January 4, 2018

Denise Horstman captured this view of Covenant following the labyrinth walk at the Seidman Cancer Center Healing Garden. George Leggiero, Covenant and University Circle Carillonneur, played the McGaffin Carillon for this annual walk. 
Sunday, January 7
                                    Worship 10:00 am
This Sunday we will ponder the magi's visit to the baby Jesus. What does their journey and  visit teach us about the significance of the incarnation? What have been the important journeys in your life and what have they taught you about yourself and about God? We will celebrate communion together and receive star words to guide us throughout the coming year. Amy Starr Redwine's sermon is "Guided" and our lay worship leader is Chris Langmack. 
Scriptures are Isaiah 60:1-6 and Matthew 2:1-12 . Children will remain in worship. After worship, come to the reception room for a piece of birthday cake in honor of Reathel McWhorter's 90th birthday on January 9th.
Please consider helping out on Sunday mornings! We need weekly ushers, greeters, and flower sponsors, and monthly communion servers. To sign up,   Click here  and enter your name where you wish to serve.

Bulletins are posted at  CovenantWeb.org/read/listenwhere you can also read or listen to sermons. Printed sermons now include the pastoral prayer.
Our music features two prominent hymns for the Epiphany. The first, How Brightly Shines the Morning Star, was written by Philipp Nicolai in 1597 (org. German, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern), author of the famous Advent hymn Sleepers Wake. The text is a paraphrase of Psalm 45 with a metaphorical expression of Jesus as the morning star. The 19th century hymn Brightest and Best of the Son of the Morning by Reginal Heber (author of Holy, Holy, Holy) is presented in an alternate choral anthem setting by British composer John Gardner (1917-2011). 
In the Covenant Family
We pray for  Don Norris (friend of Tom and Cheri Keys), Judy Bourne, Andrew Bullen (Melanie Marsh Baum's cousin), Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Norma Cowan (friend of Dan and Karin Garland from Boulevard Presbyterian Church), Rich Day (friend of Bill Braun & Cathy Luck), Anne Wombwell deConingh, Marlene Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's mother), Eliseo Hairston (Shirley Thompson's grandson deployed to the Pacific), Greg Madison, Navy Seal Luke McClain (Dr. bert Campbell's nephew, new father of twins, just deployed), Elizabeth Mierke, Ward Porch, Daniel Straffon (Cary Arden's grandson traveling to Myanmar),  Tom Skrout (Stephanie Pennza's father), Liam Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew), Doug Weiss (Ann Williams' friend), and Sue Salvatore. Our sympathies and prayers are extended to the family of Phyllis Koons, who died on Tuesday in Cleveland, and to the Haiss-Bromelmeier family on the death of Fritz's mother, Anne Marie Haiss, who died on Wednesday at the age of 95. 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.

Congratulations to Carol Roe, who was elected  mayor  of Cleveland Heights this week at the first 2018 meeting of the Cleveland Heights City Council. Carol has served as a member of council since January 2016 and will serve a two-year term as  mayor . She was sworn in by Judge Solomon Oliver (her law school mentor), with her right hand on her mother's Bible, held by her sister Shirley. Amy Starr Redwine was also standing with Carol for the swearing-in. In her remarks, Carol mentioned her appreciation for the love and support of her Covenant family, and for the ways church members and staff have challenged her to think and act on her faith.

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   

TODAY: Final day for the Cache Resale Shop Half-Price Sale!
Shop from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The Cache closes on January 5 for renovations; no donations can be accepted until the Cache reopens.
Saturday, January 6, 7:30 pm, The Westminster Choir
The Westminster Choir, from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, will perform Frank Martin's evocative Mass for Double Choir, one of the great masterpieces of unaccompanied choral music. Join this extraordinary ensemble to explore new sound worlds with music that celebrates beauty, peace, and love, including works by Randall Thompson, Edward Bairstow, György Ligeti, Joel Phillips and Timothy Brent. www.rider.edu/westminsterchoir
Picture by Lynn Ischay

Sunday, January 14, Worship at 10 am honoring MLK Day
Covenant pastors Melanie Marsh Baum and Amy Starr Redwine will present a dialogue sermon titled "On the Basis of Love," putting themes of Martin Luther King, Jr's life and writings in conversation with scriptures. The Cleveland School of the Arts' R. Nathaniel Dett Concert Choir, Dr. William Woods, director, will be participating in the service along with the Covenant Choir. 
Saturday, January 20, 2018, Homeless Stand Down 
Please bring donations to the Church Office by Wednesday, January 17
We are currently accepting items for the 2018 Homeless Stand Down which will take place on Saturday January 20th. The following items may be dropped off in the church office from now until Wednesday January 17th: 
  • New or Gently Used waterproof boots, winter coats, reusable shopping bags.
  • New Only athletic socks, adult waterproof gloves, kids and adult hooded sweatshirts, adult knit hats. 
On December 12, the Deacons hosted a festive luncheon at the Ernest J. Bohn Senior Center, complete with homemade cookies, carol singing, and gifts provided by our Covenant community through our Giving Tree. Thank you Deacons!  

Jonathan at the keyboard.
Deacons Matthew, Norma, Marjie, and Lynda.

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