May 16, 2019
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May 16, 2019
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Worship this Sunday, May 19
10:00 am in the Sanctuary
Kevin J. Lowry's sermon is titled "New Beginnings." Scriptures are  Psalm 23 and Acts 9:36–43 .

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.
Music Notes
We continue to celebrate Eastertide with a rousing choral call to worship: Let All the World in Every Corner Sing! Set to a 16 th Century text, it has been frequently set to music by composers. Our anthem is the third in a series of hymn anthems by American composer, Ned Rorem. The Chancel Choir performed the first two anthems: Sing, my soul, His wondrous love and All glorious God earlier this year. It is a fitting setting, albeit characteristic of Rorem’s idiomatic choral writing, of this Easter text, proclaiming the risen Lord. The congregation is invited to join the choir for the offertory, as we raise our voices together to sing of our Beautiful Savior .
Bread for the World Offering of Letters
This Sunday, May 19 | Library
Sponsored by the Ministry of Service, following worship today we will have an opportunity to participate in Bread for the World’s 2019 Offering of Letters: Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow . This year’s focus urges our government to accelerate progress toward ending hunger by increasing funding for global child nutrition programs. Sample letters will be available. Click here to learn more. Thank you to Bob Ault and the Ministry of Service.
Food Collection This Sunday (now the third Sunday)
The Food Pantry is in need of pudding snacks, canned tuna, meat or Spam, canned chili and vegetables and snack pack cereal.
Sunday we collect food for our Food Pantry. Please place your food donations in the boxes at the entrances and financial donations in the offering, marked “food.” We have changed the collection to the third Sunday so the food collected can be used in the bags distributed the last Wednesday and Friday of the month. The Pantry is also open Thursday afternoons for students, and for emergencies. Thank you for your ongoing support!
In Our Church Family
We pray for Judy Bourne, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones's niece), Barb Clint, Paul Dirksen, Gretchen Drushel (who is preparing for the Peace Corp), Rob Engel & Lynne Hoffman-Engel, David Keltner, Rolf (Crunch) and Marilyn Krotseng, Greg Madison, Shirley Roe-Stroup, 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.
We congratulate all those graduating this weekend and pray for them as they enter into the next chapter in their lives.

Kevin Lowry will be attending a workshop May 16 and 17.

Annual Meeting: The Session has set the Annual Meeting of the Congregation for Sunday, June 9, following worship.
We have received word that Alice Fehl died Tuesday, May 7. She was living in Farmington Hills, Michigan, to be near to her son Charles. Alice was a faithful Cache volunteer for over twenty years. Cache customers loved and admired Alice, who always remembered their names and had great conversations with them. Our sympathy and prayers are with Alice's family. Details for her service are pending.
 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

Opportunity to join Tamir’s mother Samaria Rice
and sign an online petition
On November 22, 2014 Tamir Rice was shot and killed by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehman. Officer Loehman subsequently was fired for withholding information on the application for his job. He was previously found unfit to serve by the Independence Police and did not disclose that information along with his failure to pass the test for the Maple Heights force. The firing was upheld by a city arbitrator. Now the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association (CPPA) has filed an appeal in hopes of gaining his job back.

The Ministry of Service is inviting you to join Tamir’s mother Samaria Rice and sign one of these online petitions to ask that this appeal be dropped:
Theology on Tap Today
Thursday, May 16 | 5:30 pm | The Jolly Scholar
Thwing Center, 11111 Euclid Avenue
(just west of Covenant)
Join us as we share our favorite beverages, and engage in conversation around how we live our faith in the world. To learn more contact Melanie Marsh Baum at
Opportunities to Volunteer in our Covenant Community
Cache Resale Shop
Join a terrific crew on Tuesdays in our Cache Resale Shop. Help prepare the donations for sale or work at the check-out desk. The Cache is open from 10 am until 4 pm. You can select your hours. Contact Marilyn Langmack to learn how to be part of this ministry. The Cache welcomes your gently used clothing, books, jewelry, toys, or small household items. You may bring to the church during office hours or drop off on Sunday mornings. And – don’t forget to shop for great bargains! 
Sunday Morning Office Volunteers
For many years, we have had a dedicated group of volunteers serving at the church office reception desk on Sunday mornings. Mildred Russin, Donna Prease, Jules Tryk, and Renee Boykin have all taken on this task to ensure that our congregation feels welcomed and informed. We are grateful to them for their time and commitment!
We are currently looking for new volunteers to take on this role one Sunday a month. Volunteers arrive at the desk at 9:30 am on Sundays, and stay until the beginning of the reception. You will be able to hear the service.
Contact Melanie at if you are interested in volunteering. 
Audio System Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to help operate our audio systems with guidance from Ken Wendt. You do not need to know anything about audio technology.
To learn more, contact Ken at or Matthew at .
You are Invited!
Friday Carillon Concert & Tower Tour
May 17 | 12:15-12:45 p.m.
David Hunsberger, Guest Carillonneur
Playing music by Bach, Badings and Faust.
Go to   for program information. 
Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic, and a friend.
Free with free parking in the Covenant lot.
A tour of the tower is available following the Friday concert.
Since 1983 David Hunsberger has been one of the assistant c arillonneur s at the University of California (Berkeley), and during the 1999–2000 academic year was Acting University Carilloner. His recital activity has included participation in carillon festivals in Leuvain (Belgium), Utrecht (The Netherlands), Dijon and Chambéry (France), Wellington (New Zealand), Lake Wales FL, Springfield IL, and Berkeley, as well as numerous tours in the United States, Canada, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, New Zealand, and Australia. He holds the Berkeley Medal for distinguished service to the carillon. Mr Hunsberger holds the BMus degree in organ performance cum laude from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH, both the MMus and PhD degrees from Washington University in St Louis, MO, the JD degree from the University of California (Berkeley), and the Associate certificate of the American Guild of Organists. 
Cleveland Chamber Choir
Saturday May 18 | 7:30 pm | Fairmount Presbyterian
Sunday May 19 | 3:00 pm | First Congregational Church
Featuring New Works of the
Cleveland Composers Guild and Women Composers
Several Covenant choir members are singing and two choral movements from Jenny Conner's Nation's Prayer will be performed. Tickets are available at the door: $5 students, $15 seniors, $25 adults. Click here for more information.
In Our Community
One World Shop Rug Event
May 15 - 19
19321 Detroit Road, Rocky River 44116
Support artisans in 100 villages in Pakistan by purchasing a fair trade, hand-knotted, heirloom-quality rung. From intricate florals to hand spun wool natural dye tribals, the rugs are created by over 850 families who are fairly paid for their work. Every rug sold helps empower women, support families, and send children to school. To to
Transplant House of Greater Cleveland
2nd Annual Cares 5K & 1 Mile Run
Sunday, June 9
The 2nd Annual Transplant House of Cleveland Cares 5K & 1 mile is Sunday, June 9 - join them for a day of running, walking and celebrating the healing power of community! Medals will be awarded to top runners in their age group. Stay after for lawn games, yoga, tours of some of their historic buildings and family fun - dogs are welcome too! Get your colleagues together and register as a team and Transplant House will give you a shout-out on social media. Proceeds benefit their mission to provide affordable, temporary housing and a welcoming, supportive community to organ transplant patients and their families. Transplant House is a Covenant mission partner. Go to TransplantHouseofCleveland to learn more and to register.
11205 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, OH 44106
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