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Sunday, December 10
2nd Sunday of Advent
Worship 10:00 am

How do we make the simple sacred? How can we find peace with less in this festive season, without it feeling like a sacrifice? Our theme for the second week of Advent is Peace - Spend Less. 

This Sunday Melanie Marsh Baum's sermon is entitled "A Little Bit More ."  This week the scriptures are    Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13  and  Mark 1:1-8 . Our Lay Worship Leader is Paul Williams .
 

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 music this week comes from the English late-Romantic tradition. Edward Bairstow was organist of York Minster Cathedral from 1913 until his death in 1946.  His setting of "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" is more of a musical reflection on the text rather than a direct presentation of the famous Advent hymn. The setting is imbued with mystery and holiness that dramatically climaxes on three angelic cries of "alleluia."  Harold Darke had a long and distinguished career serving many churches in England. He is best remembered for his serene setting of the Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter. Its simplicity reflects the humility of the manger scene and the sincerity of a poor shepherd's gift. The organ prelude by Alec Rowley (1892-1958) was dedicated to Harold Darke, and our service concludes in the tranquility of a setting of the Advent hymn "Veni Emmanuel" (O Come, O Come Emmanuel) by Bairstow. 
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Children's memory verse for Sunday, December 10
The children will have Sunday School this week. The memory verse for December 10 is "Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created."  - Esther 4:14 
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Giving Tree Celebration with pastries, Lower Level, 11:00 am 
  • Collection of Giving Tree gifts - please bring to the Dining Room BEFORE worship on Sunday
  • Pastries & caroling with our Giving Tree Choir and Orchestra.
  • Update from on our Lower Level renovations.
  • Thanking Lyn Cooper Tomaszewski as she prepares to retire.
Many thanks to the Deacons for this annual celebration!
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Come Bid a Fond Farewell to the Lower Level!
Be sure to come to the Giving Tree celebration after worship this Sunday, to take a last look at the lower level as we have known it for so very long!  Immediately after the caroling, the renovation project will begin. First step - students and members will begin emptying kitchen drawers, cupboards, and shelves. There will be some unneeded kitchen equipment and dishes available, so if you need such supplies, please let us know.
 
Amy has an exciting announcement to make regarding the renovation, which you won't want to miss.  And we will have an update on fund raising to date. The renovation is underway at last!
 
Lower Level Task Force,
Martha Goble, Keith Kallay, Tom Keys, Chris Langmack, Marilyn Langmack
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In the Covenant Family
We pray for Randy Bennett, Patrick Monaghan, and Don Norris (relatives of Tom and Cheri Keys), Judy Bourne, Andrew Bullen (Melanie Marsh Baum's cousin), Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Rich Day (friend of Bill Braun & Cathy Luck), Marlene Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's mother), Prince Fountain (Tom Fountain's brother), Janet Garrett (Mathew Garrett's mother), Eliseo Hairston (Shirley Thompson's grandson deployed to the Pacific), Greg Madison, Elizabeth Mierke, Olitana Rika (physician in Albania), Daniel Straffon (Cary Arden's grandson traveling to Myanmar), Robert Schneider (First Baptist Church), Tommy Seagraves (Lynda Starr's brother), Tom Skrout (Stephanie Pennza's father), Liam Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew), Doug Weiss (Ann Williams' friend), Jeff Williams, and those 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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Pray for those affected by gun violence
Since a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, killing 26 people, 20 of them children,  870 people in Cuyahoga County have been killed by guns. Since last month, 17 more individuals have died by gun violence in Cuyahoga County. Four of those who died were by suicide, and one victim was under eighteen. 
 
Believing God calls us to be peacemakers, by Session action, each  month we pray for people affected by gun violence and to reduce the evil of gun violence in our nation, marked by the tolling of the tower bell. Join us in this time of increased concern over deadly gun violence in our county, country, and world, in remembering and praying that God will show us the way to a new commitment to Peace on Earth. 

The Church of the Covenant partners with God Before Guns, a multi-faith coalition of individuals and faith communities created in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, to reduce gun violence. Go to  GodBeforeGuns.org to learn more. 
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Holiday CircleFest at the Church of the Covenant!
Thank you to everyone who made this year's CircleFest at Covenant a festive day for everyone!
Thank you to Deni Horstman, David Keltner, Kevin Lowry, and Kate Williams for these pictures.


See more McGaffin Carillon pictures at:


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Opportunities
cookies
Cookies for the Ernest J. Bohn Senior Center Luncheon
Our Deacons are asking for cookie donations for the Christmas luncheon they are hosting for participants at Ernest J. Bohn Senior Center on Tuesday December 12. Please bring to the church office, labeled "Deacons Christmas Cookies" by Sunday December 10.
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Poinsettia
Poinsettia Orders -  Deadline is THIS Sunday, December 10
Time to order your poinsettias in memory of or honoring a loved one. These poinsettias decorate our Sanctuary from Sunday, December 17 through Sunday, December 31.  Order forms are in the office or click here to download a form.While there is not set amount, a contribution of $25 or more would help defray the cost of our poinsettias and greens. Names will be listed in the December 17 and 24 bulletins. Poinsettias may be picked up after service on December 31.
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Two Advent Devotionals
are available for your Advent reflection
Advent Coloring Devotional  by Sharon Seyfarth Garner $10
Advent Devotional  by Henri Nouwen $8
Both may be purchased in the Church Office.
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December McGaffin Carillon Concerts
Monday - Friday, December 18 - December 29 (except December 25), 12:15 pm
Hear the McGaffin Carillon in thirty minute programs of winter holiday-inspired music.  This is a gift of the Friends of the McGaffin Carillon.  Go to ucbells.org for more information.
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Important Cache Dates
Because of the remodeling, no donations can be accepted after December 9.
The Cache will be  closed for Christmas break December 15-January 1. 

Mark your calendar for a half-price sale on January 2 and 4.

As part of our lower level renovations the Cache will close on January 5 for several weeks.

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