September 21
Sunday, September 24
Worship 10:00 am

This week Jesus asks his disciples to wrestle with the question of who he is and what that means about who they are as his followers. Each of us struggles to balance multiple identities. How do we know which identity is most important? How does our identity as God's beloved and Christ's disciples affect our other identities? What do we do when an identity that has defined us no longer applies? Join us as we confront  Life Beyond Identity.

Amy Starr Redwine's sermon is entitled, "Says Who?"  Scriptures are Isaiah 43:1-7  and Mark 8:27-38 Our Student Lay Worship Leader is Asha James .  

Bulletins are posted at  CovenantWeb.org/read/listen where you can also read or listen to sermons. Can you usher, greet, serve communion, provide flowers? Click here.
Our music this week  comes from multiple faith traditions around the world. The choral anthem  The Little Ones (arr. Brian Galante) is based on the American hymn tune  Prospect which was published in the shape-note hymnal Southern Harmony in 1835. We welcome the Beckwith Handbell choir to our service, presenting Festive Flourish by Thomas Pearce. The choir is still seeking new members. Any interested persons should contact Jonathan Moyer. Come give it try! 
This Sunday the children collect food and financial donations for the Covenant Food Pantry.  Items in need include SPAM/canned meat, spaghettios, spaghetti, pasta sauce, peanut butter, jelly, canned soup, beef stew, tuna fish, mac and cheese, cereal, corn muffin mix, fruit and pudding cups. 
"Keys to Our Journey through the Bible"
As we journey through the Bible, each week the children and youth will be sent home from Sunday school with a memory verse to learn which is related to the upcoming week's lesson. 

Memory verse for this Sunday, September 24:  "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me." Exodus 20:2-3
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stephen ministry
You are invited to a Stephen Ministries Open House
Sunday, September 24, 9:00 am, Herrick Room
Join Stephen Ministers for coffee and treats and learn more about this one-of-a-kind caring ministry, and how you can get involved.
Congregational Meeting this Sunday
The session has called a congregational meeting immediately following worship on Sunday, September 24 to consider changes to the ecclesiastical bylaws and code of civil regulations and to vote on a recommendation to confer the status of Pastor Emeritus and Associate Pastor Emeritus on Robert Campbell and Laury Larson, respectively.
Life Beyond forum, Sunday, Sept. 24, 11:30 am, Beckwith Hall
This week's  Life Beyond forum is a panel discussion about life beyond identity with Orene Anthony, Barb Clint, and Jaden List.
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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), Olitana Rika (physician at our mission partner health clinic in Albania), Erika & Norbert Roehl (friends of Arnie & Susan Dahm), Robert Schneider (First Baptist Church), Tom Skrout (Stephanie Pennza's father), Rory Smith, 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.
 
Amy Starr Redwine will out of the office Monday through Wednesday afternoon in St. Paul, Minnesota at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church, meeting with the Community of Pastors, a gathering of senior pastors of PC(USA) churches around the country.
 
We are looking for a Crèche Supervisor; this is a paid, part-time position. Contact Melanie Marsh Baum for more details.
Rohan, Isaiah, Katie, Portia and Abe enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the home of Portia Miles Smith. They've  decided to make it a third Sunday event.
Thanks to Abe for this picture!
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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Opportunities

The Covenant Cache Resale Shop
Half-Price Sale
Extended through Thursday, September 28
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Friday, September 29, Hanna Theatre
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 .

6:30 Salon Discussion with the director

7:30 Curtain

Dessert with Martha Bromelmeier, Costume Designer 

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. Martha, a "child of the Covenant," is the daughter of Gale and John Bromelmeier.

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Friday Lunchtime Carillon Concerts & Tuesday Noon Organ Recitals
Friday Lunchtime Carillon Concerts  are performed by Covenant and University Circle Carillonneur George Leggiero and guests on the 15,000 lb McGaffin Carillon of 47 bronze bells. Tours of the tower during the concerts. For more details go to  ucbells.org/events .  Van Parker is playing the Carillon Concert Friday, September 22.
 
Tuesday Noon Organ Recitals  feature organists from throughout greater Cleveland and beyond on Covenant's two magnificent pipe organs.  On September 26, Dr. Jonathan Moyer, Church of the Covenant Music Director and Organist, will play.
 
Both are free and open to the public - Free parking in the Covenant parking lot.
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Sunday, October 1
We welcome the Reverend Dr. James E. Atwood
 
Retired pastor, hunter, gun-owner and author of: America and Its Guns: A Theological Exposé and Gundamentalism and Where It Is Taking America

10:00 am:  Dr. Atwood Preaching in Worship
11:30 am:  Dr. Atwood Presenting a Covenant Forum
2:00-6:00 pm:  Symposium Keynote Speaker
 
A Gun Violence Prevention Conference
Gun Violence: Our War at Home - Ways to Prevent, Intervene, and Heal
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Atwood
 
Panel Discussions: " From Concerned Citizen to Activist, We're All in This Together," and "Paths to Healing." Go to  GodBeforeGuns  for details and to register.
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Oberlin College Choir Presents Rachmaninoff Vespers
Sunday, October 1,  7:00 pm, Church of the Covenant Sanctuary

Free admission - Free parking - Free will offering
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Stewardship: Life Beyond Scarcity - An Invitation 
Lunch at the home of Nancy and Jim Smekal, Sunday, Oct. 8, 12:30 pm. 
The Stewardship Team invites you to attend to hear about the financial health of the church and how the spiritual discipline of generosity provides us with life beyond scarcity. Email Covenant@CovenantWeb.org or call the Church office, 216.421.0482. You will be contacted with detailed information.
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Volunteer Opportunity!
Thursday mornings, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Family Promise, a Covenant mission partner, is seeking volunteer sitters to help watch residents' children on Thursday mornings from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm while their parents are attending a program called Coffee and Conversation. Contact Thea Hanson Mozingo with any questions at 216.751.3010 or email at tmozingo@familypromisecle.orgClick here to sign up.  Learn more about Family Promise.
Financial Peace University
Join Covenant members Will and Susan Klein for Financial Peace University, a practical, entertaining, and even fun 90 minute class on money management that meets weekly for nine weeks.   Please email Will and Susan at Will@5Kleins.com  to learn more.
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Do you want to help victims of Hurricane Harvey?  
Kim Tunney of John Knox is putting a team together to travel to Houston from  October 14-22 to help with hurricane relief.  The cost for the trip is $300.  Please contact Kim at  kwtunney@yahoo.com  for more information!
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