October 19
Sunday, October 22
Worship 10:00 am

This week, we consider how, as Christians, we draw alongside those who live with a sense of despair. When have you felt despair? What are the things that help you move beyond this feeling? How can we come together to offer compassion and community for those in need? Join us in worship as we aspire to be a community of welcome, inclusion, compassion, and justice.

Scriptures are Genesis 2:15-25 and Acts 16:24-34. Our  Lay Worship Leaders are Kim Almcrantz, a third-year computer science major at CWRU, and Gillian Prater-Lee, a second year political science major at CWRU. Both serve as part of the Covenant Student Ministry Leadership Team.

Bulletins are posted at CovenantWeb.org/read/listenwhere you can also read or listen to sermons. Printed  sermons now include the pastoral prayer.  Can you usher, greet, serve communion, provide flowers?  Click here.   
Life Beyond Education Forum, 11:30 am, Beckwith Hall
At this week's  Life Beyond  forum Sybil Marsh and Harvey Mierke will talk about addiction.
Our music Sunday reflects on the duality of despair and hope. The choir presents a new setting of the Bahamian spiritual "All My Trials" by Gwyneth Walker. The composer describes the setting as "a poignant song," reflecting on "the approach of death in terms of those left behind." The Beckwith handbell choir presents an arrangement of the hymn  The King of Love My Shepherd Is (Hymn 171), a paraphrase of Psalm 23. The prelude is Buxtehude's  contrapuncti  on the Lutheran chorale  Mit Fried und Freud, a German paraphrase of the Song of Solomon, which says "I go on my way with peace and joy, my mind and heart are comforted..." Buxtehude wrote this setting upon his father's death in 1674, accompanied by an exquisite Klaglied (Song of Lament) with poetry of his own composition. Our service concludes with the festive verset Placare Christe Servulis  from a collection of liturgical pieces honoring the 17th-century composer Jean Titelouze by the 20th-century composer Marcel Dupré.
Commitment Sunday is this week.  Please take time to review the letter from the Stewardship Team, prayerfully discern your financial commitment for 2018, and bring your commitment card to worship this Sunday, October 22. Ushers will have blank cards if you need one. You can also make your commitment online through the link at covenantweb.org/donate  or mail in your card. Join us in proclaiming the joy of life beyond scarcity!
During this season when we discern God's call to us to generously share our resources, the Stewardship Team has invited members of the Covenant family to share with us what compels them to contribute time, talent, and treasure to the church. Last Sunday Susan and Will Klein shared their thoughts.
We were asked to share why we give to the church.
The simple answer is that we give out of commitment and love because we believe in the mission, vision and future of this church.  We are a part of this wonderful place called Church of the Covenant and it has been our spiritual home for over 27 years.
Giving our money, time and talents helps me participate and feel like I am part of Christ's ongoing work which gives my life meaning.
I feel like some days when I pray I ask God for an awful lot and God has blessed me and my family immensely with so many graces... I am compelled to want to try and reciprocate.  And I also feel like what I give to the church in time and money pales in comparison to God's graces.
I have a spiritual home in this place where I can worship God in an amazing, awe-inspiring structure.  The service every week takes me out of myself.  The sermons, music and prayers make me think about things and take me into deeper spiritual places I could never accomplish on my own.  It helps set me up to face each new week.  It gives me hope and confidence in myself and the world, and that is saying an awful lot.
I love being part of this church that welcomes everybody no matter who you are.  I love our mission work within the church and outside the church. I love the people in this church.
I want to support it because I really need this church.
One important way God has blessed us as a couple is learning about Financial Peace University (FPU). The principles we have learned in FPU have changed our lives, brought us closer as a couple and has made us become more generous than we ever thought we would or could be.  
The Cupboards are Bare!

This Sunday the children collect food and financial donations for the Covenant Food Pantry. We can use the following:
Canned soup
Canned vegetables
Canned stew
Corn muffin mix
Fruit cups
Pudding cups
Macaroni and cheese
Peanut butter
Canned meat (SPAM/chicken)
Tuna fish
Pasta Sauce

The Covenant Food Pantry is open the last Wednesday and Friday of the month, on Thursday afternoons for students, and for emergencies during the month. 
Thank you for your ongoing support!

Keys to Our Journey through the Bible - October 22  Memory Verse
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.  Sunday's memory verse is: "Remember that I have commanded you to be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9  
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), Thelma Everhart, Gabe (son of Liz Roccoforte, CWRU), Eliseo Hairston (Shirley Thompson's grandson deployed to the Pacific), Anne Marie Haiss (mother of Fritz Haiss), Greg Madison, Elizabeth Mierke, Patrick Monaghan (relative of Tom Keys), Olitana Rika (physician at our mission partner health clinic in Albania), 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.
The rose on the lectern celebrates the birth of Mia Rose Heines on October 14 in Cleveland. Congratulations to parents Tom and Rachel Heines and grandparents Mike and Marjie Heines.
Jonathan Moyer will be out of the office through October 28 teaching and concertizing at the Maine Organ Institute in Bangor. Concerts will be held at St. John's Catholic Church, the home parish of our music department intern Abraham Ross. 
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   
Trunk or Treat 
Friday, October 27, 6:00-8:00 pm
Covenant Parking Lot
Decorate your car - Donate chili and candy
Come for a family-friendly good time! We had over 200 guests last year - can you help?
Contact Mindy Stewart to learn how you can participate: MStewart@CovenantWeb.org. It's fun!
Congratulations to Kristine Urban who completed her first Ironman October 15 in Louisville, KY. According to her husband, Dan,  "It went great. She finished in 13 hours, 11 minutes.  She was on the bike for a total of 7 hours. Thanks for all the prayers. They helped carry her through to the finish."

Kristine ran a half Ironman a few weeks ago in Columbus and won the female division which qualifies her for Nationals in 2018, which are in Cleveland next year!

An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation, consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile run, raced in that order and without a break!
Tutors needed this Saturday, October 21, while CWRU is on break! 
New? Come at 9:15 am for orientation.
linda wilson

The Saturday Tutoring Program at the Church of the Covenant seeks a Director
Linda Wilson, founder and Saturday Tutoring Program Director, has been coordinating this amazing program as a volunteer for two sessions per year for 27 years. Now in her 28th year, she is planning a well-earned retirement at the end of the second session in the spring. This position is now posted.
Posting: A well-established tutoring program housed at the Church of the Covenant in the vibrant University Circle neighborhood seeks a creative and committed individual to direct and further develop a Saturday morning program for 80+ students in grades 1 through 12.  The Director, which is a part time exempt position, will recruit volunteer tutors and a core leadership team from area colleges, universities and other institutions, work on program development, and seek ways to continue funding the program.  The applicant should have at least a bachelor's degree, experience in non-profit development, good leadership skills, a background and interest in education, and comfort working in racially, ethnically and socio-economically diverse settings.  Please submit a one page personal statement along with your resume to:  SaturdayTutoring@CovenantWeb.orgMore details are listed on Indeed.comquery "Saturday Tutoring Program" in Cleveland Ohio.
2017 Covenant Lecture with Ellen Goodman
"The Most Important Conversation America Isn't Having"
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Pulitzer Prize winning syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman founded The Conversation Project as a public health movement to change the way people talk about and plan for their end-of-life care. Hear her passionate call to engagement and find the resources to help your families and communities engage in this important discussion. 

Sponsored by the Church of the Covenant and Cleveland Clinic Spiritual Care, Cleveland Clinic Palliative Medicine,  University Hospitals Palliative Medicine and Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Free / Open to the Public - Register at: www.EllenGoodmanatCovenant.eventbrite.com.

"Locked in a Box" Documentary Screening
Friday, October 20,  7:00 pm in the Connection Center Lower level in Church of the Covenant
All are welcome!
"Locked in a Box" is an award winning short documentary that follows the stories of individuals held in the U.S. Immigration detention system and those who visit them. The film traces the lives of individuals who fled their homelands in search of safety and freedom only to end up in U.S. prisons under a mandatory bed quota system run by Immigration Customs & Enforcement (ICE). Since the 1990's there has been a massive expansion of the immigration detention system up to 34,000 immigrants in detention on any given day in approximately 200 different facilities, many of which are for-profit prisons. "Locked in a Box" helps strip away the political rhetoric to see the human cost of detention.

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 .  David Osburn, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Carillonneur, will play Friday, October 20.  

Tuesday Noon Organ Recitals  feature organists from throughout greater Cleveland and beyond on Covenant's two magnificent pipe organs. On October 24, Matteo Imbruno, organist Oude Kerk Amsterdam,
will play.

Both are free and open to the public -  Free parking in the Covenant parking lot.

Transplant House Open House 
Tuesday, October 24, 3:00-7:00 pm, free parking
2032 E. 115th St., Cleveland, 44106
(Behind Hope Lodge, Mayfield Rd, near Euclid intersection)
Come see our nine new apartments in this 100-year-old building!  Transplant House now includes 24 apartments to providing affordable, temporary housing and a welcoming, supportive community to organ transplant patients and their families. Questions? Call Transplant House of Cleveland at 216-938-9553.  Learn more about Transplant House.

Apostles Build 2017 Dedication
Saturday, October 28, 11:00 am
12112 Longmead Avenue
Celebrate Connie and her family's newly renovated home at 12112 Longmead Avenue. Housing rehabs are made possible by congregations, including Church of the Covenant, who participated in Apostle's Build this past year. Click here to see the flyer.
11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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