December 13th

Worship this Week: Sunday, December 16, 10 am in the Sanctuary 
How do we find Joy in giving, even in giving more than we thought possible? Rev Melanie Marsh Baum's sermon is entitled "Give it all Away" and scripture is Matthew 19:16-22

Music Notes
This third Sunday of Advent we celebrate American Christmas music through two colonial period traditions. Anna O'Connell opens our service with her arrangement of an American carol for harp and voice. A trio of artists share music in the style of Appalachian folk tunes. Covenant member Bill Braun started playing Appalachian String Band music on the guitar in 2016. He started to study the banjo the same year. In the last several years he has repeatedly fallen into the trap of arguing that just one more instrument is all he will ever need. Michael Morgen began learning old-time fiddle in 2005 at the Folk School of St. Louis, having played guitar as a teenager. In 2015, he moved to Cleveland to practice neuro-ophthalmology at UH and happily discovered the strong and welcoming music community of Northeast Ohio. Our own Jonathan Moyer joins them on organ. Second, the Chancel Choir sings Shiloh (1781),by Boston composer William Billings, who was largely a self-taught musician. The choir sings using an authentic technique, made popular by New England singing schools of the 18th century: some tenors sing the melody line (the traditional soprano line) with sopranos to place a heavier emphasis on the tune. 

Children, Youth, and Families
During Worship: K-5th graders will go to prepare for the pageant after the Time for Young Disciples.   Dwellers and Sowers (Middle and High School Youth) may stay in worship. Complete the worship reflection and turn it into Melanie for a prize. Families: join the giving tree celebration.

Covenant Commons: Giving Tree Celebration, 11:30-12:30
Please bring your Giving Tree gifts to the Dowd Commons before worship and join us after worship for fellowship, music, and to learn more about our mission partners.

Young Professional Group (YPG)
We will be having our holiday progressive dinner this Sunday, December 16! We will gather at for appetizers at 5 pm at Paladar in Eton Plaza, followed by main course at Bomba at Beachwood Place, and dessert at the Cheesecake Factory in Legacy Village. Join us for any or all of the meal. See Melanie Marsh Baum for more information.

Advent 2018
For more information regarding advent events click here for Advent Newsletter 2018.
Also, if you are looking for a daily activity during the Advent season, download and print our  Occupying Advent Handout. (Printed copies are also available at the church.)

Advent Devotionals
   There are two devotionals available to help you encounter the season of Advent in the midst of your daily lives. Advent for Everyone by N.T. Wright and Mandalas, Candles, and  Prayers by Sharon Syfarth Garner are available for $7 each in the Church Office. 

Calling All Cookie Bakers
Deacons still need cookie donations for their Christmas luncheon at Ernest J. Bohn Senior Center on Tuesday, December 18. Please bring cookies labeled for Ernest Bohn to the church office.

Deacon's Lunch at Ernest J. Bohn Senior Center
Tuesday, December 18 12 pm
With your help, the Deacons will deliver a holiday meal and gifts to participants in the Bohn Center's Daycare. The Deacons have established a relationship with the Ernest J. Bohn Center, one of seven local Rose Centers for Aging Well. Located on Ansel Road, less than a mile from us, this Senior Daycare Center provides home-delivered meals, as well as hot lunches, programs and activities from walking and chair exercises to board games and balloon volleyball. The Center provides comprehensive neighborhood-based services to children, youth, adults, families and seniors from diverse backgrounds.

Dece mber Book Discussion - Before I had the Words by Skyler Kergil
Sunday, Dece mber 23rd 11:30 am in the Dowd Commons 
In Befo re I had The Words ,  You Tube Personality, Author, and Transgender Advocate, Skyler  Kergil  reflects on coming of age while struggling to understand his gender. This is  a grou ndbreaking chronicle of change, loss, discovery, pain, and relief, Kergil brings an openness to his t ransition from female to male and new meaning to the phrase "formative years." Copies of Before I  Had The Words  are available for purchase in the Church Office.

In Our Church Family

We pray for  Judy Bourne, Sylvia Clapp (Sandy Ammon's mother), Akeya Clark (Marie Jones's niece), Clay/Newton Family, Marlene & Paul Dirksen, Rob Engel & Lynne Hoffman-Engel, Megan Fakan & Ella Fakan, Marlene & William Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's parents), Anthony Frank, Rolf (Crunch) and Marilyn Krotseng, Greg Madison, Barbara McGhee, Gene Papp, Bette Posch, Carol Roe, Noelene Joy Rout, Danita Wells, Anne Wombwell deConingh 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.

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
Financial Update from Este
Thank you for your generous gifts and pledges in 2018. In order for your contribution to be tax deductible for calendar year 2018, it must be dated in December  and  received  or p ostmarked in December, 2018 You can still fulfill your 2018 pledge after December 31, 2018, but it will be counted for tax purposes in 2019.  If you have made individual contributions of $250 or more, do not file your federal income tax return until you receive a contribution statement from the Church.  All donors will receive their contribution statements in January, 2019.  Thank you for your faithful support of Church of the Covenant that exists to further the Kingdom of God in this world.

~Este Pozza, Manager of Finance and Operations,

    Homeless Stand DownWhile you are doing your Christmas shopping, remember to buy items to support the Homeless Stand Down. The following items are needed: new/gently used coats (XL only), winter boots (waterproof), new men's and women's underwear, new men's and women's socks, and new/gently used scarves, hats and gloves. The deadline for items is Sunday, December 30.


Giving Tree Orchestra 
& Chorus Sunday, December 16
Calling all instruments and voices! Dust off that French horn in your attic and join the Giving Tree Orchestra and Chorus. Open to those who can read music - all ages and experience levels. Sign up in the church office.

Tuesday Noon Organ Concerts for Advent
December 4, 11, and 18, 12:05-12:45 pm, Music and Readings for the season

December McGaffin Carillon Concerts
Monday-Friday, December 17-31 (except December 18, 25), 12:15 pm
Hear the McGaffin Carillon in informal 30-minute programs of winter, holiday-inspired music. A gift to the community from the Friends of the McGaffin Carillon! Go to for more information.

Community Events

Longest Night Yoga
If you or someone you know has a loss they would like to honor this holiday season, "Longest Night Yoga" is for you. Longest Night Yoga coincides with the arrival of the winter solstice-the longest night of the year. This contemplative yoga practice incorporates restorative yoga, chakra balancing, aromatherapy, Reiki, interfaith prayer, and a candlelight remembrance ceremony to promote healing and a sense of peace.
Please join us at 7:30 PM on Friday, December 21, 2018, at Yoga Roots, 3459 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights. Cost: $20. All are welcome. Questions? Please call Yoga Roots at 216.916.9286

11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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