Cleveland. A box lunch will follow.  Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.  The suggested donation is $10. Sign up in the church office no later than April 15th.  Guests are welcome.

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Holy Week

We are thankful for all of the many volunteers and participants who made our holy week services so meaningful.
From left to right: Roy Poper, Andrew Dame, Erin Tomko, Jonathan Moyer, Lee Alan, Justin Simms, Kelsey Bannon, Abraham Ross

The children's choir joined the Covenant choir on both Palm Sunday and Easter this year.

Palm Sunday began with a liturgy of the palms on the front steps of the church.

New life in bloom in the sanctuary!
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