August 2nd
 
Sunday, August 5
Worship at 10 am, Dowd Commons

Join us for worship this Sunday in the newly renovated Dowd Commons (lower level). This week we explore the concept of mercy towards the outsider and the vulnerable. Jesus makes our treatment of "the least of these brothers and sisters" the only real criteria for the final judgment. Yet mercy, the practice of benevolence in our relationships with others and the natural world, is incredibly challenging and pushes us "Beyond the Safe Place." This week's scripture is Numbers 6:24-26.

Summer Hymn Requests
Haven't sung your favorite hymn in a while? Here's your chance. Let us know your hymn request(s) and a possible date for your request over the remaining Sundays of July and August. You may submit up to two hymns (in order of priority). Please submit hymn titles from either our current pew hymnal or the new "Glory to God" hymnal.
Click 
 to submit your requests online. You can can also submit them in the office.

Children:  Nursery for infants through Pre-K is available in the Living Room (Lower level of the Education Wing). Children will stay in worship after the Time for Young Disciples.

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In Our Church Family

We pray for  Judy Bourne, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Paul Dirksen, Rob Engle, Marlene & William Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's parents), Chick Holtkamp, Leon Kelly, Les Knowlton, Greg Madison, Barbara McGhee, Sue Salvator, Liam & Emilee Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew and sister), Anne Wombwell deConingh, June Tomko and Gabriel (Jenny Conner's grand-nephew). We pray for those struggling with illness, convalescing, or homebound; patients, family, and staff in our surrounding hospitals; and those who have left prayer requests in our Carpenter's Box

Out of the office:  Amy Starr Redwine will be on vacation August 2-15.  Shannon James is on vacation August 7-10.  Jonathan Moyer will be on vacation August 9-26.

Please send prayer requests to Melanie Marsh Baum. Names are generally removed from the bulletin after four weeks unless there is a continuing need. Please let the church know if you or a loved one is 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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Financial Updates from Este

Thank you all for your continued support of Church of the Covenant! Did you know that you can make a donation in form of a stock transfer? This is of extra benefit to you, since you don't need to pay capital gains tax on any appreciation of stock. Our broker at Fidelity can not disclose the donor information to us.So, it is imperative that you let me know of the donation you are in the process of making. You can email me at epozza@covenantweb.org or call the Church office 216-421-0482 extension 226 for Este Pozza, Manager of Finance.

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Church Happenings

Congratulationss to Keasia Clarke Jones on graduating from Aspire!


"Learning for Life" is the message behind 8 th grader Keasia Clarke Jones and her three-year involvement with a program focused on developing leadership potential in girls. With the support of family and friends, Keasia successfully completed her commitment with Aspire on July 25 th . Here's what Keasia has to say about her experience: "Aspire was a life-changing experience. Even though at times it was hard, my teachers and my Aspire sisters helped me push through the summer. There are many things that I will miss about Aspire especially spending time with my Aspire sisters. These past three summers I have learned that kindness and courage and bravery and loyalty will help you succeed in life. My Aspire sisters have taught me to have thicker skin in situations and never give up." 
Congratulations, Keasia! May you forever be a leader among your peers!

What is Aspire?
Aspire seeks to support motivated middle school girls who are limited in opportunity because of low family income and lack of exposure to higher education. The program recruits fifth grade girls from public and charter schools in neighboring districts where students face challenges prevalent in many urban schools today: coursework that is insufficiently challenging, class sizes that are too large, lower academic achievement among peers, and insufficient college guidance.  Over the course of a three-year commitment in middle school, Aspire girls participate in a variety of leadership-building activities in academic classes and exploratory workshops. 

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 

Habitat for Humanity Spruce-Up Day August 4th:  Join Habitat for a day in the community to help existing residents with minor exterior repairs such as step, porch and fence repairs and well as landscaping an debris removal. We are looking for 50 volunteers to w ork with Habitat staff and the community to spruce up a block. Sign up is first come, first serve. Volunteers need to be at least 16 years old.  Watch the amazing video of a recent spruce up done on July 13th in the Buckeye neighborhood:  https://youtu.be/7aof2Nv4NoM
When:  Saturday, August 4th from 9:00am until 3:30pm
Where:  Meet at 3478 West 97th Street, Cleveland Ohio  
Registration: To register online follow this link: 
Should you have any problems registering, please email Rebecca or Carol at  rsmiddy@clevelandhabitat.org  or  clehman@clevelandhabitat.org
Lunch:  We ask you to bring your lunch and consider bringing a dessert to share. We will have a large tent so that everyone can eat together.

Saturday Tutoring Program "Wish List":  The tutoring program needs "gently used" items, including the following: 2 tablets, 3 computers, calculators for all ages as well as books and educational games. 

Part-Time Nursery Position Available:  We are looking for a child care worker to assist our wonderful Mihaela in caring for our littlest church members. This is a paid, part-time, (roughly 2 hours per Sunday during worship time), hourly position. If you, or someone you know might be interested, contact Melanie Marsh Baum. 

Summer Learning 

TOT goes to CHQ!
Join our Theology on Tap group on  Wednesday August 15th  for a day trip to the Chautauqua Institution in western New York.
We'll have lunch and attend the Interfaith Lecture at  2pm, featuring Theologian and Activist Ruby Nell Sales, followed by a brief discussion.  Stay for an optional evening concert, featuring bluegrass and roots musician Rhiannon Giddens.

Even if you've never attended Theology on Tap, you are welcome to join us for this fun and enriching experience!  We will leave from the church parking lot at  10am.  Gate passes for the afternoon lecture are $17, Afternoon and evening, $45.  Contact Melanie Marsh Baum for details.

Spring Music Concerts 

FRIDAY LUNCHTIME CARILLON CONCERTS
July 10, 12:15-12:45 pm & Sunday, July 12, 11:00-11:30 am 
This week: We've cleared the snow away so you can bring a picnic on the lawn while listening to the seasonal music you missed last December. George Leggiero plays familiar tunes like Ding! Dong! Merrily on High; You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch; and Chestnut Roasting on an Open Fire. The program also has carillon music written for the season including a set of pieces written by Nino Rota when, as a student, he spent a season at the Bok Tower in Florida.


Community Events

Saturday, August 11th, 9am-1pm & Sunday, August 12th, 10am-1pm at The Gathering Place Warehouse Home Furnishings Sale.
The warehouse is located at 4911 Commerce Parkway, Warrensville Heights, OH 44128. Shop for fine furniture, exquisite home accessories and lovely costume jewelry at the lowest prices of the year! Proceeds from warehouse sales help The Gathering Place provide free programs and services to people currently coping with the impact of cancer. 
For more information, visit  www.touchedbycancer.org/warehouse 

What:  A family fun day to celebrate the union of mind, body and spirit!
When:  Saturday August 18, 2018 10AM-6PM
Where:  5403 S Ridge W( RT 84) Ashtabula, OH 44004
Entrance fee $3 per person. Kids 12 and under get in free.
For more information follow @shrineofthehealingmasters on Facebook or call 440-969-1724
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11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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