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

Covenant Happenings Page 2

CPW Page 3

Service Schedule Page 4

Calendar Page 6

From Pastor Lee Page 11

Kid’s Korner Page 9

We are starting a new series called “Soul Exercise” which focuses on the Book of Matthew and comes from a group called “Don’t Climb Alone”. As with the E100 that we just completed the goal is to try to get to know God through reading his Word – the difference with this study will be the opportunity to “Travel” on this journey with others. We are planning on introducing the program at an all church Pot Luck Dinner on Saturday May 3rd at 6:00 PM. Come and join us for dinner and the opportunity to learn more about this exciting study!

Interfaith Hospitality Network has received a large donation of furniture from Great Wolf Lodge. The furniture is being delivered to the IHN storage facility over a period of several weeks and volunteers are needed to help with unloading. We are scheduled to help out on Wednesday, May 14 from 6-8 p.m. About 8 strong people are needed for this work session. Teen-agers are welcome! See Loretta Sebastian or Susan Stewart if you are interested. Also, we will also be supporting Interfaith the week of June 1-8 when the families are housed at the Methodist Church in Springboro. We will supply an evening meal and other evening assistance. If you would like to help out, please talk to Loretta.

Mark your calendar for June 8. That’s the date of our Church Picnic at Patricia Allyn Park. We’ll be at Shelter #3 starting at 4:00 p.m. This will be the kickoff of our Summer Worship Schedule when we go to ONE SERVICE at 10:00 AM. Come to the park for good food, games, fun, and fellowship!

Prayer Shawl Ministry will be meeting on May 5 at 6:30 p.m. Please bring your needles and yarn and join us. We’ll be in the library next to Lee’s office!

Growing in Grace meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. here at Covenant. If you would like more info about our group, please see Linda Eaton.

CPW Team 5/15 at 1PM

Amicae Circle Our next meeting is May 27, 1PM, here at Covenant. Pastor Lee is leading us in our study of “An Abiding Hope, the Presence of God in Exodus & Deuteronomy.” Please join us!

Traditional Pre/K (all month) Bill & JoAnn West

04 11 18 25

Contemporary Usher/Greeters

Traditional 1-6

Traditional Usher/Greeters

04 11 18 25

Ken Tim Tim Tim

& Debbie Shear & Jen Knoth & Jen Knoth & Jen Knoth

Stephanie Butler Stephanie Butler Kristin Tibbits Karyn Catrine

(all month) Steve Hegwood

Counters 04 11 18 25

Ken Shear & Le’Anne Leahy Bill Ilg & Tom Sebastian Debbie Shear & Mary White Dave Payne & Flossie Power

Fellowship 04 11 18 25

Contemporary Pre/K 04 11 18 25

Yvonne Craycraft Yvonne Craycraft Kristin Tibbits Frank Catrine

Contemporary 1-6

We need volunteers!

04 11 18 25

Jen Knoth Jen Knoth Maureen Justice Maureen Justice

Congratulations! A little while ago, we set off on an amazing journey. Hopefully, you were able to keep up and have read all 100 Bible passages. Together, we’ve successfully completed The Essential 100 Challenge! We’ve gotten the “Big Picture” of the Bible. And, best of all, we’ve begun the life long adventure of meeting God every day in Bible reading and prayer.

is June 8. We will collect the Pentecost Offering that day. Starting on the 18th of this month there will be inserts describing how your gift can impact children all over our country. Forty percent of the money collected will support ministry with children who are at risk in our own community. Since 1998, Presbyterians of all ages have raised over $8 million for the ministries that benefit younger members of God’s family. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read the inserts and for your donation.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the Easter Continental Breakfast. We had a lot of delicious food to enjoy before the services. It was appreciated by all!

“If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer hasn’t already been.” - Robert Brault Happy Mother’s Day - May 11

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.




May Birthdays 8 Tristan Hess 12 Steve Hegwood 14 Tim Leahy 17 Sean Leahy 21 Aaron Neumann 24 Katie Campbell 25 Kerin Campbell 27 Alysia Fuchs

May Anniversaries 5 John & Karen Ritzinger 29 Ken & Debbie Shear 31 Bob & Flossie Power




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10:00 AM Adult Bible Study 6-8 PM IHN Furniture Moving 6:45 PM Choir Practice 8:00 PM Praise Band

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24 8-9:30 AM Weight Watchers

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

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

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Financial Info Operating Fund


Receipts Expenditures Net Receipts (Expenditures)


$12,995 $12,801 $194

Year-to-date $29,318 $38,979 -$9,661

Mortgage Reduction Fund Beg. Balance Receipts Mortgage Payments Balance End of Month

-$193 $1,930 $2,100 -$363

Year-to-date $566 $5,370 $6,300 -$364

Cash Flow Beginning Cash Cash Used: Operating Fund Other Designated Funds Payroll taxes Mortgage Payments Principal Total Cash Used Ending Cash Balance

$56,656 -$191 -$3,118 - $82 $1,819 -$1,572 $58,228

Tuesday, April 22 was a big day here at Covenant Presbyterian as 109 potential blood donors turned out and 93 pints of blood were donated in support of baby Hudson Marshall, who is fighting neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nerve tissue that is the most common type of cancer in infants. TV cameras were here, prizes were drawn, stories, laughter and tears were shared, and a family with a baby fighting cancer felt supported by the community in their desire to express gratitude for the lifesaving platelets and hemoglobin which have been a crucial part of Hudson’s treatment. Thanks and congratulations to all who helped make this event a success. More good news... ...For the fourth year in a row, Community Blood Center has honored us, Covenant Presbyterian Church, with the Platinum Partner Award of the Lifesaving Ambassadors Club, in recognition of our faithful service sponsoring a minimum of six blood drives per year with an average of over 95% of the collection goals. Over 300 pints, or around 40 gallons of blood were donated at our blood drives in 2013. Each pint of blood can save up to 3 lives! Congratulations and thanks to all – donors, Donor Café workers, room dis-assemblers and re-assemblers, & door openers and closers – for making this vital community service possible.

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. Mike & Ella Wentzel All of our men and women in the military and their families. Our focus groups. Our sister church in Pital, Colombia.

May Services May 04 - “Don’t Climb Alone” 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 May 11 - “Hokey Pokey Prayers” Matthew 6:9-15 May 18 - “The Third Chair” James 5:13-18 May 25 - “A Living Word” 2 Timothy 3:14-17

Office Hours

Special Dates

The Pastor is in the office Mon-Wed. mornings. He is available other times by appointment by calling the office.

May 01 - National Day of Prayer

Our secretary is generally in the office Tuesday through Friday from 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.

May 11 - Mother’s Day

Phone: (937) 748-0272 & (937) 748-4734 Fax: (937) 748-4734

May 17 - Armed Forces Day

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

May 26 - Memorial Day May 29 - Ascension of the Lord

I’ve felt the energy and heard some interesting comments around the jigsaw puzzle table in the back of our worship space. There are a few folks who faithfully take a few minutes whenever they are near it just to see if they can add a piece or two. Their efforts are being rewarded. More of the picture is coming into view. Still there is more work to do. One person from the community, who is not a member of the congregation, but is regularly in our building commented, “When is this puzzle going to be finished?” I told her that it was a symbol of our mission study work and as such our progress is right where it is supposed to be. She replied, “Well, it’s making me crazy. I’m going to come in here and finish it.” I told her that she was welcome to add her efforts to ours. I didn’t tell her that there are several pieces still in your hands. Let me say that another way; we are making steady progress on both the puzzle and our mission study. As an added blessing, we are learning to be patient and align our efforts not only with God’s will, but also with God’s timing. In other words, all the pieces will fit at their appointed time. Even before Covenant came into existence, even before it was a New Church Development, even before its charter members were members of other congregations, God was at work, preparing us for this time. The writer of Ephesians puts it this way… From Death to Life You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2†in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. 3†All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. 4†But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5†even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6†and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7†so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8†For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9†not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10†For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. Ephesians 2:1-10 NRSV Or to put it another way… For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NRSV Nonetheless, God’s promises do not remove our responsibility. We were created with the capacity to do good works, which means that we have the capacity to see where God is at work in our world, acknowledge how we have been prepared for this time, and then commit ourselves to faithful action. And right now, we are in the very middle of that seeing and acknowledging work. And this is where you come in. Your piece of the puzzle is just as important as it was when we first began this adventure. In the same way, your voice in telling our story of how we have been prepared for this time is important. The Mission Study Task Force has created several opportunities for you to add your voice to the conversation as part of a focus group. If you haven’t signed up for one or participated yet, I hope that you will do so very soon. Thanks for sharing the journey. 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


May 16, 9:00 a.m. for the June edition. You may leave articles on the office desk or e-mail them to

Session will meet on May 20, 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 May 13, 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.


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