October 12
Sunday, October 15
Worship 10:00 am

What is the difference between Hope and Faith? What can the stories of two sick women - one older, one young - teach us about faith and healing when hope has been exhausted? Melanie Marsh Baum will preach "Life Beyond Healing: A Tale of Two Women," Sunday October 15 at 10 am. 

Scriptures are Psalm 88:1-13 and Luke 8:40-56. Our  Lay Worship Leader is Jules Tryk.   

Bulletins are posted at CovenantWeb.org/read/listenwhere you can also read or listen to sermons. Can you usher, greet, serve communion, provide flowers? Click here.
Life Beyond Education Forum, 11:30 am, Beckwith Hall
At this week's  Life Beyond  forum Martha Goble, Virginia Kallay, and John Starr will talk about healing when a cure may not be an option.
We welcome our Children's Choir
to our worship service, presenting an introit in collaboration with the Covenant Choir and the anthem,  God Is Here with Me by Christopher Hogan. The Covenant Choir presents an unusual arrangement of the African-American Spiritual  I Got Peace Like a River  set by Mack Wilberg (b. 1955). Wilberg is the current director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and has composed numerous arrangements of hymns that have been performed world-wide. This arrangement departs from the traditional up-beat tempo that is usually associated with the spiritual, depicting the peaceful flow of water through a tranquil organ accompaniment upon which the choir sings the melody in slow, lush harmonies. The organ prelude references another body of water in Johann Sebastian Bach's poignant setting of the German chorale "An Wasserfl├╝ssen Babylon" (By the Waters of Babylon, a poetic rendering of Psalm 137). Our service concludes with a resolute fugue by the German romantic composer Max Reger. 
Keys to Our Journey through the Bible - October 15 Memory Verses
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. Sunday's memory verses are:

"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26

 

"Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." Deuteronomy 6:4-5

 

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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), Anne Marie Haiss (mother of Fritz Haiss), Hawthorn Lowry and Rachel Lowry (Kevin Lowry's son and sister), Elizabeth Mierke, Olitana Rika (physician at our mission partner health clinic in Albania), 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. 
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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Congratulations and welcome to Jinle Glover first recipient of the Rev. Jonyrma R. Singleton Scholarship.

We welcome Jinle Glover (pictured here with her mother Nina) to the Covenant Choir as the first recipient of a new intern scholarship set up in memory of the Reverend Jonyrma R. Singleton by David and Pat Keltner. All donations to this scholarship will be used to support a Covenant choir intern from the Cleveland School of the Arts. 
 

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Congratulations to Matthew Garrett, appointed interim director of the CWRU University Center for Innovation in Teaching Education 
Matthew Garrett, associate professor of music education, director of choirs and coordinator of undergraduate studies in music and music education, was recently appointed interim director of the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE).  Over the past two years, Garrett has helped to deliver to UCITE programming, having served as faculty facilitator for the Learning Fellows program, and as co-creator of a new teacher education initiative with the Learning Fellows 2.0 program.  Dr. Garrett is Associate Director of Music at Covenant.  Read more here.
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We are currently gathering information for Amy Starr Redwine's annual review. If you have any affirmations or suggestions related to Amy's work, we will consider them in our process. Please submit them to us by email,  Review@CovenantWeb.org . For fairness in the process, any comments received must be signed. 

Thank you.   Elizabeth  Hagen Moderator and Lou Stark, Vice-Moderator,  Personnel Committee
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Stewardship
During this season when we discern God's call to us to generously share our resources, the Stewardship Team has invited members of the Covenant family to share with us what compels them to contribute time, talent, and treasure to the church. Last Sunday Jim and Lyn Tomaszewski shared their thoughts.
"Good morning everybody. Lyn and I have been asked to say a few words about what keeps us excited about offering our time, talent and currency to the church of the covenant. Actually they asked Lyn but I whined about not being included and pouted and finally got my way. Since I am never able to say only a few words about anything, I think I will defer to Lyn, who is, after all, the communications manager. That being said, what keeps me going is simple: our church's commitment to the people of God, in all their diversity and richness, and especially the children of God. And so, heeere's Lyn..."

"As a Case student over forty years ago I made the half-block walk down Cornell Road to check out the church on the corner.  Like Jim, I've stayed because of our Covenant community - a diverse group of individuals seeking together to live out the Gospel. It is here that I meet people I would never have an opportunity to work with in other parts of my life - who share the desire to make a difference. I know that when we support Covenant we are making so much possible that we could not do individually: 
  • Our mission and outreach
  • Our historic and continuing commitment to social justice and advocacy
  • Our building -open for prayer and meditation, open to campus and community, open those in need
  • Our members and staff whom I have witnessed ministering daily in so many ways to those in our family of faith and beyond
And who would have known that this Covenant community who welcomed me 40 years ago is now lovingly nurturing our nine year old granddaughter.
 
This and so much more is what we do when we come together as people of God. Thank you for being a part of this Covenant community." 
Commitment Sunday is October 22. Please take time this week to review the letter from the Stewardship Team, prayerfully discern your financial commitment for 2018, and bring your commitment card to worship on October 22. Ushers will have blank cards if you need one. You can also make your commitment online through the link at covenantweb.org/donate or mail in your card. Join us in proclaiming the joy of life beyond scarcity!
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"Stay Woke" - A Sermon by the Reverend Kristine Eggert
Listen to the Reverend Kristine Eggert's sermon she preached last Sunday at Old Stone Church. Reverend Eggert is the co-founder of God Before Guns, the multi-faith coalition of individuals and faith communities working to reduce gun violence. God Before Guns is a Covenant mission partner, and held a symposium at Covenant last Sunday.

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Opportunities
Saturday Tutoring Program Tutors Needed
Tutors needed for Saturday, October 21, CWRU's fall break
If you have never tutored, arrive by 9:15 for orientation. 
If you have tutored arrive by 9:45. All skills welcome!
 Remaining First Semester Tutoring Dates: Oct. 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18! 

GOOD NEWS from The Saturday Tutoring Program (STP):
  • During the 4th tutoring session of our 28th year, 86 students were nurtured by 52 tutors.
  • Of the 86 students, 33 were in grades 1-4; 17 in grades 5 & 6; 36 in grades 7-12. 
  • 36 students have perfect attendance, as do 30 tutors!
Last week students were encouraged to write about the topic, Good Manners.  Some excerpts:
  • Ania, 7th: "A time good manners brought me a prize was last Thanksgiving.  When I helped my mom cook a big feast, I got lots of kisses and hugs for making such good food."
  • Zyaira, grade 3: "My manners make me not lose my friends."
  • Kristan, grade 10: "Good manners are you entering a room with a sense of respect towards others."
  • Malcolm, grade 9: "Because they are here to help you, you should show respect to all the volunteers.  At tutoring, that's showing manners."
  • "Good manners, such as being cordial, are something that should be practiced all the time, even though it's hard to show good manners when people are rude.  Having good manners is ultimately a reflection of how much you value and respect yourself."   David, grade 12  
  • "I show good manners by eating eloquently and not burping while eating.  That's rude.  When we're done with lunch, my friends and I clean up after ourselves."  Mikayla, 9th
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Friday Lunchtime Carillon Concerts & Tuesday Noon Organ Recitals
 
Friday Lunchtime Carillon 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  ucbells.org/events .  David Osburn, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Carillonneur, will play Friday, October 13.
 

Tuesday Noon Organ Recitals  feature organists from throughout greater Cleveland and beyond on Covenant's two magnificent pipe organs. On October 17, James P. Riggs, Minister of Music and the Arts, Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights, will play.
 
Both are free and open to the public -  Free parking in the Covenant parking lot.
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Trunk or Treat
Friday, October 27, 6:00-8:00 pm
Covenant Parking Lot   
   
Decorate your car
Donate chili and candy
Come for a family-friendly good time!
Contact Mindy Stewart to learn how you can participate: MStewart@CovenantWeb.org. It's fun!

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2017 Covenant Lecture with Ellen Goodman
"The Most Important Conversation America Isn't Having"
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Pulitzer Prize winning syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman founded The Conversation Project as a public health movement to change the way people talk about and plan for their end-of-life care. Hear her passionate call to engagement and find the resources to help your families and communities engage in this important discussion. 

Sponsored by the Church of the Covenant and Cleveland Clinic Spiritual Care, Cleveland Clinic Palliative Medicine,  University Hospitals Palliative Medicine and Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Free / Open to the Public - Register at: www.EllenGoodmanatCovenant.eventbrite.com.
11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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