November 1st
Sunday, November 4
All Saints' Day
Worship at 10 am in the Sanctuary

Worship this Week: At the Table
As we continue our sermon series about what we learn at God's table, we hear a post-resurrection story in John 21:1-19. What does Jesus's interaction with the disciples in this story teach us about how we are called to live our faith? What does Jesus's interaction with Peter in this story teach us about how God both sustains us and calls us to sustain others? Amy Starr Redwine's sermon is titled "Saints at the Table"and our lay worship leader is Chris Langmack.

All Saints' Day
During worship we will share in a litany recognizing all the saints who have gone before us. We will also read the necrology, the names of all the members and family of members who have died in the past year. During the reading of the names, all are invited to come to All Saints' Chapel and lay a stone or a flower on the table in memory of loved ones who have died.

Music Notes
Max Reger (1873-1916) was an organist and pianist, and a composer of art song, fugues, choral music, and other types of orchestral works. While he died young, his output remains significant, if relatively unknown. His fiendishly contorted "O Tod, wie bitter bist du" is for five voices; two sopranos, alto, tenor, and bass, and each line often moves independently, snaking around thorny chromaticism to rest on disquieting augmented chords. Reger begins by simply outlining a quiet, hollow sounding, E-minor chord which he embellishes with sobbing figures in the first and second soprano lines. Reger constantly returns to the text "O death, how bitter are you?sometimes apprehensive, sometimes irate, but in the end, the surging lines seem to want to escape their fate and turn to acceptance that death is the next and only frontier, for one who is "old," and "hopeless." This shift is marked by a great reduction in tempo, and through the hopeful key of E-major in a chorale-like setting of the text "O Death how soothing you are." This work can also be heard on the CONSOLATION collaboration concert on Friday, November 9 at 8:00 pm.

Children, Youth, and Families
Igniters (Grades K-5) will stay in worship for communion.  Dwellers and Sowers (Middle and High School Youth) are encouraged to participate in worship. Complete the worship reflection and turn it into Kevin for a prize.

Covenant Commons, 11:30-12:30
This week we will have a community meal : Taco Bar. We provide the main dish and ask that you bring a side, salad, or dessert to share with the community. There will be a short program featuring Collin Denbow, speaking about his summer trip to Romania. 
Session Update
At the stated session meeting on Wednesday, October 24, your session:
  • spent time in prayer and theological discussion 
  • reviewed a draft of the 2019 budget from the Ministry of Finance
  • discussed a report from the Long Term Financial Strategy Task Force 
  • approved a motion from the Personnel Committee to grant Jonathan Moyer and Kaori Hongo Moyer budget-neutral sabbatical leave from February 1 through June 16, 2019 while they live and work in Germany during Jonathan's sabbatical from Oberlin
  • appointed a task force to research and recommend to the session a consultant who can help the session identify and manage conflict in the congregation 
  • committed to pray daily for the church and its members
The session covets your prayers as well and reminds you that session meetings are open meetings and anyone may attend. The next stated meeting is Wednesday, November 28 at 7 pm in the Dowd Commons.
Faith Formation
Covenant Commons
Every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. we gather in the Dowd Commons to explore what it means to live as Christ's disciples through community, expression, action and reflection. All are welcome to this intergenerational exploration of faith, fellowship, and service.
Sunday, November 4, 2018

We provide the main dish and ask that you bring a side, salad, or dessert
 to share with the community.

There will be a short program featuring Collin Denbow, 
speaking about his summer trip to Romania. This meal is free and open to the public as we seek to meet our neighbors and be in community with one another.

Help us plan for the meal! Let Kevin know if you are planning to bring a side, salad, or dessert to the community meal.

For more information about our weekly Covenant Commons series, 
contact Kevin or Amy!


Tuesday Noon Organ Concerts
Tuesday, November 6th, 12:05-12:45 pm
This week:  Natalie Mealey
Feel free to bring a lunch or enjoy one of our delicious cookies at the conclusion of the concert. 

Friday Lunchtime Carillon Concerts
November 2nd, 12:15-12:45 pm
This week: George Leggiero, University Circle Carillonneur 
Music includes three English folk tunes (the fisherman, the vicar, and the miller make an appearance), as well as Mr. Leggiero's arrangement of Tchaikovsky's October, Autumn Song. There are also carillon works by Arthur Lynds Bigelow and Geo Clement.

Fall Choral Concert featuring the University Chorale and Case Men's Glee Club this Friday, November 2 at 8:00 p.m. in the Church of the Covenant. The concert is free and all are invited to attend.

The Church of the Covenant and the CWRU Music Department presents a unique collaboration program on November 9, 2018, celebrating significant anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice, and the 50th anniversary of the McGaffin Carillon. A highlight of the concert will be the world premiere of a commissioned work by composer David Childs in honor of these anniversaries. Dr. Childs will be present for the first public performances of the work and will speak about his composition on Sunday, November 11 at The Church of the Covenant. The program, titled Consolation, features musical settings of texts intended to console those suffering or those mourning the loss of loved ones. Performing ensembles include Case Concert Choir, Church of the Covenant Chancel Choir, and the Consolation Chamber Orchestra.
Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert on November 9 may be purchased online here.

World War I Armistice Centennial Commemoration, November 11, 2018
Carillon Recital, 3:30 pm; Readings and Music, 4 pm
"In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place . . ."

So wrote beloved Canadian physician John McCrae, in the voice of the countless dead, between attending the World War I wounded in Ypres, Belgium, in 1915. Hear this famous poem and other poetry, letters, and diary entries read by Covenant members with military ties, presented with a variety of music linked by time or theme, on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11.
A 3:30 carillon recital features "Memorial Chimes," Elgar's only piece written for carillon, plus "A Sacred Suite," a new piece commissioned for the dedication of a new Belgian-German-sponsored Peace Carillon taking place for the Armistice Centennial in Leuven.
The 4 p.m. readings and music will be bookended by two great organ pieces: Langlais's "Mors et Resurrectio," which the composer prefaced with the apostle Paul's enduring challenge, "Death, where is thy victory?"; and Dupré's both solemn and thrilling "Cortege et Litanie."
These free events will be followed by a reception.

A poppy arrangement will grace the chancel all day in memory of the 175 men and women of our congregation who served in this war. Poppies will adorn the McGaffin Tower entrance World War I plaques that set out each name. Along with bell towers around the world, the McGaffin Carillon's Memorial Bell will toll 100 times at 11 a.m.

Presented by the Friends of the McGaffin Carillon in University Circle with support from the Ohio Arts Council.
 Volunteers Needed: Thanksgiving Meal
We are looking for volunteers for our annual Community T hanksgiving Meal on November 18th. If you are interested in helping we have a number of different ways to be involved in this community service event. Contact Barb Clint or Kevin Lowry for more details.
Generosity Across Generations:
Thank you to everyone who made their 2019 financial commitment to the church by October 21 as part of the generational challenge. We are still tallying up the totals for each generation and will report back. In the meantime, thank you for helping us already reach 56% of our commitment goal! If you have not yet made your commitment, fill out a yellow card, call the church office, or pledge online at Thank you!

In Our Church Family

We pray for 
Judy Bourne, David Brown (Kitty Jarjisian's cousin), Kim Bergman, Kristy Burrus, Sylvia Clapp (Sandy Ammon's mother), Akeya Clark (Marie Jones's niece), Paul Dirksen, Rob Engel and Lynne Hoffman-Engel, Marlene & William Finkenthal (David Finkenthal' s parents), Denise Horstman, Greg Madison, Barbara McGhee, Bette Posch, Carol Roe, Liam & Emilee Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew and sister), Jeanette Throne, 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.

Out of the Office: Melanie Marsh Baum is on maternity leave through December 9th.

Thank You:  To our Covenant family - We cannot thank you all enough for all of the wonderful cards, gifts, delicious meals, visits, prayers and messages of love and care that we have received in the past few weeks. Your love and generosity have been such a gift as we have begun our journey as a family of FIVE! James is a joy and we look forward to everyone meeting him in December. We are so grateful to be part of such a wonderful community. 
- The Marsh-Baum family 

Office Swapping: Aisha Newton, Communications Manager, and the music staff have switch offices. Please note these new phone extensions: x225 will ring Aisha and x223 will ring the music staff.

Please send prayer requests to Amy Starr Redwine. 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
Glimpses of Trunk or Treat!
We Extend Our Gratitude   to all the members of the congregation who participated in our annual community Trunk or Treat on Friday evening! Your support through donations of candy, chili, time, and goodwill make it possible  for Covenant  to be a safe place for families and our neighbors to come together and have fun.    

11:00 - 12:00

Stop by on your way to the Community Meal.
Tantalize your appetite for our wonderful
CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE on Sunday, December 2, 11:00 - 2:00
  • If you have gently-used Christmas things (decorations, gift items, festive attire, etc.) as well as large shopping bags to donate for resale, please bring them in by November 20.
  • We need volunteers to work at the Christmas Boutique, as well as to help out on Tuesdays.  Join the fun by becoming a Cache volunteer! Please contact Marilyn Langmack (216-321-4923), Ann Williams (216-381-3734), or the church office if you are interested.
Notes from the Communications Manager - I'm looking for volunteers to take photos or video for special events at the church. I'm also looking for people who would like to be highlighted for Monday Member Spotlight. If you are interested in either, please contact Aisha Newton.

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.
Community Events

Join us on Saturday, November 3rd, 9am-1pm & Sunday, November 4th, 10am-1pm at The Gathering Place Warehouse Home Furnishings Sale.
We have lovely furniture and decorative accessories. Many items are 20-50% off. The warehouse is located at 4911 Commerce Parkway, Warrensville Heights, OH 44128.
Proceeds from warehouse sales help The Gathering Place provide free programs and services to people currently coping with the impact of cancer. 
For more information and to see more items for sale, visit

11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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