October 11th
Sunday, October 14
Worship at 10 am, Sanctuary

Worship this Week 
We welcome the Reverends Ken Jones and Susanne Carter to our pulpit for a sermon on Luke 15:11-20 titled "Pods and a Fatted Calf."  Unless they are involved with Bethany English Lutheran Church and particularly with their German speaking members, Susanne and Ken, both retired Presbyterian clergy, feel at home in the pews of The Covenant. Their tandem preaching has a precedent: shortly after their return from three years of mission work in South Africa, they preached together in this church on November 26, 2006. Next Sunday, they will happily return to their pew again.

Music Notes
To celebrate Susanne and Ken's ministry with us this week, Chancel Choir soloists call us to worship with a South African praise song, Gabi, Gabi. American high school teacher and composer Kevin Riehle combined two hymns, "Wayfaring Stranger" and "Softly and Tenderly" for flute, soloist, and choir in Going Over Home. African-American composer Keith McCutchen's gospel treatment of Amazing Grace was originally written for the St. Olaf Choir in Minnesota.

Children, Youth, and Families
Igniters (Grades K-5) will leave at 10:15 am for Music and Ministry. We will be exploring God's promise to Abraham and hearing Genesis 15:1, 5-6. 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.
Personnel Update
Music Staff Restructuring: At the Personnel Committee meeting on October 4, the committee approved a proposal from the music staff to temporarily restructure the hours and responsibilities of the music staff due to Jonathan Moyer's recent increase in responsibilities at Oberlin Conservatory. In this restructuring, Matthew Garrett will assume the role of director of music, maintaining his position as choir director; Jonathan Moyer will become associate director of music, maintaining his position as organist; Kaori Hongo will assume directorship of handbells in addition to her work with the children's choir, and Michael Peters will become a music associate, assisting with the choir and logistical administration of special worship services and music concerts. We are grateful for the incredible talent these four musicians represent and for all the ways they share their gifts with the church.
In Our Church Family
We pray for  Jane Adams, Judy Bourne, David Brown (Kitty Jarjisian's cousin), Kim Bergman, Kristy Burrus, Sylvia Clapp (Sandy Ammon's mother), Akeya Clark (Marie Jones's niece), Marlene & Paul Dirksen, Rob Engle, Marlene & William Finkenthal (David Finkenthal' s parents), Denise Horstman, Greg Madison, Barbara McGhee, Bob McNaughton, Liam & Emilee Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew and sister), Jeanette Throne, June Tomko, 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.

Pray for those affected by gun violence  
Since a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, killing 26 people, 20 of them children; 1,038 people in Cuyahoga County have been killed by guns. Since last month, 20 more individuals have died by gun violence in Cuyahoga County. The names of those at least 18 years of age are: Benjamin F. Sims, Shavonne Willis, Ronnie D. Kirsch, Savontay Williams, Antoine Eugene Reese, Gerald Alexander Hays, Victor Maar Jr, Francis Xavier Sanchez, Rebecca Vazquez, Anthony Lazaro Deka, Richard Glass, Richard Eric Kelley, Giselle Alejandra Lopez, Joseph Charles Pekar Sr, Deandre Wilson, Martez Terell Thomas, Rhonda J. Stearnes, and Theresa Nicole Goldwin. Four of those who died were by suicide and two victims were under eighteen. 

Believing God calls us to be peacemakers, by Session action, we include in the Prayer of Thanksgiving, Intercession and Petition each month specific concern for people affected by gun violence and addressing 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 

Out of the Office: Melanie Marsh Baum is on maternity leave through December 9th. Amy Starr Redwine is on a family weekend Friday through Sunday, attending a wedding in North Carolina.

Thank You:  The Baums thank you for all of your prayers and well wishes. If you would like to support the family with a meal, please sign up using this  link .

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
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.

Faith In The Arts
Dr. Jody Kerchner Presents
 "Then Sings My Soul"

This will be a presentation on Dr. Kerchner's experience working with the Oberlin Music at Grafton (OMGA), a prison choir at the Grafton Correctional Institution. OMAG prison choir provides an opportunity for members of the GRC  and Oberlin communities to engage  in community-building, group  learning, and discipline, and to enhance  self-esteem and self- expression through music.  

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


Sunday, October 14, 2018

This month's intergenerational service project will be assembling hygiene kits for local mission partners. As a community we put our faith into action through various intergenerational workshops that are designed for everyone to participate. Each month we develop faith filled response to the needs of our community. 

We are asking the congregation to donate travel size toiletries to help fill these kits.
We  need:  Shampoo,  Conditioner, 
Toothpaste , Toothbrush,  Mouth Wash,  Deodorant, S oap or Body Wash,  Hand Sanitizer,  Lotion;  Lip balm (i.e. chapstick); menstruation pads or tampons.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Rev. Amy Starr Redwine will facilitate
a group discussion on Diana Butler Bass' book,  Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks

Amy's discussion will focus on people's reflections of the book and how it ties in with our own religious and spiritual journeys. Attendees are encouraged to read the selected text beforehand, but it is not a requirement to attend. 

Copies of Grateful are available for purchase or loan in the Church Office or can be purchased on Amazon.

Keepers - Ignitors - Dwellers - Sowers
For all new and returning children, youth, and families we ask that parents complete our online  enrollment form. This form will enable us to gather important information about your child(ren)'s needs and interests.


Every Sunday, we welcome our littlest kiddos (Infant-Pre-K) into our nursery for playtime and snack in our nursery located on the Lower Level of the Connection Center. 

Our Middle School and High School youth are encouraged to attend and participate in worship, each Sunday and complete and return a Worship Reflection to get prizes!

October 14th:  
IGNITERS (Grades K-5)Music and Ministry: "The promise of Baby Moses"

October 21st
Youth Choir singing in worship
IGNITERS  (Grades K-5) - Youth Sunday Prep (during worship)

Friday, October 26th
6-8pm - Trunk or Treat: All Ages Welcome!! 

October 28th
IGNITERS  (Grades K-5) - Music and Ministry: "Moses Leads God's People"
DWELLERS (Grades 6-8) - 12-2 pm Pizza and Pumpkins @ Fairmount 

For more information on Children, Youth and Family programs at Church of the Covenant, contact  Kevin Lowry , Interim Director of Student and Family Ministries.

Meet our new Interim Director of Student and Family Ministries: Kevin Lowry!
Kevin Lowry, our Campus Chaplain and Director of Covenant Student Ministries, has expanded his role to support programing and relationship-building with Covenant's children, youth, and families. In order to accommodate these additional responsibilities, Kevin will be increasing his hours to full-time. We are grateful that Kevin can use his considerable gifts to support the church's ministry to people of all ages!

Want to learn more about the Enneagram?The Enneagram is an ancient personality type system that has the capacity to help you understand yourself and other people better, and further your spiritual self-discovery of revealing the person God created you to be. Join member Bill Braun and Rev. Amy Starr Redwine in an exploration of the Enneagram and what it can reveal about who you are and who you can be. Whether you are an enneagram novice or expert, we invite you to join the conversation. Contact Bill or Amy if you are interested in learning more.
Member Spotlight
Thank you to all who participated in the community meal last Sunday. It was a huge success!

We would like to congratulate our very own George Leggiero, who was honored at the Cleveland Italian-American Heritage Committee on Monday, October 1st, with the Arts Award for his work as carillonneur for 45 years here at church and in University Circle. He has played on the tower's 47 Dutch bronze bells for various events. For more information click here.

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.
Outreach Opportunities 
Attention Cookie Bakers! 
 We are in need of more cookies for our welcome bags. We are looking for bakers who can volunteer to bake one batch (2 dozen cookies) each for each of the Sundays in September and October. Please contact Amy  if your willing and able to help out. Thank you!

Trunk or Treat - Friday, October 26, 2018
It's time to start thinking about TRUNK or TREAT! We need h elp setup, decorate their trunk and pass out candy,   d YOU to help us create this annual community event! We are looking for people who would like to  help cook and/or serve chili, help to welcome  
guests and clean up! Each year we welcome over 300 guests into our parking lot for a time of community, connection, and fellowship. This year TRUNK or TREAT will be on Friday, October, 26th from 6-8pm. 

Please CLICK HERE to VOLUNTEER! For more information about volunteering please contact Barb Clint or Kevin Lowry!

Church Events
Church of the Covenant and John Hay High School are going to the movies!

Join us on Wednesday, October 24th at 10:00 am for a FREE screening of The Hate U Give at the Cedar Lee Theatre. If you are interested in attending please email your RSVP to Kevin . After the movie, join the John Hay  students  for lunch and conversation in the Dowd Commons.
Make Music with Us: The Covenant music ensembles (choir and handbells) are open to all volunteers seeking an opportunity for musical expression. Church membership is not required for participation. Students are welcome. Rehearsals are every Thursday at 6:30 pm for the Beckwith Handbell Choir and 7:30 pm for the Covenant Choir. If you are interested in joining any of these ensembles, please contact  Jonathan Moyer or   Matthew Garrett.

Tuesday Noon Organ Concerts
Tuesday, October 16, 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. 

Friday Lunchtime Carillon Concerts
October 12, 12:15-12:45 pm
This week: George Leggiero, University Circle Carillonneur. 
This varied program includes a Van den Gheyn carillon prelude and music by the 17th century dutch recorderist and carillonneur, Jacob Van Eyck. There is also a march by Gounod and tunes from Fiddler on the Roof. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic, and a friend. Free Parking. A tour of the tower is available following the concert. Printed programs are available in the boxes at the base of the tower.

Sunday Artist Series, October 21st, 4 pm, presents organist Dana Robinson from the University of Illinois. This is concert is being presented through a generous donation in memory of Phyllis Hackett.

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.
Community Events

October World Peace Day:
Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 pm, people all over the world will be praying and sending Reiki for peace on Earth in their own time zones. The idea is to create a wave of healing energy that surrounds the planet, and gains strength as it goes. Please take a minute to pray for peace currently or join the healing group in the sanctuary to do this in community, if you are available. For more information contact Sandy Ammon.

$125 for one ticket or $225 for two tickets
Questions? Contact Renee Boykin or info@mahohio.org.

11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
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