July 13, 2017
Sunday, July 16 
Worship 10:00 am

Nearly half of the book of Genesis follows the life of Jacob, which begins with a promise from God. How do we make sense of this story in which cultural norms are turned upside-down? What does this have to teach us about the injustices in our own culture which we take for granted? Where do we discern the presence and work of God in the midst of our familial relationships (which are often our most difficult)? According to Lillian Daniel, worship "is not about hiding from the world but transforming it." Come to worship and let God equip and nourish you for the task of transforming the world.

Amy Starr Redwine's Sermon is " Scandalous Beginning ."  The scriptures are Genesis 25: 19-34 and 1 Corinthians 1:27-29 Our Lay Worship Leaders are Ian Finlay and Katie Buerger. 

Bulletins are posted at  CovenantWeb.org/read/listen where you can also read or listen to sermons.
In the beginning... Stories from the Book of Genesis Summer Sermon Series
This summer in worship we will be hearing stories from the book of Genesis. From creation to the extraordinary lives of the forefathers and foremothers of our faith tradition, these stories not only reveal to us who God is, but who we are as God's children, called to faithfully serve God and one another even as we care for the world around us. 
We invite all children to participate in a Time for Young Disciples. 
This Sunday children will remain in worship and are invited to a space created just for them in the front 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  MStewart@CovenantWeb.org  for more information about programs for youth and families.  Click here  for a summer schedule for youth.
This weekend Dwellers (4th - 7th) and Sowers (8th - 12th) participate in a Summer of Service weekend.
Christopher & Samuel in their "younger" years 
We welcome  members of the Beckwith Handbell choir to our service t his Sunday, presenting an arrangement of the hymn 
Amazing Grace,  the text of which was written by John Newton but the common musical tune is unattributed to any source. We also welcome Christopher and Samuel Moyer, who will present selections for cello and guitar for the prelude. Their parents Kaori and Jonathan join their hands and feet together during the postlude in a Fugue for two organists by nineteenth century German composer Adolf Hesse. 
In The Covenant Family
We pray for Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Rich Day (friend of Bill Braun & Cathy Luck), Eliseo Hairston (Shirley Thompson's family member deployed with the Marines to the Pacific), Shirley Homer (Mildred Russin's cousin), Cyndi Kuntz, Les Knowlton, Marilyn Krotseng, the Lawhon Family, Erika & Norbert Roehl (friends of Arnie & Susan Dahm), Nathan Roth (friend of Matthew Garrett & Michael Peters), Renee Smith (partner of Tony Harvey), Greg Sorrell, Emilee Stewart, Chrismaly Vaidl (traveling to South Korea), Lois Wilson (sister of June Begany) 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 the family of Dr. Clifford D. Shields who died on July 6 in Colorado. At Cliff's request, interment in the Covenant Columbarium will be a private family gathering.  

Our prayers are also with the family of Robert C. Smith, husband of the late Maryel Vogel Smith, who died on June 12 at the age of 94. His memorial service is Monday, July 17, at 11:00 am in Christ Chapel.   For those who wish, contributions in his name may be made to Friends of the National WWII Memorial, 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Suite 316, Washington, DC 20003 or to the Church of the Covenant. 
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   

Marilyn and Chris Langmack celebrate 50!

Marilyn and Chris Langmack are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on July 15.

This Sunday, July 16, in celebration of their anniversary, we are invited to have a piece of cake during the time of fellowship following worship.


McGaffin Carillon Concerts
Friday   | 12:15 pm | Tower tours follow
Sunday | 11:00 am | Tower open to visitors during concert

T his week's guest carrillonneur is Patrick Macoska.
He will be performing hymns, Appalachian spirituals, Scott Joplin, and more. . .
A native Clevelander, Mr. Macoska has lived in Michigan until recently, where he had careers in architecture and church music. He has been active in the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, and has given carillon concerts throughout the US and Canada. He played weekly recitals on the two carillons at the University of Michigan as well as on the 51-bell Paccard carillon at St. Mary's of Redford Church in Detroit where he served as director of music.

Through July and August George Leggiero and guests will play a concert on Friday at 12:15 pm and repeat that concert at 11:00 am on Sunday morning. During the Sunday concerts, the tower will be open to visitors. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Printed programs are available on the lawn as you leave the service. Explore the area around the tower and find your "special spot" to hear the bells and let us know where that is. Check in on Facebook ("The Alexander McGaffin Memorial Tower") or Twitter(@McGaffinBells) and let your friends know you heard the bells.  Go to ucbells.org.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Youth  Car Wash last Sunday,
and to all the volunteers who supported our youth in this fundraiser.
Your generosity raised $600 for our Youth Mission Experiences.
Opportunities At Covenant
Theology on Tap | Thursday, July 20, 5:00 pm |The Bottle House. Cleveland Hts
A discussion group on God, faith, and life, Theology of Tap is meeting jointing with members of the Fairmount Presbyterian Church community. Join Theology on Tap for a day trip to Chautauqua Institution on Friday, August 25. For details contact Melanie Marsh Baum,  MBaum@CovenantWeb.org. We hope to see you soon!
Social Media and the Church | Next Sunday, July 23, 11:30 am | Church Office
Are you on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any other form of social media, or would like to be? If so, join Lucy Matz, Covenant member and Social Media Coordinator for the Cleveland Cavaliers, to learn how you can use social media to increase awareness and visibility of the Church of the Covenant. Join Lucy to learn tricks and tools of the trade! Bring your smart phone, tablet, and/or laptop for this hands-on workshop held in the (air-conditioned) office. 
Desserts for Transplant House - August 27 last Sunday open!
Thank you to everyone who has participated.  You may sign up in the Church office to  provide a dessert for 8 to 10 residents at Transplant House of Cleveland.
Usher - Greeter - Lay Worship Leader - Communion Server - Sunday Flowers in memory or Honor of loved one
We are working on providing you the opportunity to easily sign-up to usher and greet on Sunday mornings, serve communion, and offer Sunday flowers in memory or honor of a loved one.   You can click here to schedule
In Our Presbytery Family
Presbyterian Women | Saturday, July 29 | 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Christ United Church (formerly St. Andrew's), 23114 West Rd, Olmsted Falls
$15 in advance & $20 at the door - breakfast & light lunch included

Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of the Western Reserve will present a workshop featuring  Melissa Bane Sevier, author of the 2017-18 Horizons Bible Study, Cloud of Witnesses, based on the book of Hebrews.  Melissa will share her inspiration for this Bible study and the process that she went through to complete it. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with the author and to share ideas and fellowship with other women of faith. 

Send reservations to Lee Lohr, 3864 Long Rd, Avon, OH  44011. Make checks to: PW-PWR.  For more information contact Gladys Kershaw 440-238-2363. Get ready for Covenant's Wednesday Women's Bible Study this fall!
A People's Justice and Peace Convention
Saturday, July 15 | 3:00 - 8:00 pm
North Presbyterian Church, 4515 Superior Avenue, Cleveland
Free and open to the public
Artists, Radical Hospitality Party, Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, and more . . .
Visit   clevelandnonviolence.org for more information.  Click here for a flyer

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