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March 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

March Calendar Page 7

The Last Word Page 11

will have their next meeting on March 5 at 6:30 p.m. We meet at Covenant in the small meeting room next to Ken’s office. This ministry has given over 55 shawls to various individuals! If you like to knit or crochet, we would love to have you join our group! Questions? See Flossie Power.

Come and enjoy a potluck dinner (bring a dish to share) and then watch the movie, “Flywheel” followed by a discussion of the movie. It’s from 5-8PM. All are welcome. We’ll have activities for the kids too! We hope to see you the night of March 4th!


On March 18, we will have only one service at 10:00 a.m. Speaking that Sunday will be Helis Barraza, from Barranquilla, Colombia. He is the Director of the American School and Treasurer of the Presbytery of the North Coast of Colombia. His daughter, Karen, will accompany him and be his interpreter. We hope you will join us!

Amicae Circle will continue their study of “Confessing the Beatitudes.” Join us on March 20 AND 27 at 1PM as we enjoy food, fellowship and Bible Study. We invite all women of the Church. If you have any questions please contact Barb Mourouzis at 748-3049.

CPW Team 3/15 1PM

Mark your calendar for March 12, 6:30 p.m. here at Covenant! We will be discussing lesson #7 “Planting the Seeds of Peace” from Max Lucado’s book of James. Bring a friend and join us! You’ll be glad you did!

On Sat. March 31st @ 11:30 we will welcome Janet Hoffman, Executive Director, of the Warren Co. Abuse and Rape Crisis Shelter, as our guest speaker for our luncheon. This will be a “bring your own sandwich” lunch. Salad, dessert and beverage will be provided. Janet will share with us the purpose and mission of the shelter. You have all been so generous in your contributions; now you can hear how they are used. All the ladies of the church and friends are invited. Please bring one paper product to send home with Janet. There will be a sign up sheet on the table.

Service Schedule for March Traditional Service Usher/Greeter (Carole Hepp) 04 Jim & Carole 11 Jim & Carole 18 Jim & Carole 25 Jim & Carole

Hepp, Hepp, Hepp, Hepp,

Theda Theda Theda Theda

Christopher Christopher Christopher (1 SVC) Christopher

Contemporary Service Usher/Greeter (Loretta Sebastian) 04 11 The Lehman Family 18 The Lehman Family (1 SVC) 25


(Debbie Shear) 04 Jay White & David Siegler 11 Tim Knoth & Debbie Shear 18 Ken Shear & Le’Anne Leahy 25 Bill Ilg & Tom Sebastian

Traditional 04 11 18 25

Erica Erica Erica Erica

Hicks Hicks Hicks Hicks


Amy Lehman Jodie Fodor Alysia Fuchs (1 SVC) Alysia Fuchs

Children’s Church Pre/K (Yvonne Craycraft)

Traditional 04 11 18 25

Erica Erica Erica Erica

Hicks Hicks Hicks Hicks

(Becky Hegwood)

1-6 04 11 18 25

Karyn Catrine Loretta Sebastian Steve Hegwood (1 SVC) Karyn Catrine

Children’s Church Contemporary (Becky Hegwood)


04 11 18 25

Maureen Maureen Maureen Maureen

Justice Justice Justice (1 SVC) Justice



(Stephanie Butler)

Children’s Church Traditional

Contemporary Yvonne Yvonne Yvonne Yvonne

Craycraft Craycraft Craycraft (1 SVC) Craycraft

04 11 18 25

Phil & Willa Fershee Jerry & Myrtle Edens The Spaeth Family TBD

Were you not able to attend church last Sunday? Would you still like to be able to listen to Ken’s sermon? How about letting your friends know about Covenant by getting a ‘taste’ of Ken’s sermons? Well, you are in luck! Covenant’s website, has audio recordings/podcasts of Ken’s latest sermons online! Just go to the website, and select either Worship and then Podcast/Audio Sermons OR Media and then Podcast/Audio Sermons. To access the page directly, simply type in this address on your browser’s address line: ). Once you arrive on the ‘Podcasts Archives’ page, simply click on the date of the sermon that you’d like to listen to. If you have a smart phone (ie: Android) you may follow the same procedure to listen to the sermon on your phone while on the go! If you have an iPhone, you can subscribe to the Podcast in iTunes. Just click on the ‘Subscribe to Podcast in iTunes’ link on the Podcast Archives page. That’s all there is to it! I WON’T FORGET!

The Springboro Food Pantry needs volunteers to help with their move to Jonathan Wright Elementary School. They are currently located in Clearcreek Elementary and will need help unloading supplies on Saturday, March 10 starting at 9:00 a.m. If you are interested in helping out, just show up! They are also in need of purchasing a new freezer/cooler unit and are accepting monetary donations. Another request: They are wanting to switch from using boxes to reusable cloth bags. If you have any, drop them off at Clearcreek Elem. or the high school by March 2. You can call Julie Bernatz at (937) 886-0441if you have any questions. 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. We hope you will take the time to read the weekly inserts in your worship guides, starting this month, and to please 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!


March Birthdays 1 2 5 6 7 9 11 12 15 19 20 23 25 26 27 29 30 31

Ella Wentzel Martha Ilg Gordon Neumann Tim Knoth Charlotte McCarthy Logan Payne Maggie Hicks Maryanna Catrine Bob Robinson Shawn Kirby Anita Edmiston Barbara Richards Amy Lehman Madison Caiarelli Richard Petz Andy Repp Fred Richards Isabella Butler Becca Howard Steve Axiotes Michelle Teska Frank Catrine, Sr.


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

Daylight Savings Time begins




9:30 & 11:00 AM Worship & Children’s Church 5PM Potluck Dinner and Movie

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers 6:30 PM Prayer Shawl

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




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

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

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




10:00 AM Worship & Colombian Guest Speaker

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers

7:00 AM Men 1:00 PM Amic 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 1PM Amicae C 7:00 PM GS T

March Anniversaries 2 3 16


Tim & Jennifer Knoth Fred & Barbara Richards Gordon & Melinda Neumann


ary Election at McDonalds wnies #40913 each Ministry

at McDonalds Troop #31400 inistration Troop #40900

at McDonalds cae Circle wnies #40913 sion

at McDonalds Circle Troop #40900


Thu 1

Fri 2


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

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

3 7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers

9:30-11:30 AM Weight Watchers 6:30 PM GS Troop #49502





7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers

B-4 going to bed!


17 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


4-8PM Cadet GS Troop #45153




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

24 7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers

31 7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers 11:30 AM CPW Spring Lunch at Covenant

Financial Info Operating January Receipts 2012 $14,035 Expenditures 2012 - $12,827 Balance in Reg. Operating Fund $983 Balance in Insurance Fund $225

Year-to-date $14,035 -$12,827 $983 $225

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

January $1,313 ($2,100) ($787)

Year-to-date $1,313 ($2,100) ($787)



Other Receipts: Per Capita



2012 Per Capita The per capita (some call it a “head tax”) is a voluntary contribution each congregation of the PC(USA) is asked to contribute to the Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly in order to support the missions and ministries of the larger church. You can help with our operating needs by paying your share ($25.38 per member). Simply use the small blue envelope found in the front of your 2012 box of envelopes, include your gift in your regular weekly offering (just mark the per capita amount on the “other” line on the envelope) or include a separate check with “per capita” noted in the memo space. Thanks for your ongoing support of the missions and ministries of the PC(USA).

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. Betty King, her family and friends, on the sudden loss of David King. Bill Madison, who has not been feeling well for several weeks. Jami Madewell on the loss of her father.

March Sundays March 4 – “Preach It, Brother! Not!” (Mark 8:31-38) March 11 – “Tear Down That Temple” (John 2:13-22) March 18 – One service at 10:00 a.m. We will have a guest speaker from Colombia. March 25 – “A New Season is Approaching” (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

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

Special Dates March 2

World Day of Prayer

March 4

Second Sunday in Lent

March 11

Third Sunday in Lent

March 11

Daylight Savings Time Begins

March 11

Girl Scout Sunday

March 18

Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 20

First Day of Spring!

March 25

Fifth Sunday in Lent

As I write this I am still waiting for winter. As I write this plants are poking themselves out of the ground. I am hoping for one good snowstorm. I know I am in a minority with that request! Anyway, with warmer weather just around the corner I am aware that the season of Lent is almost here. Lent means lengthening, as the days are lengthening as springtime approaches. More daylight, less nighttime! Spring and summer are not too far away. Bring on the baseball season! Lent actually began on Ash Wednesday, February 22, and we celebrated communion on Feb 26, the first Sunday in Lent. For 40 days leading up to Easter (don’t count the Sundays!) we are reminded of Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness, being tempted as he prepared for his ministry. Lent is a time for self-examination: how are we doing in our walk with the Lord? are we living as faithful disciples of Jesus in our relationships with others? what changes do we need to make to become better followers of the one we call Lord? Lent is traditionally a time to give up something. It can also be a time to take something on. Whatever we do spiritually our hope to become more and more like Christ. The Adult Ministry Team is planning an all-church event for March 4 – that’s almost here. We’ll join in a covered dish dinner starting at 5. I know that’s earlier than normal for our shared dinners! We are eating earlier because around 5:45 we’re going to watch “Flywheel,” a movie that may very well help us examine our lives a bit. There will be a time after the movie for discussion. We should be finished by 8:00. The whole family is invited. There will be activities for the children who don’t watch the movie. Join us! Remember – I’m still waiting on one good snowstorm! 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 March 16, 9:00 a.m. for the April 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 March 13 at 6:30 p.m. Contact John Ritzinger (748-1437) for questions.

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

Personnel Ministry

Youth Ministry

The next meeting will be on an “as needed” basis. Contact Bill Ilg (748-5496) for questions.

meets the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Contact Loretta Sebastian for questions. (513-932-7223)

Session will meet on March 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Prayer Partners

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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