July 3, 2019
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July 3, 2019
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Worship this Sunday, July 7
10:00 am in the Sanctuary
Sometimes the journey takes us by surprise, even when we feel like we've been preparing for it our whole lives - even when we've been praying for it to start. Join us this Sunday as we continue our summer worship series, The Journey. Melanie Marsh Baum's sermon is entitled "Running For Your Life."  The s criptures are Psalm 107:1-9 and 1 Kings 19:1-8 . Our L ay Worship Leader is Marie Jones.

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

Sunday Music Notes
This weekend, we welcome guest pianist and composer Chris Neiner to our service. His music is infused with a rich sense of harmony, clarity of ideas, and energy described as engaging, exciting, and fresh. These qualities originate from his passion to foster collaborative works with instrumentalists. His latest collaboration, Playtime, is a new work for horn, violin, and piano commissioned by a consortium of collegiate horn professors across the United States. Currently, he is the associate director and composer-in-residence for Music in the Circle, a CIM student-run organization offering concerts across University Circle in July 2019.

His works have appeared on programs by the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Sinfonia, the Copper Street Brass Quintet, the American Modern Ensemble, the Red Hedgehog Trio, Minnesota Symphonic Winds, the Rocky Ridge Music Center, the Cochran Chamber Commissioning Project, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and more. Neiner is pursuing a master's degree in composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Keith Fitch.  Click here to learn more.
Music in the Circle
We are a group of musicians from around the world who are passionate advocates for the arts. Our mission is to increase the accessibility of classical music to wider audiences through community engagement. Our programs include concerts for children and seniors as well as a festive gala performance at the Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

A celebration of long-established partnerships between Cleveland's leading musical institutions, Music in the Circle hosts a distinguished roster of world-class artists from Germany, Switzerland, Israel and the United States, performing in various locations around University Circle. Our artists are committed to exploring innovative ways of engaging with different sectors of our community. They will be offered residency at Judson Manor. 
Upcoming Concerts

J uly 11 , 7:30pm: An evening of music by Brahms, Mendelssohn, and composer-in-residence Chris Neiner, at the Cleveland Institute of Music. 

July 14 , 2:30pm: A festive gala concert featuring the music of Dvořák, Saint-Saëns, and Andrew Norman, at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

July 18 , 8:30pm: A fun-filled show featuring international artists up-close in solo music by Mozart, Schumann, Franck, and more at Nighttown restaurant.

July 21 , 3:00pm: A new arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s  Mother Goose  with colorful narration in a unique children’s concert at the historic Judson Manor.

Click here to learn more.
 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 ,
In Our Church Family
Judy Bourne, Reverend Susanne Carter, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones's niece), 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.

Our prayers are with member Carol Clint on the loss of her partner of 16 years, Isaiah Primous, who passed away on June 14 after a 4-year battle with brain cancer.
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!

If you have a June birthday and weren't at Church Sunday, we missed you!

Many thanks to the Deacons for their ongoing hospitality in hosting our Sunday receptions.

 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
 Notes from the Ministry of Faith Formation Meeting
More that fifteen members of the Covenant faith community gathered for a Ministry of Faith Formation (MoFF) meeting on Tuesday June 25. After thanking Jenny Conner and Jim Smekal for their recent leadership, moderator Matthew Garrett led the group through a brief presentation of “where we have been,” before suggesting some guidelines to help with planning for the upcoming program year.

Three smaller groups then began the tasks of a) brainstorming ideas to help nourish the spiritual development of our Covenant Community, b) committing to programming that might be realized this fall, and c) thinking about additional members of our faith community that can help transform discussed ideas into reality. The meeting concluded with the following plans for July:

1. Children and Youth Education group will meet on July 9 at 1:00 pm to continue discussions about programming for this age group on Sundays and beyond.

2. Adult Education group will meet on July 16 at 7:00 pm to plan for a series of Sunday Adult Forum Seminars and to think about additional opportunities for adult spiritual development.

3. Music and Worship is exploring the possibility of an interfaith peace observance this fall and considering ways that our weekly bulletin can speak more directly to the spiritual pulse of our church.

If you would like to get involved with one of these working groups, please contact Matthew at mgarrett@covenantweb.org . Additional information about the June 25 meeting will be available in the church office after July 9.

Thanks to all who emailed, chatted after church,
and to those who were able to attend the June MoFF meeting!
Tuesday, July 9, 1:00 pm, Church Office

Calling for all who are interested in joining us to plan a fun and meaningful program for the children and youth of our church community and beyond! We are meeting in the church office on July 9 (Tuesday) at 1:00 PM to talk about how we can create a vibrant program for our children and youth. If you are interested in joining us at this time and date, e-mail me and mark you calendars. If you are interested in participating on this exciting journey with our children and youth but cannot come on July 9th please e-mail me! I look forward to starting this adventure with all of you! Kaorihongo99@gmail.com
Friends of McGaffin Carillon Celebrate Five Years!
Last Saturday afternoon, the Friends of the McGaffin Carillon in University Circle (FMC) celebrated its first five years of existence with a gathering of donors for a British-style afternoon tea. George Leggiero played a concert of English music on the carillon and the restored Cragin Peal called the guests to the tea in the Herrick Room and Beckwith Hall. The big news is that the FMC is half-way to the goal of funding needed for a complete refurbishing of the instrument. During this year, FMC will continue to seek the remaining $375,000 needed to sign the contract for the restoration part of the project. This includes the disassembling of the instrument, cleaning and remounting the bells, creating new clappers, hiring cranes, painting the frame, and new electrical work. 
A highlight of the afternoon was honoring founding president and longtime Covenant member Denise Horstman, who has shepherded the organization through its formative five years, with a desk bell from the FMC board, engraved with the FMC logo.
Visit the FMC website www.ucbells.org to make a donation or
learn how you can become part of the project. 
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.
Have nail polish you no longer want?
Artist and Covenant member Dale Goode is asking for fingernail polish, any color, any size, to be dropped off at the church. You can see one of his pieces in Dowd Commons.
Carillon Concerts  & Tower Tours
Friday, July 5 | 12:15-12:45 pm
Sunday, July 7 | 11:00-11:30 am
George Leggiero, Covenant & University Circle Carillonneur
Carillon music by Matthias van den Gheyn, Ronald Barnes, Roy Hamilin Johnson, Gary White, and P.S. Rung-Keller. Also music for clocks and music boxes.
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..
Tables Available
We have approximately ten 8 foot long tables in fairly good condition available to the congregation for FREE. First come, first served. Contact Willie Howard at WHoward@CovenantWeb.org with questions.

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