June 1, 2017

The River Jordan 
Shared by Kevin Lowry who is in Israel. 
Pentecost Sunday June 4 -  Worship 10:00 am

On the first Pentecost, the Spirit came to the apostles with the sound of a mighty wind and the appearance of tongues of fire. In other words, it was hard to miss. How do we experience the Holy Spirit today? How do we recognize when the Spirit is present with us and working through us? Join us as we experience God's presence in worship through music, prayer, and the celebration of the Lord's Supper.

Amy Starr Redwine's sermon is titled, "Setting Fires." The scriptures are Psalm 104:24-34 and Acts 2:1-21. Our Lay Worship Leader is Orene Anthony.

This Sunday we conclude our choral music season with the inspiring tones of jazz, welcoming saxophonist Dave Kasper, trombonist Kristopher Morron, and drummer Matthew Hadaway. The choir presents William Dawson's stirring arrangement of the spiritual Every Time I Feel the Spirit, which is later repeated in a jazz improvisation for the postlude. The communion liturgy also features well known spirituals and gospel songs that reflect the sentiments of the traditional responses: kyriegloria, and sanctus.
We offer our sincerest gratitude for the dedicated work of the Covenant choir, its soloists, volunteers, and leadership. They represent many diligent hours of rehearsal and preparation, bringing inspiration to our many services throughout the year.   "Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord!" - Psalm 150.

Bulletins are posted at 
CovenantWeb.org/read/listen , where you can also read or listen to sermons.
Children in worship: Following the Time for Young Disciples, all children age kindergarten through 7th grade are invited to a worship space created just for them. Child-friendly bulletins and creative worship materials will be provided. Parents are welcome to sit with their children in the adjacent pews. Additional adult supervision will also be provided.  While all children are more than welcome to remain in the service, we have a nursery for infants through pre-kindergarten age children. Ask an usher for directions.  Click here to see the summer schedule for our children and youth.  Contact Mindy Stewart,  Director of Family Ministries, at  MStewart@CovenantWeb.org  for information about these or any programs for youth and families.
We are looking for volunteers eighteen or older to be the second adult in the Crèche on Sunday mornings from 9:30 am-12:30 pm. Join Christy Cameron-Hollyfield, our Crèche Coordinator, and get to know our youngest children. Contact Christy at  CCHollyfield@CovenantWeb.org , Melanie Marsh Baum at  MBaum@CovenantWeb.org , or call the church office at 216.421.0482. 
In The Covenant Family
We keep in our prayers Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Rich Day (friend of Bill Braun and Cathy Luck), Gretchen Drushel (studying in Seoul, South Korea), Julia Haiss, Stephanie Johnson, Karen and Les Knowlton, Marilyn and Rolf Krotseng, Ann McDaniel (Pat Owen-Keltner's aunt), Catherine Reynolds (friend of Jules Tryk), and Erika and Norbert Roehl (friends of Arnie and Susan Dahm). We pray for Covenant members and friends 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.

The rose on the lectern this Sunday celebrates the birth of Laura on May 26, to Jim Mate's daughter, Jessica. Congratulations to everyone!  

Kevin Lowry  is in Israel May 24-June 12 as part of a cross-cultural immersion program, coursework for his Masters of Divinity. 

Good luck to Therese Haiss, who will run the 1500 meter in the NCAA Division 1 championship in Eugene, Oregon on June June 7-10. The semi-finals are June 8 and the finals are June 10. Her parents, Mary Anne Bromelmeier and Fritz Haiss, grandmother Gale Bromelmeier, and brother Max Haiss (who is in San Francisco) will be cheering her on. Mary Anne shares that this is Therese's 4th and final season for outdoor track and her first time to make it to the semi-finals.  
The Covenant Tribute Fund 
We recently received a donation in honor of Ron James 80th birthday which he celebrated in April. Best wishes to Ron and thank you to his friends, Michael and Linda Zaugg of Seattle, Washington, who made this donation in his honor and to support Covenant's Food Pantry.

The Special Gifts Committee and the Board of Trustees  have created The Tribute Fund. The purpose of this special fund is to celebrate or honor special birthdays, anniversaries or accomplishments of friends, colleagues or members. Each donor and the person so honored will be acknowledged in the Covenant e-newsletter.   If you wish to receive more information regarding the fund,   please contact Martha Goble   at her email listed in the church directory.
Happy Birthday to those celebrating in June!

Libby Acree-Smith
Bob Bell
Justin Benoit
Otis Bevel Jr.
Malcolm Blake
Heidi Braun
Kristi Dahm
Nikki Elliott-Goins
James Elliott-Wallace
Arrah Enoh
Victoria Gates
Lynn Glickson
Donald Goins
Qu´Jane Gordon
Gary Hans Holbein
Kenyon Johnson
Marie Jones
Tristan Jones
Daniel Kenworthy
Savanna Klein
Les Knowlton
Jonas Kucharski
Charlie Langmack II
Liesl Langmack
Fred Mailey
Julie Mailey
Lauren Mailey
Midori Marsh
Pam McKinley
Myles Nickolich
Abby Osgood
Jim Pennza
Patricia Putnam
Debbie Rorick
Mildred Russin
Norma Shuskey
Cheryl Spence
Brooke Still
Emerson Stoneking
Gwendolyn Urban
Pat Van Keuren
Reid Watson
Ann Williams
Tim Wood
Callie 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   
Congratulations to Our Grads!

Congratulations to Emily Kent, daughter of Joy and Lawrence Kent, on her graduation from Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California, on May 20 with a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She will be completing a one year residency in Santa Rosa, California, before beginning private practice. Joy is pictured here with her father Larry.

If you have a graduate in your family, we'd love to share the good news! Email Covenant@CovenantWeb.org.
This Sunday: Peace & Global Witness & Bread for the World offerings 

Peace & Global Witness Special Offering

The Peace & Global Witness offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world. Covenant may use up to 25% of this offering for global witness; the Presbytery of the Western Reserve will retain 25% for ministries of peace and reconciliation; and 50% will be used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness. Special envelopes are in the pews or you may go online at CovenantWeb.org/donate; click the down arrow where it says "pledge" and select "peacemaking."

Bread for the World 2017 Offering of Letters |  Library following worship
Write letters to your legislators urging them to invest in programs that help millions of people escape from hunger. Watch for more information on June 4th or talk with Bob Ault. Go to www.bread.org for more information.

Session Update
Session, the Covenant's governing body, is the spiritual and visionary leader of the church. Members elected to Session serve three-year terms as elders. In their monthly meetings moderated by the pastor, session engages in Bible study and visioning and performs necessary business of the church. Click here to meet our Session members.

At our meetings in April and May, your Session:
  • heard statements of faith from incoming deacons, elders, and trustees
  • engaged in Bible study and strategic visioning 
  • approved outdoor summer worship services to be held on the first Sundays of July, August, and September
  • approved the use of funds to train the staff in the use of the new member database, Realm, and to send a member of the Stewardship Team, Will Klein, to a stewardship conference.
  • Received information about the formation and work of three review task forces: the Long Range Financial Strategy Review Task Force, the Choral Music Review Task Force, and the Self Study Review Task Force. Each of these groups will be working throughout the summer to review these areas of church life and make recommendations to session.
Music at Covenant

Abraham Ross, Oberlin student and Covenant Music Department Intern, playing Tuesday, June 6.
Tuesday Noon Organ Recitals featuring organists from throughout greater Cleveland and beyond on both of Covenant's two magnificent pipe organs. Bring a lunch! Bring a friend!   Free and open to the public. Free parking in the Covenant parking lot.
Friday, June 2 - George Leggiero offers C ompositions and Arrangements for the Bells: 
A suite, several English folk songs, a serenade, and a set of variations on an old Danish folk song.
P erformed by Covenant and University Circle Carillonneur George Leggiero and guests on the 15,000 lb McGaffin Carillon of 47 bronze bells. Bring a lawn chair; picnic on the church lawn or CWRU campus. Free parking. Go to ucbells.org for details.
Over the summer we would like to provide a dessert for 8 to 10 residents at Transplant House of Cleveland, just up the hill on 115th Street. You may sign up in the church office to bring your dessert on a specific Sunday or you can also donate to help pay for Mitchell's ice cream. Transplant House provides temporary, affordable housing for organ transplant patients and their families while they are visiting Cleveland for medical care. See Mary Anne Bromelmeier with any questions.  
JUNE 3 & 4 | 11:00 AM UNTIL DUSK (rain or shine)
Art, food, music, community non-profits, harmony park for kids.  Hessler Street is across the street from Ford Road Garage.
SATURDAY, JUNE 3 | 8:00 am-12:00 pm (kick-off 9:00 am)
To Benefit Garden Valley Neighborhood House and its Food Pantry
Garden Valley Neighborhood House, 7100 Kinsman, Cleveland OH, 44104
Free parking behind GVNH (Turn South on 71st St.) 
Registration on-site $10. 
Online registration at  donations and sponsorship at NASW Ohio
Contact: Megan Sparks at m.a.sparks@vikes.csuohio.edu
Sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers, Ohio Chapter, Cleveland State University Student Club and the Garden Valley Neighborhood House
PARADE AT 12:00 PM | CIRCLE VILLAGE 11:00 AM-4:00 PM (rain or shine)
Sponsored by the Cleveland Museum of Art
Now in its 28th year, Parade the Circle continues to dazzle audiences with the drama and artistry of colorful floats, puppets, costumes, dancers, and musicians. The theme of this year's Parade is  Collage: a composition of often disparate elements collected and altered to complete a vision Circle Village invites visitors onto Wade Oval for an afternoon of family-friendly activities, live music, and delectable food. 

Lori is riding 328+ miles from Hope Lodge on Mayfield Road to Hope Lodge in Cincinnati to raise money to support those who are challenged by cancer and research to fight this disease. Lori is the daughter of Covenant member Orene Anthony.   Click here to learn more about Lori and to donate.  
Dale Goode, a Cleveland native, Covenant member, painter, sculptor, and muralist, has shown his work widely in the Northeastern Ohio area over several decades. You can enjoy his work in the East Gallery (above Christ Chapel) where it is displayed. 

11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
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