May 9, 2019
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May 9, 2019
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Worship this Sunday, May 12
10:00 am in the Sanctuary
God calls all people: Gentiles and Jews, young and old, the expert and the novice, the familiar and the foreign. What do we do when our vision of the community of faith looks different from what God might have in mind for us?  Melanie Marsh Baum's sermon is titled "Unholy Creatures." Scriptures are  Psalm 148 and Acts 11:1–14. Our Lay Worship Leader is Dara Elliott.

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

The tradition of American folk music grounds our worship selections this week. American musician Malcolm Dalglish is internationally renowned as a singer-songwriter and hammer dulcimer player. He is also an incredibly funny and deeply spiritual person; and those qualities shine through in his music. The a cappella introit tells of a community that lives faith in all facets of life. Harpist Anna O’Connell joins Chancel Choir tenors and basses for a setting of an Afro American folk song for our anthem. This tune was collected from the singing of roustabouts who worked on the steam boats on the Ohio River Valley before and after the Civil War. Anna then leads the handbell choir in a folk hymn based on a 19 th Century tune attributed to B.F. White of Spartanburg, SC.
Thank you to our Handbell Choir!
This Sunday is the final appearance of our Handbell Choir until the fall. Please join in celebrating their contributions to our worship in the reception immediately following Sunday’s service.
In Our Church Family
Thanks to Nancy Smekal for capturing the beauty of our dogwood tree at the entrance by the tower doors.
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.
Kevin Lowry will be on family leave from May 9 through May 12.

Annual Meeting: The Session has set the Annual Meeting of the Congregation for Sunday, June 9, following worship.
Researchers from Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine have received a $4.2 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study treatments for tooth-decay in older adults. Congratulations to Dr. Suchitra Nelson, professor of community dentistry and assistant dean of clinical and translational research at the CWRU dental school. Click here to read more.
 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
Since a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, killing 26 people, 20 of them children; 1,122 people in Cuyahoga County have been killed by guns. Since last month, 14 more individuals have died by gun violence in Cuyahoga County.  The names of those at least 18 years of age are: Mark Louis Bostnar, Gene Edward Turner II, Esteban Lebron, Giovanni Santana, Levar Lee Briggs Jr., Thomas C. Anzalone, Donald K. Jakubczac, Albert Lee Crenshaw, John Dobyne, John O’Connor, Michael Stepanic, and Robert J. Bairas. Six of those who died were by suicide. Two were under eighteen; one was a one year old child.

Believing God calls us to be peacemakers,  by Session action, each month we pray for people affected by gun violence and address 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.
Interim Search Committee Update
Sunday, May 5
I'm Libby Panhorst, a member of the Interim Pastor Search Committee. We've been meeting more than once per week since being formed in early February and continue to review candidate submissions and conduct interviews. As communicated with the congregation in March, we used your input to develop our Ministry Information Form, which is used to match applicants with churches. We have also heard from the consultant, Bill Appleton, following his dialogue sessions with church staff, leaders, and congregants. Bill has recommended that we share his findings with key candidates to ensure we find a match who understands our current needs as well as where we would like to be in the future. We are committed to finding a good match for Covenant and are excited for this next chapter. Finally, on behalf of the Committee, thank you for your prayers and support. Libby

Mary Anne Bromelmeier, Moderator
Dan Carroll, Jennifer DoVale (clerk), John Marsh, Libby Panhorst,
Lyn Cooper Tomaszewski, Erin Tomko
You are Invited!
Covenant Eights forming new groups
Sign up by This Sunday, May 12
A Covenant Eights Group enjoying dinner
at Michelangelo's.
Covenant Eights is an opportunity to join with other Covenant members and friends in either a home or a restaurant to share one of our favorite pastimes - eating! Just complete the form in this Sunday's bulletin and put in the offering plate or the basket in the church office. You may also download a form here.
Theology on Tap Today
Thursday, May 9, 5:30 pm
The Bottle House
2050 Lee Road Cleveland 44118

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
Carillon Concerts  & Tower Tours
Fridays | 12:15 – 12:45
A tower tour is available after
the concert.

Join us Fridays for a lunchtime concert  performed by Covenant and University Circle Carillonneur George Leggiero and guests. 
Go to  for program information. 
Free with free parking in the Covenant lot.
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.
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
In Our Community
9th Annua l Circle Challenge Tomorrow
The Wade Oval Walk Against Hunger
Friday, May 10 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
On Friday, May 10, join UCI and the Harvest for Hunger campaign to put an end to hunger by participating in the 9th Annual Circle Challenge: The Wade Oval Walk Against Hunger. The Walk will include live music, games on the green, and some of Cleveland’s Famous Food Trucks. Participants can choose between a 1 mile or 2 mile walk. The suggested donation is $10 per mile (donation is tax deductible). Please consider getting sponsors for your miles or make a personal donation. While we're requesting sign-ups in advance , we gladly welcome day-of registrations! Click here to learn more.
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
University Circle Incorporated seeking your input!
Please Reply by Friday, May 10.
A little over a year ago, UCI launched a survey that helped inform the organization's new strategic plan, Forward Together . Today, we're re-launching the survey so we can assess how and where University Circle has grown, and what work still needs to be done.
Please click here to complete the survey. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and if you choose to enter your email address at the end of the survey, you will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. All responses will remain anonymous. 
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