What Does the Lord Require?

“Justice” is a weighty word. For some it carries only strong
political connotations. For others it refers to the work of law
enforcement and legal systems. And for the Bible it certainly
carries some weight - “justice” appears 1,576 times, which is
twice as many times as “love” or “heaven.”

Summer
Sunday
School, pg. 2
Food and
Faith Series,
pg. 7

 Vacation

Bible
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 New

Sermon
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“Justice” is a big deal to God! Undoubtedly, this is one reason it sits at the heart of
our mission statement - “To train grateful disciples of Christ, by doing justice,
loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God.” In his book, Generous Justice,
Tim Keller puts it this way when explaining the importance of justice:
“If a person has grasped the meaning of God's grace in his heart, he will do
justice. If he doesn't live justly, then he may say with his lips that he is
grateful for God's grace, but in his heart he is far from him. If he doesn't
care about the poor, it reveals that at best he doesn't understand the grace
he has experienced, and at worst he has not really encountered the saving
mercy of God. Grace should make you just.”
But what does it mean to “do justice” in light of the grace we know in Christ? Most
of us are not politicians, police, or lawyers – how do ordinary Christians live into
this most basic command?
Two weeks ago 15 folks from the Justice Small Group explored this question in light
of their reading from Generous Justice. The group noted Keller’s helpful, threetiered approach to understanding the ways justice is lived.
Relief – Relief is the direct assistance given to meet an immediate physical,
material, or economic need. Any work we do providing food, clothing,
temporary shelter, or free and low-cost services falls in this category.
CARITAS, hosting blood drives, Loaves and Fishes Fund, and the William
Byrd Community House are some of the primary ways GCPC lives into this
aspect of justice, aside from the numerous ways congregants do so on an
individual basis through giving and serving.
Development – This level of justice refers to the kind of provision given to an
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Volume 45, Issue 5 June 2015

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Christian Education and Discipleship
Summer Sunday School
Worship in the Church over Centuries
Join us Sundays this summer at 9:30 a.m. in the Grace Bible Classroom (212).
This summer we will be exploring the history of worship from the early church to the present. What forms have worship taken and why? What has remained constant? What has
changed? And how does looking to those who have gone before us inform how we worship faithfully today? We hope you will join in the class! Bobby Hulme-Lippert and Christopher Tweel will
be leading the course.
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CLASS TOPIC

TEACHER

May 31

Worship in the Church: Overview

Reverend Dr. Ross Mackenzie

June 7

Worship in the Church: The Old Testament

Christopher

June 14

Worship in the Church: The Early Church

Bobby

June 28

Feasts, Fasts, and Seasons

Bobby

June 28

Karl Barth and the Mission of the Church

Bobby

July 5

Worship in the Church: Middle Ages

Christopher

July 12

Worship in the Church: Reformation

Bobby

July 19

Worship in the Church: Early America

Bobby

July 26

Worship in the Church: Modern Times

Bobby

August 2

Worship in the Church: Challenges and
Opportunities

Christopher

For more information, visit the GCPC website at grace-covenant.org

Men’s Group – The next meeting will be June 3. 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 - brian.baird5@gmail.com.

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Christian Education and Discipleship
Mother’s Day Worship Service
How wonderful to have our children being a part of the worship
leadership on Sunday, May 10! Not only through the ministry of
song, but through their words in our liturgy, and in their bright
hearts and welcoming words at the entry to the sanctuary. Their
hospitality and worshipfulness made this a very special Mother’s Day service.
I love seeing our kids in these roles not only because it gives me
a chance to be blessed by their gifts, but also because their complete vulnerability and transparency in their leadership touches
that same vulnerable open part within me. It reminds me that
even in midst of all the education and experience there is a part
of me that will always need to approach our scripture and liturgy as a child -- a little unsure, but excited and with the total desire for God in my heart that isn’t dampened by the mystery, or
some of the things I don’t know, or can’t know. The children
lead us in a way that goes far beyond just the words.
Leading worship for children also connects worship to them in a
way that participating never will. Leading can unlock questions
about why we do what we do, or even interest in how and why
the church is worshiping the way it does - which is awesome at
any age. Not to mention the amazing look on my little girl’s face,
as she watches four-year-old kids who she sees as peers and
playmates taking the mic and being an awesome and visible
part of her own worship experience.
We are looking to do more of this in future. The opportunity for
their education and the blessing they bring to our own worship
experience is too wonderful to pass up. Proverbs 22:6 could not be more right -- the more we do early
in their lives to connect our children to the deep and powerful meaning of worship, the more they will
come to know and love it as an integral and inseparable part of being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Thank you to all our kids who were readers, leaders, greeters, and singers. Thank you to all our parents for supporting our children in this meaningful part of Christian life.
- Christopher Tweel

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individual, family, or entire community that allows them to “move beyond dependency on relief
into a condition of economic self-sufficiency. . .” (85). Work done to promote and build
education, job creation and training, providing ways for home ownership to be made possible,
and financial counseling are included in this category. Partnership with Boaz & Ruth, Richmond
Justice Initiative (RJI), Shalom Farms, Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT), KHISH in
Honduras, and Strategies to Elevate People (STEP) in Gilpin Court are a few of the ways GCPC
lives into this aspect of justice.
Social Reform – This form of justice “seeks to change the conditions and social structures that
aggravate or cause that dependency” (86) and can involve such things as changing laws, putting
pressure on local government to spend money as readily on the poor as they do other sectors of
society, exposing corruption, or changing banking policies that discriminate against certain
neighborhoods. Currently, Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities (RISC) is the
primary way in which GCPC lives into this aspect of justice.
There is much more to explore on the “justice” front, but the three-tiered is helpful in providing a way
to see the breadth of what justice entails once it is enacted. In September, we will have a chance to
explore all of this in more depth as we will begin a sermon series in Exodus and consider God’s heart for
justice – and what that means for those of us who follow such a God. In the meantime, if you would like
to learn more about the biblical foundations of justice, the ways justice is rooted in grace, and the
myriad ways we can live just lives, the Justice Small Group highly recommends Generous Justice by
Tim Keller as a starting place. Or, simply join in on the Justice Small Group when it reconvenes in the
fall! Contact Nelson Reveley if you are interested in more details.

May Moments

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Mission and Justice Ministry
STEP out with us this summer from your
CE and Mission Committees
Grace Covenant is looking forward to spending two days this
summer with the kids from Gilpin Court's STEP program. July
21 and 22 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. we will be hosting the STEP
children on two excursions. The first, July 21, is a trip to
Shalom Farms. We will need folks to ride along to and from the farm, as well as helping oversee the work.
If you have been to Shalom before, we will need your expertise!
The second day, July 22, we will spend the afternoon at Maymont, seeing the sights, playing games, and
cooking out. It promises to be two days of great fun, and a great way to spend some time with the amazing
kids in the STEP program. Contact Susan Farrell at omatalsbh@gmail.com or Christopher Tweel at
christopher@grace-covenant.org for more info, and sign up with the church office at info@gracecovenant.org.

Shalom Farms Returns!
Saturday, June 20
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 that everyone in our city has access to God's bounteous gift of nutritious produce. Please RSVP to Nelson Reveley at
nmr2uf@virginia.edu or 387-8094. 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
will be July 18.

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!

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Food and Faith Summer Series

The Wednesday Night Summer Cook-Outs are back! Dinner will be put together by the hosts (see
below), and it will start at 6:00 p.m. About 6:45 p.m., a conversation around Scripture and that
evening’s theme will begin. It’s casual, and a great time to bring the whole family! We simply ask
that you consider making a $3-4 donation per person to cover food costs ($12 max for a family).
June 10
June 17
June 24
July 8
July 15
July 22

Hulme-Lipperts’ House
Susan Farrell's House
Reveleys’ House
Jacobs' House
Bairds’ House
Sizemores’ House

2307 Floyd Ave.
1704 Park Ave.
2314 Monument Ave.
1502 Park Ave.
1704 Hanover Ave.
1112 Hollins Rd.

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9:15 Prayer Team (Social Rm)
9:30 Sunday School ( see pg. 2)
10:55 Worship
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9:30 Sunday School ( see pg. 2)
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Presbytery Meeting at First
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9:30 Sunday School (see pg. 2)
10:55 GCPC Worship
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12:30 Prayer Group in the Chapel

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for our July edition of Grace Notes.

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From Our Presbytery
Next Presbytery Meeting:
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Location: Second Presbyterian Church,
Richmond

CDC Update
Grace Covenant Presbyterian,
We had a great time sharing our end of the year festival with all
of you. With balloon animals, bouncy house, face-painting, and
dishes to share, everyone had a spectacular time! Thank you, as
always, for your continued support of our children and families.
As the school year has come to a close, we at the CDC have been
observing the change from cooler, to warmer, to HOTTER (and
sometimes back again) weather. With temperatures rising and
the official beginning of summer coming up, it’s time to dive into our summer-camp activities like water play, sports, summer
safety, and much more! At our next staff meeting, we’ll gather
supplies and review safety rules to start up our annual water-play activities. The children love to run,
jump, splash, measure, and pour through the water on our playground. They will learn much about the
world around them, how their bodies react, as well as motor-skill control through this exciting activity;
not to mention have tons of fun! Not only will water-play be on the agenda, but we’ll discuss how to stay
safe in the summer; what to wear, staying hydrated, and using sunscreen. We’ll also discover and practice some amazing summer activities, like camping, sports, and field day games! We can’t wait to get our
summer started!
Nicole Flournoy
Director of the Child Development Center

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May Moments Cont.

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Announcements
Ash Wednesday Service Background and Details
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were done in the shape of the cross – a symbol of the Good News. Thus, even as the ashes spoke of a need to
repent (turn to God) they also spoke of resurrection power and hope.

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Announcements

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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.

Road Trip Through the Old Testament
Summer is a time for road trips. Along the way, you inevitably
meet new folks – locals, fellow vacationers, curious sojourners,
and everything in between. And they all have a story.
This summer, in worship, we will be taking a road trip through the
Old Testament and visiting with a variety of folks. In particular, we
will take time to meet some of the lesser-known characters and consider the ways that their stories are our stories – and all of them ultimately part of God’s Story. As with any good road trip, we trust we
will be challenged, changed, and refreshed for having made the
journey.
Sunday Sermon Schedule
Sunday, June 14

Rachel, Genesis 30:1-8,22-24

Sunday, June 21

Joseph, Genesis 45:1-15

Sunday, June 28

Aaron, Exodus 32:1-6, 21-24

Sunday, July 5

Deborah, Judges 4:1-16

Sunday, July 12

Rahab, Joshua 2:1-7

Sunday, July 19

Esther, Esther

Sunday, July 26

Tamar, Genesis 38

Sunday, Aug. 2

Absalom, 2 Samuel 15:1-12

Sunday, Aug.9

Cyrus the Great, Ezra 1:1-11

Sunday, Aug. 16

Elijah, 1 Kings 18:20-40

Sunday, Aug. 23

TBA

Sunday, Aug. 30

Naaman, 2 Kings 5:1-14

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Worship
Creeds in Worship this Summer
The Presbyterian Church (USA) has as part of its constitution a Book of Confessions (BOC) which contains historical documents of what we as the church believe. Currently there are eleven creeds in our
BOC (and a twelfth will be added this summer). Oftentimes in worship we use one of those creeds – the
Apostles’ Creed – to declare together what it is we believe and the foundation on which we stand.
This summer in worship we will take time each week to use different portions of some of the other ten
creeds in worship. In particular, we will frequently use the Brief Statement of Faith (1989) as it was
crafted to be particularly amenable to worship settings. We hope our use of various creeds this summer
helps illumine some of the breadth and depth of what we believe and the promises in which we trust. If
any portion of a confession raises a question for you, please do not hesitate to talk with an elder or Reverend Bobby.

New Prayer Group
A new prayer group is starting after the worship service on the last Sunday of each month. We will
pray in the chapel from 12:30-1:00 p.m. following the 11:00 a.m. church service. For more information
please contact Itunu Adekoya at 309-310-1424 or historybegins1727@yahoo.com, Susan Farrell at 3596222 or susanbarr311@aol.com, or Carol Wood at 282-2446 or ctwood7@gmail.com Please join us for
our next meeting June 28!

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
With one less Sunday than March, April’s contributions of
$33,400 were down a little over 20% from the total in the prior
month. For the first four months of this year contributions of
$144,300 are down about 10% after adjusting for contributions
prepaid in the year prior to the pledge. Expenses of $55,900 in April were down
slightly from those of March and included about $4,000 spent in connection with
the Centennial anniversary celebration. April’s expenses exceeded income by
$10,700.
Our Five Cents Per Meal offering in April amounted to $133, Loaves and
Fishes, $285, and Mercy, $428.50

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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
12:15 p.m.
Congregational Fellowship
in the Social Room

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)
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), Nominating
- CE (M)
- Property (Co-M), CE
- Administration (M)
– Stewardship (M)
- Property (Co-M)
- Administration (Co-M)
- Worship (M)

MODERATOR OF THE BOARD OF DEACONS: Lisa Cardwell
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’ Fund (M)
Care Team

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

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

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