March 7, 2019
Covenant E-news
March 7, 2019
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Time to set your clocks ahead this Saturday night!
Worship this Sunday, March 10
10:00 am in the Sanctuary

We will begin our Lenten sermon series, "Who Do You Say That I Am?", with an exploration of the various dimensions of Jesus we find in the gospels and popular faith. Melanie's sermon is entitled  Shape-Shifter . Scriptures are Psalm 145:8-13 and Luke 9:18-24 . Our Lay Worship Leader is Catherine Jarjisian.
Children preschool – fifth grade, are invited to a time for joyful noise and 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, 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.

 Music in Worship
As we enter the season of Lent, our musical selections will become more reflective in nature. You will notice an increased use of chant, anthems that focus on our personal relationship with Christ, and an absence of “alleluia” in our song text. This week, our opening chant tells of comfort in times of struggle through the text of Psalm 91. Stanley Thurston’s setting of an American folk hymn suggests that each of us enter into a contemplative walk with Christ through the next forty days. We welcome Anna O’Connell and the Handbell Choir to our service, as they perform an arrangement of two chorales, or hymn tunes, frequently associated with the Passion of Christ. Each worship service in Lent will conclude with the choir and organ sending us out into the week. These postludes serve as musical reminders that the Holy Spirit will be with us always.We begin a series of introits written by 16 th and 17 th century composers of English cathedral music. Christopher Tye had quite thea formal education, earning two doctorates and serving as a priest, later in life. Our anthem is set by Mendelssohn as a choir of angels singing to Elijah after his escape from Queen Jezebel. They assure Elijah that God will always be with him, even in dark times. American composer Ned Rorem wrote a number of sacred hymn anthems, including this setting of text that also encourages us to put our faith in God, now and forever more.
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.
This Sunday is Per Capita Sunday!
Please remember to bring your $32 per member in your household to worship this Sunday. This specific offering goes to offset the money the church sends to Presbytery annually. We appreciate your generosity. 
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, Newton/Clay Family, Michael Peters, Shirley Roe-Stroup, Chrismaly Vidal, 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.

Our prayers are with Jean Ganger and her family on the death of her husband Milton (Milt) E. Ganger who died on February 23 in Pennsylvania.

We are pleased to share that Aisha Newton, our former Communications Manager, and her mother and son, have safely reached their home in North Carolina. Lyn Cooper Tomaszewski and Dennis Matz are working with communications until a new Communications Manager is hired.

 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
Church Happenings
The Interim Pastor Search Committee has been meeting weekly since the beginning of February. The position description has been completed by the Personnel Committee and we are working on getting the word out, including through our local Presbytery of the Western Reserve and a national Presbyterian network. We appreciate your suggestions and encourage you to talk with any member of the Committee or email to . Again, thank you!
Mary Anne Bromelmeier, Moderator
Dan Carroll, Jennifer DoVale (clerk), John Marsh, Libby Panhorst, Lyn Cooper Tomaszewski, Erin Tomko

Theology on Tap Goes on the Road! 

Join us this Thursday (today) 5:30-7 for beverages and conversation. We will meet at the Gold Horn Brewery on E 55th Street. ( 1361 E 55th St, Cleveland, OH 44103 )
Snacks on us, all are welcome! 
It's Time to Build Again! (actually rehab)

Thrivent Faith Build (formerly Apostles Build)
Thursday, April 4 & Saturday, April 6
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 house s,  or providing a group lunch for  either or both of these days.  Talk with Jim Prince   for more information.   

Friday Lunchtime Carillon Concerts
March 8, 12:15 pm
Go to
Free. Free Parking.
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.

Tuesday Noon Concerts
March 19, 12:05 pm
Anna O'Connell
Irish Music for Voice and Harp

Soprano Anna O'Connell is a Master of Arts student in the Historical Performance Practice program at Case Western Reserve University. Formerly Director of Music for the Catholic Campus Ministry at Cornell University, she also conducted the ecumenical Anabel Taylor Chapel Choir, which specializes in sacred music. As a vocalist, O'Connell is sought after for faith-based services, and ensembles specializing in early music. She recently co-founded an ensemble, Gothic Fire, that features voices, harp, and medieval bowed instruments. O'Connell studied conducting at the University of Southern California, and music education at Providence College. She has appeared as a vocal soloist throughout the United States and, as an avid traveler, she has sung in the Vatican, at the Great Wall of China, on the top of Haleakela Mountain in Maui, and in Krakow at the 2016 World Youth Day celebration. As a harpist, she frequently performs in folk, popular, classical, and now, gothic and baroque styles.  

Pray for Those affected by
Gun Violence   

Since a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, killing 26 people, 20 of them children; 1,108 people in Cuyahoga County have been killed by guns. Since last month, 12 more individuals have died by gun violence in Cuyahoga County. The names of those at least 18 years of age are: Liam Mark Renzulli, Louis Love Dixon, Jermaine McGowan Jr, Joshua Allen Messer, Samuel Abraham Zinamon, Oscar A. Allen, Mario Devon Blanton, Andre Adolphus Brown, John Majoros Jr, Mohamed Mahmoud Shahin, and John Knight. Seven of those who died were by suicide.
Believing God calls us to be peacemakers,  by Session action, we include in the Prayer of Thanksgiving, Intercession and Petition each month specific concern for people affected by gun violence and addressing the evil of gun violence in our nation, marked by the tolling of the tower bell. Join us in this time of increased concern over deadly gun violence in our county, our country, and the world, in remembering and praying that God will show us the way to a new commitment to Peace on Earth. The Church of the Covenant partners with God Before Guns, a multi-faith coalition of individuals and faith communities created in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary. G o to  to see how to become engaged.
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