February 7, 2019
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February 7, 2019
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This Sunday, February 10:
Worship, 10 am in the Sanctuary  
This Sunday we will explore what happens when people say "Yes" to their calling, in the stories of the Bible, and in everyday life. The scriptures are from Isaiah 6 and Luke 5 . Melanie Marsh Baum's sermon is entitled "The Year of Yes." 
Children preschool – Fifth grade, are invited to a time for joyful noise and play in the Creche, now located on the third floor in Beckwith Hall. Youth, Sixth-twelfth grade are invited to stay in the service and participate by responding to this week’s Wonder Sheet.
Music Notes
 We begin a series of introits written by 16th and 17th century composers of English cathedral music. Christopher Tye had quite the formal education for his time; earning two doctorates and serving as a priest, later in life. Our anthem is set by Mendelssohn as a choir of angels singing to Elijah after his escape from Queen Jezebel. They assure Elijah that God will always be with him, even in dark times. American composer Ned Rorem wrote a number of sacred hymn anthems, including this setting of text that also encourages us to put our faith in God, now and forever more. We welcome Mark Edwards to Church of the Covenant, as guest organist for the next few months! Please take a moment to greet him, following our service on Sunday.
The Interim Pastor Search Committee is seeking your input!
The Interim Pastor Search Committee, appointed by Session, is beginning its work. The Interim Pastor will serve our congregation during the transition period until we call our next pastor. This Committee will recommend a candidate to Session who, in concert with the Presbytery of the Western Reserve (PWR), will have final approval. The PWR Committee on Ministry (COM) assists in this process; we welcome Laurie Moormann, COM’s representative, who is working with us. 

We are seeking your input. We are asking members of the Covenant community to share the qualities or attributes you believe would be most beneficial in an Interim Pastor during this period of transition. Please click here to share your thoughts:  https://goo.gl/forms/2jXrtIMJPgv3yZ8w2 . You will also have an opportunity to submit your thoughts this Sunday.

We encourage you to talk with any member of the Committee should you have questions about this process or have a suggestion for an Interim Pastor. You may also email questions or suggestions to InterimSearch@CovenantWeb.org . We ask for your prayers as we begin our work.

Mary Anne Bromelmeier, Moderator

Dan Carroll, Jennifer Dovale (clerk), John Marsh, Libby Panhorst, Lyn Cooper Tomaszewski, Erin Tomko
Church Happenings
YOU ARE INVITED TO THE NEXT MINISTRY OF FAITH FORMATION AND MINISTRY OF SERVICE MEETINGS! Did you know that anyone can attend and participate in the Ministry of Faith Formation and Ministry of Service meetings? Yes! Everyone!

Bring your dreams, passion, thoughts, and ideas to share with these ministries! Join us Tuesday, February 19th at 7:30 p.m. for Ministry of Faith Formation and Wednesday, February 20th at 6:00 p.m. for Ministry of Service. For more information on either meeting please contact Kevin Lowry at klowry@covenantweb.org , Jenny Connor (Ministry of Faith Formation), or Jim Tomazewski (Ministry of Service).
YOUTH SUNDAY KICK-OFF: This year our Youth Sunday team will be exploring Who Is Jesus: Teacher, Healer, Activist. We invite anyone Kindergarten through 12th grade to participate in this program. Join us February 24th at 11:30 a.m . as we begin the journey exploring the stories of our tradition and meeting Jesus again. For more information please contact Kevin Lowry, klowry@CovenantWeb.org
In Our Church Family
            We pray for  Judy Bourne, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones's niece), Paul Dirksen, Rob Engel & Lynne Hoffman-Engel, Anthony Frank, Rolf (Crunch) and Marilyn Krotseng, Greg Madison, Nicole Murray, Newton/Clay Family, Gene Papp, Jean Sacatsh, Emily Carson Williams, 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
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; 1,068 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: Carolyn Lunar, Michael R. May III, Richard Lewis Harnden, Michelle Elaine Byrne, Bukhari Bibb, Roy Anthony Super Sr., Sheila K. Wallace, Matthew Craig Minney, Jarrett L. Emanuel, Dante Joseph Phillips, Deon Taylor, Sherrell Andre Mattis, Leonard Ralph Sofranko, Jerry Redmon, Toshaun Banks, DeVaughn Jerrad Gibson, and DeVaunte’ Anthony-Quandale Johnson. Eight 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 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.
Tuesday Noon Organ Concert
February 19, 12:05 pm
Orion Brass Quintet

Friday Lunchtime Carillon Concerts resume on Friday, January 4 and will run until November 22, with the support of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. 
Community Events
The Gathering Place
Join us on Saturday, February 9th & Sunday, February 10th, both from 9am-1pm, at The Gathering Place Warehouse Home Furnishings Sale. We have lots of quality merchandise including furniture and beautiful home accessories, some at reduced prices. The warehouse is located at 4911 Commerce Parkway, Warrensville Heights, OH 44128.


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 www.touchedbycancer.org/warehouse

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