November 29th

Worship this Week: Sunday, December 2, 10 am in the Sanctuary 
Join us as we celebrate the beginning of the church year on the first Sunday of Advent as we consider what it means to worship fully during this season of preparation. How does worship help us make room for God as we ponder the incarnation, when God made room for us? Scriptures are Psalm 25 and Luke 21:25-36.

Music Notes
This Advent season, we will experience the sounds of Spain, Britain, and Colonial America as we prepare for the arrival of the Christ Child. American composer, Conrad Susa (1935-2013) completed Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest in 1992. Our service begins with a Catalonian carol that contrasts the cold winter weather in the U.S. with the love that blossomed in the birth of Jesus. During the offertory the Chancel Choir and soloists sing a Puerto Rican carol telling of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem. 

Children, Youth, and Families
During Worship: Children are invited to stay in worship as we celebrate the Lord's Supper  together.  Dwellers and Sowers (Middle and High School Youth) may complete the worship reflection and turn it into Kevin for a prize. Families pick up your Advent @ Home Exploration Boxes in living room following the service. All are welcome to attend the Community Meal at 11:30 am. 

Covenant Commons: Community Meal, 11:30-12:30
Join us for our monthly Community Meal. This month we will eat in the Living Room (through the Dowd Commons and across from the Creche). We will be serving a simple meal of Soup and Bread. We encourage you to bring a crock pot of your favorite soup and bread to share around the table.

Advent 2018
For more information regarding advent events click here for Advent Newsletter 2018.
Also, if you are looking for a daily activity during the Advent season, download and print our  Occupying Advent Handout. (Printed copies are also available at the church.)
 
December 2nd
Holiday Circlefest

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! 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
As we begin the season of Advent, we are reminded of the humble entrance of God into our world. For this Community Meal we will have a simple meal of Soup and Bread. We encourage you to bring your favorite soup in a Crock Pot and bread to share around the table. 

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. 
I f you are unable to attend in person, tune in to WRUW 91.1 FM for a simulcast performance at 4 pm.

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).

Children, Youth and Family Ministries 
Advent @ Home Exploration Boxes 

This Advent , w e invite  you  to enter into the season of  getting ready for the birth of Jesus As a gift for our families we have created an " Advent@Home " activity box to help guide you through this season of peace, hope, joy, and love. These boxes include a DIY Advent  w reath,  w eekly Advent  a ctivities that reflect our worship themes (Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, and Love All),  s cripture, wondering questions, and prayers for your family for the next four weeks.  These boxes will be available in worship this Sunday, December 2nd . If you are not able to get your box during worship on  Sunday  we will  mail it to you  If you did not get a box and would like one please contact Kevin at klowry@Covenantweb.org.

Calling All Cookie Bakers
Please sign up in the church office.
We need lots (and lots) of cookies for our Circle Fest Carol Sing, when more people gather at Covenant than any other time of the year. Please consider baking or buying cookies for the reception that follows. Please bring to the office by Sunday, December 2.
Deacons are also asking for cookie donations for their Christmas luncheon at Ernest J. Bohn Senior Center on Tuesday, December 18. Please bring cookies labeled for marked for Ernest Bohm to the church office.



Christmas Poinsettias
For Covenant's Sanctuary
Please place your order by Sunday, December 9.
You may reserve poinsettias and greens that decorate our church December 17-31 in memory or in honor of a loved one. Order forms are in the office, in the e-newsletter, and through our website.






Giving Tree Gifts
Giving Tree Tag Selection: December 2 & 9 in the Reception Room.
The Deacons invite you to provide Christmas gifts for three of Covenant's mission partners: Cleveland School of the Arts, Ernest J. Bohn Center, and Daniel E. Morgan School.
Please bring gifts to Dowd Commons before worship on Sunday, December 16.
In Our Church Family
Happy Birthday to those celebrating in December!  

Eleanor Anderson
Bill Braun
Fred Braun
Rachel Bromelmeier
Karen Burt
Zac Cooper
Marilyn Demeter
Collin Denbow
Carl DiRusso,III
Max Haiss
Mike Heines
Jessica Hutajulu
Carolyn Jones
Tom Keys
Matthew Klein
Amy Kucharski
Stephanie Lahti
C.J. Langmack
Kevin Laylin
Jerry Lowe
Marie Madison
Conner McCune
Jim Miller
Hannah Pulliam
James Richardson
James Smekal
Shirley Thompson
Joan Tomkins
Jules Tryk
Wananani Tshiamo
Kristine Urban
Marty Vinborg
Margaret Wadsworth

Our apologies if we have missed your birthday! 
Please call the office at 216.421.0482 to let us know.

We pray for  Judy Bourne, 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, 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.
 
We extend our sympathy to member Zoe Ann Brown & family, whose husband, member Raymond Brown, died on Monday, November 26.

Out of the Office:  Melanie Marsh Baum is on maternity leave through December 8th. Amy Starr Redwine will be out of the office December 5th and 6th.

Email Change:  Congregation member Martha Goble's email has been hacked. Please use her new email address goblemartha44@gmail.com.

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
Member Spotlight
                                                    
    
Thank you to Christopher Moyer  for serving as the lay worship leader last Sunday.

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.
Music

Tuesday Noon Organ Concerts 
for Advent
December 4, 11, and 18
12:05-12:45 pm
Music and Readings for the season








December McGaffin Carillon Concerts
Monday-Friday, December 17-31
(except December 18, 25) 12:15 pm
Hear the McGaffin Carillon in informal 30-minute programs of winter, holiday-inspired music. A gift to the community from the Friends of the McGaffin Carillon! Go to ucbells.org for more information.

Giving Tree Orchestra
& Chorus Sunday, December 16
Calling all instruments and voices! Dust off that French horn in your attic and join the Giving Tree Orchestra and Chorus. Open to those who can read music - all ages and experience levels. Sign up in the church office.
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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