August  24, 2017
Sunday, August 27
Worship 10:00 am

God calls us into a radical relationship with one another. In this radical relationship between person and person and people and God, we are called to serve humbly through acts of justice and mercy. We are called to know what is going on in our communities and how that affects how we live our lives and our relationships with one another on a daily basis. As Christ-followers we cannot idly sleep through the revolution of our time but must stay woke.

Kevin J. Lowry's sermon is entitled "Stay Woke ." Scriptures are Micah 6:6-8 and 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28. Our Lay Worship Leaders are Kim Almcrantz, Ian Finlay, and Susan McKay. 

Bulletins are posted at where you can also read or listen to sermons. Can you usher, greet, serve communion, provide flowers? Click here.

Sunday the children will collect food for the Covenant Food Pantry. Financial donations are also welcome. The Pantry, open the last Wednesday and Friday morning of the month and for emergencies, can especially use  fruit and pudding cups, canned spaghetti, canned beef stew, spaghetti sauce, pasta sauce, pasta/spaghetti, peanut butter, jelly, SPAM/canned meat and canned soup.

Following a Time for Young Disciples children kindergarten through 7th grade will leave for Sunday School. Fall Sunday School will resume on September 10. 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. 

Dwellers Youth Retreat! (4th through 7th graders) September 1st after school and September 2nd. Watch for information!

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.
We welcome musicians Katie Buerger, cellist, and Timothy Lefebvre, baritone, to our service. 

Katie Buerger is a 5th year Accounting Major and creative writing minor with aspirations to attend law school. She shares that faith is a huge part of her life and she is heavily involved in United Protestant Campus Ministries (UPCaM) and the Interfaith Student Group at CWRU. 

Timothy Lefebvre is an associate professor of voice at Oberlin College. Nationally acclaimed, he has wide-ranging experience from the operatic stage to the concert hall. Recent performances include Vaughan-Williams' Five Mystical Song and Dona nobis pace with the Berkshire Choral Festival, solo recitals at Carnegie Mellon University and the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Pensacola Symphony and Oberlin Conservatory, Britten's War Requiem with the Jacksonville Symphony, Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Westminster Choir College, and Mozart's Requiem with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. He has also recently given solo recitals at the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and performed Elijah with the New Dominion Chorale, Brahms' Requiem with Hamilton College, Beethoven's Mass in C with the Wichita Symphony, Mozart's Requiem with the Susquehanna Valley Chorale, Brahms' Requiem with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and Messiah with the Handel Choir of Baltimore.  Read more here.
You are invited! 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 to learn more about 
Final Summer McGaffin Carillon Concerts
Friday, August 25 | 12:15 pm | Tower tours follow
Sunday, August 27 | 11:00 am | Tower open to visitors during the concert
George Leggiero, Covenant and University Circle Carillonneur, plays selected carillon music from the 18th and 20th centuries

Many thanks to George Leggiero and the Friends of the McGaffin Carillon for this wonderful concert series. Fall Friday Carillon Concerts resume on September 15. Go to .
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, 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), Doug Weiss (Ann Williams' friend), 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 .    Amy Starr Redwine is on vacation through August 27.

Longtime Covenant member Alice Fehl  is moving from Cleveland Heights to the Detroit area at the end of August.  She is delighted that her new apartment is less than a mile from her son and daughter-in-law--and that her dog, Lucky, can accompany her.  Alice had a long career as a professional violinist.  She will be especially missed by her friends at the Cache, where she was a stalwart Tuesday volunteer for over twenty years.  Godspeed to Alice on this new adventure!
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   
Young Professionals enjoy a night out at the home of Jill and Omar.
Violet makes a memory in Louisville!

Covenant Student Ministries at Covenant puts out the welcome mat for students!

Session Update
Session, the Covenant's governing body, is the spiritual and visionary leader of the church. Members elected to Session serve three-year terms as ruling elders. In their monthly meetings moderated by a pastor, Session members engage in Bible study and visioning and perform necessary business of the church.  

Here is an update of the work of the COTC Session over the summer:
  • approved a recommendation to fund the position of Saturday Tutoring Director for up to two years after Linda Wilson's retirement if outside funding for the position is not secured
  • renewed the terms of Kevin Lowry's position as Chaplain for Students for one year
  • endorsed amendments to the ecclesiastical bylaws and code of civil regulations
  • called a congregational meeting for September 24 to vote on amendments to the bylaws and code of civil regulations and to vote on a recommendation to afford emeritus status to retired pastors Bert Campbell and Laury Larson.
  • approved a six-week Reformation Yoga class to be taught this fall by parish associate Nancy Lynch
  • approved revisions to the Personnel Manual
  • approved the newly-developed Manual of Operations  (click here to read the Manual)
Two Opportunities to Tutor!
Saturday Tutoring Program
Tutor Orientation Saturday, September 9, 10 am -12 pm
Tutoring (1st-12th grade),  Saturdays, September 16-November 18,  10:00 am-12:00 pm
Email or  216.421.0482 ext. 281 -
daniel e morgan
Daniel E. Morgan Elementary School
Tutoring 2nd graders, beginning August 31 Thursdays on-site, 2-3:30 pm
Contact Jim Tomaszewski,  216.224.2098 or
Opportunities at Covenant
Labor of Love: Conversation - Prayer - Processing
Labor Day Monday, September 4
6:30-8:00 pm - 7:00 pm Communal Prayer
Child Care Available
As the church in the world we are called  to confront racism, hatred, fear, and division. To do this work well we need to care for one another, be with one another, pray for and with each other, and for our enemies. Join us on Labor Day evening as we do the work of God's people.
Financial Peace University
Tuesdays, September 5 - October 31, 7:00-8:30 pm
Sign up online at
The cost for materials is $93 plus shipping.  Order online at the above link.
Will and Susan Klein will be coordinating Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University (FPU) class; a practical, entertaining and even fun class on money management. FPU has something for everyone and everyone can benefit from this class. With this class you CAN take control of your money, get out of debt, and create a plan for your future.
  • FPU  is a 90 minutes class that meets once a week for nine weeks. Classes will begin September 5 and go for nine weeks.
  • FPU  is a great class for couples. It will help you and your partner understand your individual views of money and how to come together as a team to manage your finances towards shared goals and as a result make your relationship stronger.
  • FPU  is biblically based and a great way to learn God's way of handling money.

Talk with Susan or Will Klein to learn more about this opportunity and how it has brought financial peace to their family. Learn more at

Wednesday Women's Bible Study, September 6, 10:00 am 
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.

Kick off Sunday  September 10
Guest preacher Dr. Ken McFayden
 D r. McFayden is the Academic Dean of Union Presbyterian Seminary and  Professor of Ministry and Leadership Development. His book, Strategic  Leadership for a Change, describes the importance of processing the grief that   comes with change even as we move strategically toward an unknown future.  
  • 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
  • Picnic with hot dogs, hamburgers, and dessert provided - bring a side dish or salad to share; celebrate Mildred Russin's retirement with cake!
Reformation Yoga
Sunday evenings, 5:00 pm, September 17 - October 22
Sign up in the Church Office; call 216.421.0482; email

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. As students throughout Cleveland settle into their new classes we are reminded of the joy of learning. We invite you to a new learning adventure of our own. 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 (RYT200), and spiritual director affiliated with Spiritual Directors, International. 
Explore Your Enneagram    
Forming a new group
Join Bill Braun and Amy Starr Redwine in this introduction to the Enneagram, an ancient tool for spiritual development. Learn more about the person God  created you to be. Gain a deeper understanding of yourself and those with whom you live and work. This group will meet monthly at a date and time chosen by those who sign up. Contact Amy Starr Redwine for more information.
11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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