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The Family, Events, and Ministry of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Springboro

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Kid’s Korner Page 9

The Last Word Page 11

VBS is just a few short weeks away. If you haven’t registered your child yet, beat the last minute lines by signing up online. Go to: See page five for more information about volunteering this year. Kingdom Rock-an epic adventure that empowers kids to stand strong!

July 4th at Armco Park in Lebanon, Ohio 5K run or walk and a 1/4 mile kid’s fun run Race begins at 8:30 a.m. Please arrive by 7:30 a.m. $30 registration fee ($10 for kids) Money raised will go towards Interfaith Hospitality Network of Warren County

Volunteers needed to serve refreshments 4-6 PM & 6-8 PM

Join us on July 8 at 6:30 p.m. here at Covenant as we continue with “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World.” We will discuss Chapter 11. This has been a very good study and we have one more lesson to go after this one. We’ll be deciding on a new study for the fall soon. See Linda Eaton if you would like more information about GIG. Bring a friend and join us!

is meeting twice this month! Our first meeting is July 9 at 1PM. Then two weeks later we’ll meet again on July 23; same time, 1PM. We will be finishing up “Dispatches to God’s Household, the General Epistles.”

If you enjoy knitting or crocheting, then this is the ministry for you! We meet again on July 1 here at Covenant at 6:30 p.m. in the small room next to Ken’s office. See Louise Winheim for more info.

CPW Tea 7/18 m 1P

Summer Service Usher/Greeter (Carole Hepp/Debbie Shear) 07 Dave & Karen Payne 14 Dave & Karen Payne 21 Dave & Karen Payne 28 Dave & Karen Payne

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

Summer Church Pre/K (Yvonne Craycraft) 07 Yvonne Craycraft 14 Stephanie Butler 21 Karyn Catrine 28 Karyn Catrine

Summer Children’s Church 1-6 (Becky Hegwood) 07 Alysia Fuchs 14 Maureen Justice 21 Maureen Justice 28 Becky Hegwood

Fellowship (Deacons) 07 The Knoth Family 14 Jim & Carole Hepp 21 Dave & Karen Payne 28

Preschool Teachers Needed! If you would like to spend an occasional Sunday teaching our young children, then please see Yvonne Craycraft. She can use your help and will discuss a schedule with you. “Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” - Matthew 19:14

We are collecting items for Patrik Hornak for his apartment at UC Med School this fall. Growing in Grace is asking the congregation to help out. In this small way we can help him in his life long commitment to help others. On the table in the Worship Center is a list of needed items. Bring in new or gently used items by July 28. Let’s help send Patrik off with the things he needs to make this happen! There is a basket with his name on it in the narthex next to Clothes That Work. Any questions, please see Flossie Power or Linda Eaton. Thank you!

is heading to Bravo’s on July 13 at noon! We’ll have lunch and play a few brain teaser games! If you want to carpool, be at the church by 11:30 a.m. See Carole Hepp for more info!

Covenant’s Cookie Ministry provides baked goods (cookies, brownies, etc.) to any new visitors we have that sign in on Sunday mornings. If you enjoy baking and would like to help out with this ministry, please see Yvonne Craycraft. Thank you for your help!

Kingdom Rock, our VBS theme this year, is July 29-August 2, from 9-11:30 a.m. daily. Volunteers are still needed in several areas. If you would like to help, check out the sign up sheets on the office door. You’ll spend a week spreading the Word of God to the children of our community. They’ll enjoy games, food, and fun activities. Help make Kingdom Rock another fantastic week of VBS here at Covenant. If you would like to help with needed supplies for VBS, then take a shield or two off of the nursery room door. If you have any questions about this year’s VBS, see Erica Hicks or call 748-0272. Our Kingdom Rocks!!

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

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

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7:00 AM Men 9-11:30 AM V 4-8PM Blood

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

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Financial Info Operating Receipts 2013 Expenditures 2013 Net Receipts (Expenditures)

May $12,649 $14,801 - $2,152

Year-to-date $61,679 $ 65,115 - $3,436

Thank you for your gifts and continued support! Mortgage Reduction Beg. Balance Receipts 2013 Mortgage Payments Balance End of Month

May l -$345 $1,999 $2,100 -$446

Year-to-date $234 $9,820 $10,500 -$446

Remember... Please help our counters each Sunday by using your offering envelopes and placing the amount on the outside of the envelope. Thanks in advance for your help. News from Session With the recent announcement of Ken Howard’s desire to retire from pastoral duties here at Covenant Presbyterian Church, the Session has begun the process of finding a replacement using the steps required by Presbytery. First, we have formed a session committee to find an interim Pastor. The committee members are: Loretta Sebastian (chair), David Payne, George Mourouzis, Vera Escott, and Gordon Neumann. Also part of this committee is our representative from COM (Presbytery Committee on Ministry): Greg Gibson. Once hired, the interim Pastor will be in place to handle many of the duties that Ken performed. It is the intent of the interim pastor search committee to have an interim pastor in place by September. After Ken’s last day, the church will be able to set up the Pastor Nominating Committee to work through those details of seeking a new pastor. This committee will be made up of members from the entire congregation. Again Greg will be assisting us along the way. Hiring a new pastor will take about a year. Session will continue to keep you updated throughout the process. Please know that we (members of session) are available to answer any questions that you may have. Yours in Christ, Gordon Neumann Clerk of Session

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: Ginny Requarth as she continues to rehab from hip replacement surgery. Mike & Ella Wentzel Karen Ritzinger Margy Dunn Our men and women serving in the military and their families.

July Services July 7 – “Science or Theology – a Look at Creation” (Genesis 1:1 – 2:25) July 14 – “God at Work in the Simple Things” 2 Kings 5:1-14) July 21 – “Look What the Conquering Hero Does!” (Psalm 68:17-18 and Ephesians 4:1-16) We will celebrate Holy Communion during worship. July 28 – “New Life” (Ephesians 4:17 – 5:2)

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 Vera Escott Treasurer Debbie Shear Financial Secretary Cam’s Cleaning Svc. Custodian Covenant’s Email Addresses

Special Dates July 04 - U.S. Independence Day

I do get involved in political conversations with people now and then, but I am not one to get involved in politics from the pulpit. There are good people from both sides of the political spectrum that worship with us, as well as a lot of people in the middle. My goal in preaching has always been to share what I believe scripture teaches. But there is a particular issue, which may or may not be considered political, that I wish to address from the pulpit on July 7. My sermon that Sunday will be “Science or Theology – a Look at Creation.” Springboro Schools continues to make headlines in the paper and on TV. Mike Peters’ cartoon in the Dayton Daily News (either June 7th or 8th) showed five monkeys walking into a school board meeting. The papers report on school board meetings where creationism is discussed. On Sunday morning, June 2, one of our school board members was quoted on Fox and Friends where creationism in Springboro Schools was discussed on national TV. The ACLU has threatened action. Cincinnati and Dayton TV stations have attended board meetings. I received a phone call (actually he left a message) from a resident of the community urging all churches to get behind the school board’s attempt to get the teaching of creationism into our school system. I received a letter from a local pastor that is “seeking the cooperation of as many area pastors as possible in support of a policy the Springboro Board of Education is seeking to put into practice.” The bold and italics portion was included in the letter. I have met with local pastors recently as we debated whether we should or should not make a public statement, knowing that statement would reflect our beliefs and not necessarily the beliefs of all the pastors in Springboro. Creationism and other issues are certainly hot topics in Springboro! We will include in worship on July 7th the Apostles’ Creed that begins, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.” I will share the stories (yes, stories) of creation that we find in Genesis 1 and 2. My intention is to address what I believe scripture teaches us about creation. Does it teach us the how of creation or the why of creation? What is the meaning of the creation stories (there’s that plural word again!). I hope you’ll join us for worship on July 7th (actually, I hope you can be with us every Sunday!). May God speak to us through these incredible words of scripture. 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 on various dates/times each month. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Hegwood at (937) 885-1031.

Courier Newsletter Deadline


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

Session will meet on July 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

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 7:00 p.m. Contact Susan Stewart for questions. (937-746-3343)

Administration will meet on July 9, at 6:30 p.m. Contact David Payne for questions. (513-836-3464)

Youth Ministry

Personnel Ministry The next meeting will be on an “as needed” basis. Contact George Mourouzis, (748-3049) for questions.

meets the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Contact Erica Hicks for questions. (937-748-6352)

Covenant Presbyterian Church 415 N. Main St. Springboro, OH 45066 address correction requested

Ken Howard Pastor Worship Service: 10:00 a.m. Summer Worship 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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