In late September, the church gave five members $100.

They
were charged to answer one question: How is God leading me
(or us) to use this money? It was a free gift to use in any way
that they discerned God leading them. Each of them then
shared their 100 Project with the congregation in worship, at
WNS, or in Grace Notes (see pg. 5).
Each of them did something different with the money:
Sallie Leys gave to Shalom Farms, and her company generously matched her
donation.
 Oyster

Roast

pg. 2
 100

Project
pg. 5

 November

Calendar
pg. 8
 Additional

Prayer
pg. 11

 Announcements

pg. 12

Janet Chenoweth (and children, Nina and Roman) gave $20 apiece to the Heifer
Project, the SPCA, the Salvation Army, the Fan Free Clinic, and the Fox Elementary
Farm (where she hopes part of her gift brings forth fresh tomatoes that we can share
together next spring).
Jennifer Schooley (and children, Jack and Coco) is still discerning how to give the
money, but is certain it will go toward serving those in need in some capacity.
Kent Cardwell is using the $100 to raise money for the GCPC General Budget and
the GCPC Building Fund. Members can sponsor Kent at a per-mile rate as he does
the Cap-to-Cap trail from Richmond to Jamestown on Saturday, October 31st.
Wilkes Price did something creative. (see page 5)
While each used the money in different ways, there was a common denominator in
this project. Each person shared how challenging this project was. One might think
a free gift would be a blessing! But as they wrestled with stewarding the gift
faithfully, they discovered that true discernment is a process. It involves listening to
Scripture in prayer, to friends and neighbors, and to their own hearts. Ultimately,
each of them acted in a way that echoed Christ’s love for this world, and each found
themselves blessed by the Spirit’s faithfulness in this process.
I pray each of us might be encouraged by their witness. And I invite you to join me
in prayer for our officers! The elders and deacons will be on their annual leadership
retreat on Saturday, October 31, at Union Presbyterian
Seminary. They will be doing this very same work of
discernment on behalf of our congregation. Thank you for your
faithful prayers and encouragement as we step into our 101st
year of ministry together.

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Volume 45, Issue 11
November 2015

Christian Education and Discipleship
Men’s Ministry
Oyster season has long been celebrated at Grace Covenant by the annual Men’s Oyster Roast, and this
year was no different.
Each year the men of the church are invited by the Vanguard Class to come out and have dinner and
roasted oysters on them. And for nearly 80 years we have enjoyed the hospitality of Pearsons’ cabin on
the Pamunkey River.
Some might be unfamiliar with the long history that the Vanguard Class has not only at this church, but
as a movement that took place at other southern churches as well.
As Christian men in the modern world we need to have time together, not only to study and discern our
unique role in the Kingdom of God, but also to connect with our peers and mentors, to share stories and
lend support. Generations need the space to share wisdom, while also gathering inspiration and new
perspectives.
The Vanguard ministry at Grace Covenant has been going further to reach out to all men, not just on
Sunday mornings, but through fellowship and study at other times as well.
This year we look forward to Brian Baird hosting us each month at his house to sample beer and study
life through the lense of scripture. In addition to some other fun events like skeet shooting and bowling,
we are looking forward to heading to Montreat in April for their annual “Mantreat,” where we will
“Connect your personal journey to that of many others through stories and activities. There will be time
for community and time to be alone. The Mantreat will also offer optional workshop options to learn
new skills. 2015 workshops included: blacksmithing, drumming, wood carving, hiking, and primitive
tool making.”
The Vanguard Men’s ministry at GCPC is supporting new life in Christ for our men; we hope you will
continue to join in.

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Christian Education and Discipleship
Sunday School
Held every Sunday from 9:45-10:30 a.m.
The nursery crib room and Sunday School are available for children ages 2 and up.
The Vanguard Class, Basement, Room B4 - This exploratory men's class discusses each of the fathers in scripture.
How did they fare? What was their legacy? How does this inform us about being men and fathers in our church family?
This exciting study will continue to shape the men of our church, as they face each day of being who God created us to be.
Forum of Grace, Room 212 - A newly combined class that goes deeper into the theology and scripture of the Parables.
Join us for great lecture and discussion.
Good Books, Room 303 - If you are looking for some good books and conversation about God to integrate into your everyday life, this is the group for you. The “Good Book Small Group” meets to engage in precisely those kinds of books and
discussions. Converstations will be framed devotionally through scripture, hymn, and prayer (including prayer for each
other) that relates to the book being exploring.
Pre- K, Room 102 - For our youngest Disciples this Pre-K class focuses on getting to know one another, getting in tune
with teachers and their classmates, as well as just starting the process of learning what God's Love is, and just who is God
anyway?
Early Elementary, Room 209 - Great stories of the patriarchs and matriarchs of our faith abound, as this class moves
biblical learning of the seasons through the liturgical year.
Pilgrims' Prep, Room 302 - Confirmation is a special time here at GCPC, even more so as we plan to take our Confirmands on an annual trip to Scotland following their confirmation! This pilgrimage group spends its first year in preparation,
getting to know one another and finding out how God has an awesome purpose and plan for our lives.
Youth Mentors - Join our mentoring program, as we walk through the little-known books of the Bible. Every word that
comes from the mouth of God is precious and awesome. Our Youth Mentors class is all about getting together and seeing
how that Word is present in our everyday lives.

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Social Room
Hostess:
Lewis Roseboro

Mission and Justice Ministry
STEP Fall Banquet
November 12, 2015
6:30-8:30 p.m.

West End Presbyterian Church, 9008 Quioccasin Rd., 23229
"If God so loved us, we ought also to love one another"
(1 John 4:11)
STEP, our partner in helping our neighbors rise out of poverty, is having its fall banquet
on Nov .12. If you would like to join in and register (at no cost), please contact
Jess Reveley at jabreveley@gmail.com by Nov. 5. The guest speaker will be Martin D. Brown,
who writes and works on issues of poverty, marriage, and the family.
Attire is dressy casual. Buffet opens at 6:15 p.m. and program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Metro-wide Transit: Open House Public Input Meetings
November 4, 5 & 9 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
"Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations".
(Isaiah 58:11)
We have an excellent opportunity to help shape the vision of public transportation in our region
for years to come, helping reconcile our metro area, alleviate poverty, and spur mutual economic
prosperity! The Missions Committee invites your presence and perspective at one of the following
public input meetings, which are being held by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public
Transportation (DRPT). Your witness is
critically important, and you can join in any of
the following open-house style meetings (in
which people will rotate through series of
stations in under an hour), all of which run
from 6:00-8:00 p.m.:
Wed., Nov. 4, Main Street Station
Thurs., Nov. 5, New Bridge Baptist Church
Mon., Nov. 9, John Tyler Community
College
For more information, see www.metrocrt.org
or contact Nelson Reveley at
reveley@grace-covenant.org.

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100 Project
When Bobby announced the “100 Project” during worship,
our eight-year old son, Wilkes, was excited by the prospect of
receiving $100. During the social hour on the terrace after
worship, Wilkes readily submitted his name; and lo and behold, it was drawn. Once we explained that the $100 was not
for his personal use (!), we began thinking about how the
money could be used.
As others participants have noted, the process was not easy.
There are many deserving people and non-profits in the
Richmond area with which we have been involved at some
level over the years. I suggested that we research different charities and let Wilkes choose one. Wilkes thought
about this proposal and said that he would like to divide the money between four different charities. We liked
that idea, but it didn’t seem “exciting” enough.
“What a boring story that would make,” I thought. Ashby had other ideas; he felt that from this exercise Wilkes
needed to derive a sense of gratitude—to realize how God has blessed us. Ashby began talking to an administration at VCU hospital about using the money to buy books that Wilkes could deliver to sick children. We talked to
Bobby a bit, and he advised us to pray on the matter, which we did. After several weeks, we still weren’t “sold” on
a particular idea.
We continued discussing our different proposals. While $100 does not go far these days and may not seem like
much, there was a certain gravitas attached to the money: this money did not belong to us; it was the church’s.
What we determined is that we wanted the experience to have a personal element while serving as a teaching moment to our child. In the end, we decided to give $25 to the “Run for Mukhanyo” and use the remaining to buy
food and prepare a meal for a family friend’s son who has bone cancer.
Wilkes’ school, Veritas School, was participating in a run which was raising funds for a Christian school in South
Africa. Wilkes ran almost 5 miles in one hour and raised money donated by family members including $25 from
the “100 project.”
The heart of the project, however, was buying food for our family friends and making a meal to deliver. We had
never met their 20-year old son, Christian, who has cancer, but we were connected to the family in several ways.
We knew his parents; his mother had been Wilkes’ art teacher in preschool, and his father’s sister and her husband, are our neighbors and friends and their children are Christian’s first cousins. Two sisters who live in our
neighborhood and are our regular babysitters are also his first cousins, so while we didn’t know him personally,
there exists a web of connections. Christian has been fighting a hard battle against this disease. Before he became sick, he was an active college student and football player described as soft-spoken and kind. We had heard
that he misses his friends and is tired of being sick, which anyone would imagine. We approached his aunt, our
neighbor, about making the family a meal, which she helped coordinate. We found out that hamburgers are his
favorite food, so we decided to a make them, plus herb roasted potatoes, arugula and grape salad with black pepper vinaigrette and pumpkin-oatmeal cookies (we heard he had a sweet tooth).
One Sunday afternoon I made the salad and burgers, and Wilkes assisted with the roasted potatoes and cookies.
After Wilkes’ flag football game, we took the food to the family in time for Sunday supper. Wilkes—still in his
football attire--was looking forward to meeting Christian and seeing the family, but when we arrived only Christian’s father was there to greet us. The family was at church, and Christian was asleep. We talked for a bit and
explained to Christian’s dad directions for cooking and re-heating the food. Though I could tell that Wilkes was
disappointed not to meet Christian whom we had been talking about so much recently, I hope that this was a
good reminder to our family that when doing something kind for someone else, we shouldn’t expect anything in
return. And in the end, while our story may not be exciting or glamorous, the unremarkable nature of the exercise might just be the lesson.

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GCPC and Bon Secours
Presents

Life and Loss
in the Lord

Join us for a six-week program centered on aging faithfully – an opportunity
for every generation to consider how to best love God and one another
amid life’s progression. The program begins at 6:45 p.m. in the Fellowship
Hall immediately following Wednesday Night Supper.

November 4

Care for Parents and Loved Ones
Reverend Braunda Ridley, Chaplain

November 11

Faith and Finances
Reverend Carson Rhyne

November 18

Death, Dying, and Grief
Reverend David Benshoff, Chaplain

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Memorial Poinsettias

Ash Wednesday Service Background and Details

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November
Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

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8:30 Handbell Choir
9:15 Prayer Team (Social Rm)
9:30 Coffee and Care
9:45 Sunday School
10:55 Worship
12:15 Fellowship Hour
Monthly Prayer Meeting

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9:15 Prayer Team (Social Rm)
9:30 Coffee and Care
9:45 Sunday School
10:55 Worship
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"Celebrating Our Past - Believing in Our Future"
Join us for delicious food and great company! Wednesday nights are a time of growth in fellowship and faith,
plus we'll have arts and crafts for the kids, timely announcements, worship preparation cards for the coming
Sunday, and entertainment.
$5 per adult, $2 per child, with $12 max per family. Our upcoming schedule is below:
Nov. 4 - Care for Parents and Loved Ones
Reverend Braunda Ridley, Chaplain
Cranberry-apple salad, quinoa chili with cornbread and brownies
Nov 11 - Faith and Finances
Reverend Carson Rhyne
Chopped salad, chicken pot pie with dinner rolls and cookies
Nov 18 - Death, Dying and Grief
Reverend David Benshoff, Chaplain
Caesar salad, homemade pizza, garlic bread and chocolate cake
* Our menu is reliant on fresh and in-season ingredients; for this reason the menu may vary slightly to accommodate the freshest
ingredients

From Our Presbytery
Next Presbytery Meeting:
February 20, 2016
Overbrook Presbyterian Church,
Richmond

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Additional Prayer Following Services
The Prayer Team will be available for prayer at the front of the sanctuary immediately after the
service of worship from Sunday, November 1, to Sunday, December 20.
If you or someone you know needs prayer, simply come forward at the end of the service to receive prayer. All prayer requests are confidential. We are grateful for the folks in our membership who have a gift for prayer and their willingness to share that gift.
Here is the schedule:
Itunu Adekoya & Carol Wood
Susan Farrell & Emmanuel Nyankson
Linda Pitts & Charles Hammett
Sampson Lodo & Gershon Abassah
Carol Wood & Emmanuel Nyankson
Linda Pitts & Carol Wood
Itunu Adekoya & Susan Farrell
Samson Lodo & Gershon Abassah

Nov. 1
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Nov. 15
Nov. 22
Nov. 29
Dec. 6
Dec. 13
Dec. 20

CDC Update
From Director: Nicole Flournoy
Thank you so much for your support during the month of
October. We learned all about fall, and enjoyed some of our yearly
activities like the pumpkin patch field trip and the Fall Festival.
As November unfolds, we will be shifting from discovering the
wonderful weather activities, and seasonal changes of fall, to exploring many aspects of food and nutrition. Students will learn
the different food groups and identify both basic and some new
exotic food items.
Students will practice math with sorting, science through taste and smell, community awareness
as they learn the origins of food, self-help skills by preparing and eating the food, and selfawareness as they learn about how nutritional food is good for our bodies. We’ll also spend time
learning traditions associated with food around the world, leading up to our Thanksgiving holiday. As we approach this wonderful season of fellowship and family, we will focus on how to
thank God, our parents, our community, and for all of the wonderful blessings we get to enjoy
every day. Thank you so much for being part of that community, and supporting us in our mission to teach these important life skills and values to the little ones in our community.
Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!
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at the bowling alley]
29-Cheryl Atchison
29-Janet Chenoweth
Email Christopher to RSVP—
29– Helen Blackwell Holt
christopher@grace-covenant.org

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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
Parents
and Playground

Wednesday” struck me as something for “other people,” and I really had no appreciation for it one way or
GCPC
parents!
Bring serving
your young
children
andPresbyterian
join us, Saturday,
November
another
until I began
a couple
different
congregations
which had the service.
14, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on the Grace Covenant Playground. This
will
a time
for know,
GCPCthere
and CDC
parentsrequirement
to gather while
their
kidsWednesday
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Asbe
many
of you
is no biblical
to hold
an Ash
service or to use ashes –
play.
much as there is no biblical requirement to celebrate Christmas or Easter (though we celebrate the truths behind them year-round). Still, Ash Wednesday has been observed by many Christians 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).
Join us for a church clean-up day Saturday, November 7, from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Individuals
we began
especially
need
your
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are some
large
that
Around thewith
tenthpick-up
century,trucks,
Christians
placing
ashes
on help
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to signify
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needthings
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need
to be taken
to the dump.
ance,
presumably
emulating
the likes of Job who repented “in dust and ashes” (Job 42:6). Notably, the ashes
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.

We Need Your Help!

Greeters Needed!

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like to offer
a friendly
smile (and
and anever
warm
handshake
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does!).
However,
the
members
and
guests
as
they
enter
our
doors
for
worship
Sunday
mornings.
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can
volunteer
once
visible ashen mark helped me consider again my need grace even as the cross-shape prompted me to give a
quarter,
month
or as often
as you
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would
be interested
finding
thanks once
for thea Life
in which
I already
standlike.
because
of what
Jesus
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cross. out
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ministry,
contact
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Leys
at and
358-6071.
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fact that I will
one dayplease
die, which
renewed
hope
thanks for the hope I have in
Christ Jesus. Paradoxically, then, the ashes-receiving proved uplifting! Of course, this is in keeping with the
Gospel which always ‘cuts to the heart’ (Acts 2:37) and convicts even as it heals and binds up wounds.

New
Communications
Director
After receiving
ashes, I went to research the topic
in more detail. I realized that while there exists no Bible

verse that says we must observe Ash Wednesday or impose ashes, there is a good theological reasoning unWe
welcomethe
Denise
Shafer
to the
Grace
family.
Denise
is handling
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service.
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ways,
theCovenant
service enacts
our call
to confess
our sins to another, to weep with
our
GCPC
Communications.
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is
in
the
office
several
days
a
week
and
one another, and to know anew the Gospel hope (which can only be appreciated by naming, not avoiding, the
you'll hear and see her name more in the coming days and weeks.
darkness).
Denise is married to Michael Shafer and they have four children between them.
bespare
sure, there
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magical
about the
service
or the
ashes. Indeed,
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anywhere
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to
repentance,
the
prophet
Joel
says,
“rend
your
hearts
not
your
clothing”
(2:13).
The
prophet Isaiah likewise
and spending time with friends and family.
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
their hearts and doing the real work of the Lord in the world. We are wise to avoid any imposition of ashes if
we think they gain us favor with God or have some power in and of themselves.

Fellowship Announcement

However, because the ashes can be a particularly poignant way for many Christians to know anew our hope
5th
Sunday Luncheon
in Jesus Christ, ashes will be offered at our Ash Wednesday service at 7pm on Wednesday, February 18
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chapel.
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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 from
9:15 to 9:30 a.m. 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 first 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 2822446 or ctwood7@gmail.com Please join us for our next meeting
on December 6!

Candlelight Yard Signs
Yard signs will be ready for you to pick up and display in your yards, beginning December 6. We’ll
have the signs at WNS in the Fellowship Hall and also on the following Sundays at the front and rear
doors. Please pick one up and display it proudly in your yard as a way to invite all your neighbors to
this wonderful Christmastime event at GCPC. Thanks for helping us get the word out and helping us
share the wonderful Christmas story all around Richmond! And please remember to return your yard
signs to the glass office after the Candlelight Lessons and Carols Service. We’ll reuse these same signs
next year, simply change the date. Thanks from your GCPC Worship Committee.

Grace Covenant Choirs in November
Junior Choir (grades 1-5)
Sunday, November 15
11:00 a.m. Worship
Sanctuary
Carol Choir (ages 3-K)
Wednesday, November 18
6:00 p.m.

(before Wednesday Night Supper)

Fellowship Hall
Handbell Choir
Sunday, November 22
11:00 a.m. Worship

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Candlelight Rehearsals
Chancel Choir Candlelight Rehearsals Begin This Month
Every year we invite members of Grace Covenant and friends from the community to sing
with the Chancel Choir at the annual Candlelight Carol Service. Candlelight this year will be
Sunday, December 21, 5:00 p.m.
In order to sing with the Chancel Choir at Candlelight, singers must attend at least four rehearsals from the list below, including the Saturday morning rehearsal prior to the Candlelight service. Contact Chris Martin for more information. We hope to see you at one of our rehearsals!
Chancel Choir Rehearsals for Candlelight

Candlelight Choral Music

Wed., November 11, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Ding Dong Merrily on High - Mack Wilberg
Wed., November 18, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Climb to the Highest Mountain - Carolyn Jennings
Wed., November 25, 8:00-9:00 p.m. (Thanksgiving Eve) Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day - John Gardner
Wed., December 2, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Christmas Lullaby - John Rutter
Wed., December 9, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly - Matthew Culloton
Sat., December 12, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
A Babe Is Born - William Mathias
Wed., December 16, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Stay with Us – Egil Hovland
Sat., December 19, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
(mandatory dress rehearsal)

Candlelight Carol Service
Sunday, December 20, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
1627 Monument Avenue
Chancel Choir
Junior Choir
Handbell Choir
Congregational Carols
Reception to Follow
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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
reveley@grace-covenant.org
Denise Shafer
Director of Communications
denise@grace-covenant.org
Martha Rubin
Administrative Support/ Bookkeeper
bookkeeper@grace-covenant.org
Lauren Voyles
Seminary Intern
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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