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THIS COMING SATURDAY/SUNDAY, 
March 1-2, 2014
We celebrate the Transfiguration of Our Lord this Saturday and Sunday as we bring to a close the season of Epiphany and prepare for Lent. Like the disciple Peter, I am going to hate seeing this season come to an end. Although some of you may have grown tired of hearing Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount for the last several weeks, I can never tire of telling you of the transformational power of God’s love for you.
As we prepare for Saturday/Sunday, I ask you to focus on one sentence in the Gospel text [Matthew 17:1-9]. It is the voice in verse five from the bright cloud that overshadowed the people on the mountaintop which said, "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!"
I’ve gotten to a point in my life and my time with you where I tend to repeat myself a lot, so if you’ve heard or read this before, forgive me. You may not have noticed that I have increasingly built more silence into our worship. I ask you before we hear our prelude to prepare for worship by calming our hearts and minds. I pause a lot longer in the time of silence before our confession and forgiveness. I tend to take my time between prayers.
Human beings aren’t comfortable with silence, but it just might be helpful to be still for a little longer period of time and listen. Listen to God’s son. It can’t be done if we are talking or our minds are racing with a myriad of thoughts that get in the way of God’s word.
So maybe this week, ask yourself the question:  When have you heard God’s voice? 
It’s helpful to remember that God often calls to us in and through the ordinary moments and people of our lives, not during dazzling, sensational times such as the mountaintop experience that we read about in this week’s Gospel.
As he called his disciples, Jesus calls us.  He calls us to listen; He call us to be aware of God's way in the world; He calls us to partner with God and in this way be transformed.
If you have heard the voice of God, how have you responded?
Come to worship this week, to listen and hear the Word of God, to hear God speak to you, and to be fed, forgiven and sent into the world to serve and glorify God. And insofar as you are able, bring a friend!
Pastor Allende
The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 5, next Wednesday.  Once again this year The Lutheran Church of the Covenant and The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Master will partner to observe the Lenten season together.  On Ash Wednesday, we will hold two liturgies:
12:00 Noon at Covenant
7:00 p.m. at Church of the Master. 
WEDNESDAYS IN LENT
Also once again, we will hold Wednesday Soup Suppers and Holden Evening Prayer at alternate locations beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The theme of this year’s series will be Making Change.  The schedule is as follows.
Change of:    
Season March 12 at Covenant
Habit March 19 at Master
Circumstances     March 26       at Covenant
Heart April 2 at Master
Plans April 9 at Covenant
 
COME WORSHIP WITH US!
WELCOME TO THE LORD'S TABLE
It is the policy of The Lutheran Church of the Covenant that children receive instruction prior to first receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion and to continue to reflect on and learn about the sacrament throughout their Christian life.  Our First Communion classes are offered annually during Lent to any baptized Christian age 8 or older and their parents.  Those classes will begin Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m., and continue for five consecutive Saturdays until April 6.  All baptized are welcome. Currently there are three children enrolled. If you intend to enroll your child, please call the church office at your earliest convenience.
We ask God’s people at Covenant for your prayers, support and encouragement for these youngsters as they prepare to receive this sacred meal for the first time.
MARCH COVENANT NEWS IS HERE
The March edition edition of The Covenant News, the print version of our church newsletter, is in the mail to our members and subscribers. If you would like a hard copy and would like to be placed on our mailing list, please contact the church office (216) 662-0370. In the meantime, you may read the March newsletter online by clicking HERE.
Next week we will have our Lenten Devotional online as well. Hard copies will be available at worship this weekend. Again, if you wish to have one mailed to you, please call Jen Garberich at the Covenant office. The number is listed above.
HELP WANTED
The Southeast Clergy Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteers willing to donate ONE HOUR per week delivering meals to our needy clients in Bedford, Bedford Heights, Oakwood and Walton Hills.
Volunteers can choose to work from 11 a.m. to noon every week, two days a month, or just fill in when the need arises for a substitute. You can do both driving and delivering (hopper), or you can be paired with a partner. All routes begin at South Haven United Church of Christ, 416 Northfield Road in Bedford.
Seniors and shut-ins need your help now. Call (440) 439-0302.
SEE YOU
  • SATURDAY EVENING AT 5:00 P.M.,
  • OR SUNDAY MORNING AT 9:00 A.M.
THIS WEEK AT COVENANT
Sat. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Evening Eucharist
 
Sun. - 9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Transfiguration of Our Lord
 
Sun. - 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School Hour
 
Tues. – 6:00 p.m.
Fat Tuesday Dinner at
Lutheran Church of the Master
 
Tues. - 7:00 p.m.
Bd. of Worship & Music Meeting at
Lutheran Church of the Master
 
Wed. 3/5/2014– Noon
Ash Wednesday Eucharist at Covenant
 
Wed. 3/5/2014– 7:00 p.m.
Ash Wednesday Eucharist at Lutheran Church of the Master
MILESTONES
Birthdays
 
3/2 
Claudia Senderak
Alexandra King
 
3/5
Maren Dickey
 
 
Wedding Anniversaries
 
3/6
Eleanor & George Lautanen
SCRIPTURE READINGS
Thursday
Psalm 2
Exodus 6:2-9
Hebrews 8:1-7
  
Friday
Psalm 2
Exodus 19:9b-25
Hebrews 11:23-28
  
Saturday
Psalm 2
1 Kings 21:20-29
Mark 9:9-13
  
Sunday
Transfiguration of Our Lord
Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 2
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9
  
Monday
Psalm 78:17-20, 52-55
Exodus 33:7-23
Acts 7:30-34
  
Tuesday
Psalm 78:17-20, 52-55
1 Kings 19:9-18
Romans 11:1-6
  
Wednesday
Ash Wednesday
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Psalm 51:1-17
2 Corinthians   5:20b—6:10
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
PRAYER LIST
For those who are
ill, recuperating
or home-bound:
Dennis Balint
Carolyn Frajter
Jane Gradert
Liz Harpootlian
Nancy Helmick
Marge Kriynovich
John Lanese
Eleanor Lautanen
Kenneth Leonhardt
Frank Novak
Phyllis Welker
Jackie Blogna
Lorena Gribbons
Debbie Handy
Pat Hanusz
Lilian Hylton
Richard Prosen
Richard Ptak, Jr.
Doris Riffe
John Riffe
Eddie Sanders
Clarence Smith
Linda Verden
Bill Wilkens
Peggy Yeomans
Jeffrey Hicks
Ron Harries
Jesse Lane
 
For those who mourn:
the family and friends of...
Jo Tomko
 
Bob Kussin
(Long-time landscaper
for Covenant)
SERVERS FOR SUNDAY EUCHARIST

Lector
Maud Wright
 
Assisting Minister
Nel Lanese
 
Crucifer
Jody Bernardo
 
Ushers
Allan Treichel
Bryan Treichel
 
Altar Guild
Jean Rusher
Claudia Senderak
Jane Skowronski
 
 
Greeters
Bert and Marie Zahn
LINKS
Journey with Jesus
Bible Gateway
ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod
The Lutheran Church of the Covenant Website
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