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Covenant Happenings Page 2

CPW & Service Sched. Page 3

From Director of Ministries Page 6

Finances Page 6

From Pastor Sarah Page 7

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

Books for Babies to Celebrate the Love of Reading The Dayton Right to Life Foundation offers a wide variety of support to teenage girls who have an untimely pregnancy. The Dayton Right to Life Stork’s Nest Baby Pantry offers free assistance to parents who find themselves unable to provide basic needs to their children. In addition to the Stork’s Nest Baby Pantry, each month Dayton Right to Life hosts baby showers for expectant mothers within the community to reach out and celebrate their decision to “Choose Life.” Books for Babies would build an ongoing library of books for clients to take when they visit the Stork’s Nest Pantry. This library would allow clients to take a new book home every other month to read to their child. Books for Babies would also give out a book as a gift during the monthly baby showers held within the community. During the month of February, we will be collecting new and used children’s books. There will be bins in the entry way starting February 5th - 18th. Your donation of one book can change a child’s life forever. Thank you!

HEARTS & HANDS SCOUT MISSION Join us after fellowship on February 4, Scout Sunday, as we hold our next Hearts & Hands Mission with our local Cub Scouts. ANNUAL MEETING! The Annual Meeting will take place on February 11 after the worship service. Stick around and enjoy a pancake lunch afterwards. (see below) The Annual Report will be available on Sunday, Feb. 4.

In celebrating Shrove Tuesday (a little early), join us in celebrating the last big meal before your Lenten resolutions take effect. The feast will take place on February 11, shortly following the annual meeting, for a pancake lunch. There is no cost to join us for this meal. We are Feb. 22 - 6:30 p.m. asking those who attend to make a goodwill donation in the amount of their choice supporting the mission trip for our youth. If you would like to have your concern lifted to the Lord through the Prayer Chain, contact Charlotte McCarthy at Please pray for: Neva Bell, Nadine Drew, Lynn York, and our military men & women and their families.

Prayer Shawl Ministry - join us on February 8 at 3:30 p.m. (new time) CPW - is now meeting the 4th Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. (2/27) Amicae Circle - meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. (2/27) Current study is “Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews.”

On Saturday, March 10, we’ll have Leadership Training for our Elders and Deacons from 9:30-Noon. Sunday, March 11, marks our next Hearts & Hands mission where we will focus on college student care packages. That evening we’ll have our next COVENANT COOK OFF to support our Mission Trip to McDowell County, WV in July. Stay tuned for more information in upcoming bulletins and the March Courier.

For those who are going on the mission trip, remember to register online asap. Here is the link:

Usher/Greeters The Dinsmoor Family

Counters 04 11 18 25

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

Nursery 04 11 18 25

Yvonne Craycraft Erica Hicks Kristy Catrine Kristin Tibbits

Pre/K Volunteers 04 11 18 25

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

Grades 1-6


04 11 18 25

04 11 18 25

Loretta Sebastian Jen Knoth Becky Hegwood Jami Madewell

Cub Scouts Dale & Ruth Ann Hunt Michelle Teska The Hegwood’s

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.

2 Susan Pfeiffer 9 Leatha Stewart 14 Cindy Caiarelli 17 Carole Hepp 20 Emily Knoth Mary Lou Robison 26 Bill Ilg 27 Neva Bell






9:00 AM Coffee & Conversation with Jono 10:00 AM Worship 11:30 AM Hearts & Hands Scout Mission 6:30 PM Youth Group

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers

7:00 AM Men at McD 6:30 PM Cub Scout D 6:45 PM Cub Scouts 7:00 PM Outreach M




9:00 AM Coffee & Conversation with Jono 10:00 AM Worship 11:15 AM Annual Meeting followed by lunch

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

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




9:00 AM Coffee & Conversation with Jono 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 Scout P 8:00 PM Cub Scout C




9:00 AM Coffee & Conversation with Jono 10:00 AM Worship .

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers 6:45 PM Cub Scouts Den 2 7:00 PM Deacons

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

1st Sunday in Lent

14 Jay & Mary White 21 Rich & Mary Lou Robison

2nd Sunday in Lent


Donalds Den 1 s Den 4 Ministry

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Pack Meeting Committee

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Thu 1

Fri 2

9-4 PM Classical Conversations 6:00 PM Brownies #35238



10:00 AM Bible Study 6:45 PM Choir Practice 8:00 PM Praise Band

3:30 PM Prayer Shawl Ministry 6:30 PM Clearcreek GS Unit



10:00 AM Bible Study 12:00 PM Ash Wednesday Svc. 6:45 PM Choir Practice 6:45 PM Cub Scouts Den 3 8:00 PM Praise Band

9-4 PM Classical Conversations 6:00 PM Brownies #35238



10:00 AM Bible Study 6:45 PM Choir Practice 8:00 PM Praise Band

9-4 PM Classical Conversations 6:30 PM Pub Theology

28 10:00 AM Bible Study 6:45 PM Choir Practice 6:45 PM Cub Scouts Den 3 7 PM Youth Ministry 8:00 PM Praise Band

20 more days until

Sat 3 8-9:30 AM Weight Watchers


10 8-9:30 AM Weight Watchers 3:00 PM Cub Scouts Banquet


17 8-9:30 AM Weight Watchers


24 8-9:30 AM Weight Watchers

Financial Info Month of Operating Fund


Receipts Expenditures Net Receipts (Expenditures)

Month of Dec-16

Year to date Dec-17

Year to date Dec-16

$15,190 $10,339 $145,720 $125,432 $13,936 $12,188 $138,142 $134,270 $1,254 -$1,849 $7,578 -$8,838 ================================

Mortgage Reduction Beg. Balance Receipts Mortgage Payments Transfer to Operating Balance End of Month

$4,772 $0 $1,475 $18,028 $1,071 $12,852 $0 $0 $5,176 $5,176 ======================

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



$1,254 -$2,556 $191 $20,470 -$994 $18,365 $67,008

$7,578 $20 $774 $20,470 -$11,683 $17,159 $67,008

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.

An Invitation to Coffee and Conversation One of my favorite parts of serving as your Director of Ministries is to provide new opportunities for congregants to learn and discuss new ideas together. Beginning on January 7 on Sunday mornings at 9AM in the Youth Room, we have implemented a new program into the Sunday morning routine here at Covenant referred to as “Coffee and Conversation.” While we haven’t quite gotten the coffee part down (our new coffee maker caused us some problems last week), our conversations have been excellent as we dig deeper into questions surrounding Epiphany, the sacraments, and marking time in the Christian calendar. Inspired by Sarah’s sermon last week about Philip extending the invitation Nathanael to “come and see” Jesus of Nazareth, I would now like to extend a personal invitation to each one of you to “come and see” what God is doing at Coffee and Conversation on Sunday mornings. Also, if your schedule allows, we would love to see you at Bible Study on Wednesday mornings at 10AM, one of the small groups that will be launching February 19-24, or at our monthly Pub Theology gatherings.

Looking Ahead to Lent and Beyond It’s already February! I don’t know about you, but after this extremely cold January that we’ve had I am looking forward for February, March, and beyond. This upcoming month at CPC we have much to look forward to. Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be on Sunday, February 11, coupled with a “Fat Tuesday” themed pancake breakfast. Some of our mission trip participants will be helping out with this, and we will have the opportunity to give a donation for our upcoming Intergenerational Mission Trip this summer to McDowell County, West Virginia, July 22-28. Did I mention we already have 16 folks of all ages signed up for the summer mission team? God has been and continues to do incredible things with this outreach component of our church’s ministry, and I’m so very thankful. Speaking of Fat Tuesday, this year, Ash Wednesday falls on February 14, marking the start of the Lenten Season for 2018. This year will mark our third noontime Ash Wednesday service. If you are available on that Wednesday (and even if you have to take a longer lunch break), I would encourage you to try and make it out for this special service. On Thursday, February 15, Susan Stewart, Dave Siegler and I will be headed down to Colombia to make connections with some of our Presbyterian friends, learn more about what God is doing with the Colombian Presbytery, as well as to visit with our sister church in Pital. We will be joining several other pastors and ruling elders from churches in our Presbytery for this Leadership Development trip. While down there, one of our goals is to strengthen our relationship with our sister church, with the hope of pursuing future partnerships down the road, as we consider taking a larger group of CPC folks back down for a trip in 2019 or 2020. Please be in prayer for Susan, Dave, and me as well as the rest of the team. On the week of Feb. 18-24, we will also be launching our Lenten small groups, which will be meeting at different times throughout the week. This year’s Lenten study is entitled, “No Wonder they Crucified Him”, as we go on a journey with Jesus and study some of the more controversial aspects of his earthly ministry. The study is available electronically or via printed off hard copies, at no cost to you. Stay tuned for more details, and I hope you’ll consider being a part of a small group as we seek to grow closer in our relationship with God, and our relationships with one another. Thankful to be here, and looking forward to journeying with you into this Lenten season and beyond! In Christ,

Pastor Sarah

Worship Guide Deadline


By 9:00 a.m. on the Tuesday before the Sunday Session will meet on Feb. 20 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 Feb. 06 at 7:00 p.m. Contact Amy never joined us, we would greatly welcome you! Lehman for questions. (937-885-2122) February 21, 9:00 a.m. for the March edition. You may leave articles on the office desk or e-mail them to

Administration/Personnel Ministry Admin/Personnel will meet on Feb. 13 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. 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 February Newsletter


Covenant Presbyterian Church February Newsletter