January 24, 2019
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January 24, 2019
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This Sunday, January 27:
Congregational Meeting, 9:15am in Dowd Commons;
Worship, 10 am in the Sanctuary  

What does it mean for the church to be the body of Christ? How do we understand our common calling? In worship this week, we will reflect on Paul's metaphor for the church in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 and on Jesus's understanding of his ministry in Luke 4:14-21 . Amy Starr Redwine's sermon is titled, "Today." Note: food pantry items will be collected at the doors rather than during worship.

After worship, we will hold a special reception in the Reception Room to celebrate and send good wishes to the Moyer & Starr Redwine families as they depart. Boxes to gather cards and letters of support, thanks, or good wishes to Amy and Jonathan & Kaori will be located in the church office for the next two weeks. If you would like to contribute in any way to the reception for these three staff members, please contact Deacon Moderator, Matthew Garrett.
Children, Youth, and Families:  Children and Youth will remain in the service. Join us in the Worship Center or sit towards the front where it’s easier to see what is going on. We will be commissioning Samuel and Christopher Moyer, along with their parents as they set off on a six month adventure in Germany. We will also be saying farewell to Sarah, George, and Quinn Redwine on their last Sunday before they move to Virginia. 

Music Notes
 This week, our music is in celebration and blessing of two staff families. We celebrate the ministry of Rev. Amy Starr Redwine by opening the service with “something jazzy.” British composer Bob Chilcott has a great love for jazz and his shortened jazz mass premiered in New Orleans in 2004. Dr. Jonathan Moyer selected our anthem today as “something majestic for choir and organ.” Many music historians consider Elgar’s oratorio, The Apostles, to be his finest work. Our anthem is one gem from the larger musical work. Following the benediction, we offer a choral blessing to Amy, Jonathan and Kaori, and their respective families, The Lord Bless You and Keep You.
Special Congregational Meeting
The Session has called a congregational meeting for this Sunday, January 27 at 9:15 am in the Dowd Commons for the purposes of dissolving the pastoral relationship with the Rev. Amy Starr Redwine and receiving a motion from the Nominating Committee to elect a new slate of officers, and to vote on changes to Rev. Melanie Marsh Baum's terms of call. Please plan to attend.

The slate of officers being presented is as follows:
Elder, Class of 2022: Bill Braun, Kathy Farkas, Matthew Garrett, Libby Panhorst, Lou Stark; Elder, Class of 2021: Norma Shuskey
Deacon, Class of 2022: Veronica Bromelmeier, John Marsh, Ann Stark, Lyn Cooper Tomaszewski
Trustee, Class of 2022: Dennis Matz and Ann Williams
Officers of the Society, Class of 2020: Martha Goble, President; Keith Kallay, Treasurer; Jim Mate, Secretary
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, Anthony Frank, Rolf (Crunch) and Marilyn Krotseng, Greg Madison, Barbara McGhee, 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.

We extend our sympathies to Anderson family on the death of member, Glenn Gabell Anderson, who died on Saturday, January 19.

Out of the Office : Melanie Marsh Baum is on family vacation from Friday January 25-Sunday, January 27. Kevin Lowry will be on study leave Monday, January 28 - Friday February. He is in Houston, attending the second meeting of his Foundations on Christian Leadership cohort through Duke Divinity School and the Lilly Foundation. Aisha Newton will be out of the office Friday, February 1.

Thank you from Carol Roe:
Friends, Thanks so much for all the support in my recovery period. I appreciate the prayers, thoughts, wishes and meals. I hope to be home and back to church soon.
Warm regards, Carol Roe

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
The Moyer Family's Sabbatical Adventure

Sunday, January 27 will be our last Sunday with the Covenant family before we embark on a sabbatical adventure that will take us to the north German town of Lübeck. This will be our temporary home until we return to the U.S. in June. Jonathan’s official duties will be as a sabbatical replacement for professor of organ Arvid Gast at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater. Pr. Gast will be teaching Jonathan’s students at Oberlin and will play a concert at the Covenant on Sunday, Feb. 24. In addition to concertizing and visiting other historic instruments in Germany, Jonathan will teach at Lübeck’s famous Jacobikirche, one of the only churches in Lübeck to have survived the bombardment of WWII. The church contains three pipe organs, one of which by Friederich Stellwagen dates to 1637. 

Kaori will be giving a concert at the Jacobikirche in May and looks forward to exploring local sights, visiting with old friends, and learning more about Germany with our family.

Christopher and Samuel will remain enrolled in the Shaker School system through an online program that will allow us to homeschool and give us more flexibility with travel. 

We will miss all of our Covenant family, and our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this time of transition. We extend our gratitude to all of the music staff led by Dr. Garrett for their guidance and work during our absence. We look forward to returning to worship at Covenant on Sunday, June 23. 

Guest Musicians

We welcome Mark Edwards, assistant professor of harpsichord at Oberlin Conservatory, as the sabbatical replacement organist for Jonathan Moyer beginning Sunday, February 3 and continuing through June 16. You may occasionally see other organists and accompanists take the bench when Mark is unavailable. To read more about Mark, CLICK HERE

We also welcome Anna O’Connell, soprano soloist in the Covenant Choir, as the sabbatical replacement director of handbells for Kaori Hongo beginning Thursday, January 31.
Deacons Seeking Christmas Tree Donation
Do you own a lovingly-used artificial Christmas Tree? Are you looking at artificial Christmas Tree clearance sales? The Deacons are seeking a new or lovingly-used artificial Christmas Tree. If you would like to make a donation, please email Matthew Garrett , or call the church office with your contact information. Thank you!
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.

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
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Stated Meeting of The Presbytery
The Presbytery of the Western Reserve is called to the stated meeting on January 28, 2019 at 4:00 pm at the Church of the Covenant.  Click here to read the Call to stated meeting. To register for the meeting click here . Today is the last day to register for the meal .
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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