December 20th

Worship this Week: Sunday, December 23, 10 am in the Sanctuary 
The fourth Sunday of Advent features our annual presentation of the Christmas Pageant, a tradition that Covenant has enjoyed for multiple generations. We share the good news of the Christmas story through music, narration, costumes, and acting. We give thanks to our children, youth, musicians, staff, and adult volunteers for their many hours of preparation. Join us as we reflect on how the Christmas story teaches us to Love All.

Children, Youth, and Families
During Worship: Children and Youth will Present the Pageant: Messengers of God
Dwellers and Sowers (Middle and High School Youth):  Will remain in worship for the Christmas Pageant. After worship everyone in 5th-12th grades are invited to join us for Pizza and Christmas Cookies in the Living Room to discuss Summer youth trips. 
Families: There will be no childcare during worship Sunday, December 23rd. We invite families to bring children of all ages to worship to enjoy the Christmas Pageant.

Covenant CommonsThe book discussion for Skylar Kergil's Before I Had the Words will be postponed until the spring as we want to offer this in a time and place that will allow for a meaningful conversation around the topic of gender and faith. Copies of the book are available in the church office.
Chrismas Eve 2018
Monday, December 24
Christmas Eve
5:00 pm Family Candlelight Service
7:00 pm Carillon Concert
7:30 pm Organ
8:00 pm Traditional Candlelight Service (We always welcome children of all ages at our worship service.)


In Our Church Family

We pray for  Judy Bourne, Sylvia Clapp (Sandy Ammon's mother), Akeya Clark (Marie Jones's niece), Marlene & Paul Dirksen, Rob Engel & Lynne Hoffman-Engel, Megan Fakan and Ella Fakan, Marlene & William Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's parents), Anthony Frank, Rolf (Crunch) and Marilyn Krotseng, Greg Madison, Maggie McDaniel, Barbara McGhee, Nicole Murray, Newton/Clay Family, Gene Papp, 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.

The church office will be closed on Tuesday, December 25 and Wednesday, December 26. 
Merry Christmas from all of us on staff!

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 postmarked 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. Make an online gift anytime:  covenantweb.org/giving

~Este Pozza, Manager of Finance and Operations,  epozza@covenantweb.org
Thank You!
 

Thank you all for your generous gifts and your enthusiastic singing at  the Giving Tree Celebration and the Deacon's Ernest Bohn Luncheon. 
Outreach
This Sunday we will have boxes in the back of the church to 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.
                                  
   
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.


Music

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 ucbells.org 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 (led by former Covenant parish associate Rev. Nancy Lynch) 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 this 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


Spirit of the Enneagram
The Enneagram is a remarkable tool for psychological and spiritual growth and healing. This ancient wisdom tradition has much to teach us.  Join us at Jennings in Garfield Heights for a workshop led by Richard Groves, a 30 year student of the Enneagram and compelling presenter. Jan 28-29, 2019 9am-5pm. Click here for a flyer.


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