August 9th
Sunday, August 12
Worship at 10 am

Join us this Sunday as we continue our summer Word worship series. Susanne Carter will offer a reflection on the story of Balaam's Donkey from Numbers 22:1-39. Melanie Marsh Baum will preach on the same text. Her sermon is entitled "Choose Your Own Adventure." 

Music Notes
We welcome Dr. Michael Peters as guest organist and Silas Ifeanyi as bass soloist to this week's service. Dr. Moyer is concertizing in France and Hungary at Notre Dame de Bergerac, St. Sulpice (Paris), and a Bach festival at the German Reformed Church in Budapest.

Children:  Nursery for infants through Pre-K is available in the Creche . Children are going to Sunday school after the Time for Young Disciples.

In Our Church Family

We pray for  Judy Bourne, Andrew Bullem, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Paul Dirksen,Rob Engle, Marlene & William Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's parents), Chick Holtkamp, 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 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 are extended to Salvator family on the death of Sue Salvator, on August 2ndto the Knowlton family on the death of Les Knowlton on August 6th in Cleveland(Service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, August 25th in the church sanctuary.)and to Venerine  Branhamon the death of her sister.

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; 999 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: Daniel Kaplun, Annie Sims, Joseph Debow, Ronnell Hannah, Sidney Garth, Malachia P. Stewart III, Andre Demetrius Williams, Louis J. Hamor Jr, Darnez Marshall Canion, Marvin Holl, James Alphonso Stately II, Shilow M. Bowman, Ravon K. Edwards, Donald L. Schroeder Jr, David Hemphill, and Roger Craig Zurowski. Six of those who died were by suicide.

 Believing God calls us to be peacemakers, by Session action, we include in the Prayer of Thanksgiving, Intercession and Petition, once each month, specific concern for people affected by gun violence and addressing 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 School, to reduce gun violence. Go to  to see how to become engaged.

Out of the office:  Amy Starr Redwine will be on vacation August 2-15.  Jonathan Moyer will be on vacation August 9-26.

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

Music Opportunities: The Covenant music ensembles (choir and handbells) are open to all volunteers seeking an opportunity for musical expression. Contact Dr. Jonathan Moyer or Dr. Matthew Garrett if you are interested. Church membership is not required for participation. Students are welcome.

Music Rehearsals:  Rehearsals for the Covenant Choir and Beckwith Handbell Choir resume on  Thursday, September 6  ( 6:30pm  handbells;  7:30pm  choir). If you are interested in joining any of these ensembles, please contact Jonathan Moyer or Matthew Garrett. 

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 

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. 

Summer Learning 

TOT goes to CHQ!
Join our Theology on Tap group on  Wednesday August 15th  for a day trip to the Chautauqua Institution in western New York.
We'll have lunch and attend the Interfaith Lecture at  2pm, featuring Theologian and Activist Ruby Nell Sales, followed by a brief discussion.  Stay for an optional evening concert, featuring bluegrass and roots musician Rhiannon Giddens.

Even if you've never attended Theology on Tap, you are welcome to join us for this fun and enriching experience!  We will leave from the church parking lot at  10am.  Gate passes for the afternoon lecture are $17, Afternoon and evening, $45.  Contact Melanie Marsh Baum for details.

Spring Music Concerts 

August 10, 12:15-12:45 pm & Sunday, August 12, 11:00-11:30 am 
This week: We're lucky that the 18th century Belgian carillonneurs left manuscript notebooks of the music they composed and transcribed. Hear a sampling from the notebooks of Matthias van den Gheyn from Leuven, and Johannes de Gruytters from Antwerp.

Community Events

Saturday, August 11th, 9am-1pm & Sunday, August 12th, 10am-1pm at The Gathering Place Warehouse Home Furnishings Sale.
The warehouse is located at 4911 Commerce Parkway, Warrensville Heights, OH 44128. Shop for fine furniture, exquisite home accessories and lovely costume jewelry at the lowest prices of the year! Proceeds from warehouse sales help The Gathering Place provide free programs and services to people currently coping with the impact of cancer. 
For more information, visit 

What:  A family fun day to celebrate the union of mind, body and spirit!
When:  Saturday August 18, 2018 10AM-6PM
Where:  5403 S Ridge W( RT 84) Ashtabula, OH 44004
Entrance fee $3 per person. Kids 12 and under get in free.
For more information follow @shrineofthehealingmasters on Facebook or call 440-969-1724
11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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