March 15
Sunday, March 18
 Worship 10:00 am

In the final two beatitudes Jesus calls us to courageously enter into a dangerous new paradigm where love, justice, and wholeness lead to a flourishing and the expansion of life. This new paradigm calls us to boldly and unapologetically enter into an uncomfortable place: a new world, which is not yet born but which we must create by deconstructing the status quo where greed, exploitation, and violence are instruments that separate us from one another, the natural world, and God. We are called to bring forth this new world with love and grace as children of God.  Kevin J Lowry's sermon is entitled "The Children of Godand scriptures are  Romans 12: 9-21 and Matthew 10: 7-10 & 16-20. Our lay worship leader is Mary Anne Bromelmeier. 

Bulletins are posted at you can also read or listen to sermons. Printed sermons now include the pastoral prayer.

Music NotesSunday's service will include music by two American composers. The prelude offering will comprise a short piece titled Communion by American romantic Arthur Foote. An influential figure for American organists, Foote served in First Church, Boston for 32 years during which time he helped to found the New England AGO chapter. The music at the offertory reflects the lively, collaborative spirit of American music today. Troy Robertson wrote In Meeting We Are Blessed for the meeting of the Nairobi Chamber Chorus and the Festival Singers of Florida and was first premiered in Nairobi with Robertson singing in the chorus. He provides a lively and jubilant setting of an adaptation of a text by English poet John Donne, which celebrates the blessing represented by God's children joining together in worship. As the anthem, the choir will sing Justorum animae of William Byrd, a contemporary of Donne.

The children will have Sunday School and Youth Sunday Prep this week. The memory verses for March 18 are Jonah 2:7:  "When I felt my life slipping away, then, O Lord, I prayed to you, and in your holy Temple you heard me," and Micah 6:8: "The Lord has told us what is good. What the Lord requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God." 
Lent Adult Education Series: "Going Out"

During Lent, we have been getting to know our mission partners. After hearing last week from Elaine Turley about the mission and work of Transplant House, this week we will go out and join staff and residents for brunch. Those interested in attending should meet in the reception room after worship and we can either walk or drive over together. 

Upcoming Forum Schedule (Sundays at 11:30 am):
March 25: Family Promise
In the Covenant Family

We pray for  Judy Bourne, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Connie Brand, Rachel Clevenger, Marlene Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's mother), Mollie Hoar (family friend of Gene and Diane Papp), Chick Holtkamp, Dee Hough, Shaun Kuter, Elizabeth Mierke, Ward Porch, Sue Salvator, Liam Stewart and Emilee Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew and sister), Louise Wolfcale, and Gabriel (Jenny Conner's grand-nephew). Greg Madison continues to recover from a traumatic brain injury. His family covets your prayers and welcomes your visits at St. Augustine Manor 7801 Detroit Road, Cleveland, OH 44102. Please call the facility's front desk ahead of your visit to receive the room number and notify the family of your arrival. 216.939.7600  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.

Mindy Stewart will be on vacation March 9th through 17th.

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
                            Food collection for the Covenant Food Pantry Sunday, March 25 .

Sunday, March 25 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 vegetables(corn, beans, peas, carrots etc), pudding cups, fruit cups, canned chili, canned beef stew, pasta, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, jelly, cereal(individual size), spaghettios, spam or canned meat, soup and tuna fish.  Thank you for your ongoing support!

Confirmation Student Spotlight
Confirmand:  Justin Mitchell
Mentor: Nancy Hriber Matz

     I have known Justin and his family since he was a little boy and am flattered and honored to now be his confirmation mentor.
     One thing we have in common is photography.  He is the yearbook editor at Benedictine High School and is regularly taking pictures of sporting events and activities which will be published in the yearbook.  He's also in the sports media & photography club.
     Since this journey began, I have found that Justin is a determined, dependable and persevering person.  He is very polite and has a good sense of humor too. During these months of confirmation classes, he has been able to look at things differently and feels he's changed.  The process fits well alongside the religion classes that he attends at school. He is becoming closer to our church community and has enjoyed meeting new people. He seeks to know God's plan, hopes to help people and is happy to have good church pastors who lead this confirmation process.
     I am really enjoying getting to know Justin.  We talk photography while also having some heart-to-heart talks about our faith journeys and how we want to grow spiritually.  I am looking forward to spending more time in his company.
~ Nancy Hriber Matz

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.
Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 17,  8:30 AM-4:00 PM
Soul Shop™ for Leaders is a one-day training to equip faith  communities  to minister to those impacted by  suicidal desperation. This event includes the creation of worship  resources, training congregation members in suicide awareness  and basic conversation skills, and the invitation to those who have  been suicidal in the past to share their stories. This is the core  training which expresses the fundamental tools and key  perspectives that Soul Shop™ is all about. 

Meetings of Church Leadership
Next week, the board of trustees and session will both meet, as well as the ministries of faith formation and service. All of these meetings are open and congregational members and participants are welcome to attend. The trustees will have a presentation on church governance by former president of the society (church) Rod Keen. Session will be discussing the church's ongoing response to the issues of gun violence, hear a report on Melanie's experiences at the Trent Symposium for Newly Ordained Pastors, and hear a financial report from current church treasurer Keith Kallay. Details below.

Tuesday, March 20: Trustees, 6 pm, Library; Ministry of Faith Formation, 8 pm, Office
Wednesday, March 21: Ministry of Service, 6 pm, Library; Session, 7 pm, Office

March for Our Lives
Saturday, March 24, 2018,  9:30 AM

So far there have been 2,490 gun related deaths in the United States in 2018. Now is the time to DEMAND Action! Join Covenant Student Ministries as we attend the Cleveland March For Our Lives, a peaceful response to gun violence and the inaction of our civic leaders to enact responsible gun legislation in our state and across the country.

We will meet at 9:30 AM in the parking lot at Church of the Covenant and take the RTA-HealthLine to public square.  The rally begins at 11:00 in public square and the march begins at 12:00! Please join us! 


Apostles Build
Thursday, April 5 and Saturday, April 7, 9:00am-3:00pm
Join us  again this year (our fourth!)  to help   rehab houses through the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity Apostles Build.  Our first two workdays of the year are fast approaching on April 5 and 7. This year we will be working to  rehab  a  house in the West Park neighborhood on the west side of Cleveland. As the first group to work on the house, we plan to get it off to a great start. Please sign up in the church office if you are interested in working on the house or providing a group lunch, for either or both of these days. Talk with Jim Prince for more information.  

Holy Week
Sunday, March 25- Sunday, April 1

Join us for Holy Week:
Palm Sunday, March 25, 10:00 am
Celebrate Jesus' entry into Jerusalem
Maundy Thursday, March 29, 7:30 pm
Holy Communion and Service of Tenebrae
Experience Jesus' journey from Last Supper to crucifixion

Good Friday, March 30, 12:00 noon
Reflections on Jesus' Seven Last Words

Easter Sunday, April 1
7:45 am    Sunrise Service on the front lawn
8:30 am    Easter Breakfast in the Living Room
10 am   Worship with celebratory music for organ, brass, timpani
Easter egg hunt on the front lawn immediately following worship
                                        Specials For Covenant Family

Cleveland Museum of Art wants to let Church of the Covenant parishioners and staff know about the UCI neighbors ticket discount they have for their new special exhibition. For more information click here.
11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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