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This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Covenant Happenings Page 2

CPW & Svc. Sched. Page 3

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Finances/ Jono Page 6

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

Third Thirty - April 15 (after fellowship) “Downsizing” with Becky Hegwood

April 19 - 6:30 PM ‘Boro Bistro

April 28 starting at noon! Bring food to share. Fun, games, and good food will be on the agenda. Sign up today! See Carole Hepp for more info.

Blood Drive May 1, 4-8PM

Covenant Yard Sale May 17, 18

Halo Run 5K Run-Walk-Stroll April Update May 12th is just around the corner. With God’s help we will have a successful event to raise $5,000 for Brigid’s Path! The Halo Run committee and the Marketing teams have been hard at work promoting, but there is lots of work to be done! Register to run, walk, stroll or become a Halo Run volunteer! We need volunteers at check-in, water stations, along the race route, to pass out food, photographers, etc. Look for signup sheets or contact Barbara Mourouzis or Amy Lehman. If you can’t make the event, you can donate or become an event sponsor through the Halo Run website. Put your wings on for a great time! Registration is open on our website home page:

If you would like to have your concern lifted to the Lord through the Prayer Chain, contact Charlotte McCarthy at Please pray for: Bill & JoAnn West, Tim Leahy and our military men & women and their families.

Prayer Shawl Ministry now m eets at 3:30 p.m . on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Please see Yvonne Craycraft if you have any questions. We’d love to have you join this ministry even if you don’t know how to knit or crochet. We will teach you! CPW Team - meets April 24 at 9:00 a.m.

Amicae Circle - meets April 24 at 10:00 a.m. All women of the church are welcome to come to this Bible Study and CPW. Amicae is currently studying “Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews”.

Remember, you can now make online payments to Covenant on our website. Go to and click on ONLINE GIVING. You can pay with a credit card or have the funds taken directly out of your checking account. The latter saves the church credit card fees. Try’s easy. See Vera Escott if you have any questions. Don’t forget! Each Sunday beginning at 9:00 a.m. everyone is invited to Coffee and Conversation with Jono in the Youth Room.


Pre/K Volunteers

Jim & Carole Hepp

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Grades 1-6


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Loretta Sebastian & Mary White Jay White & Dave Siegler Vera Escott & Don Caiarelli Jack McCarthy & Gordon Neumann Bill Ilg & Tom Sebastian

Yvonne Craycraft Kristin Tibbits Mary White Erica Hicks Kristy Catrine Loretta Sebastian Becky Hegwood Jen Knoth Jami Madewell Loretta Sebastian

Yvonne Craycraft Kristin Tibbits Erica Hicks Pam G/Susan P Yvonne Craycraft

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

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Alexander Lambert Jen Dinsmoor Alyssa Dinsmoor Don Caiarelli Ruth Ann Hunt John Lehman Karyn Catrine Ron Pfeiffer Jack Behm

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9:00 AM Easter Breakfast 10:00 AM Worship 11:30 AM Easter Egg Hunt

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers

7:00 AM Men at McD 7 :00 PM Outreach




9:00 AM Coffee & Convo 10:00 AM Worship

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers 6:45 PM Cub Scouts Den 2

7:00 AM Men at McD 6:30 PM Admin/Pers 6:45 PM Cub Scouts




9:00 AM Coffee & Convo 10:00 AM Worship 11:45 AM Third Thirty 6:30 PM Youth Group

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers

7:00 AM Men at McD 6:30 PM Session 6:45 PM Cub Scouts 8:00 PM Cub Scout C




9:00 AM Coffee & Convo 10:00 AM Worship

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers 6:45 PM Cub Scouts Den 2 7 PM Deacons

7:00 AM Men at McD 9:00 AM CPW 10:00 AM Amicae Ci 6:00 PM Adult Minist 6:45 PM Cub Scouts



9:00 AM Coffee & Convo 10:00 AM Worship 2:00 PM Piano Recital 6:30 PM Youth Group

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers



Donalds sonnel s Den 4


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

10:00 AM Adult Bible Study 9-4 PM Classical Conversations 6:00 PM Brownies #35238



6:45 PM Choir Practice 6:45 PM Cub Scouts Den 3 8:00 PM Praise Band

10:00 AM Adult Bible Study 9-4 PM Classical Conversations 3:30 PM Prayer Shawl Ministry 6:30 PM Clearcreek GS Unit





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

10:00 AM Adult Bible Study 6:00 PM Brownies #35238 6:30 PM Pub Theology

6:30 PM Classical Conversations Year End Ceremony

8-9:30 AM Weight Watchers





6:45 PM Choir Practice 6:45 PM Cub Scouts Den 3 7:00 PM Youth Ministry 8:00 PM Praise Band

10:00 AM Adult Bible Study

5:00 PM Cub Scout Event

8-9:30 AM Weight Watchers 12 N Young at Heart Spring Fling

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Financial Info Operating Fund Receipts Expenditures Net Receipts (Expenditures)

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Feb 2018

Feb 2017

Year to date Feb 2018

Year to date Feb 2017

$10,222 $10,930 $24,706 $20,901 $11,148 $10,804 $22,696 $21,165 -$926 $126 $2,010 -$264 ================================

Cash Flow Beginning Cash Cash Used (received): Operating Fund Other Designated Funds Payroll taxes/FSA Prepaid Pledges Mortgage Payments Principal Total Cash (Used) Received Ending Cash Balance



-$926 $255 -$62 -$1,706 -$1,001 -$ 3,440 $64,252

$2,010 $1,378 -$733 -$3,412 -$1,999 -$2,756 $64,252

Don’t forget! You can now pay online. Go to the church website: and click the button for online giving. See Vera Escott if you need help. Also, making a direct payment from your checking account saves the church credit card fees.

Summer is quickly approaching, and that means many of our college students will be headed back to our area. Our goal is to provide them with their own space to study the bible, ask questions, and discuss with one another the issues that they care about on a deeper level. This is something that I am particularly passionate about, due to my own experiences teaching in a university setting. College students are hungry for depth and authenticity. Many of them long for a safe space to wrestle with tough questions. So, I am excited to announce that we will be offering a bible study geared specifically towards our college students and young adults during the late spring and summer months. More details to come in the following weeks. Jonathan Sparks-Franklin, Director of Ministries

An Easter Encore As you are reading this, most likely we are gearing up for or just completed the celebration of Easter Sunday, 2018! Throughout this Lenten season, many of you have taken up the challenge of trying to follow Jesus more intentionally. Whether you have participated in one of our four Lenten small groups, signed up to participate in our 24 hour Disciple Prayer during Holy Week, or served in a new capacity through one of our various ministries I have been encouraged and inspired by so many of you. My prayer is that all of the things that God has been teaching you over the past several months will continue to blossom into growth and vitality in your walk with the Lord. Much like the “lull” after the Christmas season, there is often a “lull” in the life of the church after the celebrations of Easter Sunday come to an end. Church folks often refer to the Sunday after Easter as a “low Sunday.” It is often low in energy and low in attendance. This is a shame, because according to the Christian calendar, our Easter celebration should be continuing until Sunday, May 20 when we celebrate Pentecost. The foundation of our gospel, the message of hope that Easter brings, should not be limited to one Sunday a year! So, to kick off our continued celebration of the resurrection, on April 8, the Second Sunday of Easter, we will be having a pulpit swap and Easter Encore service! Michael Isaacs, (pictured) a friend and colleague of mine from our Presbytery, also happens to be the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Middletown. He will be preaching the Word here at CPC, while I head over to his pulpit and preach the Word at First Pres in Middletown. I encourage you to come on out for worship on Sunday, April 8. Let’s squash the old stereotype of the Sunday after Easter being a “low Sunday,” and as we continue into the month of April, I’m praying our faith community will keep proclaiming the hope of the resurrection and the message of the gospel with the same excitement and joy that we have on Easter Sunday! In Christ,

Pastor Sarah

Pastor Michael Isaacs

Worship Guide Deadline By 9:00 a.m. on the Tuesday before the Sunday Session you would like it to appear in the worship guide. Session will meet on April 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Courier Newsletter Deadline April 23, 9:00 a.m. for the May edition. You may leave articles on the office desk or e-mail them to

Prayer Partners

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, contact Charlotte Men’s Fellowship Men meet weekly at McDonalds every Tuesday McCarthy at 937-558-2120 or morning at 7:00 a.m. Contact John Ritzinger (748-1437) if you have any questions. If you’ve Outreach Ministry never joined us, we would greatly welcome you! will meet on April 3 at 7:00 p.m. Contact Amy Lehman for questions. (937-885-2122)

Administration/Personnel Ministry Admin/Personnel will meet on April 10 at 6:30 p.m. Contact John Ritzinger (937-748-1437) or Frank Catrine (937-748-3610) for questions.

Adult Ministries meets on the last Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Contact Alex Bowers at 252-908-4848 or Loretta Sebastian at 937-238-9629 for questions.

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

Youth Ministry meets the last Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Contact Dave Siegler for questions at 937-272-4799.

Church Staff Sarah Sparks-Franklin Pastor Janet Wayne Church Secretary Kim Ritzinger Music/Choir Director Susan Pfeiffer Pianist/Organist Vera Escott Treasurer Tom Sebastian Financial Secretary

Worship Service: 10:00 a. m. Coffee & Conversation with Jono at 9:00 a.m. Toddlers and children through 6th grade have age appropriate learning opportunities. Nursery - provided for ages 2 and under.

Office Hours The Pastor is in the office Monday-Thursday. Our secretary is generally in the office Tuesday through Friday from 9AM-Noon. Phone: (937) 748-0272

CPC - Called and Connected by Christ, Partners in Our Community, Committed to Serve


Covenant Presbyterian Church April Newsletter


Covenant Presbyterian Church April Newsletter