August 24th
Sunday, August 26
Worship at 10 am

The greatest commandment is to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself, but what if we don't even know who they are? It is pretty hard to love people you don't even know, and sometimes that becomes our excuse to not even try. In Sunday's scripture, Jesus is offering a challenge to everyone who struggles with the desire to be a stakeholder in their community. Let's explore that challenge together!

Music Notes
We welcome guest organist Dr. Michael Peters this week while Jonathan Moyer is traveling on concert leave. Dr. Peters is a soloist in the Covenant Choir and teaches at Case Western Reserve University. Aaron Lange (tenor) is a section leader in the Covenant Choir and a second-year master's student at CIM, where he studies with Dr. Dean Southern. Aaron is also part of the voice faculty at the Notre Dame College in Euclid, OH. This is Aaron's second year singing at Covenant, where he has felt welcomed and part of the Covenant family. Kansas City native Emma Lou Diemer was an organist from the early age of 13. She is a leading American composer of orchestral, chamber, keyboard, choral, and vocal works. Her music pulses with vitality and joy. We hear two settings of well-known hymn tunes for the prelude and postlude today.

Children: Nursery for infants through Pre-K is available in the Creche . During worship, children will collect items for the food pantry and then go to Sunday school.

In Our Church Family

We pray for  Judy Bourne, Andrew Bullen, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Paul Dirksen, Rob Engle, Marlene & William Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's parents), Chick Holtkamp, Denise Horstman, Stephanie Howard (Willie Howard's niece), Leone Kelly, Greg Madison, Barbara McGhee, Liam & Emilee Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew and sister), Anne Wombwell deConingh, June Tomko, Caroline Urvin, 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 have left prayer requests in our Carpenter's Box

Out of the office:  Kevin Lowry will be The Foundations for Christian Leadership Conference in Washington DC from August 27-30. Aisha Newton will be out of the office August 30-31.

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
Church Happenings

The Braun Family  has extended an open invitation to Kirsten Braun and Luke Davis's wedding on Saturday, September 1st 4:30 pm in the sanctuary. Below are some fun facts  about the couple:         

Kirsten, coming home to Cleveland for her wedding September 1st.

    Proud parents, Fred and Heidi Braun, brother Freddie Braun IV

     Kirsten, confirmed at church, youth group member

       Luke Davis, groom

     Engaged in Park City, Utah last November

  Couple will make their home in Palm Beach, Florida where they currently reside.  

Music Opportunities:  The Covenant music ensembles (choir and handbells) are open to all volunteers seeking an opportunity for musical expression. Church membership is not required for participation. Students are welcome. Rehearsals resume on Thursday, September 6 at 6:30 pm for the Beckwith Handbell Choir and 7:30 pm for the Covenant Choir. If you are interested in joining any of these ensembles, please contact Jonathan Moyer or Matthew Garrett.

Women's Bible Study: The Church of the Covenant Women's Bible Study meets in the church library the first Wednesday of the month starting September 5, 2018 continuing through May 1, 2019. We will be using the Horizons Bible Study book God's Promise: I am with you. The books are available from Willie Howard in the church office. Please pick one up and read Lesson one for the September meeting. All interested women are welcome to join us. Please contact Karen Burt, convener for more information.

Dowd Commons Fundraiser:  Join us on  Friday, September 7 from 6:30-9:00pm  as we celebrate the debut of University Circle's newest hidden gem at the Church of the Covenant and raise the final dollars to complete The Dowd Commons. Click here for more information about the event and how to get your tickets!

Mission Trip
This week, Church of the Covenant served as host for a visiting middle school youth group from Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. They were in town serving at local non-profits and charities, and along the way visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and museums around University Circle! It was a joy to partner with them and we wish them safe travels as they return to Michigan at the end of the week.

If you have any information regarding congregation members please email the communication manager, Aisha Newton. She would love to highlight them in the enewsletter or social media.
Outreach Opportunities 

Food collection for the Covenant Food Pantry this Sunday.

This Sunday the children will collect food and financial donations for our Covenant Food Pantry, open the last Wednesday and Friday of each month, Thursday afternoons in the Connection Center for students, and for emergencies. The pantry is in need of canned chili, s paghettios, pasta sauce , jelly, canned sou p , fruit and  pudding cups.

Saturday Tutoring Program "Wish List":  The tutoring program needs "gently used" items, including the following: 2 tablets, 3 computers, calculators for all ages as well as books and educational games. 

Part-Time Nursery Position Available:  We are looking for a child care worker to assist our wonderful Mihaela in caring for our littlest church members. This is a paid, part-time, (roughly 2 hours per Sunday during worship time), hourly position. If you, or someone you know might be interested, contact Melanie Marsh Baum

Apostles Build, Saturday, September 8, 9:00am-3:00pm:   Join us for our final workday for this year to help rehab houses through the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity Apostles Build. This year we are working to rehab a house in the West Park neighborhood on the west side of Cleveland. Please sign up in the church office if you are interested in working on the house, or providing a group lunch, or both. Talk with Jim Prince for more information.  

Music Concerts 

August 24, 12:15-12:45 pm & Sunday, August 26, 11:00-11:30 am 
This week: Patrick Macoska, Guest Carillonneur. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic, and a friend. Free Parking.
Friday: A tour of the tower is available following the concert.
Sunday: The tower is open to visitors during the concert. 

Community Events

11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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