July 20, 2017
Sunday, July 23 
Worship 10:00 am

When have you had a " behind the scenes" experience, where you learned more about a person or an organization than you could from just a casual encounter? Was your enhanced knowledge a good thing? In the next installment of Jacob's story, he is on the run from his brother, who wants to kill him, when he sees a vision of how heaven and earth are more closely intertwined than he had imagined. This experience changes Jacob - will you come to worship this week and see how God's presence changes you?

Amy Starr Redwine's Sermon is "Behind the Curtain ."  The scriptures are Genesis 28:10-19a and John 1:43-51. Our Lay Worship Leader is Carol Roe. 
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. 

Bulletins are posted at CovenantWeb.org/read/listenwhere you can also read or listen to sermons.
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We invite all children to participate in a Time for Young Disciples. 
This Sunday the children will collect food for the Covenant Food Pantry. Financial donations are also welcome. The Covenant Pantry, open the last Wednesday and Friday mornings of the month and for emergencies, can especially use canned beef stew, canned chili, boxed macaroni and cheese, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, jelly, and corn muffin mix. Children aged kindergarten through 7th grade will leave for Sunday School following the food collection. 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.
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This Sunday we welcome guest soloists Elena Mullins, soprano and Joseph Schlesinger, countertenor to our service presenting duets from two Bach cantatas, Nos. 91 and 78.

Elena Mullins  is an avid performer and teacher specializing in early music. She completed her DMA in Historical Performance Practice at Case Western Reserve University in 2015. This coming season she will be singing in Cleveland with Apollo's Fire, Quire Cleveland, and Les Delices, as well as with her newly formed medieval ensemble, Trob├ír. 

Joseph Schlesinger , a DePaul University alumnus, received a Netherland America Foundation-Fulbright Fellowship to study at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the Netherlands. While living in Europe Mr. Schlesinger performed with the Netherlands Opera, the Dutch Reisopera, sang as a soloist in the Concertgebouw-Amsterdam and Palais des Beaux Arts-Brussels, and performed in Japan, Israel, and Europe. Upon returning to the United States Mr.Schlesinger sang as a soloist with Chicago's Music of the Baroque, Chicago Opera Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, Madison Bach Musicians, Seattle Pro Musica. He recently joined local Cleveland choirs: Quire Cleveland, Contrapunctus, and Apollo's Fire. After many years of being a wanderlust troubadour he is finally settling down and raising three adopted children in Northeast Ohio.
This Sunday morning, we welcome members of the Netherlands American Society of Ohio (NASO) to worship, to the concert on our Dutch carillon, and to receive a brief introduction to Covenant's pipe organs after visiting the carillon tower. NASO's interest in carillons includes helping to raise funds for work on the Netherlands Carillon in Arlington, Virginia, which was a gift to the U.S. from the Dutch following World War II. Learn more at nasohio.net.

Both the prelude and postlude are organ settings of Genevan psalm melodies composed by Dutch composers from the city of Amsterdam  - though living 300 years apart. The prelude Psalm 140 is composed by the "Orpheus of Amsterdam" Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621), who was a noted pedagogue, composer, and performer during the Dutch protestant reformation. The postlude Psalm 19 was composed by Cor Kee (1900-1997), another highly-regarded organist and composer whose son Piet Kee also went on to continue his father's profession.
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Social Media and the Church | T HIS SUNDAY, July 23, 11:30 am | Church Office
      
Are you on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any other form of social media, or would like 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 to learn tricks and tools of the trade! Bring your smart phone, tablet, and/or laptop for this hands-on workshop held in the (air-conditioned) office. 
      
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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.
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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Thank you! We have desserts through August for Transplant House.

From Transplant House:
"We had a poetry writing workshop - enjoyed conversation, community, Mitchell's and cupcakes!! Thank you, thank you."

Last Saturday our youth spent the day at Transplant House as part of their weekend of service.

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Opportunities At Covenant
Theology on Tap | TONIGHT - July 20, 5:00 pm |The Bottle House. Cleveland Hts
A discussion group on God, faith, and life, Theology of Tap is meeting jointing with members of the Fairmount Presbyterian Church community. Join Theology on Tap for a day trip to Chautauqua Institution on Friday, August 25. For details contact Melanie Marsh Baum,  MBaum@CovenantWeb.org. We hope to see you soon!
McGaffin Carillon Concerts
Friday   | 12:15 pm | Tower tours follow
Sunday | 11:00 am | Tower open to visitors during concert
T his week's carillonneur is George Leggiero performing a Dutch program.

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.
Catch the McGaffin Carillon in the news!  LISTEN AND VIEW. . .
WCPN 90.3 - today (July 20) at 12:33 noon
WCLV  and other times on WCPN 
Video
Friday, July 21, 7:30 pm  IDEAS (http://wviz.ideastream.org/topics/ideas)
Friday, July 28, 8:30 pm Applause (http://wviz.ideastream.org/topics/applause)

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
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In Our Presbytery Family
Presbyterian Women | Saturday, July 29 | 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Christ United Church (formerly St. Andrew's), 23114 West Rd, Olmsted Falls
$15 in advance & $20 at the door - breakfast & light lunch included
Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of the Western Reserve will present a workshop featuring  Melissa Bane Sevier, author of the 2017-18 Horizons Bible Study, Cloud of Witnesses, based on the book of Hebrews.  Melissa will share her inspiration for this Bible study and the process that she went through to complete it. Send reservations to  Lee Lohr, 3864 Long Rd, Avon, OH  44011. Make checks to: PW-PWR.  For more information contact Gladys Kershaw 440-238-2363. Get ready for Covenant's Wednesday Women's Bible Study this fall!
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In University Circle

Founders' Day Celebration | Friday, July 21 | Noon to 2:00 pm | Wade Oval
Celebrate Cleveland's 221st Birthday!
Free birthday cake and ice cream - bounce houses - and much more. ..  
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11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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