July 18, 2019
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July 18, 2019
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Worship this Sunday, July 21
10:00 am in the Dowd Commons
Dress casually for the heat
"We stand before a burning bush whenever other human beings share with us something of the movements of their hearts. In such moments may we always realize that we stand on holy ground" - Margaret Silf 
We continue our summer worship series with the story of Jacob. 
Join us this Sunday as we continue our summer worship series, The Journey. Melanie Marsh Baum's sermon is entitled "Sacred Ground."  The s cripture is Genesis 28:10-19 . Our Lay Worship Leader is Mary Anne Bromelmeier, who will also be sharing her journey.

Children Are Welcome Here!
Children are always welcome to fully participate in worship. We invite children to join us at a Worship Center for various activities during the service.

 Tell us your favorite hymns!
Throughout the summer, you are invited to suggest a favorite hymn or two and share why they are special to you. Please contact Matthew Garrett with your songs and stories: MGarrett@CovenantWeb.org ,
We are pleased to welcome Midori Marsh back to Covenant this Sunday. Midori is the daughter of John and Sybil Marsh and sister of Naomi. A Canadian-American soprano, she received her BMUS in Honours Voice performance from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2017, and her opera diploma in 2018, studying with mezzo soprano Kimberly Barber. Recent opera roles include Rose Maurrant in Street Scene and Arminda in La Finta Giardiniera, both with U of T Opera, where she is currently attending graduate school to receive her MMus degree in opera, studying
with Wendy Nielsen. She just returned from the Opera in the 21st Century Program at the BANFF Centre for Arts and Creativity where she sang in two new operas; No One’s Safe and Silent Light. She has been a member of the Church of the Covenant since 2010.
Officer Training | Sunday, July 21 | 12 pm - 3 pm Dowd Commons
T his Sunday is Officer Training for all newly ordained Elders and Deacons and incoming Trustees. Returning and recently re-installed officers and Trustees are strongly encouraged to attend. Lunch will be served.
Special Meeting of the Congregation
Sunday, July 28 | following worship
Session has called a special meeting of the congregation immediately after worship on Sunday, July 28 for the purposes of acting on the request to dissolve the pastoral relationship between Rev. Melanie Marsh Baum and The Church of the Covenant. Letter to the Congregation.
Food Collection this Sunday
This Sunday we collect food for our Food Pantry. This is the third Sunday so food collected can be used in the bags distributed the last Wednesday and Friday of the month. The Pantry is also open Thursday afternoons for students, and for emergencies. We can use jam or jelly, canned meat or Spam, canned chili, cereal (snack pack size), and canned vegetables. Please place your food in the boxes at the Sanctuary entrances and financial donations marked "food pantry" in the offering.
Share Your Bulletin Ideas!
The Ministry of Faith Formation would like to learn what you like about a worship bulletin. Share your thoughts and ideas with us in a variety of ways:

1. If you visit a church during your summer travels, bring a bulletin back with you and share it with MoFF. Let us know what you liked about the document.

2. If your out-of-town family worships at a church and they like their bulletin, ask them to share a copy (mail, online) so we can take a look at it.

3. Email faithformation@covenantweb.org  with ideas about what you like in a worship bulletin.

We hope to gather documents and ideas over the next month so we can explore ways to express who we are as a faith community through our weekly worship bulletin. Documents and accompanying notes may be left in the church office (MoFF mailbox is behind the receptionist desk). Thanks for your good ideas and for remembering MoFF during your summer travels! 
Worship in Dowd Commons last Sunday
My Faith Journey at the Church of the Covenant

Each week members of the Covenant Community
have been sharing their faith journey at Covenant.
This past Sunday John Marsh shared his journey.
In today's Bible passage [ Ruth 1:15-22 ], Ruth, recently widowed has become so close to her mother-in-law Naomi that she won’t leave her side regardless of the hardships this will cause. Ruth will go with her to Judah, Naomi’s home country, a strange land. Some of my earliest memories are of attending Sunday school here at our church from 1963 to 1967, singing in the chapel choir and receiving my first bible. My parents were involved with social justice and civil rights action here and I remember how important social justice felt to me as a child hearing the adult discussions and getting these things explained to me by my parents. I learned the Lord’s Prayer experienced worship and heard bible stories. As my parents became more involved in secular political activism our family stopped attending church. Except for a very occasional holiday or wedding I didn’t attend any church again until I faced some personal hardships in my late 20’s and felt despondent. I was living in Ashtabula at the time and started attending a small town church. After I moved back to Cleveland I met Sybil and found out she was a member here at the Covenant! It was amazing for me to visit here as an adult and then become a friend and co-volunteer with all of you. I learned lots about justice oriented theology and human history from the perspective of someone who has experienced God. Doing volunteer work with fellow church people here and in the community around us, raising our family and making friends shows me daily that God never left my side like how Ruth never left Naomi.
John Marsh, July 14, 2019
Last Sunday Kevin J. Lowry challenged us to take action concerning the plight of our brothers and sisters who are refugees and asylum seekers.
Living in Northeast Ohio, some asked how we might do this.
And here's a few of the many organizations that are
helping provide justice for immigrants at the border:
Zechariah 7:9-10
Thus says the Lord of hosts: Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another; do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.
Romans 12:13
Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
Deuteronomy 27:19
“Cursed be anyone who deprives the alien, the orphan, and the widow of justice.”
All the people shall say, “Amen!”
Matthew 25:35
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
In Our Church Family
Judy Bourne, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones's niece), Doug and Ruth Devin, David Keltner, Rolf (Crunch) Krotseng, Greg Madison, 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; our Interim Pastor Search Committee, and those who left prayer requests in our Carpenter's Box.

Melanie Marsh Baum is away and serving the larger church as a member of the keynote and worship team at Triennium, the gathering of Presbyterian youth from across the country, from July 12 through July 19.
Summer office hours are weekdays from 9 am until 4 pm.
Tuesday Bible Study is taking a summer break.
Watch for more information in the fall!
 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
Ministry of Faith Formation Task Groups
The Adult Education group met July 16 to plan for a series of Sunday Adult Forum Seminars and to think about additional opportunities for adult spiritual development. Contact Matthew Garrett at MGarrett@CovenantWeb.org to get involved.

The Children and Youth Education group met on July 9 to consider programming for this age group on Sundays and beyond. Join with Kaori Hongo and others to plan. Contact Kaori at KHongo@CovenantWeb.org.
Carillon Concerts  & Tower Tours
Friday, July 19 | 12:15-12:45 pm
Sunday, July 21 | 11:00-11:30 am
David Osburn, St. Paul's Episcopal Church,
Guest Carillonneur

During July and August, the Friday Lunchtime Carillon Concert will be repeated on Sunday morning rain or shine at 11. Look for programs at the refreshments table. The tower will be open to visitors. These concerts are presented by the Friends of the McGaffin Carillon through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

I. Medley of Songs from World War I
I. Medley of Songs from World War I
II. Songs Of the Armed Forces
III. Three Interesting American Folk Songs
IV. Two Patriotic Essentials !

See the complete program at   ucbells.org  
Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic, and a friend. Free Parking.
A tour of the tower is available following the Friday concert and
is open on Sunday morning during the concert..
Petition Update from God Before Guns
We have just received this update from God Before Guns, a Covenant Mission Partner,

Dear Friends & Supporters,
We hope you have seen that Ohioans for Gun Safety re-filed its initial petition with the Ohio Attorney General on Monday. Our first petition was rejected by the AG when he ruled that the summary page did not contain enough detail about the proposal. We quickly revised the summary, collected signatures, and re-filed. Note that our proposal remains the same.  Read more here.
Saturday, July 20th
7:00-11:00 p.m.
Toby's Plaza at Uptown (next to MOCA)  
All activities are FREE and open to the public.    
Join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with the astronomers from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. 
 Join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with the astronomers from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. 
Family-Friendly Activities - Moon-walk Bounce House, Solar System Slingshot, Armstrong Strength Games w/ Tremont Athletic Club (7:00-9:00 p.m.)
Pre-movie moon landing talk with the astronomers from Cleveland Museum of Natural History (8:30 p.m.)  
Followed by Sky-watching with the astronomers (during the movie)
Outdoor movie,  First Man  (2018) the story of Neil Armstrong (9:00 p.m.)
Space Themed Virtual Reality Games (7:00-11:00 p.m.)  
This special event is part of the  Uptown Summer Series , brought to you by University Circle Inc. and Case Western Reserve University.

Summer Desserts for Transplant House
This summer we are again working with our mission partner, Transplant House, to provide desserts for the residents and their families. You can help by donating cash ($11.50 buys one quart of ice cream), or providing treats to serve 12 people. Sign up in the church office. For more information, contact  Mary Anne Bromelmeier .    Click here to learn more about Transplant House.
Theology on Tap
Thursday, August 1 | 5:30 pm
Noble Beast Brewing Company
1470 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44114
Come have a beverage and engage in conversation around how we live our faith in the world. All are welcome! To learn more contact Melanie Marsh Baum at MBaum@CovenantWeb.org.

11205 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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