April 12
 
Sunday, April 15
 10:00 am
Join us this week as we continue our Easter exploration of the early church with stories from the Acts of the Apostles. In this week's story, the church is thinking outside the box to try to attend to the many needs of the community.  But what happens when  someone takes on a task he wasn't assigned? Amy Starr Redwine's sermon is entitled "Out of Bounds"  and scriptures are Psalm 4  and Acts 6:1-15 . The lay worship leader is Carol Roe.

Music Notes: Our choral music today reflects the evolving natural landscape of winter to spring as a metaphor for the resurrection as penned by two British poets from the early 20th century, J.M.C. Crum (1872-1958) and Robert Bridges (1844-1930). For the introit, the choir introduces a new hymn by American composer Natalie Sleeth (1930-1992), In the Bulb There Is a Flower, inspired by T.S. Eliot's poem, "In my end is my beginning." Our closing hymn, Arise, Shine Out comes from the Methodist hymnal, penned by English hymn-writer Brian Wren (b.1936). The prelude, Choral by Belgian composer Joseph Jongen, is one long majestic crescendo that blossoms into a crowning cadence. The exuberant postlude is the final movement of Felix Mendelssohn's Organ Sonata No. 1, Op. 65 published in 1845.

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. 
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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). We also pray for Portia Miles Smith as she moved to Maine and Chris Chaves as he moves to Vermont, and wish them Godspeed in this next phase of their life's journeys.

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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New Member Showcase

Jennifer DoVale grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and came to Cleveland to study Civil Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.  One Sunday in her first year, her b est friend invited her to see her play in the hand bell choir at a church service at Covena nt, and she  has been attending Church of the Covenant ever since.  After graduating in May, 2018, Jennifer will begin her career as a Transportation Engineer Associate with a private consulting firm in downtown Cleveland.  She is most excited to begin her post-college journey in the city and church community she has grown to love.

New members will be received by the session on April 25 and introduced in worship on Sunday, April 29. Please help us welcome these newest members of the Covenant family.
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Outreach Opportunities

  Partnering with North Church, Sunday April 15 -- This Sunday!                 
Thanks to those who helped partner with North Church last Sunday. Our final Sunday for 2018 is this Sunday,  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." For more information, call Bob Ault at 216-751-6094. North Church is a Covenant mission partner. 

Airport Rides for College Students - Can you help? 
The end of the academic year is fast approaching! Covenant Student Ministries is looking to create a team of volunteer drivers to take students to the airport to catch flights home for the summer. This program will run from April 30th to May 21st. CWRU, CIM, and CIA students will be able to request rides and we will match them with available drivers.  Are you willing to give up an hour or so of your time to pick someone up from the Church parking lot and take them to Cleveland Hopkins Airport? If you are, please complete the form by following this link.

Upcoming Events

Covenant Classics
Wednesday, April 18, 11:15 am
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. Contact the church by April 15th to register. Guests are welcome.


"Come Travel the World on Earth Day"

Sunday, April 22, 11:30 am
On Sunday, April 22nd  help support youth summer mission opportunities. Join us at  11:30 am  in the Living Room for an international potluck and an auction of Mystery Welcome Packages from around the world. Contact Mindy Stewart with any questions.

Spring Music Concerts

Friday, April 6-Friday, June 15, 12:15 pm
Lunchtime Carillon Concert this coming Friday, April 13 at  12:15pm, with Covenant Carillonneur, George Leggiero. 

Graduate Lecture Recital
Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 pm
Covenant Music Intern Abe Ross will present his graduate lecture recital at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 17 at Peace Community Church, Oberlin. The lecture will address performance issues in chorale-based organ works of eighteenth-century Germany, including text-painting, musical rhetoric, and developments in chorale accompaniment. The recital will be performed on an instrument by George Bozeman modeled after the organs of Gottfried Silbermann, a prominent organ-builder in Saxony during the late baroque period.

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

Community Events
   
Blue & Green Day
Friday, April 13, 11:00-2:00
National Donate Life "Blue & Green Day" is   this Friday.  This is a day that people display the colors blue & green to recognize the importance of organ donation.  To celebrate, Transplant House will have banners on all 16 balconies, displaying support of organ donation - all made by Transplant House families.  There will also be a hot dog roast, bake sale, jewelry sale (proceeds to benefit Transplant House families) here on our front lawn, and will give tours of our buildings. Transplant House is a mission partner of the church.
                                                                     
Grateful with Diana Butler Bass
Saturday, April 21, 9:00am - 12:30pm
   
The Presbytery of the Western Reserve presents acclaimed author and speaker Diana Butler Bass at  First Presbyterian Church in Willoughby on  Saturday, Apr. 21st .  Join us for a discussion of her latest book,  Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks . Cost to attend is $10.   Advance registration required (click here).  Discounted Books available. For more information, contact  leadership@preswesres.org .


Immigrant/Refugee: What is the Difference? 
Saturday, April 28, 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM 
Presbyterian Women's Spring Gathering will be hosted by St. Mark's Presbyterian 
Church, 22111 Chagrin Boulevard from 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM on Saturday, April 28. The topic is  Immigrant/Refugee: What is the Difference? Cost is $10 in advance or $12 at the door.  You can register with Lee Lohr, 3864 Long Road, Avon, Oh 44011 or Gladys Kershaw at  gmkershaw@aol.com.
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Church Happenings

Habitat for Humanity Apostle's Build
Thanks to the hard-working Covenant members who helped kick off the Apostle's Build for Habitat for Humanity on April 5 & 7. We appreciate your service to the Greater Cleveland community! Interested in finding ways to put your faith into action? Contact Melanie Marsh Baum, Associate Pastor, mbaum@covenantweb.org.
 


CWRU Saturday of Service
Once again Church of the Covenant, Covenant Student Ministries and The Saturday Tutoring program partnered with The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL) and the Office of Greek Life at Case Western Reserve University to coordinate both on-campus and off-campus service opportunities for students on this day.  Saturday of Service promotes one-day service events designed to encourage students to get involved in the Cleveland community. 

This past  Saturday, We hosted over twenty-five CWRU Students. The student organization Shadowing Case By Case, which coordinates job shadowing opportunities for pre-health students, helped the trustees begin painting the hallway. We also had students volunteering for the first time with our  Saturday Tutoring Program. Thank you to the deacons and Martha Goble for providing a delicious lunch for our crew of volunteers! 

If you are interested in ways to partner with the campus community, please contact Kevin Lowry, our Campus Chaplain, at klowry@CovenantWeb.org
   
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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