October 26
This Sunday!  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 .
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Tomorrow! Trunk or Treat 
Friday, October 27, 6:00-8:00 pm
Covenant Parking Lot
Come for a family-friendly good time!  We had over 200 guests last year. 
Sunday, October 29
Worship 10:00 am

This Sunday concludes our Life Beyond... series as we consider Life Beyond Love. We know that Jesus sets the highest example of love. But even Jesus was betrayed by those closest to him. How can we learn from Jesus how to give and receive love that goes beyond affection? How can the practice of forgiving and being forgiving help us to experience love that is richer and deeper that what we often expect? Come and worship with us.

This Sunday's scriptures are John 13:31-38 and John 18:15-18, 25-27. Our  Lay Worship Leader is Catherine (Kitty) Jarjisian. 

Bulletins are posted at CovenantWeb.org/read/listenwhere you can also read or listen to sermons. Printed  sermons now include the pastoral prayer.  Can you usher, greet, serve communion, provide flowers?  Click here.   
Our musical offering this week encompasses various works from German composers. The offertory is a rousing setting in variations of the famous hymn Lobe den Herren by German organist and pedagogue Hugo Distler, who conducted the State and Cathedral Choirs in Berlin. The prelude dates from around the same time - Paul Hindemith, having just fled to America during the Second World War, composed exquisite settings of traditional folk tunes from his native area. A selection from Mendelssohn's well beloved oratorio Elijah can be heard as the anthem. 
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Keys to Our Journey through the Bible - October 29  Memory Verse
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: 
"In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit." Judges 21:25

"Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, 
and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God." Ruth 1:16
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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), Thelma Everhart, Gabe (son of Liz Roccoforte, CWRU), Eliseo Hairston (Shirley Thompson's grandson deployed to the Pacific), Anne Marie Haiss (mother of Fritz Haiss), Greg Madison, Elizabeth Mierke, Patrick Monaghan (relative of Tom Keys), 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.
Happy Birthday to those celebrating in November!
Mary Archibald
Robert Baker
Tiffany Bevel
Laura Bromelmeier
Chip Bromley
Hugh Burtner
Suzanne Cooper
Bridget Farkas
Patty Fowler
Matthew Garrett
Jenny Griswold
Joseph Groszek
Elizabeth Hagen
Julia Haiss
Dee Hough
Greg Madison
Kathryn Mierke
Kaori Hongo Moyer
Bushnell Olmsted
Levona Olmsted
Sergey Ostrovskiy
Willie Parker
Ruthann Pinsoneault
Donna Prease
Harrison Stoneking
Jim Tomaszewski
Lyn Cooper Tomaszewski
Pam Turos
Jim Watson
Zachary Zuik
Our apologies if we have missed your birthday!  Please call the office at 216.421.0482 to let us know.
Thank you to everyone who has committed to supporting the work of the Covenant in 2018.  Haven't had an opportunity to make your financial commitment?  There are blank cards in the narthex and the office. 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!
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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Opportunities
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 .  Patrick Macoska, Guest Carillonneur, will play Friday, October 27.
 

Tuesday Noon Organ Recitals  feature organists from throughout greater Cleveland and beyond on Covenant's two magnificent pipe organs. On October 31, Jonathan Moyer, Covenant Organist and Director of Music, will
play. This is the final organ recital for the fall. Many thanks to all the musicians, cookie bakers, and concert goers!
 
Jonathan Moyer, who is teaching and concertizing at the Maine Organ Institute in Bangor, was featured on WABI TV. Concerts this week are at St. John's Catholic Church, the home parish of our music department intern Abraham Ross. 
Apostles Build 2017 Dedication
Saturday, October 28, 11:00 am
12112 Longmead Avenue
Celebrate Connie and her family's newly renovated home at 12112 Longmead Avenue. Housing rehabs are made possible by congregations, including Church of the Covenant, who participated in Apostle's Build this past year. Click here to see the flyer.

Mass Casualty Drill in CWRU Nord Hall Sunday, October 29
The Case Western Reserve University Emergency Medical Service (CWRU EMS) will conduct a Mass Casualty Incident Drill in Nord Hall Sunday, October 29, from 7 am to 5 pm. Nord Hall is on the west campus south of Euclid Avenue. Please do not be alarmed by the multi-agency response to fake patients; it is a drill.
Renewing Commitment to Nonviolent Action 
Sunday, October 29, 4:00 pm - Free and Open to the Public
Forest Hill Church,
  3031 Monticello Blvd. at Lee Road
As the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's death approaches, many of us seek to renew our commitment to nonviolent action against oppression. The Justice and Mission Ministry  of Forest Hill Church invites you to an interactive presentation on nonviolence featuring Sarah Thompson, Executive Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams.  Come hear how the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta is preparing for the anniversary, how Christian Peacemaker Teams have intervened in oppressive conflict situations around the world, including Charlottsville, VA. and learn ways we can continue the important work of Dr. King. 
Presbyterian Women to gather Saturday
November 4, 8:30 am-1:30 pm
Noble Road Presbyterian Church,  2780 Noble Road, Cleveland Heights
Speakers from God Before Guns , Live Recovery Ministries , and Freedom Rising  
Click here for more information and a registration form. 
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Looking Ahead!

Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Sunday, November 19, 11:30 am

The Ministry of Service is calling for volunteers, financial donations, and food.

Here's how you can help!
Bring food:                                            Bring a side dish, salad, or dessert.
Financial Donations for Turkeys:      Donate to buy turkeys by November 12.   Mark your check
                                                                "dinner" or go online at  CovenantWeb.org/donate .
Volunteer:                                             Help the Covenant Chefs with set-up, serve, or clean-up.
Come!                                                    Be a part of this annual Thanksgiving tradition!

Please sign up in the church office.
11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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