September 7
Kick off Sunday September 10
  • Guest preacher the Reverend Dr. Ken McFayden
  • Blessing of Backpacks (for teachers, faculty, and students of all ages!)
  • FRESH presentation in the Sanctuary following worship by Christopher Trotta, levelHeads, Inc. about our lower  level project
  • Open House/Orientation for Sunday School program in the Education Wing
  • Picnic with hot dogs, hamburgers, and dessert provided.
  • East Coast Custard and Bounce House!  
  • Celebrate Mildred Russin's retirement with cake!
Please bring your nonperishable side dish or salad 
to the table on the west lawn before the service. 
                                   . . . and don't forget your backpacks! 
Worship 10:00 am
This Sunday we will kick off our Life Beyond Sermon series with guest preacher the Reverend Dr. Ken McFayden and the topic Life Beyond Belief. Dr. McFayden has recently begun a new school year in his role as the Academic Dean of Union Presbyterian Seminary and Professor of Ministry and Leadership Development and looks forward to joining us for the backpack blessing!

Dr. McFayden's sermon is entitled "The Shaping Power of Instruction ." Scriptures are Psalm 1 and Matthew 22:34-40. Our Lay Worship Leader is Norma Shuskey

Bulletins are posted at you can also read or listen to sermons. Can you usher, greet, serve communion, provide flowers?  Click here.
Blessing of the Backpacks this Sunday!
All students, teachers, faculty are invited to participate.  Following the Blessing of the Backpacks, children kindergarten through 7th grade will leave for Sunday School. 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. 
We welcome back the jubilant voices of the Covenant Choir along with two new soloists for this season, Kiko Weinroth (soprano) and Aaron Lange (tenor). The introit Laudate Nomen Domini is by the English renaissance composer and clergy-person Christopher Tye (c.1505-1573), who is also known for composing the hymn tune "Winchester Old." The New York native Harold Friedell (1905-1958) was organist and choirmaster of St. Bartholomew's church in Manhattan and taught at Union Theological Seminary and Julliard. Our ensembles are still open to all inquiring musicians. Please speak with Jonathan Moyer or Matthew Garrett for more information.
Fall Worship and Education Theme: Life Beyond...
Death s as much a part of life as birth, love, illness, and work. Yet we live in a culture that often acts as though death can be avoided. What can our faith in One who died and was raised teach us about how God equips us to understand and face death - both our own death and the death of those we love? How can we draw alongside those who are nearing the end of life in a way that brings meaning and comfort to the dying process? How can we better support those who are grieving the death of loved ones or who are suffering despair to the point of considering suicide?  This fall in worship and education, we will explore the idea of Life Beyond beyond death, but also life beyond the things that lead to death, both literal and spiritual, including despair, addiction, and grief. The series will culminate on October 29 with a lecture by Ellen Goodman, founder of the Conversation Project, which guides people in having meaningful conversations that lead to decisions about end of life care.
In the Covenant Family
We pray for Judy Bourne, Andrew Bullen (Melanie Marsh Baum's cousin), Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Rich Day (friend of Bill Braun & Cathy Luck), Gabe (son of Liz Roccoforte, CWRU), Eliseo Hairston (Shirley Thompson's grandson deployed to the Pacific), Mia James, Marilyn Krotseng, Olitana Rika (physician at our mission partner health clinic in Albania), Erika & Norbert Roehl (friends of Arnie & Susan Dahm), Cindy, Rick, and Robbie Sanchez (Portia Miles Smith's niece and family in Houston); Robert Schneider (First Baptist Church), Tom Skrout (Stephanie Pennza's father), Liam Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew), Doug Weiss (Ann Williams' friend), 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 .

A note from Mildred Russin
Thank you to Venerine Branham for bringing me to the Church of the Covenant. Thank you office colleagues and members of the church for putting up with me for the past 28 years. I have learned many things and have met many wonderful people. The love and compassion that I have felt will never be forgotten. I am entering into a new phase of my life but I will always have the memories of my time spent with all of you. I am not saying goodbye because we will all meet again. 
Love to you all.  Mildred Russin
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   
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; 815 people in Cuyahoga County have been killed by guns. Since last month, 15 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, country, and 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. 
Save the Date 
A Gun Violence Prevention Conference
Sunday, October 1 | 2:00-6:00 pm | The Church of the Covenant
Gun Violence: Our War at Home -  Ways to Prevent, Intervene, and Heal
Keynote Speaker: The Reverend James Atwood
Author of  America and Its Guns: A Theological Exposé   and  Gundamentalism
Panel Discussions:  From Concerned Citizen to Activist,  We're All in This Together, and  Paths to Healing.  Go to  for developing event details.
Tuesday Noon Organ Recitals | Friday Lunchtime Carillon Concerts Resume
Free and open to the public - Free parking in the Covenant parking lot

Tuesday Noon Organ Recitals  featuring organists from throughout greater Cleveland and beyond on both of Covenant's two magnificent pipe organs. 
Our guest organist on September 12 is  Natalie Mealey,  Bay United Methodist Church organist.
Friday Lunchtime Carillon Concerts  performed by Covenant and University Circle Carillonneur George Leggiero and guests on the 15,000 lb McGaffin Carillon of 47 bronze bells resume Friday, September 15. Tours of the tower follow the concerts.
Sign Up by September 15 for 3 Opportunities!
Sunday evenings, 5:00 pm, September 17 - October 22
Sign up in the Church Office,  call 216.421.0482 or
Join the Reverend Nancy Lynch for a six-week series of classes combining yoga and interfaith scripture, meditation, and prayer, seeking to unite spirit, mind, and body with God. Reformation Yoga is a spiritual practice that invites us to look within ourselves and be more intentional about turning our attention towards God. No experience is required, and all are welcome . Nancy is a Covenant Parish Associate, certified yoga instructor, and spiritual director. 
Saturday, September 23,  9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sign up in the church office by 
Friday, September 15.
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. 
Friday, September 29,  Hanna Theatre
$45 / ticket ($25 for educators)
  • 6:30 Salon Discussion with the director
  • 7:30 Curtain
  • Dessert reception with Martha Bromelmeier, Costume Designer
Sign up in the church office by September 15.
You are invited to enjoy a special evening in the intimate setting of the Hanna Theatre. The production is based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film. Learn more about the play .
We are excited to welcome Martha Bromelmeier home to Cleveland!
This is Martha's first time designing for Great Lakes Theater since college when she was a summer intern. She has numerous theater credits in a diversity of genres and has styled many leading ladies including Patti LuPone, Glenn Close, Audra McDonald, and Anna Kendrick. She is a Cleveland Heights High graduate, has a BFA from Ohio Universities Honors Tutorial College and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Martha, the daughter of John and Gale Bromelmeier, is a "child of the Covenant."

Here are some of Martha's designs for this production.
Two Opportunities to Tutor!
Saturday Tutoring Program - Tutor 1st through 12th graders
September 16-November 18, 10 am -12 pm
Email or  216.421.0482 ext. 281 

Be a Covenant Ambassador!
Orientation Saturday, September 16, 10am
The Saturday Tutoring Program needs your help.  We need Covenant Ambassadors! As an Ambassador for the Covenant we would like you to arrive by 9:30 Saturday mornings and do the following as needed:
  • Help visitors.  People walk in seeking directions to other buildings in the area or wanting to visit the sanctuary. They want bus tickets or food, or seek the times the Cache is open.  There can be people arriving for wedding or funeral preparations.
  • Help parents of STP students get to the library and reception room.  Some parents sit in their cars during tutoring. Others prefer to sit upstairs where coffee, tea, and water are provided.  Ambassadors will escort them to the upstairs area.  
  • Distribute literature to tutors, parents, and visitors. This is an opportunity to distribute fliers about Covenant events: Trunk-or-Treat, Thanksgiving dinner or simply information about Sunday service.
  • Recognize student and tutor achievements.  Interact with the tutors and kids, listen to what they've accomplished, and congratulate them. 
If you are interested please sign-up in the church office and join us for Ambassador Orientation Saturday, September 16 at 10 am. If you have questions, please contact Mary Anne Bromelmeier.
daniel e morgan

Daniel E. Morgan Elementary School
Tutoring 2nd graders, Thursdays on-site, 2-3:30 pm
Contact Jim Tomaszewski,  216.224.2098 or
Disaster Relief Opportunities
Help After Harvey American Red Cross Benefit Concert
Severance Hall, Friday, September 8, 7:00 pm | tickets $20, students $10 

Northeast Ohio's musical community is united in response to Hurricane Harvey-and we need you! The musicians of the The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music, Credo, and the Oberlin Conservatory are performing in a benefit concert to support the American Red Cross relief efforts in Houston and beyond. 
The Presbyterian Disaster Relief is  reaching  out to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  Click here for more information
We are located in an urban area . For your comfort and safety, after dark please leave the building with someone else. Should you be approached for assistance, please refer the person to the church office Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
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