May 17
 
Sunday, May 20
 Worship at 10:00 am

This Sunday we celebrate with confirmands Veronica Bromelmeier, Camron Mitchell, Justin Mitchell and Victoria Hagen as they confirm their baptismal vows before the congregation. Melanie Marsh Baum's Sermon is entitled "Go and Be  Disciples". The scripture is Matthew 28:16-20. The Lay Worship Leader is Norma Shuskey

Music Notes:  Our music for Pentecost features three settings of the 9th-century Gregorian hymn Veni Creator Spiritus (Come, Creator Spirit), one in its original form for the Introit against a backdrop of improvised sounds and spoken responses, and two settings for organ. The invocation of the Spirit is continued in AndrĂ© Thomas' stirring setting of the spiritual My Good Lord's Done Been Here. 

Children will remain in worship . They are welcome in the children's area at the front of the sanctuary and we have activity bags available in the narthex. 

Adult Forum: This Sunday,  member Julie Mailey leads us in a conversation on Faith and Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. If you would like to walk to the museum, meet in the Reception Room at 11:30 am; otherwise, meet in the lobby of the museum at 11:45 am. The conversation will conclude by 12:30 pm.
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In the Covenant Family
  
We pray for  Jane Adams, Judy Bourne, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Connie Brand, Paul Dirksen, Marlene & William Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's mother), Chick Holtkamp, Cindi Johnson, Stephanie Johnson,Paul Jokinen, Les Knowlton, Greg Madison, Elizabeth Mierke, Alex Peters, Ward Porch, 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 physical or mental 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.

Amy Starr Redwine will be out of the office on Monday and Tuesday this week for study leave in Montreat, North Carolina. Melanie Marsh Baum will be out of the office Tuesday through Friday for study leave in San Diego, California.

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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Welcome Our New Members!

Sandy Ammon was born the daughter of a Presbyterian minister and has been a Presbyterian all of her life. She became disillusioned with "the church" when her church closed two and a half years ago and wasn't looking for a new one, but somehow this one found her. Sandy came to visit Covenant with a friend, whose church had also closed, and slowly the fragmented pieces of her spiritual journey started to fall into place, like the pieces of a puzzle. Every time that she came back, it became more and more evident that this should be her church home. She is a second career Chemistry teacher at John Hay High School, right down the street (her first career was in clinical chemistry at St Vincent Charity Hospital). She is also a Reiki practitioner and enjoys practicing yoga. She and her husband Rick have two grown daughters, a Schnoodle, and a tank full of cichlids. In the summer, she likes to travel, and is a big Indians fan! She is looking forward to meeting more people and getting involved in the mission of this beautiful church.

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

Bat Wings and Bell Tower! 
Specialized Help Needed for Covenant's 2018 Parade the Circle Entries!
In the spirit of "go big or go home," we've tackled a lot on the occasion of the McGaffin Carillon's 50 th anniversary weekend,  including committing to building a tower-shaped float surrounded by 47 wing-flapping bats! So if you're good with a hammer or saw...or would like to improve your skills...consider joining the crew who will be tackling this monumental tower float task!  We will be meeting with artistic/designer staff from the Cleveland Museum of Art the weekend of May 26 th and 27 th for advice on how to cost-effectively replicate our church tower wrapped in bells. Our very own "Tool Guy" Ed Laylin has agreed to help transform this idea into reality. If this seems like something you might enjoy helping with, contact Barb Clint either via phone/text (216-385-5114) or via email  and she'll fill you in on work dates and times.

Construction not your thing? Then we have a completely different opportunity for you: helping to make bat wings for all of our Parade participants. We are aiming to have at least 25 kids and 25 adults marching in Parade the Circle on Saturday, June 9th.  Parade marchers will wear black clothing (leggings, slacks, t-shirts) and custom-made wings. Rumor has it that we have a bat wing pattern from a prior year's entry, which we are tracking down. We will provide the fabric if you can provide your time and skills. Again, if you're interested, contact Barb Clint either via phone/text (216-385-5114) or via email.


Spring Music Concerts  
FRIDAY LUNCHTIME CARILLON CONCERTS
May 18
12:15-12:45pm
Bring a lunch, a lawn chair or blanket and a friend.  Pick up a program at the base of the tower or online. Attendance and parking are free .
This week: George Leggiero, University Circle Carillonneur 
Friday carillon concerts continue through November 16

Tuesday, May 22, 12 noon 
This week:  Albert Bellefeuille, organ.

McGaffin Carillon 50th Anniversary Celebration: June 9-11

Gospels Sculpted in Bronze
Did you know that up in the McGaffin Tower are hundreds of relief sculptures of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? Check Ezekiel 1:10 and Revelation 4:7 for the Bible verses that gave rise in early Christian theology to identifying the four writers with the symbols of man (or sometimes a book, since Matthew's is the first gospel in the New Testament), lion, ox, and eagle.

Carillon bells are really sculptures  cast of molten bronze
 using a lost-wax technique, just like  Rodin's bronzes at the Art Museum. Bell foundries offer choices for decoration. Fifty years ago,  Covenant's carillon committee, chaired by the late George L. Hackett, selected a frieze of figures of the four evangelists and their medieval symbols, surrounding the shoulders of all 47 bells.

On the weekend of June 8-10, we will celebrate the ways in which this marvelous instrument has literally proclaimed the gospel for 50 years. Don't miss the concerts on Friday and Sunday and Covenant's "Bats in the Belfry" Parade the Circle float and Circle Village presence.  And, about 140 feet closer to terra firma than the bells, you can see the symbols in the ceramic tiles of the Williamson Chancel landing, too.

Like The Alexander McGaffin Memorial Tower and Carillon on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/McGaffinTower/  to see a daily countdown of historic and current photos.

Community Events 

Visit the Holy Land with local Presbyterian pastor 
The Rev. Dr. Jon M. Fancher of Rocky River Presbyterian Church will be making his 6 th trip to the Holy Land next February, and invites you to join his tour group for a 10-day guided tour of the Holy Land countries of Jordan and Israel/Palestine. For a brochure detailing itinerary, pricing and more, call Rocky River Presbyterian at (440) 333-4888, or click here   and under the "Find a Trip" tab you'll need this information:  Tour: HL19  Date: 021819  Code: J Tour Host ID#: 17718

The Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art presents: 
For Freedoms Town Hall: FAITH, ART, AND (IN)JUSTICE: 
Thursday, May 24, 2018
6:30PM: Reception featuring Sherrill Roland's The Jumpsuit Project
7:30PM: Town Hall Discussion

How can faith and art play a role in bringing solutions to America's prison crisis? We would like to hear your voice alongside our distinguished panel at this For Freedoms Town Hall focused on Freedom of Worship, where we will discuss faith- and art-inspired efforts to combat mass incarceration, motivate prison reform, and support reentry. Prior to the panel, please also join us for a reception where you can meet and talk with Roland as he presents The Jumpsuit Project
as well women enrolled in LMM's "Chopping for Change" re-entry culinary project. Please click here to register.

Panel:
Gwendolyn Garth, artist (Cleveland)
Andrew Genszler, CEO of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries (Cleveland)
Eric Gottesman, artist and For Freedoms co-founder (New York)
Sherrill Roland, artist (North Carolina)
Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, activist, musician, author, filmmaker, theologian (St. Louis)
Hank Willis Thomas, artist and For Freedoms co-founder (New York)
Moderated by Dan Moulthrop, CEO of The City Club of Cleveland


Important Notice

Reminder that Mayfield Rd east is currently closed from Euclid.


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