Opportunities and Events



Interfaith Service of Prayer: Prayers for Peace
President's Day, Monday, February 20, 7:00 pm
Church of the Covenant Sanctuary

On President’s Day the Church of the Covenant will host an interfaith prayer service to pray for our leaders and our nation. We will open our sanctuary to people of any faith as we come  together in prayer and worship. Our prayers for reconciliation, mercy, justice, and wisdom will be led by Rabbi Roger Klein, The Temple-Tifereth Israel; Ramez Islambouli, the Muslim Student Association, CWRU; Reverend Joe Cherry, Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland; and the Reverends Amy Starr Redwine and Melanie Marsh Baum, the Church of the Covenant.



Financial Peace University
Beginning Tuesday, March 7, 7:00 pm

Financial Peace University (FPU) is a life-changing money management class that will show you step-by-step how to take control of your money. Over the course of this nine week class you will learn practical ways on how to get out of debt and stay out; how to save for emergencies; and how to begin saving for retirement. It's never too late to start taking control. FPU is a unique and useful tool for anyone interested in taking control of their finances and truly achieving financial peace. Classes are Tuesday evenings, 7:00- 8:30 pm starting March 7. Sign up at www.daveramsey.com/fpu/classes/1031074 or call the church office. Facilitated by Susan and Will Klein. Talk with them or email will@5kleins.com for more information. 



Christian Meditation, Saturdays during Lent
Meditation has become mainstream, used in healthcare, exercise classes, workplaces, and other settings. But Christian meditation has a rich tradition spanning nearly two thousand years. On Saturdays during Lent, we will explore the history and the practice of meditation. Facilitated by Amy Starr Redwine, all who attend will walk away with concrete tools to practice this ancient spiritual discipline.  Click here to register or sign up in the church office.  The time will be determined by those registered.  


Commemorating Black History Month Forum Series
"Unpacking Black Lives Matter" with Dr. Zachary R. Williams
Four Sundays in February at 11:30 am, Beckwith Hall
 
Continue the conversation over lunch at local restaurants
Sign up in the Church office or just gather in Beckwith Hall after the forum to go to lunch. 

In our commemoration of Black History our hope is to share by reflecting on our history, seek illumination through our questions, and engage in ongoing dialogue over a hearty meal.

For the four Sundays in February Dr. Zachery Williams will be the forum presenter, helping us to unpack the various understandings, implications, and numerous questions surrounding the “Black Lives Matter” movement.  All are encouraged to come and share your thoughts and questions.  After each forum we seek to continue the conversation and fellowship at local area restaurants. 
 
Sunday's topics include:
February 5:   Separating Fact from Fiction
February 12: Black Lives Matter - An Historical Perspective
February 19: Space, Place, Race in Context
February 26: The Challenge for the 21st Century Church - Hope, Truth, and Justice
 
Dr. Zachery Williams is Associate Professor of African American History at The University of Akron. He teaches courses on African American Policy History, African American Men's History, American History 1877 to the Present, Sports in American History, and Urban America, and has authored of a number of books and articles. You can learn more about Dr. Williams at www.uakron.edu/history/faculty-staff.   

Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square. Proverbs 1:20
 


The Psalms
 
Experiencing the Psalms
A Psalm Festival with Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra
Sunday, February 12, 10:00 am
 
Organist, composer, and pedagogue Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra joins the Covenant family of musicians in presenting a vast array of music, readings, and pageantry that explore the depth, variety, and spirituality of the Old Testament book of Psalms.

 

Orientation, Disorientation, Re-orientation
A Series on the Book of Psalms
Continuing through Sunday, February 26
 
Psalms has long been one of the most-beloved and often-read books of the Bible. Through the psalms, we discover faithful ways of offering all kinds of emotions to God: gratitude, worry, anger, despair, wonder. To read the psalms is to learn how to offer everything to God in prayer and to recognize that while God has created everything that is, God also cares about the smallest details of our lives. During February, through music, preaching, prayer and song, we will consider how these ancient words can guide us on our journeys of faith.


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Covenant Eights 
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The Covenant will begin regular gatherings of Covenant Eights dining groups.  Join with 7 other Covenant members and friends in either a home or a restaurant to share one of our favorite pastimes - eating! Interested? Sign up in the church office or click the link below to sign up on line. Talk with Lynda Starr or Cheri Keys for more information.


Click here to sign up online.


   Homeless Stand Down January 14
   The Church of the Covenant is collecting donations again this year for the annual Homeless Stand Down. 
   Please bring new or   like-new items to the church office on or before Wednesday, January 11. 
   We are collecting the following items for children and adults: snow boots, winter coats, waterproof gloves, athletic socks    (new in packaging) and hats. 

                                     To learn more about the Homeless Stand Down and how to get involved, click here


nullA Tribute to the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
The Church of the Covenant welcomes Dr. K. Yawa (Mama Dunenyo I) Agbemabiese to the pulpit at 10 am worship. Dr. K. Yawa Agbemabiese is  Executive Director/Owner at Dunenyo Career Academy for Girls, faculty with Bard High School Early College, and adjunct faculty with Cuyahoga Community College. The Cleveland School of the Arts’ R. Nathaniel Dett Concert Choir, Dr. William Woods, director, will be participating in the service. 



Women's March on Washington
Saturday, January 21
On January 21, 2017, members of Church of the Covenant will unite with others from across the country for the Women's March on Washington. If you are interested in joining the march, contact Melanie Marsh Baum, or sign up in the church office. For more information on the march, its mission, and sponsors, go to www.womensmarch.com.  Men are also welcome!

We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights,
our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities
are the strength of our country. - Women's March mission statement


Covenant Partnering with North Church
Sunday January 22 and 29 (and April 2 & 9)
You are invited to be part of a team of six to eight people on January 22 and/or 29 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm to assist in preparing and serving the community meal that follows their worship service. North Church, which shares space with Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries at 4515 Superior Avenue, "carries out an active ministry to our community through seeking to build a vibrant worship community, community meals, and an outreach to homeless and street people and those experiencing mental illness." Sign up in the church office. Renee Boykin and Gale Bromelmeier work closely with North Church. For more information, contact Ministry of Service member Bob Ault. North Church is a Covenant mission partner.




Seeking God's Grace amidst the Disgrace of Racism
Three Sessions: January 29, March 12, and April 30
6:30-8:00 pm
Leaders and members from the Church of the Covenant and Fairmount Presbyterian Church will come together to wrestle with the sin of racism. We will use scripture, stories, books, video, and our own experiences to aid our learning and our conversations. All are welcome, but must commit to attending all three sessions: Sundays, January 29, March 12, and April 30 from 6:30-8 pm. Contact pastors Amy, Melanie or Kevin to sign up.