October 25th
 
Sunday, October 28
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 encounter strong words from Jesus in Luke 14:15-24 about the invitation God extends to all people to join God's feast. How do you respond to God's open invitation? Who are you reluctant to invite in return? Amy Starr Redwine's sermon is titled "From God to You to...Who?"and the first lesson, read by lay worship leader John Starr, is  Isaiah 35:1-10.

Music Notes
Felix Mendelssohn's (1809-1847) lovely chorale cantata, Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, on the music and words of Georg Neumark's Trostlied (consolation song), will be heard throughout the service. An ever popular hymn, we are familiar with Catherine Winkworth's translation "If thou but suffer God to guide thee." Mendelssohn's admiration for J.S. Bach is evident in how the work is constructed, in four movements based on and around a chorale tune (one which Bach had used in several compositions). Mendelssohn treats the chorale tune in various ways. The first movement (our Introit) is the chorale presented plainly in four part harmony, the second (the Anthem), elegant counterpoint over a drawn out cantus firmus or tune of the chorale in the bass line. The third movement (the Offertory) features a soprano soloist alone, while the final movement (our closing Hymn) features a lively instrumental part, while the congregation and choir sing the melody of the chorale in unison. This work can also be heard on the Friday, Nov. 9 collaboration program, "Consolation," here at the Covenant.

Children, Youth, and Families
Igniters (Grades K-5) will leave after the food collection for Music and Ministry.  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 discuss the book  Grateful by Diana Butler Bass. Join us for a conversation about Bass's latest book, which explores how gratitude can be a path to greater connection with God, with others, with the world, and with our own souls. You do not need to have read the book to join the conversation. All are welcome!

Service
Tomorrow, Friday,  October 26, 6-8 pm
Help us create this annual community event! H elp set up, cook and/or serve chili, decorate your cars and hand out candy, welcomeguests and clean up. Each year we welcome over 300 guests into our parking lot for a time of community, connection, and fellowship. 

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

Food collection for the Covenant Food Pantry this  Sunday.
  
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.
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, October 28th

MONTHLY BOOK DISCUSSION

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. 

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

NEXT WEEK'S COVENANT COMMONS EVENT
Sunday, November 4, 2018
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. 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.
CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY
Keepers - Ignitors - Dwellers - Sowers
RE GISTER  YOUR YOUTH OR CHILD(R EN) FOR 2018-2019 CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILY  PROGRAMS. 
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.


OCTOBER CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY PROGRAMS 

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!

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.

Finance
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 more than 50% 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 covenantweb.org/give. Thank you!

Estate Gift: The trustees are pleased to share that the church recently received a generous bequest from the estate of Elizabeth Wolf (Betty), the late sister of member Sonia Golden. Gifts like these help support the church's endowment, which insures that present and future generations find at the Church of the Covenant meaning, solace, and inspiration to live our faith in Jesus Christ. If you are interested in naming the church in your estate, please contact Rev. Amy Starr RedwineMartha Goble (President of the Society), or Este Pozza, Manager of Finance and Operations.
In Our Church Family

Happy Birthday to those celebrating in November!  

Mary Archibald
Bob Baker
Tiffany Bevel
Laura Bromelmeier
Chip Bromley
Hugh Burtner
Bridget Farkas
Patty Fowler
Matthew Garrett
Jenny Griswold
Joey Groszek
Elizabeth Hagen
Julia Haiss
Dee Hough
Gregory Madison
Kathyryn Mierke
Kaori Moyer
Kellen Newton-Hall
C. Olmsted
Levona Olmsted
Sergey Ostrovskiy
Willie Parker
Ruthann Pinsoneault
Donna Prease
Harrison Stoneking
James Tomaszewski
Lyn Tomaszewski
Pam Turos
Zach Zuik

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, 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, 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

We Extend Our Sympathies to John Orlock and Harriet Wadsworth and their family on the death of John's sister Vera Orlock, who died in Tallahassee, Florida, on October 18. 

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

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 .

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
  
  
Thank you to John Hays High School for joining us for a movie screening 
and discussion of The Hate U Give.

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.
Music


Tuesday Noon Organ Concerts
Tuesday, October 30, 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 26, 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.





The Clavierübung III (complete)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Jonathan Moyer in concert this Sunday, October 28, 6:30pm
Oberlin Conservatory, Warner Concert Hall
Free Admission













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.
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  www.touchedbycancer.org/warehouse.


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

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