July 27, 2017
Sunday, July 30 
Worship 10:00 am
In this week's installment of Jacob's story, he gets married -- twice -- after being tricked by his uncle Laban into first marrying the wrong sister. When in your life have you gotten something totally different than what you expected -- from a relationship, a job, an organization? How did you cope with not getting what you wanted? How do we understand the workings of God when life deals us an unexpected hand? Join us for worship this week as we seek to recognize the presence and love of God in all the circumstances of our lives.

Amy Starr Redwine's Sermon is "Veiled ."  The scriptures are  Genesis 29:15-28  and   1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Our Lay Worship Leader is Sybil Marsh.  Bulletins are posted at  CovenantWeb.org/read/listen where you can also read or listen to sermons. 
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In the beginning... Stories from the Book of Genesis Summer Sermon Series
This summer in worship we will be hearing stories from the book of Genesis. From creation to the extraordinary lives of the forefathers and foremothers of our faith tradition, these stories not only reveal to us who God is, but who we are as God's children, called to faithfully serve God and one another even as we care for the world around us. 
We invite all children to participate in a Time for Young Disciples.  This Sunday the children will remain in worship in a space created just for them. While children of all ages are welcome in worship, a nursery for infants through children pre-kindergarten age is available, opening at 9:30 am. You may ask the ushers for directions. 

Contact Mindy Stewart, Director of Family Ministries, at  MStewart@CovenantWeb.org  for more information about programs for youth and families.  Click here  for a summer schedule for youth.
This Sunday we welcome back Peter Bennett, Midori Marsh, and David Osburn to our service of worship. 

Peter Bennett has wide-ranging interests as a keyboard player and scholar. Born in the UK, he initially studied organ, improvisation and conducting. After a master's degree in musicology he took up the harpsichord, studying in London, Italy and Paris. He earned his PhD in music from Oxford University, with a dissertation on early 17th-century French sacred music. Dr.  Bennett worked with numerous modern and period orchestras and ensembles in London. In Cleveland, he plays organ and harpsichord with Apollo's Fire and other regional orchestras. His research now centers on the music and institutions of early-modern France, with a focus on Louis XIII's Paris. Dr. Bennett is harpsichord faculty with the Cleveland Institute of Music and Associate Professor of Musicology with Case Western Reserve University.

Midori Marsh, Canadian-American soprano soloist, grew up in the Covenant family, is a Covenant member and the daughter of Sybil and John Marsh. She  recently completed her undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University and plans to return in the fall for her Opera Diploma. Her most recent role performed was Magda in Menotti's The Consul, with Long Reach Opera in Toronto. 

David Osburn is in his twenty-seventh year as carillonneur of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights. He studied under carillonneur Percival Price at the University of Michigan and studied organ with the Cleveland Museum of Art's Walter Blodgett. He restored and installed a Holtkamp pipe organ in his Middleburg Heights music studio where he taught piano for forty years. For the past twenty-six years he has presented the annual Independence Day Carillon Concert in Gates Mills.
In the Covenant Family
We pray for Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Rich Day (friend of Bill Braun & Cathy Luck), Eliseo Hairston (Shirley Thompson's family member deployed with the Marines to the Pacific), Shirley Homer (Mildred Russin's cousin), Cyndi Kuntz, Les Knowlton, Marilyn Krotseng, the Lawhon Family, Erika & Norbert Roehl (friends of Arnie & Susan Dahm), Renee Smith (partner of Tony Harvey), Emilee and Liam Stewart, Chrismaly Vaidl (traveling to South Korea), Lois Wilson (sister of June Begany) 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.
Jonathan Moyer is on study leave and vacation July 24 through August 11. Amy Starr Redwine is at the Chautauqua Institution from August 5 through 12. Melanie Marsh Baum is in Pittsburgh July 30 through August 5 for the Stephen Ministers Leadership Training Course.
  Happy Birthday to those celebrating in August!
Karen Ault
Cathy Bell
John Bourne
Autumn Bromelmeier
Gale Bromelmeier
Rebecca Bromelmeier
Carol Clint
Diana Drushel
David Finkenthal
Thomas Foster
Jim Greene
Russell Hack
Phyllis Hackett
Thomas Heines
Peggy Kacerek
Rod Keen
Mary Kucharski
Kyle Langmack
Cherie Laylin
Amber Lilley
John Marsh
Nancy Matz
Paul Matz
Dick Miller
Kaileigh Mitchell
Luther Moss
Jonathan Moyer
Suchi Nelson
Diane Papp
Este Pozza
Julia Prince Hatfield
Anna Raske
Peter Shriver
Lindy Stella
Andrew Szafraniec
Ron Szafraniec
Oleg Targoni
Carolyn Teare-Richardson
Nick Tomko
Daniel Veenstra
Daniel Venorsky
Kim Voss
Harriet Wadsworth
Paul Williams
Lani Wood
Scott Young
Our apologies if we have missed your birthday! Please call the office at 216.421.0482 to let us know.
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   

Year to date - 6/30/2017 Financial Report

  • Year to date for six months ending June 30, 2017 - net (loss) was ($34,064).
  • Loss is driven primarily by the fact that revenue from Consolidated Endowment draws was under budget by $11,572 and the distribution from Helen Cole Trust (budgeted year to date at $18,750) has not been received yet. Budgeted Consolidated Endowment income is withdrawn as needed based on cash flow. In 2017, it will be reported when received; in prior years endowment income was reported as budgeted.
  • Expenses were under budget by $16,297.
  • Pledges received to date are below budget by $11,174.
Your faithful stewardship allows us to be faithful and effective stewards of the church's resources, and to achieve our calling to be a welcoming spiritual home, live God's inclusive love, express Christ's compassion, and do justice in the world. Thank you! 

You should have recently received your mid-year giving statement by email. If you did not or if you have any questions, please contact Este Pozza at the church office. You can make a one-time gift or set up recurring gifts online at covenantweb.org/donate , or text an amount and keyword "CovenantChurch" to 73256 on your mobile phone. Knowing that all you have belongs first to God, may your faithful generosity be a blessing to you even as your giving is a blessing to others. 
Theology on Tap at The BottleHouse
Darrell, John, Jill, Brian, Omar, and Hugh.  
Thank you to Melanie Marsh Baum for this picture.

The July Theology on Tap discussion met at The BottleHouse in Cleveland Heights last Thursday. Friday, August 25, join Theology on Tap for a day trip to Chautauqua Institution. To learn more about this discussion group on God, faith, and life, contact Melanie Marsh Baum at MBaum@CovenantWeb.org. We hope to see you soon!
Oberlin Summer Organ Academy Visits Covenant.

16 students from the Oberlin Summer Organ Academy visited the Covenant earlier this month as part of their tour of Cleveland. After a demonstration of the organs and tour of the sanctuary, George Leggiero demonstrated the carillon.
Opportunities At Covenant
Y-Haven seeks help creating hospitality kits for Rising Hope, its new opiod recovery facility.
Please bring items by August 17 
Rising Hope , new recovery housing program for individuals in recovery from opiod addiction, is in need of household items to help furnish forty, two-person suites, each with its own kitchen and bath. The Ministry of Service is collecting new or gently used items for delivery August 18. Below is a list of suggested items that you may drop off in the Church office: 

Plates/silverware/glasses/mugs for two
Pots, pans, skillet
Kitchen utensils (eg, knives, peeler)
Toaster / Can opener / Coffee maker
Cleaning supplies for a month (eg, sponges, dish soap, cleanser, laundry soap)
Area rugs (2) - new or freshly laundered
Bedding / bed spread for 2 regular single beds (new or freshly laundered)
Shower curtain


For further information, contact Barb Clint at 216-385-5114 or bclint@clevelandymca.org  
McGaffin Carillon Concerts
Friday   | 12:15 pm | Tower tour follows 
Sunday | 11:00 am | Tower tour follows
This week guest carillonneur David Osburn is performing love songs from hymns, opera, theatre, and movies. 
Through August George Leggiero and guests will play a concert on Friday at 12:15 pm and repeat that concert at 11:00 am on Sunday morning. The tower is open to visitors following the concerts. Meet outside at the Main (Tower) entrance; children should be accompanied by an adult. Printed programs are available on the lawn as you leave the service. Explore the area around the tower and find your "special spot" to hear the bells and let us know where that is. Check in on Facebook ("The Alexander McGaffin Memorial Tower") or Twitter (@McGaffinBells) and let your friends know you heard the bells.  Go to ucbells.org.  View the video that recently aired on WVIZ IDEAS.
Covenant Fall Women's Retreat
Saturday, September 23 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm | Rivers Edge Retreat Center
Join the Reverend Sharon Seyfarth Garner, author of  Praying With Mandalas ,  and the Reverend Melanie Marsh Baum as we explore creative and contemplative spiritual practices in this day-long retreat.  Rest, renew, and refresh your soul as we enter the Fall season of the year. Registration cost: $50 per person, including meals.  Space is limited to 15 participants. Sign up in the Church office.
Trustees are cleaning out old Youth Lounge | Sunday, August 13  
Trustees are cleaning out the old Youth Lounge which hasn't been used for some time. Please come down and take a look. You are welcome to take anything you would like!  The door to the Youth Lounge is off the hall between the front of the Sanctuary and the Reception Room.
Text to Give!
Did you know you may use your smartphone to be generous? Text the keyword "CovenantChurch" and a dollar amount to 73256 (for example, "CovenantChurch $50"). You'll be taken through a series of prompts that will allow you to securely make a gift of any size to the church. You can apply your gift to your 2017 pledge or in any other way you indicate. Experience the ease and joy of giving! Your donations support our ministry to youth and students and our outreach to the community, as well as sustaining our daily operations and supporting our talented staff.
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