March 22
Sunday, March 25
 Worship 10:00 am

Join us as we celebrate Palm Sunday and recall the unexpected and subversive nature of Jesus's triumphant entry into Jerusalem days before his crucifixion. Melanie's sermon is entitled "God in Disguise" and scriptures are Isaiah 50:4-9  and Mark 11:1-11

Something New!
Our morning service for this week will begin on the front lawn of the church with a brief Liturgy of the Palms, for those choosing to participate. Palm strips will be available in the narthex for everyone attending the service. Those outside will process into the church with festive music led by the Beckwith Handbell Choirs. 

Music Notes
On this Palm Sunday, our full complement of music ensembles celebrate both the festive entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as well as the unfolding events of the Passion narrative. Hal Hopson's arrangement of the hymn "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna" brings together the children's choir along with the Covenant choir in a festive responsorial anthem. The handbell choir presents a tranquil meditation on the Passion Hymn, "O Sacred Head Now Wounded." In preparation for Holy Week, our service concludes with a Taizé refrain on the text of Jesus spoken to his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, "Stay with me, watch, and pray."

The children will have Sunday School and Youth Sunday Prep this week.  The memory verses for March 18 are:   "The Lord is good; he protects his people in times of trouble; he takes care of those who turn to him." - Nahum 1:7 and "But the earth will be as full of the knowledge of the Lord's glory as the seas are full of water." - Habakkuk 2:14

One Great Hour of Sharing Offering
On Palm Sunday we will participate in the PC(USA ) One Great Hour of Sharing offering. In addition to your regular gifts and pledges, we  invi te you take part in this church-wide special offering, collected annually between Ash  Wednesday  and Easter  Sunday

" A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God's love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed".
- Presbyterian Mission Agency

You can give using the special OGHS envelopes in the pews  on Sunday , using your regular church offering envelope with the note, 'One Great Hour of Sharing 2018', or text 'SHARING' to 56512 for mobile giving. 
Lent Adult Education Series: "Going Out"

During Lent, we have been getting to know our mission partners. Join us Palm Sunday for the final Forum in our Lenten "Going Out" series. We will travel to be with our neighbors at Family Promise of Greater Cleveland, share a pizza lunch with the resident families, and have a tour of their facility. Members who wish to attend can bring a snack or dessert to share. We will meet in the Reception room immediately following worship. Family Promise is located at 3470 East 152nd Street, Cleveland 44120. Parking for visitors is available in the lot off of E. 150th St. For more information, contact Melanie Marsh Baum or Family Promise Volunteer Coordinator, Thea Hanson Mozingo at 216.751.3010.
In the Covenant Family

We pray for  Judy Bourne, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Connie Brand, Rachel Clevenger, Marlene Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's mother),Chick Holtkamp, Dee Hough, Shaun Kuter, Elizabeth Mierke, Greg Madison, Ward Porch, Sue Salvator, Liam Stewart & Emilee Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew and sister), Louise Wolfcale, Gabriel (Jenny Conner's grand-nephew) and Ray Tomko & Helen Kawecki( Nick Tomko's grandparents). 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.

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:  Camron Mitchell
Mentor:  Julie Hoover Mailey

Camron lights up when he talks about sports. He is lucky to have a close relationship with his brother Justin. My favorite part about being with Camron is he's always wearing a Benedictine sweatshirt and people on every street come up to us and say, "so you go to Benedictine." It seems as though he's always part of a greater wonderful community no matter where he is and he seems happy to be part of it. He also loves to eat pizza. I feel lucky to be his mentor. I am also grateful that he is part of the Covenant family.

~ Julie Hoover Mailey

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

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! 

Holy Week
Sunday, March 25- Sunday, April 1

Palm Sunday, March 25
Worship, 10:00 am
Celebrate Jesus' entry into Jerusalem
Vespers, 5:00 pm
Contemplative music and John's passion narrative
Maundy Thursday, March 29
Holy Communion and Service of Tenebrae, 7:30 pm
Experience Jesus' journey from Last Supper to crucifixion

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

Easter Sunday, April 1
7:45 am   Sunrise Service on the front lawn
8:30 am   Easter Breakfast in the Living Room 
(click here to sign up for Easter Breakfast)
10:00 am   Worship with celebratory music for organ, brass, and timpani; 
Easter egg hunt on the front lawn immediately following worship

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 Join us information.  

Covenant Partnering with North Church
Sunday April 8 and April 15

Thanks to those who helped partner with North Church on Sundays January 21st and 28th. Our remaining two Sundays to Partner with North Church for 2018 are on April 8th and April 15th. You are invited to be part of a team of six to eight people, assisting from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm 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."  There are sign up sheets in the church office. For more information, call Bob Ault at 216-751-6094. North Church is a Covenant mission partner. 
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