February  22
Sunday, February 25
 Worship 10:00 am

As we continue our study of the Beatitudes during Lent, we will contemplate our brokenness and the ways in which we are all 
the poor in spirit and those who mourn. Melanie Marsh Baum's sermon is entitled "Utterly Helpless"  and scriptures are   Psalm 30:4-12  and Mark 2:1-12 . Our lay worship leader is Keasia Jones

Bulletins are posted at CovenantWeb.org/read/listenwhere you can also read or listen to sermons. Printed sermons now include the pastoral prayer.

Music NotesWe welcome the Beckwith Handbells to our service today, presenting an arrangement of the African-American Spiritual Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen by congregation member Dr. Jennifer Conner. The choir presents an evocative setting of the text Drop, drop slow tears by the 16th century British poet and priest Phineas Fletcher. The text vividly portrays tears as a vehicle through which love and reconciliation is encountered. Alternate liturgical responses for the season of Lent replace the customary Gloria Patri and Doxology. In the spirit of reflection, our service concludes with a choral postlude - an early American hymn, Wayfaring Stranger, reminding us of how the Lenten journey towards Holy Week reflects our own spiritual journey through life. 

The children will have Sunday School this week.  The memory verses for February 25 are: 
"I will show love to those who called "unloved," and to those who were called "not-my-people" I will say, "You are my people," and they will answer, "You are our God." - Hosea 2:23  "Don't be afraid, but be joyful and glad because of all the Lord has done for you." - Joel  2:21

Food Pantry Collection: 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 can especially use tuna fish, fruit cups, canned chili, beef stew, pasta, spaghetti sauce, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, pudding snacks and canned vegetables. Thank you for your ongoing support! 

Renowned concert organist Dr. Craig Cramer  from the University of Notre Dame (Southbend, IN) will play a concert on the Newberry Baroque organ on Sunday, February 25 at 4pm. Admission is free. 

Lent Adult Education Series: "Going Out"

Every two weeks during Lent, we will engage with a
different Covenant mission partner. This week, we welcome our partners from Garden Valley Neighborhood House to share about their work and the community they serve. The conversation will begin at 11:30 am in Beckwith Hall. Next week on Saturday, March 3rd, all are welcome to join us as we "Go Out" to Garden Valley to help them with their weekend food distribution.

Schedule (Sundays at 11:30 am unless noted):
February 11 & 18: North Presbyterian Church
February 25 & Saturday, March 3rd: Garden Valley Neighborhood House
March 11 & 18: Transplant House
March 25: Family Promise
In the Covenant Family

                                               Happy Birthday to those celebrating in March!
Glenn Anderson
Carney Blake
Emily Blake
Kirsten Braun
Raymond Brown
Winifred Buford
Ginna Cowan
Susan Dahm
Barbara Davidson
Cassie Denbow
Carol Eckner
Tabi Enoh
Kathy Farkas
Lauren Finkenthal
Theodis Fipps
Hiram Foster
Anne Groszek
Katherine Hagen
Majorie Heines
Keasia Jones
Mark Kamitsuka
Paul Kamitsuka
Gary Kaserman
Cindy Langmack Goodman
Alex Lilley
Vicki Lovegren

Michelle Mate
Cathy Miller
Nancy Roeder
Ian Rorick
Liz Shriver
Ann Stark
Mindy Stewart
Linda Stoneking
Oliver Young

                                             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 (Melanie Marsh Baum's cousin), Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Marlene Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's mother), Eliseo Hairston (Shirley Thompson's grandson deployed to the Pacific), Greg Madison, Mollie Hoar (family friend of Gene and Diane Papp), Chick Holtkamp, Elizabeth Mierke, Ward Porch, Sue Salvator, Liam Stewart and Emilee Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew and sister), and Louise Wolfcale. We pray for those struggling with illness, convalescing, or are homebound; the patients, family, and staff in our surrounding hospitals; and those who have placed prayer requests in our Carpenter's Box. 

Amy Starr Redwine will be out of the office Monday, February 26 through Wednesday, February 28 attending the the NEXT Church National Gathering in Baltimore, Maryland, and co-facilitating a conversation group with the Rev. Andrew Kukla, pastor First Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho, on the topic "Revitalizing Ministry."  .

Please send prayer requests to Melanie Marsh Baum. Names are generally moved from the bulletin after four weeks unless there is a continuing need. Please let the church know if you or a loved one are 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
                                               Member Spotlight
Congregation member and active elder Suchitra Nelson is the  assistant dean and clinical and translational research professor at the CWRU School of Dental Medicine. Suchi is leading a team of researchers from the dental, medical, and nursing schools, as well as UH doctors, on a study that aims to get more primary-care physicians to refer low-income children patients to dentists as a routine part of wellness visits. Please read about the $3.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health that Suchi and her team recently received in support of their research. Congratulations!
Lenten Devotionals

During Lent, spend time each day reflecting on scripture using the book Wondrous Encounters: Scriptures for Lent by Richard Rohr. Rohr's daily meditations are not for the sake of mere information, but for  our transformation into our original "image and likeness," which is the very image of God. What always and finally matters for all of us is encounter!  Devotionals  are available in the church office for $9, which can be paid to Este during her regular office hours, or by putting a check in the offering plate with the memo " Lent   Devotional ". We also have a free, family-friendly devotional available: "Lenten Prayers for Hungry People," prepared by Bread for the World.
Upcoming Events
Apostles Build, Thursday, April 5 and Saturday, April 7, 9:00am-3:00pm 
Join us again this year (our fourth!) to help rehab houses through the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity Apostles Build. Our first two workdays of the year are fast approaching. This year we will be working to rehab a house in the West Park neighborhood on the west side of Cleveland. As the first group to work on the house, we plan to get it off to a great start. Please sign up in the church office if you are interested in working on the house, or providing a group lunch, for either or both of these days. Talk with Jim Prince for more information.  

New Member Class, Sunday, March 4
If you are interested in learning more about making the Church of the Covenant your family of faith, join us on Sunday, March 4 at 11:30 am after worship in the Herrick Room. Meet members of the staff; learn more about our mission, vision, programs, and governance; and get to know others who are considering joining the church. To register or find our more, contact Amy Starr Redwine or Melanie Marsh Baum.
11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
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