Exciting Updates!

It is exciting to see all that God is doing as we head toward our centennial celebration
and continue to step forward into the future that God has for us. In recent days, the
Session has been working hard to discern our next steps as a congregation.
Two weeks ago the Presbytery of the James approved a motion from GCPC’s Session
to form an Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC). GCPC has a long
history of having an Associate Pastor as part the leadership of the church, and the Session believes that this is a
good time for us reinstate that position. We believe God is calling us to ensure through this AP position that
we have a strong, vibrant focus on Christian Education with regard to our families and children, especially as
our connection with the Child Development Center continues to grow.
 Monument

10k, pg. 5

 Blood

Drive
on Good
Friday, pg. 7

 Presbytery

Notes, pg. 11
 Prayer

Vigil,

pg. 14
 WNS

Calendar
and Menu,
pg. 15

To that end, the Session believes that the best candidates for leading our Christian Education forward will
come from those who are seminary trained and ordained (or ordain-able). As well, having another ordained
pastor on staff ensures strong pastoral assistance in worship and pastoral care as well as more-focused
leadership and training for our deacons.
While we are excited to see how God leads us through this process, we recognize that there are likely many
questions to be asked at this point. Below are some initial answers to the questions you might have at this
point. If you have others questions, please speak with Bobby or one of the Ruling Elders.

FAQs
What is the process for calling an Associate Pastor?
 On Sunday, March 8, the Nominating Committee will begin soliciting recommendations from
the congregation concerning the members who might best serve on the APNC. Oftentimes 5 to 7
persons serve on the APNC.
 The Nominating Committee then takes those recommendations and discerns which persons it
believes God is calling to serve on the APNC. Once the Nominating Committee has those names, the

Session will call a Congregational Meeting so that the congregation can elect the APNC and the search
process can begin.
The search process entails writing a Church Information Form (CIF) so that candidates have a clear
picture of our congregation and then receiving Personal Information Forms (PIF) from candidates. The
APNC reviews the PIFs and narrows the field of candidates that it would like to interview.
Throughout the process, the Presbytery of the James (POJ) will be involved via a representative from the
Committee on Ministry (COM). The POJ must approve our CIF before it is published and assist in the
search process in whatever ways prove helpful. Then the Presbytery gives final approval to the candidate
that the APNC recommends.
Once the POJ approves of the candidate, the APNC will then present the candidate’s name and the terms
of call at a Congregational Meeting. The congregation votes on the candidate. Assuming an affirmative
vote, the candidate will begin serving as our AP shortly thereafter.
(Continued on page 6)

Volume 45, Issue 3 March 2015

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Christian Education and Discipleship
Sunday School
Held every Sunday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
The Nursery Crib Room (Rm 103) and Sunday School are available for children ages 2 and up.

The Vanguard Class, Basement, Room B4: (Men’s Class) Taught in
rotation this class continues to study how "to be the men that God wants us
to be this day," using material from scripture and the book “Sleeping Giant.”
Grace Bible Class, Second Floor, Room 212: The Grace Bible Class is being
taught by Jack Corley and regularly engages in the study of a book from
scripture. From Feb to March 8 they will be in the book of Jeremiah.
The Forum Class: Basement, Room B7: Dr. Tom Miller will continue to lead
the class through lessons on the theological principle Grace using some material
from Phillip Yancy’s “What’s So Important About Grace?”

Good Books Class: Third Floor, Room 303: Lesson facilitated by Nelson
Reveley and Rev. Bobby, who will be leading a discussion class exploring
good books about God in our everyday lives. Currently reading In the Name
of Jesus by Henri Nouen.
Youth Mentoring Class: Third Floor, Room 300: Each week volunteers
and parents meet with teens to connect media to scripture in a way that is
personally meaningful to our students. Currently in the book of Genesis!
Toddlers Class, First Floor, Room 102: Taught by Rachel Lee this
class focuses on spiritual development and early access to scripture
through play and kinesthetic learning
Elementary Class, Second Floor, Room 209-210: Taught by Moriah
Illsley this class builds faith in young children and challenges them to
apply lessons from scripture to everyday life in school, at home and at
play.

Small Group for Parents! The Parents’ Small Group plans to continue meeting monthly
through the end of May, and all parents/children are welcome to join in. We are having a
great time eating and being together! Questions?
Contact James Atchison (jwatch@gmail.com).

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Christian Education and Discipleship
Archery Tag and Go
Carts!
SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2015
Time:TBA

$10 includes:
1 game of Archery Tag and 1 game of Laser Tag with a refillable fountain
drink. Pizza afterward!
We need a commitment of at least 10 in order for this event to happen.
Please sign up by March 1 by emailing Christopher, christopher@gracecovenant.org. All participants must register. For more information, check
out the G-Force website

Skate-A-Way
March 8
330 Speeks Road
Midlothian, VA
5:00-7:00 p.m.
$5 per skater
Join Salisbury and other POJ churches

Date Night
Grace Covenant is happy to offer this blessing up to our
families again on Saturday, March 14, from 5:00 p.m.-8:00
p.m. A charge of $5 per child will help defray the costs of child
care, though there is a $10 maximum per family with more
than two children. Please RSVP to the church at
info@grace-covenant.org or 359-2463 with name of child and
age.
Looking forward to next year be sure to keep these dates on
your calendar. These dates below will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
April 11 and May 23.
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Christian Education and Discipleship
“They took palm branches and went out to meet him,
shouting, “Hosanna!”—John 12:13
Palm Sunday is March 29; please plan to join us for breakfast in the
Fellowship Hall at 9:15. Please bring a breakfast food to share; CE will
provide the coffee and tea and juice. We’ll also have palms for making
crosses and more to wave as we process with the other churches that make
up the Stuart Circle Parish of Churches. After breakfast we will gather next
door in front of First English Lutheran for our combined Stuart Circle
worship service and procession down Monument Avenue. This tradition
continues to be a special time in the life of Grace Covenant, and we hope each
of you and all your families will join us. And don’t forget to let the little ones
see the donkey!

“Consider the Lilies”—Luke 12:27
Please plan to purchase beautiful potted lily plants to help decorate our
sanctuary for Easter Sunday.
The order forms will be available at the information table across from the
Social Room, beginning March 11. Please fill out your form and drop it into
the box with your check to cover the cost of the lilies.
This year the cost is $12.50 per plant. The deadline for lily orders is
Monday, March 30, so that we have time to get all the information into the
Easter Sunday bulletin. Please take your lilies home after worship on Easter
Sunday to decorate your homes or share with friends to celebrate this joyous
Eastertime.

Flowering the Cross on Easter Sunday
Please remember to bring fresh flowers to add to the cross at the front of the sanctuary
on Easter Sunday morning. This is a beautiful Grace Covenant tradition that allows
each of us to bring some of our own flowers to add to this massive arrangement of
fresh flowers and greens in the form of a cross. Please bring your flowers into the sanctuary before worship and tuck them into the cross form; the children enjoy helping
with this special task. The flowered cross sits up front during our Easter worship service and afterward is carried outside to sit on our front steps as a witness to all who
pass by that “Jesus has indeed risen today!”

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Presbyterian Women
the 100th celebration continues…
Presbyterian Women will continue the centennial celebration by hosting the 26th Annual Spring
Gathering of the Presbyterian Women of POJ on Saturday, May 2. This is a wonderful opportunity to share the history of Grace Covenant with other Presbyterian Women. The program will begin
at 9:30 a.m. followed by lunch and an afternoon worship service with communion. I hope ALL
women of Grace Covenant will save this date, May 2, and be part of the beginning of our next 100
years! Please call Mary Gray if you would like to volunteer to help make this event a great success.
Thank you,
Mary Gray, 247-4899

All Women’s Circles Meet Tues., March 10

1
PW Circle
.
7:00 p.m
Avenue
1727 Park
h
Laura Leig
Hostess:
Savage

PW Circle 2
11:00 a.m.
Vanguard Room
Hostess: Suzanne
Sizemore

PW Circle 3
9:30 a.m.
Social Room
Hostess: Janet
Chenoweth

Monument 10k!
It's the Monument Ave. 10K season again! On Saturday, March 28, Grace
Covenant will be hosting our annual 10K Hospitality Station and Boaz &
Ruth Cheer Zone the morning of the race, for runners and spectators alike
to enjoy snacks, coffee, and fellowship on our terrace. We will also have a
bouncy castle for the wee ones! If you would like to volunteer for the station, or help provide healthy snacks, please contact Virginia Hudson
at vhudson81@gmail.com.
If you are interested in running to
support Boaz & Ruth, please contact
Jessica Reveley
at jabreveley@gmail.com.
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(Continued from page 1)

How long will this take?
There is no set timeline for how long the process takes. From the time that an APNC is formed to the time that we
call an AP, the process may take anywhere from a few months to over a year.
We currently have Christopher Tweel-our Director for Christian Formation (DCF)-who is charged with building up our
ministries among families and children – what will happen to him?
Christopher is doing an excellent job! He took the position sensing God calling him to GCPC for such a time as
this, but he also knew that the church may consider having an Associate Pastor again as it has for most of its history.
Can Christopher be called as our next Associate Pastor?
He can. In fact, Christopher believes he is called to ordained ministry. Even when he took the DCF position, he
spoke about one day seeking an ordained call, and thus he recognized that at some point he would move on from the DCF
position. While Christopher can be called as our next AP, the APNC that is formed will be charged to do a full search of all
viable candidates for the position. In this way, we best ensure we are calling the person whom God has for us.
How is an Associate Pastor different from our DCF position?
Much like our DCF position, the AP will be charged with supporting and developing the Christian education of our
children and families. This includes continuing to build connections with and ministry among our many CDC families.
Along with that focus, an AP will assist in pastoral duties including worship, visitation, and teaching. Once we have called
an AP, we will no longer staff the DCF position.
How will this affect GCPC’s financial situation?
Thankfully, God has prompted this congregation toward continued generosity in support of the ministry and mission
of Jesus Christ through this congregation, which has allowed us to support a full-time DCF position. While it will be
necessary to use more of our budget to call an AP and remain in keeping with Presbytery guidelines concerning ordained
pay, the amount needed to do this has already been budgeted. We believe, too, that this is a good stewardship of that which
God has entrusted us as we seek to step by faith into our call to nurture and form disciples of every age, particularly those
among our children and families.
The AP process is not the only exciting thing unfolding these days! At the Session meeting in February, the Session
approved the following four goals for 2015:
Train, Invite, Lead, and Support
Train every member to be a disciple. We will encourage every single member to commit to a training outlet during the
course of 2015. Options include a Sunday School Class, Prayer Group, or Small Group. Quarterly, the Christian
Education Committee will review our membership to see who is participating and who can yet be invited.
Invite neighbors, VCU students and faculty, former members, and friends to come to GCPC for special events. These
events include such things as special worship services, musical events, special lectures or classes, meals, game
nights, or theater productions. The invitations should be as personal as possible – e.g., an in-person invitation, a
phone call, a handwritten note, or a flyer on their door step.
Lead in worship. Each Ruling Elder will assist at least two times in leading a worship service during the course of the
year. Such leadership will be through choir participation, leading of the Call and Confession, a testimony, or leading
of the Prayers of the People.
Support the CDC's growth in any way that we can so that more families in Richmond might be blessed by that ministry.
We will be proactive in inviting them to worship as well as into discipleship and mission opportunities.
In the coming months, the Session will be working on specific action steps to ensure we remain intentional with these goals.
While we cannot say precisely where and how God will lead as we take steps of faith in these
directions, we do know that God is faithful! We are excited to see what will unfold as we journey
together in this centennial year.

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Mission and Justice Ministry
Good Friday Blood Drive
April 3, 2015
2:00-7:00 p.m.
As we remember the reconciling, life giving grace of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection, we are grateful for this
opportunity to unite in offering the life giving gift of blood. On average, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs
a blood transfusion, and this is a precious gift that cannot be manufactured but only comes through the generosity of
donors. We invite you to join us in service to God and our neighbors and partnership with the American Red Cross as
we seek to provide 100 successful blood donations.
All support is welcome, and if you are unable to donate yourself, we encourage you to consider seeking a substitute
donor or volunteering your time. If you would like to donate, please contact info@grace-covenant.org or 359-2463.
Participating Churches: Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church,
St. James's Episcopal Church, and City Church of Richmond
Location: Fellowship Hall at Grace Covenant

Justice Ministry Update - Nehemiah Action
6:30 p.m. Monday, April 20
What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice,
love mercy, and walk humbly with your God?
- Micah 6:8
Mark your calendars and join us for our Nehemiah Action in union with all our fellow
congregations in RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities) at 6:30 p.m., Monday,
April 20 (Location TBA). We are aiming to bring together a great witness of God's faithful to encourage and
call upon leaders in our region to make decisions that enable our whole region to flourish. This year we are
focused around three issues: (1) pre-school access and reading levels for elementary school students, (2) job
training for entry-level health care positions, and (3) effective use and steady funding for the city's affordable
housing trust fund. We need you there so that we can have as powerful a voice and witness as possible!
For questions or more information, please contact Nelson Reveley nmr2uf@virginia.edu or 387-8094.
RISC's Mission & Vision
Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities (RISC) is an
organization of racially, religiously, and socio-economically diverse
congregations. Our mission is to build an increasingly powerful, communal
voice that can hold local leaders accountable to take action upon researched
solutions to the root causes of injustice in the Greater Richmond Area.
RISC stands united in action and hope for a Greater Richmond Community
in which everyone, regardless of zip code, social class, or skin color, has
access to excellent education, nurturing community, safe neighborhoods,
living-wage employment, restorative recreation, nourishing food, reliable
health care, ease of transportation, and safe affordable housing

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March
Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

1
9:15 Prayer Team (Social Rm)
9:30 Sunday School
10:55 Worship
12:15 Fellowship Hour

2

3
9:45 Staff (GCPC)

4
4pm Care Te
4:30pm Caro
5pm Junior C
6pm WNS
7:15pm Chan

8
DayLight Saving Time Begins! 9
9:15 Prayer Team (Social Rm)
9:30 Sunday School
10:55 Worship
12:15 Fellowship Hour
6pm Ukirk
POJ Youth Event
6pm CE Comm.
7pm Worship Comm.

10

11
4pm Care Te
4:30pm Caro
5pm Junior C
6pm WNS
7:15pm Chan

15
9:15 Prayer Team (Social Rm)
9:30 Sunday School
10:55 Worship
12:15 Fellowship Hour

16

17

18
4pm Care Te
4:30pm Caro
5pm Junior C
6pm WNS
8pm Chance

22
9:15 Prayer Team (Social Rm)
9:30 Sunday School
10:55 Worship
12:15 Fellowship Hour

23

24

25
4pm Care Te
4:30pm Caro
5pm Junior C
6pm WNS
7:15pm Chan

29 Palm Sunday
9:15 Prayer Team (Social Rm)
9:30 Combine Sunday School and
Breakfast, Stuart Circle
Worship and Processional
10:55 GCPC Worship
12:15 Fellowship Hour

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PW Circles
(see pg. 5)

6pm Finance Meeting

6pm Ukirk

Wednes

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** Reminder!
March 24 is the deadline for submissions
for our March edition of Grace Notes.

sday

eam
ol Choir
Choir

Thursday
5
10am CDC Chapel

Friday
6
7am Morning Prayer
(Sanctuary)

ncel Choir

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ol Choir
Choir

Saturday
7
8:30pm POJ PW Meeting
2-5pm POJ Youth
Archery Tag and Pizza Trip
5-8pm Parent’s Night Out

12
10am CDC Chapel

13
7am Morning Prayer
(Sanctuary)

14

20
7am Morning Prayer
(Sanctuary)

21

27
7am Morning Prayer
(Sanctuary)

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5-8pm Parent’s Night Out

ncel Choir

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ol Choir
Choir

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10am CDC Chapel

9-1pm Shalom Farms

7pm Session meeting

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ol Choir
Choir

ncel Choir

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10am CDC Chapel

2015 Howie Lecture
March 2, 2015
Richmond Campus
1:30-4:30 p.m. and/or 7:30-9:00 p.m.
"Mozart and Theology"
Dr. Steffen Losel, an ordained pastor in the Evangelical-Lutheran
Church in Bavaria, and an expert in music and theology, will lecture.
These events are free and open to all.
A complimentary lunch will be provided for those attending the
afternoon session. Registration is required.

Memorial Service for Reverend Syngman Rhee
March 23, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
Union Presbyterian Seminary

Sprunt Lectures

May 4-6, 2015
"Liberating Scripture – Reading Against the Grain"
Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Krister Stendahl Professor of Divinity at
Harvard Divinity School
Preacher: Theodore J. Wardlaw (D.Min., '78), President of Austin
Presbyterian Theological Seminary
2015 Distinguished Alumnus: Glenn Q. Bannerman (M.R.E., '57),
Professor Emeritus of Recreation and Outdoor Education

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From Our Presbytery
Improving Your Annual Stewardship Campaign
A Workshop for Teaching Elders and Ruling Elders
Stewardship Committees, and Finance Committees
sponsored by the office of Financial Stewardship
Saturday, April 18, 2015
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
4103 Monument Avenue, Richmond
Cost: $10 per person with a maximum of $50 per church
The church will receive a $10 REFUND if the pastor attends.
Areas of Focus:
*How an annual stewardship campaign fits into a church's stewardship ministry
*Selecting or designing the campaign plan that's right for your church
*Best Practices for conducting an effective campaign
Leader:
Dr. Ann A. Michel
Lewis Center for Church Leadership of
Wesley Theological Seminary
Next Presbytery Meeting:
Saturday, March 7, 2015
at Union Presbyterian Seminary

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Announcements
Ash Wednesday Service Background and Details
I grew up in a Presbyterian Church that did not have an Ash Wednesday service. The whole idea of “Ash
Wednesday” struck me as something for “other people,” and I really had no appreciation for it one way or
another until I began serving a couple different Presbyterian congregations which had the service.

Openers and Closers

Fellowship Hour

March
1—Jake Savage
March 1
Wood
As many of you know, there is no biblical requirement to hold an Ash Wednesday service or to use ashes –
much as there is no biblical requirement to celebrate Christmas or Easter (though we celebrate the truths beMarch
8—Rick
Nochta
March
8 Christians
Jacobs
hind them year-round).
Still,
Ash Wednesday has been observed
by many
for at least the past ten
centuries. It is the day that marks the beginning of Lent – a six-week period preceding Easter (‘Lent’, too, is
not in the Bible).

March 15—Pete Sizemore

March 15

Holmes

Around the tenth
century, Christians
began placing ashes onMarch
their forehead
their need for repentMarch
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Cardwell
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ance, presumably emulating the likes of Job who repented “in dust and ashes” (Job 42:6). Notably, the ashes
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to God) they also spoke
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Announcements

Ash Wednesday Service Background and Details

I grew up in a Presbyterian Church that did not have an Ash Wednesday service. The whole idea of “Ash
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renewed my hope and thanks for the hope I have in
preached about in a series, books the Session is studying, or
Christ Jesus. Paradoxically, then, the ashes-receiving proved uplifting! Of course, this is in keeping with the
books that were written by members or pastors from GCPC!
Gospel which always ‘cuts to the heart’ (Acts 2:37) and convicts even as it heals and binds up wounds.

The Resource Table

Please do take a moment and look through this awesome resource, and if you are so inclined
After receiving ashes, I went to research the topic in more detail. I realized that while there exists no Bible
feel free to take one and leave a donation toward its purchase. Or, drop a check in the offering plate
verse that says we must observe Ash Wednesday or impose ashes, there is a good theological reasoning unwith "CE Library" in the memo, so that we can keep this source replenished.
derpinning the service. In many ways, the service enacts our call to confess our sins to another, to weep with
one another, and to know anew the Gospel hope (which can only be appreciated by naming, not avoiding, the
We celebrate our continuing education together and hope you will join in "reading along"
darkness).
with the congregation as a family member at GCPC.
To be sure, there is nothing magical about the service or the ashes. Indeed, when calling the people of God
to repentance, the prophet Joel says, “rend your hearts not your clothing” (2:13). The prophet Isaiah likewise
tells the people to stop fasting and repenting in dust and ashes and instead get up and do justice (Isaiah 58:58). In other words, the prophets are calling the people out for thinking that they can perform external acts of
worship (like tearing their clothes or wearing ashes in repentance) that will take the place of actually giving
in joining
the any imposition of ashes if
their hearts and doing the real work of the Lord in the world.Interested
We are wise
to avoid
spring softball team? We
we think they gain us favor with God or have some power in and of themselves.

GCPC Softball Team

need at least 16 men to
join! The West Men’s
However, because the ashes can be a particularly poignant way
for many
Christians to know anew our hope
Richmond
Softball
in Jesus Christ, ashes will be offered at our Ash Wednesday League
serviceruns
at 7pm
Wednesday, February 18th
fromon
midin the chapel. The ashes will be entirely optional – you mayApril
choose
whether
not you come forward to rethrough
late or
July.
ceive them. If you do come forward, I will put the ashes on Games
your forehead
the 13
shape of a cross with the
begin onin
April
and 14
(specific
words, “Consider yourself dead to sin and alive in Jesus Christ“
(Rom
6:11).schedule
My prayer is that through the
to be
announced
later
in March).
We will
service of worship God will meet us in such a way that we are
renewed
in our
hope
and assured
oncecompete
again
against
other
church
teams
in
the
city
at
the
that we rest in the promise of the One who has come to bring Life and Life Eternal.
Westhampton Field at 901 Maple Ave. near St. Mary’s
Hospital. Cost per person: $30. Email Bobby if you
have an interest in being on the team (bobby@gracecovenant.org).

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Worship
Sunday Morning Prayer
The best way to start a Sunday morning, or any morning, is with prayer. Each Sunday morning at
9:15– 9:30 in the Social Room we have a time of prayer and all are welcome to participate. It is a
prayerful time when hearts are quieted and focused on God, joys and concerns are shared, and
prayers are raised in word and in spirit. It is a special time of caring, friendship, and blessing; please
come and pray with us.

Prayer Vigil
On the night in which Jesus was betrayed, after he had
eaten supper with his disciples, he went with them to the Garden
of Gethsemane to pray. He asked them to stay alert while he
prayed. However, when he returned to them he found them
sleeping, and asked, “Couldn’t you stay awake for one hour?
Stay awake and pray so that you won’t give in to temptation.
The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:37-38).
We, too, are Jesus’ disciples. As we remember the events
of that night in Jerusalem, let us accept Jesus’ request to pray
with him.
Grace Covenant will host a Prayer Vigil beginning Thursday (April 2, 8:00 p.m.) following the
Maundy Thursday Service and continuing through Good Friday (April 3, 5:00 p.m.).
You may sign up for the segment of time you would like to commit to be in prayer during the vigil.
You may pray individually or with others.
You may pray at the church, at your home, or at a place that feels prayerful, peaceful, or has special significance for you.
If you would like to pray at the church, the Sanctuary and Chapel will be open from 8:00 a.m. –
5:00 p.m. on Good Friday.
It is our hope to have all the time segments of the vigil covered in prayer. You are encouraged to
pray for at least 30 minutes, but you may pray as long as you wish.
How might you pray? Prayer is time spent with God: sharing feelings and concerns, praise and
thanksgiving, and listening to God’s message for you. Prayer may be done in many ways, i.e., listening,
speaking, thought/meditation, writing, reading, singing, instrumental music, drawing, movement, silent
contemplation, etc. You may pray in any manner comfortable to you.
Will you join us in prayer with Jesus?
You may sign up on the board in the social room at church or contact the church office at info@grace-covenant.org .
For more information you many contact Linda Pitts at 850-345-0634 or lindapitts2113@gmail.com.

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STEWARDSHIP CORNER
Contributions of $37,900 in January were down more than half
from the peak year-end month of December. They were also
down about one-fourth from January a year ago due mostly to a
smaller amount of prepaid pledges being transferred to the then
current year. January’s expenses of $65,800 were up from the $73,800 total in
December after deducting mission donations of $21,200 in December and $4,000
payment to Presbytery in January, but they included $7,800 in building repairs and
$3,200 in insurance premiums. Expenses in January exceeded income by $17,800.
Our Five Cents per meal offering in January was $60, Loaves and Fishes
$235, and Mercy $141.

Wednesday Night Supper
Join the Excitement at 6:00 p.m.
"Celebrating Our Past - Believing in Our Future"
Save yourself the trouble of cooking dinner and come join
us Wednesday nights for a time of growth in fellowship and faith. Every
night we'll have arts & crafts for the kids, timely announcements, worship preparation cards for the coming Sunday, and either faith-infused
live music, a trivia night, or an excellent presentation! $5 per adult, $2
per child, with $12 max per family. Our upcoming schedule is below:

Mar 4 - Fellowship and Presentation on Bobby's Holy Land Trip
Mar 11 - Fellowship and Video "Division and Reunion: A Reflection on American Presbyterianism" (then Justice Ministry Small
Group 7:00-8:00 p.m.)
Mar 18 - Fellowship and Handbell Choir Concert
Mar 25 - Fellowship and 100th Celebration Presentation Video
"Celebrating Our Past: 1915-1990”

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Menu
March 4: White chili,
cornbread, salad, sheet
cake
March 11: Barbecue and
buns, baked beans,
coleslaw, apple crisp
March 18: Potato bar,
salad, bread sticks, Jell-O
and cookies
March 25: Baked chicken
and rice, broccoli, salad,
rolls, bread pudding and
lemon sauce

The Staff
Bobby Hulme-Lippert
Pastor
bobby@grace-covenant.org
Christopher Martin
Director of Music and Organist
martin@grace-covenant.org
Christopher Tweel
Director of Christian Formation &
Pastoral Assistant
christopher@grace-covenant.org
Martha Rubin
Interim Office Manager/Bookkeeper
bookkeeper@grace-covenant.org
Rex Childs
Seminary Intern
Rex.Childs@upsem.edu
Linda Pitts
Seminary Intern
linda.pitts@upsem.edu
Church Office Hours:
Mon., Tue., and Thurs., 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Wed., 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Fri, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
Phone: (804) 359-2463
Fax: (804) 278-6298
www.grace-covenant.org

Sundays:
9:15 a.m.
Prayer Together in the Social Room
9:30 a.m.
Sunday School for all ages
in the Education Building
10:55 a.m.
Worship Service
in the Sanctuary
12:00 noon
Congregational Fellowship
in the Social Room

GCPC Child Development Center
Nicole Flournoy
Director
(804) 213-0200
director.gccdc@verizon.net

Church Officers
Our Elders serve the church as leaders.
Our Deacons lead the church in service.
Please feel free to approach them
with any questions or feedback about
Grace Covenant’s ministries.

CLERK OF SESSION: Everett Reveley

ELDERS
James Atchison (’16)
Virginia Hudson (’17)
ing
Cheryl Jacobs (’15)
Caroline Leith (’15)
Katie McCullough (’16)
Everett Reveley (’15)
Lewis Rosebro (’17)
Pete Sizemore (’16)
Rob Turner (’17)

- Finance (C-M)
- Mission (M), Nominat- CE (M)
– Property (Co-M), CE
- Administration (M)
– Stewardship (M)
- Property (Co-M)
- Administration (Co-M)
- Worship (M)

DEACONS
Itunu Adekoya (’16)
Lisa Cardwell (’15)
Courtney Clements (’15)
Phil Coltrain (’16)
Mary Gray (’15)
Cynthia Holmes (’17)
Jan Kessel (’16)
Dottie-Ray Koch (’17)
Sallie Leys (’17)
Jessica Reveley (’16)
Jennifer Schooley (’15)
Dawson Watkins (’17)

- Prayer (M)
- Flowers (M)
- Visitation (Co-M),
Fellowship
- Glass Office (M),
Deacons’ Fund
- Meals (M),
Visitation (Co-M)
- Fellowship (M)
- Care Team (M),
Transportation (M)
- Fellowship
(Food Committee)
- Greeters/Ushers
- Justice (M)
- Guests Follow-Up,
New Members (M),
Deacons’ Fund
- Deacons (M),
Care Team

TRUSTEES:
Caroline Leith (’14)
John Roberts (’15)
Warren Zirkle (’16)
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