Looking Back (and Forward!

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Discipleship
Sunday, pg. 2

 People

pg. 4

Group,

 August

Musicales, pg.
8

An Evening
with Dr. Joan
Gray, pg. 17

 Fall

Sermon
Series
Overview, pg.
18

Nominating
Committee
Nominations,
pg. 19

Volume
1 45, Issue 8 August 2015

It has been quite a summer! Alongside our weekly worship, in
which we have enjoyed a host of excellent worship leaders to
accompany Chris, many have enjoyed combined Sunday
school class. There we have considered the history of worship
in the church and how previous generations of Christians
encourage, challenge, and inform our worship today.
Still others have been regular participants in the six-week “Food and Faith” series
hosted at different homes in the Richmond area. Many thanks to Susan Farrell,
Cheryl and Bill Jacobs, Everett Reveley, Brian and Katherine Baird, and Pete and
Suzanne Sizemore for hosting those!
A number of congregants took time to nurture children in the knowledge and love of
Christ. We had a wonderful VBS with the CDC children involved, and we had a
number of folks who went to Shalom Farms and Maymont Park in order to work
with the children from STEP.
Throughout all of this, our Fellowship Hall has been under renovation, and it is
nearly finished! I am grateful for the many who have contributed their time and
creativity to seeing this through. In particular, many thanks are due to the
Fellowship Hall Renovation Committee: RoseMarie Bundy, Cal Gray, Cheryl Jacobs,
and Carson Price. As well, a big thanks is due to the Building Fund and all those
who have contributed to it. Their generosity has ensured we can update and refresh
that space as we seek to offer the generous hospitality of Christ to all who enter.
Finally, our APNC has continued to work hard, and we are nearing the time when
we will formally open our search for an Associate Pastor who will lead us in
strengthening and growing our Christian Education that all (those among us and
those God is yet calling) may grow as followers of Jesus. Please be in prayer for this
committee and their important work.
While the summer has been full of God’s faithfulness, we are excited for what God
will yet do in the coming months. Be sure to check out our
longer-than-usual Grace Notes because it is filled with
numerous opportunities to grow, serve, and follow Jesus as
the Grace Covenant family.

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

August 9

Worship in the Church: Challenges and Opportunities

Bobby

August 16

Worship in the Church: Weddings and Funerals

Christopher

August 23

Worship in the Church: Weddings and Funerals

TBD

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

Join us September 13!
9:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 13 in the Fellowship Hall we will have a
pancake breakfast to celebrate Discipleship Sunday. The staff of Grace
Covenant is looking forward to cooking and serving pancakes to our church
family.
We will be gathering in the Fellowship Hall for celebration and reflection
on what a new year at Grace Covenant has in store for each of us.
Start the fall off with the fellowship of our whole family, some great pancakes, and the opportunity to
see where we as a church will be answering the call of the Holy Spirit this coming year.

Date Night

Grace Covenant is happy to offer this blessing up to our families again on
Saturday, August 22, from 5:00 - 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 by 3:00 p.m. Thursday, August 20,
to the church at info@grace-covenant.org or 359-2463 with name of child and
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Christian Education and Discipleship
Grace Bible and Forum Classes!
Starting September 20, Grace Bible Class and Forum Class will combine into Forum
of Grace for Sunday School in the Grace Bible Classroom (212).
Many things about these two classes will stay the same. Their dependence on deep
biblical truths and the weekly wrestling with tough theology that all disciples need as a
part of their own daily life. This change comes as a result of many kinds of blessings in
our church family; new spaces for a wonderful and successfully expanding CDC program as well as the Spirit-led continually reforming styles of education we experience
at the church.
Every year our teachers and leaders work hard in prayerful discernment on where
God's urging lies in our methods and our content -- we are excited for another new
year at Grace Covenant!

Wednesday Night Suppers this fall
This fall to pair with the new look of our Fellowship Hall, the Christian Education Committee is excited to offer some exciting new programs as well as some great meals for the whole family.
Our programs will be led by authors like Charlie Summers and Kris Norris, musicians, local leaders, as
well as providing space to look at how we deal with loss, issues in our families as we age, and some
time to just laugh and enjoy the space together as a church family.
The dinners that we share this fall will largely come from Relay Foods, a local provider or organic sustainable produce and meats. You can expect the same great home-cooked style, but with greater attention to fresh, organic ingredients. We are excited that our food practices here at the church will reflect
some of the work we have done this summer studying how our food habits and our theology as a
church align.
Men’s Group - The next men’s group will meet on August 5 at Postbellum (1323 W.
Main St.) at 7:30 p.m. Join us for fellowship and conversation. For more information
contact, Christopher Tweel at christopher@grace-covenant.org or 359-2463.

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assess what needs to be done. In the photo on the left,
the CDC children and teachers are enjoying the unique
sight!

Mission and Justice Ministry
Grace Covenant Bearing Witness with Living Waters
for the World!

The Missions Committee is excited to share some updates on Grace Covenant's involvement with Living
Waters for the World (LWW). As many heard during our VBS last year, LWW is a PC(USA) mission
project rooted in the confession that “Jesus Christ is Living Waters for our Bodies and Souls.” LWW
bears witness to Christ by assisting communities and congregations around the world that lack access to
clean drinking water, empowering their local leaders to build, operate, and sustain water purification
systems and health education for their communities.
To date, Katie McCullough, Michelle Hulme-Lippert, and Nelson Reveley have gone through the official
training for LWW, and Jessica Reveley and Susan Pillsbury David are excited to join in our LWW crew
too. Our team is also partnering with a LWW group from Trinity Presbyterian Church, just outside Philadelphia. Grace Covenant has partnered closely with folks from Trinity Presbyterian in the past for our
KHISH medical mission trips to Honduras.
To date, in conjunction with LWW coordinators in Honduras, we have identified and been in communication with a local congregation in southern Honduras – Agalteca Presbyterian Church and its pastor
Antonio Zavala – that is in need of clean water. Agalteca lies north of Honduras’ capital Tegucigalpa,
and it fits the parameters for a LWW water purification system, namely having access to electricity and
flowing water.
Nelson Reveley will be joining with two of our partners from Trinity Presbyterian and the Honduras
LWW coordinator to visit Agalteca this coming September 21-24. During this trip, we will not only be
building relationships with our brothers and sisters in Agalteca, but also doing further water tests and
negotiating a covenant with Agalteca's leaders regarding the possibility and details of an installation
and education trip in early 2016.
If you would like to learn more or join the LWW team, please just reach out to Nelson Reveley
(nmr2uf@virginia.edu) or anyone from our LWW crew!

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Mission and Justice Ministry
Shalom Farms
Join us Saturday, August 15, from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon 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 Nate McKinnon at nathaniel.mckinnon@gmail.com
or 732-618-7077. 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)!

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!

CDC Update
Grace Covenant,
As July comes to a close we begin setting our sights on
August’s theme of animal habitats. Children will learn what an
“ecosystem” is, and explore different ecosystems all around the
world. They will discover habitats in different climates, like the
desert and tundra, and what kinds of plants and animals live in
those climates.
Learning about such drastically different weather and
temperature patterns also gives us the opportunity to start learning
about how animals and plants learn to adapt to their surroundings,
like how penguins huddle in a circle and take turns being in the middle so they all stay warm. We’ll
marvel at how even animals can use methods like “taking turns,” and how that is so similar to what we
do!
Likewise, we will look at different cultures around the world. From tribes in Africa to the
indigenous people of Alaska, we’ll look at things like how they build their houses, what they wear, and
how they cook their food to acclimate to their conditions.
How are we as people the same as animals? How are we different? How are we similar and
different to each other? We’ll even explore these questions as we study the world map.
Nicole Flournoy
Director of the Child Development Center
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August Musicales
August Musicales 2015
Grace Covenant
Presbyterian Church

1627 Monument Avenue · Richmond, Virginia ·
359-2463

(between the Lee and Stuart Monuments)

Wednesday, August 12
7:00 p.m.
Christopher Martin, organ
Director of Music and Organist
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

Wednesday, August 19
7:00 p.m.
Robert Murray, violin
Ardyth Lohuis, organ

Wednesday, August 26
7:00 p.m.
Members of the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble
Richmond, Virginia

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9:15 Prayer Team (Social Rm)
9:30 Sunday School (see pg. 2)
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5th Sunday Luncheon
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REGISTER NOW!

September 26, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Seminary for a Day
Union Presbyterian Seminary - Richmond
Campus
Seminary for a Day began on the Richmond campus in 2012 as a bicentennial celebration event, designed to opening the seminary up to the church. Enjoy a full day of keynote
addresses and workshops, connections with old friends and new, and a taste of what seminary education is like. The day features the faculty and staff of UPSem in Richmond.
There will be workshops in the morning and afternoon; choose one workshop in the
morning and one in the afternoon.

Event Location: Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, 3401 Brook Road
Registration: $25 includes refreshments and a box lunch on campus – Register
by September 18 in order to ensure you will receive a lunch
CEUs: 0.5
For: Church leaders and members, clergy, and those interested in learning more
about their faith
For more information and to register go to http://www.upsem.edu/sfaday
Schedule of Events
Saturday, September 26, 2015
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:15 a.m. Keynote I
Frances Taylor Gench Watts Chapel
“Worshiping Doubters: The Church in Mission”
10:00 a.m. Break

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Schedule of Events Con’t
10:15 a.m. Morning Workshops (choose one)
How the New Testament Became the New Testament – Brian K. Blount
Ethical Literacy: Understanding Earthly Stories with Heavenly Meaning – Katie G. Cannon
Recent Discussions in the Theology of Food – Dawn DeVries
Hospitality and Gratitude – Signs of Christian Community: Lessons from the Early
Church – Paul Galbreath
When Sundays Come Quicker than Sermons – Cleophus J. LaRue
Biblical Interpretation and Pastoral Responses for Contemporary Social Concerns –
John Carroll and Carol Schnabl Schweitzer
12:00 Noon Lunch
1:15 p.m. Afternoon Workshops (choose one)
Faithful Discipleship in the Age of Social Media – Samuel L. Adams
Telling Her Story: Women in Christian Tradition – Christine Luckritz Marquis and Beverly
Zink-Sawyer
Why Evangelism? John Vest
Theologically Educated Pastors: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Profession? –
Ken McFayden
And You Thought the Book of Order Was for Geeks! – H. Carson Rhyne
Human Spirituality 101 – Cindy Kissel-Ito
3:00 p.m. Keynote II
Cleophus J. LaRue Watts Chapel
“The Shape of Christian Preaching in the 21st Century”

From Our Presbytery
Next Presbytery Meetings:
Called Meeting: Tuesday, August 11 at 4:00p.m.
Location: Laurel Presbyterian Church,
Glen Allen.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Location: Second Presbyterian Church,
Richmond

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Announcements
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Announcements

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Dinners for Six

Social Hour on the Terrace

During the months of September and October the post-worship social hour will take place on
the terrace, weather-permitting. We look forward to enjoying the fall weather together! Of
course, if the weather does not cooperate, then we will gather in the Social Room. Look in your
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Adventures in
Marriage
Unlock the Best in Your Relationship
Learn proven and practical skills with marriage experts from First Things First.
All skills will be practiced exclusively by couples and they will not need to share with the group.
Date/time: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Location: Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
1627 Monument Ave. Richmond, VA 23220

Cost: FREE for Presbytery of the James church members & guests. Others: $25 per person or $40 per couple
Registration:
FREE: For Grace Covenant, Westminster, Tuckahoe & PBYJames members & guests: names/phone/e-mail /
church if any email, info@grace-covenant.org
Others : Register online at www.firstthingsrichmond.org : $25 per person or $40 per couple
Childcare: Available from GCPC $10 per child: names/ages / parent cell: info@grace-covenant.org
Instructors: Dianne & Bob Ruthazer, CFLE Founders of First Things First and the Marriage & Relationship
Coaching Center. Richmond area’s “Marriage Experts” Educating and Coaching Couples for over 20 years and
married 36 years themselves (they laugh: 34 years happily married). They bring proven skills and humorous
personal stories to help you have fun while you make your good marriage better!
Church questions: 804-359-2463
First Things First or program questions: bob@firstthingsrichmond.org or 804-402-8004

Adventures in Marriage Unlock the Best in Your Relationship
Topic 1
Languages of Love and Killer Marriage Tips
Topic 2
Listen to We: Communications for Intimacy
Topic 3
Right & Left: Appreciating Personality Differences

Hosted by Grace Covenant Presbyterian, Tuckahoe Presbyterian, Westminster Presbyterian,
and the Presbytery of the James

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Save the Date
SAVE THE DATE
6:00 p.m. Friday, October 30, 2015
An Evening with Reverend Dr. Joan Gray, author of
Sailboat Church
On Friday, October 30, please join us for a special event in the Fellowship
Hall. We will begin the evening at 6:00 p.m. with a chili cook-off! All are
welcome to bring a chili. Sign-ups for the chili cook-off will be available in
October. All others are invited to provide a small dessert to share.
Following dinner, we will have a special presentation on the mission of the
church from Reverend Dr. Joan Gray, the author of Sailboat Church, which is
the book that the GCPC officers have been reading, discussing, and praying
through during the course of this year. A biography of Dr. Gray is provided
below.
This event will go from 6:00-8:15 p.m. and childcare will be provided
throughout that time.

Reverend Dr. Joan Gray

Joan Gray grew up in South Carolina. She received a Bachelor of Arts summa
cum laude from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, then graduated from
Columbia Theological Seminary with her Masters of Divinity. In 1994 Joan
received a Masters of Sacred Theology in Spiritual Direction from General
Theological Seminary (Episcopal), New York City. She earned her Doctor of
Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, in 2009.
The topic of her D.Min. research was helping congregations heal after conflict.

In 1978, Joan was the first woman ordained to pastor a church in Atlanta
Presbytery, PCUS. Since then she has worked with ten churches in the Atlanta
area. Her ministries have included solo pastor, associate pastor, lead pastor/
head of staff, parish associate, and interim pastor. Joan served as Moderator of
the 217th General Assembly (2006-2008) of the PCUSA. More recently, Joan has
served as Interim Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students for Columbia Theological
Seminary. Currently, she is the Interim Associate Pastor at Decatur Presbyterian Church, Decatur, GA.
Joan's publications include Presbyterian Polity for Church Officers (fourth edition, 2012), co-authored
with the Rev. Joyce C. Tucker in 1986, and Spiritual Leadership for Church Officers, released 2009.
Sailboat Church: Helping Your Church Rethink Its Mission and Purpose, was published in 2013. Joan is
married to Bill Gray, a ruling elder in the PC(USA) and an attorney in the firm of Ogletree, Deakins,
Nash, Smoak, and Stewart. The Grays live in Atlanta, GA.

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Worship
Weekly 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.

Monthly Prayer Group
A prayer group meets 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 359-6222
or omatalsbh@gmail.com, or Carol Wood at 282-2446 or ctwood7@gmail.com Please join us for
our next meeting August 30!

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, Aug.9

Cyrus the Great, Ezra 1:1-11

Sunday, Aug. 16

Elijah, 1 Kings 18:20-40

Sunday, Aug. 23

Gideon - Judges 6:11-24

Sunday, Aug. 30

Naaman, 2 Kings 5:1-14

Fall Sermon Series—Freedom: The Story of God’s People
It is a story of deeply good news. It is the central story that God’s people have recounted from generation to generation because it is the story of a God who continues to move a people from…
oppression to freedom
injustice to justice
deprivation to delight.
bondage to new birth.
Join in worship this fall as we consider the book of Exodus and discover how the story continues to unfold in and through our lives and this world.

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Nominating Committee Nominations
The following people will be nominated by the Nominating Committee at the called
congregational meeting on August 16, immediately following worship. Nominations
from the congregation can also be made at that meeting.
DEACONS

ELDERS

Lisa Cardwell
Mary Gray
Margaret Harvie
Steve Kemp

Susan Boze
Ray Davis
Bill Jacobs

Nominating Committee

TRUSTEE

Kent Cardwell
Cheryl Jacobs
Dana McKnight
Carson Price

John Roberts

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
The General Fund recorded a sizable deficit in June as a result of the usual low level of summer
contributions, the absence of rental income due to timing, and high expenses due to renovations
on the Fellowship Hall and property taxes on the Stuart Circle Building.
June’s contributions of $29,100 were down one-third from a strong record
in May, and for the first half of the year their total of $219,200 was down
about 15% from the same period last year, due primarily to the receipt of
some large mid-year contributions last year. Expenses in June totaled
$56,400 and included $13,600 in audio and other improvements in the
Fellowship Hall and $4,500 in taxes on the Stuart Circle Building. Expenses exceeded income in
June by $26,500.
June ‘s Five Cents Per Meal Offering was $35, Loaves and Fishes, $325, and the Mercy offering
$45.
During June a bequest was received from the estate of Elisabeth Trollinger.

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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

Church Office Hours:
Mon., Tues., 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

GCPC Child Development Center

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 (’17)
John Roberts (’15)
Warren Zirkle (’16)

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

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