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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

December Calendar Page 7

The Last Word Page 11


It’s not too late to join the Young at Heart group on December 1 for their annual Christmas Party! We will dine at Red Lobster at 12:30 p.m. Carpool from Church at noon. We’ll enjoy good food, play great games, and win prizes! Come and have an awesome time! See Carole Hepp for more info.

Please join us for our annual Christmas Cantata. We will have one service only on 12/9 at 10:00 a.m. Join us for a hearty brunch after the service. Then stop by the Alternative Gift Market to find a meaningful gift. More about AGM on page 5.

Calling all kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade to celebrate the birth of Jesus! It will take place on Dec. 9 from 1-3PM. We’ll have crafts, games, and of course lots of cake and ice cream. See Erica Hicks for any questions you may have.

The last blood drive of 2012 will be on December 11 here at Covenant from 4-8PM. Sign up to donate at their new website: www.givingblood.org

Angel tree gifts are due back by Dec.2. Wrap your gift & place the angel on the outside. Thx!


Amicae Circle’s will not meet during the month of December. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Purchase a poinsettia in memory or honor of a loved one. The sign up sheet is on the table in the Worship Center. Please write legibly as the names will appear in the Dec. 24 bulletin. Thank you! Merry Christmas

to all who filled bags of groceries to provide Thanksgiving Baskets to needy families in our community. 20 families were provided with two bags of groceries, plus a turkey, pie, bread, butter and milk, which were purchased using outreach funds from our weekly offerings.

Our December meeting will be the 10th at 6:30 p.m. here at Covenant. Our study from the book, “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World” has been most helpful at this busy time of year. We have SO much to learn! Come join us! Bring a friend! We’ll all learn together!

We need your help on 12/8 from 9:30-11:30am to help set up the Alternative Gift Market. If you’d like to volunteer, show up that Saturday. Questions? See Alysia Fuchs or Susan Stewart.


Service Schedule for December Traditional Service Usher/Greeter (Carole Hepp) 02 Carole & Jim 09 Carole & Jim 16 Carole & Jim 23 Carole & Jim 30 Carole & Jim

Hepp, Hepp, Hepp, Hepp, Hepp,

Michelle Michelle Michelle Michelle Michelle

& & & & &

Steve Steve Steve Steve Steve

Teska Teska Teska Teska Teska

Contemporary Service Usher/Greeter (Debbie Shear) 02 Ken & Debbie 09 Ken & Debbie 16 Ken & Debbie 23 Ken & Debbie 30 One Service

1-6 02 09 16 23 30

Loretta Loretta Loretta Loretta Loretta

Sebastian Sebastian Sebastian Sebastian Sebastian (1 svc)

(Becky Hegwood) 02 09 16 23 30

(Debbie Shear) 02 Bill Ilg & Tom Sebastian 09 Debbie Shear & Mary White 16 Dave Payne & Flossie Power 23 Debbie Shear & David Siegler 24 Tim Knoth & Debbie Shear 30 Ken Shear & Le’Anne Leahy

Children’s Church Pre/K (Yvonne Craycraft)

Traditional

Contemporary

02 09 16 23 30

Yvonne Craycraft Yvonne Craycraft Yvonne Craycraft Yvonne Craycraft Yvonne Craycraft

Hicks Hicks Hicks Hicks Hicks (1 svc)

(Becky Hegwood)

Children’s Church Contemporary

Shear Shear Shear Shear

Counters

Erica Erica Erica Erica Erica

Children’s Church Traditional

Alysia Alysia Alysia Alysia Alysia

Fuchs Fuchs Fuchs Fuchs Fuchs (1 svc)

Fellowship 02 09 16 23 30

Ladies of the Choir Brunch TBD Andy & Susan Stewart Barb & George Mourouzis

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What is the Alternative Gift Market? It is the market to find gifts that support humanitarian causes. These gifts can be given in honor of a friend, loved one or for that special someone who has everything. These gifts support causes such as curing blindness in Cambodia, providing “hugging grannies” for Orphans in China or providing goats in Haiti. And there are many more projects that are supported by the Alternative Gift Market. Where can you find this market?? Right here at Covenant in December! The market will be open on December 9th and December 16th right after the service. On these Sundays, you will have an opportunity to check out the various projects supported by the Alternative Gift Market and choose gifts that match your passions. The AGM is an opportunity to get an early start on your Christmas shopping and support various life-giving projects from around the world, including our own neighborhoods. You will be able to purchase truly meaningful alternatives to the usual holiday gifts – in honor of your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues or teachers. Stop in and see for yourself!

CPC Christmas Mailbox November 25th – December 25th The CPC Christmas Mailbox is a simple way to share your Christmas spirit with your CPC friends. Simply address your Christmas cards in the same manner as you do for the USPS but without the stamp. Any donations dropped in the mailbox will go towards CPC Youth Ministries. The mailbox will be made available November 25th and will accept cards until December 25th. CPC youth will hand deliver your cards during Fellowship. The cards will also be sorted for easy self-pick-up. Help a child grow with God!

On Sunday, December 30, we will have one service only at 10:00 a.m. Don’t forget!


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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Mallory Ann Behm Lauren Tibbits Jennifer Knoth Andy Stewart Kristy Catrine Stephen Henderson Sara Denney Patti Petz Wade Goins 17 Tom Sebastian 21 Emma Montague 30 Rich Robison

4 Wade and Pam Goins 18 James & Leatha Stewart 26 Paul & Amy Cimprich

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7 PM Christmas Eve Service

One Service at 10:00AM on 12/30


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Sat 1 7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers 12:30 PM Young at Heart Lunch

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

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10:00 AM Adult 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 6:30 PM GS Leaders

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

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Financial Info Operating October Receipts 2012 $10,608 Expenditures 2012 - $13,699 Balance in Reg. Operating Fund -$3,091

Year-to-date $140,359 -$139,759 $600

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

October $2,897 - $2,100 $797

October

Year-to-date $19,576 -$20,999 -$1,423

Year-to-date

Other Receipts: Per Capita paid by members $128.10

$1,764.89

During recent weeks, mission funds have been sent to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to help people suffering damage from Hurricane Sandy, those still recovering from Hurricane Isaac last year, and families who have been displaced by violence in Syria. Funds have also been sent to help families in our communities through Hope House Rescue Mission in Middletown, the Abuse and Rape Crisis Center of Warren County, Springboro Community Assistance Center, and Franklin Area Community Services Food Pantry. We have also supported the spiritual growth of children, youth and adults through Kirkmont Center - our Presbyterian camp and conference center, and Young Life of Harrisonburg, Virginia, where Julie Ilg works with teenage girls who need extra love and guidance at a difficult time in their lives. These distributions are from the percentage of weekly offerings that is designated for mission.


If you would like to have your concern lifted to the Lord through the Prayer Chain, contact Ken Howard (748-0272), or Debbie Shear (Kshear@woh.rr.com/748-2809). Please pray for: Margy Dunn Bill Madison Wanda Huntley as she recuperates from an infection in her back. Ken Shear as he recuperates from bypass surgery. Karen Ritzinger as she battles cancer. All of our military men and women and their families.

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 kencpc@sbcglobal.net cpcsecretary@sbcglobal.net

www.covenantspringboro.com

December Services December 2 – “Comfort My People” (Isaiah 40:1-5 and Luke 3:1-6) We will celebrate Holy Communion during worship on this First Sunday of Advent December 9 – “Behold the Star!” Join us for the Cantata and brunch to follow. There will be only one service at 10:00 a.m. December 16 – “God Is With Us” (Isaiah 7:10-16 and Matthew 1:18-25) December 23 – “The Church’s Calling” (Luke 2:8-20 and I Peter 2:4-10) December 24 – Christmas Eve Join us at 7:00 p.m. as we hear the Christmas Story and enjoy carols, candlelight, and communion. December 30 - One Service at 10:00 a.m.

Special Dates December 02, 2012

- First Sunday of Advent

December 09, 2012

- Second Sunday of Advent

December 16, 2012

- Third Sunday of Advent

December 23, 2012

- Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 24, 2012

- Christmas Eve

December 25, 2012

- Christmas Day

December 31, 2012

- New Year’s Eve


I remember growing up in West Chester (about 20 miles south of Springboro) and attending the West Chester Presbyterian Church. That’s where I went through a communicants’ class as a junior high student and celebrated my first communion on Maundy Thursday (I was probably 12 years old). That’s where my dad served as the custodian. Of course, that meant we all (I was one of 5 sons) chipped in to clean the church, mow the grass, wax the floors, shovel the sidewalks, etc. It was truly a family operation. My grandmother (my mom’s mom) was the church organist and choir director. Every Monday night we gathered for choir practice – the junior choir from 7 – 7:30 and the senior choir (high school and up) from 7:30 – 8:30. I remember singing in both choirs through the years. Why do I remember such things? Pretty significant times, I would guess! One other “thing” I remember was singing the “Hallelujah Chorus” on Easter Day. How we were on the edge of our seats as we came to the end of the chorus and anxiously waited to see who would forget to count properly. Who would sing one extra “hallelujah” at the end when there was supposed to be a 2 beat time of silence! Seems like we always pulled it off! Pretty cool! Pretty thrilling! As you probably know, the “Hallelujah Chorus” is only a small part of the “Messiah” by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). The “Messiah” is actually a three-part composition in which every word sung comes from scripture – the Old and New Testaments from the King James Bible: Part One - the birth of Jesus Part Two – the life and death of Jesus Part Three – the resurrection of Jesus I have toyed with an idea for several years of my ministry and have decided to take a leap and allow that idea to become a reality. I am going to base my sermons during the upcoming Advent Season on Part One of the “Messiah.” I will use the scriptures Handel chose for the passages each Sunday and we will listen to a very small portion of the “Messiah” as part of the sermon. I will not use all of the passages nor will we hear the “Messiah” in its entirety! But enough will be shared to help us all see the magnificent message Handel presents in his incredible work. Then, when Lent begins on February 27 of next year, we’ll pick up with parts two and three. I’m not sure how it will work, but I’m going to give it a try beginning December 2. Check out the sermon schedule in this edition of the courier to see what December holds for us. 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.

meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Hegwood at (937) 885-1031.

Courier Newsletter Deadline

Session

Dec. 19, 9:00 a.m. for the January edition. You may leave articles on the office desk or e-mail them to cpcsecretary@sbcglobal.net.

Session will meet on Dec. 18, 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 Dec. 11, 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 (Kshear@woh.rr.com).

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. www.covenantspringboro.com 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.


December Issue of Covenant Courier