June 22, 2017
" They heard the sound of the  Lord  God walking in the garden
at the time of the evening breeze. . . "    Genesis 3:8

Sunday, June 25  Worship 10:00 am
In Genesis chapter 3 we have the story of Adam and Eve eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. In this story, before God expels them from the garden of Eden, God gives Adam and Eve their first clothes. The metaphor of God as clothing is found in a number of places in the Bible, including in our reading from Colossians. What does it mean that God is as intimate with us as the clothes we wear? What does it look like to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, and above all, love?Join us for worship as we seek to understand how our faith impacts all aspects of our lives.

Amy Starr Redwine's sermon is titled, "Clothed" The scriptures are Colossians 3:12-15 and 
Genesis 3:8-13, 20-24. Our Student Lay Worship Leader is Quinn Starr Redwine.  

Bulletins are posted at CovenantWeb.org/read/listen, where you can also read or listen to sermons.
Music Notes: This Sunday we welcome Lynne Hoffman-Engel to our service as soloist.  Lynne has served as mezzo soprano soloist for the Church of the Covenant Choir since 2003.  She  holds a BA in Music Education from Saint Olaf College and an MM in Performance from The New England Conservatory of Music.  Currently, she serves on the voice faculty of the BW Community School at Baldwin Wallace University and teaches voice privately in Shaker Heights High School.  Lynne lives in Shaker Heights with her husband, Robert Engel, a retired social worker, and enjoys visiting her son, Marc, an assistant principal in the NYC schools and tattoo enthusiast.
A Note from Abe: At the end of my first year as Music Intern at Covenant, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Jonathan Moyer, Kaori Hongo, and Matthew Garrett, as well as the other staff and church members who have supported and enriched my experience. It is a privilege to bring a musical offering to the service every week in your church, and a special opportunity to work with Covenant choirs, collaborate with other musicians, and experience music making as an integral part of worship. Over the course of this year, I was very glad to balance my regular coursework at Oberlin with edifying experiences in University Circle, including coaching in sacred music with Dr. Moyer, assistantship to Dr. Hongo in leading the Children's Choir, and instruction in choral conducting with Dr. Garrett. As I set out for several recitals and festivals around New England this summer, I look forward to continuing my work as intern at Covenant in the fall.  Abraham Ross
We in vite all children to participate in a Time for Young Disciples and Sunday School. This week the children will collect food for the Covenant Food Pantry. Financial donations are also welcome. The Pantry is open the last Wednesday and Friday morning of each month as well as for emergencies that might arise during the month.  The Pantry can especially use spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, stew, chili, corn muffin mix, spam or canned meat. 

While all children are more than welcome to remain in the service, we have a nursery for infants through pre-kindergarten age children. Ask an usher for directions or for an activity packet.

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.

Conversation with Elders | Sunday |  11:00 am 
All-Saint's Chapel (west side)
You are invited to talk with Session members Jim Smekal and Lou Stark in All Saints Chapel following worship. 

The Session is particularly interested in hearing your thoughts regarding pastoral care and worship.
Stories from the Book of Genesis  Summer Sermon Series 
Sermon Talk-Back | Sunday | 11:15
In the beginning... 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. After worship, the preaching pastor will be in Christ Chapel for sermon talk-backs; casual conversations about the sermon. Comments, questions, and disagreements welcome!
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Next Sunday, July 2: Outdoor Summer Worship, Pot Luck, and Work Opportunity
On Sunday July 2 we will worship outdoors on the west lawn. As the first Sunday, we will also celebrate the Lord's Supper. After worship you are invited to stay for lunch. Hot dogs will be provided. bring a side dish to share that can be left on an outside table during worship (e.g., chips, fruit, green salad, etc.). Wear your work clothes to worship! The Trustees are inviting you to help beautify our grounds. Meet in the Narthex following lunch to be part of one of three work teams. We will also be worshiping outdoors on Sundays August 6 and September 2.
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In The Covenant Family
We keep in our prayers Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Rich Day (friend of Bill Braun and Cathy Luck), Gretchen Drushel (studying in Seoul, South Korea), Julia Haiss, Shirley Homer (Mildred Russin's cousin), Stephanie Johnson, Savanna Klein, Karen and Les Knowlton, Lawhon family (friends of Amy Starr Redwine), Catherine Reynolds (friend of Jules Tryk), Erika and Norbert Roehl (friends of Arnie and Susan Dahm), and Nathan Roth (friend of Matthew Garrett and Michael Peters). We pray for Covenant members and friends 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.
 
Lyn Tomaszewski is on vacation through June 27. Jonathan Moyer is on vacation June 28 - June 30.

Alison Cheng, who joined and was baptized at Covenant while living in Cleveland during her pediatric residency at Rainbow, will be getting married to Abe Veppumthara on Saturday, June 24 in College Park, Maryland. Alison and Abe will then move to Rancho Cucamonga, CA where they will both work for Kaiser Permanente. We wish Alison all of God's blessings in these new endeavors!

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   
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FMC attends Guild of Carillonneurs in North America Annual Congress

Deni Horstman, with carillonneurs David Osburn (left) and George Leggierio (right), of the Friends of the McGaffin Carillon in University Circle (FMC), are spending this week at the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America Annual  Congress in Mariemont, Ohio. Among opportunities to connect with other carillon artists and experts and learn new ideas for our carillon tower, they are hearing 14 concerts on three carillons, six carillon and clock-related presentations, and a duo organ concert (and four business meetings). Behind them is the Mary M. Emery Memorial Carillon, whose 49 bells date to 1929 and 1969. Two new bells-- one already pledged as part of FMC's work--will bring Covenant's 47-bell instrument up to 49 and add immeasurably to the potential repertoire of sacred and other music possible for musicians who play it for us.
More photos and information about the congress can be found on the McGaffin Carillon Facebook page,  https://www.facebook.com/McGaffinTower  or on the Friends of the McGaffin Carillon website, http://www.ucbells.org/news
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A glimpse of last Sunday's Juneteenth commemoration

The children remained in worship in a space created for them.  Kevin Lowry led the Time for Young Disciples. 

Dr. Zachery Williams preached and Ms. Chandra Turner and Dr. William Woods provided the offertory.

Special refreshments followed in the Reception Room. Thank you to the Black History Committee.


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Opportunities At Covenant
Presbyterians participating in Cleveland LGBT Pride Weekend |  Friday June 23 & Saturday June 24
Join area Presbyterians in showing support and celebrating LGBT Pride with two events during Cleveland Pride weekend. 

Friday, June 23 at 7:00 pm, Fairmount Presbyterian Church will hold a screening of Out of Order,  a feature length documentary following the journey of three LGBT members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) seeking ordination. Fairmount Presbyterian Church is located at 2757 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Saturday, area Presbyterians will join in the Pride March to Voinovich Park. 
10:00-11:00 am gather at West 3 rd between St. Clair and Superior
12:00 step-off; 1:30 rally, speeches, entertainment at Voinovich Park 
T-shirts for the march are available from the Church office at either Fairmount or Church of the Covenant; cost of each shirt is $10. Sign up in the Church office. Want to car pool? Meet in the Fairmount Presbyterian Church parking lot at 9:45 am.  For more information, contact Melanie Marsh Baum .
organ jonathan TUESDAY NOON ORGAN RECITALS
FINAL SPRING CONCERT TUESDAY,  JUNE 27 | 12:00 NOON
Organist for Tuesday, June 27, is Dr. Jonathan Moyer, Organist and Director of Music, Church of the Covenant
Tuesday Noon Organ Recitals featuring organists from throughout greater Cleveland and beyond on both of Covenant's two magnificent pipe organs. Bring a lunch! Bring a friend!   Free and open to the public. Free parking in the Covenant parking lot.
OPPORTUNITY TO WORK THURSDAY, JUNE 29, JUST OPENED!
Just received from Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity.
We have an opening on Thursday, June 29 th  for a group to volunteer at our Thrivent sponsored house.  This house is located in the Buckeye Neighborhood at 11816 Parkhill Avenue, Cleveland Ohio.  You would be working with the Lutheran team and lunch would be provided.  You do not have to be skilled to volunteer. There is work for all abilities. We do ask that all volunteers are over 16. 
 
There is room for 7 more people. If you are interested in volunteering or bringing a group from your church- follow this link and sign up:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44a4aa2ca3fa7-2017.


Youth Fundraiser Car Wash, Sunday, July 9, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
An easy way to give your car a bath, and support Covenant youth in their summer mission experience. Spruce up your car, inside and out, on Sunday morning in the Covenant parking lot.
Desserts for Transplant House 
Sundays July 23 through August 27 are all open
Thank you to everyone who has signed up through July 16 to provide a dessert for 8 to 10 residents at Transplant House of Cleveland, just up the hill on 115 Street. Sundays remain through August 27. You may sign up in the church office to bring your dessert on a specific Sunday or you can also donate to help pay for ice cream for dessert. Transplant House provides temporary, affordable housing for organ transplant patients and their families while they are visiting Cleveland for medical care. Talk with Mary Anne Bromelmeier with any questions.  
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In the Community
Wade Oval Wednesdays are back! 
Every Wednesday through August 30 on Wade Oval
Make your weekend start on Wednesdays!
Enjoy a FREE concert each Wednesday night in Wade Oval from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the heart of University Circle. Food trucks, vendors, theme nights, and activities vary each week and are all family-friendly. Bring a picnic or purchase delicious treats from vendors on site. Select museums are open late on Wednesdays.   Click here for details and a schedule of events.
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Text to Give: This summer, use your smartphone to be generous! 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. You can apply your gift to your 2017 pledge or in any other way you indicate. Experience the ease and joy of giving! Your donations support our ministry to youth and students and our outreach to the community, as well as sustaining our daily operations and supporting our talented staff.
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