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

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It’s a brand new year and time to live up to your new year’s resolutions! 1. Lose weight 2. Exercise 3. DONATE BLOOD!

January 28


Our Annual Meeting will take place on February 16. (see below) All ministry teams, committees, and organizations should submit their reports to by January 31. Thank you for your cooperation!

Mark your calendar for January 5. Between the services we will have our congregational meeting to elect officers for the class of 2016.

Growing in Grace will hold their next meeting on January 20 at 6:30 p.m. Please join us in our study of the Bible with Pastor Lee. This study has been most interesting with a lot we didn’t know. Bring a friend and learn with us!

will hold their next meeting on January 6 at 6:30 p.m. Bring your needles and yarn and join us in the library (small room next to Lee’s office.) We are currently making shawls and baby items. If you enjoy knitting or crocheting, then this is the ministry for you! See Louise Winheim for more info.

Amicae Circle Join us on January 28 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. Bring your books and be ready for a great discussion! See Barb Richards for more information.

Traditional Usher/Greeter (Carole Hepp) The Caiarelli Family will usher the month of January.

Contemporary Usher/Greeter (Debbie Shear) Jason & Lori Behm will usher the month of January.

Counters (Debbie Shear) 05 Bill Ilg & Tom Sebastian 12 Debbie Shear & Mary White 19 Dave Payne & Flossie Power 26 Jay White & Dave Siegler

Traditional Pre/K (Yvonne Craycraft) 05 Kristin Tibbits 12 Stephanie Butler 19 Erica Hicks 26 Erica Hicks

Contemporary Pre/K (Yvonne Craycraft) 05 Kristin Tibbits 12 Pam Goins/Susan Pfeiffer 19 Frank Catrine 26 Frank Catrine

Traditional 1-6 Fellowship (Deacons) 05 The Siegler Family 12 Sign 19 Up 26 Today!

(Becky Hegwood) 05 Loretta Sebastian 12 Loretta Sebastian 19 Loretta Sebastian 26 Loretta Sebastian

Contemporary 1-6 (Becky Hegwood) 05 Alysia Fuchs 12 Alysia Fuchs 19 Alysia Fuchs 26 Alysia Fuchs

Kirkmont Center summer camp online registration is now available! Visit the Kirkmont website at for a link to the online registration system, a summer schedule, and paper forms. Register by February 1 and save $40.00 off of your registration fee! Hope to see you at camp this summer! Questions? Need more information? Please contact us at or (937) 593-2141.

Thank you to everyone who donated items for the Warren County Abuse Shelter during the month of December. And thank you to all who purchased gifts for Hannah’s Treasure Chest Angels. You helped many families have a joyous holiday.

From Wendy Ford, Director of the Springboro Community Assistance Center (SCAC) “I just wanted to thank everyone who helped make Thanksgiving so wonderful for the families in our community. Everyone was so happy and thankful! I know it is a lot of work and coordination to pull that off, and I appreciate it greatly!”

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!

Sun 9 Stephanie Butler Maureen Justice 10 Lee Dorsey 12 LéAnne Leahy 14 Kristin Tibbits 17 David Siegler Sue Mills 24 Joey Rone 27 Chris Gardner 31 Jeannette Montgomery

09 Bill & Jo Ann West 21 Mark & Louise Winheim

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






9:30 AM Traditional Worship & Children’s Church 10:30 AM Congregational Meeting 11:00 AM Cont. Worship & Children’s Church

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers 6:30 PM Prayer Shawl Ministry

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9:30 AM Traditional Worship & Children’s Church 11:00 AM Cont. Worship & Children’s Church

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers 7:00 PM Youth Ministry 7:00 PM MSTF (Mission Study Task Force)

7:00 AM Men at M 6:30 PM Administ 6:15 PM Cadette




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5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers 6:30 PM Growing in Grace

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9:30 AM Traditional Worship & Children’s Church 11:00 AM Cont. Worship & Children’s Church

5-7:30 PM Weight Watchers 7:00 PM Deacons

7:00 AM Men at M 1:00 PM Amicae C 4-8 PM Blood Driv 6:15 PM Cadette


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

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

18 8-9:30 AM Weight Watchers


25 8-9:30 AM Weight Watchers

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


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



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

November $10,801 $12,523 -$1,722

Year-to-date $139,234 $134,713 $4,521

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

November -$645 $2,791 $2,100 $46

Year-to-date $234 $22,912 $23,100 $46

We need your help! Please turn in your pledge cards so we can budget for next year.

It’s Time for an Upgrade! The Church office is in need of purchasing new computers. The Church currently has two PCs in the office and a laptop in the Worship area. The manufacturing dates range from 2001 to 2004. Over the years we have been very fortunate to have used computers donated to the Church by our members. If you have a computer that still has some life left in it and would consider donating to the Church, please contact the Church office. We will have someone get in touch with you to review your offering. If you will be upgrading any of your home computers over the coming holidays this may be a way to recycle your equipment. Our target date to upgrade is by the end of the 1st quarter, 2014. You can also talk to Gordon Neumann or Jay White. Thank you!

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 All of our men and women in the military and their families. Eleanor Axiotes and family.

January Services January 05 - “From the Beginning” Genesis 1:1, 2:1-4 January 12 - “Over the Rainbow” Genesis 9:8-17 January 19 - “So What Can I Tell Them?” Exodus 3:1-15 January 26 - Steven Ingram will be our guest speaker.

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

Special Dates January 01 - New Year’s Day January 06 - Epiphany January 12 - Baptism of the Lord

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

January 20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 18-25 - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

THE ESSENTIAL 100 CHALLENGE (E100) I hope that by now you have heard the good news! Starting on Sunday, January 5th and finishing the week before Easter, we will be taking what promises to be an amazing journey together. During those fourteen weeks, all ages are invited to complete the Essential 100 Bible Reading Challenge. As of this writing, the Session and the Board of Deacons have all committed to the journey. Our goal is for everyone who regularly comes to worship or who considers themselves to be a part of this congregation to join them. What is the E100 Challenge? The Essential 100 Challenge (The E100)†is an effective Bible reading program built around 100 carefully selected short Bible passages — 50 from the Old Testament and 50 from the New Testament. It enables people to get the big picture of God's Word and in the process develop a daily Bible reading habit. What promise does this program hold? Most churches, regardless of their denomination or theological perspective, want their people to read the Bible regularly. The problem is most people get bogged down with traditional through-theBible reading plans so they just give up. The E100 Challenge is a simple approach that creates a contagious enthusiasm for reading the Bible. How is it structured? The E100 Bible passages are usually one to two chapters in length and can easily be read in 10 minutes or less. The E100 Challenge takes a reader through all of the major types of biblical writing including Historical books, Poetry and Wisdom Literature, the Prophets, the Gospels, Acts, the Epistles and Revelation. Not only that… IT’S ACHIEVABLE: Most readings are one to two chapters, the perfect length for busy people. The readings are undated. Nobody falls behind. Nobody feels guilty. IT’S SIMPLE: It only requires a Bible and two small items to help you track your progress. No other resources are needed. The most important part is reading God’s Word on a daily basis. IT’S FLEXIBLE: The program works with any Bible translation, any time schedule, and pretty much, any age. The readings can be done individually, with a partner, as a family unit, or a part of any sized small group. How can people get started? Two ways; come to worship on Sunday, January 5th at 9:30 or 11:00 am for our E100 Kick-off or let me, Steve Hegwood or the church office know that you want to participate so we can get the materials into your hands. Finally, what plans are being made for when we have completed the challenge? After December’s invitation to try something new for 30 days, the Adult Ministry Team is inviting us to do something new together for 100 days as a way to prepare our hearts to receive the mystery of Christ’s resurrection. When our journey is complete, like the women who brought spices to anoint the body of Jesus, we will come to the empty tomb bearing gifts, the completed E100 punch cards. I hope that you will become as enthused about this holy initiative as your church leaders are. I am looking forward to sharing the journey with you. May all this, and even more come to pass. 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


Jan. 17 9:00 a.m. for the February edition. You may leave articles on the office desk or e-mail them to

Session will meet on Jan. 21, 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 Jan. 14, 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.


January Courier Covenant Presbyterian Church


January Courier Covenant Presbyterian Church