June 21
Sunday, June 24
 Outdoor Worship at 10:00 am

We continue our summer "Word" sermon series on passages with special meaning for our congregation members. This week, Nick Tomko, who is also our lay worship leader, will share how
Matthew 6:25-26  has brought him comfort in the midst of anxiety. Melanie Marsh Baum's sermon will be on this same text and is titled, "Enough for Today." 
Join us immediately following worship for a Common Ground Conversation. Read more below and click here  to register!

Music Notes: We welcome bass soloist Dr. Michael Peters this Sunday presenting an aria from G.F. Handel's oratorio Judas Maccabeus and a setting of the hymn, We Gather Together. Michael is a soloist in the Covenant choir and teaches at Case Western Reserve University.

Summer Hymn Requests
Haven't sung your favorite hymn in a while? Here's your chance. Let us know your hymn request(s) and a possible date for your request over the summer months of June, July, and August. You may submit up to two hymns (in order of priority). Please submit hymn titles from either our current pew hymnal or the new "Glory to God" hymnal.

Click  HERE to submit your requests online. You can can also submit them in the office.

Children:  This Sunday in worship, before leaving for Sunday School, the children will 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.  The Pantry can especially use canned stew, canned vegetables, pudding cups, fruit cups, spam/canned meat, pasta,spaghetti sauce, jelly/jam, chili, corn muffin mix, and spagettios.   Thank you for your ongoing support!
Common Ground
Join us after worship this Sunday for food and conversation

On  Sunday, June 24, 2018 , Common Ground will bring residents of Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties together for a day of community conversation. This annual event brings people together around a common table in neighborhoods across our region. This year's theme is "Why Does Place Matter?" At our Common Ground event, we will be asking questions about how we create community beyond the walls of the church and bring people together to support and nurture one another in our community of University Circle. Covenant members who plan to attend are asked to bring either a salad or dessert to share. 

Registration is open online  here .  For more information contact  Melanie Marsh Baum.  
Financial Updates from Este

Thank you all who have been faithfully contributing to the Church. To date (as of 6/18/18), we have received $163,807 of $336,420 pledged for 2018.  

You can make a payment towards your pledge any time by cash, check and online at covenantweb.org. Go  to the tab labeled, "Giving," scroll down to "Online donations," and click on "Make a donation." Easy to navigate prompts will take you through the short process. As always, feel free to call the Church office 216-421-0482 extension 226 for Este Pozza, Manager of Finance and Operations, with any questions.

Session Updates

At the stated meeting of May 23, we approved the formation of a TheoEd Task Force, which will assess and make recommendations for innovative forms of theological education at the church. As part of their work, task force members will meet in October with this year's Covenant Lecturer, the Rev. Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio, Scholar in Residence at First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia, to discuss some of the educational offerings he has developed. One of these is the Half-Truths video/discussion course that we will be offering in July (see article below), so come check it out and let us know what you think! If you are interested in being a part of the TheoEd Task Force, please contact Amy Starr Redwine.

At the upcoming session meeting on Wednesday, June 27, we will be meeting with attorneys to gather more information about ways the church can engage in the ongoing efforts to address gun violence in our community and across the country. We will also be solidifying plans for a summer retreat during which we work on articulating the core values of our church and discuss a report from the group that went to Atlanta in April.

Current session members are: Melanie Marsh Baum, Barb Clint, Dave Finkenthal, Elizabeth Hagen, Deni Horstman, Kitty Jarjisian, Ginny Kallay, Chris Langmack, LaShawna Adams Mitchell, Reaver Nelson, Suchi Nelson, Amy Starr Redwine (moderator), Omar Siddiq, Jim Smekal, Lou Stark, Jim Tomaszewski; Will Klein serves as Clerk of Session.

Church Happenings

Last Saturday, several Saturday Tutoring volunteers from the church and community gather for a surprise party to honor outgoing STP founder and director, Linda Wilson. We are so grateful for Linda's faithful work in building and sustaining the tutoring program.

We extend our farewell and gratitude to music department intern, Abraham Ross, as this is his final  Sunday  at Covenant. Abe moves on next to the staff of the Duke University Chapel as organ scholar.

Last Saturday, our communications manager, Aisha Newton, attended the Habitat for Humanity 5K with her mother's dog Iya.

If you have any information regarding congregation members please email the communication manager, Aisha Newton. She would love to highlight them in the enewsletter or social media.
In Our Church Family

We pray for  Jane Adams, Judy Bourne, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Paul Dirksen,Rob Engle, Marlene & William Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's parents), Chick Holtkamp, Stephanie Johnson, Paul Jokinen, Craig Jones, Les Knowlton, Greg Madison, Barbara McGhee, Elizabeth Mierke, Kellen Newton-Hall, Alex Peters, Ward Porch, Sue Salvator, Liam & Emilee Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew and sister) and Gabriel (Jenny Conner's grand-nephew).  We pray for those struggling with illness, convalescing, or home-bound; the patients, family, and staff in our surrounding hospitals; and those who have placed prayer requests in our Carpenter's Box.

Please keep in prayer the six youth and three adults who will be traveling to Memphis, TN from  June 17-22  for a week of worship, service and fellowship with Memphis Youth Mission.  Thank you for all the ways in which you support our youth. We look forward to sharing with you our experiences upon our return.

Out of the office:  Este Pozza will be on vacation from June 26 -July 2. Kevin Lowry will be out of the office from July 26-July 3.

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
Outreach Opportunities

Summer Desserts for Transplant House This summer, COTC is again working with our Mission Partners at Transplant House to provide Wednesday   night desserts for the residents and their families, in conjunction with Wade Oval Wednesdays. You can help by donating cash ($11 buys one quart of ice cream), or providing treats to serve 12 people. Sign up online here or in the church office. For more information, contact Mary Anne Bromelmeier.  

Attention Cookie Bakers! 
 We are in need of more cookies for our welcome bags. We are looking for bakers who can volunteer to bake one batch (2 dozen cookies) each for each of the Sundays in June. Please contact Melanie if your willing and able to help out. Thank you!

The Saturday Tutoring Program "Wish List" 

The tutoring programs needs  "gently used" items, including the following: 2 tablets, 3 computers, calculators for all ages as well as books and educational games.


We will begin accepting donations on Sunday, July 1st, and we will open for business on Tuesday, July 3rd Thank you for your patience and loyalty during the remodeling process.

Please note:  For the time being, The Cache will be open on Tuesdays only, from 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Spring Music Concerts  

June 22,  12:15-12:45pm
Bring a lunch, a lawn chair or blanket and a friend.  Pick up a program at the base of the tower or online. Attendance and parking are free .
This week: George Leggiero, University Circle Carillonneur
Belgian and Dutch Music
Friday carillon concerts continue through November 16

Summer Learning 

Half-Truths: "God Helps Those Who Help Themselves," and Other Things the Bible Doesn't Say
This video and discussion course will take place on Sundays in July from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm in our newly renovated Dowd Commons on the lower level of the church. A repeat of Sunday's material will occur from 5:30-6:30 pm on Thursday Evenings. Join us for a time of learning and dialogue!

Join us for Theology on Tap this Summer!
Our summer dates and locations:
June 7th, 6:15 @ the Jolly Scholar
July 5, 5:30 @ COTC (part of Half-Truths)
August 15 - Day trip to Chautauqua Insituation 
For more information contact Melanie Marsh Baum.

Community Events

Join us for a staged reading of  Church and State,
a play by Jason Odell Williams, 
presented by  Interplay Jewish Theater.

Tuesday, June 26, 7 pm at  Dobama Theater,  2340 Lee Rd., Cleve. Hts.

God Before Guns will lead a post-play "talkback" with the audience, including an update on current gun related legislation in Ohio and a discussion of how people of all faiths should respond. 
(Guns Before God is a Covenant mission partner and a program of Covenant University and Community Ministries.)
This event is free, but please register . Use this LINK for details.

You're Invited to the inaugural  tea "Honoring our Juneteenth Legacy": 
A brief  history of the Frank Anderson Center
In support of Maximum Accessible Housing Authority (MAHO)
This event will take place at The Church of the Covenant on June 30 from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. Tickets are $25, with limited seating and no door sales. 
 For reservations or questions please call 216-407-1696.

Free CPR Training with UCI

University Circle Inc. is providing free CPR training this summer:
  • June 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Cleveland Museum of Natural History)
  • August 7 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Cleveland Institute of Art)
  • August 13 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (CWRU)

11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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