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

The CPC Christmas Mailbox is now available and will accept cards until December 24th. CPC youth will hand deliver your cards during fellowship. The cards will also be sorted for easy self pick-up. Help a child grow with God!

Young at Heart Annual Christmas Party at Red Lobster on Dec. 2 The fun starts at 12: 30 p.m. Bring a wrapped $5-10 gift to exchange. See Carole Hepp for more info!

Invite your family and friends to our Christmas Cantata on Dec. 10 at 10:00 a.m. Stay for brunch afterwards!

Will take a break during the month of December. See you next year!

Christmas Eve Service 7PM Candles, Communion, Carols

Friendsgiving Potluck & Greening of the Church Come join us in fellowship with a friends-giving potluck meal followed by a greening/decorating of the church in preparation for the advent season. The potluck will begin on December 2, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. with the greening following shortly thereafter. Please sign up on the information board. If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Lambert at 937-626-1444 or Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. The Longest Night Service or Blue Christmas will be held on the winter solstice, December 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., to temper the struggle with darkness and grief faced by those living with loss, separation, or illness. The service coincides with the traditional feast day for Saint Thomas the Apostle. Jesus said, “Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.� And so we invite each other to this time of peaceful worship. Flee for a while from your tasks. Hide yourself for a little space from the turmoil of your thoughts. Come, cast aside your burdensome cares and put aside your laborious pursuits. Give your time to God, and rest in God for a little while.

If you would like to have your concern lifted to the Lord through the Prayer Chain, contact Charlotte McCarthy at Please pray for: Judy Armstrong, Neva Bell, Nadine Drew and our military men & women, especially those deployed during the holidays.

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will be continuing the new Horizons Bible Study, “Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews.” All women of Covenant are welcome to join us on Dec. 5 at 10:00 a.m. for our next meeting.

Prayer Shawl Ministry will hold their next meeting on Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. here at Covenant.

Covenant Presbyterian Women and the Outreach Committee invite you to come Thursday, December 7, to Yankee Trace Golf Club from11-2pm for Brigid's Path's first annual Christmas Luncheon. Roaming carolers and festive raffle items will be available. Interested attendees meet in the CPC parking lot that morning at 10:40 and we will carpool over together. Cost is $30 a ticket.

Did you know that one chicken can lay up to 200 eggs in a year? Looking for a meaningful gift for someone who really doesn’t need anything? How about a flock of chickens to help feed and provide income for a family who depends on the land and their own hands to eat? This year Covenant Presbyterian Women are partnering with Heifer International to provide flocks of chickens for families for whom 20 chickens can mean protein for the family, income through sale of eggs, and often a dramatic change in their standard of living. A donation of $20.00 buys a flock of 20 chickens and training in how to care for them. During December we will have more information, order forms and gift cards to help you share this gift with your loved ones and folks in need around the world. 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. The offering funds projects all over the world. We will receive this offering on December 3. Thank you for giving generously.

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CPW Cantata Brunch Youth Group Orv & Judy Tysseling TBD

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!

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

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8:30 AM Final Cant. Practice 10:00 AM Cantata 11:30 AM Brunch

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

7:00 AM Men at McD 6:30 PM Administrati 6:30 PM Bldg.Comm 6:30 PM Cub Scouts 6:45 PM Cub Scouts




9:00 AM Advent Discussion 10:00 AM Worship 6:30 PM Youth Group

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers

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10:00 AM Worship 7:00 PM Christmas Eve Svc.

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10:00 AM Bible Study 6:45 PM Cantata Practice

6:00 PM Brownies #35238 11-2 PM Brigid’s Path Lunch at Yankee Trace Golf Course

5PM Homeschool Dance Party

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10:00 AM Bible Study 6:45 PM Choir Practice 6:45 PM Cub Scouts Den 3

6:30 PM Prayer Shawl Ministry 6:30 PM Clearcreek GS Svc Unit



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8-9:30 AM Weight Watchers 3 PM Happy Birthday Jesus Party 5-8 PM Cookie Decorating


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Financial Info Operating Fund Receipts Expenditures Net Receipts (Expenditures)

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Year to date Oct-17

Year to date Oct-16

$16,012 $13,094 $121,863 $105,055 $10,085 $10,294 $109,945 $107,531 $5,927 $2,800 $11,918 -$2,476 ================================

Mortgage Reduction Beg. Balance Receipts Mortgage Payments Transfer to Operating Balance End of Month Cash Flow Beginning Cash Cash Used (received): Operating Fund Other Designated Funds Payroll taxes/FSA Mortgage Payments Principal Total Cash (Used) Received Ending Cash Balance

$4,524 $0 $1,455 $15,618 $1,071 $10,710 $0 $0 $4,908 $4,908 ====================== $51,782 $5,927 -$289 -$183 -$986 $4,469 $56,251

$49,849 $11,913 $3,798 $390 -$9,699 $6,402 $56,251

See John Ritzinger or Vera Escott to make payments with debit or credit card.

Meet Our New Part-Time Director of Ministries Jono graduated from Spring Arbor University with a Bachelor's in Philosophy and Religion. He then went on to United Theological Seminary to receive a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, and it was during his time at United that he met Pastor Sarah and became a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. In 2013, Jono and Sarah both graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with their Master's of Divinity. During their time in Princeton, Jono worked as a tutor for underprivileged kids and served as an intern at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Trenton, NJ. Currently, Jono is a PhD Candidate in Religious Studies at Indiana University, and he leads CPC's Wednesday morning bible study, helps Pastor Sarah host monthly youth group gatherings, and facilitates our monthly Pub Theology gatherings. He and Sarah love to have CPC folks over to their home and feed them delicious vegan food (Jono is always trying new vegan recipes). Jono is looking forward to serving CPC in this official capacity through coordinating worship, adult, and youth ministries, and helping to provide new ways for people of all ages to connect with God and each other.

As I think about the highlights of the upcoming Christmas season, my mind immediately goes to our annual Christmas Eve service. Specifically, I think about the end of the service, when with candles lit, we sing the words of the all too familiar hymn, "Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright." I think this so deeply resonates because so much about the Christmas season is anything BUT silent or calm. I know that many of you love Christmas time, and still there are others in our midst who struggle with feelings of loneliness and despair, particularly during this time of year. And yet regardless of where you fall on the spectrum of holiday cheer, the Christmas season has a tendency to spiral into a chaotic and stressful time. There are many moments when we find ourselves asking – where in the world is this silent night we sing about? Could we have just one second of calm, please? This is where our faith comes to our aid, for we are blessed with the wonderful season of Advent. Many of us know Advent as the season before Christmas, encompassing the four Sundays leading up to December 25th where we light candles on the Advent wreath. But Advent is more than just lighting candles. Advent is a season of preparation, of expectation, of anticipation as we remember those who waited for the birth of Christ and we in turn watch and wait for the fulfilment of Christ’s presence as the harmony for all creation. It is a season marked by long dark nights, by reflective hymns and by scriptures that challenge. Advent invites us into an active waiting, a time when we anticipate and reflect on how Christ can be born into our lives and hearts again this year. Advent gives us those “silent nights” that we long for in the hectic schedules and commercial chaos that often leads us to Christmas... So I invite you to celebrate Advent in our church home and in your own homes Join us for worship as we explore what it means to be an Advent people, watching and waiting for the birth of Christ. Treasure this gift of anticipation, of expectation, of wonder as we journey towards the stable of Bethlehem May Advent give you the opportunity to hear the angels’ voice declaring the good news of the ages “Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace to those on whom God’s favor rests”. May you experience God’s peace and love as we watch and wait for the birth of the One who is light and life to us all. In Christ, Pastor Sarah

Worship Guide Deadline


By 9:00 a.m. on the Tuesday before the Sunday Session will meet on Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. you would like it to appear in the worship guide.

Courier Newsletter Deadline

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 McCarthy at 937-558-2120 or Men’s Fellowship Men meet weekly at McDonalds every Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m. Contact John Ritzinger Outreach Ministry (748-1437) if you have any questions. If you’ve will meet on Dec. 5, at 7:00 p.m. Contact Amy never joined us, we would greatly welcome you! Lehman for questions. (937-885-2122) December 22, 9:00 a.m. for the January edition. You may leave articles on the office desk or e-mail them to

Administration/Personnel Ministry Admin/Personnel will meet on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Contact John Ritzinger (937-748-1437) or Vera Escott (937-298-3410) for questions.

Adult Ministries meets on the last Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Vera Escott at (937- 298-3410).

Youth Ministry meets the last Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Contact Erica Hicks for questions at 937-620-2491.

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

Covenant Presbyterian Church 415 N. Main St. Springboro, OH 45066 Worship Service: 10:00 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 & (937) 748-4734 Fax: (937) 748-4734 CPC - Called and Connected by Christ, Partners in Our Community, Committed to Serve


Covenant Presbyterian Church December 2017 Newsletter