August 17, 2017
Sunday, August 20
Worship 10:00 am

This Sunday we conclude our summer series on the book of Genesis with the conclusion of Joseph's story. Everything seems to work out in the end, but what does this teach us about the way God works in our lives -- especially when we are in the midst of difficult or even hopeless situations? Both texts -- Genesis 45:1-15 and Romans 8:26-39 -- suggest that God is at always at work in our lives for good, but how do we understand that when circumstances are grim? Join us as we wrestle with God's most hopeful and mysterious promises.

Amy Starr Redwine's sermon is entitled "For Good ." Our Lay Worship Leader is Martha Goble.  Bulletins are posted at where you can also read or listen to sermons. Can you usher, greet, serve communion, provide flowers? Click here.
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PC(USA) leaders condemn white supremacy, racism
In the wake of a weekend of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia fomented by the "alt-right," four top leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) issued a statement condemning white supremacy and racism.  The leaders praised the "faithful witness" of church leaders, especially those in Charlottesville, and acknowledged that "Scripture has been misused to justify white supremacy and racism."  The statement further declares that "White supremacy and racism stand in stark, irreconcilable contradiction to God's intention for humanity" and acknowledges the church's historic complicity in systemic racism in the U.S. And the leaders commit the church to "stand against, speak against and work against racism and white supremacy, this day and every day."  Click here to read the full text.
This Sunday following a Time for Young Disciples children are invited to a worship space created just for them on the east side of the Sanctuary.  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.
Covenant Forum this Sunday, 11:30 am, Beckwith Hall
Nancy Starner and Cynthia Szafraniec
In conjunction with Dr. Parker's lecture, the session requested that we hold an adult forum 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. 
Music Notes
We welcome musicians and congregation members Seth and Sean Lim, sons of Inju Heo to our service, and welcome back Abraham Ross, Music Department Intern, as he begins his second year with Covenant.
Sean Lim is an 18 years old violinist who began playing at age 8. He moved to Cleveland in 2015 to study with Jaime Laredo and Jan Sloman at the Cleveland Institute of Music(CIM), in the Young Artist Program. Sean is currently a sophomore at CIM, pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree. He has performed at large venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, John F. Kennedy Center, Severance Hall, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Smithsonian National Gallery of Art.  

Seth Lim  is 14 years old, a member of the National Junior Honor Society, and an honor roll student at Ohio Connections Academy. He is in 9th grade at Shaker Heights High School. Since 2015, he has been taking guitar lessons from Erik Mann, Executive Director of Cleveland Classic Guitar Society. Seth had master classes with internationally renowned guitarists - David Russell, Jason Vieaux, Colin Davin, and Petra Poláčková. He was a member of Cleveland Guitar Orchestra during the 2015-2016 season that led his family to the Church of the Covenant. He enjoys golf, tennis, and chess.
We welcome back Abraham Ross,  Music Department Intern, who serves as this weekend's organist as Jonathan Moyer is visiting his brother  and attending his niece's wedding in Wyoming this weekend.
Back to Choir! 
Covenant choir and Beckwith Handbell rehearsals resume on Thursday, September 7. The Handbells rehearse at 6:30 pm and the Choir at 7:30 pm. Children's choirs resume on Sunday, September 10. 
Contact Jonathan Moyer at 
if you want to know more about participating.
McGaffin Carillon Concerts
Friday, August 18 | 12:15 pm | Tower tours follow
Sunday, August 20 | 11:00 am | Tower open to visitors following the concert

David Osburn, guest carillonneur, has arranged a not-to-be-missed bell concert to celebrate National Aviation Day. Selections include music from Richard Rodgers' Victory at Sea , also songs like Leavin' on a Jet Plane, Good Ship Lollipop, Come Fly With Me and more. 

Next Sunday, August 27, will be the final weekend for the summer concert series. Fall Friday Carillon Concerts resume on September 15.
In the Covenant Family
We pray for Judy Bourne, Andrew Bullen (Melanie Marsh Baum's cousin), Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Cassie Clint, Rich Day (friend of Bill Braun & Cathy Luck), Gabe (son of Liz Roccoforte, CWRU), Eliseo Hairston (Shirley Thompson's grandson deployed to the Pacific), Cyndi Kuntz, Les Knowlton, Marilyn Krotseng, Erika & Norbert Roehl (friends of Arnie & Susan Dahm), Robert Schneider (First Baptist Church), Renee Smith (partner of Tony Harvey), Liam Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew), Lois Wilson (June Begany's sister) 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 .
Our prayers are with Carol Roe and her family on the death of her brother-in-law Vic Stroup, August 12.

Amy Starr Redwine is on vacation from August 21-27.
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   
Congratulations to  Christina Cameron-Hollyfield, BSN, RN!

Congratulations to Christy who completed her bachelor degree through the Accelerated BSN program at Cleveland State University. In July she passed the  NCLEX, the registered nurse exam.   She will be working right across the street at University Hospitals in Lerner Tower 4, neuroscience.   

Christy has been working with our youngest disciples as our Creche Coordinator.

A visit with the Dahms
During their summer travels, Jonathan and Kaori Moyer along with sons Christopher and Samuel visited Arnie and Sue Dahm at their summer residence in Eaglesmere, PA. The whole family participated in morning worship at the Dahm's church, The Presbyterian Church of Eaglesmere, a summer-only gathering of local Presbyterians. 

Opportunities at Covenant
Dr. Willie Parker to speak: Wednesday, August 23, 7:00 pm
General Admission: $10 | Student Admission $5
Ticket & ID are required for entry.
On Wednesday, August 23, the Church of the Covenant will host Dr. Willie Parker on behalf of Preterm, a local women's healthcare provider. 

Preterm and our community partners invite you to spend the evening with Dr. Willie Parker, an outspoken, Christian reproductive justice advocate and an abortion provider in the South. Dr. Parker will discuss and sign copies of his new book, Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice.

Dr. Parker is one of the few physicians offering abortion care in the South. He believes that it is his duty, both as a medical doctor and as a Christian, to help women in need, and to do so without judgment. In Life's Work, he reveals how he came to believe, unequivocally, that helping women in need, without judgment, is precisely the Christian thing to do. In this timely and important program, Dr. Parker debunks the reactionary myths around abortion with scientific clarity and moral conviction. His life journey is remarkable, his example inspiring. He writes: "I could live with the awareness that someone might harm me. I am not so sure that I am brave enough to live with the awareness that I was too afraid to do what I knew to be right."

Books will be available for purchase from Mac's Backs at the event.

chautauqua 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!

Wednesday Women's Bible Study | Begins September 6, 10:00 am | Library
Study the Presbyterian/Horizons Bible Study, Cloud of Witnesses: the Community of Christ in Hebrews . Please pick up a copy in the church office and read Lesson One for our September meeting. All women are invited we work together to discern God's word for us in this time and place. Talk with Marilyn Demeter, convener, or Karen Burt or Deni Horstman with questions.
All Church Picnic September 10 following worship
Join us for a picnic immediately following worship, as we kick off our program year and celebrate our beloved Volunteer Coordinator and Receptionist Mildred Russin's retirement. Hamburgers, hot dogs and dessert provided. Members are invited to bring a side dish or salad to share.  

All 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.  
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