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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

October Calendar Page 7

The Last Word Page 11


Come to Covenant on October 13 between 4 and 7PM for a rip roarin’ good time! We’ll have all sorts of vittles, crafts, games, horseback riding, candy and FUN! You don’t want to miss this. There’s a Trunk or Treat too! Bring your family and friends; it’s free and open to the public! Y’all come now, ya hear?

October 16 4-8PM Save a life - donate!

Our next meeting is October 23 and we’d love to have you be a part of our group. Join us at 1PM here at the church, as we continue our new Horizon Bible Study, “Dispatches to God’s Household, the General Epistles”, which are 1–2 Peter, 1-3 John and Jude. Through the General Epistles, God calls believers together as members of the divine household. Pastor Ken is leading us in this study. We always enjoy learning, fellowship and fun.

CPW Team 10/11 1:00 p.m.

We’ve started our new study, “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World.” Our next meeting will be Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. We meet in the small room next to Ken’s office. Betty King is leading us in this interesting study. If you have any questions, see Linda Eaton or call her at 937-436-3537. Please join us & bring a friend!

Service Schedule for October Traditional Service Usher/Greeter (Carole Hepp) 07 Ronnie & Janet Wayne 14 Jim & Carole Hepp 21 The Butler Family 28 The Butler Family

Contemporary Service Usher/Greeter 07 The Lehman Family 14 The Lehman Family 21 The Lehman Family 28 The Lehman Family

(Becky Hegwood)

1-6 07 14 21 28

Michelle Michelle Michelle Michelle

Teska Teska Teska Teska

Children’s Church Contemporary (Becky Hegwood)

Counters (Debbie Shear) 07 Tim Knoth & Debbie Shear 14 Ken Shear & Le’Anne Leahy 21 Bill Ilg & Tom Sebastian 28 Debbie Shear & Mary White

Children’s Church Pre/K (Yvonne Craycraft)



07 Stephanie Butler

Pam Goins/S. Pfeiffer Pam Goins/S. Pfeiffer Pam Goins/S. Pfeiffer Pam Goins/S. Pfeiffer

14 Erica Hicks 21 Erica Hicks 28 Erica Hicks

Children’s Church Traditional

07 14 21 28

Maureen Justice Maureen Justice Jen Knoth Jen Knoth

Fellowship 07 14 21 28

Betty Robinson Donna Hurd & Jeanie Stueve The Spaeth Family The Teska Family

Make this year a time to renew your commitment to peacemaking as part of your calling as a follower of Christ. Our congregation is encouraged to retain 25 percent of the Offering it receives to use for local ministries of peacemaking within the church and its community. Twenty-five percent is used by presbyteries and synods, and 50 percent is used by the General Assembly ministries through the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. We will receive this offering on October 7.

Matthew Christopher, grandson of Theda Christopher and Carole & Jim Hepp, is currently stationed in Afghanistan. He would love to receive mail and stay connected to his family and friends back home. If you would like to send a card or just drop him a line, his address is: Christopher, Matthew NMCB One Thirty Three Main Body FPO AA 34099 - 5041 He’d love to hear from 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!


1 14 17 19 21 22 23 29 30

Brett Tibbits Drew Siegler Eleanor Axiotes Betty King Kasey Lehman Bill West Ben Knoth Jon Gardner Frank Catrine, Jr. Brooke Tibbits Mary White





5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers

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




9:30 AM Traditional Worship & Children’s Church 11:00 AM Contemporary Worship & Children’s Church 2PM Crop Walk

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

7:00 AM Men 6-8 PM Troop 6:30 PM Adm 7:00 PM GS




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

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers

7:00 AM Men 4-8 PM Blood 6:15 PM Brow 6:30 PM Ses




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

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers 7PM Deacons

7:00 AM Men 1:00 PM Ami 7:00 PM GS




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

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers

7:00 AM Men 6:15 PM Brow

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

October Anniversaries 04 21 26

Jerry & Myrtle Edens Andy and Susan Stewart Dave & Kelly Siegler Jim & Stephanie Butler


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6:45 PM Choir Practice 8:00 PM Praise Band

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



10:00 AM Adult Bible Study 6:00 PM Adult Ministries 6:30-8 PM Amplify Kids 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



10:00 AM Adult Bible Study 6:00 PM GS Troop #31400 6:30-8 PM Amplify Kids 6:45 PM Choir Practice 8:00 PM Praise Band

9:30-11:30 AM Weight Watchers



10:00 AM Adult Bible Study 6:30 PM Amplify Costume Party 6:45 PM Choir Practice 8:00 PM Praise Band

9:30-11:30 AM Weight Watchers

31 10:00 AM Adult Bible Study 6:45 PM Choir Practice 8:00 PM Praise Band

Fri 5

Sat 6 7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers


13 7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers 4-7PM Fall Family Festival


20 7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers


27 7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers

Financial Info Operating August Receipts 2012 $13,064 Expenditures 2012 - $13,283 Balance in Reg. Operating Fund -$219

Year-to-date $115,878 -$114,361 $1517

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

August $1,662 - $2,100 -$438


Year-to-date $14,513 -$16,800 -$2,287


Other Receipts: Per Capita paid by members



Remember to register your Kroger Plus Card on the above website. That way Covenant will get a percentage of the money you spend each week at Kroger’s. If you need help registering online, please see Ken after a Worship Service and he will get someone to help you on the computer in the church office. Registering your card for this reward program does not affect your gas points at Kroger. Sign up and start shopping!

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:

All of our military men & women & their families. Mary Ann Lashley as she struggles with cancer. Rod Dillon, Jim & Carole Hepp’s son-in-law, as he awaits a lung transplant. Mary Dunn. Bill Madison. Mike and Ella Wentzel. Wanda Huntley as she recuperates from her second back surgery. Karen Ritzinger as she battles cancer. Mary White who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

October Services October 7 – “The Body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:17-34) We will celebrate Holy Communion on World Communion Sunday. October 14 – “Only One Question! Only One Answer?” (Mark 10:17-31) October 21 – “What Do We Do With Our Wealth?” (Luke 12:13-21) We will receive our 2013 pledge cards. October 28 – “See Again!” (Mark 10:46-52) We will return our 2013 pledge cards.

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.

Special Dates

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

October 07

- World Communion Sunday

October 08

- Columbus Day

October 28

- Reformation Sunday

October 31

- Reformation Day

When is the proper time to celebrate Holy Communion? Is there a proper time? Some churches celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion every Sunday. Some celebrate it once a month; some only a couple times per year. Here at Covenant we average about once a month, but we try to tie in our celebration with special dates on the Christian calendar. But even that isn’t totally true! I have been asked a few times (it’s not a real burning issue for us!) how we determine our communion dates. It’s real scientific, as you will discover! Here’s our “normal” calendar – are you ready for this? First Sunday of Advent (four Sundays before Christmas – late November or early December – often times the Sunday after Thanksgiving) Christmas Eve Christmas Day (if it falls on a Sunday) First Sunday of Lent (6 weeks before Easter – anywhere from February 9 to March 14) Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter) Easter (anywhere from March 22 to April 25!) Pentecost (50 days after Easter – anywhere from May 10 to June 13!) We also celebrate Communion on the 1st or 2nd Sunday of the New Year, depending on when New Year’s Day falls (I mean what day of the week – I know New Year’s Day falls on the 1st!). Then we pick a Sunday during the summer months (usually a Sunday in July) to celebrate communion. Then, as we gather back for two services in the fall, we celebrate communion on the 2nd Sunday of September. Now add World Communion Sunday to the schedule and the schedule is almost complete. I say almost, because sometimes the session decides to add a celebration. The session decided to celebrate communion as part of our healing service back on Saturday, August 18th. That’s our schedule. I warned you it was real scientific! I probably made it seem more difficult that it really is! Thanks to those who prepare the elements for communion as well as those who serve. Keeping up with this varied schedule is no easy task World Communion Sunday – it used to be called World Wide Communion Sunday – is a special time for us to gather with Christians all around the world and remember that we are one body, the Body of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, the Christ. Whether we are Presbyterians or Lutherans, Episcopalians or Methodists, Roman Catholics or Baptists, we are part of the Body of Christ. Whether we celebrate communion on a regular basis, or irregular like we do, we are part of the Body of Christ. Whether we sit in our chairs to receive communion, or go forward to receive the elements, we are part of the Body of Christ. Whether we use unleavened or leavened bread, or whether we use wine or grape juice, we are part of the Body of Christ. Join the Body of Christ on Sunday, October 7, for World Communion Sunday. 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


Oct. 17, 9:00 a.m. for the November edition. You may leave articles on the office desk or e-mail them to

Session will meet on Oct. 16, 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 Oct. 9, 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.

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