November 21st
 
Sunday, November 25
Worship at 10 am in the Sanctuary

Worship this Week: From the Mountaintop 
Fifty years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed, in his final speech before he was assassinated , that he had been to the mountain top and his " eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord ." For King, he could see the promise of a beloved community where barriers and divisions have been removed and people are in right and just relationship with one another, the natural world, and God. Every time we are invited to the table, God reveals to us a glimpse of the Kingdom and God's eternal promise of  liberation and justice for all who enter. 

Music Notes
Our anthem for Sunday is an excerpt from a longer anthem by English composer and organist Maurice Greene (1696-1755). The text from Psalm 65 offers a blessing of thanks for a bountiful harvest. Soloist Aaron Lange leads the music with an opening call of thanksgiving. Soloists Nanette Canfield and Merav Eldan also sing of thanks, in an aria from Handel's (1685-1759) oratorio Judas Maccabaeus. "O Lovely Peace" falls at the end of the Biblical drama, extolling peace for the Jewish people from fighting and Roman persecution

Children, Youth, and Families
During Worship:  Igniters (Grades K-5) will leave, following the Time For Young Disciples, for Music and Ministry (10:15-11:15 am). During Worship  Dwellers and Sowers (Middle and High School Youth) are encouraged fully to participate in worship. Complete the worship reflection and turn it into Kevin for a prize. 

Covenant Commons: Advent Devotional, 11:30-12:30
The Advent devotional Advent for Everyone by N.T. Wright will be available for purchase at the church. Join us for Covenant Commons on Sunday, November 25, from 11:30-12:30 for a preview of this daily devotional.

We Thank God for YOU!
                                                     
Thanksgiving  Meal 2018

  
We extend our gratitude   to all the members of the congregation who participated in our annual community Thanksgiving Meal on Sunday afternoon! Your support through donations, time, and goodwill make it possible  for Covenant  to be a safe place for families and our neighbors to come together and have a great meal.     

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.
Faith Formation
Covenant Commons
COMMUNITY - EXPRESSION - ACTION - REFLECTION
  
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.
THIS WEEK'S COVENANT COMMONS EVENT
Sunday, November 25, 2018
FAITH IN ACTION 
  
The Advent devotional Advent for Everyone by N.T. Wright will be available for purchase at the church. Join us for Covenant Commons on Sunday, November 25, from 11:30-12:30 for a preview of this daily devotional.


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

Advent 2018
For more information regarding advent events click here for Advent Newsletter 2018.

 
December 2nd
Circle Winter Fest Carol Sing

10:00 am Worship Service
Join us as we consider how to worship fully during this season of Advent.

11:00 am-2:00 pm Cache Christmas Boutique
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! Also looking for someone who knows how to work the Square® reader must be available from 11:00 am- 2:30 pm. Please contact Marilyn Langmack (216-321-4923), Ann Williams (216-381-3734), or the church office if you are interested.

11:30 am Community Meal: Soup and Bread

Noon - 4 p.m. Friends of the McGaffin Carillon

Free hot tea at the FMC tent near the shuttle stop. 

Demonstrations and Tours of the tower. Tours limited to 20 each. Reservations at ucbells.org/circlefest2018

3:00 pm Annual CircleFest Carillon Concert by George Leggiero, Covenant and University Circle Carillonneur. Music of the season on Cleveland's Singing Tower. 

4:00 pm Carol Sing
Performing ensembles include Case/University Circle Symphony Orchestra, Church of the Covenant Chancel, Children's and Handbell Choirs, Case Concert Choir, Case Men's Glee Club, and University Chorale, and Cleveland Guitar Orchestra.

Reserved Seating:
As you make plans to join us for the University Circle Winter Fest Carol Sing on Sunday, December 2 at 4 pm, remember to take advantage of RESERVED SEATS for Covenant Members and their guests! We offer reserved seats in our East gallery (near the lectern) so you can avoid the rush of patrons who typically attend this popular event. For additional information or to secure a reserved seat, please contact a member of the music staff or email Matthew Garrett (mgarrett@covenantweb.org).

Greeters and Ushers needed:
Are you planning to join us for University Circle Winter Fest Carol Sing on Sunday, December 2nd? We are looking for church members to volunteer as greeters and ushers for this event. Please contact Matthew Garrett if you are able and willing to help from 3-5 pm that afternoon (mgarrett@covenantweb.org).

Outreach
 
This Sunday the children will collect food and financial donations for our Covenant Food Pantry, open the last Wednesday and Friday of each month, Thursday afternoons in the Connection Center for students, and for emergencies. The pantry is in need of Spaghettios, pasta sauce,pasta,jelly/jam, peanut butter, chili(not pork & beans), corn-muffin mix, canned veggies, and fruit and pudding cups.


Music


Tuesday Noon Organ Concerts
Tuesday, November 27th, 12:05-12:45 pm
This week: Jonathan Moyer
Feel free to bring a lunch or enjoy one of our delicious cookies at the conclusion of the concert. 


In Our Church Family
We pray for  Judy Bourne, David Brown (Kitty Jarjisian's cousin),Raymond Brown, Sylvia Clapp (Sandy Ammon's mother), Akeya Clark (Marie Jones's niece), Marlene & Paul Dirksen, Rob Engel and Lynne Hoffman-Engel, Marlene & William Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's parents), Denise Horstman, Rolf (Crunch) and Marilyn Krotseng, Greg Madison, Barbara McGhee, Bette Posch, Jim Richardson, Carol Roe, Liam & Emilee Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew and sister), 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 8th. Amy Starr Redwine will be out on Sunday for a family weekend.

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
Community Events
 

The Gathering Place
New items priced to sell! Clearance on previous items. Quality furniture, lovely home accessories and costume jewelry. Shop on Saturday, December 8, 9am-1pm and Sunday, December 9, 10am-1pm. The warehouse is located at 4911 Commerce Parkway, Warrensville Heights, 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  www.touchedbycancer.org/warehouse
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