April 11, 2019
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April 11, 2019
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Palm Sunday Worship
April 14, 10:00 am in the Sanctuary
Celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.
We will receive offerings for One Great Hour of Sharing .
Marcus Borg tells us , "The way of Jesus is the way of death and resurrection — the path … from an old way of being to a new way of being." This Palm Sunday, as we conclude our sermon series "Who do you say that I am?" We look at how Jesus' life and ministry leads him to Jerusalem and the cross, and what that means for those who follow him. Melanie Marsh Baum's sermon is entitl ed "Everyday Revolutionary". Scriptu res are  Isaiah 50:4–9a and Luke 19:28–40 . Our Lay Worship Leader is Harriet Wadsworth.

Sunday we celebrate the baptism of Amelia Lise Genson Szafraniec, daughter of Ryan Szafraniec and Loren Gensen, granddaughter of Cynthia and Ron Szafraniec, and niece of Andrew Szafraniec. Amelia was born October 25, 2018. 

Children preschool – fifth grade,  are invited to a time storytelling, discovery, and joyful play in the Creche, now located on the third floor in Beckwith Hall.  Youth sixth-twelfth grade  are invited to stay in the service and participate by responding to this week’s Wonder Sheet.

Living the Way Discussion
11:30 am, Dowd Commons
Stop for some coffee and join this final Living the Way discussion focusing on the topic explored in worship.
Music in Worship
For centuries, Christians have been gathering on Palm Sunday to celebrate the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. Greeted like a king, He will soon be condemned as an insurgent, and crucified next to a common thief as well as a revolutionary. With this week’s introit , we commemorate this jubilant, regal entrance with a brief shout for joy, marked by large leaps reminiscent of trumpets or horns calling the listener to attention. American composer Daniel Moe sets this same text in a questioning manner, as if not everyone gathered in Jerusalem that day knew who this person was. The offertory is a joyful rendition of the hymn whose associated texts include "I sing the mighty power of God!" as well as (as the bell choir rendition is entitled,) "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna!" "Hosanna" is a biblical term that might simply be defined as an expression of adoration, praise, or joy.

 Thank you to Fred Mailey!
Welcome to Ken Wendt
This week, we take a moment to thank Covenant member Fred Mailey for his tremendous volunteer work with our audio systems. In addition, we welcome Ken Wendt as our new manager of audio-visual services. Please congratulate them during the reception, following our worship service.
One Great Hour of Sharing offering
Presbyterians make a difference throughout the world through gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing. Click here to learn more . Envelopes are in the pews or donate online at CovenantWeb.org/giving . 

Dear Friends,
Due to a family emergency, our second Congregational Dialogue Session with Bill Appleton is being postponed. We will let you know when a new date is selected. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you can't attend, contact Clerk of Session Will Klein at Clerk@CovenantWeb.org to learn how you can participate. 

Please keep Bill Appleton and his family in your prayers. 
In Our Church Family
We pray for Judy Bourne, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones's niece), Paul Dirksen, Gretchen Drushel (who is preparing for the Peace Corp), Rob Engel & Lynne Hoffman-Engel, Rolf (Crunch) and Marilyn Krotseng, Greg Madison, Shirley Roe-Stroup, and Gabriel (Jenny Conner's grand-nephew). We pray for those struggling with illness, convalescing, or homebound; patients, family, and staff in our surrounding hospitals; our Interim Pastor Search Committee, and those who have left prayer requests in our Carpenter's Box.

Our prayers are with the family of Sachie Tanaka who died peacefully in Chicago on November 7, 2018. Mrs. Tanaka was a Covenant member and served as a Deacon. She was married for 59 years to Henry (Hank) Tanaka who died in 2006. A graveside memorial service is Saturday, April 13, at Lake View Cemetery at 1:00 pm. Click here for a full obituary.

Congratulations to Jamie Babbit, the first recipient of the Cleveland International Film Festival's new award, "The DReam Catcher," established to recognize an LGBTQ filmmaker each year. Jamie, who grew up in Shaker Heights, is the daughter of Nikki and Harold Babbit. Nikki, who died in 2006, was a Covenant member and instrumental in bringing our Stephen Ministries program to our Covenant community. Learn more here.
 Please send prayer requests to  Melanie Marsh Baum .
Names are generally removed from the bulletin after four weeks unless there is a continuing need. Please let the church know if you or a loved one is 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
Thank you to our Youth Sunday participants!
I just want to express my extreme gratitude to all of the hardworking children and youth and the wonderful members of the Youth Sunday team. The service they prepared was a truly worshipful experience for all. I want to particularly note my thanks to Shawna Mitchell who was an important part of our team, but inadvertently left off the list of participants in the bulletin. Jenny Conner
Please bring wrapped candy for our annual Easter Egg Hunt to the office by next Tuesday, April 16.
We will have our traditional Easter Egg hunt following our Easter service on April 21. We could use small wrapped candies to put in the plastic eggs.
Meeting Jesus Around the Table Wednesday, April 17, 5:30 pm
(note time change)
Dinner, discussion and communio n concludes next Wednesday in Dowd Commons. RSVP by Tuesday to KLowry@CovenantWeb.org so we can get a count for dinner.
Pray for Those affected by
Gun Violence   
Since a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, killing 26 people, 20 of them children; 1,122 people in Cuyahoga County have been killed by guns. Since last month, 14 more individuals have died by gun violence in Cuyahoga County. The names of those at least 18 years of age are: Kimberly Y. Willingham, Ernest Joseph Forte Jr, James F. Davidson, Willie G. Ivey II, Julius George Henry Moore Sr, Fred F. Norman Jr, DeAngelo Smith, Daniel Joseph Jeske Jr, Nathaniel Lamon Edwards, Dewey M. Walls, Phillip A. Minite, Adriante R. Moore, Dasean Dawjuan Williams, and Dominick Dwayne McGiania. Eight 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 address 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. G o to  GodBeforeGuns.org  to see how to become engaged.
Beating Guns: Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 pm
Pilgrim Congregational Church
2592 W 14th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Reverend Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin have begun a thirty-seven-city  Beating Guns Tour. The tour extends the themes of their book, Beating Guns. Beating Guns is co-sponsored by God Before Guns (a Covenant mission partner) and Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ. This event is free and open to the public.
Registration is required.  Register  HERE .
CWRU Music at Covenant
All are free with free parking in the Covenant lot.
Case Men's Glee Club

Friday, April 12, 8:00 pm
Case Men's Glee Club

Saturday, April 13, 8:00 pm
University Chorale & Case Concert Choir
Tuesday, April 16, 12:00 pm
Heinrich Biber:  Mystery Sonatas  for violin and continuo
Performed by musicians from the
CWRU Historical Performance Practice program

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber’s (1644-1704) Mystery, or Rosary, sonatas were most likely composed as meditations on important events in Christ’s life that correspond to the 15 mysteries (Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious) of the Rosary. This singular collection, thought to have been engraved around 1676, includes a depiction of a biblical scene for each sonata plus a unique tuning for the violin, known as scordatura (literally, “mistuned”), that enriches the resonant qualities of the instrument, deepens the meditative qualities of each mystery, and facilitates Biber’s virtuosic writing. Most apt for this Lenten season are the two “sorrowful” sonatas depicting Jesus Carrying the Cross and his Crucifixion.
Covenant's first
Habitat Rehab day of 2019
Many thanks to Covenant's first rehab team! Keith Kallay sent us this picture from the Thursday, April 4 work team: Keith Kallay, Jim Prince and Susan McKay.
As he shared, "Just removed this cast tub from the house. Rub a dub. Three in the tub!"
We Continue through Holy Week
From Jonathan Moyer for Holy Week
A Meditation on the Passion Chorale, O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden 
(O Sacred Head Now Wounded)
by Jonathan Moyer

I offer this new musical meditation on the Passion chorale for the upcoming days of Holy Week. The images are taken from the ancient altars and paintings that fill the St. Annen-Museum in Lübeck. Filled with emotion, these works inspired the meditation and devotion of generations of Christians in years past, and they can still move us in this day. We remember the self-sacrifice of Jesus so that we might more fully practice a deep and abiding love for all humanity. "For God so loved the world..." Jonathan Moyer

Dr. Moyer is Associate Director of Music and Organist with The Church of the Covenant and David S. Boe Professor and Chair of Organ at Oberlin College. He is on sabbatical in Germany through June.
Maundy Thursday, April 18, 7:30 pm, Sanctuary
Holy Communion and service of Tenebrae.
Experience Jesus’ journey from the last supper to crucifixion.
What is Maundy Thursday?
This Thursday, April 18, at 7:30 pm we observe a special Lord's Supper service in remembrance of the Last Supper, when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified. Jesus’ celebration of this Last Supper instituted what we know as Communion ( Luke 22:19-20 ). At this same Passover meal, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet as an act of humility and service, thereby setting an example that we should love and serve one another in humility ( John 13:3-17 ). This service is a solemn presentation of the events leading up to the crucifixion on Good Friday. The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word for “command,” referring to the command Jesus gave to the disciples at the Last Supper, that they should love and serve one another. Please plan on attending and invite family and friends as we reflect on the sacrifice of Christ the culmination of the Lenten season.   Patty Fowler, Maundy Thursday Coordinator
Easter, Sunday, April 21

Sunrise Service, 7:30 am
Great the Easter morning
with worship and celebration.

Breakfast, 8:30 am, Dowd Commons
All are welcome!

Worship, 10:00 am, Sanctuary.
Come celebrate the risen Lord with music for organ and brass.
The Reverend Dr. Kenneth Chalker is preaching.
Easter egg hunt to follow on the front lawn. 
We are pleased to welcome the Reverend Dr. Kenneth Chalker to our pulpit Easter morning. Prior to his retirement in January 2018, Dr. Chalker served as a United Methodist pastor for 43 years; 32 of those as the Senior Pastor of University Circle United Methodist Church. Dr. Chalker has been active in numerous civic activities and urban ministry as well as with the United Methodist denomination. He is a commentator, author, and recipient of a number of awards, most recently The Five Star Generals Award in the Army of Believers by the Cleveland Municipal School District in 2018. Dr. Chalker, a graduate of what is now The University of Mount Union, serves on their Board of Trustees, and received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in May of 2018. He earned his Masters Degree from Duke University and his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He has been married to the love of his life, Grace, for 47 years. They have two grown children and are the very proud grandparents of four grandchildren Click here for an expanded biography.
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