February 16, 2017
The Church of the Covenant

The Lord  is my light and my salvation;  whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;  of whom shall I be afraid? 
I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord  in the land of the living. 
Wait for the Lordbe strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Psalm 27:1, 13-14
Photo:  Tom Kilbane

Interfaith Service of Prayer
Interfaith Service of Prayer:  Prayers for Peace
President's Day, Monday, February 20, 7:00 pm
Church of the Covenant Sanctuary

On President's Day the Church of the Covenant will host an interfaith prayer service to pray for our leaders and our nation. We will open our sanctuary to people of any faith as we come  together in prayer and worship.  Our prayers for reconciliation, mercy, justice, and wisdom will be led by Rabbi Roger Klein, The Temple-Tifereth Israel; Ramez Islambouli, the Muslim Student Association, CWRU; Reverend Joe Cherry, Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland; and the Reverends Amy Starr Redwine and Melanie Marsh Baum, the Church of the Covenant.

Worship for Sunday, February 19

As we continue our series on the Psalms, we will consider psalms of re-orientation. When in your life have you come through a difficult time with a whole new perspective? How has this impacted your capacity to trust God? How have such experiences helped you to support and encourage others facing situations that challenge their faith? Join us for worship on Sunday at 10 am. 

Amy Starr Redwine's sermon is titled, "All Things New." Scriptures are Psalm 27 and Mark 28:16-20 our Lay Worship Leader is Lucy Matz. 

Bulletins are generally available on line by Friday at CovenantWeb.org/read/listen.
Sunday Schedule for Covenant Youth
If God is your partner, make your plans BIG! 
 - D.L. Moody
Join us for Sunday School and Choir this week!
9:30 - Creche nursery opens 
10:15 - 11:10 - Bible lesson & snack
11:15-12:00 - Children & Youth Choir
Marie Jones and Kathy Farkas will be teaching the children and youth about "Psalms."  Jim and Nancy Smekal are helpers. If you would like to help out with Sunday school through teaching and/or assisting, please contact Melanie Marsh Baum. The kids would love to get to know you!
SOWERS  (8th-12th graders) will meet this Sunday from 5:00-7:00 pm at Dewey's Pizza on Lee Road. Come for food & fellowship, learning & laughter!
While all children are more than welcome to remain in the service, we have a nursery for infants through pre-kindergarten age children. Activities packets are available from the ushers.
Music This Sunday
Music Notes: Our service this week includes two choral settings of Psalms. The introit features a setting of Psalm 100 (Hari'u l'Adonai) taken from the Jewish liturgy and set to music by the Jewish American composer Abraham Binder (1895-1966). For the offertory, the choir sings one of John Rutter's most poignant anthems, The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation (Psalm 27), which features guest clarinetist Colin Roshak. Colin is pursuing a undergraduate degree in clarinet at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. The postlude continues with the theme of light as represented in Jean Langlais's dramatic Incantation pour un jour Saint (Incantation for a holy day), the work composed around two Gregorian chants from the Easter Vigil. The opening declarative statement in unison octaves proclaims "Lumen Christi" - the light of Christ!
Black History Forum Series
Black History Forum Series: 
"Unpacking Black Lives Matter" 
Dr. Zachery R. Williams
11:30 am, Beckwith Hall

 "Space, Place, Race in Context"
This Sunday's forum will focus on a variety of voices to put things in context for the engagement and responses throughout history.  Dr. Zachery Williams is Associate Professor of African American History at the University of Akron and has authored of a number of books and articles. Click here to learn more about Dr. Williams.     

This week continue the conversation over lunch.
Zanzibar Soul Fusion, 13225 Shaker Boulevard 
Sign up in the Church office or just gather in Beckwith Hall after the forum to go to lunch. 

Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square. Proverbs 1:20

Meet our Newest Members
At the end of September we were blessed with twelve new members who joined the Covenant community. We asked each to tell us a bit about themselves.  Over the next few weeks, we will share their pictures and brief biographies so that we might better know one another.

Allison Cheng
Allison grew up in Ellicott City, Maryland and moved to Cleveland in the summer of 2014. She is in her  third year of a pediatrics residency at Rainbow Babies and Children's hospital, currently on the gastroenterology service and about to start a Neonatal ICU rotation for the next month.  Allison enjoys ru nning, traveling and spending time with family. The Church of the Covenant caught her eye when she was looking for a church to call home, and it has been so welcoming from the start. She is very grateful for the wonderful community at the Covenant and has enjoyed meeting everyone here.
In the Covenant Family
We keep in our prayers David Browne, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Rich Day (friend of Bill Braun and Cathy Luck), Kathleen Emerick (Louise Wolfcale's friend), Mia James, Stephanie Johnson, Timothy Moyer (Jonathan Moyer's brother), Tim Shuckerow (Kathryn Mierke's friend), Jean Marie Szafraniec (Ron Szafraniec's mother) and Chris Warner (Kathryn Mierke's friend). 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. 

Our prayers are with the Haiss/Bromelmeier family on the death of Fritz's uncle, Schorsch Engelbrecht, on February 8, in Murnau, Germany (south of Munich).

Thank you for all the thoughts, prayers, and cards during my brother Dwight's cancer struggle and death.  His service on Saturday was a celebration of a life filled with love, loyalty, and an appreciation for every single person he encountered.  With appreciation, Carol Roe

Jonathan Moyer is away from February 22 through February 27 playing an organ concert at Duke University Chapel on Sunday, February 26.  Kevin Lowry is on paternity leave through March 10, with modified hours in the office. 

Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2   
You are Invited to Share Cookies, Salads, and Desserts THIS Sunday! 
Cookies for USO
Please bring to the Church office by THIS Sunday, February 19
It's that time again. Church Women United in University Circle District are collecting cookies for USO who share them with those serving in the military while they are at the airport. Please bring cookies (bought or home baked-  marked USO) by this Sunday. Talk with Karen Ault if you have questions or would like to participate in Church Women United.

Transplant House
Please bring a salad or dessert THIS Sunday, February 19
Transplant House of Cleveland, located just up the hill on 115 Street, provides temporary housing for organ transplant patients and their families while they are in Cleveland for medical care. We are providing a lunch for residents so that they might have an opportunity to meet one another. Please bring a salad or dessert to the downstairs kitchen this Sunday, February 19. Sign up in the church office. For more information, contact Mary Anne Bromelmeier.
Bowling with PACT
Bowling with PACT (Parent's And Children Together) on Saturday, February 4th was great fun! Stay tuned for the next PACT event coming in March. 
Praying for those impacted by Gun Violence
Since a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, 
killing 26 people, 20 of them children; 720 people in Cuyahoga County have been killed by guns. Since last month, 20 more individuals have died by gun violence in Cuyahoga County. Six of those who died were by suicide.  
Believing God calls us to be peacemakers, one Sunday each month we pray for people affected by gun violence, marked by the tolling of the tower bell. Join us, in this time of increased concern over deadly gun violence in our county, our country, and the 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 see how to become engaged.

Oscar Party for Young Professionals - Sunday, February 26, 6:30 pm
Sunday February 26, Melanie Marsh Baum and Mindy Stewart will host an Oscar Party gathering for young professionals in our church community. The event will take place at the home of Mindy Stewart at 6:30 pm. Contact Melanie MBaum@CovenantWeb.org or Mindy MStewart@CovenantWeb.org for details. 
Financial Peace University
Beginning Tuesday, March 7, 7:00 pm

Financial Peace University (FPU) is a life-changing money management class that will show you step-by-step how to take control of your money. Over the course of this nine week class you will learn practical ways on how to get out of debt and stay out; how to save for emergencies; and how to begin saving for retirement. It's never too late to start taking control. FPU is a unique and useful tool for anyone interested in taking control of their finances and truly achieving financial peace. Classes are Tuesday evenings, 7:00- 8:30 pm starting March 7.  

Sign up at www.daveramsey.com/fpu/classes/1031074 or call the church office. Facilitated by Susan and Will Klein. Talk with them or email will@5kleins.com for more information. 

Christian Meditation, Saturdays during Lent
Meditation has become mainstream, used in healthcare, exercise classes, workplaces, and other settings. Christian meditation has a rich tradition spanning nearly two thousand years. On Saturdays during Lent, we will explore the history and the practice of meditation. Facilitated by Amy Starr Redwine, all who attend will walk away with concrete tools to practice this ancient spiritual discipline.   Click here to register or sign up in the church office.  The time will be determined by those who register.  
Continuing the Conversation . . .
George Takei's "Allegiance" Returns to cinemas
Sunday, February 19
Back by popular demand, George Takei's Broadway musical returns to cinemas on Sunday, February 19 - the Japanese-Americans Day of Remembrance, and 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 which gave way to the internment of Japanese-Americans. Click here to read more and find locations in the Cleveland area.

Henry Tanaka 
Director of Hill House 
(1976 Press Photo)
Covenant connection:
The Japanese Christian Fellowship met at the Church of the Covenant until it disbanded in 1986. Nisei (American-born children of immigrant Japanese parents) also met at Covenant annually to remember deceased loved ones and to honor their contributions to postwar resettlement.*  Covenant member Henry (Hank) Tanaka was in an internment camp as a child and shared his experience as an active leader with the Japanese American Citizen's League.  See a picture of Mr. Tanaka on page 90 of our history.*  Click here for article on Japanese history in Cleveland co-authored by Mr. Tanaka and about Hill House founded by Mr. Tanaka.

*Church with a Conscience: A History of Cleveland's Church of the Covenant 1844-1995 by Carol Poh Miller, page 67.
The City Club of Cleveland
Thursday, February 23 at noon
The Value Gap and the Age of Trump
Eddie S. Glaude Jr., PhD
 Learn more at CityClub.org. 
One space is available for the table of 10.   Call Gale Bromelmeier, Amy Starr Redwine, or the church office (216.421.0482) if you would like this space.  
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage 
Guided Tour of "This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement "
Sunday, February 26 
1:15 pm to car pool; 1:50 pm at the Maltz Museum
$10 per person. Click here to learn more and RSVP or call Martha Goble at 216.321.6775.
Sponsored by the Heights Community Congress

This groundbreaking exhibit features "arresting black-and-white photographs from the Center for Documentary Expression and Art" a stirring look at turmoil and triumphs during a critical moment in the country's history. 'This Light of Ours'  exposes the struggle against race-based disenfranchisement through the works of nine photographers who were part of the Southern Freedom Movement and documented the experiences of people who stood up to change America. 
11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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