January 18
 
 
Sunday, January 21
                                             Worship 10:00 am

Have you ever had an epiphany -- a moment when an event or a discovery changed everything? This week we hear Jesus call the first disciples, which was certainly a life-changing event, not just in their lives, but for everyone who knew and loved them. Join us as we worship God and seek to better understand God's claim on our lives.

Please consider helping out on Sunday mornings! We need weekly ushers, greeters, and flower  sponsors, and monthly communion servers. To sign up,  Click here  and  enter your name where you wish to serve.

Bulletins are posted at CovenantWeb.org/read/listenwhere you can also read or listen to sermons. Printed sermons now include the pastoral prayer.

The choral anthems in this week's service reflect on the "good news" as proclaimed in the Gospel reading from Mark 1. Felix Mendelssohn completed the oratorio St. Paul in 1836, from which the anthem "How Lovely Are the Messengers" is taken. Alabama native, William Dawson taught at the Tuskegee Institute from 1931-1951 and published numerous choral settings of African-American spirituals, many of which have become standard repertoire for choirs around the globe. Both Dawson and Mendelssohn represent composers who have felt the sting of injustice - Dawson overcoming the degradation of the Jim Crow era and Mendelssohn overcoming anti-Semitic criticism throughout the 100 years following his death

The children will have Sunday School this week. The memory verse for January 21 is: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6
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In the Covenant Family
We pray for Don Norris (friend of Tom and Cheri Keys), Judy Bourne, Andrew Bullen (Melanie Marsh Baum's cousin), Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Anne Wombwell deConingh, Marlene Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's mother), Eliseo Hairston (Shirley Thompson's grandson deployed to the Pacific), Mollie Hoar (family friend of Gene and Diane Papp), Greg Madison, Navy Seal Luke McClain (Dr. bert Campbell's nephew, new father of twins, just deployed), Elizabeth Mierke, Ward Porch, Sue Salvator, Tom Skrout (Stephanie Pennza's father), Liam Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew), Doug Weiss (Ann Williams' friend), Lynn Glickson and Baby Kaden. We pray for those struggling with illness, convalescing, or are homebound; the patients, family, and staff in our surrounding hospitals; and those who have placed prayer requests in our Carpenter's Box.
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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UPDATED SCHEDULE for Saturday Tutoring Program
Tutor Training/Orientation -- February 10
Tutoring (1st-12th grade),Tutoring Sessions -- February 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24.
Email SaturdayTutoring@gmail.com or call 216.421.0482 ext. 281 Visit online at SaturdayTutoring.org

Be a Covenant Ambassador!
The Saturday Tutoring Program needs your help. As an Ambassador for the Covenant we would like you to arrive by 9:30 Saturday mornings and do the following as needed:
  • Help visitors.  People walk in seeking directions to other buildings in the area or wanting to visit the sanctuary. They want bus tickets or food, or seek the times the Cache is open.  There can be people arriving for wedding or funeral preparations.
  • Help parents of STP students get to the library and reception room.  Some parents sit in their cars during tutoring. Others prefer to sit upstairs where coffee, tea, and water are provided.  Ambassadors will escort them to the upstairs area.  
  • Distribute literature to tutors, parents, and visitors. This is an opportunity to distribute fliers about Covenant events: Trunk-or-Treat, Thanksgiving dinner or simply information about Sunday service.
  • Recognize student and tutor achievements.  Interact with the tutors and kids, listen to what they've accomplished, and congratulate them. 
If you have questions, please contact Mary Anne Bromelmeier.

Flower Donations
Did you know that the beautiful flower arrangements we enjoy each Sunday come to us for the remarkably low price of $85? This is not covered by the church's budget, but by individual donations. Flowers can be donated in honor or memory of an individual or group, and donations of any size are much appreciated to help offset the cost. After the service, the deacons create several small arrangements from the large arrangements and give them to members of the congregation who are sick or celebrating milestones. If you would like to sponsor flower for a worship service, please contact the church office or email covenant@covenantweb.org
Communications Survey
Our new Communications Manager Aisha Newton is conducting a survey  help her to serve The Church of the Covenant community better. Your input is welcomed and needed. Thank you in advance. https://surveyhero.com/c/23a6fc9d
Explore new spiritual practices in the new year
The Ministry of Faith Formation offers a number of ways for you to find support and companionship on your spiritual journey. If you are not already, consider attending one or more of these programs as we begin a new calendar year. We offer weekly and monthly Bible studies, weekly Theology on Tap, weekly yoga classes, a monthly meditation group, monthly groups exploring the Enneagram, and more. Interested? Please email covenant@covenantweb.org or contact a member of the staff to learn more.
Partnership with North Church,  Sundays January 21 & 28 and April 8 &15
This Sunday members of church will gather at North Presbyterian to assist in preparing and serving the community meal that follows their worship service. We are still seeking additional volunteers for next Sunday, January 28th, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, and for our spring volunteer dates, April 8th and 15th. North Church shares space with Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries at 4515 Superior Avenue. Sign up in the church office. For more information contact Ministry of Service member Bob Ault. North Church is a Covenant mission partner.

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Weather-Related Church Closing
According to the church's Personnel Manual, church staff will determine on a case by case basis if the church is to be closed due to inclement weather. In the event that the church is closed, an email notification will be sent to those on our mailing list and a notification will appear on the home page of the church website. If you have a church meeting or event that is affected by a closing, the staff member associated with that event will contact you. 
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