May 24
 
Sunday, May 27
Trinity Sunday
 Worship at 10:00 am

This Sunday in worship we reflect on what it means to be made in the image of a trinitarian God. How might this often-confusing concept influence how we live as God's children? How might it inform our life together as we seek to be the church, created by God, redeemed by Christ, and sustained by the Holy Spirit? Join us as we ponder and celebrate this mystery! Amy Starr Redwine's sermon is titled "Bound" and scriptures are  Isaiah 6:1-8 Romans 8:12-17.

Music Notes:  Both the organ prelude and postlude are based on the 4th century hymn, Te deum laudamus, the text of which is filled with images in reference to the triune nature of God, including the "thrice holy" of Isaiah 6. The choir presents Mendelssohn's heart-felt setting of the text Verleigh uns Frieden (Give peace in our time) based on Martin Luther's translation of the Latin text Da pacem Domine. We welcome soloist and high-school choral intern Jinle Glover, a junior from the Cleveland School of the Arts, presenting the aria How Beautiful Are the Feet from Handel's Messiah. 

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. 
 _____________________________________________________________________
In the Covenant Family
  
We pray for  Jane Adams, Judy Bourne, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones's niece), Connie Brand, Paul Dirksen, Marlene & William Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's parents), Chick Holtkamp, Cindi Johnson, Stephanie Johnson, Paul Jokinen, Les Knowlton,Donald Lowry, Greg Madison, Elizabeth Mierke, Alex Peters, Ward Porch, Sue Salvator, Liam & Emilee Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew and sister), 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.

Our prayers and sympathy  are with Sonia Golden and her family on the occasion of the death of Sonia's sister, Elizabeth Wolf, on May 14th; and with the family of Louise Wolfcale, who died on May 21.

Congratulations to Kevin Lowry, our Chaplain for Students, who will graduate on May 26 from the Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio with his Masters in Divinity with a Youth and Young Adult specialization. His capstone project was titled "Meeting Them Where They Are: A Pratical Theology for Encountering Emerging Adults along Their Spiritual Journey." At MTSO Kevin served as a student trustee on the Board of Trustees. 

Out of the Office:  Willie Howard will be on vacation from Friday, May 25th through Friday,
June 1 st.

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
 _____________________________________________________________________
Outreach Opportunities

Food collection for the Covenant Food Pantry this Sunday
                                             
This Sunday the children will collect food and financial donations for our Covenant Food Pantry, open the last Wednesday and Friday of each month, Thursday afternoons in the Connection Center for students, and for emergencies.  Food Pantry which is in need of Spam/canned meat, Spaghettios, chili, canned stew, canned vegetables, corn muffin mix, fruit and pudding cups.

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.

2018 Habitat 5k Walk-Run-Mosey
Please consider joining us on Saturday, June 16th at Edgewater Park at 10am for the Habitat for Humanity 17th-Annual Walk/Run/Mosey.  There is a 5k route and a 1-mile fun route.  If you would like to join our group please click here This is a family-friendly, dog-friendly, and donut-friendly run/ walk /mosey (or come for fellowship and donuts!).  The  walk  is free, but all funds raised  will go to rehabbing a beautiful Habitat house in the Buckeye Neighborhood for a family.

The Deacons invite you to support Camp Kesem: 
Collecting items through June 17th.
Camp Kesem, a nationwide organization with student chapters on college campuses, provides free week-long summer camps for kids whose parents have or have had cancer. This year, the CWRU chapter will host campers from throughout northeast Ohio, ages six through eighteen. Visit the reception table after worship on Sundays to learn about how you can help provide supplies, or contact Matthew Garrett for details.




Spring Music Concerts  

FRIDAY LUNCHTIME CARILLON CONCERTS
May 25,  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: Van Parker, Guest Carillonneur
Friday carillon concerts continue through November 16

Tuesday, May 29, 12 noon 
This week:  David Boeckh, 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: 
TODAY, 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 eastbound is currently closed from Euclid.


For more information regarding this please click here.
 _____________________________________________________________________
Member Spotlight

Last Sunday confirmands Camron Mitchell, Veronica Bromelmeier, 
Justin Mitchell, Victoria Hagen completed confirmation. Congratulations!


Amy Starr Redwine gave the invocation 
 at the CWRU Commencement  Ceremony last Sunday.
Congratulations to all CWRU graduates!
 

The McGaffin Carillon 50th Anniversary and  carillonnuer George Leggiero are featured in CWRU magazine. Click to read the article.

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.

11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

Have items for the e-news? 
Something fun to share with the Covenant community?
Email    Covenant@CovenantWeb.org.  

Centered in the Circle - Open to the World