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May 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

May Calendar Page 7

The Last Word Page 11

The American Cancer Society is sponsoring this walk on May 19th here in Springboro. It will be held at North Park beginning at 1PM through the night until May 20th. Every dollar you raise can help save lives. There is a sign up sheet on the table in the Worship Center. If you have any questions, see Anita Edmiston. Our team name is Covenant Presbyterian Church. Check out the website for more information:

VBS IS COMING! VBS will be July 30-Aug. 3 from 9-11:30 each day. May 13 will be our big SKY kick-off before, during, and after each service. Join us for registration and volunteer information, fun things for the kids and of course a sneak peek into this wonderful adventure. We have begun planning and getting supplies. Thanks again for all you do and don't miss the big kickoff on...

YAH will have a picnic at the Pavilion at Otterbein-Lebanon on Sat. June 2nd from 1-3. Hamburgers, fixin’s and beverages will be provided by Otterbein for $4.00 per person. Please sign up to bring a side dish of your choice. This year we will welcome Teresa Greer, church secretary here at Otterbein. She also is a ventriloquist and will bring her puppet friends to entertain us. Who knows what they’ll say! Meet at the church at 12:30 to car pool. Maps will be provided with the sign up sheet. Any questions, contact the Richards at 513-932-7229 or

will meet on May 22 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.

Mark your calendar for May 14, 6:30 p.m. here at Covenant We will be discussing lesson #9 from Max Lucado’s book of James. This study has really reinforced our study of Proverbs. We invite you to bring a friend, too! See Linda Eaton for more information.

Service Schedule for May Traditional Service Usher/Greeter (Carole Hepp) 06 Jack & Charlotte McCarthy 13 Jack & Charlotte McCarthy 20 Jack & Charlotte McCarthy 27 Jack & Charlotte McCarthy

Contemporary Service Usher/Greeter (Loretta Sebastian) 06 13 20 27

Steve Hegwood Steve Hegwood Loretta Sebastian Steve Hegwood


06 13 20 27

Steve Hegwood Becky Hegwood Alysia Fuchs Becky Hegwood



(Stephanie Butler)


Butler Butler Butler Butler

Contemporary Jodie Fodor Jen Knoth Alysia Fuchs Jodie Fodor

Children’s Church Pre/K (Yvonne Craycraft)

Traditional 06 13 20 27

1-6 06 13 20 27

(Becky Hegwood)

(Debbie Shear) 06 Bill Ilg & Tom Sebastian 13 Debbie Shear & Mary White 20 Dave Payne & Flossie Power 27 Jay White & David Siegler

Stephanie Stephanie Stephanie Stephanie

(Becky Hegwood)

Children’s Church Contemporary


06 13 20 27

Children’s Church Traditional

Stephanie Butler Stephanie Butler Stephanie Butler Stephanie Butler

Contemporary Pfeiffer/Goins Pfeiffer/Goins Pfeiffer/Goins Pfeiffer/Goins

06 13 The Spaeth Family 20 27


Steve Hegwood’s Thursday Night Bible Study Come and find out about their new study on May 10 at 7PM. This group meets every other Thursday and always has an interesting topic of discussion. Why not check it out this month?

We all love the smell and taste of fresh, baked cookies. And this is what our visitors receive when they visit Covenant for the first time! We are in need of one or two individuals who enjoy baking and would like to be a part of our cookie ministry. If you would like to help out, please see Yvonne Craycraft. Thank you!

HELP RAISE MONEY FOR OUR YOUTH – NEW KROGER REWARDS PROGRAM  Many thanks for all those who have participated in the Kroger script program over the past 8 or so years. The money generated from that program has helped pay for the transportation of many of the mission trips for our youth. Just last year the funds were used to rent a 12-passenger van and pay for the gas for the youth’s mission trip to Steubenville. But Kroger is changing their rewards program, and Covenant has enrolled in their new Community Reward program. The new program no longer uses the script cards but is tied to your Kroger Plus card. So it is very easy to register and raise money for our youth every time you shop at Kroger and use your plus card. To enroll, follow the instructions below: • Register online at • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up. (If you do not have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.) • Click on Sign In/Register • Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on Sign Up Today in the New Customer? box • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions. • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email. • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step. • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number. • Update or confirm your information. • Enter the NPO number (Covenant’s Number is 80010) or Covenant Presbyterian Church & click on confirm. To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your info page. Thanks for participating in this program – your help enables our youth to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world around us.

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!



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

May Birthdays 8 12 14 17 21 22 24 25 27

Tristan Hess Steve Hegwood Tim Leahy Sean Leahy Aaron Neumann Ruth McCollor Katie Campbell Kerin Campbell Margy Dunn Alysia Fuchs




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

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers

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 6:30 PM Growing in Grace 7:00 PM Youth Ministry

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 7PM Deacons

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




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

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers

7:00 AM Men

VBS Kickoff!

May Anniversaries 1 5 8 29 31

Ronnie & Janet Wayne John & Karen Ritzinger Richard & Patti Petz Ken & Debbie Shear Bob & Flossie Power


at McDonalds wnies #40913 each Ministry

at McDonalds Troop #31400 inistration Troop #40900

at McDonalds wnies #40913 sion

at McDonalds cae Circle Troop #40900

at McDonalds





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

9:30-11:30 AM Weight Watchers



10:00 AM Bible Study 26:45 PM Choir Practice 8:00 PM Praise Band

9:30-11:30 AM Weight Watchers 6:30 PM GS Leaders Meeting 7 PM S. Hegwood Bible Study



10:00 AM Bible Study 6:00 PM Adult Ministries 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



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

9:30-11:30 AM Weight Watchers

Fri 4

Sat 5 7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers




7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers

19 7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers


26 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 March Receipts 2012 $13,854 Expenditures 2012 - $11,039 Balance in Reg. Operating Fund $2,815

Year-to-date $40,092 -$38,356 $1,736

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

March $2,832 - $2,100 $732

Year-to-date $5,476 -$6,299 $823



Other Receipts: Per Capita


On May 1, Susan Stewart and Becky Hegwood will be heading to Colombia, South America to visit our sister church, the Pital Presbyterian Church. Please pray for safe travel and for a week of wonderful Christian fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. They will be returning on May 9.


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 continues chemo treatments. Wanda Huntley as she recuperates from back surgery. Bill Madison as he regains strength.

May Services May 6 – “The Illuminated Becomes the Illuminator” (Acts 8:26-40) May 13 – “Love” (1 John 4:7-21) May 20 – “Why Wait?” (Luke 24:44-53) May 27 – “Seeking Unity” (Genesis 11:1-9 and Acts 2:1-12) This is Pentecost Sunday – join us as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper.

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 May 3

National Day of Prayer

May 6-13

Christian Family Week

May 13

Mother’s Day

May 17

Ascension of the Lord

May 19

Armed Forces Day

May 27


May 28

Memorial Day

On May 27th we’ll gather for worship on Pentecost Sunday to celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the early church. We will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion during worship. Pentecost is always 50 days after Easter no matter when Easter is. So, Pentecost can be as early as May 10th (if Easter is March 22nd), or as late as June 13th (if Easter is April 25th). But here’s a question: did the Holy Spirit really come upon the disciples on Pentecost? According to Acts, that’s precisely what happened. The disciples had been instructed to wait in Jerusalem until they would receive power from on high. Pentecost was certainly an appropriate time for the Spirit to descend upon the early church because Jerusalem was filled with Jews who had come from many parts of the world to celebrate the Jewish festival of Pentecost (yes, Pentecost was originally a Jewish festival!). It gave Peter an opportunity to preach his famous Pentecost sermon that resulted in over 3000 people coming to faith in Jesus as the Messiah (or Christ). The early church was off and running. But then I read John’s gospel. On the Easter night John writes that Jesus was with his disciples (except Thomas and Judas) when he “breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven’” (John 20:22-23). So, according to John’s gospel account the Holy Spirit was given in some way to the disciples on Easter night. What are we to make of these differences? Is John right? Or is Acts? Maybe they both are! In John we read of the mission of the church: reach out to others in the power of the Holy Spirit with the message of God’s forgiveness. In Acts we also read of the mission of the church: reaching out with the Good News in languages that people of all languages can understand. So, according to Acts, the gospel reverses the story of the Tower of Babel. You remember that story in Genesis 11: God dispersed the people and confused their languages so they couldn’t communicate. We often think the Holy Spirit has been poured into our lives to enable us to become more and more Christ-like in all we do. That’s for sure! But let’s be reminded the Holy Spirit also calls us to be engaged in the mission of the church. 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 on May 16 at 6:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Hegwood at (937) 885-1031.

Courier Newsletter Deadline


May 16, 9:00 a.m. for the June edition. You may leave articles on the office desk or e-mail them to

Session will meet on May 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Prayer Partners

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!

Administration Ministry Administration will meet on May 8 at 6:30 p.m. Contact David Payne for questions. (513-836-3464)

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 (

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

Youth Ministry

Personnel Ministry

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

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.

May 2012 Courier  

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