September 20th
Sunday, September 23rd
Worship at 10 am

Worship this Week 
What do we do when our desire for belonging leads us toward division rather than unity? How do we learn to see that which makes us each distinct as a gift to our community rather than a barrier? We continue our September sermon series on Loneliness and Belonging by exploring Paul's first letter to the Corinthian Church (1 Corinthians 1:10-17). Melanie Marsh Baum's sermon is entitled "One in the Spirit". 

Music Notes
Sunday's organ prelude features melodies from the Hebrew liturgies for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, which had their conclusion this past Wednesday. "Blessed are you, Adonai. Your great name fills the universe with majestic might."

K-5th will sing in worship on Sunday , and then dismiss to Music and Ministry after the time for young disciples. 6th-12th grades will remain in worship. Reminder: If you complete a Worship Reflection and turn it in to Melanie, you'll receive a prize next week! 
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.

We will discuss Angie Thomas's book The Hate U Give, a story of an African-American teenager who witnesses the killing of her best friend in a police shooting. 
We will discuss themes race in America through the lens of youth culture, police brutality, 
and the inner-city/suburban divide.

September 30th - New Member Class
October 7th - Community Meal / Covenant Lecture
October 14th - Jody Kerchner, "Then Sings My Soul"
October 21st - Faith In Action: Poverty / Hygiene Kits
October 28th - Book Discussion: Grateful by Diana Butler Bass

Each program will run from 11:30-12:30 in the Dowd Commons. 
Contact Amy, Melanie, or Kevin for more information.
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.

Keepers (Infant - Pre K) - We invite our littlest kiddos to playtime and snack in our nursery located on the Lower Level of the Connection Center

IGNITORS (Grades K-5) -  Music and Ministry: "God's Promise to Abraham"

Dwellers (6-8) - Meet Your New Youth Adivsors! 11:30 am Pizza and Mitchell's in the Living Room

SOWERS (Grades 9-12th)No meeting this week - Save the Date: October 7th House Church

For more information on Children, Youth and Family programs at Chruch of the Covenant, contact Rev. Melanie Marsh Baum or Kevin Lowry.

In Our Church Family
Celebrating our Staff  Jonathan Moyer marked his ten-year anniversary as our music director last August, and Melanie Marsh Baum will be on maternity leave from  October 1 through December 8  as she and her family welcome a new baby into their life.  Join us after worship on Sunday, September 30 as we celebrate these two milestones at the Deacons' Reception with cake and other treats. Baskets will be available for those who wish to leave cards or other well wishes for Jonathan and Melanie. 

We pray for Michael Anthony (Orene Anthony's brother-in-law), Judy Bourne, David Brown (Kitty Jarjisian's cousin), Kim Bergman, Kristy Burrus, Sylvia Clapp (Sandy Ammon's mother), Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Paul Dirksen, Rob Engle, Marlene & William Finkenthal (David Finkenthal' s parents), Denise Horstman, Stephanie Howard (Willie Howard's niece), Greg Madison, Barbara McGhee, Liam & Emilee Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew and sister), Simmons Family, 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.

We Extend Our Sympathy  to  the Hackett Family on the death of Phyllis, who died on  Thursday, September 13. A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at the church on Saturday, September 29 at 2:00 pm. We also extend our sympathy to Melanie Marsh Baum & family on the death of her cousin Andrew Bullen, who died Thursday, September 13.

A Thank You from the Dowd Family:  
The Dowd family is thrilled with the Dowd Commons.
The space will be so delightful to use in a myriad of ways.
It was a delightful weekend for all of us.
There are so many people who worked on this project I
can't list them all but thank you.
There are always things on the list particularly when 
dealing with a Historic Building.
Each project has its unexpected elements.
On to the next chapter in the life of the Covenant.
Betty Dowd
Deborah Clinebell 
Kenneth Dowd
Matthew Dowd

Please send prayer requests to Melanie Marsh Baum. 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
George Leggiero, Covenant and University Circle Carillonneur, is being honored by the Cleveland Italian-American Heritage Committee for his contribution to the Arts in Cleveland. He is one of six 2018 honorees in various categories of public service, business, and culture. The public is invited to attend the ceremony on  Monday, October 1 at 6 p.m.  in the rotunda of Cleveland City Hall. The event is the start of Italian-American Heritage month in Cleveland. George has been Covenant Carillonneur since 1973, has directed bell choirs at Covenant and St. Paul's Episcopal Church and was on the faculty of The Cleveland Music School Settlement for 25 years. Everyone is invited, a buffet follows the ceremony.

Carol Roe will be honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at CWRU during the upcoming Homecoming and Reunion Weekend in October. She will also serve as a lecturer at the FPB Nurse Leadership Conference that same weekend. Carol, a longtime Covenant member who earned her MSN from CWRU, is currently the mayor of Cleveland Heights. Congratulations, Carol!

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Davis! The newlyweds, who were married at Covenant 
 on September 1, are spending their honeymoon in South Africa and will reside 
 in Palm Beach, Florida.

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

New Members Class, September 30
Want to learn more about the Church of the Covenant? Join us after worship on  Sunday, September 30  to meet staff, leaders, and other potential new members  and to learn about our vision, mission, and ministries. 

Covenant Lecture 2018, Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio
Sunday, October 7, 10 AM and 2 PM
We welcome our 2018 Covenant Lecturer on October 7. Dr. Bonfiglio will preach at the 10 am worship service and offer a lecture at 2 pm on "Loving Stranger as Neighbor." In this lecture, he will examine biblical laws that emphasize Israel's responsibility to protect and provide for the non-Israelite stranger and how they can inform the way the church today responds to refugees and other marginalized communities. Dr.  Bonfiglio serves as the Stembler Scholar and Director of Biblical & Theological Studies at First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. Prior to FPC, he served as a Lecturer of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. For more information click here.
Financial Update from Este
What is Per Capita?

Per Capita is a set amount of money per member that congregations pay to the larger Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It helps cover the expenses associated with coordinating and performing the function of the PC (USA)'s system of government.  For 2018 the apportionment per church member is $30.23. Of that amount: $7.73 is for General Assembly, $3.25 for Synod of the Covenant, and $19.25 is for Presbytery of Western reserve.

In 2017 Covenant members donated $3,172 for the per capita, and the Church paid $11,948 to the Presbytery. Net expense "absorbed" by the Church was $8,776.  For 2018, Church of the Covenant paid $12,454.76 to the Presbytery. So far, members have donated $1,791 to offset that cost. (Shortfall to date is $10,663.76.)

If you have not done so already, please contribute $30 for each church member in your household, so that this cost does not have to be absorbed by the church. Click here to donate. Thank you for all the ways you give!

~Este Pozza, Manager of Finance and Operations
Outreach Opportunities 
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  canned meat, pasta sauce, jelly/jam, canned soup, fruit and pudding cups .

We would like to send a thank you to all who attended the  Burkhard Paetzold event 
on Tuesday, September 18 and a special thank you to Mr. Paetzold for coming.

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  Melanie  if your willing and able to help out. Thank you!

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, September 25, 12:05-12:45 pm
This week: Ruth Draper. Feel free to bring a lunch or enjoy one of our delicious cookies at the conclusion of the concert. 

Friday Lunchtime Carillon Concerts
September 21, 12:15-12:45 pm
This week: This week Patrick Macoska plays arrangements of a Handel harpischord suite and a group of Schubert songs. There will also be recent works for carillon by Marcel Siebers and John Courter.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic, and a  friend . Free Parking.  A tour of the tower is available following the concert.

Community Events
Freedom  Festival! Celebrating and claiming Cleveland's anti-slavery past!
Cozad-Bates House | 11508 Mayfield Road
Sunday, September 23, 2018
3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Celebrate freedom with us and hear music and stories about the Underground Railroad. Guests include The Hue People, Sheela Das, Harriet Tubman, and MORE! Join us in the front yard of the historic Cozad-Bates House in University Circle.  Freedom Festival! is a free event for the whole family.  Click here  for more information!

The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence 
Be our guest as we take a stand against gun violence in Cleveland, Ohio and across the nation with other activists. The Karamu House, DuffyLit, Twelve Literary Arts, the Cleveland School of the Arts, and the Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word are among several local artists and organizations who will participate. The concert is free, but donations are accepted to support local efforts to end gun violence.  If you are an artist who is interested in joining us, call us at (216) 421-1200 or email us at

$125 for one ticket or $225 for two tickets
Questions? Contact Renee Boykin or

11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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