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April 2012

The Family, Events, and Ministry of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Springboro

Inside this issue... Covenant Happenings Page 2

CPW Page 3

Service Schedule Page 4

Kid’s Korner Page 9

April Calendar Page 7

The Last Word Page 11

Join us Thursday, April 5, at 7:00 PM for our special Maundy Thursday Service. We will receive Communion that evening and learn more about Jesus’ Last Supper.

  Good Friday April 6, 2012 at Noon  Begins at Covenant Presbyterian    415 N. Main St.   Ends at United Church of  Christ , 5 W. Mill St.  Join us as we carry a  life size cross down Main St. and   remember the last hours of Jesus’ life.  

The Young at Heart group invites everyone age 50+ (or if your spouse is 50+) to our Spring Fling here at Covenant. We’ll enjoy lunch at noon and play lots of great games. Sign up today!

will meet on April 24 at 1pm for Bible Study, fun, fellowship and food! We will continue our study of “Confessing the Beatitudes.” We invite all women of the Church. If you have any questions please contact Barb Mourouzis at 748-3049. Growing in

CPW Team 4/19 1PM

Grace Mark your calendar for April 9th, 6:30 p.m. here at Covenant! We will be discussing lesson #8 from Max Lucado’s book of James, “Trusting God.” Bring a friend and join us! All ladies are welcome.

CPW will once again provide Easter Breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m. Come early and enjoy a continental breakfast before both services.

Service Schedule for April Traditional Service Usher/Greeter (Carole Hepp) 01 Bill & JoAnn West 08 Bill & JoAnn West 15 Bill & JoAnn West 22 Bill & JoAnn West 29 Bill & JoAnn West

(Becky Hegwood)


Contemporary Service Usher/Greeter (Loretta Sebastian) 01 The Fuchs Family 08 The Fuchs Family 15 The Fuchs Family 22 The Fuchs Family 29 The Fuchs Family


Nursery 01 08 15 22 29

Erica Hicks Kristin Tibbits Kristin Tibbits Erica Hicks Erica Hicks

Contemporary Amy Lehman Jodie Fodor Jen Knoth Amy Lehman

Children’s Church Pre/K (Yvonne Craycraft)

Traditional 01 08 15 22 29

Erica Hicks Kristin Tibbits Kristin Tibbits Erica Hicks Erica Hicks

Loretta Sebastian Loretta Sebastian Loretta Sebastian Loretta Sebastian Loretta Sebastian

(Becky Hegwood)

(Debbie Shear) 01 Debbie Shear & Mary White 08 Dave Payne & Flossie Power 15 Jay White & David Siegler 22 Tim Knoth & Debbie Shear 29 Ken Shear & Le’Anne Leahy


01 08 15 22 29

Children’s Church Contemporary


(Stephanie Butler)

Children’s Church Traditional

Contemporary Kerin Campbell Kerin Campbell Kerin Campbell Kerin Campbell Kerin Campbell

01 08 15 22 29

Alysia Alysia Alysia Alysia Alysia

Fuchs Fuchs Fuchs Fuchs Fuchs


01 08 Continental Easter Breakfast 15 22 The Siegler Family 29

Holy Week Happenings April 1 through April 8 We’ll remember Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem amidst the cheers of the people on Palm Sunday. We’ll gather for Maundy Thursday worship at 7:00 p.m. Join us for a special service that will include communion. We’ll participate in the Cross Walk, joining friends from other local churches as we walk from Covenant to the United Church of Christ (just over a mile) and stop along the way to share some scripture and pray together. The walk begins at noon and should finish by 1:30. Vans will be available to transport you back to CPC after the closing service at the UCC. CPW will again be organizing our Easter Breakfast – starts at 8:30. The continental style breakfast will also be available between services. Watch our children participate in our annual Easter Egg Hunt between services on Easter Day. The “hunt” will start around 10:40. Hope the weather cooperates! Don’t be late if you usually attend the 2nd service! Join us for Easter worship at either 9:30 or 11:00 a.m. We will celebrate communion at both services.

FRANKLIN FOOD PANTRY During the month of April we will be collecting food and toiletries for the Franklin Food Pantry. Needed items are: peanut butter, jelly, canned protein foods like tuna, chicken, chili, stew. Also, sugar, cooking oil, flour, salad dressing, & soup. Needed toiletries are: TP, bar soap, laundry detergent, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Place your items in the barrel in the narthex. Thank you! Our One Great Hour of Sharing gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives and work together to strengthen their families and communities. We will receive this offering on Easter Sunday, April 8. Please read the weekly inserts in your worship guides to learn more about how your donations are used and give generously. Thank you!

Birthdays and Anniversaries are published with your permission only. In an effort to update our list, please notify the office of your families’ special dates, especially if you are new to our fellowship. We want to include you!

Sun April Birthdays 2 5 8 10 11

14 18 20 24 25 27

Carl Edmiston Jerry Edens Ken Shear Mary Sue Edwards Karen Ritzinger Susan Craycraft Don Caiarelli Emily Repp John Lehman Karyn Catrine Sharon Gardner Betty Robinson Ron Pfeiffer Janet Wayne Jack Behm





9:30 & 11:00 AM Worship & Children’s Church

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers

7:00 AM Men 6:15 PM Brow 7:30 PM Outre




8:30 AM Continental Easter Breakfast 9:30 & 11:00 AM Worship & Children’s Church 10:40 AM Egg Hunt

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers 7:00 PM Youth Ministry 6:30 PM Growing in Grace

7:00 AM Men 6:00 PM GS T 6:30 PM Adm 7:00 PM GS T




9:30 & 11:00 AM Worship & Children’s Church

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers

7:00 AM Men 6:15 PM Brow 6:30 PM Sess




9:30 & 11:00 AM Worship & Children’s Church 6:30 PM SNSG

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers 7:00 PM Deacons

7:00 AM Men 1:00 PM Amic 4-8 PM Blood 7:00 PM GS T



9:30 & 11:00 AM Worship & Children’s Church

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers

April Anniversaries 2 27


Ken & Diane Howard Rick & Vicki Grecula

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10:00 AM Bible Study 6:00 PM Spanish Class 6:45 PM Choir Practice 8:00 PM Praise Band

9:30-11:30 AM Weight Watchers 7:00 PM Maundy Thursday Svc.

12Noon Cross Walk Starts at Covenant

7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers




10:00 AM Bible Study 6:00 PM Spanish Class 6:45 PM Choir Practice 8:00 PM Praise Band

9:30-11:30 AM Weight Watchers 6:30 PM GS Leaders Meeting



10:00 AM Bible Study 6:45 PM Choir Practice 8:00 PM Praise Band

9:30-11:30 AM Weight Watchers 1PM CPW Team



10:00 AM Bible Study 6:45 PM Choir Practice 8:00 PM Praise Band

9:30-11:30 AM Weight Watchers



7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers 11:30 AM Young at Heart Spring Fling (lunch at noon)

21 7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers


28 7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers

Please email any updates and articles to the secretary at: or call me at 937 748-0272.

Financial Info Operating February Receipts 2012 $12,203 Expenditures 2012 - $14,265 Balance in Reg. Operating Fund $2,062

Year-to-date $26,238 -$27,316 -$1,078

Thank you for your gifts and continued support! Mortgage Reduction Receipts 2012 Expenditures 2012 Difference

February $1,331 - ($2,100) -$769

Year-to-date $2,644 -$4,199 -$1,555





Other Receipts: Per Capita

Dear Friends, Caroline and Eric, David and Kelcy, and I would like to thank all of you for the many kindnesses extended to us because of David's death. It has been overwhelming for us. Thank you to all who prepared and served the delicious food at the Memorial service, for those who set up the church and then readied it for the church service the next day, for the cards, the flowers, food brought to the house, donations to his Memorials, phone calls and texts just to see how we're doing, the hugs and tears, etc. etc. - the list is endless!! You have definitely surrounded us with God's love and have been Angels in our midst. We truly can't thank you enough! Love, Betty King

If you would like to have your concern lifted to the Lord through the Prayer Chain, contact Ken Howard (748-0272), or Debbie Shear ( Please pray for: Jon Gardner as he awaits a kidney donor. Bob Robinson at Pinnacle Point Care Facility. All of our military men & women and their families. Mary Ann Lashley as she starts chemo treatments. Myrtle Edens who has undergone many tests lately and hasn’t been feeling well. Bill Madison who had a pacemaker implanted recently. Mike Wentzel who suffered a stroke and is undergoing rehabilitation.

Office Hours The Pastor’s day off is Monday and the office is closed. Pastor Ken is here most mornings Tuesdays through Fridays. Frequently in the afternoons, he makes visits. Our secretary is generally in the office Tuesday through Friday from 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. Phone: (937) 748-0272 & (937) 748-4734 Fax: (937) 748-4734 Church Staff Rev. Ken Howard Pastor Alysia Fuchs Youth Director Janet Wayne Church Secretary Kim Denney Music/Choir Director Susan Pfeiffer Pianist/Organist Mary White Treasurer Debbie Shear Financial Secretary Cam’s Cleaning Svc. Custodian Covenant’s Email Addresses

April Services April 1 - “Who Wants to See Jesus?” (John 12:12-26) April 5 - “We Revisit the Last Night of Jesus’ Life” (from John 13:1-35) We will celebrate Holy Communion at this 7PM service. April 8 - “When Empty is Better Than Full” (Mark 16:1-8) We will celebrate Holy Communion at both services. April 15 - “Let the Truth Be Known” (1 John 1:1-2:2) April 22 – “Can a Rotten Apple Be Freshened Up?” (Acts 3:1-20a) April 29 - “Led By the Good Shepherd” (Psalm 23 and John 10:7-16)

Special Dates April 1

Palm Sunday

April 1-7

Holy Week

April 5

Maundy Thursday

April 6

Good Friday

April 8

Easter Sunday

April 25

Administrative Professionals Day

Last month I indicated my desire for one good snowstorm. Hasn’t happened, has it? OK, so now that the temperature is hitting the 70s, let’s forget about snow and move onto spring! We’ve changed our clocks so we have an extra hour of daylight. I know, that’s not really true – we just exchanged an hour in the morning for an hour at night! Bring on the nice, spring weather! I think we can all support that! The lengthening of the days tells us our Easter celebration can’t be too far away. Holy Week begins April 1 (no foolin’) and concludes on Easter Day (April 8). Check out a summary of Holy Week events in another portion of the Courier. One of those events will be our annual Maundy Thursday service of worship. What in the world does maundy mean? The word maundy comes from the Latin word mandatum, which means mandate, or command. When we turn to John 13 we read of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. They didn’t want this to happen (my guess is their pride got in the way!) since only the lowliest of slaves washed people’s feet. But Jesus made it pretty clear that unless he washed them they would not be clean. Of course, he’s not really talking about the disciples’ feet (or our feet)! Jesus is talking about the need for all of us to be washed of our sins. Anyway, after washing the disciples’ feet, Jesus says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you” (John 13:34). Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet, and ultimately his death on the cross for the cleansing of our sins, reveals the depth of Jesus’ love for all of us. In the Vulgate, the Latin translation of the New Testament, the phrase new commandment is novum mandatum. Now please understand, I don’t know Latin, I simply copied this from the dictionary! All of this is a long way to describe what Maundy Thursday means. It’s the night we gather to remember not just Jesus’ Last Supper, but also to remember the depth of his love for all of us. Taking the role of a slave and washing the disciples’ feet and the later giving of his life on the cross reveals his incredible love for us. He invites us to pattern our lives after his and “love one another, even as I have loved you.” That’s the “new mandate!” That’s the new commandment! That’s why we call the Thursday before Easter Maundy Thursday. Ken

Worship Guide Deadline

Adult Ministries

By 9:00 a.m. on the Tuesday before the Sunday you would like it to appear in the worship guide.

The next meeting will be scheduled on an “as needed” basis. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Hegwood at (937) 885-1031.

Courier Newsletter Deadline April 18, 9:00 a.m. for the May edition. You may leave articles on the office desk or e-mail them to


Men’s Fellowship Men meet weekly at McDonalds every Tuesday morning from 7:00 - 7:30 a.m. Contact John Ritzinger (748-1437) if you have any questions. If you’ve never joined us, we would greatly welcome you!

We have a vital prayer ministry here at Covenant. We have an electronic prayer chain for those who would prefer to be notified of needs as they arise via email. To get connected in prayer through the internet, email Debbie Shear (

Administration Ministry

Outreach Ministry

Administration will meet on April 10 at 6:30 p.m. Contact David Payne for questions. (513-836-3464)

meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Contact Susan Stewart for questions. (937-746-3343)

Personnel Ministry

Youth Ministry

Session will meet on April 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Prayer Partners

The next meeting will be on an “as needed” meets the second Monday of each month at basis. Contact George Mourouzis, (748-3049) 7:00 p.m. Contact Erica Hicks for for questions. questions. (937-748-6352)

Covenant Presbyterian Church 415 N. Main St. Springboro, OH 45066 address correction requested Ken Howard Pastor Worship Services: 9:30 a.m. Traditional Worship Service 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service Children’s Church Toddlers and children through 6th grade have age appropriate learning opportunities. Nursery - provided for ages 2 and under.

Covenant Presbyterian Church is called by God to construct and cultivate a community of God's people who celebrate and communicate the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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