September 14
Sunday, September 17
Worship 10:00 am
This Sunday we continue our fall series with a reflection on  Life Beyond Death . What does the story of Jonah have to teach us about the pattern of a life with God? How does Jonah's experience of exile in the belly of a whale transform him? What kind of similar experiences have been transformational for you? 

Amy Starr Redwine's sermon is entitled "The Belly of the Whale ." Scriptures are Jonah 1:1-17, Matthew 12:38-41, and Philippians 3:10-11. Our Lay Worship Leader is Anne Wombwell deConingh. 

Sara Pottschmidt Lisherness is the Director of Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  She is visiting in the area and will bring us greetings.   Read about this vital ministry.

Bulletins are posted at where you can also read or listen to sermons. Can you usher, greet, serve communion, provide flowers? Click here.
Our service Sunday features music from American composers, beginning with the second movement from the only Sonata for organ solo by the 19th-century composer Horatio Parker. We welcome the children's choir to our service this week presenting music for the introit, a  2-part canon by Michael Burkhardt (b.1957). The choir presents a setting of the text  Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round by Libby Larsen (b.1950), who composed this anthem for the 2014 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Boston. The text was composed in 1864 by the Massachusetts native Rev. John White Chadwick. Our service concludes with Libby Larsen's setting of the hymn  Blessed Be the Tie that Binds . Learn more about Libby Larsen at .
The Children's Choir will sing the Introit this Sunday and will leave for Sunday School following a Time for Young Disciples. 

"Keys to Our Journey through the Bible"
As we journey through the Bible, each week the children and youth will be sent home from Sunday school with a memory verse to learn which is related to the upcoming week's lesson. 

Memory verse for this Sunday, September 17:
"I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you."-  Genesis 17:7
Life Beyond forum, Sunday, September 17, 11:30 am, Beckwith Hall
For our first Life Beyond forum, we will introduce the topic of the good death. What  are the things that matter at the end of life? How can we best prepare for death for ourselves and our loved ones? How do the stories and beliefs of the Christian tradition offer us guidance and comfort?
Stewardship:  Life Beyond Scarcity  - An Invitation. . .
                           Please sign up today!
This fall, the Stewardship Team invites all members and friends of Covenant to attend one of the events listed below.  Come and hear about the financial health of the church and how the spiritual  discipline of generosity provides us with life beyond scarcity.
Sunday, September 17, 2:30-4:30pm - Open House for current and former trustees hosted by Amy Starr Redwine and Martha Goble
Sunday, October 8, 12:30 - Lunch at the home of Nancy and Jim Smekal  

Email to sign up. You will be contacted with detailed information.
In the Covenant Family
We pray for Judy Bourne, Andrew Bullen (Melanie Marsh Baum's cousin), Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Rich Day (friend of Bill Braun & Cathy Luck), Gabe (son of Liz Roccoforte, CWRU), Eliseo Hairston (Shirley Thompson's grandson deployed to the Pacific), Mia James, Marilyn Krotseng, Olitana Rika (physician at our mission partner health clinic in Albania), Erika & Norbert Roehl (friends of Arnie & Susan Dahm), Robert Schneider (First Baptist Church), Tom Skrout (Stephanie Pennza's father), Rory Smith, Liam Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew), Doug Weiss (Ann Williams' friend), and for those who are 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 .

  Our prayers are with Bob Matia and family on the death of his wife, Barbara, both former Covenant members, who died on August 27 in Paradise Valley Arizona. 

A Note from Mildred Russin: Thank you everyone for the beautiful flowers, cards, gifts, great food and all around wonderful day. It was great to spend time with all of you. Thanks again. Mildred Russin
We are currently seeking a new Supervisor for the Creche. It is with joy and sorrow that we say goodbye to Christina Cameron Hollyfield, our Creche Supervisor, who has begun her new job as a Nurse at University Hospital. We are looking for her replacement. This is a paid, part-time position. Contact Melanie Marsh Baum for more details. 
The session has called a congregational meeting immediately following worship on Sunday, September 24 to consider changes to the ecclesiastical bylaws and code of civil regulations and to vote on a recommendation to confer the status of Pastor Emeritus and Associate Pastor Emeritus on Robert Campbell and Laury Larson, respectively.
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   
Kick-Off Sunday, September 10
Here's a recap. Thank you to all who made this possible!
The Blessing of the Backpacks, including our guest preacher the Rev. Dr. Ken McFayden.

FRESH lower level renovation presentation.  Click here  for more information and how to support. 
Sunday school begins - studying the 66 books of the Bible

Celebrating Mildred Russin's ministry and retirement.

The Covenant Cache Resale Shop
Half-Price Sale
TODAY, Thursday, September 14
Tuesday, September 19
Thursday, September 21
Friday Lunchtime Carillon Concerts & Tuesday Noon Organ Recitals
carillon tower Friday Lunchtime Carillon Concerts resume at 12:15 pm, September 15.
Concerts are performed by Covenant and University Circle Carillonneur George Leggiero and guests on the 15,000 lb McGaffin Carillon of 47 bronze bells. Tours of the tower during the concerts. For more details go to
Tuesday Noon Organ Recitals  featuring organists from throughout greater Cleveland and beyond on both of Covenant's two magnificent pipe organs.  On September 19, Abraham Ross, Church of the Covenant Music Intern, will play.
Both are free and open to the public - Free parking in the Covenant parking lot.
Financial Peace University
Did you know that Jesus talked about money more than any other topic? Have you found effective ways to manage your money that align with your faith?  Join Covenant Members Will and Susan Klein for Financial Peace University (FPU),  a practical, entertaining, and even fun 90 minute class on money management that meets weekly for nine weeks.  FPU has something for folks at every stage of life, from student to retiree. Talk with Susan or Will Klein to learn more about this opportunity and how it has brought financial peace and increased generosity to their family. Please email Will and Susan at
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Friday, September 29, Hanna Theatre
  • 6:30 Salon Discussion with the director
  • 7:30 Curtain
  • Dessert with Martha Bromelmeier, Costume Designer 
You are invited to enjoy a special evening in the intimate setting of the Hanna Theatre. The production is based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film. Learn more about the play .
We are excited to welcome Martha Bromelmeier home to Cleveland!
This is Martha's first time designing for Great Lakes Theater since college when she was a summer intern. She has numerous theater credits in a diversity of genres and has styled many leading ladies. Martha, a "child of the Covenant," is the daughter of Gale and John Bromelmeier.
Save the Date - Sunday, October 1
The Reverend Dr. James Atwood
10:00 am:  Dr. Atwood Preaching in Worship
11:30 am:  Dr. Atwood Presenting a Covenant Forum
2:00-6:00 pm:  Symposium Keynote Speaker
A Gun Violence Prevention Conference
Gun Violence: Our War at Home - Ways to Prevent, Intervene, and Heal
Keynote Speaker: The Reverend James Atwood
Author of America and Its Guns: A Theological Exposé and Gundamentalism
Panel Discussions: " From Concerned Citizen to Activist, We're All in This Together," and "Paths to Healing." Go to  for developing event details.
Opportunities through the Presbytery
Presbytery of the Western Reserve Meal-Packing Opportunity
Saturday, September 23, Valley Presbyterian Church
After a worship service at 9:00, the staff of Rise Against Hunger will orient volunteers. We expect to pack 10,000 nutritious meals by around 11:15. We'll then share in a picnic lunch before the presbytery's business meeting at Noon. Great activity for families. Children's activities are being organized for the time during the business meeting, and the people from Valley Church will provide nursery service. The business meeting is scheduled to conclude by 1:30.  Click here to read more.   Click to RSVP.   Blessings, Henry Pearce, Presbytery moderator   
Do you want to help victims of Hurricane Harvey?  Kim Tunney of John Knox is putting a team together to travel to Houston from  October 14-22 to help with hurricane relief.  The cost for the trip is $300.  Please contact Kim at  for more information!
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