August 30th
Sunday, September 2nd
Worship at 10 am

Sunday after worship join us at 11:15 in the Living Room for our first Community Meal of the year! We will provide the main dish and ask that you bring a side, salad, or dessert to share with the community. We will offer a short program on this month's theme of Welcome.  This meal is free and open to the public as we seek to meet our neighbors and be in community with one another. If you have any questions please contact  Kevin Lowry  or call at 216-421-0482 ext 236.

Worship this Week 
"From those to whom much is given, much is required." What does it mean to live up to the expectations of God? How do we discern God's expectations of us from our expectations and judgments of others? This week's text is James 1:19-27 and Melanie Marsh Baum's sermon is entitled "Great Expectations."

Music Notes
We welcome Jelani Watkins as a  new soloist in the Covenant Choir.  He and his wife have recently  moved here from Atlanta.

Children: Nursery for infants through Pre-K is available in the Creche Children kindergarten and up will remain in worship this morning.

In Our Family

Happy Birthday to those celebrating in September!  

Edith Anderson
Jean Arnold
Dalia Baker
Benjamin Bell
Jasmine Bevel
Lauren Booker
Judy Bourne
Freddie Braun
Jason Callahan
Carol Campbell
Dan Carroll
Kayla Clint
Christian Crone
Arnold Dahm
Randy Drinko
Brian Drobnick
Daniel Drobnick
Eben Enoh
Stephanie Finkenthal
Dale Goode
Therese Haiss
Owen Hatfield
Beth Holbien
Kitty Jarjisian
Thane Jones
Cyndi Kuntz
Susan Larson
Greg Madison
Greer Miller
Christopher Moyer
Ken Porz
Lou Stark
Aidan Turos
Beatrice Urban
Anne  deCo ningh

Our apologies if we have missed your birthday! 
Please call the office at 216.421.0482 to let us know.

We pray for  Judy Bourne, Andrew Bullen, David Brown (Kitty's cousin), Sylvia Clapp (mother of Sandy Ammon), Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Paul Dirksen, Rob Engle, Marlene & William Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's parents), Phyllis Hackett, Denise Horstman, Stephanie Howard (Willie Howard's niece), Leone Kelly, Greg Madison, Barbara McGhee, Liam & Emilee Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew and sister), June Tomko, 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.
Our Sympathies are extended to Karen Holtkamp on the death of her husband Chick on August 27. Chick died peacefully after a long illness surrounded by family and friends.

Out of the office: Church office closed Monday, September 3.Willie Howard will be on vacation from September 4-7. Kevin Lowry will be out of the office September 5-8.

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
Opportunities For New Program Year
Sunday, September 9th

Blessings of the backpacks: Bring your backpacks to worship on Sunday, September 9 and we will bless all students, teachers, and administrators who have returned to the classroom this fall. 

Join us for the All Church Picnic: This year, as we kick off the new program year, we will also celebrate the dedication of our newly renovated Dowd Commons. All are welcome! A main dish of fried chicken along with potato salad and ice cream will be provided. We ask that you bring a dish to share:
Last name A-L: Side  Dish/Dessert (vegetarian sides/dairy free desserts encouraged!)
Last name M-Z: Salad

For all new and returning students we ask that parents complete our online enrollment form. This form will enable us to gather important information about your child(ren)'s needs and interests.

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.

Faith Formation Opportunities

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.

Join Fairmount Church and the Church of the Covenant in welcoming Burkhard Paetzold, PC(USA) Mission Coworker, and Regional Liaison for Central and Western Europe and Roma. Mr. Paetzold has been a mission partner with both Covenant and Fairmount for several years. He will be presenting on the topic,  "Europe doesn't have a refugee crisis, but a solidarity crisis:  How the USA's positions on refugees and asylum seekers are impacting the affected groups in Europe."  All are welcome to join us on  Tuesday, September 18th  for dinner and presentation at  5pm , at Church of the Covenant in the Dowd Commons Dining Room. Suggested donation for dinner is $10 per person. Childcare will be available. For more information, Contact Melanie Marsh Baum or Amy Kim Kyremes-Parks.

Reflection Book Study - September 23rd 
Our first Reflection book study of the year will be held on  Sunday, September 23rd at 11:30am  in Dowd Commons. We will be discussing the book The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Copies are available for sale through the church office; to borrow in the church Library or at your local library. 

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.
Member Spotlight
Congregation member George Leggiero was featured in the SHAD Connection magazine.
Source: Shaker Square Area Development Corporation (SHAD) free quarterly publication, 
The SHAD Connection, Fall 2018 issue.

The Braun Family  has extended an open invitation to Kirsten Braun and Luke Davis's wedding on this 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.  

Outreach Opportunities 

Join our High School Youth Advisers:  Do you feel called to work with and mentor young people in High School? Join us as a High Youth Adviser for the 2018-19 program year. We are looking for two adults (25+) to work with our High School group. The time commitment is minimal, and the rewards are immeasurable. Contact  Melanie  for more details.

Part-Time Nursery Position AvailableWe 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

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.

Volunteer Videographer: Do  you have a gift for capturing video? Our friends at North Presbyterian Church are looking for a volunteer videographer to shoot a concert fund raiser on Sunday September 23rd, from 5:30-7:30 pm. If you are interested and available, contact Music Director, Dwight at 216.744.3395

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: George Leggiero, Covenant Carillonneur
 The twentieth century revival of the carillon paralleled impressionism in music. Blurred harmonies, unusual tone colors and descriptive pieces explore the instrument's musical potential. Original Carillon music by Géo Clément, Sjef van Balkom, Emilien Allard, and Edward Elgar's only composition for carillon. 
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

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