March 28, 2019
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March 28, 2019
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Worship this Sunday, March 31
10:00 am in the Sanctuary
Dr. Hugh Burtner Preaching
This Sunday we welcome Dr. Hugh Burtner to our pulpit. After completing his PhD at the University of Chicago, Dr. Burtner taught at Baldwin Wallace College in the Department of Religious Studies until retirement. He is ordained in the United Methodist Church and has been an affiliate member of the Church of the Covenant since 2004.
In the fourth week of Lent Dr. Burtner's sermon is entitled  Boats and Weather . Scriptures are Psalm 77:16-20 and Matthew 14:22-30 . Our Lay Worship Leader is Norma Shuskey.
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.
Living the Way Discussion
Sunday, 11:30 am, The Living Room
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.
Music in Worship
This week, our musical selections bring us to a crossroads in the middle of the Lenten season. The Gregorian chant text of Ubi caritas calls us to consider the ties that bind our faith community in agape love. The unison chant that opens our service is a literal translation of united spirit. Duruflé’s motet, on the contrary, illustrates the beauty of community created when we make music together through harmony. Continuing with the idea explored in the ongoing sermon series of Jesus’s many roles, our anthem hints at his faith activism. The phrase “God’s gonna trouble the water” is often used in social justice writings to illustrate disruption of power dynamics in an effort to create equity. The spiritual and the chant musical traditions speak to the many ways in which we are called to be disciples of our living God.

Youth Sunday is April 7th!
Youth Sunday Rehearsal
This Sunday at 11:30 am
You are invited THIS SUNDAY !
Dialogue Session
12:00–2:00 pm, Dowd Commons
As a church that is ever transforming and evolving, Session invites you to participate in one of two Dialogue Sessions, either this Sunday or Saturday, April 13, 12:00–2:00 pm. Bill Appleton of Kairos Consultants will facilitate our conversations. Unable to attend one of these dates? Contact Clerk of Session Will Klein at to learn how you can participate. 
An Update from the Interim Pastor Search Committee

Good morning, my name is Dan Carroll and I’m here on behalf of the Interim Pastor Search Committee. The committee is hard at work reviewing candidates for our interim pastor to help us prepare for our church’s next chapter. We understand this is an anxious time for many of you - and we feel that with you, though we trust God is working through us all to guide us forward.

In the feedback you gave us last month, one thing was crystal clear - there are SO MANY people who love this church and want to build on what makes it special. You asked for, among other things, strong preaching; a passion for social justice; clear communication; and someone who is a bridge builder.
We want an interim who will help us respect the rich traditions and history of The Church of the Covenant, while also helping us discover opportunities for growth, so we can share our love with new members and communities. During this process, I have often thought of when I was learning to drive, and my driving instructor told me to not check my rear-view mirror so much, but rather check the side mirrors and focus on the road. Our committee WILL use the rear-view mirror to know where we come from, but we are also using our side mirrors to see what’s around us, and focusing on the road ahead to see what lies before us. We hope you’ll join us in keeping our eyes on the road, so we may not miss the future we can create together.
Please continue to approach anyone on our committee with questions or comments. We will listen and do our best to answer as we are able. Thank you again for your continued prayers and support.

Mary Anne Bromelmeier, Moderator
Dan Carroll, Jennifer DoVale (clerk), John Marsh, Libby Panhorst,
Lyn Cooper Tomaszewski, Erin Tomko
In Our Church Family
We pray for Judy Bourne, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones's niece), Paul Dirksen, Gretchen Drushel, Rob Engel & Lynne Hoffman-Engel, :Lorna Kelly, Rolf (Crunch) and Marilyn Krotseng, Greg Madison, 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; our Interim Pastor Search Committee, and those who have left prayer requests in our Carpenter's Box.

Our prayers are with Alex Lowry and her family on the death of her uncle, Bob Lorentz, in Alabama. Kevin Lowry will be Friday through Tuesday.

Please order your Easter Flowers by next Sunday, April 7. E ach 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.
Happy Birthday to Everyone Celebrating in April!
Please let us know if we have omitted your birthday.
Ted Adams
Robert Arnold
Venerine Branham
Matthew Bromelmeier
Scott Danielson
Louise Dempsey
Aubrey Dobrzeniecki
Gretchen Drushel
Alice Fehl
Jonathan Goins
Sandra Gordon
Grace Gressley
Amanda Groszek
David Hagen
Deni Horstman
Asha James
Raymond Jones
AJ Kallay
Ginny Kallay
Timothy Kallay
Karen Knowlton
Carter Langmack
Marilyn Langmack
Cathy Luck
Annie Matz
Diane Mogren
Immanuel Poindexter
Marnie Shriver
Deacon Shupp
Nancy Smekal
Elizabeth Stark
Carrie Stewart
Sara Young 
 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
Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Garrett
Church of the Covenant Director of Music

Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Garrett, associate professor of music education and coordinator of undergraduate studies in music and music education at CWRU, has been appointed director of the CWRU's University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE). He has been serving as UCITE’s interim director since August, 2017.
Cache Half-Price Sale!
Tuesday, 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.
 A Note from the Moyers
Dear Covenant Family,

Liebe Grüße aus Lübeck!  It is hard to believe that over a month has gone by since we made our journey to Lübeck, and an adventurous journey it was, navigating border control in between flights in Charles de Gaulle airport with all of our bags and just minutes to spare. Eventually, we made our way to the cozy apartment we call home on Dr. Julius Leber Straße, just two blocks from the famous church of St. Mary's, the church in which Dieterich Buxtehude was organist for 49 years and where a young Johann Sebastian Bach came to learn from this master in 1705. . . .

Sabbaticals journeys like this provide us the opportunity to reflect on our lives, the people we cherish, and our calling. We are continually reminded how blessed we are to call Cleveland home and the Covenant congregation our family. We send you our warmest greetings, prayers, and blessings from afar. 

Jonathan, Kaori, Christopher, and Samuel
Kaori on the "Stellwagen" organ from 1637.
The sanctuary of St. Jakobi (13th century) with the Stellwagen organ on the side wall. 
Jonathan and the boys at the large organ of St. Jakobi.
The skyline of Lübeck in the early morning with the tower of St. Jakobi.
After the Friday noon prayer service in St. Michael's Church, Hamburg.
Friday children and youth protest for the environment.
Opportunity for Lenten Study Continues
Meeting Jesus Around the Table: Wednesdays, 6:00 pm, Dowd Commons
Dinner, discussion and communion continue on Wednesdays during Lent, using Marcus Borg’s book Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time and Yasmin Khan’s Zaitoun Recipes and Stories from the Palestinian Kitchen as our guide . Marcus Borg’s book is available in the office for $14. RSVP by Tuesday to so we can get a count for dinner.
Music at the Covenant
Friday, April 12, 8:00 pm
Case Men's Glee Club

Saturday, April 13, 8:00 pm
University Chorale & Case Concert Choir

Tuesday, April 16, 12:00 pm
CWRU Historical Performance Practice Program
Friday Carillon Concerts, 12:15 pm
(except Good Friday)

All are free with free parking in the Covenant parking lot..
Outreach Opportunities with Covenant's Mission Partners

A few open spaces remain!
Greater Cleveland
Habitat for Humanity
Join Covenant's Team!
Thursday, April 4 &
Saturday, April 6
9:00 am-3:00 pm 
This year we will be working to rehab two houses in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood on the west side of Cleveland. Please sign up in the church office to work on the houses, or provide a group lunch. Talk with Jim Prince for more information.  
Serving at North Church
Sunday April 7 and 14
9:320 am-1:00 pm
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. 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.
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