September 27th
Sunday, September 30th
Worship at 10 am

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. 

Worship this Week 
The book of Revelation ends with a vision of a new heaven and a new earth, a place where God dwells with mortals and there is no more suffering or sorrow. How does this vision inform us as we seek to establish God's church as a place where everyone and everything belongs? Our scriptures are Isaiah 25:6-9 and Revelation 21:1-5. Amy's sermon is titled "All Things New." 

Music Notes
Sunday's organ prelude features melodies from the apostle John's descriptions of life everlasting, following the great day of judgement have been set to music by many composers. Our service opens with a charge to be ready to walk with John into this New Jerusalem.

All students Kindergarten-12th grades will remain in worship. 
Reminder: If you are in 6th-12th grade, complete a Worship Reflection and turn it in to Melanie, you'll receive a prize!  
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.

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

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
Happy Birthday to those celebrating in October!  

Miranda Acree
Shawna Adams Mitchell
Benson Anderson
Otis Bevel
Andrew Bromelmeier
Veronica Bromelmeier
Zoe Ann Brown
Ryan Dobrzeniecki
Cliff Drobnick
Loren Genson
Savannah Goins
Helen Gruenheit
Maggie Herman
Kathy Holmgren
Catlin James
Bernice Jefferies
Bob Jefferies
David Keltner
Susan Keltner
Bradley Kershener
Will Klein
Crunch Krosteng
Anne Mailey
Jim Mate
Grace Milligan
Camron Mitchell
Samuel Moyer
Reaver Nelson
Brooke Pulliam
Samantha Ridgeway
Natalie Rorick
Thea Spittle
Erica Stubbs
Alex Tomaszewski
Dan Urban
Erick Veenstra
Mary von Herrmann
Taylor Zuik

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

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), Paul Dirksen, Rob Engle, Marlene & William Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's parents), Denise Horstman, Stephanie Howard (Willie Howard's niece), Greg Madison, Barbara McGhee, Dean Patterson, Liam & Emilee Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew and sister), June Tomko, Cynthia Wilson (Willie Howard's 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 Orene Anthony and her family on the death of Michael Anthony, Orene's brother-in-law, who died recently in Berkeley, California.

Out of the office:  Melanie Marsh Baum will be on maternity leave from October 1 through December 8.

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

Congratulations to Keith and Ginny Kallay on the birth of their first grandchild. Jon and Lacey Kallay welcomed daughter Everly on September 23 in Atlanta.

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.

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

Peace & Global Witness Offering - Sunday October 7, 2018
This year we will be supporting the global and local peace missions of the Presbyterian Church USA through a special offering on Sunday, October 7th. This offering is received is received during the Season of Peace, which ends on World Communion Sunday. A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world. Please give generously to this important PCUSA mission cause.
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 2, 12:05-12:45 pm
This week:  Mathew Bickett. Feel free to bring a lunch or enjoy one of our delicious cookies at the conclusion of the concert. 

Friday Lunchtime Carillon Concerts
September 28, 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

University Circle Inc., along with the  Cleveland Museum of Natural HistoryUniversity Hospitals and the  American Heart Association will be providing FREE  Heartsaver CPR AED Certification Courses for University Circle area employees this fall!

To register for the course on October 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., click on the link.


Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106

$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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