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

Covenant Happenings Page 2

CPW Page 3

Service Schedule Page 4

Calendar Page 6

Kid’s Korner Page 9

From the Interim Pastor Page 11

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD Stop by the table in the narthex and pick up a brochure on how to pack a shoebox for a needy child. These boxes go to children all over the world. Samaratin’s Purse, a program run by Billy & Franklin Graham, has been sponsoring OCC since 1993. Help a child in need this year. Boxes are due back to Covenant by November 17. Thank you.


The Giving Tree Angels will be out soon for Hannah’s Treasure Chest. All gifts should be wrapped with the tag on the outside and back to the church by December 4. Thank you! The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the first Monday of each month here at the church. Come join us at 6:30 p.m. in the library as we make shawls, blankets, and baby items. We will even teach you how to knit or crochet. Louise Winheim can answer any questions you might have. The next meeting is Nov. 4.

Growing in Grace will meet again on November 11 at 6:30 p.m. GIG meets in the library. All women of Covenant are welcome to be a part of this group. See Linda Eaton if you would like more information. We’d love to have you join us!

Amicae Circle Join us on November 26 as we continue our new study, “An Abiding Hope, the Presence of God in Exodus & Deuteronomy.” We’ll meet here at 1:00 p.m. See Barb Richards for more information.

The Thank Offering is a Presbyterian Women offering collected in the fall of each year that gives women a tangible way to express their gratitude for the special blessings in their lives. "Two thousand years later the gospel still rings true. Jesus still expects us to feed the hungry, offer a cup of water to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, provide clothing, provide medical care, and visit prisoners. If you say, 'I can't do all those things. I don't have enough resources to tackle even one of those huge issues in our society,' you're right. Of course, by yourself, you can't and don't. But when Presbyterian women pool resources by giving to the Thank Offering, we make a big difference." The Offering will be received on Nov. 17. Thank you for making a difference!

Traditional Service Usher/Greeter (Carole Hepp/Debbie Shear) 03 Mary Lehman, Ginny Requarth, 10 Mary Lehman, Ginny Requarth, 17 Mary Lehman, Ginny Requarth, 24 Mary Lehman, Ginny Requarth,

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Contemporary Service Usher/Greeter (Debbie Shear) 03 Frank & Fantine 10 Frank & Fantine 17 Frank & Fantine 24 Frank & Fantine

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Counters (Debbie Shear) 03 Dave Payne & Flossie Power 10 Jay White & Dave Siegler 17 Tim Knoth & Debbie Shear 24 Ken Shear & Le’Anne Leahy

Traditional Children’s Church Pre/K (Yvonne Craycraft) 03 Erica Hicks 10 Erica Hicks 17 Karyn Catrine 24 Karyn Catrine

Contemporary Children’s Church Pre/K 03 10 17 24

Pam Goins/Susan Pfeiffer Pam Goins/Susan Pfeiffer Yvonne Craycraft Yvonne Craycraft

Traditional Children’s Church 1-6 (Becky Hegwood) 03 Steve Hegwood 10 Steve Hegwood 17 Steve Hegwood 24 Steve Hegwood

Contemporary Children’s Church (Becky Hegwood) 03 Jen Knoth 10 Jen Knoth 17 Maureen Justice 24 Maureen Justice

Fellowship (Deacons) 03 TBA 10 Kerin Campbell 17 CPW 24 TBA

If you enjoy baking, then this is the ministry for you. Yvonne Craycraft is looking for volunteers to bake cookies for our visitors who sign in. She needs help with the cookies and also delivering them. If you would like to help out, please see Yvonne or email her at: Thank you!!

Journey with My King “I sat in their tent fumbling for words. My Arabic is not exactly proficient. Yet there I was. Face to face with perfect strangers, eager smiles, offering me chai and making room for one more on their dusty mat. With the opening up of many new camps outside of our city, and 40,000 more Syrians crossing into the country since August 15, 2013, we've embraced this as a significant and unique opportunity to bring the gospel to an otherwise closed country. No need to go to Syria, Syria has come to us. Cha-ching! By the time I ran out of all my greeting phrases, a man with a straw hat popped his head inside the tent. This guy wasn't a believer but being that he spoke excellent English and we were in need of a few more translators, he volunteered to help us, "You need anything?" he offered, "Yes, please," I hastily replied. And promptly, our circle grew by one more.” This excerpt from Alisha Chocholous’ blog,, describes one of her many experiences in Kurdistan, Iraq. Alisha has been to Covenant a couple times over the past two years. During her first visit, she shared about her experiences in India. Her most recent visit, August 2012, was a couple months before she left for Iraq. During worship on Sunday, Nov. 17th, Alisha will be at Covenant to tell us about her experiences in Iraq and what’s next for her. Covenant supports Alisha through our Designated Mission Fund.

Thanksgiving Baskets will be provided for up to 20 families this year through the SCAC. Grocery bags will be available for filling with the lists attached on Nov. 10. Outreach will be supplementing with perishable items. Bags will need to be returned by Nov. 24. Thank you for helping others have a happy Thanksgiving!

Birthdays and Anniversaries are published with your permission only. In an effort to update our list, please notify the office of your family’s special dates, especially if you are new to our fellowship. We want to include you!

November Birthdays 2 4 6 7 8 9 12 13 17 18 22 28

November Anniversaries 5 22

Mike & Ella Wentzel Mike & Mary McKitrick

Morgan Teska Tim Hegwood Erica Hicks Andy Shear Debbie Shear Frank Hess Yvonne Craycraft Amy Cimprich Mike Gardner Steve Teska Keane Leahy Benjamin Justice Loretta Sebastian Jim Hepp Kyle Rone Chris Hicks




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

September $8,643 $6,228 $2,415

Year-to-date $118,037 $110,483 $7,554

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

September -$295 $1,900 $2,100 -$495

Year-to-date $234 $18,171 $18,900 -$495

We need your help! Pledge time is coming soon. Please pray about how you can help Covenant spiritually, physically and financially. Thanks in advance for your help.

2014 PER CAPITA - $26.77 The per capita (some call it a “head tax”) is a voluntary contribution each congregation of the PC(USA) is asked to contribute to the Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly in order to support the missions and ministries of the larger church. You can help with our operating needs by paying your share ($26.77 per member). Simply use the small blue envelope found in the front of your 2014 box of envelopes, include your gift in your regular weekly offering (just mark the per capita amount on the “other” line on the envelope) or include a separate check with “per capita” noted in the memo space. Thanks for your ongoing support of the missions and ministries of the PC(USA).

If you would like to have your concern lifted to the Lord through the Prayer Chain, contact Debbie Shear at or 748-2809. Please pray for: Karen Ritzinger as she continues chemo. Margy Dunn Mike & Ella Wentzel Theda Christopher and family. The Knoth family.

November Services November 03 - “Faith of Our Fathers (and Mothers)” Luke 2:22-40 Dedication of Pledges November 10 - “Altogether Now” Luke 2:41-52 November 17 - “Lessons from a Faith Journey” Luke 3:21-22, 4:1-13 November 24 - “Under New Ownership” Luke 4:14-21

Office Hours

The Pastor is in the office Mon-Wed. mornings. He is available other times by appointment by calling the office. 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 Dr. Lee Dorsey Alysia Fuchs Janet Wayne Kim Denney Susan Pfeiffer Vera Escott Debbie Shear Cam’s Cleaning Svc.

Pastor Youth Director Church Secretary Music/Choir Director Pianist/Organist Treasurer Financial Secretary Custodian

Covenant’s Email Addresses

Special Dates November 01

- All Saints Day

November 03

- Daylight Savings Time ends

November 11

- Veterans Day

Nov. 17-23

- National Bible Week

November 24

- Christ the King Sunday

November 28

- Thanksgiving

Advantages of Interim Ministry Now that I have had the opportunity to get to know the you a bit better, you can expect me to focus much of my time and energy on the kinds of things that normally are an integral part of the interim journey. Initially, you can expect that my newsletter articles will focus on topics and issues that are characteristic of times of transition. I will do my best to keep you updated on our progress as well as what lies ahead and how you can be involved. My intention is to provide you with a framework that enables you to more fully participate in our journey. Interim Ministry specialist, Alan G. Gripe, outlines several advantages for congregations that intentionally choose this course of action when they are in between installed pastors. He writes: A key advantage of the interim pastor’s work is the objectivity and opportunity that come with its temporary character. The experienced interim is free to deal with a congregation’s grief over the loss of the previous pastor. Concerns arising out of the previous pastorate can be worked through to help the congregation avoid projecting past difficulties onto the new pastor and enter the new relationship with fresh hope, vision, and confidence. It is often easier to make significant changes in the congregation because the interim pastor is free from a long-term personal investment. Also the congregation may try out, on a low-risk basis, other leadership and new styles of ministry and worship. In other words, we are free to think what we think, feel what we feel, and together do our best to respond to those thoughts and feelings in healthy ways as they lead us to new experiences of God and church life. We are also free to explore and experiment, keeping and building upon the best and letting go of what no longer works. Finally, we are free to awaken our hearts to the joy and challenge of God’s deep and unending love. As you can probably tell, I am pretty enthused about the windows of opportunity that interims and other times of transition offer. I am looking forward to working with the Session and those of you who get caught up in the presence and activity of God in this place at this time in history. I am praying that together we will find ways to collaborate and respond to those moments of grace by abiding in faith, encouraging one another in hope, and loving as we are loved. Finally, I am greatly encouraged by the level of participation that I have witnessed in and around the church. I hope that you, too, are catching some of the growing enthusiasm for what is possible. I also hope that you will continue to mark your calendars and make a special effort to be involved as much as possible in the days and weeks ahead. The church needs you at this time in its life. Thanks again for sharing the journey. With a grateful heart… Grace and Peace, Lee

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 each month. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Hegwood at (937) 885-1031.

Courier Newsletter Deadline


Nov. 22 9:00 a.m. for the December edition. You may leave articles on the office desk or e-mail them to

Session will meet on Nov. 19, 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!

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 Ministry Administration will meet on Nov. 12, 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 Worship Service: 9:30 a.m. Traditional Worship Service 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service 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.