April 18, 2019
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April 18, 2019
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Maundy Thursday
This evening, 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, Interfaith Center
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 Rev. Dr. Kenneth W. Chalker is preaching.
Easter egg hunt to follow on the front lawn.
All children welcome!
Easter Sunday 10:00 am Worship
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kenneth W. 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.
This Easter Sunday Dr. Chalker's sermon is titled Do You Have Your Passport? Scriptures are  Isaiah 65:17–25 and Luke 24:9–11 . Our Lay Worship Leader is Elizabeth Hagen.

Children will remain in worship . We welcome children and their families to join us at the worship center in the front on the lectern side of the church.

Easter Parking
As we anticipate visitors, members are encouraged as they are able to use Ford Road Garage or the parking behind our church.
Music Notes
We emerge from the season of Lent with Chancel Choir soloist Jelani Watkins’s, Alleluia ! The celebration of Christ’s resurrection continues throughout our service with festival hymns and musical selections for choir, brass, and timpani. Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was the first major classical composer of African descent; his father was a doctor from Sierra Leone. Born in London in 1875, Coleridge-Taylor excelled as a violinist, conductor, teacher, and composer. His Easter anthem, The Lord is My Strength, exhibits his penchant for melody and love of choral music.

We welcome the Orion Brass Quintet—Ryan Buechele and Alex Lenhart, trumpet; Ryan Saathoff, horn; Nicholas Pogharin, trombone; Christian Querrey, tuba—and timpanist Jeremy Sreejayan as guest musicians today. Heart-felt thanks are extended to all of the Covenant Choirs and additional musicians who have helped to make our Holy Week services deeply meaningful.
Dialogue Session rescheduled for Saturday, April 27, 12 – 2 pm
Dowd Commons

As a church that is ever transforming and evolving, Session invites you to participate in our final Dialogue Session on Saturday, April 27, 12:00–2:00 pm. Bill Appleton of Kairos Consultants will facilitate our conversations. Unable to attend one of these dates? Contact Clerk of Session Will Klein at Clerk@CovenantWeb.org to learn how you can participate. 
Special Meeting of the Congregation Next Sunday April 28
Following our Worship Service

On behalf of the Nominating Committee, Session has called a special meeting of the congregation immediately after worship on Sunday, April 28, 2019 for the purpose of electing officers to complete the slate elected in January.
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.
Congratulations to the
Gensen / Szafraniec family
Palm Sunday we celebrated the baptism of Amelia Lise Genson Szafraniec, daughter of Loren Gensen and Ryan Szafraniec, granddaughter of Cynthia and Ron Szafraniec, and niece of Andrew Szafraniec. Amelia was born October 25, 2018
 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
Fred Mailey recognized | Ken Wendt welcomed
Volunteers encouraged!
Ken Wendt and Fred Mailey
(with his gift of chocolate chip ice cream)
This past Sunday Matthew Garrett recognized Fred Mailey for his tireless service and welcomed Ken Wendt as Covenant's new manager of audio-visual services. Click here to read more about Fred and Ken.

We are looking for church volunteers to help operate our audio systems with guidance from Ken Wendt. You do not need to know anything about audio technology to volunteer, you just need to have an interest in serving the church and a willingness to learn some new skills. 
Contact Ken ( KWendt@CovenantWeb.org ) or Matthew ( MGarrett@CovenantWeb.org ) to learn more.
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.
In Our Community
University Circle Incorporated seeking your input!
Please Reply by Friday, May 10.
A little over a year ago, UCI launched a survey that helped inform the organization's new strategic plan, Forward Together . Today, we're re-launching the survey so we can assess how and where University Circle has grown, and what work still needs to be done.
Please click here to complete the survey. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and if you choose to enter your email address at the end of the survey, you will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. All responses will remain anonymous. 
Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering
Earth Care Stewardship
Saturday, April 27 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (8:30 am registration)
Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church
5312 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124 - 440.448.2331
11205 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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