July 6, 2017
Sunday, July 9  Worship 10:00 am
 
This Sunday we hear a biblical story that at first seems almost mundane: a wife is found for Isaac. But on closer inspection, this story reveals deep truths about what it means to navigate life from a foundation of faith. How do you experience and acknowledge God's presence in your daily life? What role does prayer (i.e., communication with God) play in your decisions big and small? Join us as we worship and wonder.

Amy Starr Redwine's Sermon is entitled "God in the Details."  The scriptures are Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67  and Philippians 4:4-7 . Our Lay Worship Leader is Ann Williams.  

Bulletins are posted at  CovenantWeb.org/read/listen where you can also read or listen to sermons.
We invite all children to participate in a Time for Young Disciples. This Sunday children kindergarten through 3rd grade will have Sunday School. Families may meet their children at the time of fellowship following worship. Well children of all ages are welcome in worship, a nursery for infants through children pre-kindergarten age is available, opening at 9:30 am. 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.
Stories from the Book of Genesis Summer Sermon Series. In the beginning... 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. 
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Music Notes: This Sunday we welcome Jessica Lee and Michael Peters.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School and grand prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition,
Jessica Lee  has been heard as soloist and chamber musician in venues all over the world, such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Kennedy Center, and so on. She has previously held positions at Vassar College and Rutgers University, in addition to being a member of the Johannes String Quartet. She currently resides in Cleveland, serves as assistant concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, and is thrilled to be a part of the Covenant family.  

Michael Peters has sung at Covenant for the past eight years as a member of the Covenant choir and as a soloist. A lifelong church musician, Michael began singing in children's and youth church choirs growing up in PA. While in grade school, he and a fellow classmate would often travel to area churches to sing, accompanied by his mother. Michael joined the adult choir at his home church during his high school years and continued to be involved in church music during his undergraduate studies. He was bass section leader at a large Lutheran, and then later Presbyterian church in Ann Arbor while earning an organ performance and a chemistry degree from the University of Michigan. During graduate study in choral conducting at Westminster Choir College, Michael was organist and directed adult and handbell choirs at a Methodist church on the New Jersey shore. He also served as director of music at a Presbyterian church in the FL panhandle. Michael has enjoyed singing with various other church choirs including those at Westminster Presbyterian and St. Mark's Cathedral in Minneapolis, and at St. Clement's in Philadelphia.   
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Youth Fundraiser Car Wash THIS SUNDAY - 9:30 to 11:30
An easy wa y to give your car a bath, and support Covenant youth in their summer mission experience. Spruce up your car, inside and out, in the Covenant parking lot this Sunday between 9:30 and 11:30 am.

If you are not planning to have your car washed,  please park in the spaces closest to Euclid Avenue, in Ford Road Garage, or in any of the spaces (either side) behind the church.
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McGaffin Carillon Concerts
Friday   | 12:15 pm | Tower tours follow
Sunday | 11:00 am | Tower open to visitors during concert

We celebrate summer this week. Gershwin's Summertime, In the Good Old Summertime, a suite of Danish songs about summer, and more!

Sunday is the first in the series of 2017 Sunday morning carillon concerts on the McGaffin Carillon. Through July and 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. During the Sunday concerts, the tower will be open to visitors. 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.
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In The Covenant Family
We keep in our prayers Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Rich Day (friend of Bill Braun and Cathy Luck), Julia Haiss, Karen and Les Knowlton, the Lawhon Family, Lynn Heath and Paul Reynolds (friends of Jules Tryk), Erika and Norbert Roehl (friends of Arnie and Susan Dahm), Nathan Roth (friend of Matthew Garrett and Michael Peters), Renee Smith (partner of Tony Harvey), Chrismaly Vaidl (traveling to South Korea), and Lois Wilson (sister of June Begany). We pray 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.
   
Willie Howard is on vacation July 3-7. Melanie Marsh Baum is on vacation through July 15.
Happy Birthday to those celebrating in July!
Stacey Booker
James Burke
Christopher Chaves
Barb Clint
Joshua Cowan
Kimberley Crone
Tom Denbow
Dan Garland
Nicholas Graham
Molly Griswold
Victoria Hagen
Isabelle Hopkins
Brandon Kee
Jon Kent
Lawrence Kent
Cheri Keys
Al Kuntz
Ed Laylin
Kevin Lowry
Sybil Marsh
Dennis Matz
Michelle Miller
Liz Monahan
Stephanie Pennza
Carolyn Perry
Cathy Prince Gemdjian
Sue Salvator
Cindy Szafraniec
Adam Turos
Alex Veenstra
Justin Wedell
Kate Williams
Conrad Young
Our apologies if we have missed your birthday! Please call the office at 216.421.0482 to let us know.
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Congratulations to Qu'Jane Gordon and Clifford Gulley 
who were married on May 26 at the Chagrin Falls Country Club. Qu'Jane grew up at Covenant and went on the youth mission trip after Hurricane Katrina. She is the daughter of Stephanie Johnson, step-daughter of Kenyon Johnson, sister of LaShawna Adams, Sandra Gordon, and Aunt to Justin, Camron, and Kaileigh. Sandra and Cliff went to Ohio University together and Sandra introduced him to her sister.

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 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; 789  people in Cuyahoga County have been killed by guns. Since last month, 9 more individuals have died by gun violence in Cuyahoga County. Four of those who died were by suicide.
 
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, 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.
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Last Sunday at Covenant
This past Sunday Covenant worshiped on the West Lawn and celebrated the Lord's supper.  
Our next outdoor worship services will be Sundays, August 6 and September 2. 
Thank you to George Leggiero for this picture.
Sam, Mary Anne, Susan, Ann, Jim and Jenny were part of Sunday's work crew.

Following a pot-luck lunch, a work crew tackled a number of projects. 

Patty Fowler captured a couple "before and after" pictures. Below is the before and after for the space behind the church.

Thank you all!


Russell working on the gravel.

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Opportunities At Covenant
Usher - Greeter - Lay Worship Leader - Communion Server - Sunday Flowers in memory or Honor of loved one
We are working on providing you the opportunity to easily sign-up to usher and greet on Sunday mornings, serve communion, and offer Sunday flowers in memory or honor of a loved one.   You can click here to schedule

You may also call the church office at 216.421.0482 or email Covenant@CovenantWeb.org with any questions or to schedule. Contact Gale Bromelmeier at galebrom@aol.com if you would like to serve as a Lay Worship Leader.
Social Media and the Church | Sunday, July 23, 11:30 am | Church Office
      
Are you on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any other form of social media, or want to be? If so, join Lucy Matz, Covenant member and Social Media Coordinator for the Cleveland Cavaliers, to learn how you can use social media to increase awareness and visibility of the Church of the Covenant. Join Lucy after worship on Sunday, July 23 at 11:30 for a presentation of tricks and tools of the trade! Please bring your smart phone, tablet, and/or laptop for this hands-on workshop held in the (air-conditioned) church office. 
Desserts for Transplant House |   Only 2 Sundays Open - August 20 & 27
Thank you to everyone who has participated.  You may sign up in the Church office to  provide a dessert for 8 to 10 residents at Transplant House of Cleveland.
2015-2016 Narrative Annual Report
The 2015-2016 Narrative Annual Report is now available. Thank you to everyone who submitted information for this report. It can be downloaded in PDF by clicking here. Copies are also available in the Church office. 

The 2016-2017 Narrative Annual Report will be available as soon as the 2016 audit is finalized.
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