November 10, 2016
The Church of the Covenant

      Photo by Myles Nicholich

The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it; the world, and those who live in it.
Psalm 24:1
Worship for Sunday  November 13

Sunday in our location series, we encounter two disciples on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Jesus has been crucified and they are confused, distraught, and grieving when they are joined on the road by a stranger who helps them make sense of what they don't understand. When has this been your 
experience? How has God met you in your grief and confusion? Amy Starr Redwine's sermon is  Talking with Strangers (Location: Emmaus). The scripture is Luke 24:13-33 Our lay worship leader is Bob Ault. 
Sunday children age kindergarten through 7th grade will leave for Sunday School following a Time for Young Disciples. 
Adult Education Forum  - Faith and Hospitality
Adult Education Forum: Faith in the Neighborhood "Faith and Hospitality"
Panel Discussion, Sunday, November 13, 11:30am in Beckwith Hall
During our Location series this fall, we will hear from leaders around University Circle about the role faith plays in their work and institutions. In this final forum w e will consider "Faith and Hospitality" through a panel discussion moderated by Donna Prease, Grassroots Advocate at Linking Employment, Abilities & Potential (LEAP) and Covenant member, with Steve Hansler, Executive Director, Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio (MAHO), and Elaine Turley, Executive Director, Transplant House of Cleveland. 
Music Notes
The music for this Sunday's service centers around Jesus's symbolic breaking of bread with his disciples. Olivier Messiaen's early work,  Le Banquet Céleste  can be heard just before the service, a mystical depiction of the eternal banquet shared by God with all those in heaven. The Covenant Choir calls us to join in this promised supper in the introit, "Let Us Break Bread Together." Kinley Lange's beautiful setting of "Esto les digo" imparts a the message of a different promise: that when two or three are gathered in God's name, he is there in the midst of them, as promised in the Gospel of St. Matthew. The Beckwith Handbell Choir will play Cooper's  Carillon Fantasie  at the Offertory, a work that was apparently a regular favorite of the handbell choir back in the 1960's and 70's. 
In the Covenant Family
We keep in our prayers  Mary Carter, Rich Day (friend of Bill Braun and Cathy Luck), the Rev. James F. Dowd, Mia James, Timothy Moyer (Jonathan Moyer's brother), Ed Pembroke, Carol Pennza (Jim Pennza's stepmother), Meghan Pittenger (friend of Kathryn Mierke), Dwight Roe (Carol Roe's brother) and Sergey Targoni (Oleg Targoni's father). 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; those who have placed prayer requests in our Carpenter's Box; and all who are impacted by gun violence.

Jonathan Moyer is away on concert leave from November 9-14 for an organ recital and masterclass at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. Lyn Tomaszewski is on vacation through November 18. Kaori Hongo is in Japan from November 17-28.

Please send any 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 or would like a visit at home for any reason. HIPAA privacy regulations prevent hospitals from sharing this information with the church.
Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2    
Apostles Build, Saturday, November 5

Apostles Build
Saturday, November 5

Eight Covenant stalwarts prepped, painted, and hammered  to help rehab a house in the Buckeye neighborhood through Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity Apostles Build. This was our third and final work day for this year. Many thanks to all who participated in the three work days this year, and especially to Bob Jefferis and Jim Prince for coordinating these days.  

See more pictures on Covenant's Facebook page.

Looking to Sunday, November 20

Soup and Bread Lunch
Sunday, November 20, 11:00am in the Dining Room
Immediately following worship, our whole community, including students of all ages,  will enjoy a soup and bread lunch provided by staff and lay leaders as we celebrate and  give thanks for your generosity in this year's stewardship campaign.

Covenant Artist Concert Series

Sunday, November 20, 1:30pm in the Sanctuary


Take a breather and listen to the beautiful music of guest  organist  William Whitehead in concert. Mr. Whitehead is the winner of the Odense International  organ competition and curator of the
Orgelbüchlein  Project.


Thanksgiving Community Dinner

3:00pm in the Dining Room
Ministry of Service is calling for volunteers and donations. 


Here's how you can help!


      Prepare food:            Bring a side dish (last name A-I), salad (J-R) or dessert (S-Z).

Donate a turkey :       We need ten 10-12 pound turkeys.

Volunteer:                   Help the Covenant Chefs with set-up, serve, or clean-up.

Support financially:   Mark your check "dinner" or go to

      Come!                         Be a part of this annual Thanksgiving tradition! 


Please sign up in the church office by Wednesday, November 16.


Giving Tree Tag Selection: Reception Room
Yes, it really is that time again!
Stop in the Reception Room on your way to lunch and select gift tags for 2nd graders at  Daniel E. Morgan School. 
We are sorry to share that the Goodrich-Gannett
Neighborhood Center has just closed. Watch for additional Giving Tree opportunities.

Praying 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; 662 p eople in Cuyahoga County have been killed by guns. Since last month, 23 more individuals have died by gun violence in Cuyahoga County, six by suicide

Believing God calls us to be peacemakers, by Session action, we pray for people affected by gun violence 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. V isit  to become involved.
Opportunities within the Covenant Community

Final Fall Friday Lunchtime Carillon Concerts, 12:15pm
Carillon Tower Tours, 12:45pm
Come enjoy the final concert of this fall season on November 11.  Go to  for more information about the concerts and the Friends of the McGaffin Carillon. 

Ten Thousand Villages
Sunday, November 27 , 11:00am, Activities Room
Shop for unique, handmade gifts from around the world including fair trade baskets, jewelry, crafts and other items from international artisans.
The Wonder Chamber Project
Sunday, November 27,  4:00pm, Sanctuary
Bringing intriguing music found in rare manuscript collections through a nearly 400-year-old violin combined with other period instruments.
Julie Andrijeski , violin 
Jaap ter Linden , viola da gamba
Simon Martyn-Ellis , theorbo and guitar
Joseph Gascho , harpsichord and organ
Theology on Tap, Thursdays, 5:00-7:00pm, The Jolly Scholar
Join Melanie Marsh Baum for Theology on Tap at The Jolly Scholar just west of the church in Thwing Center. Bring your questions, your ideas, and a spirit of openness, as we explore the provocative and wild questions of our Christian journey. Come and go as you are able . To learn more, c ontact Melanie at  The Jolly Scholar is located at 11111 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106 .
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