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September 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

September Calendar Page 7

The Last Word Page 11

Calling all kids (and adults)!! Come to Covenant on September 8 from 6:30-8PM for some yummy ice cream. And at 7:00 we’ll be entertained by an awesome juggler. Bring your family and friends after dinner and save room for dessert!

We’re back to two services starting September 9. Our Traditional Service will start at 9:30 a.m. while the Contemporary Worship Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Don’t forget to stay for fellowship after the 9:30 service or come early before the 11:00 a.m. service! Speaking of fellowship, sign up now to bring in bagels, donuts, pastries, etc. Thank you for volunteering!

is the place to be on September 29. Young at Heart is having their fall luncheon at Brazenhead Irish Pub in Mason at 12:30 p.m. Meet here at noon to carpool. Brazenhead has delicious food and the Young at Heart group always has a great time. See Jack or Charlotte McCarthy if you have any questions. Come on out and join us!

Starting on Tuesday, Sept. 25th at 1PM here at the church, the Amicae Circle will begin a new Horizon Bible Study. The title this year is “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. Sounds interesting? Come join us as Pastor Ken unfolds the sources of these writings.

CPW Team 9/20 1PM

It’s September and we’re starting our new study, “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World.” Our next meeting will be September 10, at 6:30 p.m. We meet in the small room next to Ken’s office. Betty King will be leading this study. Several women have started reading this book already and have found it very interesting and helpful. If you have any questions, see Linda Eaton or call her at 436-3537. Please join us and bring a friend!

Service Schedule for September Traditional Service Usher/Greeter (Carole Hepp) 02 Pam Goins, Ron Pfeiffer, Eleanor Axiotes (1 svc) 09 Pam Goins, Ron Pfeiffer, Eleanor Axiotes 16 Pam Goins, Ron Pfeiffer, Eleanor Axiotes 23 Pam Goins, Ron Pfeiffer, Eleanor Axiotes 30 Pam Goins, Ron Pfeiffer, Eleanor Axiotes

Contemporary Service Usher/Greeter

Children’s Church Traditional (Becky Hegwood)

1-6 02 09 16 23 30

Loretta Loretta Loretta Loretta Loretta

Sebastian Sebastian Sebastian Sebastian Sebastian

02 Pam Goins, Ron Pfeiffer, Eleanor Axiotes (1 svc) 09 TBD

Children’s Church Contemporary

16 TBD 23 TBD 30 TBD

(Becky Hegwood) 02 09 16 23 30

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


Children’s Church Pre/K (Yvonne Craycraft)



02 Yvonne Craycraft

(one service 10:00)

09 16 23 30

Yvonne Yvonne Yvonne Yvonne

Erica Erica Erica Erica

Hicks Hicks Hicks Hicks

one service Alysia Fuchs Alysia Fuchs Alysia Fuchs Alysia Fuchs

Craycraft Craycraft Craycraft Craycraft

02 09 16 23 30

Jay & Mary White TBD The Catrine Family The Narrigan Family TBD


We have 2 gallons of primer paint leftover from painting the nursery. They cost $25.00 each but we will make you a deal if you would like to purchase one or both gallons. They are tinted grey, so we are unable to return to the store where purchased. If interested, see Jen Knoth.

Remember the mother cat and her kittens that were dropped off at Church back in the beginning of May? John Ritzinger took them in and many of us chipped in to help offset the costs of food and medical bills. John found homes for the kittens, but was unable to find a home for the mother cat. He kept her until recently when he took her to the Warren County Humane Society. For a $25 fee they took her in to find her a home. She is currently being cared for at the center until a home is found.

Do You want to be a Member of CPC? On any given Sunday we have families, large and small (sometimes as small as one!), worshipping with us who have never officially joined Covenant. Are you one of those families? Are you interested in taking the step to become a communicant member? If so, let me know. I would like to schedule a time when a group can get together and talk about church membership, meet with the session, and join the church. I have scheduled a couple of these gatherings recently, but the times never seemed to work for those interested in joining. So I thought I’d try this new approach. Let’s see who is interested and I’ll try to schedule around your schedules! Will that work? Let me know your wishes. Thanks - Ken

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!




September Birthdays 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 16 17 22

23 25 29

Kris Van Scoy George Mourouzis John Ritzinger Braden Fodor Dave Tibbits Jeff Howard Virginia Requarth Jeremy Caiarelli Bob Power Jo Ann West Kim Denney Willa Fershee Steven Lehman Sarah Stewart Susan Stewart Fantine Hess Stephanie Henderson Jack McCarthy

September Anniversaries 6 13 19 20

Bill & Martha Ilg Don & Cindy Caiarelli Jack & Charlotte McCarthy Tom & Loretta Sebastian

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




10:00 AM Summer Worship & Children’s Church

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

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

7:00 AM Men 6-8 PM Brow 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 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


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n at McDonalds wnies #31400 ministration Troop #40900

n at McDonalds wnies #40913 ssion

n at McDonalds icae Circle Troop #40900




Sat 1 7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers



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

9:30-11:30 AM Weight Watchers



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 6:30 PM GS Leaders



10:00 AM Adult Bible Study 6-8 PM Brownies #31400 6:45 PM Choir Practice 8:00 PM Praise Band

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



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


8 7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers 6:00 PM Ice Cream Social


15 7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers


22 7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers


29 7-9:30 AM Weight Watchers 12:30 PM Young at Heart Lunch at Brazenhead Pub

Financial Info Operating July Receipts 2012 $12,983 Expenditures 2012 - $15,803 Balance in Reg. Operating Fund -$2,820

Year-to-date $93,945 -$94,634 -$689

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

July $1,135 - $2,100 -$809

Year-to-date $12,851 -$14,700 -$1,849





Other Receipts: Per Capita paid by members

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If you would like to have your concern lifted to the Lord through the Prayer Chain, contact Ken Howard (748-0272), or Debbie Shear (

September Services

Please pray for:

September 2 – “Called to be Kosher” (Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, and 21-23)

All of our military men & women and 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. Bill Madison. Mike and Ella Wentzel.

September 9 – “The Problem with Faith and Works” (James 2:1-10, 14-17) We will celebrate communion at both services. Remember - we go to two services today. September 16 – “A Time to Be Quiet and Listen!” (Mark 8:27-38) September 23 – “God Has a Plan” (Jeremiah 29:1-14)

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

September 30 – “Choosing Sides” (Mark 9:38-50)

Special Dates September 03


Labor Day

September 09


National Grandparents Day

September 11


Patriot Day

September 22


First day of Autumn

The greatest season of the year is about to come upon us. Fall! I love fall: the cool mornings and evenings, and the warmth of the fall afternoons. Fall is my favorite time of the year. With the hot summer we’ve endured, the cooler temperatures of fall will be greatly enjoyed. When Diane and I were at the Christian Life Conference over the 4th of July weekend, it was so hot, even in the mountains of North Carolina just east of the Smokey Mountains, that one of the leaders suggested, “It got so cool last night some of you actually pulled the sheets up!” Blankets certainly weren’t needed. But now that blanket will feel good as the cool air rushes through our windows. But it’s not just the weather that makes fall pretty special to me. Fall means college football! I’m certainly excited to see how my beloved Buckeyes do. I can sit and watch almost any college football game and enjoy the competition along with the skills and abilities of the players on the field. But it’s not just the individual skills and abilities I watch for. I also watch for the incredible teamwork that makes a bunch of players really a team. The block of the lineman that sets a running back free for a long gain is awesome to see. The stunts by the defensive line that paves the way for a quarterback sack is sure enjoyable to watch. The wall of blockers set up to open a path for a huge punt return is absolutely exciting. Slow motion replays make these special plays even more special. Football, at any level, is a game played by individuals; but a game played as a team. The church is a team. Elders and deacons provide great leadership. The choir and the praise band lead us in worship. We have many who spend time and energy to teach our children. Worship Guides are available every week. Coffee and refreshments show up on the fellowship table every Sunday. Prayers are lifted to the Lord every day for the church and those for whom we pray. Our building is kept clean, inside and outside. Small group leaders gather their little flocks for study, prayer, and fellowship. The offerings, both great and small, are given every Sunday. We reach out into the community with the love of God. Here’s my point – the church is people giving themselves over to the God who has made himself known to us in Jesus. The church is people like you and me joining together as a team to be a part of God’s Kingdom here on earth, trying to live faithful lives in response to God’s incredible grace given to us in and through Jesus. The challenge before each of us is this: be the best players possible, fulfilling our tasks, so the team can be the best team possible! 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


Sep. 19, 9:00 a.m. for the October edition. You may leave articles on the office desk or e-mail them to

Session will meet on Sep. 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 Sep. 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 (

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: 10:00 a.m. One service on Sept. 2. 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.

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