July 25, 2019
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July 25, 2019
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Worship this Sunday, July 28
10:00 am in the Dowd Commons
Dress casually to stay cool.
We continue our summer worship series with the story of Jacob. 
Join us this Sunday as we continue our summer worship series, The Journey. Kevin Lowry's sermon is entitled "Covenant."  The s cripture is Joshua 24:1-14 . Our Lay Worship Leader is Ed Laylin who will also be sharing his 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.
Our soloist  for our service this weekend is Kiko Weinroth, a native of Japan who was fascinated by the beautiful sounds and flows of English. Her dream of wanting to experience American culture led her to come to Ohio, where she earned her B.A. in Applied Voice and Piano from Ashland University and M.A. in Vocal Pedagogy at the Ohio State University. She feels honored to be a part of the Covenant Choir. She teaches voice at a studio in Twinsburg and maintains an active singing schedule with Cleveland area ensembles including The Cleveland Chamber Choir and Contrapunctus Early Music. Her latest engagement with the Cleveland Chamber Chorus includes Cenk Ergün’s world premiere of “Formare”, which was inspired by the architecture and acoustics of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s atrium.

Mrs. Weinroth presents the anthems:   At the River  arr. by Aaron Copland and  Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesus remains my highest joy)  by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Food Collection also this Sunday. Thank you to all who brought food last Sunday. If you missed it we will have food bins out 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.

Welcome to the the Reverend Mark A. Medina
Covenant's Transitional Interim Minister
On Sunday, July 16, Session approved the recommendation of the Interim Pastor Search Committee to hire the Reverend Mark M. Medina (pronounced Medeena) as Covenant's Transitional Interim Pastor. The Reverend Medina will start his work with Covenant on September 1. Read more here.

Special Meeting of the Congregation | Dowd Commons
Celebrate Melanie Marsh Baum's Ministry with Covenant
Sunday, July 28 | following worship
Session has called a special meeting of the congregation immediately after worship on this Sunday 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. We celebrate Melanie's time with us with an ice cream an ice cream and cake reception. There will be a basket for cards.
Last Sunday newly elected and installed officers participated
in Officer Training
Golf Outing for Members and Friends
Join us on August 10 at the Hemlock Springs Golf Club in Geneva, Ohio. Enjoy 18 holes, with a cart, plus hot dogs and beverages afterwards. Scramble format open to golfer/non-golfers of any experience. Ride options to course available. The cost is $38 per person. Contact Martha Goble at: 216-403-4805 or Paul Williams at: 216-401-3630 for additional information. Click here for more information.
Share Your Bulletin Ideas with the Ministry of Faith Formation!
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! 
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 Mary Anne Bromelmeier shared her journey.

In June Melanie asked me if I would share part of my faith journey. The assignment was to Share a brief story, no more than 5 minutes on one of the following:
1. A significant moment in my own journey of faith
2. How has being part of the community at COTC informed your journey throughout your life?

The choice was obvious for me. I have been at the Church of the Covenant all my life. For those who don’t know me, my parents, John and Gale Bromelmeier, met here as participants in the Tower Fellowship program which was the Covenant’s ministry to university students, and then married. I came along in the 60’s as did Rev Al Jeandheur. In Rev. Jeandheur’s early years, I rode tricycles in his basement with my Sunday school friend, and his daughter, Carol. Many years later Fritz and I were married by Rev. Jeandheur.

I recall enjoying summers at the Highlands Presbyterian camp throughout my youth. While in college I attended a Methodist church because their choir and preaching were much better than that of the Presbyterian church. Once graduated and a Math teacher at Cleveland Heights High school, my alma mater, I was asked to be an adult chaperone on the Appalachia service project. 4 years later I had done 2 trips to Virginia and 2 to West Virginia with 4 different groups of Covenant High Schooler’s. These trips allowed me to work with young people in a different capacity, meet new people and see beautiful places. One year I was interviewed by Sarah McFarland, Appalachia Service project participant and Editor of the Height’s Tiger newspaper. I shared that volunteering for things with church afforded me the opportunity to work with good people.

The next several years were occupied with marrying Fritz and volunteering for the Tutoring program with John Hay High School, now known as the Saturday morning tutoring program. I was also part of the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee that called Jonyrma and had 3 children (in 3 years). When my children (and Midori) were in High School I had the pleasure of accompanying Jonyrma and the youth group to New Mexico. Jonyrma always said, “Girl, Life is a Journey”. Those words have resonated with me many times the past 10 years through family losses, a job transition, watching my children become adults and as I have been part of the Covenant.

About 15 years ago Bert Campbell was called to the Covenant. There is one sermon that always stood out to me. Bert talked about overly busy people trying desperately to get something done and then he flipped it and said, Stop just doing something and sit there”. It took me a moment to get it, instead of “ don’t just sit there, Do something”. He was saying the opposite – stop just doing something and sit there, … , take a deep breath, take it in, take life in – appreciate what you have and what surrounds you. I try to remember this and to do more reflecting.

In 2013 I was asked to be part of the PNC to find our next pastor. The Church of the Covenant was preparing for the retirement of 3 pastors and the move from 3 pastors to 2. I agreed and was part of the committee that called Amy Starr Redwine. During our interview process, Amy asked us where we saw Jesus. I have never forgotten that –prior to her question, I had not thought about seeing Jesus on a daily basis. Never before had I listened to sermons like I did from Amy. They spoke to me weekly. They led me to think weekly about how I could and should contribute to our surroundings as well as those of the world.

I am also influenced today to carry forward by Melanie calling us friends every week and Kevin reminding us that worship is different because each one of us is here. Friends, this week has brought more change. We have a new journey ahead and as part of it we will all need to engage and contribute but also to pause and reflect. Worship is different today because you are here. Because we are here. We are what makes Church of the Covenant Covenant. Embrace your role and engage. Listen to each other, look for Jesus, welcome new ideas, respect the past and what has made us the church we are but look ahead. Join us in working together to forge the path forward for the Covenant. Everyone here is part of my faith journey and for that I thank you.

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; and those who left prayer requests in our Carpenter's Box.

Our prayers are with the family of Dalia and Bob Baker in the passing of their son-in-law, John Gardner, husband of Jennifer Baker, who died in London, England. John was a professor at Oxford University.
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!

Jim Greene, at 88, attended his first Cleveland Indians game at Progressive Field on Sunday, July 21 with Keith and Ginny Kallay. He brought home a winner as the Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 5 to 4. Fan Services provided Jim with Indians memorabilia as he watched Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor homer. A memorable and fun day!
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

Congratulations to those celebrating a
birthday in August!
Karen Ault
Catherine Bell
John Bourne
Autumn Bromelmeier
Becca Bromelmeier
Gale Bromelmeier
Carol Clint
Diana Drushel
David Finkenthal
Eunice Fipps
Thomas Foster
Jim Greene
Russell Hack
Thomas Heines 
Peggy Kacerek

Rod Keen
Mary Jane Kucharski
Kyle Langmack
Cherie Laylin
Amber Lilley
John Marsh
Nancy Matz
Paul Matz
Dick Miller
Kaileigh Mitchell
Luther Moss
Jonathan Moyer
Suchi Nelson
Diane Papp
Julia Prince Hatfield
Anna Raske
Peter Shriver
Lindy Stella
Andrew Szafraniec
Ron Szafraniec
Oleg Targoni
Oleg Targoni
Daniel Veenstra
Daniel Venorsky
Kim Voss
Harriet Wadsworth
Paul Williams
Lani Wood
Scott Young
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
George Leggiero, Covenant and University Circle Carillonneur
Friday, July 19 | 12:15-12:45 pm
Sunday, July 21 | 11:00-11:30 am

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.

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..
Traffic Alert for MLK Drive: Construction on I-90 exit ramps at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive starts July 29

The Ohio Department of Transportation will begin work July 29 on both the eastbound and westbound exit ramps from I-90 to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (Exit 177). Traffic on both exit ramps will be maintained. All lanes on ramps will remain open, and traffic will be shifted with construction. There will be overnight ramp closures (between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.) toward the end of the project for paving work.

Delays at the exit ramps are expected during construction. Motorists are encouraged to take the East 72nd Street exit from I-90 (Exit 175) during peak commute times to avoid delay. Click here to learn more.
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 Covenant@Covenantweb.org

11205 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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