March 21, 2019
Covenant E-news
March 21, 2019
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Worship this Sunday, March 24
10:00 am in the Sanctuary
In the third week of our Lenten sermon series "Who Do You Say That I Am?" we will explore Jesus' role as healer. Kevin J. Lowry's sermon is entitled  God's Finger Print. Scriptures are Isaiah 38:9-19 and Luke 11:14-23 . Our Lay Worship Leaders are students Kim Alcrantz, Benjamin Fugate, Matthew Haberbush, and Audrey Lord.
Children preschool – fifth grade, are invited to a time storytelling, discovery, and joyful play in the Creche, now located on the third floor in Beckwith Hall. Youth sixth-twelfth grade are invited to stay in the service and participate by responding to this week’s Wonder Sheet.
Food collection this Sunday.

This Sunday we collect food and financial donations to support our Food Pantry serving our neighbors on the last Wednesday and Friday of each month and students on Thursdays. We can especially use canned soup, chili and stew and pudding cups. Thank you!
 Music in Worship
The Gregorian Chant that welcomes us to worship this week introduces the idea of Jesus as one who heals through the power of faith. We will hear this same melodic line and text in the offertory, set by French organist and composer Maurice Duruflé. As we move further into the season of Lent, our anthem is intended to remind us that Passiontide is approaching. Even though we will mourn the loss of Christ on Earth, the unknown author of this text reminds us that Jesus’ death will bring us everlasting life.

We welcome the following guest string musicians to our service: Marianne Martinoli, Timothy Nicholas, Caleb Cox, and MaryGrace Bender. Guest organist this week is our own Michael Peters.
Living the Way Discussion
Sunday, 11:30 am, Dowd Commons
Each Sunday during Lent we will focus on the topic explored that morning in worship.
We will take a deeper dive into the story of Jesus and our understanding of the Christian life. Stop for your coffee and come join us.
Time to order Easter Flowers - Orders due by Sunday, April 7.
Each Easter our Sanctuary is transformed by beautiful lilies and flowers given in memory or honor of a loved one. Order forms are available in the office or download by clicking here.

Youth Sunday is April 7th!
Youth Sunday Preparation
This Sunday at 11:30 am
Beckwith Hall
Don't miss it!
Dialogue Sessions:  The members of Session invite you to participate in one of two Dialogue Sessions with Bill Appleton of Kairos Consultants. Sessions are from 12:00 to 2:00 pm on either Sunday, March 31 or Saturday, April 13 in Dowd Commons. If you're unable to attend one of these dates please contact Pastor Melanie Marsh Baum or Clerk of Session Will Klein to learn how you can participate. Current Elders, Deacons, Trustees and Elders-elect are meeting this Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Watch for more information.
Opportunity for Lenten Study
Meeting Jesus Around the Table
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm, Dowd Commons
Explore who Jesus was (the pre-Easter Jesus) and who Jesus has become (the post-Easter Jesus). We will be using Marcus Borg’s book Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time and Yasmin Khan’s Zaitoun Recipes and Stories from the Palestinian Kitchen to guide our journey as we share dinner, discussion, and communion. Marcus Borg’s book is available in the office for $14.
RSVP by Tuesday to so we can get a count for dinner.
In Our Church Family
We pray for Judy Bourne, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones's niece), Paul Dirksen, Gretchen Drushel, Rob Engel & Lynne Hoffman-Engel, Rolf (Crunch) and Marilyn Krotseng, Greg Madison, Michael Peters, Shirley Roe-Stroup, Emily Carson Williams, 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 have left prayer requests in our Carpenter's Box.

Melanie Marsh Baum will be on vacation from March 21 through March 30. The Reverend June Begany will be available. If you would like to talk with a pastor, please call the church office at 216.421.0482.
 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
Thank you to everyone who has paid their per capita. As a congregation of the Presbyterian Church USA, each year we pay a set amount that helps support the work of our local Presbytery, the Synod, and the PCUSA. The 2019 per capita is $32 per member; to date we have received $2,724 (85 members) . This is a great start, but we still want to encourage all members to make the donation to offset what the Covenant has already paid for each member.

You can donate using a giving envelope or safely online. Click here to make a donation . Go to "Make a Donation" and select "2019 Per Capita." Thank you for your faithful financial support of the ministry of Church of the Covenant. Have questions? Call Este Pozza, Manager of Finance and Operations, at 216.421.0482, ext. 226.
Congratulations to Cassie Denbow and Pratyush Singh.
Congratulations to Cassie Denbow and Pratyush Singh who were married on Friday, January 18, in Bangalore, India. 
 Pictured are Pratyush Singh, Kayla Clint, Barb Clint, Tom Denbow, Cassie Denbow, Leena Clint and Collin Denbow.

Cassie, who has been living in India for the last five years, met her husband Pratyush while working in Dharamshala as a Clinton Fellow focused on women's economic development issues and sustainable agriculture practices. Most recently, she has served as the development specialist for the Fearless Collective, an affiliation of visual artists, activists, photographers, and film makers who use their work to address the rape culture and issues of gender violence in India. She and Pratyush currently make their home in Bangalore, India although that may be changing soon based on grad school application results.
Music at Covenant
 Friday Lunchtime Carillon Concerts
March 22, 12:15 pm
George Leggiero, University Circle Carillonneur, and guests
The carillon can be heard from the grounds around the church including the Case Western Reserve Campus behind the church away from the Euclid Avenue traffic noise. The church library is also a good indoor place to hear the bells during cold or inclement weather. Parking is free for the concert. Go to to learn more.
Cache Half-Price Sale!
Tuesday, March 26 and April 2
10 am to 4 pm
Bargains galore in our wonderful resale store!
Come and shop. Meet our great Cache volunteers.
Have your "tidied up with Marie Kondo"?
The Cache would welcome you gently used
clothing or smaller household items.
Outreach Opportunities with Covenant's Mission Partners
Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity
Join Covenant's Team!
Thursday, April 4 ( 2 spots available )
& Saturday, April 6 ( 5 spots available )
9:00 am-3:00 pm 

Join us again this year (our fifth!) to help rehab houses through the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity's Thrivent Faith Build. Our first two workdays of the year are fast approaching. This year we will be working to rehab two houses in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood on the west side of Cleveland. As the first group to work on the houses, we plan to get them off to a great start. Please sign up in the church office if you are interested in working on the houses, or providing a group l unch for either or both of these days. Talk with Jim Prince for more information.  
Serving at North Church
Sunday April 7 and 14
9:20 am-1:00 pm
As we continue our partnering with North Church, you are invited to be part of a team of six to eight people on April 7 and April 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to assist in preparing and serving the community meal that follows their worship service. North Church, which shares space with Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries at 4515 Superior Ave., “carries out an active ministry to our community through seeking to build a vibrant worship community, community meals, and an outreach to homeless and street people and those experiencing mental illness”. Please sign up in the Church office. Renee Boykin and Gale Bromelmeier have worked closely with North Church. For more information, contact Ministry of Service member Bob Ault. North Church is a Covenant Mission Partner. 
In Our Faith Community
Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering
Earth Care Stewardship
Saturday, April 27 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (8:30 am registration)
Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church
5312 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124 - 440.448.2331
The Cleveland Ecumenical Institute Spring Opportunities

Go to for details and to register
Psalms: The Human Condition and
Reaching for God
Rabbi Roger Klein, PhD
Six Wednesdays beginning March 27
Finding God Where
God Finds Us
Rev. Joseph J. Fortuna, S.T.D.
Four Tuesdays beginning March 26
Seasons of Prayer: Spiritual Discovery in Each Stage of Life
Wayne Simsic, M.A.
One Day Retreat
Saturday, March 30
11205 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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