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

Join us on Saturday, August 4 as we have a Blessing of the Animals service at 7:30 p.m. under the big tent on the church grounds. Following the service we’ll enjoy ice cream! Everyone is welcome and the event is open to the public.

Happens here July 30th-August 3rd. All are welcome to come enjoy the day’s finale at 11:00 AM.

Our Annual Fall Family Fest is scheduled for September 22ned from 4:00-7:00 pm. Our next blood drive is August 21 from 4-8PM. If you would like to donate blood make an appointment at this link: It’s quick and easy and you can help save lives.

We have nailed down our dates for our 2019 trip to Colombia. Our team will depart on Wednesday, May 29th and return on Thursday, June 6th, 2019. During our time in Colombia, we will be assisting with the outreach ministries of our sister church, worshiping with them, learning about their culture, possibly working on some small construction projects, and making some improvements to the church's children's library. If you are interested in joining our Colombia team, the deadline to sign up is Tuesday, September 4. A $300 deposit will be required. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Stewart or Pastor Sarah. Colombia aqui venimos!!

If you would like to have your concern lifted to the Lord through the Prayer Chain, contact Charlotte McCarthy at Please pray for: Ginny Requarth and all of our military men & women and their families.

CPW is back from vacation! The next meeting is August 28 at 9:00 a.m.

PRAYER SHAWL will hold their next meeting on Aug. 9 at 3:30 p.m. Want to learn how to knit or crochet? Come, and we’ll teach you!

Usher/Greeters Dave Payne & Tim Leahy

Counters 05 12 19 26

Jack McCarthy & Gordon N. Bill Ilg & Tom Sebastian Loretta Sebastian & Mary White Jay White & Dave Siegler

Amicae Circle will return on September 25!


Pre/K Volunteers

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05 12 19 26

Kristy Catrine Kristy Catrine Erica Hicks Yvonne Craycraft

Grades 1-6 05 12 19 26

Becky Hegwood Jami Madewell Loretta Sebastian Loretta Sebastian

Yvonne Craycraft Pam Goins/Susan P. Erica Hicks Yvonne Craycraft

Fellowship 05 12 19 26

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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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Flossie Power Vera Escott Theda Christopher Jay White Aaron Lambert Becky Hegwood Kelly Siegler

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Mike & Joy Smith Ron & Susan Pfeiffer Tim & LéAnne Leahy Orv & Judy Tysseling Frank & Fantine Hess






9:00 AM Coffee & Convo 10:00 AM Worship 6-7:30 PM Youth Group 7:30-9 PM Young Adult Group

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 Youth Sun. 7:30-9 PM Young Adult Group

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers

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




9:00 AM Coffee & Convo 10:00 AM Worship 11:45 AM Third Thirty 6-7:30 PM Youth Group 7:30-9 PM Young Adult Group

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers

7:00 AM Men at McD 4-8 PM Blood Drive 6:30 PM Session




9:00 AM Coffee & Convo 10:00 AM Worship 7:30-9 PM Young Adult Group

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers 7PM Deacons

7:00 AM Men at McD 9 AM CPW Meeting 6:00 PM Adult Minist



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9:00 AM VBS

9:00 AM VBS 6:00 PM Brownies #35238

9:00 AM VBS

8-9:30 AM Weight Watchers 7:30 PM Blessing of the Animals & Ice Cream Social





7:00 PM Praise Band

10:00 AM Adult Bible Study 3:30 PM Prayer Shawl 6:30 PM Clearcreek GS



8:00 PM Praise Band

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



8:00 PM Praise Band

10:00 AM Adult Bible Study



6:45 PM Choir Practice 7 PM Youth Ministry

10:00 AM Adult Bible Study


8-9:30 AM Weight Watchers


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25 8-9:30 AM Weight Watchers


Financial Info Operating Fund Receipts Expenditures Net Receipts (Expenditures) Ending Cash Balance

Month of

Month of

Jun 2018

Jun 2017

Year to date Jun 2018

Year to date Jun 2017

$12,111 $12,387 $79,042 $71,889 $13,705 $10,915 $71,806 $64,301 -$1,594 $1,472 $7,236 $7,588 ================================ $56,803 $56,803

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.

Be sure to join us for Pub Theology on Thursday, August 16. Our Thursday morning group has wrapped up our study on Richard Rohr's "Falling Upward." As we transition into new topics, we welcome you to be a part of our gathering. We meet at 10am in the Youth Room. • We are always looking for more folks to come out for Coffee and Conversation on Sunday mornings. It is a great space to ask tough questions and engage in thoughtful discussion. We meet in the Youth Room at 9AM. If you are a young adult, it's not too late to join our Sunday night group! We will continue to meet though the month of August at Jono and Sarah's house from 7:30-9. Their new address is: 185 Evergreen Drive Springboro, 45066

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Paul said: "If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing." 1 Cor. 13:2 Are we free to love? Love. We talk about it all the time here at CPC. But lately, I have been asking myself the question, do we truly know what it means to love as Christ has called us to love? Do we know HOW to love freely? When it comes down to it, I don't think we CAN love freely, at least not on our own. Two things often stand in the way of our ability to love well: · Our wounds from how others have hurt us. We all have past experiences of being rejected, let down, or loved conditionally based upon someone else’s expectations of who they think we should be. · Our brokenness. We’re human and none of us are perfect. We come with our own particular set of dark secrets, struggles, and weaknesses. Our brokenness, if we hide in it, keeps us trapped. We’re our own worst enemies. During our Sunday morning worship services, fellowship, bible studies, and small groups we often have opportunities to share with each other about our stories. We do this for a lot of different reasons, but one of them is because there is real power in hearing the perspectives and experiences of others. It helps us realize we aren’t alone. It makes these things we say that we believe “stick.” It is through making connections with each other that we are reminded of the goodness and the faithfulness of God. It is through being active participants in a community of faith that we are able to step into the call God has placed on each one of our lives to love freely. It is through the sharing of our stories that we learn how to love God and love one another. It was once said of John, the disciple of Jesus that he “was free to love because he was so utterly convinced that he was loved himself.”[1] Are you utterly convinced of God’s love for you? It is so easy to forget. It is so easy to allow our wounds and brokenness to get in the way of truly grasping God's unconditional love. On my worst days, I often wonder, how in the world could God love a screw-up like me? But God does! And God loves you too. You are God’s beloved! As we look ahead to what’s in store for us as a community and go about the business of being the church, let's go out and live like it's true. May we be free to love. In Christ, Pastor Sarah

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 Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

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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 McCarthy at 937-558-2120 or Men meet weekly at McDonalds every Tuesday 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 Aug. 7. Contact Amy Lehman for questions. (937-885-2122) Aug. 22, 9:00 a.m. for the September edition. You may leave articles on the office desk or e-mail them to

Administration/Personnel Ministry Admin/Personnel will meet on Aug. 14 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 Joy Smith 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 Monday through Thursday from 9AM-Noon. Phone: (937) 748-0272

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