August 10, 2017
Sunday, August 13
Worship 10:00 am
Joseph's Dream
This week in Genesis, we encounter a story of sibling rivalry taken to terrible extremes. How do we understand the workings of God in and through our most difficult relationships and emotions? What role do we play when those close to us share their deepest hopes and dreams? Join us as we continue to discover the relevance of these ancient stories to our lives.

Scriptures are Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 and Philippians 2:1-11 Amy Starr Redwine's sermon is entitled "Don't Hate the Dreamers ." Our Lay Worship Leader is Barb Clint.

Bulletins are posted at where you can also read or listen to sermons. Can you usher, greet, serve communion, provide flowers? Click here.
In the beginning... Stories from the Book of Genesis Summer Sermon Series
This summer in worship we are 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. 
This Sunday the children will leave for Sunday School following a Time for Young Disciples.  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.
Music Notes: Nanette Canfield in Worship
Soprano and Cleveland native Nanette Canfield has extensive experience studying and performing music from a wide variety of genres including opera and music theatre, oratorio, sacred music, art song, and chamber music. She has appeared in recital, concert, and theatrical venues throughout the Great Lakes region, and has created roles in several world premier productions in the U.S. and Canada. Invited appearances range from a program of classic American music theatre with the Sinfonia Baltica in Poland to an afternoon of Victorian parlor music at the historic Stan Hywet Hall in Akron. Nanette is proud to have served the Church of the Covenant as soprano section leader and soloist for 20+ years. When she is not making music, you might find her gardening, reading, or serving as a volunteer naturalist in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  
McGaffin Carillon Concerts
Patrick Macoska
Friday, August 11 | 12:15 pm | Tower tours follow
Sunday, August 13 | 11:00 am | Tower open to visitors during concert

This week guest Carillonneur Patrick Macoska is performing "A European Sampler," including a variety of classical and folk music from the Continent and the British Isles, from Bach's time to ours.

Native Clevelander Patrick Macoska has lived in Michigan until recently, where he had careers in architecture and church music. He studied carillon at the University of Michigan and played his GCNA (Guild of Carillonneurs in North America) advancement recital in 1997 at the University of Kansas. Patrick has been active in the Guild, serving two terms on the Board of Directors and currently serving as Chairperson of the Examinations Committee. He has given carillon concerts throughout the U. S. and Canada, most recently playing guest recitals at the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and at L'Oratoire St. Joseph in Montreal. Until his move back to Cleveland, 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. He is happy to be back in his home town and looks forward to becoming involved in the Cleveland carillon scene!

Through August George Leggiero and guests play a concert on Fridays at 12:15 pm and repeat that concert at 11:00 am Sunday morning. The tower is open to visitors; children should be accompanied by an adult. Programs are available on the lawn. Explore the area around the tower and find your "special spot" to hear the bells. Let us know where it is! Check in on Facebook ("The Alexander McGaffin Memorial Tower") or Twitter(@McGaffinBells) and let your friends know you heard the bells.  Go to
Trustees are cleaning out the old Youth Lounge 
THIS Sunday, 11:00 am

The old Youth Lounge hasn't been used for some time. Come take a look following worship and take home anything you would like! To reach the Youth Lounge, go down the steps to the lower level. The steps down to the Youth Lounge (across from the Deacon flower table) are very steep.

In the Covenant Family
We pray for  Judy Bourne, An drew 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 family member deployed to the Pacific), Shirley Homer (Mildred Russin's cousin), Cyndi Kuntz, Les Knowlton, Marilyn Krotseng, Nikki (Lorna Kelly's friend), Erika & Norbert Roehl (friends of Arnie & Susan Dahm), Renee Smith (partner of Tony Harvey), Liam Stewart, Vic Stroup and Shirley Roe-Stroup (Carol Roe's brother-in-law and sister), 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 Grace Milligan on the recent death of her sister.

Willie Parker is on vacation August 13 - 19 and Este Pozza is on vacation August 14 and 15.
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   

Welcome Twyla Mary Phillips!

Congratulations to parents Brian and Chloe Phillips and grandparents Kathy and David Farkas on the birth of  Twyla Mary Phillips. She was born on August 6 in Washington, DC.

We celebrate the baptism of  Julianna Kelly Minadeo!

Last Sunday we celebrated the baptism of  Julianna Kelly Minadeo, daughter of Rebecca Bromelmeier and Joseph Minadeo. Julianna was born June 8, 2017. 

Pray for those impacted by gun violence

Since a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012,  killing 26 people, 20 of them children; 800 people  in Cuyahoga County have been killed by guns. Since last month, 11 more individuals have died by gun violence in Cuyahoga County. Four of those who died were by suicide.
Believing God calls us to be peacemakers, by Session action, each  month we pray for people affected by gun violence and to reduce the evil of gun violence in our nation, marked by the tolling of the tower bell. Join us, in this time of increased concern over deadly gun violence in our county, our country, and the world, in remembering and praying that God will show us the way to a new commitment to Peace on Earth.  The Church of the Covenant partners with God Before Guns, a multi-faith coalition of individuals and faith communities created in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, to reduce gun violence. Go to  to see how to become engaged.
Save the Date
A Gun Violence Prevention Conference
Sunday, October 1 | 2:00-6:00 pm | The Church of the Covenant
Gun Violence: Our War at Home -  Ways to Prevent, Intervene, and Heal
Keynote Speaker: The Reverend James Atwood
Author of  America and Its Guns: A Theological Exposé   and  Gundamentalism
Panel Discussions:  From Concerned Citizen to Activist,  We're All in This Together, and  Paths to Healing
Go to  for developing event details.
Opportunities at Covenant
Y-Haven seeks help creating hospitality kits for Rising Hope, its new opioid recovery facility. Please bring items by Thursday, August 17. 

Rising Hope, new recovery housing program for individuals in recovery from opioid addiction, is in need of household items to help furnish forty, two-person suites, each with its own kitchen and bath. The Ministry of Service is collecting new or gently used items for delivery August 18. For further information, contact Barb Clint at 216-385-5114 or 

We have a great start. Thank you! Please continue to bring in your donations.  Below is a list of some suggested items that you may drop off in the Church office: 
Plates/silverware/glasses/mugs for two
Pots, pans, skillet
Kitchen utensils (eg, knives, peeler)
Toaster / Can opener / Coffee maker
Cleaning supplies for a month (eg, sponges, dish soap, cleanser, laundry soap)
Area rugs (2) - new or freshly laundered
Bedding/bed spread for 2 regular single beds (new or freshly laundered)
Shower curtain
Kitchen/bath towels


Dr. Willie Parker to speak | Wednesday, August 23 | 7:00 pm
On Wednesday, August 23, the Church of the Covenant will host an event on behalf of Preterm, a local healthcare provider. Dr. Willie Parker, a Christian physician and abortion provider in the South, will speak about his recently published book  Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice. 

Covenant Forum | Nancy Starner and Cynthia Szafraniec | Sunday, August 20 | 11:30 am
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. 
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!
Fall 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.  
Opportunities in the Community
Share Your Experience in University Circle!
Do today and you'll have a chance to win 
one of several $50 Amazon gift cards.

This summer, we want to hear about your experience when you spend time in University Circle. We hope you'll take 7 to 10 minutes to complete our survey.  Your answers will be very helpful to the staff and Board of University Circle, Incorporated as we develop plans for enhancing the University Circle neighborhood over the next decade.   
Love Music? Volunteer at the Severance Hall!
The Musical Arts Association is seeking volunteers over the age of 14 years for the 2017-18 Cleveland Orchestra season and other evening and weekend events. Support a great Cleveland institution, meet other music lovers, and hear one of the world's outstanding orchestras in majestic Severance Hall. Call the House Manager at 216-231-7425, e-mail, or meet us in Severance Hall's Smith Lobby on Thursday, August 17 or Tuesday, August 22 between 4:30 and 6:30 pm or on Sunday, August 27, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.   Click here for flyer.  Read about being an usher.
Feast of the Assumption - August 12 - 15 - Just up the hill!
The Feast of the Assumption is celebrating its 119th year in Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood, and you're invited. During the four days of festivities, indulge your taste buds with delicious Italian foods and desserts, listen to live music, visit with old friends or make new ones over a bottle of Peroni or glass of Chianti, and take your children on fun carnival rides in the churchyard.  Click here  for a full schedule of events.
Text to Give!
Text the keyword "CovenantChurch" and a dollar amount to 73256 (for example, "CovenantChurch $50"). You'll be taken through a series of prompts that will allow you to securely make a gift of any size to the church. 

Free Wi-Fi throughout the church: COTC-guest
Want to access the internet?  You can log on at COTC-guest throughout the Covenant.
Usher/ Greet - provide Sunday flowers - serve communion - be a lay worship leader
Click here to schedule
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