August 8, 2019
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August 8, 2019
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The Reverend Ken Jones to serve as Acting Head of Staff for the month of August.
At their recent meeting Session has engaged the Reverend Ken Jones, a retired Presbyterian pastor, as the part-time Acting Head of Staff for 20 hour per week for the month of August .The Reverend Ken Jones along with his wife the Reverend Suzanne Carter have preached and worshiped at Covenant..At this same meeting Session also set the August worship schedule. Reverend Jones will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his ordination this year. He was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, is a graduate of Lafayette College (PA) and San Francisco Theological Seminary (CA), served in five churches in greater Cleveland, worked for ten years on the staff of the Presbytery of the Western Reserve and honorably retired in 2006 after a three year term as mission coworker with spouse Susanne Carter in South Africa.

Worship this Sunday, August 11, 2019
10:00 am in the Dowd Commons
Dress casually to stay cool.
This Sunday We welcome the Reverend Rabbi Roger Klein Associate Rabbi, The Temple Tifereth-Israel to Covenant this Sunday.
Dowd Commons, Rabbi Roger Klein Associate Rabbi,The Temple
Rabbi Roger C. Klein to our pulpit this week. He has served congregations in Indiana and Columbus, Ohio and has taught at The University of Kentucky, Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and at The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem.Rabbi Klein grew up in Shaker Heights and graduated from Shaker Heights High School. He played varsity baseball in high school and in college and is a life-long, avid tennis player. He has three grown children and two grandchildren.

We continue our summer worship series with the story of Jacob. 
Join us this Sunday as we continue our summer worship series, The Journey. Rabbi Klein' sermon is ." Let me cross over and see the good land" S criptures are Deuteronomy 3:23–39   Isaiah 40:1-26 . Our Lay Worship Leader is Jenny Conner. Isaiah 40:1-26

 Children Are Welcome Here!
Children are always welcome to fully participate in worship. We invite children to join us at a Worship Center for various activities during the service at the front of the Sanctuary..

 Tell us your favorite hymns!
Throughout the summer, you are invited to suggest a favorite hymn or two and share why they are special to you. Please contact Matthew Garrett with your songs and stories:
Music Notes

Our soloist Ashlyn Herd is a second year Master’s student studying with Dina Kuznetsova at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory. At CIM she has performed the roles of Cook in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol and Phédre in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie. She has attended summer programs such as Oberlin Academy, AIMS, and the German Vocal Arts Academy. Ashlyn currently sings under a fellowship for the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus.Our closing hymn, “God of the Sparrow,” is member Nancy Smekal’s “all time favorite.” The poet, Jaroslav Vajda (1919-2008) was born in Loraine, Ohio, and sought to create a text that described how and why God’s creatures and God’s children should serve God.

August Worship Schedule
  • Sunday,August 11 Dowd Commons, Rabbi Roger Klein Associate Rabbi,The Temple Tifereth Israel preaching; remembering those impacted by gun violence, second Sunday
  • Sunday, August 18 Dowd Commons Kevin Lowry preaching; food collection third Sunday
  • Sunday, August 28 Sanctuary, Kevin Lowry preaching;Students First Sunday
Blessing Melanie's children
Welcome to the the Reverend Mark A. Medina
Covenant's Transitional Interim Minister beginning September 1
On Sunday, July 16, Session approved the recommendation of the Interim Pastor Search Committee to hire the Reverend Mark A. Medina (pronounced Medeena) as Covenant's Transitional Interim Pastor. The Reverend Medina will start his work with Covenant on September 1 Email for Reverend Medina mmedina@Covenantweb . Read more here.

We're still welcoming your suggestions and ideas.
with the Ministry of Faith Formation!
The Ministry of Faith Formation would like to learn what you like about a worship bulletin. Share your thoughts and ideas with us in a variety of ways:

1. If you visit a church during your summer travels, bring a bulletin back with you and share it with MoFF. Let us know what you liked about the document.

2. If your out-of-town family worships at a church and they like their bulletin, ask them to share a copy (mail, online) so we can take a look at it.

3. Email  with ideas about what you like in a worship bulletin.

We hope to gather documents and ideas over the next month so we can explore ways to express who we are as a faith community through our weekly worship bulletin. Documents and accompanying notes may be left in the church office (MoFF mailbox is behind the receptionist desk). Thanks for your good ideas and for remembering MoFF during your summer travels! 
Since a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, killing 26 people, 20 of them children; 1,186 people in Cuyahoga County have been killed by guns. Since last month, 16 more individuals have died by gun violence in Cuyahoga County. The names of those at least 18 years of age are: Emanuel John Dennis Golden Jr., Tavion Mante Hollins, Justin Andrew Borra, Ronald James Evans Jr., Christopher Andrew Rago, Dustin M. Ramos, Sharema Denise Hale, Jerry Johnson, Takeyra Collins, Joseph King III, Layzchon Lee-Devon Bradley, Steven P. Myers, Chrystal Mahlar, Joseph Allen Watson Jr., and Alexander F. Royes Jr. Six of those who died were by suicide and one victim was under eighteen.  

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. Go 
In Our Church Family
Judy Bourne, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones's niece), Thelma Everhart, Willie Green, David Keltner, Rolf (Crunch) Krotseng, Greg Madison, 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; and those who left prayer requests in our Carpenter's Box.
Seeking Church Volunteers to
Assist with Sunday Morning Childcare
We are seeking volunteers of all ages from our church community to assist our Sunday morning childcare provider. If you plan to be in worship with us, and you are willing to be an additional set of eyes for childcare, please contact Kaori Hongo:
Summer office hours are weekdays from 9 am until 4 pm.
Tuesday Bible Study is taking a summer break.
Watch for more information in the fall!
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
Ministry of Faith Formation Task Groups
The Adult Education group met July 16 to plan for a series of Sunday Adult Forum Seminars and to think about additional opportunities for adult spiritual development. Contact Matthew Garrett at to get involved.

The Children and Youth Education group met on July 9 to consider programming for this age group on Sundays and beyond. Join with Kaori Hongo and others to plan. Contact Kaori at
Carillon Concerts  & Tower Tours
Patrick Macoska,Guest Carillonneur
August 9 | 12:15-12:45 pm
Sunday, August 11 | 11:00-11:30 am
playing music by Telemann and Elgar as well as
original carillon music by John Courter and
Emilien Allard
See the complete program at  
Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and a friend.and enjoy a picnic. Free Parking. A tour of the tower is available following the Friday concert and the Tower is open on Sunday morning during the concert..

During July and August, the Friday Lunchtime Carillon Concert will be repeated on Sunday morning rain or shine at 11. Look for programs at the refreshments table. The tower will be open to visitors. These concerts are presented by the Friends of the McGaffin Carillon through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
Patrick Macoska
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!

See the complete program at  
Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic, and a friend. Free Parking.
A tour of the tower is available following the Friday concert and
is open on Sunday morning during the concert..
Traffic Alert for MLK Drive: Construction on I-90 exit ramps at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive starts July 29

The Ohio Department of Transportation will begin work July 29 on both the eastbound and westbound exit ramps from I-90 to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (Exit 177). Traffic on both exit ramps will be maintained. All lanes on ramps will remain open, and traffic will be shifted with construction. There will be overnight ramp closures (between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.) toward the end of the project for paving work.

Delays at the exit ramps are expected during construction. Motorists are encouraged to take the East 72nd Street exit from I-90 (Exit 175) during peak commute times to avoid delay. Click here to learn more.
11205 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, OH 44106
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