New Life

The Monument 10K Hospitality Station was a great success!
A couple dozen folks from Grace Covenant stood alongside
Monument Avenue handing out bottled water and cheering
for the constant flow of runners. Of course, we were hardly
the only noise – there was music playing and cowbells ringing to accompany all the
cheering. The morning was filled with energy!
At one point, I raised my eyes just above all the runners for a few
moments. I noticed the trees that line Monument Avenue; in
particular, I observed that their buds were showing. The green of
new life right around the corner! I found myself grateful to have
seen this quiet, new life emerging; I had almost missed it amid
all the commotion.

 Holy

Week
Worship
Schedule, pg.
4

 Blood

Drive
on Good
Friday, pg. 5

 Presbytery

Notes, pg. 11

 Prayer

Vigil,

pg. 14
 WNS

Calendar
and Menu,
pg. 15

Volume 45, Issue 3 April 2015

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the Monument 10k
Hospitality Station

I am mindful that the atmosphere around the church this time of
the year can feel like the atmosphere at the race – busy and full!
All of the activities are wonderful, but we need to take the time
again to lift our eyes to the Lord that our hearts might know
again what (and who) lies at the center of this season. If you
need an outlet to help you do this, I invite you to participate in
the Good Friday Prayer Vigil (details on page 14).

My prayer is that all of us find time in these coming days to slow, look up from the
commotion, and consider our God in Christ Jesus. For in him we see the one who
has conquered the power of sin and death and has given us new life. In fact, with
the same power that raised Christ from the dead, Jesus is at work birthing new life
in our hearts, our congregation, our families, and our neighborhood. Where have
you seen buds of new life emerging recently? What distracts you from noticing?
May God grant you the eyes to see that our Risen Lord is among us and faithfully at
work to bring forth God’s new creation.

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.
The next meeting is Sunday, April 26 at 5:00 p.m. Location TBA. We are having a
great time eating and being together! Questions? Contact James Atchison at
jwatch@gmail.com.
Men’s Group – A monthly men’s group starts on Wednesday, April 1. All those interested, meet at the Bairds’ house (1704 Hanover) at 7:30 p.m. for fellowship and
conversation (topics will rotate month-to-month). We will end by 9:00 p.m. Questions? Talk to or email Brian Baird at brian.baird5@gmail.com.

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Christian Education and Discipleship
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!”

Date Night
Grace Covenant is happy to offer this blessing up to our families again
on Saturday, April 11, 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.
Be sure to mark your calendar for the next Parents Night Out on May
23.

Presbyterian Women
All Women’s Circles Meet Tues., April 14

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PW Circle
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7:00 p.m
Avenue
1727 Park
Laura
Hostess:
Leigh

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PW Circle 2
11:00 a.m.
Vanguard Room
Hostess: Mariaa Rachal

PW Circle 3
9:30 a.m.
Social Room
Hostess: Leah Tweel

Holy Week and Easter Celebrations
HOLY WEEK AT
GRACE COVENANT
2015
Worship Services Schedule
PALM SUNDAY — March 29, 2015
9:00 a.m. Potluck Breakfast
9:45 a.m. Palm Sunday Worship (First English Lutheran)
11:00 a.m. Worship (Grace Covenant)
MAUNDY THURSDAY – April 2, 2015
6:00 p.m. Dinner (instead of Wednesday)
7:00 p.m. Communion Service and
Choral Tenebrae
Sanctuary
GOOD FRIDAY – April 3, 2015
8:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Prayer Vigil
Sanctuary
7:30 p.m.
Worship Service
2314 Monument Ave.
EASTER SUNDAY – April 5, 2015
11:00 a.m.
Sanctuary
Chancel Choir and Handbells
Hallelujah Chorus
Bring flowers for the “Flowering Cross”

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Mission and Justice Ministry
Good Friday Blood Drive
April 3, 2015
GCPC Fellowship Hall
2:00-7:00 p.m.
Participating Churches: Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church,
St. James's Episcopal Church, and City Church of Richmond
As we remember the reconciling, life-giving grace of Christ's life, death, and resurrection, we are
grateful for this opportunity to offer life-giving donations of blood. 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. For more information, you can also simply contact info@gracecovenant.org or 359-2463.
Donor Sign-up: Sign up at redcrossblood.org -- enter our zip code 23220 or search key word
"goodfriday" (one word) -- or contact Nelson Reveley 387-8094. Please feel free to invite others!

Shalom Farms Returns!
Saturday, April 18
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Join us on the third Saturday of the month at Shalom Farms - a local food
access and community development ministry shalomfarms.org - as we help
ensure everyone in our city has access to God's bounteous gift of nutritious
produce. Please RSVP to Nelson Reveley at nmr2uf@virginia.edu or 3878094. Carpooling from the church parking lot at 8:00 a.m. (and returning
by 12:00 noon) is possible if there is interest. Otherwise, you can meet us
out on the farm at 9:00 a.m. (1033 Rock Castle Rd., Goochland, VA 23063)!
Our upcoming date for the spring will be May 16. Thanks to the 22 folks
who joined in on March 21st!

Food Donations Needed!
There is an additional way to give to the incredible ministry happening at the
William Byrd House. As we know this ministry for students also feeds them as part
of their plan to increase wellness and success at school.
Pick up a labeled grocery bag and fill it with the listed items! These are items that
this ministry has identified as needed and is a great way to remind ourselves to
continue our contributions. Thank you all for the amazing support you continue to
show!
Drop your filled grocery bags in the basket beside the nursery or in the large cart at
the bottom of the back stars as you enter the basement level.

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Mission and Justice Ministry
Justice Ministry Update - Nehemiah Action
6:30 PM Monday, April 20th
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 Nehemiah Action in union with
all our fellow congregations in RISC (Richmonders Involved to
Strengthen our Communities) at 6:30 PM, Monday, April 20 at St.
Paul's Baptist Church (4247 Creighton Rd, Richmond, VA
23223). 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 in eastern Henrico
County, (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 (804) 3878094).
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

A Visit to Haiti and Cindy Correll
Many thanks to Grace Covenant for allowing me to be a part of a
group that traveled to Haiti from February 5-12 to visit Mission CoWorker Cindy Correll. Led by Rev Elizabeth McGuire, Assistant
Pastor at Salisbury Presbyterian Church in Midlothian, our group
of seven also included Colleen Earp from Camp Hanover, Bill Nix
from Fredericksburg, Becky Soper and Chris Webster from Blue
Ridge Presbyterian Church, and Rev Kimberleigh Wells, Assistant
Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville.
Cindy has been on the job for almost two years now. She wanted to give us a taste of the work in which she
is involved, and the opportunity to meet folks she is “accompanying” on their journeys toward farmers
collective rights, food sovereignty, caring for themselves and each other in a climate that features land
grabbing by rich landowners and by their own government, and a virtual absence of their government in
providing basic services such as health care and education far from Port-au-Prince. We saw incredible
MPB (Mouvemen Peyson Bayonnais) Yard Gardens. Developed under the direction of missionary
agronomist Mark Hare, they yielded fresh vegetables for families with just enough to spare to allow the
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Mission and Justice Ministry
women to take the excess to market to supplement their incomes. We worshipped at St Basile le Grand
Episcopal Church in Gonaives, a two hour service in French with lots of music (we had Books of Common
Prayer in English and French, but no hymnals.) We met with leaders of farmers’ cooperatives which support
their members in developing new agricultural techniques that will be sustainable and will restore the
depleted resources of the countryside. We saw a rural cooperative school, where teachers come to work
every day despite not having been paid in over a year. They teach in a school with no furniture and no
books. We spent hours on roads that were impassible even by our four wheel drive vehicles unless we
unloaded and walked. We tried to sleep through an all-night voodoo ceremony just outside the walls of the
compound where we were housed, thanked our police escort through one anti-government demonstration,
and bribed our way through another one (I wonder how that looked on our accounting to the Presbytery of
the James….one bribe, ten USD!). Most of all, we had hours of good conversations, with Cindy and among
ourselves, about how best to help the Haitian people help themselves.
We are grateful to Cindy for her quiet leadership, to the Presbytery of the James for spearheading this work
in Haiti, and to God for safe passage!
Susan Pillsbury David

CDC Update
Grace Covenant,
Spring is upon us! We are so thankful to our creator for bringing us out of
this dreary winter and into the hope and promise of new life that the first
signs of Spring bring. In the month of April, children will be learning how to
identify different attributes of Spring and recognize the first signs that
winter is over and warm weather is coming. They will observe the weather
every day and see if it is “Lion” weather or “Lamb” weather, seeing firsthand how Spring comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. They will discover
what to wear for different weather situations, and explore lots of different hands on science experiments to
learn about rain, mud, the sun, the clouds, and other Spring weather identifiers. They’ll take walks to
observe the changing scenery around us and also learn to identify different Spring plants like daffodils,
tulips, and grass. Through these experiences, they will observe and learn what colors fill the world around
us, and learn to appreciate the diversity with which God has blessed our world. They’ll learn to recognize
green as a symbol of life, as well as the animals that come back out and about to enjoy the wonderful
weather. They’ll compare the activity of animals in the Spring to that of the Winter, and be able to identify
the animals that share our environment with us. They’ll learn what these animals need through hands on
experiences like bug collecting, making bird feeders, and taking walks to observe. They will also learn all
about the importance of the life cycle such as from baby to adult, from seed to flower, and from egg to bird.
Most importantly of all, children will learn the most joyous message of new life that comes to us on Easter
day. Yes, they will learn the sad story of Jesus dying on the cross (in age appropriate detail) but the real
focus of Easter will be the overwhelming happiness of His resurrection and the salvation that comes with it.
Thank you so much for all of your support as we bestow these important life-long lessons on the children in
our community, and help them build the foundation for a relationship with Christ.
-Nicole Flournoy,
Director of the Child Development Center

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2-7 pm Good Friday
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7:30 Good Friday
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Trailblazers Award Ceremony and Banquet
April 7, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Union Presbyterian Seminary Black Alumni/ae
Association
Lake Chapel on the Richmond campus, 3401 Brook Road, Richmond,
VA
"Sounding the Alarm" featuring President Brian K. Blount

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

GCPC Parish Associate
Rev. Nelson Reveley – GCPC Parish
Associate!
At the request of our session, the Presbytery of the James
approved Rev. Nelson Reveley to serve as our Parish Associate
for Outreach and Adult Discipleship! This is an unpaid 6-8
hour-a-week position in which Rev. Nelson will be doing much
of what he already does – facilitate and organize mercy and
justice ministries (with an emphasis on inviting non-members
to participate), participate in leading worship, teach Sunday
School, and assist in organizing programming for Wednesday
Night Suppers. This position formally begins on April 1, 2015
and is renewable annually. We are grateful for Rev. Nelson’s
inspiring leadership, and pray God’s blessing and strength
upon him as he continues to lead us.

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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, June 16, 2015
Location: TBA

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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

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Announcements

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campfires, and optional workshops such as
the church office or the Corley’s so that
blacksmithing, wood carving, drumming and
folks on the waiting list can attend.
hiking. For more information, contact Christopher
Tweel at christopher@grace-covenant.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@gracecovenant.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 $30,100 in February were up from January’s
$26,700 total, exclusive of pledges prepaid in 2014 and transferred to
the current account in January. The total was, however, down about
7% from that of February a year ago. February’s expenses of $67,300
were up slightly from January’s high level. They included almost
$20,000 in unusual personnel expenses consisting of a severance package for the Church
Secretary and the payment of sabbatical expenses for the Director of Music. February’s
expenses exceeded income by $28,500.
Our Five Cents per Meal offering in February amounted to $286, Loaves and Fishes $720,
and Mercy Offering $153. Over $2,100 was paid out of Loaves and Fishes for local
mission causes during the month.

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:

Apr 8 - Fellowship & 100th Celebration Presentation
"Believing in Our Future: Ministries Today"
Apr 15 - Fellowship & 100th Celebration "Believing in Our
Future: The Years to Come"
Apr 22 - Fellowship & Presentation on our January 2015
Honduras Mission Trip (KHISH)
Apr 29 - Fellowship & Children's Choir Concert

Menu
April 8: Pizza, salad,
green beans and banana
pudding
April 15: Lasagna, garlic
bread, salad and peach
cobbler
April 22: Tuna fish
casserole, broccoli, salad,
biscuits and brownies
April 29: Spaghetti
with/without meat sauce,
garlic bread, salad, and
short cake

Our planter beds are here and have some green in
them!
These beds are meant to give our rear entry a sense of welcome and are part of the
new "face" we are presenting to our visitors and church family. We plan to keep
annuals rotating in for big events and to keep the area looking fresh.
The boxes themselves were made by the students at "Nehemiah's Workshop" a
CHAT organization that teaches high school boys the blessing of carpentry. They
did a great job! We are proud to display their work at our entry.
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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
Nelson Reveley
Parish Associate for Outreach &
Adult Discipleship
nmr2uf@virginia.edu
Amy Kempel
Director of Communications
amy@grace-covenant.org
Martha Rubin
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
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
gracecovenantcdc.com

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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