April 26
 
Sunday, April 29
 Worship at 10:00 am

Join us this week as we continue our exploration into the book of Acts. This week we step back and look at the first members of the new and growing church. How does this moment in the story of Acts give us a glimpse at the power of community to co-create an ever-expanding vision of the gospel of Jesus Christ? Kevin Lowry 's sermon is entitled "Building A Movement, " and  the scriptures are Psalm 91 and Acts 2:42-47. Our Lay Worship Leader is Harriet Wadsworth.

Music Notes: Our music this Sunday centers on the theme of placing one's trust in God, celebrating the collective faith of the worshipping faithful in this season of Easter. The extended prelude comprises Bach's partita variations on the chorale "Jesu, Saviour, heed my greeting, kind and gentle is Thy being." The Anthem's text rejoices that God always hears our prayers, saying, "Thou hast granted my request, Thou hast heard me." While the music up to this point reflects gladness and joy in our faith, the offertory introduces a more quiet, entreating manifestation of trust, with Purcell's beautiful anthem "Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts." As the music for the service grows more introspective, the quiet, introspective joy brought about by Easter manifests in the slow movement from Paul Hindemith's second organ sonata, played as the postlude."

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. 

Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 6:  The session has called the annual  meeting  of the congregation for  Sunday, May 6  immediately following worship. We will gather together for a time of fellowship with snacks provided by the deacons, engage in Bible study, and hear reports on the Dowd Commons renovation and the state of the church. At  11:45 , we will head outside to put our faith into action by helping to beautify the grounds of the church. Tasks for all levels of participation are being identified by the trustees, so wear comfortable clothes to worship and join us for 30-60 minutes of outside work (weather permitting). Click here to sign up and tell us your work preferences!
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In the Covenant Family
  

        
                       Happy Birthday to those celebrating in May
Glenn Anderson
William Anderson
Erin Baker Tomko
Anita Bevel
William Busta
Allison Cheng
Leena Clint
Shelly Foster
Clint Fowler
Karen Garland
David Gressley
Nessa Gressley
Kathryn Heines
Ryan Jefferis
Sushan Klein
Chris Langmack
Ray Laylin
Lee Parry
Paul Roeder
Jean Sacatsh
Maren Shriver
Ava Shupp
Will Stark
John Starr 
Lynda Starr
Mary Thomas
Beau Urban
Elizabeth Vernorsky
Sylvia Wadsworth-Butler
Keita Watson

                     Our apologies if we have missed your birthday! 
                     Please call the office at 216.421.0482 to let us know.


We pray for  Judy Bourne, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Connie Brand, Rachel Clevenger, Marlene & William Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's mother), Clint Folwer, Brenda Hall, Chick Holtkamp, Kitty Jarjisian, Cindi Johnson, Les Knowlton, Rebecca LeBron, Greg Madison, Al Malenock, Elizabeth Mierke, Alex Peters, Asia Roebuck (friend of Quinn Redwine), Ward Porch, Diane Romeo, Sue Salvator, Liam & 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 pray for  those struggling with illness, convalescing, or homebound; the patients, family, and staff in our surrounding hospitals; and those who have placed prayer requests in our Carpenter's Box.
  
Este Pozza will be on vacation from Tuesday, April 24, through Monday, April 30.

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

Jason Katsaros and Grace Cammarn grew up in Wadsworth, Ohio, and now live in downtown Cleveland. Grace studied Statistics, and Environmental Studies at Case Western Reserve University and Jason studied Computer Science and Software Engineering at Miami University of Ohio. Grace is a data analyst at Progressive Insurance and Jason is a software developer at Hyland Software. Jason and Grace got engaged in October 2017 and will be getting married in Wadsworth, Ohio in late July. Their pastimes include seeing shows at Playhouse Square and hanging out with their playful cat, Quimby. They are both very excited to call the Church of the Covenant their new church home.
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Outreach Opportunities

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.

Seeking Volunteer Help with the Sanctuary Sound System
We are grateful for your patience in worship as our sound system is repaired. In the meantime, we are seeking additional volunteers to help run the system during worship and other occasional events in the sanctuary. Although some experience with audio equipment would be helpful, we will also offer training on the system. Please contact Amy Starr Redwine if you are willing to assist with this vital ministry that makes our worship accessible to all.

Walk Against Hunger
This year, the church staff will join other University Circle institutions in the 8th Annual Circle Challenge: The Wade Oval Walk Against Hunger on Friday, May 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please support the staff in our efforts to fight hunger by making a donation of support, either by making a  financial  contribution of cash or a check made out to Harvest for Hunger, by bringing a donation of non-perishable food to the church office, or by joining us on the walk! We are grateful for your support.  The Harvest for Hunger Campaign is one of the largest hunger relief campaigns in the nation, collecting enough money and food to provide 50 million meals in 2017 to hungry people in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Ashland and Richland counties. Dollars raised through the Harvest for Hunger campaign make food available to local hunger centers for free. For every dollar donated to Harvest for Hunger, four nutritious meals will be provided to those in need in our community.

Spring Music Concerts
 
Friday, April 6-Friday, June 15, 12:15 pm
Lunchtime Carillon Concert this coming Friday, April 20 at  12:15pm, with Covenant Carillonneur, George Leggiero. 

Tuesday, May 1, 12 noon 
Noon Organ Concerts with guest French organist, Vincent Warnier.

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

Community Events

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

Collaboration Concert
On Friday, April 20, over 160 musicians gathered in our sanctuary to perform John Rutter's moving "Mass of the Children." We welcomed into our homes for the week the Toronto Bach Children's Choir which joined choristers from the Beaumont School and Padre Pio Academy. 



Youth Mission Fundraiser
Gracias, Merci, Danke sehr,  ありがとう, Thank you!!! Much gratitude and appreciation to all those who "Traveled the World on Earth Day" with the youth and helped them raise funds for their summer mission experiences. The reception room was filled with delicious homemade foods from various cultures, eco-friendly place settings, and much laughter as Chris Langmack and Melanie Marsh Baum facilitated the bidding wars on "mystery packages" from around the world. It was an afternoon to remember and a successful journey bringing our diverse generations and backgrounds together for a common cause.  If you were unable to attend the fundraiser, but would like to donate to the Youth Mission Opportunities, please  click here  or drop a check in the offering plate with "youth mission" in the memo. Please contact Mindy Stewart with any questions. Thank you!
  
 
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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