August 3, 2017
Sunday, August 6 
Worship 10:00 am
We cannot struggle with God without the encounter leaving its mark on our lives.   Join us as we encounter God with Jacob in the story from Genesis 32:22-31. Additional scriptures are Psalm 17:1-7, 15 and Matthew 5:21-24 Melanie Marsh Baum's sermon is entitled "I Will Not Let You Go." Our Lay Worship Leader is Ron Neill.

Bulletins are posted at where you can also read or listen to sermons. Can you usher, greet, serve communion, provide flowers? Click here.
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. 
This Sunday!
  • We worship on the west lawn.
  • Celebrate the baptism of Julianna Kelly Minadeo, daughter of Rebecca Bromelmeier and Joseph Minadeo
  • Celebrate the Lord's Supper
  • Welcome Mary Anne Bromelmeier, Peter Bennett, and George Leggiero as our musicians
  • Hear a message from Melanie Marsh Baum
  • Enjoy a Carillon Concert following worship
  • Have an opportunity to help beautify the church grounds following the service
Dig in the Dirt this Sunday - and enjoy lunch!
The Trustees invite you to a "weeding and mulching" party following our worship service on Sunday.  Help beautify the flower beds in front of the church and put stone under the fire escape behind the church.  Ginny Kallay is bringing food for the workers. Dress is casual.  Bring you garden tools if you have them. 
We invite all children to participate in a Time for Young Disciples.  This Sunday the children will remain in worship. 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  for more information about programs for youth and families.  Click here  for a summer schedule for youth.
Mary Anne Bromelmeier and Peter Bennett in Worship

Mary Anne Bromelmeier , who has been a member of the Covenant since junior high school, grew up in the church. The oldest daughter of John and Gale Bromelmeier, she is married to Fritz Haiss and their children, Max, Therese and Julia, also grew up in the church. The children are now out of the house so Mary Anne has more time for church activities. She is an elder and member of the Covenant Choir and tutors on Saturdays when available.   

Peter Bennett has wide-ranging interests as a keyboard player and scholar. Born in the UK, he initially studied organ, improvisation and conducting. After a master's degree in musicology he took up the harpsichord, studying in London, Italy and Paris. He earned his PhD in music from Oxford University, with a dissertation on early 17th-century French sacred music. Dr.  Bennett worked with numerous modern and period orchestras and ensembles in London. In Cleveland, he plays organ and harpsichord with Apollo's Fire and other regional orchestras. His research now centers on the music and institutions of early-modern France, with a focus on Louis XIII's Paris. Dr. Bennett is harpsichord faculty with the Cleveland Institute of Music and Associate Professor of Musicology with Case Western Reserve University.
McGaffin Carillon Concerts
Friday   | 12:15 pm | Tower tours follow
Sunday | 11:00 am | Tower open to visitors during concert
This week Covenant and University Circle carillonneur George Leggiero is performing Christmas in August.
Through 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. The tower is open to visitors following the concerts; 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
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, Gabe (son of Liz Roccoforte, CWRU), Erika & Norbert Roehl (friends of Arnie & Susan Dahm), Renee Smith (partner of Tony Harvey), Liam Stewart, 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.
Congratulations to parents Christina and Gary Williams, and grandmother Joan Drushel, on the birth of Charlotte Rose Williams, July 29, in Baltimore, MD.
Melanie Marsh Baum concludes her Stephen Minister Leadership Training August 5 in Pittsburgh.
Jonathan Moyer is on study leave and vacation through August 11. Amy Starr Redwine is at the Chautauqua Institution through August 12. 
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   
Chris and Marilyn sharing cake 
following worship.
Tribute Fund Gifts Received
The Special Gifts Committee and the Board of Trustees
 announced the introduction of 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 is acknowledged in the Covenant e-news. 
Two new donations to the Tribute Fund from  Ginny and Keith Kallay and Martha Goble. These gifts are in honor of  Chris and Marilyn Langmack's 50th wedding anniversary.

If you wish to receive more information regarding the fund,  please contact Martha Goble at her email listed in the church directory.
Opportunities At Covenant

Dr. Willie Parker to speak | Wednesday, August 23 | 7:00 pm
On Wednesday, August 23, the Church of the Covenant will host an event on behalf of Preterm, a local healthcare provider. Dr. Willie Parker, a Christian physician and abortion provider in the South, will speak about his recently published book  Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice. 

Covenant Forum | Nancy Starner and Cynthia Szafraniec  | Sunday, August 20  | 11:30 am 
In conjunction with this public event, the session requested that we hold an adult forum to help educate our community on this topic. Please join Nancy Starner, Director of Development and Communications for Preterm, and Cindy Szafraniec, Preterm's Chief Financial Officer and a long-time Covenant member, for a forum on Sunday, August 20 at 11:30 am. Nancy and Cindy will share information about Preterm's work and Cindy will talk about how her faith informs and has been informed by her work with Preterm. 

Theology on Tap Outing to Chautauqua Institution 
Friday, August 25
A discussion group on God, faith, and life. Facilitated by the Rev. Melanie Marsh Baum.   Friday, August 25, join Theology on Tap for a day trip to Chautauqua Institution. Contact Melanie Marsh Baum at for details. We hope to see you soon!

Y-Haven seeks help creating hospitality kits for Rising Hope, its new opioid recovery facility.
Please bring items by August 17 
Rising Hope, new recovery housing program for individuals in recovery from opioid addiction, is in need of household items to help furnish forty, two-person suites, each with its own kitchen and bath. The Ministry of Service is collecting new or gently used items for delivery August 18.

Below is a list of suggested items that you may drop off in the Church office: 
Plates/silverware/glasses/mugs for two
Pots, pans, skillet
Kitchen utensils (eg, knives, peeler)
Toaster / Can opener / Coffee maker
Cleaning supplies for a month (eg, sponges, dish soap, cleanser, laundry soap)
Area rugs (2) - new or freshly laundered
Bedding / bed spread for 2 regular single beds (new or freshly laundered)
Shower curtain



For further information, contact Barb Clint at 216-385-5114 or  

Looking Ahead - limited to 15 participants

Fall Women's Retreat, Saturday, September 23 | 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Join the Reverend Sharon Seyfarth Garner, author of Praying With Mandalas, and the Reverend  Melanie Marsh Baum as we explore creative and contemplative spiritual practices in this day-long retreat at the River's Edge Retreat Center. Registration is $50, including meals; limited 15 participants. Sign up in the Church office.  
Text to Give!
Text the keyword "CovenantChurch" and a dollar amount to 73256 (for example, "CovenantChurch $50"). You'll be taken through a series of prompts that will allow you to securely make a gift of any size to the church. 

Free Wi-Fi throughout the church: COTC-guest
Want to access the internet?  You can log on at COTC-guest throughout the Covenant.
Usher/ Greet - provide Sunday flowers - serve communion - be a lay worship leader
11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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